Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Denver: The Next Adventure

[ Versión en español abajo ]

We landed in Denver on Saturday afternoon. Our flight was a bit odd: it was supposed to be non-stop to Denver, but the winds were so high in Costa Rica when we left that they underfilled the plane with fuel to ensure it could successfully take off, so we had to stop for gas in Houston. That's a new one for us. But everything else went smoothly, and we were greeted with super-nice weather.

Soccer in the park on Sunday, taking advantage of temperatures in the 60s 

We're currently staying with Graham's cousin and her two boys while we get to know the area and look for a house. Other than house hunting, top priorities are finding a daycare/preschool for Sean and buying a car. The kids love being with the boys and their two dogs. Sean is an especially big fan of the dogs. He gives Snowy big hugs and calls her "No-No."

Sean giving his new tricycle from Santa a test rock - the rocking part flips over and becomes a handle. He's already been to the park and back on it and is a big fan. 

They do nice sunrises in Denver, I must say 

Claire started at her new school on Tuesday, and after her first day gave it an "A." She immediately bonded with a very nice girl named, of all things, Clare. Too funny. Her school here is flipped: in Costa Rica it was English in the classroom and Spanish on the playground, and now it's Spanish in the classroom and English on the playground.

She thinks they work very hard at this school compared to her old one, but she likes it a lot. All of the parents and kids have been very welcoming, and we look forward to getting to know them better. We can practice our Spanish with her teachers, too, which is a nice bonus to keep us from getting too rusty.

Sean wants to go to Claire's school, too - it looks super-fun (hopefully he will in a few years). She wanted a new haircut for our new city, so now has bangs for the first time since she was three...

En español:

Aterrizamos en Denver el sábado en la tarde. Nuestro vuelo estaba un poco raro: se suponía que ser sin parar a Denver, pero los vientos en Costa Rica estaban demasiado fuertes que ellos no llenaron el avión totalmente para asegurar que el avión podría volar con éxito, entonces necesitábamos parar en Houston para obtener gasolina. Estaba una situación nueva para nosotros. Pero todo el resto pasaba bien, y estaban saludados con el clima súper bueno. 

Ahora nos estamos quedando con la prima de Graham y sus dos hijos mientras nos conocimos el área y buscamos una casa. Aparte de buscar casa, las principales prioridades son encontrar una escuela maternal/preescolar para Sean y comprar un carro. A los chicos les encanta ser con los niños y sus dos perros. Sean especialmente ama los perros. Él da a Snowy abrazos grandes y se llama "No-No."

Claire empezó en su nueva escuela el martes, y su primer día la dio una "A." Ella inmediatamente une a una niña muy amable que se llama, de todas cosas, Clare. Que gracioso. Su escuela aquí es al revés: en Costa Rica estaba inglés en la clase y español en el play, y ahora tiene español en la clase e inglés en el play.

Ella piense que ellos trabajan muy duro en esta escuela en comparación de su vieja, pero a ella le gusta la clase mucho. Todos los padres y los niños han sido muy acogedores, y no podemos esperar la hora a conocerlos mejor. Podemos practicar nuestro español con sus maestras, también, que es un buen bono para asegurar que no vamos a ser demasiado oxidados.

1 comment:

Jayson Bass said...

Settling in to a new place and environment is no easy task, but I'm glad that you guys seem to be adjusting well. Have you already found a good school for Sean? Or did you let him go with Claire in the same school? In any case, another thing to check when house hunting is the insurance and other paper works of the place you would want to purchase. Good luck! :)

Jayson Bass