Just another day in Paradise.

Just another day in Paradise.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

West Texas Snow Day

Yep.  El Paso gets snow.  
And yes, we got the day off school. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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.