Christmas in El Paso

Pictures of the family! The big kids came to EP for the holidays. Jeffrey and family for Christmas & Jen and family for New Years! Snapped some great pictures of the little ones having fun! I did however, on accident delete the New Years Eve pictures of Ethan with all of his poppers and confetti! I’m still upset over that – but that’s what happens when I get in a hurry to make more room on the camera. (Note to Santa, I need a new ScanDisk card for my camera! And hopefully before next Christmas.)

Most pics need no explanation – it’s just the kids… well, being our kids. But the sock picture is for Granny (or I should say the picture in Christmas pj’s with all the heads cut off!) And yes, we still do matching Christmas pj’s. I think I’m the only one who enjoys that at this point; but I think it’s fun to see us all matching on Christmas Eve and the big kids do indulge me and don’t complain…too much!

Enjoy great-grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and cousins) !! We missed you all!

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 3 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 122 posts. There were 56 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 29th with 70 views. The most popular post that day was Search for the world’s best fitting jeans!.

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for nature scenes, jeans fashion, fashion jeans, emmett trapp, and ladies jeans.

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Beautiful Sunrise! October 2007


A Totally Wasted Day? January 2010


First day of Middle School! September 2008

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Beautiful sunset after weird sand storm…

What can I say… the weather is El Paso still freaks me out sometimes. I did not expect the wind and sand storms. It’s very interesting and better than a tornado, I guess. After the sand cleared out yesterday, we had a beautiful sunset. I love this shot because it shows the redness of the sky and the moon at the same time.

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Playing Catch-up on 2010…

I can’t believe June is here and I only have one blog post for AmericanWoman. Where has the time gone? It certainly has not been a boring year thus far; but comparatively speaking, maybe a just an average year for us. We’ve been busily engaged in the normal day-to-day stuff like work, school, work, eating, work,  sleeping, and work. (See the trend here…) But we’ve had some fun and special times too.

We had a wonderful visit from Jen and Ethan in March – see pics below. Jeff and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a fun trip to Vegas in April. Alex finished his first semester back to college with an impressive 3.4 GPA. Emily was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and again won several academic awards.

Our grandsons have been growing, growing, growing!! Jen and Mike stay busy in the Big Apple and Jeffrey and Chemenn safely avoided the floods in TN this spring. So all-in-all, things have been pretty normal. If you consider anything about this family “normal”.

We’ve only had one scorpion in the house so far, at least only one that we saw… which leads us to think that perhaps, Ollie Moe and Tink are helping us out in that area. (Got to remember to get the bug guy to come and spray.) But in reality Ollie is just a big baby cat afraid of everything and Tink is a crazy cat that just likes to play with his prey. (He is especially amused with moths!)

Pics below highlight the past few months (in no particular order – plus I borrowed some cute pics off of Jeffrey & Chemenn’s site too!)… from putt-putt golf to Iron Man; from Vegas to a galaxy far, far away; and from sleeping boys to academic awards… Enjoy kids!

Note – To see more fabulous pictures go to Jeffrey & Chemenn’s site and to Chemenn’s Photography site.

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A Totally Wasted Day?

I must confess, I’ve started the new year out as a total bum, a major Scrooge, and a complete loser. Now I don’t plan on extending the laziness much further into the new 2010 year. But it is nice to have a day that you don’t have a long to-do list to complete. A day where you don’t have to keep track of the check marks and a day where you can do absolutely nothing. How many times does this happen in a year? Not many… so I’m taking full advantage of it. No housework, no shopping, no laundry, no cooking, no working, no email (work email that is), no makeup, no getting out of the sweats, and no fixing the hair.

Today has consisted of cycles of sleeping, eating junk, and watching football. I even slept through the Rose Parade! We did briefly start taking down the Christmas tree – but it was very brief. I thought about doing some laundry since the hamper is overflowing – but it was fleeting thought. I thought about catching a movie but decided I didn’t have the energy or patience to deal with the lines. So I sat in my chair, played solitaire, took naps, and watched college football all day. And now that the sun has gone down, I find myself continuing the days trend.

In my attempt to get into the “New Year” spirit, I contemplated coming up with some resolutions for the decade ahead, But then decided, it was too much trouble and too much stress. Then I thought about 2009 and the ups and down of the roller-coaster year. On one hand, it was a terrific year. Alex came home. I had all the kids and their families together in the same spot twice in the same year. And we welcomed in a new adorable grandson. So from that perspective, it was a wonderful year.

On the other hand, we’re still too far away from home. The economy has damped our savings plan and our travel plans. Work is crazier than and ever and I’m working way too many hours and still can’t get caught up. But now as I sit here and type, I can’t really think of any other negatives to say about 2009 (well I do have a lot to say about the current political climate, but that’s for another post!). Which brings me to the conclusion that the year wasn’t as really bad as everyone on TV  wants me to think it was.

And here’s why…

I have a wonderful family. They are healthy, strong-willed, and independent. They are carving out their place in this world and doing a magnificent job. I am so fortunate to have the best parents anyone could ever dream of. I have the world’s best little brothers and adore their families and grin at their antics posted on Facebook. I do have a roof over my head and don’t think I’ve ever really been hungry. I have the coolest and cutest husband who has more patience  than anyone I know. And unfortunately, he needs all the patience he can get to live with me. He’s my best friend! I have vehicle that gets me to work and back every day. I have pictures and memories of my life that I treasure so much. And maybe most importantly,  I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and realize that while I am sooooo imperfect, His Atonement gives me hope, gives me strength to keep going, and reminds me to try and be a better person every day.

So while I was determined to avoid any new year festivities today, I ended the day in humble gratitude for all the good things in my life and for all the blessings that I enjoy daily. So while 2009 was a very bumpy year, I am looking forward to 2010 with optimism and with a grateful heart for I truly do possess the greatest things this life has to offer. To my parents, my husband, my brothers, my children, my grandsons, and all my friends, I wish you continued happiness and peace in the new year and give thanks that each of you are in my life. I love you guys!!!!

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A few more Christmas pictures…

Just got a few more pics compressed for the web… Still not sure why Emily had an Ale8 on top of her head???

Ale8 – The Chugg family drink of choice for special occasions!

Christmas PJ’s – sorry they’re not really matching this year. But if you put all the girls together (Em, Jen, & Chemenn) they would match and then put all the boys together (Alex, Jeffrey, & Mike) they would all match. So it just looks a little weird by ourselves!

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And to all a good night!

Here are some pictures of our quiet, fun Christmas in El Paso.  Since there were no grandsons to play with, we got the cats some special treats. I think the catnip made them crazy!

Alex hangs an Ale8 can on the tree – Just for Fielding!

Our almost fully decoreated Christmas tree. But thanks to Emily we did get it up!

Tink plays with his toys. The catnip made him very weird!

Yes, Emily is standing on the cat toy so she can be taller than me!Ollie Mo was a little suspicious of the toys. But he looked marvelous in his Wildcat blue collar!

Emily reading by the Christmas tree – or she may have been loking at the pictures.

The crazy cats…

Had to finish the last drop before we could take a picture. Thanks to Granny for the Ales – they were the hit of the holiday!!

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What a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

We just returned from a lovely few days at Jeffrey and Chemenn’s house! It was so great to have all our kids and their families together and it was extra-special becuase baby Emmett arrived just in time!  The weather was perfect and we got in some “black Friday” shopping!

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House Party My Party

House Party My Party.

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The Last Teenager!

We celebrated Emily’s 13th birthday this weekend! She turned 13 on the 8th and we’ve been partying ever since! Alex surprised her by decorating the house – complete with cool decorations, banners, streamers, & of course confetti. (Which is still all over the floor at this point!) We had birthday cake on Thursday night – which we’re still eating on too! Friday afternoon she had a French manicure and checked out all the new fall fashions at New York & Co. And at some point there was a Silly String fight – but it really wasn’t much of a fight – since the girls didn’t have any ammo! On Saturday, more shopping.  Emily picked up some cute t-shirts, a new dress, and some very chic black suede boots!  (Sure wish we could wear the same size shoes!) We took her to Outback for steaks on Saturday night – but she ordered ribs instead. Overall a very nice weekend! And it was so fun to have Alex here with us to celebrate. Emily sure missed her big brother!

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Airshow fun!

This weekend, Fort Bliss in El Paso hosted a huge airshow. It was quite interesting and entertaining. From the Mariachi band to the paratroopers to the F22 Raptor flyby – we had a great time. We even got to see a school bus race a jet plane. Not sure who won, but it was a close race. Needless to say, this was no ordinary school bus! We saw all sorts of planes, helicopters, & other military vehicles. Emily even got to go inside a hummer to work the machine gun. We saw a Boy Scout corvette, the Miller Lite cheerleaders, and even a friendly grasshoppper. It was a fun-filled family Saturday!!


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Welcome Home, Alex!

These were taken at church – tried to get a few of everyone “all dressed up” and without food in their mouths from the potluck! The food was wonderful and we appreciated all the hard work & planning on Alex’s behalf. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful family – so many aunts, uncles, & cousins  to make everything so special.





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More Homecoming Festivities…

We took these pictures at Nana’s house. These kids sure can get a little crazy when they all get together!



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More Homecoming Pictures…

These pictures were taken at Granny and Pa’s farm. Alex couldn’t wait to climb up in the barn with the tobacco! Plus the little boys sure love to ride the tractor.































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Here’s the Homecoming Pictures!

Just a few pics of Alex’s homecoming… this first stet of pictures were taken at the airport.

All pictures will be uploaded to Shutterfly at and at our Family Post website, too.

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