July 3, 2012

You Can’t Go Home Again….

But sometimes, a little bit of home can come to you.

Last week our dear friends Joshua and Brianna came to visit us for a few days. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say we were even more excited about them visiting than we are about going to Disney World. We hadn’t seen them, together as a unit, in…oh my goodness, a year and a half? Far too long, regardless.

We didn’t have much time, only a couple of days, really, but I feel like we made the most of it. We took them to see Freedom Crossing, of course, and ate dinner there the first night. Come to think of it, I think we ate out for every meal. I had intended on cooking, but you know…it was mini-vacay for us, too :)

(For the record, these are a mixture of pics that both I and Brianna took. The good ones are hers.)

The next day was our busy day. We spent the first part of the day at the Ft. Bliss Rod and Gun Club.


Let’s be honest, this is usually how activities with us look. The wives documenting the guys actually engaging in the event. Although we did a fair amount of shooting ourselves.


I just like this picture.


It was HOT!! In the desert, shocking, I know :)

Then we swung home for a quick lunch, unload, letting the puppies inside the house to cool off for a few hours (poor guys) and then it was off on the two hour drive to White Sands to do some dune sledding. Which, by the way, thanks to all my friends who told me how much fun it was and left out the part about it being totally exhausting, climbing up the soft sand over and over and over.



It was really fun, though :)



The nice part was, it was already evening, so the sun was on the horizon and there weren’t very many people there, even for a Tuesday. And we saw a Stormtrooper having a photo shoot. White-plated suit and all. That was fun.


I’m not sure what I was trying to do there, but obviously it didn’t work :p

Anyway, then we got back late and had a late evening of chips, queso and cards.

The next day was a sort of recovery day. We hung out at the house, watched movies, played games, cleaned guns, did pedicures, got fixed up enough to go out to eat, then came back and played more games. I think we finally wrapped up about 2 in the morning. And then the next day, they left.

I’m not going to lie, that was probably our high point of the first 6 months of 2012. At least, off the top of my head. I’m not the kind of person that craves a wide social circle, or who makes close friends easily. Having friends that are like family is rare and special. Next to biological family, leaving Joshua and Brianna (and their kiddos) behind was one of the hardest parts of joining the Army. Seeing them again – and both of them together, now that Joshua is back from deployment – was so refreshing. We can’t wait till next time.


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Many of those activities are things I never got to experience down there, so you really made me miss it (a tiny, little bit) and you (a lot!)

  2. I have always wanted to go sledding on the sand and your pictures make it look amazing!!!

  3. We loved white sands! I glad you had a great time with friends!

  4. It seems like an obvious fun thing to do, but it never occurred to me to dune sled. We have lots of dunes, but I just wait for snow. You just gave me an idea.

  5. Looks like you guys had a GREAT time!! Makes me wish more people would come to visit us. =P

    I so know what you mean about friends. I don't necessarily need a huge group of friends and I don't make super close friends easily. There are a lot of people I'm friends with, but only a few who *really* know me. Glad you could see your close friends together for a while. =)


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