Pink and silver cowboy hats

I like to keep my cowgirl adventures separate from the rest of my blog… it’s just more fun that way.

This week was pretty uneventful, as I had the kids on Monday but we didn’t get to do much.

I forgot to tell y’all (seeeeee that?? y’all) that I met A’s other two pigs. Remember Gibbs? He’s (she???) the one who’s black and white and cute all over. Well, the OTHER ones are named Peanut, which I think is the white one, and Achmed, which is a reddish color, I think. He named them after Jeff Dunham characters. Nice. You know what I’m thinking? That three pigs means a LOT of bacon. Like, a TON.

Yesterday H and I played Country Dance on the Wii. Now, for being a “city girl” (I swear, no matter how much I try to fit in, these kids will always dub me the city girl) I know my country music pretty well. At least the country music that’s sort of rock and pop, too. No super twangy stuff for me. My dad might disown me….. (Y’all, my concerts growing up were John Mellencamp, Def Leppard, Styx and REO Speedwagon.)

Anyway, we played Country Dance and I tell ya that that little girl beat my butt! She even let me wear her bright pink cowboy hat with silver trim… I felt so cowgirl badass.

Then A gave us his “guns” that he fashioned from narrow PVC pipes and camo duct tape. Yes, CAMO. We played “Army” and H and I were on a team and totally won, though A wouldn’t admit it. Silly boys. I did well, again, for a “city girl” who was never even allowed to play with water guns. (One time at my grandma’s, my cousin had rubber band guns and we played “Commando” or some such…)

I still need to get me some boots……. and maybe a hat…

An afterthought: I was thinking yet again about how I gave up a full-time job in education and should I have done that, blah blah blah (a resounding YES comes to mind) and then I was thinking about how it’s important in life to see what really matters, and to grab hold of those unique opportunities. I mean seriously. Who gets to be a nanny for kids who live on a ranch with horses in southern New Mexico??? Yeah.

May 11, 2012

Not a whole lot is going on around here, which in Army life is not necessarily a bad thing. I guess the biggest  piece of news is that I might have to buy a darker foundation. Meaning, just “ivory” instead of “light ivory” or “translucent”. *Hangs head in English/Scandavian shame*

Aaron got in a week ago late Friday night. Being the night owl crazy party animals we are, we went to IHOP for a late laaaate dinner. We had a restful weekend, and he had Monday and Tuesday off as well.

Monday morning we found a new park to go to that has trails in the Franklin Mountains State Park. Missy loves hiking.

I haven’t done much exercise wise. Monday we went hiking, yesterday Jess and I took advantage of the so-not-desert-like weather (60ish and cloudy/rainy!) and ran 3 miles outside. This morning I went to the gym and did 2.67 miles of 60-120’s, or running hard for 2 minutes and resting for 1. It felt great!

I’ve been trying to “eat clean”, and I’m definitely doing it 80% of the time.. or maybe 70%… I’ve been having fun researching new recipes to try and ways to make the things I like to eat healthier. We’re definitely not going all organic, raw food, or vegan or anything. I like my ice cream, red meat and coffee creamer too much (Bailey’s creamer anyone???).

I don’t know.. life’s just.. life. And it’s nice. As for right now, no pending deployments. However, we know that can change at any moment. Soon it’ll be hotter than heck here, so it’s great that our swamp cooler got fixed! The filters were completely calcified and so heavy I couldn’t even lift one! The pump was broken too, which makes the whole idea worthless. Who knows how long it’d been since it was serviced!

The crazy thing is, last summer when we got here we thought that swamp coolers were just crappy, but ours gets it so cool in here (when it’s not humid!) that it’s almost chilly! Lately we’ve been getting away with just having the vent on at night (almost like an attic fan, except it pushes air out instead of pulling it in).

We’re wanting to take a day trip to Cloudcroft, which is a little mountain town about 100 miles away at 9,000 ft! We drove through it to get to Carlsbad, but didn’t get a chance to really check it out.

Anyway, off to enjoy the weekend!