Friday, March 26, 2010
Meghan would probably insert the boring warning (HERE). For some reason, we just don't see eye-to-eye on what we deem as interesting. But anyway...
My travels this week landed me in El Paso, Texas. I think sometimes it is really hard to appreciate, or fathom, just how large Texas is. It is actually a shorter distance to travel from El Paso to Los Angeles than it is to travel across the state of Texas.
El Paso is snugly set in the western corner of Texas. It borders New Mexico and Mexico. Until recently, I did not really know just how close El Paso was to Juarez, Mexico, nor did I really know a lot about that city. However, there was an eerie feeling to be right beside "the most dangerous place in the world, outside a war zone," as it is widely considered. Apparently, the problems associated with the drug trade have really escalated during the past few years. Just since 2008, there have been more than 4,700 murders in Juarez! Strangely, though, El Paso is considered one of the safest cities in the U.S. One source (not the El Paso Chamber of Commerce) considered it as the second safest large city in America. What a difference a river, a tall fence, and perhaps, an active government can make.
We were pretty busy from the time we got there, so there wasn't much time for exploring the city. There were some beautiful views of mountains that surrounded the city. For me, the most interesting sight was traveling down I-10 (basically, right on the outskirts of downtown El Paso), looking out the window of the car, and seeing many small Mexican dwellings across the border (very similar to what we had seen in parts of Honduras last summer). I had never witnessed such a huge discrepancy in standard of living, separated by such a short distance.
I am proud to report that Meghan and Duncan were able to survive the week alone (they may wish I would leave more often - the house looks pretty clean!). Right now, Duncan is curled up on the couch right beside me. Even after a week away, some things just do not change. -Andy
Thursday, March 25, 2010
No eye contact...really Duncan? With Andy being out of town, who else could have done this???
Yes, he loves to hang his head as I yell at him to make me think he is really taking it all in. He's really sorry. Until the next time I buy a pack of gum and leave him alone with my purse...
Oh, and guess who's cap and gown came in today??? MINE!!! I might need to start wearing it each night when I am working on papers...maybe it would help with motivation? But, I think that might be weirder than a gum-chewing dog so I'll pass on that idea. :) Have a great night!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
The Bozemans! This one is definitely Facebook profile picture worthy. :)
I promise my brother IS this weird in real life. Imagine, if you will, what his high school scrapbook will look like. My poor mom will have no decent pictures to choose from...ALL of them look this ridiculous.
Another group shot...
We were really sad to see that Murphy and Elmo were not welcome at this beach. :( They love getting to walk on the beach! Please notice two things: 1. Connor is trying to play it cool, but you can slightly see his undies through his linen pants--HAHA! 2. Check out Andy's sad face--HAHA! I laugh every time I look at this picture.
I'm going to really miss the ocean. :( Until next time! I hope everyone's Spring Break has treated them well...it's back to the grind!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Andy's here! Woohoo!
I stinkin' love this picture! I caught her in the middle of blinking, but it looks like she is laughing!
In case some of you were wondering, yes, my brother tries to ruin most pictures. :)
Group shot...notice Connor's ridiculous face AGAIN.
No, he isn't dead. I checked to make sure his chest was rising and falling before I took the picture. He pretty much looks like this every moment of every day.
As you can see, Florida is still treating us well. We are off to get pizza for dinner, and will hopefully play a round of Mexican dominoes before bed. All in a day's work, right? :)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
So, Connor and I were asked to locate a match or lighter in the house to light the grill. This is what we found...no, we aren't joking! It reminded us of the famous Christmas Story leg lamp. So random!!!
Can you see the anticipation on his ridiculous-looking face???
Look at him go! I'm sad to say that we did not light the grill with the "leg lighter."
I also have to say that Andy has been working hard on our kitchen painting while I have been gone. Yay for Andy!!! According to a picture text, it looks as if he is close to being done. Did I marry well or what? :) Have a blessed night!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I had to start with this picture. My parents took out a seat in the minivan to fit all of the sports equipment and luggage (along with a family and TWO dogs). Therefore, the seat was sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor. Elmo kept eyeing the seat like he wanted to go for a ride. So, he being too told to jump in it himself, I helped him up. He sat here the whole time we packed the car! Isn't he cute???
This was the view from our back deck when we got in last night. Beautiful!!! The island you see out in the distance is a reservation. We may try to "canoe" ourselves out there this week!
Another view from the deck...
My extremely lazy brother found the hammock right off...did I mention he is still asleep???
The boardwalk to the beach...
View of the house from the beach...kind of hard to see!
This one's for you, Andy! He HATES when I take crooked pictures. I think it's artistic...sort of. :)
Murphy attempting to get in the hammock with Connor...I was REALLY encouraging her. :)
The view when I got up this morning...
Friday, March 12, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The new curtains! YAY!
This is the painting I was talking about. Please ignore the sticker on the candle--haven't gotten around to taking that off yet! This isn't how I'll display them either (just so you know!).
I also finished up the painting in the first half of the kitchen last night. Getting behind the refrigerator was DISGUSTING to say the least. But, it's done! These pictures are only showing the top portion of the walls because we didn't paint past the bottom of the cabinets (the backsplash will cover it anyway). It looks like a VERY unfinished paint job at this point, but the backsplash is coming soon (hopefully)!
Behind the sink...
The yellow has brightened up the kitchen so much!
Thanks for checking in with us! Have a great last few hours of the weekend!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Therefore, I am choosing to think happy thoughts about the beach, the sand, the sun, and my long-lost Harry Potter book that I have neglected lately. Spring Break is nearly here! I am going to bust my tail this week to get ahead in my work so that I don't even look at my laptop all week. No school books, no papers. Just sunburns and seafood. Have I mentioned how ghostly pale we are? Andy and I are going to have to wear a sunscreen that is equivalent to wearing a t-shirt. Andy keeps saying it is going to be cold down there and we won't be able to swim or anything, but I'm thinking happier thoughts. Hey, if nothing else, it's Florida, right???
This is "The Beast" (as I like to call her) chewing on my applesauce cup on the back deck. You would have thought that it was the greatest chew toy in the world...
This was our house for the week in St. George. It was called "Boardwalk," and the whole house was decorated with a Monopoly theme. It was actually pretty neat!
The Fitz Kids (before Andy's time)--Fun Fact: This was the Spring Break just before I met Andy. I met him the next weekend at church...weird, huh??? I had no idea he was headed my way!
Well, we are definitely looking forward to the week. Duncan is too...he is staying with his Grammy in Huntingdon. He'll be spoiled rotten by the time we get back!!! Enjoy the warmer weekend--it might finally feel like spring!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Don't you love it? Yes, the place that grooms him puts bows in his hair...he hates them. Usually he tears them out himself! But, he loves getting groomed there so we forgive them!
He looks much smaller now, doesn't he? All that fuzzy hair is officially gone...and in its place is a fabulous mullet cut. Too cute!!!
Thanks for checking in with us! Have a blessed night!