An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

I know...it's cliche... but this month seems to remind us to keep our thankful attitudes in check. There are the meme's on Facebook that joke something like- "November... a month for everyone who complains for 11 months, to pretend they are thankful"... oh and then there's black Friday where we go crazy shopping and hurting our fellow Americans to get the best deal... just one day after spending a whole day being thankful. 

In all seriousness AND thankfulness, I feel like this month sets us up to try and not be materialistic for the following month's festivities and celebrate the reason for the season. But back to November. I have done the daily giving thanks posts on Facebook, which turns out to be SO easy really. Don't we all have far more than we ever need or possibly even imagined for ourselves and our families?! I want to start a list of the hundreds of things now... my husband, my kids, Jesus, where we live, etc, etc... But I'd run out of room and bore you all to pieces. 

I would however rather dedicate this November Thankful post to our country.. the wonderful USA!!! To me there are 2 major components to that- 

First, as Thanksgiving approaches, I think of those who founded this country, among other things, for religious freedom. We have so many freedoms to be thankful for, and honestly more opportunity each day.  

Secondly our military, still fighting for (and sometimes dying for) this great country. I'm thankful for each member of the military.. each soldier, airman, seaman, reservist (I'm sorry if I'm butchering this)... and for their families who experience sacrifice at home while their loved one serves. I'm thankful to live in a place where I can drive down the street and walk into our church to worship with like-minded believers and that across the street or the country somebody else can worship (or not) as they see fit. I can safely drive state to state to see our loved ones. I drive my kids to a school where they feel safe to learn and grow... while seeing an awesome snow-covered peak on the way. 

I'm thankful... for this country, for our military.

Happy Veteran's Day to anyone who has served. THANK YOU!!!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone as well. Give Thanks! 

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7240 Bonnie Brae Lane in Springs Ranch - Just Listed

We just listed this great open 2 story home with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 car garage located in The Range at Springs Ranch. The main level has a formal living room with vaulted ceilings. The eat in kitchen has ample storage space, black appliances and is open to the living area. This home also features a walk out to the back yard from the kitchen area. The back has a large deck and storage shed. The main level has a half bath. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs. The master has an attached bath and double vanity. Contact Kelly to take a look before it is snatched up.

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5 Tips to Get Great Listing Photographs of Your Home

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oneFind Something Else To Do - It is tempting to want to stick around and help point out the best angles for the photographer, but resist that temptation. Photographers often work best when left alone with the agent to stage and showcase the best features of your home.

twoPick Up, Pick Up, Pick Up - All homes show best with the minimum amount of "stuff" in them. Miscellaneous items (including toys) tend to detract from the size and feel of the room. Pick up items on counters, tables, bathrooms and any horizontal surface and stash them away before the photographer arrives.

threeLight 'Em Up - Lighting is a photographer's best friend when it comes to interior photography. Check to make sure that all of the bulbs in your lights are working and match with their partners. A chandelier with 3 cool bulbs, 1 warm bulb and 1 burned out bulb doesn't make the right impression.

fourDon't Forget the Backyard - The backyard is often one of the most important "rooms". Do a quick rake of leaves and sweep of walkways and decks before the photographer arrives. Stash any moveable toys, garden equipment and sports equipment to an out of sight location. Remember, Buyers want to see the potential of the yard, not remnants of your last barbeque.

fiveMinimize Holiday Decor - Your Halloween decorations might be the best on the block, but when it comes to showcasing your home, holiday decor should stay in the closet. Keep in mind that displaying holiday items not only distracts from the important features of your home, but the carved pumpkins or elf on a shelf are permanent clues in the photographs as to when your home went on the market.

 

If you are still looking for additional suggestions, check out our featured homes on SpringsHomes.com. We have invested a lot of time and experience in fine tuning our real estate photographs and take a lot of pride in our work. Houzz.com is also another good resource to become inspired to make your home look its best.

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Monument Gaining 2 New Lake Communities

If you have always dreamed of a home by the lake, now might be the time to check out these 2 new Lake Communities in Monument.

 Monument Lake, Colorado Springs Real Estate

Lake of the Rockies

Adjacent to Monument Lake, and within walking distance from Downtown Monument shops and dining is Lake of the Rockies. Formerly a RV and camping resort, Lake of the Rockies has incredible views of the mountains and easy access to Pike National Forest. The developer is making significant improvements to Monument Lake access and lake amenities. Two different home types are offered with 10 different floorplans. Single family homes start at $299,950 / 2 - 6 bedrooms / 2 - 5.5 baths / 2 - 4 car garage

See more at: http://www.centurycommunities.com/colorado/monument/lake-of-the-rockies/about

 

Forest Lakes

On the west side of I-25 at Baptist Road is Forest Lakes, a 900 acre parcel of undeveloped land that sits at an elevation range of 6,800 to 7,200 feet. Plans include a system of interconnecting public and private trails and two neighborhood parks, all set within approximately 450 acres of open space. Classic Homes will be releasing their luxury homes sites first followed by additional releases in 2016.

Oct 2015 - 33 luxury home sites ranging from one to five acres

Q1 2016 - 71 homes to be built on 80 foot wide home sites

Q2 2016 - 163 homes to be built on 50 foot wide home sites

Visit www.ForestLakesColorado.com for additional information.

 

 

 

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Favorite October Activity...BOO at the ZOO!

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This year it saddens me to write about this.  My daughter, age 13, is too cool to dress up and go to the zoo with me now.  But when she was younger, BOO at the Zoo was one of our favorite Halloween activities!   Our local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosts the event for a few weeks every October.  Children dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating at the zoo.   Giraffes and other animal exhibits are open, and you can ride the old ski lift to the top of the mountain overlooking the brilliant city lights of Colorado Springs.   Here is an excerpt from their web site:

 

Boo at the Zoo

Come See the Original Creatures of the Night!

It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans!

Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home!
 

Dates

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 23 – 24 – 25
Friday & Saturday, October 30 – 31

Time

4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – with the last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m.

Please NOTE: The Zoo will close early for day visits at 3 p.m. on all seven Boo at the Zoo evenings, with the last ticket of the day sold at 2 p.m. Guests must exit the Zoo at 3 p.m. Last Sky Ride is at 2:30 p.m. and the Shrine Road closes at 1 p.m. The Zoo will open for Boo at the Zoo at 4 p.m.

 

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