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.