Things with our cabin have been moving s l o w l y. There's nothing quite like the frustration and stress when schedules don't pan out the way you planned - not just once, but over and over and over again. Due to a combination of COVID, a sudden surge in people wanting to move to the mountains but not having enough skilled tradesmen, and some other things (that I won't discuss here), our cabin is still not ready to get an approval for occupancy.

There have been quite a few storms that have passed through Colorado since 2020 began, and that has undoubtedly slowed down the work at our cabin. Our builder sent us a funny picture of "Why they don't send Christmas Cards to the subdivison plow guys". Apparently, the plows went through the roads in our area, but also managed to pile many feet of snow at the entrance to our driveway. Here are some of the latest photos from the build. They have finished framing and are now working on getting the plumbing & electric in. We are trying to figure out...

We are so thankful for our good friends who helped us take the first big step into building - tree clearing. As soon as winter started wrapping up in St. Louis, we began planning a "work trip" out to our land with our friends & our families. We booked a week in mid-April, thinking that surely, the weather would be warm enough and the snow would have been long gone. Watching the weather in Jefferson with eager anticipation, to our dismay, snow storm after snow storm rolled through the area in late March and early April. Then a reprieve. Surely, we...

We just returned home our second "work trip" out to Colorado - a weekend specifically planned to make some decisions about the cabin. The first "work trip" was when we went to look for cabins and bought the land. Jake somehow worked it out so he got to come along with both "work trips" while his older brothers stayed back home with their grandparents. So I guess so far Jake falls last of the three in terms of international travel, but comes in first in terms of time spent in Colorado! The main purpose of the trip was determine exactly where on...

In May 2017, a year after we went out to Colorado for the first time as a family, Nick and I decided it was time to start making our dream a reality. We picked a point in Colorado we thought would be a good area to look - not too far from the cities & airports, but still in the mountains beyond the front range. I drew some lines on a map and landed in Park County, specifically the Fairplay area. Fairplay real estate was a bit expensive for us, and a bit too residential for us. So we scanned around online...

I remember hearing Nick talk about his family trips out to Colorado. They would road trip from home, find a good spot to camp, and would stay in tents for as long as his dad could manage to take off from work. They'd catch fish and make simple foods over campfires. They were some of the best vacations he could remember. When we moved back to the US after living in Hong Kong for five years, we were ready for a complete change in lifestyle. We had done the busy city life for too long (prior to Hong Kong we worked...