The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Piano and Packing

Today Ashlyn had her, "National Piano Guild Auditions" where she memorized 6 pieces to play for a judge. All went well and her piano teacher was pleased with how she did. Ashlyn loves a good challenge so the piano teacher would like for her to enter some "composition competitions" where you write your own music and perform with others. It sounds like a fun goal to work toward, and Ashlyn was excited to have a new challenge. Here she is today with music in hand...look at those fancy pianos in the store where the auditions were...those grand pianos cost $38,000 plus! our dreams!

It was a beautiful morning with the sun shining, but the clouds have rolled in and it looks like rain now. Colorado weather changes within minutes and hours so we always have a lot of variety.
Poor Roscoe is exhuasted after chasing the landscaper's dog around the pond...he ran circles around the big golden lab and would roll down the hill, and climb back up over and over again. He can barely walk today!

The kids and I are also packing up for our 10 day trip to California. We're leaving tomorrow morning bright and early out of Denver to fly to Sacramento. Tom will be home in Colorado, but will join us for a few days.

We've got our work cut out for us with packing up my parents home, boxing items to keep, preparing items to sell, donate, give away, etc..etc.. I'll be awarding the scholarship recipients their monies while we are there and submitting an article for the local paper about the fund. All proceeds from the estate sale at my parents house will also go toward the scholarship fund, so that is a positive thing.

I'll be sure and let you know how it goes, and if you are in northern CA feel free to stop by...I've got a car to sell, furniture, dishes, tools, you name it. Anything I can't keep I hope friends, family, and those who need it can benefit. I am sure I will cry as every box and momento leaves the house, but I am planning on taking lots of pictures so I can at least hold onto picture memories.

There is no internet service at my parents house, so my blogging will be limited to trips to Starbucks to use the free Wi-Fi. I will look forward to checking in with all of you when I can. Enjoy the last few days of May, and remember to make every day count!

With love from Colorado,
Denise :-)

P.S. The pond project won't be done before we leave, so when we return home I will have several follow up blog posts to share...the pond renovation, the spray paint furniture, the wall of photo frames, the "fashion show" etc....etc...Happy Summer to you all!


linda said...

Your trip to CA will be an emotional'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

I wish Sacramento wasn't such a drive, I'd come meet you for lunch.

Take care!

Beth said...

Wishing you peace... and contentment! Take Care

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I accidentally rolled down two posts, Denise! I'll say again that I'm proud of Ashlyn and thinking of you. Let us know if we can do anything for you from afar.

Thinking of you and sending love...


Sheila :-)

Lucy Marie said...

I so wish I was close to California so I could come to the sale. Wishing you safe travels, peace and comfort over the next few weeks. I will be thinking of you often. Love you!

Anita said...

I'll be thinking of you while on your trip Denise, and will pray for you during this emotional time. I wish you peace.
I'm sure twitter has an iphone app!!
Be well.

Sue said...

Have a safe trip and know that I'm thinking of you and praying for a peaceful time for you.


Kim said...

I think it is great about Ashlyn doing so well on the piano. That was something I always wanted to do as a child. Piano music is so beautiful!

Can't wait to see you on your trip up here! I'm available for help, muscles wise AND support! Whatever I can do to make it a tiny bit better.


glitzen said...

I've missed your blog! And now you are leaving...bummer. I love the piano pics of Ashlyn, what an adorable dress she is wearing! I'd be so proud of her piano goals, as I am sure you are!
I will be reading each post I missed, so looking forward to that. You will be in my prayers as you go to this next stage of packing up your parents' house. SWSM! Geri

ShutUpandRun said...

Good luck in CA. Try to keep us posted on your brief Starbucks respites. I hope all goes okay; I know it will be an emotional trip for you. Take care, travel safe.

stefanie said...

Congratulations to Ashlyn! Regardless of the results, she accomplished a lot.

Hope your trip is productive and that you can also get the rest you need. Don't overdo like Roscoe...

DeClercq said...

Hi Denise!
Just letting you know we are thinking of you all in California and it's killing me knowing you are only 3 hours away and I won't be seeing you! boo hoo!
Love to You, Tom and the Kids and I pray that everything goes smoothly for you in CA!