Saying goodbye to some of our friends in Costa Rica
In March we bought a house in the Stapleton neighborhood (Northeast Denver) – if you flew into Denver prior to 1999, you may have landed about where our house is now. We're about a block and a half from the old air tower, which is the only thing still standing. The rest of the airport has been turned into a fantastic, family friendly community with lots of parks, pools, shops and restaurants within walking distance, and diverse families with lots of young children. Come visit and we'll show you around!
Our bunnies in front of our new house
Our big trip this year was to Southern Idaho in the summer. Mindee turned 40 on July 4th, so we spent a week with her family, then drove home by way of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The kids loved spending time with family, and then seeing the mountains, waterfalls, and wildlife, and throwing rocks into the lakes.
In front of Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho, where Mindee's mom went to high school
Throwing rocks into Jackson Lake at Grand Teton National Park
Checking out the thermal activity at Yellowstone National Park
Sean and Mindee also made a quick trip to Northern Idaho in October to attend the memorial service for Mindee’s brother-in-law, Donnie Goecke. His passing has left a big hole in the lives of his family – please keep them in your prayers.
Graham and Donnie in Costa Rica, Thanksgiving 2012
Claire graduated kindergarten in May and is now a busy seven-year-old first-grader. Her week at the moment consists of a ballet/tap/tumbling class, swimming lessons, a "try it" music program where she gets to sample different instruments, and a theatre class where they’re working with the characters and story from "Frozen." Her absolute favorite thing this year is "Frozen," so the last one makes her very happy. There will be a performance on February 27 if anyone would like to come. She recently started reading chapter books and can’t seem to get enough, which makes her parents very happy.
When did she get so grown-up?
At two and a half years old, Sean is a non-stop boy of action. He loves airplanes, music, playing with his friends and Claire, and anything electronic with a button or switch. He has been at a Montessori school for almost a year now in a toddler program, but may switch to a Spanish-immersion preschool early next year to re-expose him to Spanish. He’s always open to new experiences, usually responding with, "Ooh, that’d be fun!"
They've grown so much since last year:
Graham continues to work with Netchemia as their VP of Business Development, and continues to grow his new company, Edovate Capital. He hopes to spend lots of time in the mountains skiing this winter and also hopes the kids will want to join him.
The Forman men in action
Mindee still works with the Kauffman Foundation, but is also increasingly doing more freelance editing work. She also does writing, formatting, social media, and web consulting if you know of anyone in need of such services. She also now sings with the Colorado Choir as a second alto and enjoys being artistic again.
With my babies on my birthday - I sure don't feel 40!
Bailey, our 13.5-year-old cat, has failing kidneys, but we now give her subcutaneous fluids at home every night, which helps a great deal. She's eating again, gaining back the weight she lost, and her energy level is coming back up. We're not ready to let her go just yet so are glad she's feeling better.
Feeling better every day
We wish you a very Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah and hope 2015 brings you joy and peace.
Mindee, Graham, Claire, and Sean Forman