Thursday, April 10, 2008


Are you getting sick of me answering questions yet? Sorry. I told everyone that I would answer their question and that's what I intend to do. I'm trying to get through them as quickly as I can.

Ginger asked: Have you always lived in Colorado and if you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? and another one of Carrie's questions was: Do you like living in Colorado or is there somewhere else you yearn to live instead? I'll answer these together. I have not always lived in Colorado. I moved here in 1990, 7 1/2 months pregnant with Jake and Danielle had just turned 2. We moved here after living in California, where Don had lived his whole life. I, on the other hand, had been raised in a military family and moved a lot during my childhood - about 17 times before I graduated high school.

I do like living in Colorado. It's a beautiful state and I really enjoy the mountains. The weather isn't as bad as most people might think. I enjoy having four seasons (you don't get that in California) and it's sunny more days than most other places. I think I've already mentioned that I'm a sun person. It's definitely has a slower pace of life and is more family oriented than California is/was. We actually decided to move away from California after Danielle was born because we didn't want to raise a family in southern California. Colorado ended up being the perfect choice.

I have not traveled outside of the United States, but I don't think I would want to live any where but the United States. There is no place that I yearn to live. I do miss the beach and the milder weather in California. Now that our kids are grown and pretty well out of the house, I could go back to California.

The only other place I can think of that I might want to try is Hawaii. We've vacationed there several times and I love the tropical breezes and the thought of living in paradise, but I also know that there's a big difference between living somewhere and vacationing there.

Mary asked: What is the one piece of advice you would give regarding parenting? I just answered this question yesterday (not realizing that you asked it, too). I can't think of anything I would add to it today.

Mary also asked: Has blogging taught you anything? I can't really think of anything specific but it has confirmed what I've already believed about people. I see the blogging world as a mere reflection of the real world. Everyone has a story and that there are really kind and considerate people out there. What has surprised me is the close bonds that are formed and nurtured here in the blogging world and the real feeling of community.

Bunny B also asked: On birthdays, you make a wish. Therefore, on your blog's birthday, what do you wish for? My present wish would be that Don either find another job or that the conditions at his current job would change. I just want him to be happy again in what he does, instead of being miserable and stressed out.

And Jules asked: (referring to the picture I posted of Danielle being licked by our puppy, Brody) When was the picture taken? What happened afterwards? The picture was taken while Danielle was home on Spring break. She loves and misses our dog and you would find her most of the time down on the floor playing with him. And he loves anyone that will get down on the floor with him. But you do so at your own risk. I don't remember exactly what happened afterwards.

I may take tomorrow off from answering questions. Stay tuned.


Jules said...

Well thanks for answering my question.
I think that doggie kisses, although slobbery and wet, are some of the sweetest gifts around. :)

Heather said...

You're doing a great job with all the questions! Did you ever think people would be so interested in YOU?

Pen of Jen said...

I pray that all works out for Don...

I am still enjoying the answers and like Heather wrote are you surprised at the questions?

Are we just too nosy?? Maybe, but I would like to believe like you wrote we are all getting closer and learning about our blog friends.

Jamey said...

Wow, you got some great questions!! I loved Colorado too. It's funny reading you perspective of Colorado coming from southern CA. Our perspective was the opposite having moved there from SD. Coming home to SD we feel like we have moved back from the "big city" to the slower paced more family friendly atmosphere. It is all about perspective, isn't it??? I do miss Co though....It does have a lot more sunny days than most areas and it still has the 4 seasons....that's what we loved about it! Did you hear that we are under a blizzard warning here today???? This is what we have to deal with here, crazy weather!!

Melissa said...

I love the answers to your questions! I think it's a great way to get to know you better! And I think you should move back to California ;)

janice said...

I think all these questions and answers are fun.

MammyT said...

I'm still here, reading your question and answer session. I think it's fun. I also love Colorado. Spent some time there when I was a gypsy (hippie living in a camper) and enjoyed the beauty of the mountains. I think it runs a close second to Alaska for gorgeous scenery. All that's missing is the seacoast.

Barb said...

I love all of the questions and your answers.

Just today did I have a chance to read yesterday's blog. WOW! What a beautiful family tribute to the legacy you want to pass on.

It naturally made me cry! Not only for the past, what you wrote, but also for watching you mature into such a strong woman of faith. I so admire the Christian upbringing you have given Dani and Jake.

I am so,so proud of you, Diana.

Blessed be....

Penless Thoughts said...

Your doing a good job. Having done that myself I know how you feel......sometimes it feels like it won't end!

Penless Thoughts said...

Diana, Just saw your comment to me about David. He and I are so alike and we get into the deepest conversations. You can't do that with just anyone and it is such a joy for both of us. Yes, I wish the same blessing for you and your son. He appreciates the fact of all he has put us through, along with himself, and that we've never given up on him. A mother NEVER gives up on her kids. Just like God never gives up on us.

Pen of Jen said...

I tagged you!(I know that you may have a bit to do, but this one is kind of neat!)

Anonymous said...

I haven't visited for a few days and I had fun reading through the questions and answers.

This could be a fun thing to do on my blog. I have been so busy peeling wallpaper and now painting my little girls' room that I haven't done anything fun in any other area of my life.

If I started this would you ask a question or are you too burned out now? ;)

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Fun stuff! I have only been to CO for a brief visit, but it was beautiful there. (Estes Park, and Boulder)