Family Update – September 2012

I’m back! Time to catch up with the Krause house!! We had a very busy summer. Our family vacation plans were thwarted by the second round of a super-rare infection – this time the CDC got involved and we all had to take mega drugs that made all our bodily fluids red for a week. Try not freaking out with that diaper change! Peter and I had a glorious week together …..just the two of us! As soon as John and the kids got home we went into crazy busy mode! The start of sports and school were eclipsed by the blessing of family visits. John’s parents, my parents, and my brother whom I had not seen in almost 8 years. He, his beautiful wife and their two gorgeous children came from Spain. All in all we had 6 weeks of guests and hope they had as much fun as we did!

The Mortimer-Garcia-Krause Family Portrait – 2012

So what did we do?
Finally home improvement! The well loved old green siding (wood from the 70’s) was replaced by and earthy stucco. To mark our territory we put a bear (THE Krause bear) on the side of the house. People literally pulled over to the side of the road and come tell us how much they loved the bear!  In addition our deck that was rapidly pulling away from the side of the house was pulled down. The gap was getting large enough that I thought I might need to train for olympic long jump. The deck was replaced with a patio and almost done fire pit on the back, and an upper deck with almost done outdoor cooking space. My ever-handy parents-in-law painstakingly are placing rock on the cabinetry. Doesn’t it look great! Will post before and after pictures once all the projects are complete – does not look like the same home! John has been working on the front landscaping…..almost there!

The front of the house……getting there! Will be very thankful when all the little remaining project are done.

Our annual pool party! And a big THANK YOU shout out to my mom who collaborated with John to pull off a great event…………I was nose to the grindstone at work until minutes before folks started arriving. The weather was great and much fun was had by all. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all who made donations to our BW team and the other charities we were raising funds for – THANK YOU!

Pool Party……a paaaar-teeeeey!

CSDSA Buddy Walk 2012 – Team Peter Bear!

While my parents and brother were here we did so much! We celebrated my mother’s half birthday and my father’s 75th birthday. My mom got her much dreamed for Pandora bracelet and my father reclaimed his youth with a full Nascar experience. Yes – a full Nascar experience. Not sure who was more excited – him or the grandkids that watched him whoop the other racers as he almost lapped them at 160mph? He got flagged for going too fast which of course only added to the grandkids excitement!

My parents – aren’t they cute??!!

My dad kicking butt at 160mph!

Racing must run in the genes. We spent endless nights sitting on the patio under the glow of the tiki torches watching the kids race the broken electric car down the hill and through the yard, only to push it back up the hill and do it again, and again, and again! The engineers in the group figured out how to press the pedals to maximize speed and just the right angle to get maximum speed without taking out the neighbors back fence. My niece was hesitant to try it at first. Then gave it a try with a look of fear as she white-knuckled it down the hill. She tried again. Then again. And by the time us nervous parents were done with our umpteenth bottle of wine she might as well have been standing on the car surfing it down the yard at 160mph! Guardian angels were in overdrive!

The grandkids racing through the neighbors yard… many kids can you get on a toy car? – TOO MANY!

Night at the Sky Sox was a first for my family from Spain – and who can resist the excitement of a good game! Lights on, cool night, some peanuts and cracker jacks – perfect!

Sky Sox game with the family – first time our Spanish family watched one live.

Site seeing, zoo, shopping, big dinners and just play time made it so much fun!! I love my fairies running through the yards! It was so much fun having the family here and getting to know my niece and nephew……no more 8 years between getting together!!

The boys feeding the giraffes @ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

My little fairy princesses

Last but certainly not least to catch everyone up…..Jack and I were gifted with tickets to see our very first Denver Broncos game! You would have thought we won the lotto. Fully day experience – Starbucks for the drive to Denver, new T-shirt of me and jersey for Jack, train ride to the stadium and the the walk in. That first time we walked through the tunnel and saw the full stadium and thousands of people all there to cheer on the Broncos. The excitement! The fans! The music! There was so much to enjoy – including a phenomenal first half followed by a close but tough final loss. Having grown up in Peru, I was never exposed to (American) football. My enjoyment of the sport started in college when I watched the SF 49ers and Joe Montana (yep….. I just dated myself!). So for me it was extra exciting to see the 49ers vs. the Broncos. Jack was excited to share with his fellow players at practice how he got to see Peyton Manning. He started to snooze on the train back to our car from the excited exhaustion. Dinner together and the drive home ended with him tuckered out with a big smile on his face!

Our first Denver Broncos game! Me & Jack – August 2012

We were blessed to have my parents stay for a couple of extra weeks, and our friend John E. treated everyone to an exciting ride out in his 80 year old Ford! So much fun!!

Going back in time!

Busy summer – and extra busy October on the way! Right now surviving the start of school and trying to get back into a routine – not easy! Praying Peter continues to stay healthy as we approach the two year anniversary of his Leukemia diagnosis, and a year from his near fatal infection.

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