Wednesday, May 06, 2009

First Week in Colorado

The truck arrived Monday morning. Mayflower gave us a window of May 5th to May 8th. But I told the driver as he was heading off that sooner was better — and score! he was able to arrive a day early on May 4th. We tried to be as generous as we could with a tip*. : )

Our house is now full of boxes and I am going through each one. I keep my utility knife handy for box opening (my knife doesn't look like the one above, but I wish it did. Isn't that photo pretty?) There is more purging of stuff as I go and I have an urge to abandon all my material goods and live the life of a monk.

The number one thing about living in Colorado? The Sabeys. We love living near our cousins! What a treat. They have taken fabulous care of us — providing a place to land until our truck arrived, keeping us fed and entertained, helping with the toddlers so we can work and making sure we have good driving directions.

The move has officially happened and now we're busy getting settled. Here's a recap of our first week:

-Thursday the plane landed and we hung out with our cousins. We visited the closest recreation center and got a rec center id card.

-Friday we met the principal at our new school. Had a tour. Met our new teachers. We also picked up keys to our new house.
-Friday night we went to a grownups only fancy church party. I hadn't packed appropriately, so Friday afternoon I did a little shopping and found a fab little black jacket that I've already worn three times.
-Saturday I attended a womens conference that my sister-in-law Lisa organized.
-Saturday evening we went swimming at another Rec Center.

-Saturday night we went car shopping.
-Sunday we met our new congregation and explored our new house. The kids picked their bedrooms.

-Monday morning the moving truck arrived and the boxes were unloaded.
-Monday afternoon we picked up our new car and registered the kids for school at the district office. We also
decided on an internet provider — but we have to wait until Friday evening to get hooked up. (I am practically dying without the internet in my home. We keep hanging out at the Sabey's so we can borrow their wifi.)
-Tuesday the kids attended their first day of school. They loved it.
-Tuesday night was Scouts for Ralph and Activity Days for Maude.
-Tuesday night highlight: I organized the garage and finished unpacking the kitchen.

-Wednesday is today. My goal: get library cards and find our new favorite burger joint.

Is that list almost totally practical and boring, or what? I confess, I look forward to the exploring part of the settling in — we can't wait to get to know our new city!

*Tip on tips: we were told the tip should be 5% of the cost of the move, split between the packers and the unpackers, with a larger portion going to the packers. On both ends of the move, we gave the tip to the leader and he was responsible for making sure his team got their share.

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Anonymous m // revert photo said...

Welcome to Colorado! You got here just in time for the awesome weather! It sounds like you are incredibly busy. take care. michelle

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rachel said...

Congratulations on a successful move. It all sounds so stressful to me, but it looks like you have all handled it in true Design Mom fashion: with style and grace.

I just wanted to give you a fave burger suggestion... 5 Guys Burgers & Fries. I know they have NYC locations, but in case you haven't tried it do yourself a favor and head there for dinner tonight! :)

p.s. THANK YOU for posting the information for Justin Hackworth's 30 strangers project. My grandmother, mother, daughter and I were able to participate and I am thrilled with our results.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger s/c - the blog said...

Welcome to the sunshine state! Enjoy the clean air and amazing views. Good luck getting settled in. Thanks for the play by play on moving. I am always so impressed that you continue to post while being so busy.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger cally said...

new house tour!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Greeneyes said...

Welcome to the neighborhood!
A few notes on burger joints: the ubiquitous Good Times shacks sprinkled throughout the area are super fast and tasty! Many of them have little umbrella-covered tables outside for a sit-down nosh.
I'm not sure what part of the city you are in, but if you can make your way to a Five Guys Burgers & Fries, you're in for a treat. The fries are hand-cut, and a white board each day announces the spuds' place of origin (usually from my home state of Idaho!). The burgers are made fresh right when you place your customized order, and there are whole peanuts for snacking while you wait for your meal. All of the goodness comes wrapped in a brown paper bag and is very kid friendly. If you are not super hungry, I recommend going with the Little Burger, or you will get a double-decker beast of a sammy.
If you are up for grilled cheese instead of burgers, I can't recommend Chedd's enough. Located uptown on the corner of Pearl St. and 19th Avenue, they do multiple amazing variations on the good old standby. I recommend hitting the zoo or the museum of science and nature, then stopping off here for a yummy outing.
And if you want a superb sweet fix (very nice for a date night), take your husband to d bar desserts on 17th Avenue. There is some serious sweetness to be had with their amazing desserts.
So glad you are here in Denver!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kristy said...

Yay! Welcome, welcome.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Valiant Vincents said...

Congrats on a successful move! I love the knife! My brother actually makes knives for a living and has been published in Blade magazine and ranked the #1 Knife Maker at a show in Florida several times.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:49:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Heather said...

I’ve have got to weigh in on the where to find a good burger in Denver…try My Brother’s Bar on the corner of 15th and Platte. Besides a tasty burger they are right down the street from the Children’s museum. As an added bonus you can head over the pedestrian bridge to Little Man Ice Cream on Pearl Street (behind Lola’s) for some homemade ice cream. Have a great time exploring and welcome!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger seven smiles said...

Mel Sabey??
He was our SP when we lived there.
Love him. If not those Sabey's, I'm sure yours are wonderful, too!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Shelah said...

Oh my! 5% is steep! We're doing a corporate move in a few weeks (incidentally, our first week plan looks remarkably similar to yours, right down to the car shopping) and I'll just say I'm exceedingly glad someone else is paying. I wonder if we can expense the tip too... A 5% tip is almost equivalent to the cost of our plane tickets!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:12:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Beth said...

Welcome to Colorado! We moved here almost a year ago and love it. I'm impressed with all you have accomplished. Enjoy the sun.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Megan said...

Blairs! You are gonna love Colorado. I cannot wait to come and visit you. You are in one of my favorite places. Enjoy!
Love you all!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jenelle said...

Wow, you've already unpacked all your kitchen?! I'm impressed!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Robin said...

wow you guys have really hit the ground running! congrats :O)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 6:11:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ann said...

Super news! Glad you're getting settled so well :-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 6:17:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jackie said...

Welcome to Denver!
Burgers- I second My Brother's Bar downtown, also the Bull & Bush Brewery in Cherry Creek... Smash burger for a fast food burger is good too (they just opened up one up my way in Westminster).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 6:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Neas Nuttiness said...

Don't forget to go to Celestial Seasonings. Take the tour. Try out some herbal teas, and enjoy the gift shop!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 7:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Isa said...

Love those Sabey's! Amazing family. Enjoy Colorado...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 7:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Musings of a Housewife said...

WOW!! What a busy couple of days!!! Enjoy discovering your new stomping grounds. :-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 7:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kristen M. said...

My family moved across the country last summer. I love how you are already off and running on your new adventure! Best wishes to you and your family.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 8:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Disco Mom said...

i love colorado, sounds like a perfect first week. you make it sound so non-stressful, how is that possible? btw i could have used that same tipping advice on my last move from nyc to va - what a ripoff! i can second 5 Guys, absolutely the best!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 9:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ali said...

Don't you love that no matter where you are there are still the old familiar things like scouts and activity days to keep you feeling like life isn't totally new and frightening.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 9:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Smiling Mama said...

How wonderful that the kids love their new school and are already jumping into activities! Good luck with the rest of that list.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LoGunns said...

We loved Goodtimes for a burger joint in Colorado. Great fresh squeezed lemonade and all the meat and produced is grown local. let me know if you like it:)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Erin @ Sprouted In the Kitchen said...

Hey, Gabby, do your Sabey cousins have other Sabey relatives in Arizona? Maybe it's a more-common name than I thought. A very good friend is married to an Arizonan Sabey. The world is small...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 11:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christian e Naomi Sampson said...

wow u r amazing! So much to do in few days. Congratulations on your new home! Hope it will feel like it very soon (:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 11:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Katie said...

Hope you enjoyed the AMAZING weather this week...we ordered is especially for you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 9:22:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

It is almost the weekend. When it IS the weekend, go to Steuben's for brunch! Yummy yummy Steuben's!

Congratulations on a successful move!

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger blair said...

check out the cherry criket in cherry creek, great burgers, you won't be disappointed! congratulations on the big move!

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11:18:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous amyks said...

Wow! i am so impressed by what you managed to do in one weekend...swimming twice, a conference, church, parties, school tours and purchasing a car?!? Amazing.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 12:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Sounds like a successful move! I can't wait to hear about and see your exploration of Colorado.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 12:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hey, Welcome to Colorado! I don't know how close you are to Denver but this link has 101 things to do with kids in Denver -->

I totally agree on the suggestion of 5 guys Burgers. They are totally the best. We had one back east in Georgia and when we moved we were thrilled to see one in Aurora.

Also make sure you head up to Idaho Springs and check out Tommyknockers and BeauJo's.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 12:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mrs boo radley said...

I really enjoyed reading this. Getting a library card, finding your fave burger joint, unpacking and organizing your kitchen...sounds so fun to me!

My long-time friend and her husband live in CO and I will be fortunate enough to have visited them twice this year...a few months ago and again in a few months.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 1:17:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Neuf Francs said...

Cherry Cricket! Best burgers!

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cathi said...

Not a boring week at all Gabrielle.
a busy practical week and a wonderful Sunday is what makes life full and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to knowing Colorada through you as I did NYC.

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 10:39:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

You must eat at the Cherry Cricket. It is the BEST burger in Denver.

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 4:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nikki said...

Just going through some of your older posts and am glad to know how much to tip the movers. Hope you ended up being as pleased with Mayflower as everyone who commented on that earlier post was!

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Liz said...

Wow! You have been busy, it is kind of fun getting all that newness all at once and you have so much to explore and discover. All the best!

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 8:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jen said...

You are the queen - already have a rec center id and planning to get a library card! You go girl!

Please do tell: How did you get the kids to pick their own rooms? Were you able to do it w/o lots of pouting and fighting?

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 9:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Anne said...

glad your move went well! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 1:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Miranda said...

I'm late on the congrats and usually a lurker on your blog but have to say Welcome Welcome! My little family has lived here for 3 years and we are totally in love. Have fun getting acquainted!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 1:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger rachel said...

welcome to colorado : ) i live in new york now, but i grew up out west and it is just the best place to raise a family. you are really going to love it.

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 3:25:00 PM EDT  

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