Our new neighborhood rocks. I’ve hesitated to say where I live, and never said where I lived in Texas, but I don’t think I can not talk about this neighborhood because I am head over heels in love with it. Initially I wanted to live here, then Andy looked at a dozen homes in other neighborhoods, and eventually decided that if we didn’t live in this neighborhood that I would be angry with him for a year once I saw how darling it was. We’re renting, and someday hope to build, in this kick-ass neighborhood called Stapleton. It’s built over the old Stapleton Airport after they hauled away the jet-fuel contaminated dirt. It’s called an urban infill and is one of the most highly planned communities I have ever seen. We share a front courtyard with 10 other homes and we don’t have to maintain it. We have four swimming pools, all heated, one of them indoors, designed around the age of the children using them. Across the street from us is the little kid pool, the Puddle Jumper. Next to the Puddle Jumper is a park.
Across the street another direction is a Montessori school. A few blocks up is an award-winning elementary school. We have pediatricians that don’t care if you don’t vaccinate, dentists, a dance studio, an ice cream parlor, 5 nail salons (one is a cocktail bar), a yoga studio, a dermatologist, an eyebrow threader, banks, a comedy club, a grocery store, karate classes, a spa, a wellness center (chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy), a crunchy mama baby store, a consignment store, a car wash, an urban farm that has chickens and horses, a wine shop, Super Target, Chipotle and Smash Burger. Smash Burger rocks, too.
11 blocks away is Central Park, which is 80 acres and has a playground, a duck pond, hiking trails, and most importantly today: sledding hills. I haven’t seen this child so happy in a very long time.
His Calvin face deserves a close-up.
So brave when he’s in Daddy’s arms.
Don’t think for a second that this one was left out.
This shot caught part of a cloud and blew out the sky, but really it was 40 degrees and sunny. I felt like my kids were overdressed for the weather.