Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pre-K Take 1

Our lil Zozo started preschool. She could not be more thrilled. She packed her backpack up with who knows what. (and preschool kids don't need anything--except a lunch.)
Durango has a problem with not having enough daycare and preschool- So every place we tried to get Zoie into school had a wait list.
Berns was driving to Cortez everyday for work so we found a preschool for her there.
She was so excited! I can't believe this little peach is big enough to learn her 1-2-3's and A-B-C's. *silent sob*- kids growing up is just dumb.

Last year

I quietly sobbed a little inside. This is my little girl...who started 5th grade. yup, 5th grade. The last year of elementary school.
The last year of recess.
Last year of field day.
Last year of one classroom, one teacher.
Last year of cute classroom decorations.

She's thrilled. I silently sobbed.

But here she is. My little tweenager. And she's growing up. And. I. Hate. It.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I have dreams of building my dream home--a rambler--with a basement. 5 bedrooms. A library. A seriously sweet craft room. Oh, and a room made out of trampolines.
And a built in diet coke fountain.....ok...maybe not- but definitely a fridge that spits out niblet ice.

And I found my contractors. These two:

My house is gonna be epic.

Not Ok

This little peanut turned 2. TWO! T-W-O! Seriously?! It’s down right mean how fast my little nugget is growing. But she is perfect in every way—a little onery, but perfect.
About this nugget:
           Beezer loves Mickey Mouse and his friends. Loves them. Would probably prefer living with them over me.
2.      The little peach doesn’t like anything that is semi healthy for her. She wants nothing but sweets (don’t worry, we are working on that one!)
3.       Little miss is EXTREMELY opinionated. She will definitely let you know if something is happening that she does not agree with.
4.       She loves strawberries. A lot. Almost so much that an intervention might need to take place.
5.       She’s a momma’s girl. Hands down.

We love our little Bia Bird, Beezer, Bia Tortilla—she makes me smile every day.  I’m so glad she is ours and we get to snuggle her and squeeze her any time we please. Happy Birthday little miss. Youre the bees knees.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Durango Livin'

My favorite time of the year in Durango is its summers. Well, maybe, I kinda love late spring and fall too. HATE winter…but can tolerate it knowing that the other lovely seasons will soon follow.

We moved to Durango during my favorite time (which is a good thing, because if we would have moved in the dead of winter I would have told Berns “No way, we are going back to the desert”.

Berns’ brother Felipe and wife Mariana came for a visit and we decided to take a stroll down by the railroad tracks and enjoy the beauty that Durango is. Up until now we had been so busy with summer camps (me teaching them) and trying to adjust that we never really took time to “smell the roses”.
It was time. By golly! It had been almost 2 months and I had yet to take the girls exploring. We wandered over to Gazebo Park (I have no idea the real name) and the girls enjoyed looking for snakes and walking along the river. Everything was so lush and green and deliciously beautiful!

I love Durango. End of story. It might be one of the happiest places on earth—someone should tell Mr. Walt. 

Bia Bird

This girl. Love her to bits. The End.

Glory Days

Once a year Berns gets to relive his college glory days and go back to him home field and attempt to outplay the current team. And now that we live back in Durango it was easy for him to make it to this years' Alum game!

My ever so lucky husband has the most ridiculous annoying metabolism ever. EVER. The kind that makes you want to punch him. So, it's easy to be fooled when you look at him and think he's in just as good as shape as he used to be.

He's not. (love you honey).

He still looks the same...but can't play the same. And he knows this--So he told everyone his goal was to last 5 minutes on the field.

But because my husband is also a rock star he lasted an entire half! *clap clap clap, whoop, hollar, yahoo*

The girls had a good time watching their daddy kick a ball around. I enjoyed watching him run around in his white uniform (my favorite. lovely. soccer players in white.)-- and he enjoyed getting SCHOOLED by the new team. I don't recall what the final score was--but I think along the lines of Alum:1  Fort Lewis Men's Soccer 2012: Eleventy

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Kessley

Riley Aspen-- have you heard of her? The cute lil lady that is 9 years old? You know, the one that looks like me? --This little lady has had a wild and crazy imagination since she came screaming into this world.  Her thoughts and stories are constantly flowing--I can't even keep up.

When we moved to Durango she was excited because her 2 best friends lived there! Little Miss Jessica Harris and Kiersten Landford. Once we got there, Riley's little gadgets in her mind starting turning. She got together with her little buds and decided they wanted to put together a restaurant. They were going to be the servers AND the entertainers--and good ol Grandma Nisey got to be the cook.

The girls spent a couple weeks planning what they wanted the menu to be and passed it on to the chef (Good ol Grandma Nisey is always the greatest for always doing things like this for them! Especially in a HOT kitchen in the dead of summer!).

The morning of the restaurant Riley went to work making the sign--they called it the "Kessley"--apparently that is part of all 3 of the girls names (Kirsten, Jess, and Riley). 

When it came time to serve, Zoie was feeling a little left out and decided to dress up and enjoy the "fun" of waiting on people.

It was such a cute fun evening. I love my little imaginative Roo and the little wonders she brings to our every day lives!

 Work it girl

 Our servers. Arent they all just FABULOUS!?

 The Kessley--If youre lucky maybe it will show up again some day.

 This little peanut walked around greeting people

The crew and the tired, hot, didnt-get-to-eat-the-yummy-food chef

Some Ancient Architecture

Shortly after we moved Vovo Ceriz and Vovo Gui came for a visit. Since Mesa Verde was now just in our backyard we decided to take them for a quick field trip up the mountain to see the lovely ancient ruins.  Wouldn't you know that it was Berns' first time visiting too--crazy since he lived there since he was 18! Silly old man.

It. was. hotter. than. acid. Times 10.  And for some ODD reason I tend to only go to Mesa Verde when I'm the dead of summer. (note to self. Be smarter.)--Last time I went was with the Browns in the dead of summer 1 month before I had Bia....seriously need to stop doing that!

The in-laws and the girls all enjoyed the trip despite the heat and it was so neat watching Riley try to imagine what it would have been like living in the side of a mountain. Not gonna lie--it would be kinda cool to camp there.--Think about it Mesa Verde park could be fun.

Coming Soon.....

Another little miss. You're welcome world. Costa girls are quite fantastic.

Love me some fireworks....or lack there of.

4th of July is always a treat to celebrate--only because it gives us an excuse to BBQ, play in the water, and listen to some good ol country songs about being proud to be an American.  I would also say that it's a fun reason to sit and watch some lovely displays of Fireworks--however, Colorado banned them this year due to all of the fires.....oh, right...Colorado....

Back up....slow down....rewind.....

We moved back to good ol Colorado. Yup, we suuuuure did. Berns had been searching high and low for a new career opportunity.  We had been searching since September and started getting really frustrated. There was a split second that we thought his best bud had a position for him in southern California (I totally fit the House Wives of Orange County type don't I?!)--but that fell through. After months and months of searching and praying-Berns and I finally decided we wanted to go back to {my} roots and head on back to the lovely state of Colorado. Durango seemed to fit swell.
So Berns looked for jobs there and landed one with the Durango Herald....not really his field of study- but it was a good starting point.
So in June, we packed up what we have called home for 4 years and traveled the 10 hours east to find a new home.
We parked our belongings at my mom's old house (She moved to Manti when we moved to Durango...I say it's because we stink....but she said our timing was just bad). and unpacked the crazy Costas.

SOOOOOOOO, with that being said, 4th of July was spent in lovely, beautiful, Durango! Little Miss Riley Roo was with her father, so we missed celebrating with her cute face- But the 2 itty bitties, Grandma Nisey, Berns and I spent the day playing at the river. Despite the fact we had to miss fireworks (yup, they were banned since the entire state of Colorado seemed to be up in flames)- the girls had a grand ol time. Grandma Nisey seemed to enjoy herself just as much as the littles. It's nice to be back in a place where the girls can wander and play outside and enjoy the amazingness that nature has to offer.