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Friday, July 27, 2007

I've Been Everywhere

I feel like I've spent the last 4 days in the backseat of our minivan riding! Well, I did spend Wednesday and Thursday in Jake's Rodeo with hit or miss (mostly miss) air conditioning! Since Jake's parents arrived Monday, we've been to Las Cruces 3 times, Mesilla 3 times, White Sands, and all sides of El Paso via every possible route! We've been as close to Mexico as you can get without crossing the border. Needless to say, I'm tired of riding. I think Jake said at one point today we had driven 270 miles and we weren't even home yet. I also feel like I've gained 20 lbs in the past 4 days. I'm not even on vacation, but I seem to be eating that way. I'm avoiding the scales until next week!!

Jake and I were able to get away on Wednesday night. We spent the night in Las Cruces and enjoyed a couple of games of bowling. I won both times! We walked through the little shops in Mesilla. They have lots of cool Native American and South American art and trinkets. There's also lots of sterling silver and turquoise jewelry to look at and buy if you're into that kind of stuff. At least I know where to go if I ever need replacement figurines for my Nativity set that my friend Kathy gave me as a wedding gift. Her mom was a missionary in some South American country at the time so Kathy had purchased it on one of her trips to visit her mom. They had lots of similar pieces at the shops in Mesilla. If you're into history, you probably know that Billy the Kid was hung or hanged in Mesilla.

Today we ended our outing at
White Sands, NM. I was thoroughly impressed and we'll be returning soon! From the highway, it just looks like mounds of white sand, but once you get into actual White Sands Park, the sand gets whiter and whiter. The dunes get taller and taller and it's just white sand as far as you can see. Those who know me best know it takes alot to impress me, and I was thoroughly impressed! It really was phenomonal! Some friends said we should go sledding while we were there, but we didn't have sleds! Where do you buy a sled in El Paso in the middle of the summer? We'll have to get creative with what we use for our sleds until we're able to find real sleds.

Here are some pictures of the boys at White Sands and a couple of other places! One day I'll learn to take my real camera with me when we go EVERYWHERE! I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of the camera on my Razr!

Maverick loved putting his hands in the sand. I never saw him eat any so maybe he'll be less of a goat than Bailey was or is! Bailey probably ate sand today and I just didn't see it.

This is Bailey's footprint in the sand. He was chasing Jake up a dune and I thought his little footprint was cute!

Bailey running back toward me when he figured out I was coming up the dunes with them. He thought he was in Heaven having all this wide open space to run through. He even picked a little handful of flowers and carried them all the way back to the van. When he didn't feel steady walking down the hills, he'd just sit down and scoot to the bottom. I'm sure he had sand in his crack by the time we left the dunes!

Here's Benny, Jake's dad, enjoying his Texas Brisket at Rudy's! He was so impressed that I think we're going back tomorrow for lunch. Did I mention I feel like I've gained 20 lbs? I'll be eating a turkey sandwich! No more brisket for me!

This was from our trip to Chick Fil A that I mentioned a few days ago. It was the perfect ending to an eventful trip to Chick Fil A. As you can tell, Bailey's not too sure about this cow standing on 2 legs on the side of a busy street.

A final note from Jake - - He says that I need to get better blogging friends! I guess he's bored looking at the blogs that don't seem to change that frequently. You'll notice that he doesn't have his own blog!

10 comments:

Jed said...

Dear Mr. Jake Wade.... I hope that your comment about Jen's blogging friends does in NO WAY reflect you opinion about mine... if it does then you stink.... It just doesnt get any better than Jeepney Ride, Dentist visit, and my new classroom all on video... Just wait til you the ones I got coming of me and matt in Mcdonalds today as a magic sleeping potion seemed to hit the restaurant.... IT WAS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jed,

In no way was my comment about you or Matt. In fact before our trip yesterday I watched you and Matt get your teeth cleaned for $4.50. You and Matt are my favorite Blogs... well, other than Jen's.

By the way... in response to my wife's comment about me not having a blog... the military is very anti-blog for officer personnel because they are scared that pictures of my kids, wife and comments about friends and family could be a threat to our national security:(

AMANDA said...

As someone who was INSPIRED by your wife's blogging ability, I can not believe you would say that! :) Just kidding! I admit it, I am a slack blogger and I also get irritated when people don't update. I guess I really don't have a right to do that if I don't keep up with my own! Great pictures of White Sands! Trash can lids work as sleds, in a pinch!

Grammy said...

Sorry I don't update my blog often enough to suit Jake. Some people only get home every couple of weeks. Check out my tick bite!! It doesn't get any better than that.

Chris Whisonant said...

I update mine - you just don't get it! ;)

And my wife updates hers pretty often too.

Cindy said...

Looks like you are having a great visit with Benny and Debie! Love the pictures and travel stories.

Robin J said...

I so love the baby foot prints.. they are precious.. sorry but don't have any myself... I'll just enjoy yours ;)

Robin J. said...

being a former military employee I do understand what Mr. Jake said.. they don't like it but you can do it.. the rule I was given was Don't post anything that you wouldn't want in the newspaper.. but then again I was dating a Lt. col that worked for DOD Public Affairs... He was a sweetie.. timing was just wrong..

Peggy said...

I would update my blog more often if people would leave COMMENTS! It gets pretty discouraging when you spend the time putting everything together, with kids whining at your elbow, and then nobody says anything. :( I'm doing better this month already, though! Please check out our new house pics!

Peggy said...

Just had to say one more thing...those White Sands pictures actually made me homesick! That's hard to do when it comes to El Paso! Next time we visit, I'm taking my kids there. Can you believe they've not been yet?!

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