Just another day in Paradise.

Just another day in Paradise.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hello, 2015?

Is this mic on? tap tap tap

 I feel like I have been missing something the last twenty-some months or so.  Photos that have gone un-uploaded, thoughts that have had no where to escape and a general feeling of disconnect from cyberspace and all of the grandparents, aunts and friends that live there.

Lots has changed since I have been consistent in posting.  We live in a totally different climate.  I don't wear glasses anymore.  I finally broke down and bought a smartphone (used on Ebay but still).  My VW broke down too many times to make it a reliable primary vehicle, but I still have it, for now.  We have a cat (yikes).  Miles is a cub scout. Avery is a girl scout. Cruz learned how to swim. Ben doesn't get up at 5am for work. Otherwise we are mostly the same.  Stay tuned!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Most expensive Halloween costume ever!!

It's a scary one folks...she's going as a tween.

Monday, February 17, 2014

White Sands, NM

 Running, rolling, sledding.  The Southwest's version of snow!

 There must be an ocean over there somewhere...

 Gypsum treasures shared with us by the park ranger.

 Documentation of Miles' long hair that I hate and hope he will agree to cut soon (he says he wants to get it long enough so he can see what it tastes like...great)

Real estate signs do not make for good sand sleds, despite what some on the Internet might say. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's Curtains

Avery got a sewing machine for Christmas.  After Miles showed her how to use it...

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We made curtains! 

For the record, she wouldn't listen to me about what type of fabric would make the best curtains.  She wanted to choose the softest comfiest fabric - which obviously is a challenge to get to not flop over at the top, so we will remedy by pinning.  We made the curtain rod with electrical conduit (more on that later).   

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sticks and Stones.

By now I'm definitely used to rocks, sticks, broken arrows, shards of glass, BB's, pellets and general filth in pockets, shoes, backpacks etc., but I have never seen anything quite so...substantial... make it's way home with one of the boys.  I picked Miles' backpack up one day and was shocked at how heavy it had become.  He had been carrying all of these giant rocks around - and for over a week!  I don't know if the pictures show true scale but one was definitely larger than my hand. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Anvil - A-N-V...

 Avery was selected to represent her class in the school spelling bee.  Studying with her was excruciating.  Each word had to be commented upon and dramatized, making it difficult to get through more than 10 words in a sitting.  Eventually I just suggested that she watch Akeelah and the Bee and hoped that she would serendipitously get a word that she heard in the movie.  The night before the event she was a little more serious in her studies.

 It goes without saying that you would wear your (snow)leopard print pants for the main event.   She was cool and confident and I felt pretty darn nervous.  The setting instantly took me back a quarter century to my own participation in the district bee*.
Round one - R-O-B-O-T

Round two - L-I-L-A-C

Round three - A-N-V-I-L pause, E? ding.

She loved the experience and wore her everyone's a winner medal all day and evening long.

*I got out on BALLISTIC,  can't remember exactly but I think I put an O in there.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Towel Bar & TP Holder

I feel like toilet paper holders are a bit of a problem child in our house decorating past.  They aren't cheap and the ones we like seem to get loose beyond repair or break in some other fashion.  Once again my monthly Internet bill is one I don't hate paying, because I get so much use out of it.  I'm not going to pretend that I thought this up myself.  All I had to do was Google, "sturdy DIY toilet paper roll holder" and I had a bevy of images to browse until I found one that would fit our aesthetic and skill set.   

Items procured from The Home Depot, plumbing dept. - 

1/2 inch x 6 inch galvanized pipe, 
(I used the "black" version which is really more of a dark gray)
1/2 inch x 2 inch galvanized pipe
1/2 inch elbow
1/2 inch end cap
1/2 inch floor flange 
(I had to buy this online bc they only had a light silver version of this at both Lowe's and HD, also it was cheaper)

I did come up with my own version of a matching towel rod.  

2 - floor flanges
1 - 12 inch x 1/2 inch pipe
2 - 90 degree "street" connectors - different than an elbow as there is a male and female end

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hola 2014!

With a giant bucket of Popcornopolis assorted mix by my side I am excited to welcome the new year and get back to the keyboard again (my right wrist and it's ulner nerve issues...less excited).  Being a more faithful blogger is not my new years resolution*, it just so happens that we barely unpacked our computer a few weeks ago and I have been legitimately off-line and unplugged since last June.  And it has been that long since I have had a kitchen also.  We are only partially moved in to our new place (we made an Army sponsored move to Texas/Mexico) So much and so little has happened in the last six months but I hope to be able to fill in snippets as I download pictures from the camera and as pertinent events are recalled.  I am also starting a new blog reminiscent of our Washington house building site that will serve as a very depressing record of our attempt to remodel an old house instead of building from scratch (the latter is way easier).  The progress can be followed here once I find the courage to relive the last few months.

So, last I left off we were in the middle of this (packing to move):

Once we were packed and on the road we did this:

the highlight of the summer was this:

All leading up to this:

*This year my efforts will be toward speaking more kindly to my husband especially when discussing matters related to house improvements as terse words do not improve a tense situation (it only makes for good tv and we don't have a reality show).  Hopefully the kids will be kinder to each other as a result of my example.  Happy New Year everybody!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


 Cool things about El Paso.  It's a fairly big city with the nearest big city (besides Ciudad Juarez) being hours away.  It's also a university town.  Because of these two things we have a vibrant but navigable downtown and a fair number of special events, one being the Sunbowl.  I figured that someday we would catch a game, but as we have extremely charitable neighbors, someday became today, the 80th annual Sunbowl, where UCLA stomped the Virginia Tech Hokies 42-12.

The stadium is pretty neat, built into a hill with views of Mexico and the weather was awesome.  Taking the kids to the game seemed like a fun family event and even though they are smiling in the pictures they didn't really love it.  What they did love was the Sunbowl Fiesta at the convention center the night before with all sorts of entertainment and games to stand in line for.  Three Dog Night played and sounded surprisingly amazing and the night was capped off with some fireworks.  Just a usual Monday night in El Paso.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What I did last night.


 Isn't this super fun photography?  The older kids and I were invited for quite the adventure with the ultra-genius artist Kerrie E. and her family.  We braved a steep descent, train tracks and the possible threat of sea lions to get these night shots.  That is me flinging fire above my head and below are the glow-sticked outlines of the kids and I.  Hopefully this is as close to a rave as any of us get.

Make sure to check out this website, you won't be sad: www.photosbykerrie.com

These are some of my captures from the night below, it doesn't hurt to get tips from a pro: