Bitten

Monday we headed up to New Mexico with our Girl Scout troop to pick apples at an orchard. Sam and I have passed this particular one many times on the way to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, but we never knew we could stop there. We pulled up to a small, ranch style home surrounded by huge trees and green fields – something we don’t see much of in El Paso. It was just gorgeous.

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After waiting a few minutes for the rest of the troop to arrive, Bella and I got out and gathered our bags, spraying ourselves down with bug spray.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.

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A Week of Ours

Sam is gone for the day, a shift at work. The Sunday’s he has these are hard because there simply isn’t much to do here. Bella and I are thinking of going to the zoo this afternoon to break up part of the day.

These past two weeks have been busy. Soccer started, Bella’s first game was Thursday. I seriously could not handle how cute that was – tiny ones running and sobbing about having the ball taken away from them.

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We’re Learning to Sew. Maybe just Sam is.

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Craftsy

The other day, Sam asked me if I could sew his uniform patches on instead of having to take them somewhere, and pay, to have them done. I told him I might be able to – if we had a sewing machine and I learned how to use it.

I’d taken a sewing class in high school, but I mean. That was years ago and I haven’t done anything but (very poorly) hand sew somethings since then.

We went out and bought a cheap little Brother one that had off the chart ratings on Amazon. Nothing special – just the basics. As soon as we came home, I searched for an online sewing class to help me learn the machine. I found a free, short class on Craftsy, and that night sat down to put what I’d learned into use.

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Sam and I somehow had the thread on the bobbin going the wrong way, and I pulled up the class to check how to do it. He started laughing and told me earlier that day he’d watched the same one.

I have to admit – in the few weeks we’ve had the machine – he’s used it more than I have. He’s able to sew all of his patches on and fix things while I’m slowly plodding away with help from more beginning classes like Learn to Sew.

Once I started looking around on the Craftsy site, I ended up taking a photography course on The Essentials for Understanding Light and drooling over one about capturing life differently.

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Thoughts and Pics on a Friday

It’s 8am here, and Sam and Bella are still passed out in the beds, so I snuck out to get Charlie up and have a few moments to myself. I love having all of us home for long weekends like this one, but I also crave alone time during it as well. So instead of being cranky that I didn’t get a chance to write or drink coffee in silence, I carved out that time.

Maybe in my old age I’m learning some self discipline.

So what’s new – let me see. Well, coming home from California we had an oversold flight in Vegas. Bella and I gave up our seats for a flight an hour later, and scored two tickets to anywhere Southwest flies, anytime. That was pretty sweet.

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California Dreamin’

Gosh this place smells amazing.

Seriously. I think when you live in El Paso and you visit somewhere else – you realize how other places smell so good.

So we’re out in Santa Clara for my grandma’s 90th birthday. Bella and I flew out Thursday and, after delays and a nearly missed connecting flight, we arrived to a pretty sweet hotel here.

It’s so green and gorgeous. Growing up, we made the trip out here pretty frequently to see my extended family, so this area is like a second home. It’s different coming out here and then heading back to El Paso. There is a part of me that wishes we lived somewhere green and lush, and a part of me that wishes I’d not taken living in San Diego for granted at the start of our marriage.

I do know that a lot of that attitude had to do with me not being thankful/happy for much of anything. I was always searching for the next better thing.

El Paso has taught me such a valuable lesson about truly being able to be content and love where you are – not just long for where you wish you were.

That view comes from some very hard lessons and God – not my own specially smart brain. ;)

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