Friday, March 23

Life is a highway....

We made it to Colorado. It was pretty uneventful, only one new car battery, a clogged shitter, and oh, about 400 pictures. If you want to see my little photo slideshow set to Tom Petty singing Life is a Highway, please click here.

Wednesday, March 14

Take pictures

Jewel 1
Originally uploaded by jakesmome.
I hear that often, whenever I'm going some place new...take pictures. Jewel, however, couldn't disagree more.

(click picture for more pics showing her beautiful smile)

Tuesday, March 13

We're leaving today. We should already be gone by now, but I am oddly the only one up yet. I can't believe that we're leaving now either, what with this beautiful weather, but I am very excited for the next adventure. The plan is to head West, and at Gallup, NM we'll start heading North and travel thru the reservations of Utah, coming up the west side of the Rockies. That stretch of Utah is my absolute favorite and we planned on really taking our time traveling through there but now it looks like we're gonna' have to scoot. Our plan is to be in Colorado in four days, it'll never happen. Those brown highway signs beckoning the traveler to discover history are usually too much for me to resist, and even Joey has succumbed to humoring me and stopping at anything that looks interesting. I used to have to beg, now I don't even have to grunt.

Even though we've been in DFW off and on the last three months, I really haven't seen much of the area. We went to Korea Town where I got the best freaking' BBQ rib eye sliced meat. It's so good we got 10 lbs of it, five so I can take with me. We also got to watch the big fish feeding at Cabela's. Man was that cool. Fort Worth also has the biggest, baddest Cabela's we've ever seen, complete with two huge aquariums and an actual real stuffed African Elephant. There was even a rifle shooting arcade thing upstairs where I smoked the little ones. I was doing better than Joey until he realized that and then had to uphold his expert rifleman status and blow me away. We also went to Joey's old hometown and met up with a friend of his, also fun bringing the past back to life.

We went up to Nebraska and Iowa and got the rest of his welding tools, my car, and our storage and brought it all down to my folks. Then we got Texas driver's licenses so we could officially become TX residents, and as previously posted, take advantage of tax and homeschool laws. We now have everything safely sitting in my parent's garage that we don't want to take with us, and everything that we do is now transportable. yay us!

I'll miss hanging with my mom and dad and brother's family, playing American Idol on Playstation, completely embarrassing myself, and being in awe of the rest of them. I was the only one that NEVER made it to Hollywood. Apparently I am as bad a singer as my Dad always said I was. I honestly have no clue how to get to a tune, let alone hold one. I'll miss shopping with my mom, and her doing my dishes and laundry. Ok, I won't miss her doing my laundry, but I am mailing the dishes home.

Happy travels everyone, see ya on the other side.

Saturday, March 10

Joey's Office

Joey's Office
Originally uploaded by jakesmome.
I'm a lucky girl, I get to see Joey in action. I hear work stories, he tries to describe the types of things he builds, and I've even been to some of the plants and seen the enormous pipes, catwalks, and structures he builds, but there's nothing quite like seeing my man in action. The strength, form, sweat....oh, and seeing the quality of his work.

We're still in Texas, taking as much advantage of the weather and time as we possibly can. We've been waiting out the winter before we head to our next job in Colorado, and it seems the time has come. That means us professional procrastinators have finally stopped sleeping in 'til noon and imitating sloths, and finally gotten around to doing all those things we said we were going to do when we came back here. Joey's got his truck completely tooled out, built a new exhaust for the bus, built new shelves for our bedroom, and saved almost $900 by building his own brackets to tow my car.

I've been eating.

Thursday, March 1

Reason #4

stuck in the mud
Originally uploaded by jakesmome.

We're not just limited to campgrounds anymore. Homeowners must also beware.

They learned the hard way, too.

To see the rest of the damage go here.

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