The Kentucky Journey

We are newlyweds who moved across the country, and are enjoying life in a place we never thought we'd be…Kentucky.

Showing off Lexington… April 9, 2010

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Being in Kentucky is amazing. It has given Chris and I the opportunity to get to know the beauty of a new part of the country. The rolling hills and green landscape has grown on Chris and me. We love the bluegrass and we love to show it to those we love.

We had that opportunity this past week, when my sister and her family visited. We got to show them around our new state, and it made me appreciate where we live even more.

We drove around and took in Kentucky in the spring, which is a first for me since we moved here in June. Spring is beautiful here. The trees and flowers are blooming and the grass is already bright green. The sun is always out, and there is often a soothing wind to cool everyone down.

I am glad my sister got to experience this beautiful time of the year here. She brought her husband and three daughters and they all enjoyed it in Lexington.  They went to several distilleries, drives around horse country and to horse parks.

One of the most amazing things we did while they were here is we went to the Kentucky Horse Park. We saw Man O’ War’s grave and I read much about him. He was a race horse who had a short but memorable career. It is amazing to me how people admire horses here in Kentucky and they really are apart of the culture. They make Lexington Lexington. Going to the Kentucky Horse Park reminded me of this love of horses and made me appreciate them more myself.

The beautiful statue of Man O' War

Seeing my sister and her family was great. It made me wish I got to see my nieces more than I do.  That’s life, I am in Kentucky now distanced from my family.   I am just happy knowing they are a phone call or plane trip away- and that they can always come visit the bluegrass! And of course we can go back and see beautiful Seattle.

 

Off to Louisville February 18, 2010

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The winter days seem never ending here in Lexington. Snow, ice and temperatures below freezing- we have it all.  Somehow I don’t mind it too much. It is cozy and the snow makes everything look beautiful.

Chris and I ventured out last weekend, on a typical cold day and visited Louisville. It is only an hour drive and has a place Chris and I love… Costco.

Our quick drive to Louisville was scenic. We drove by the horse farms, including our favorite The Thorough Bred Retirement Community.  The highway drive was beautiful. There was a stretch where we were surrounded by snow covered rocks.  I never dreamed Kentucky was so beautiful.

We reached Louisville, which is much larger city than Lexington. We felt at home in the downtown area, it was just like Seattle. All of the tall buildings and the waterfront- which Lexington does not have. That is one thing I really miss about Seattle, the beautiful Puget Sound- there is nothing like that here!

We walked around downtown and could barely feel our fingers it was so cold! And the town was empty, no one else wanted to be outside on a mid-twenty degree day.

We came to our senses and got in the car. We drove around old town and Church Hill Downs.

Old Town was beautiful. There were many historical homes. The brick seemed endless!

It is wonderful to live in a quaint city like Lexington, and I love that a large city with different things to offer is such a short, beautiful drive away.

 

Seven months in the Bluegrass January 27, 2010

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Chris and me in our kentucky home!

I can’t believe we’ve been in Kentucky for seven months. It feels like just yesterday Scarlett was chasing bears in North Bend! How time flies!

Our time in Lexington has been pretty good. We have fallen in love with the friendliness of people in Kentucky. Their smiles and kindness have made Kentucky feel like home, even though we haven’t been here very long.

One thing that we like about being in the south is how close we are to so many different places. Upstate New York is just a nine hour drive. Tennessee is just a couple hours away. Chicago is just six hours. To east coasters these may seem like long driving times, but to someone from the northwest they are amazing!

Seven months is also how long it has been since we lost our son. It hasn’t always been easy, especially not being close to the people we love the most.

In a weird way being somewhere new has been nice at times.  Not everyone knows what happened so we don’t get all of the sympathy, which is hard for me to deal with.  Chris and I have just had each other to count on, and it has brought us close together.

All and all being in Kentucky is wonderful, I just wish it were closer to Washington and Edmonton!

Scarlett in our new home!

 

Chris is 39! October 13, 2009

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Last Thursday was all about Chris. It was his birthday, and I like to spoil people on their birthdays. We can do whatever you want to do. I’ll do the dishes. I’ll do the cat litter. I’ll take the garbage out. It is the one day where I wait on Chris. I can handle it for one day, but that’s enough!

I even made his favorite cake. I cook all of the time, and I like to make things from scratch- but the boss wanted Ducan Hines. So I made him Ducan Hines with his mom’s homemade frosting on top. I messed up on his mom’s frosting, and it was lumpy! Also I didn’t have a tip for the frosting bag, so the writing on the cake was horrible. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts!

The day was about my husband, but somehow I enjoyed it.  We did our usual snuggling on the couch and watching TV and it was calm. A lazy night, with chicken pesto and the Office- a great combination!

 

Stir crazy September 7, 2009

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Thunder roars our house.  It makes me just want to stay in our comfy house all day. I don’t want to venture out in the cold rain. And so our lazy weekend continues!

We sit on the couch and watch Beatles Anthology, and I can’t help but feel stir crazy. Yes, I enjoy learning about the Beatles and listening to Beatles music- but only for so long!

I wish the thunder would stop shaking the ground, so I could venture outside. I don’t dare to leave in this down pour, so the Beatles are my fate.

I will make it a productive day by organizing our office, which is filled with boxes. And, when I get the energy I will go outside today, because the world doesn’t stop when it rains!

On Saturday we did go on a drive to Louisville. The sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky, how things change! We drove through the large city and felt happy that we lived in Lexington! Not to say there is anything wrong with Louisville, it just seemed big and it didn’t have the charm of Lexington. There weren’t as many horse fences and green fields, that we have become accustomed to.

Even though it wasn’t as quaint as Lexington we still enjoyed Louisville. It was nice to explore more of our new state. As our adventure in Kentucky continues, I can’t wait to see more of this beautiful part of the country– that is when it stops raining!

 

Calm Kentucky September 1, 2009

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As Chris and I sit and watch Jeopardy I can’t help but feel relaxed. Kentucky feels comfortable to me and for the first time I can say I am happy to be here.

Scarlett and Chris are playing on the floor and they are both so happy. The cat is hiding sleepily under the bed. Things are almost as they were in North Bend and that makes me happy.

That is not to say that things aren’t different here. The dog is older and calmer. She tires out and sighs next to Chris after playing for just five minutes!

I feel older and calmer too! I sit on my computer typing and feel content. It is the type of lazy evening that I love now a days, and horrified me in college. How things change, and how I kind of enjoy our lack of a social life. Although, I still would like to make some friends here in Lexington- to go out with very occasionally!

The weather is calm here too. The sun stays out all day and the heat is mild. The slight wind is gentle and soothing.

My life isn’t completely peaceful. I run after four years old’s and cook all day– not very boring at all! It is just nice to have a sprinkle of calmness in my life, that I’ve been wanting a long time!

 

The joy of Kentucky August 11, 2009

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One of the things I love about Kentucky is how friendly the people here are. I am greeted warmly wherever I go and it makes me feel so welcome.

From the dentist office, to the grocery store to the street where I live, I am surrounded by sweet people. It is something I am not used to and I greatly enjoy.

In Seattle and North Bend, people kept to themselves more. As I walked through the grocery store aisles people were in their own heads. They never noticed me, let alone smiled or talked to me. This is far from the way it is Lexington.

Here, most people are polite. Apologizing for accidentally cutting in front of you in the grocery store and smiling at you as you walk past them.

It is refreshing and makes me feel more at ease in a place that is so foreign to me! I feel safe and comfortable here, surrounded by so many genuine people.