Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Where does time go and why yes we DO have an award winning dog ;)

Where does time go? I mean seriously!?! It seems just like yesterday we were on our way to Omaha and I was carving a pumpkin for Halloween. The scenery this year is nothing like corn stalks, scarecrows, and pumpkins of last year! ;) Get ready for lots of pictures! We have been keeping up our normal schedule of traveling. Sine the last post we have been to the lake house, white water rafting, Dock Diving, made it through a hail storm to name a few.

We miss being close to the water so we headed to the lake house for Labor Day weekend. Jill and Jason were able to meet us and we loved being able to catch up with them! We don't get to see our friends often so when we do we treasure our time! We had an absolute blast, visited with the neightbors, played in the lake, and are so glad we made the dirve! J and J we miss you guys already!
The next weekend we stayed in EP and as always kept busy. One night we went to a local hang out to listen to Daniels co-workers band and they continued to impress. That same weekend Hershey became our award winning Dock Diving Dog! She was the 2nd place winner at the 2009 El Paso Dog Swim Splash Dog Jumping Contest. Yes folks it was a proud moment with her 12 foot jump! ;)
The next week was Daniel's birthday. On his actual birthday I made breakfast, healthy "cupcakes" and we went to dinner at his favorite-Texas Roadhouse. He got a lot of Longhorn Burnt Orange (my eyes, my eyes) and had a great birthday! I love you Daniel!
The next weekend I surprised Daniel (for his birthday) with a whitewater rafting trip in NM on the Rio Grande River. I had been whitewater rafting before but this was Daniel's first time. It was so much fun and a definite must for anyone in the area! Our amazing friends Laura, Anthony, and little Babs invited us to stay with them. They have a beautiful house in Albuquerque and were amazing hosts. We can't wait to come back!

Saturday after whitewater rafting we headed back to Albuquerque along the way we stopped at a winery to get Laura a special treat of handmade chocolates. The four of us had dinner at a local yummy restaurant and then ended the night watching the AR (what is the deal with our HOGS?) and TX games at the lively restaurant Saggios. Our doggies had a great time with Babs!! I still can't get over how much Chance and Babs look alike!

As luck would have it the New Mexico State Fair was hosting Dock Dogs this year. We decided early in the week to enter Hershey on Sunday. We were pretty confident due to her performance the weekend before in EP and we had spent the entire Labor Day weekend and all summer watching her jump off the dock! She didn't disappoint although this particular dock made her hesitate a little. We are working on a new technique in hope that she will continue to increase in distance off the dock. Drumroll..Hershey did it again! Second place Big Air, Dock Dogs in her division at the New Mexico Sate Fair! We were so proud of her. I am sure you can't tell by all the pictures!

Actual jump

We walked around the fair and rode a crazy ride that almost made Daniel well you know ;) We saw the farm animals, cars, tigers, and everything that happens at a state fair. I realized very quickly I had not been to a fair in several years.

Before leaving we had dinner at an amazing steak house and then hit the road. Laura and Anthony, thank you guys so much we had a wonderful time!!We can't wait to come back and hang out again! Get ready for the winter!

Last night we meet Freddy (who was in Livingston with us) for dinner while he is traveling through to his next location. We had a great time seeing you Freddy and hope we can catch up again soon!

Over the past few weeks I have decided at times I like being an adult and then other times I do not. Last week we experienced a major hail storm (70mph winds combined with golf ball size and larger) and found ourselves with both vehicles un-drivable as the front windows were completely busted out. This was not the first time I have endured hail damage this is just the first time it has affected everything in our lives. Our fifth wheel even has extensive damage with skylights busted through, all the exterior lights missing, etc. My vehicle was declared a complete loss so we are going to try the one car family for a few months. Apparently the hail was so bad the body shops are saying the cars look like they have been hit with machine guns. We are waiting to get our truck back and then in few weeks our 5th wheel goes in for repairs. Another hotel for us!

During all the hail excitement Daniel's rotation got extended until Jan! We are so excited to be here through the holidays as the thought of looking for a new location with a fifth wheel in the shop is stress we don't need!
Through all of the hail adventure I took a few days off of training for the 3 Day Walk but I am now back on schedule and can't believe it is coming up soon!

We miss all of you and hope things are going great with each of you!
Love Daniel and Melissa

PS I am dealing with a bad headache today so please disregard horrific grammar usage or misspellings. ;(

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Andrea!

I know you are at home and checking in on the I wanted to wish you a very happy birthday!

A Friend is a Treasure
A friend is someone we turn to,
when our spirits need a lift.
A friend is someone we treasure,
for our friendship is a gift.
A friend is someone who fills our lives,
with beauty, joy and grace.
And make the world we live in,
a better and happier place.

A treat for you!:)

Remember: Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.
We love you and hope you have had a great birthday!
Daniel and Melissa

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Daniel!

Happy Birthday to the love of my life! I am so thankful that we are able to travel with our jobs at such a young age. Daniel you are such a loving, caring, and giving husband and you make me the happiest woman in the world. I fall in love with you more and more each day. I am honored to call myself your wife!

I love you!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The not so good and the good

I realize now a lot has happened in since my last post. Here goes and I will try my hardest to make this flow....

Not So Good:
Since arriving in El Paso we have had some amazing Mexican to be expected. For the past 2 years I had been hearing about Chicos Tacos from a client. She told me to order the tacos and that they would not disappoint. The restaurant was packed as we stood in line. After much confusion in our translation from English to Spanish we orderd "a single" and to my surprise it is recommended with french fries (yea I know). This is what arrived

Yep it was just as nasty as it looks!! The tacos were more like small fried meat substance filled chimi changas in a watered down tomato soup with a handful of a shredded cheese like product. We tasted it and waited for the other to comment. It was not comparable to anything I have ever eaten except for salt! Notice the school lunchroom style french fries..yes they were as tasty as the "tacos." We both left nauseous and disgusted from all the people enjoying their lunch and vowed never to return. When I questioned my client and Daniel questioned his work they said "oh its an acquired taste." I can't get over the fact that they are always packed!! I think acquired taste just like Casa Taco in Fayetteville! haha

The Good:
On a completely different note if ever in El Paso in the summer a must see/do is Viva El Paso! The outdoor amphitheater is nestled in the Franklin Mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for the depiction of the unique history of this Southwestern region. Its an amazing musical show that has been around for 32 years!

I had no idea what to expect but it did not disappoint! The performance details 400 years through Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Western American people (by story of a family and their ancestry) through traditional dance, original song, brilliant costumes, and special effects.

Another good:
My parents celebrated 36 years (WOW) of marital bliss in August! I have learned so much from them and could never begin to tell them how much they mean to me! Happy Anniversary Mama and Daddy! Daniel - Isn't this a great picture!

A Great!
Baby Connor came home from the NICU after a 2 week stay. He was having some trouble with his oxygen levels as well as regulating his body temperature but is now doing great and growing like crazy at home! My parents have both been in Austin to help Ben and Ann with the new arrival. My mom was able with them while Connor was in the hospital before school started and my dad when he came home. Mama and daddy have both told me he is the cutest thing ever and by the tone in their voices and pictures its obvious they think the first McKenzie grandchild is perfect! I know they are ready visit together so they can start spoiling him!! Connor we are so happy you are home!

A Wonderful
Our amazing friends Jason and Jill got engaged! We can't wait for your wedding! We are so happy for you both and do not think you could complete each other better!

The Fab...
Daniel and I have continued to say busy on the weekends. A few of the guys from Daniel's work have a band so we been listening to some local music. We took a trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and spent the entire day in the cool cave and learning about the area. We hiked down from the natural entrance and it was amazing! The Big Room at the bottom of the cave was a 8.2 acre of excitement! At dusk we saw the flight of Mexican bats out of the cave. We both highly recommend this trip to anyone!
Carlsbad Caverns

Mexican Bat Flight

This past weekend we set out to go mountain biking and accomplished it as well as rock climbing, hiking, and caving. Finished the day a little sunburned having dinner at the World Renown Cattleman's Steakhouse with some new friends!

We didn't get to Cattleman's Steak House in Faben's TX, until later in the evening and are definitely going to make a trip back. We had no idea what the ranch entailed besides a few movie sets. It includes a lake, a zoo, exotic animals, a maze, along with Old West memorabilia including an antique wagon collection, a western town, and an old working stable. The food was outstanding and we can't wait to go again!

And More Good!
I am deep into training and fund raising for the Breast Cancer 3-Day in November. So far I have logged 315 training miles with many more to go!! I am really excited to continue this journey and anxious to walk 60 miles over the course of three days with thousands of other women and men in the Dallas –Fort Worth area. My hope is that one day there will be a cure and all the ones I love will be safe from this disease. To learn more please visit my personal page.

Well I guess that is about it. I am packing for the weekend and am ready for some fun on the lake! Daniel is excited to have Monday off and relax for a few days! We are still enjoying El Paso and you are all welcome anytime! Have a safe and great weekend!
Daniel and Melissa