Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Good News...but will you still love me?



When my husband and I finally arrived in Colorado after driving for almost three days cross country from New York City, we were so happy and relieved!  We always did this trip by flying but this time we were bringing our daughter's long over-do bridal shower and wedding gifts out to her. We stayed at my daughter and son-in-law's house for the week, as they have a very comfortable guest room in their suburban home.



We were also excited to see our son and daughter-in-law and our two grandsons! There were lots of hugs and kisses, stroller rides for the baby, ice cream cones and ices for my oldest grandson, lunch out with my daughter and lots of love given to all the assorted pets my children own. (You can click on the photo collages to see them in larger size)



We were able to attend the colorful annual 2012 Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan Lake in Denver, where my older grandson was brave enough to pet a snake from the Denver Zoo.



My daughter treated her father and I to a couple of hours of horseback riding followed by a chuck wagon steak dinner at the historic Elkhorn Lodge in beautiful Estes Park!  The Elkhorn Lodge was established in 1874 and is the oldest continually occupied building in Colorado! Our horses climbed a trail up small foothill mountain and we had beautiful views of the larger Rocky Mountains along the way. When I was a little girl I loved to watch Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, The Annie Oakley Show, Rin Tin Tin, Zorro, The Lone Ranger....all the wild west TV shows of the time.  My first ambition was to become a cowgirl, and on this trip it came true for a few hours, and it was fun!

But the best thing of all that we saw while in Colorado, which is part of my good news, was this.....




My daughter and son-in-law holding their expected baby's sonogram photos!  Yes, their first child and my third grandchild is due in February!  We are so happy and excited and feel very blessed!



In fact, we were so excited that we searched for a house in the same community where my daughter's house is located, in the scenic valley above, and put a deposit down on one we fell in love with!  If all goes well my husband and I will be permanently moving to Colorado in the Spring of 2013!  Family is everything, and with a new grandchild on the way we knew we could not delay making this move any longer.  We love Colorado and we're very happy and excited to be moving closer to our children and grandchildren

Which, of course, leads to my subject question.....will you still love me and visit my little blog in the future if I am no longer blogging about my life New York City?  I hope so!  I still have lots more to blog about NYC until I do move and most likely I will be returning frequently to visit family and friends here so I will have a bi-city blog for awhile afterwards.  My life ahead will be certainly exciting!

I'm linking up with the following blog events:

Alphabe Thursday --the letter this week is "M" -- I am hoping my good news counts!

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89 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Oh Pat I'm thrilled for you and Vinny. How wonderful to be starting a new adventure in a beautiful place and near your two children to boot! anyone would be thrilled. of course I'll still follow you! I am sure you'll have plenty of things to report about the west once you move and of course anyplace else you visit.

Dianne said...

I don't know where to begin, there's so much delight in this post
beautiful kids and grands and pets and scenes and moments
and a new baby
and a new home in a beautiful place!!
I am so very happy for you and your family
Of course I'll still visit :)
there's so much to look forward to

From the Kitchen said...

I had a feeling that I knew what you were going to say!
I absolutely understand why you'd want to be a present influence in the life of your precious grandchildren. My husband and I are thinking the same thing--well, once we have grandchildren. I've enjoyed my "visits" to NYC with you and look forward to "visits" in Colorado. Congratulations to the expectant parents!!

Best,
Bonnie

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Of course we'll still love you! So happy to hear about the baby!!!

PAT said...

Congratulations on your expected grandchild Pat! Wonderful news.
Beautiful photos!

I know that you surely must have taken I-70 through Missouri. At one point between ST Louis and Kansas City,(Wentzville) you were within 11 miles of our home!:-) You also passed by the exit at Kingdom City, for Lake of the Ozarks, our other home.

Hope you enjoyed your drive through Missouri and hoping you ignored all the billboards. This is a major complaint from us!! You have to get away from interstate highways to really see the beauty of our fair state.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Oh Pat, I knew this time was going to come sooner or later!
So very happy for you and your husband, you need to be close to those precious grandchildren. Colorado is beautiful, you brought back memories of Estes Pk because that is were we went for our honeymoon years ago, in fact we did a horse ride similar to that with a pancake breakfast out on the range. Of course I will follow you,I know you'll have so much to talk about and show us in your new exciting adventure. So happy for you and your family Pat!!!
xox
Marie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Family is everything! I am so happy for you and your husband and would likely do the same thing to be near them all. Colorado is a gorgeous place. You are going to love the climate and the wonderful outdoor activities. They will turn you into a tree hugger, which isn't a bad thing :)

Congratulations to you and your family on both announcements!

I can't wait to see everything you'll show us from your new vantage point.

Sheila said...

"Family is everything" - how true that is and you are so blessed to be expecting another grandchild and to be moving close to your family. I'll look forward to reading your blog and must say that since following your blog I've learned more about New York than I ever knew. Congratulations on all the things you're celebrating these days. this will be a busy year ahead. Best of luck to you both!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What wonderful news!! And of course, I will still visit your blog when you move. I love Colorado and will look forward to your posts about your new location.

Houseelf said...

Wonderful news. Congratulations on the soon to be new grandchild. I hope you manage to move smoothly.

Snap said...

Silly girl! I'll follow you anywhere!!!!! :D :D :D In fact, I'm already looking forward to all the adventures you will take us on as you discover Colorado. Congratulations on the new grand. Enjoy!!!!!

Claudia said...

Oh Pat - I'll follow you anywhere. Happy congrats! What a beautiful adventure you are starting. Paul and I would do the exact same thing! And that valley is the most welcoming place to host family get togethers filled with children! I am imagining all the delights you will find out west. This post just sings of love.

Old Kitty said...

I totally can't take it all in!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wow!!!!!

Pat - huge huge huge congratulations!! A third grandchild!! How utterly wonderful! Well of course you must move to Colorado now!!! My goodness!!! Of course I will miss your NYC posts because you really made me want to up sticks and live there more so than any other NYC centred blog!! I loved every one - but I know you'll do Colorado justice too!!! These are such exciting times ahead for all your family! Brilliant! Take care
x

Pondside said...

Somehow, I knew this was coming. What a great thing to do - life is too short to live so far apart. Of course I'll still follow - you've introduced me to so much of your New York home and I've enjoyed it all. I'm looking forward to learning about Colorado now too. Who knows, once you're that far west, perhaps you'll take a trip up this way.
Congratulations to you and your daughter and SIL on this wonderful news!

The Gathering Place said...

That is such exciting news! I'm sure you will make Colorado just as interesting and exciting as you have made New York City. You will then become a Western girl like I am.

I also loved those old Western television shows. I still sing the "Happy Trails" song when the occasion fits.

When you are closer, you need to visit Utah.

Sea Witch said...

IT'S just geography, kiddo and of course we will always love you. I can't wait to read about your Colorado adventures...especially since my son and his lovely family live in Aurora. Perhaps one day we may cross paths. Sea Witch

Viki said...

Congratulations on all the exciting things that will be happening in your life.

ellen b. said...

Oh my! That is exciting news for sure. Of course I'll still love you just as long as you show me sights from your new home, too!! Makes good sense to be where all the kiddos are!

GardenofDaisies said...

That is very exciting news! I wondered when a move was going to happen. :-) It will be so wonderful to be close to your growing family!!

Sarah said...

I just new you were going to be a grandmother again. Wonderful news! Congratulations to your daughter and SIL. Glad you found a house you love. It will be a new adventure! And of course I'll follow along ~ east coast, west coast, Colorado ~ I'll be there! ;-)
~ Sarah

Kris said...

Wow Pat!!!! I had a hunch!!!! Congratulations on the new baby!!! What a thrill! You and your husband will certainly miss the big city, but you will love living hear your kids and grandkids, and as you said, you will go back and forth to visit. You will have the best of both worlds!! Congratulations my friend!!!
YES, I will always read and LOVE your blog!!\Hugs, Kris

Lovella ♥ said...

Oh Pat! I am so excited for you. Of course we will still visit...in fact I am thrilled to know I will have a friend in Colorado.

What a wonderful post!

Sandy said...

While I love seeing NYC through your eyes Pat I visit your blog to see YOU! So whether you are in NYC or Colorado I'll be a follower of your blog. Congrats on your soon to be new grandchild and new home. That is so exciting. You will love being close to your family. I've always missed not being close to our families. We have discussed moving back to the midwest now that we are retired but we love our home here in SE PA. Maybe the next move. It's different for us we have no children just siblings. We were going to leave next week for an RV trip to Colorado (Hubby loves the Rockies and we haven't been there for years) but I'm in physical therapy for the bursitis in my hip. We're ready to explore after being home all summer. Have you noticed we like the same photos on Pinterest? It's so funny. Have a lovely day. It's going to be fun going on a new adventure with you.

Arlenesfelt said...

How exciting for you, Pat. Our grandsons are are not little anymore, but those years when they were small, we all lived in the same city, remains one of the happiest times in our lives. Good move! Wishing you only the best.

pam said...

I'm so excited you get to do this....you can now become blogger extraordinaire about Colorado! Now that our youngest made the move out there I would love to see us all out there at some point as well.

Paula's Postings said...

WOW what news I was looking at those delightful grandsons and thought I'm going to have one of those. CONGRATULATONS 2013 is going to be a good year for you new home and new baby what more could any one want. I'm sure your posts from Colorado will be just as colourful. You have given my hubby and I some good ideas for our forthcoming trip (7 days and counting) to NY.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

This is my second time trying to post a comment...I think I got too excited and erased it, lol.

What amazing news!!! Colorado is so beautiful and even more so when you're surrounded by the people you love. I'm so excited for you...plus, The Rockies will give you all new territory (literally!) to blog about.

A huge congratulations, Pat!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I don't blame you one bit. You will have lots to blog about when you move to Colorado. I still think if I have any questions about NYC you will be the expert I go to.

Al said...

Congratulations on your upcoming move. I moved from Washington DC to Colorado over 20 years ago and have never regretted it. There's lots to blog about here!

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news!
Your blog doesn't matter, your family does.
No, Colorado won't have the same draw as NY, so you will have to change the direction . Maybe cooking or crafts!
You will miss NY, I give you a lot of credit!

Chatty Crone said...

Your vacation pictures looked to me that you had an awesome time and saw lots of interesting places! lol

And congrats to number three - you are so lucky and blessed!

Love, sandie

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

I love this post for many reasons. First, what great collages of your Colorado fun. Such beautiful kiddos and kitties and dogs and family and fun. Love it. Second, CONGRATULATIONS on Grandbaby No. 3 being on the way. Thirdly, I will of COURSE still love your blog because I have no doubt you will teach me LOTS about my very own state, considering the lovely photos you take and all the research behind those places you shoot. A fourth reason I love this post: The mention of a bi-city blog. Made me chuckle for some reason. :-D
Congrats on all counts!

Stacey Snacks said...

Pat,
Congrats and good for you! Great that you are moving close to family, but New York will always be in your heart!

Willow said...

Will I still love you and still visit your blog? Of course! Because I agree: family is everything and you need to be in Colorado. And I'm sure you'll be blogging about Denver :)

We have the same goals but for a different city.

Nellie said...

Well, you have been my personal guide around New York City, a place that I will probably not ever explore any other way myself. Yet, I cannot deny that there is actually nothing like being near family. Our three daughters are really spread out, though - one hour away, two hours away, and three hours away - so we are content to just stay put and encourage them to come by.:) I know you will be happy with your decision, particularly with the third grandchild coming early next year. I send best wishes to you as you make this change in your life. Oh, yes! I'll continue to read your blog. You have such a beautiful way of writing!

Lorraine said...

Such exciting new that you have a new grandbaby on the way! Super happy for you! Oh, and a big move to such a beautiful place where you will be so near to those loved ones! Really happy for you! And I will be visiting your blog just the same :)

Betsy Adams said...

Well--congrats to you and hubby... Daughter and son-in-law didn't wait around, did they? That is awesome!!! I know you are excited...

Congrats on the move also. Glad you all love Colorado --and will be happy leaving your beloved NYC/Brooklyn.

Of course we love you.. I have blog friends from all over the world... When you move to CO, I'll get to learn more about that area from you... Yeah!!!!!

Again, congrats.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jenny said...

Oh my!

OH my!

OH MY!!!!!

What fabulous, wonderful, incredible, lovely, amazing, fantastic news.

Ummm...

Gosh.

Was that too effusive?

I'm really excited and happy for you!

Colorado is your oyster!

I think the Board of Tourism should hire you immediately!

Really, really excited and happy for you!

Congratulations sweet friend!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I am so happy for you and all of your family! You are right Pat...there is nothing as important as family. You will have so much more to write about!!
♥, Susan

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

So excited!
and I look forward to some Fiori Favoriti in Colorado!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very exciting-I'm happy for you Pat! It will be nice to be so close to the kids, I'm sure they're looking forward to it too. Now we'll get to learn some more about Colorado:@)

Vee said...

Oh my! You were sitting on more secrets than I even knew! Will I still love you? Yup. I'm not too easy to unload. =D

camp and cottage living said...

Oh Pat,
I don't blame you for wanting to move!! Family is everything.
I've learned so much about NY from your blog, but now I can learn about Colorado.
I think I may have taken that same horse ride 45 years ago while vacationing in Estes Park!! It was my 1st time on a horse and I was so...scared.
Blessings-Kimberly

eileeninmd said...

Pat, I am so happy for you and your family. I knew about the baby from facebook but it is wonderful news you are moving to be close to your family.I will be following you from Pat in NYC to Pat in Colorado. Very exciting news. It is a great idea. Congrats!

Deanna said...

wow, you sure made a big decision while you were visiting...but close to family and grandkids is where you should be. Colorado is a great place (my brother lives in Pagosa Springs). Good luck on packing...the thought of that sends me into a panic!!

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Holy Guacamole! First of all, congratulations on your 3rd grandchild! And darling, I'd be right behind you if I was in your shoes! I'll so miss you, but I assume you will still be blogging!

Pie Lady Pat said...

Oh, I have goose bumps hearing your news of moving to Colorado... and for all the right reasons. Fabulous. And, of course, we will all still love your blog... it is you who makes it special.

Donna said...

Pat, that is very good news. Family is everything. Perfect reason to move to Colorado. Congratulations on your third grandchild (soon to be). I love all the photos.

And, of course, I will still visit your blog. :)

hugs,
Donna

steviewren said...

I'm super happy for the both of you! I'm sure you have longed to live closer to your grandchildren ever since they were born. I know how you both must feel since I miss my away children and grands all the time. Now you will be there for all of their BIG moments.

Ps...and I'm looking forward to reading about your new surroundings!

Cheryl D. said...

Congrats! I'm sure your blog will still rock. It really doesn't matter if your writing about NYC or Estes Park, I'm sure it will be fun to read!

diane b said...

Wow ! What news! A move and a baby. It sure is understandable to make the move. It will be a big change from NYC to the west but as you say family is everything. I secretly hope my two girls will end up in Sydney together and we might be able to move there but we don't have that much time left so it may never happen. I'll enjoy your blog from wherever you are.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! What exciting news ~ so happy for you all ~ (A Creative Harbor)

La Petite Gallery said...

Ofcourse I will. I am happy for you. By th way you look good on a horse. Now you will be packing, hope you will post now and then. Just think I'll be seeing Denver on your Posts now.

yvonne.

Jeannelle said...

Congratulations! I enjoy the NYC scenes and am looking forward to seeing more of the great scenery in Colorado, too!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Wonderful news and of course we will! xx

RoeH said...

I haven't seen your blog in quite a while. I think it was the problem of changing blogs on my end. I used to be Lucy in Arizona. I'm not Lucy anymore. Anyhoo --- I AM jealous that you'll be living in Colorado. I loved living there oh lo those many years ago. Congrats! I always loved your NY blog. Why wouldn't I love the new and improved you. :)

Linda said...

Of course I will follow you...I read your blog for YOU...it may have started reading about NYC...but its you I follow and I couldn't be happier for you! I haven't been a very good commenter lately...things are crazy around here these days, but I will be better! Have a great day!! And congrats on the new Grand and the move...how exciting to have a new adventure!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so happy for you! Of course at first I thought you were moving there...then I thought the surprise was the baby! Then it was BOTH! I'm thrilled and I know you will love it there. What a big change though. I lived in Northern NM for a few years and it really is like a different country! But I'm like you...I always loved the old Westerns! You sure have a lot to look forward to! WOW!

Debra said...

Visiting from Alphabet Thursday...what a wonderful post. I love the pictures...your grandkids are adorable and congrats on the latest on the way. You have to be so excited and probably did not want to leave.

I think it is wonderful that you can move out there ( I am a grandma too and I can relate big time...being close to your daughter and the grands will be wonderful for you! )

Sandy said...

I would give anything to live near my grandkids and I think your move will not hurt your blog.. you will have so much more with nature to blog about and just think of the months of decorating a new home.. take lots of photos.. Congrats Granny!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Of course I will still read your blog, even more so because you will be a fellow Rocky Mountainer....

I know you will just love it out here, what fun! another grandchild!!!


Let me know if you have any questions about high altitude cooking!!

xxoo,

RMW

Susan Mystery said...

I can totally understand about family and wanting to be closer, but honestly I loved Colorado when I went and can see why the decision was so easy for you. Congrats on the new grandbaby.

edenhills said...

Congratulations! That is all wonderful news!

Rinkly Rimes said...

My family moved near me (not because of me but work) and it's lovely having them five minutes away, although we definitely do't live in each others pockets.

VBR said...

Oh such wonderful joyous news for you and yours!
I think it is fantastic that you will be moving closer to the kids and the kiddies!
Yep, I shall continue to visit your blog East and your blog West! Can't wait to read about the coming adventures!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Will we still visit you? Are you kidding, of course we will and look forward to it. We've moved so many times in our marriage and I always say it's a new adventure, so enjoy it.

Congratulations on a new grand baby Pat.
Sam

Erika said...

Congratulations! Family is important so how wonderful that you will be closer to your daughter.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a beautiful part of the world! How wonderful to be closer to family.

Beverly said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh!!! I am so excited and happy for you, Pat. I must admit that I have been awaiting your move. You just have to be near your sweet family. And, now a new babe is coming, and you must be near to enjoy.

Be assured that I will follow you anywhere and anytime.♥

Sue said...

Very exciting news on ALL counts!

Congratulations!!

=)

˙·٠•●❤Sh@KiR@ ❤●•٠·˙ said...

Such great news. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family.
Mine is here
Have you an AWESOME WEEK!
hugs
shakira

anitamombanita said...

Pat, looks like the long drive was well worth the effort! And congrats on your latest news! How exciting for your entire family!!! Yeehaw!! Grandkids ROCK!! :)

Brittney said...

I'm new to your blog so I'll love you no matter what. But, being a country girl who swears she'll never go to NYC unless flown in by a chopper specific locations and then picked up I'm going welcome you to the west with open arms. :) I'm a transplated Nebraskan..all the way to Iowa at the moment. But I'm headed back to Nebraska next year.

And congrats on the new little on in your extended family!

Tracy said...

HOORAY!!! Congrats, Pat... on soon being an grandmother again and the big move! So many wonderful things happening for your family now, so it's understandable you'd want to move where the kids and grandkids are! I love your slice of NYC, but I know I will love your slice of Colorado just as much... so no worries there! We LOVE YOU, Pat... wherever you go, wherever you post, we're happy to join you & share in with you. So happy for all of you.... such exciting times! ((LOVE & HUGS))

nanny said...

How exciting ! Another precious grandchild! A move to Colorado,,,,yes I will still love you!,, I am looking forward to an education of the west by you Pat!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Well, I'm coming a little late to all the excitement over here! I was guessing you might have 'another grand on the way' announcement...but never guessed that you might be moving to CO. How exciting is that? Wishing you all the best....every step of the way. And I look forward to hearing all about it!

Yvette said...

Of course I will still love you, Pat. It's funny, I spent most of today with my daughter and granddaughter and we got to talking about you and Brooklyn and how much you love it.

And here you are moving to Colorado!!! CONGRATULATIONS, m'dear. I understand the need to be near grandchildren. I've already told my daughter that if one of these days they should leave the state, I will definitely follow. :)

You are blessed, Pat.

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

We were in the Denver area for a family reunion a few years ago, and I loved it! I would love to go back again.

Congrats on all the big doings with your family, your soon-to-be new home, etc.

My Little Home and Garden said...

That is very exciting news, Pat. I can understand why you'd want to be closer to your son, daughter and their families.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Brilliant news Pat, you must be so excited. Wow. I'll still be following and reading along with you.

Annesphamily said...

You are so sweet Pat! I knew in my heart what your good news was! Double good news! A new grand baby and a new home and new city! You will enjoy Colorado because you know so much about it already! Littleton does have the light rail system so you will be able to get around easily. Then again NYC is not a place where I imagine you drive a car all the time! So the new experiences will be interesting for you and your husband! Our public transportation system is not as built up as NYC! But there are not as many people here as where you lived your whole life! It will be a wonderful journey for both of you! Best wishes and much love! Anne

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your new grand baby very soon!!! That is exciting news. You're a good writer and you have a way of making places come alive to your readers, so yes, I absolutely will read your blog once you are no longer in NYC.
Hugs, cindy

pattisjarrett said...

What a blessing to find a new home and be able to be close to your family!

GailO said...

As I read this I found that I have tears...of happiness for you! What a wonderful family you have and how great it will be to living closer together. It will be exciting to follow along on your adventure.

Best wishes to your daughter and to new adventures!

Carol said...

So exciting! Congratulations, Pat, to you and your family. How wonderful that you will be moving close to your family. I will miss your NY adventures but look forward to many more from Colorado. Best wishes!

Roz said...

Hi Pat, what a great trip that you had in Colorado and so glad that went horse-back riding! Congrats on your new little grand baby on the way! I envy you!

Susie Q said...

I am so excited for you all! Another beautiful grandbaby and a new home! A wonderful new adventure! Here's hoping your NY home sells quickly for you. Of course we will love you!! You are so special! You will have so much fun to write about over the next several months and into your future in CO!
We would love the Dragon Boat Festival!
Love,
Sue

Jojo said...

I'm really behind on my blog reads and wow....taking a break from reading can bring about some BIG changes! Congratulations!!

RobinfromCA said...

Welcome to the west! It will be different for sure but Denver has a lot of museums and other cultural arts for you to explore and enjoy. Estes Park is one of my favorite places in CO and I know you'll find excuses to go to lunch up there! I envy you being able to live close to your grandchildren. My grandson and upcoming granddaughter are in Virginia and this coast to coast grandparenting is no fun! I look forward to reading about all of your explorations in your new adventure because it's you and not the place that make the surroundings interesting!
Robin