I just got word from Mutti (my Mom), that our beloved family dog, Montague, is in doggy heaven. Monty has been in our family for about 10 years--10 years that have included many fond memories of our favorite beagle (sorry Snoopy).

Here's a pic from when he was just a pup

Dog lovers everywhere will agree that the love and joy dogs bring into our lives far outweighs the poop scooping and the difficult time we face when the dogs pass on. Here are a few of our fondest memories of Montague Brough Terry.

One thing I will never forget about Monty is his cute spotted belly. The family knows that I'm an expert on his belly because of what HE trained me to do. Like many other dogs, Monty loved his belly to be rubbed and scratched. A ritual that Monty never let me get away from was when I would get home from pretty much anywhere he would run to the middle of the living room and plop down on his back...sort of like this:

He just wouldn't let me get away from scratching his belly--not that I wanted to.  

Something else that's fun to recall is when we trained Monty to turn on the light switch.  He would hop onto the sofa and flip the switch. This is one of many tricks he learned to do.

One game Monty really enjoyed was after we would finish eating yogurt (or peanut butter) he would love licking what we just couldn't quite get out. He wouldn't rest until ever speck of yumminess was gone.  Most of the time this involved tearing the container to shreds. His tongue wasn't long enough to reach the bottom of the yogurt container and he learned that the easiest way to get to the bottom was tearing the bottom off. It was really interesting to watch. 

Please click here to check M&M and Rake's blogs; they should be posting a few things about Monty as well. We know it's best for him that he's not in pain anymore and hopefully these post will help the rest of us cope with not having him around anymore. 


St. George

Well, now that it's almost Christmas I guess it's time to blog about what we did for Thanksgiving.

We left Albuquerque at about 5pm the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on our roughly 600 mile journey to St. George, Utah. When going on trips we usually try to get there fast and so we can take it slow.  This means we drive straight through and made it to St. George at about 2am on Thanksgiving. Since we were driving at night we didn't get to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the country--in the world for that matter. It was a little disappointing to see signs pointing towards one "Scenic View" or another around almost every turn. All we really had to look at was our new-ish, unnamed Saturn Vue. When this realization came to us we thought about calling our car our Scenic Vue. Thanks to all who made suggestions for Scenic's name we considered a lot of different things, but our trip provided us with a name we didn't expect.

My mom's parents, G&G Brough were kind enough to let us crash at their place for the few nights we were in Utah. It was wonderful to spend Thanksgiving with so much family. All of my mom's siblings were there with all of their families. The only people that weren't able to make it were my immediate family, but that's just the way things worked out. Sometimes I feel like my family likes Emily more than they like me, but at times like this I'm sure they like her more.     ;)

Unfortunately we kept forgetting to take our camera with us when we went places so we don't have any pictures of our family members, but here are a few memorable moments:

  • My grandparents having to show their grandkids how to play a video game, the Wii.
  • My grandparents showing up their grandkids when playing the Wii.
  • Little Cannon (one of my cousins) and all of his quotable quotes--like when he asked me, "Do you have a girlfriend like me?" He seemed really impressed when I told him that I not only have a girlfriend, but that she was sitting right over there on the couch.  I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to bring his girlfriend on the next family outing.
  • Fun on the Wii Fit--especially my uncle Brian hula hooping and 'everyone' getting hit in the head by flying soccer cleats.

On our way home on Sunday we did get to see some of the scenic views that we missed on our way to St. George. Here are couple of pictures near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.


Good News!

Some of you already know that I (Bob) have been planning on continuing my education. Well, I got word late last week that I have been accepted into the Master's program at UNM's Anderson Graduate School of Management. I will most likely be emphasizing in International Management. I can't say I'm excited about more classes and papers, but I am excited about the opportunity. Wish me luck!

Snow in Albuquerque!

We've gotten a bit of snow here in Albuquerque during the past week. Last Tuesday we woke up with about 1/2 inch of snow on the ground. It snowed a little bit more (pictured above), but it melted pretty quickly.

Here's a timeline of what happened yesterday (Sunday):
7:45am-We rolled out of bed and let the puppies out to 'go potty.'
7:46am-I noticed that it was looking cold and windy so I decided to check a weather report to see what to wear to church. Oh, but there was no sign of snow...yet.
7:55am- I mentioned to Em that there was a 30% chance of snow/rain all day as well as a higher chance of precipitation between Monday and Wednesday.
8:17am-Em and I got out of the shower and started getting ready for church when we noticed a bit of white stuff outside our window.

Here's a pic of what it looked like in our yard after just a few minutes.

Those who know about the Albuquerque weather know that usually snow doesn't stay on the ground for too long. Here's what the yard looked like at about 12:15pm.

Our third snow storm of the season (in just a week) is has been dropping snow on us for about 5 hours and it's still coming down. Woo hoo!


A new neice!

So, as some of you might know, I have three older sisters. They have all been really good about regular having cute little babies that I can play with and cuddle. Heather made this a little difficult when she moved to New York but at least I still get cute pictures. She just had a new little girl on Thanksgiving. Check out the pics on her blog. We have a link on our blog under The Rochester Rigby's. Check back in soon because Genivieve is due with a little girl on the 13th and she lives here so I will be able to post endless pictures of her.


The pen is mightier...

Part of being married is thinking that your spouse is super cute no matter what they do, right? While cleaning out Bud and making sure to wash out all the girl cooties, I discovered something very interesting about my beautiful wife: she is a writing utensil hoarder. I found over 60 pens and pencils in the vehicle.  I don't know the exact demensions of the car, but that's gotta be a couple of pens for ever square foot of the car. Like I said, Emily is super cute! Oh, and when she writes something it has got to be important or she wouldn't surround herself with so many pens/pencils. The question is, does she have any paper?

It's Bud, not Rose!

Well, the gender transformation of my car is complete. The roses and flip flops just had to go if I was going to be driving the red Cavalier.  There were a total of 3 roses and one pair of flip flops (some people call them thongs). Here are a few pics before the transformation.


We need your help!

Well, we spent over 5 hours of our Veteran's Day shopping for a new vehicle. I won't go into a long story here of the whole day...that would probably take 5 hours to write, but I will tell you that we puchased a car yesterday after spending more time at the Saturn dealership getting the price a little lower. We got a really good deal, by the way.
You already know that we can be a little weird at times so it shouldn't surprise you that we name our cars. Maybe we're not that weird. You might remember 'Mortimer' (who has 177,777 miles on him) or 'Rose', the red 2002 Chevy Cavailier I'll be driving now. I don't know if I can feel 'manly' enough driving a car named 'Rose' so I might call her 'Bud.' The blue Chevy Astro our family used to drive was called 'Papa Smurf.' Here's what we need help with: we need help naming our silver 2007 Saturn Vue. Please post comments with your ideas on a name or with reports on what names your cars have. Here's a pic of what our new vehicle looks like:


Fun Purchases

We've done a lot of purchasing the past few weeks here in the Bobily household. The most exciting blog-related purchase was this week when we got hi-speed internet hooked up at our house. Emily's comment after surfing the web for a few minutes was, "I can't believe we lived without this for so long." We now have no excuse not to blog every week...unless being busy or not feeling like we have anything to blog about are valid reasons not to blog. I didn't think so.

We've been buying a few things for our home and yard lately. First, let me introduce you to the Leaf Hog 4500:


We decided this particular item would be beneficial in light of the fact that we have 5 large trees in our yard and several other small trees. I won't bore you with specifics of what the LH 4500 can do (like it's 16:1 bag ratio or it's metal 'sucking' blade), but if you want to check it out click here for a link to the Black & Decker website.
The Leaf Hog makes both of our dogs a bit nervous, but especially Deviny. She was actually trying to attack the machine while I was using it.

Another purchase we made recently was a replacement for the old stove/range/oven that we think was the original from when the house was built in 1973. Here's a picture of another stove that is comparable to ours, but is a pic I found on the internet since we forgot to take a pic of our old one which was actually a gas-powered model. (How's that for a run-on sentence?)


We are really enjoying our new one:

Wow! It took less than 10 seconds to upload that pic. Our old dialup used to take several minutes to do that.

Hopefully you all noticed the beautiful paint job Emily did with the "cranberry" and white. I love it!

There are a few other things we are looking at spending money on soon. For those of you who know me I HATE spending money so a lot of these purchases are bittersweet, but necessary.
We are told that the 4-year old, 19 inch, Daewoo TV we got for our wedding needs to either be replaced or we need to buy a converter box before February of next year. Rather than spend more money to convert our TV than it's worth we will most likely be upgrading in the near future.
Long-time followers of the BBBBlog know that my car, Mortimer, has had his share of problems. For those of you who need a refresher check out my previous posts about him here. I was cleaning out Mortimer's glove compartment out the other day and I found the paperwork from when my family bought him in 1998. Well, a few weeks ago I noticed Mortimer's brakes were doing a bit of grinding. I took him in to get a quote on repairs. The verdict: $1400 to repair brakes, struts, shocks, etc. We got several hundred dollars worth of those repairs done, but are in the process of shopping for another vehicle. We are hoping to get a killer deal on a car and I have a feeling that the market is in our favor.

I'd like to take this opportunity to brag more about my wonderful wife. Every time I speak with parents and children at the school they tell me what an amazing job she's doing. I love her so much and am proud of what she's accomplished so far.
A few weeks ago they had a choreographer fly in to help the kids at La Cueva (that's Spanish for 'the Cueva') and I spent a lot of time at the school the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the group was doing the choreography. The biggest reason I was there was due to the fact that I wanted to see my wife at least a little bit during that 3-day period. It is interesting to me to see her in 'teacher mode.' You can check out the La Cueva Choirs Website here, but some of the pics on the website are from last year and don't quite reflect Em's style.

For those of you who were following Edward Kidnapped My Wife before--please start checking it out again. I will be blogging on there soon while I read and write about the remaining 3 books in the Twilight Saga.

P.S. La Cueva actually means 'the cave' and their mascot is surprisingly the bears ( los osos).


Playful Puppies

Here are the vids we promised of Deviny and Zeppelin playing.


It's been a while since I (Bob) have posted. I've been busy with school, work,fixing things up around the house, and doing a little bit of blogging on the other blog.

Some of you may have already heard, but we got another dog. We picked him up at the Humane Society and within three days of getting him he had had three different names. The name he had from his previous owners was Charlie. We just had to think of something different.  Emily came up with the name Baron, but after less than 24 hours she decided that it didn't fit. He is a black dog and while pondering this I remembered that Led Zeppelin had a song called Black Dog.  (Are song titles normally italicized?) Anyway, while discussing the amazing guitar riffs in the Led
 Zeppelin song (not really) we decided to start calling the dog Zeppelin. He's glad to have a steady name.

Here are a few pics of Zep:

He loves standing at our front door and barking when "strange" people walk by.  We are counting on people being a little intimidated by our big black dog's bark.

And just so Deviny doesn't get jealous and start whining (she does that a lot), here are a few pictures with her in them:

In a few days we will post a few videos of the dogs playing. 
 I'd do it now, but Emily is asleep next to me and if I watch the vids to see which one(s) to post I might disturb her a little more than I already am.  Which reminds me--Emily had an appointment with a Chiropractor this afternoon for the back pain that has kept her in bed way too much lately. She actually feels worse right now than she did before, but apparently it's normal to be sore for a day or so after a chiropractic adjustment.

I wanted to end the post with a couple of funny things we saw tonight. Neither of us felt like cooking dinner so we headed to one of our favorite dining establishments, Red Robin. Just so you know, the Five Alarm Burger was fantastic. 

At the restaurant there was a person dressed up as a Red Robin.

At first this little boy seemed intrigued by the bird, but as the Red Robin got closer and closer the boy kept getting scareder and scareder. (If Dr. Suess and Shakespeare can make up words, so can I)

I apologize for the blurriness of the next pic, but the absolute terror in the face of this little boy made me lose my steady hand...I was laughing too hard

Well, life is good--in spite of 6 foot tall birds instilling fear into the hearts of our children. Emily and I debated on whether or not the following story is appropriate for the blog; you won't read anything in the next paragraph that you won't hear after watching a few minutes of evening TV commercials.  Plus Emily is asleep and it's not quite my bedtime yet...

We were driving home from the restaurant this evening and we noticed a car beside us that had a government seal on the side of it that read, "State of New Mexico EDD."  The thought came to mind, "does New Mexico have an ED Department?" I did a bit of research and their motto seemed to fit: "Our Mission: To enhance the lifestyle of all New Mexicans." The old guy in the government car was not a moving billboard for ED remidies, but works for the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Whew!  I was beginning to worry about where my tax dollars were going.


stuck in bed

Hi, its Emily. So, as you know from previous blogs, we bought a house. The good news is that we love it. Everyday when I am at home I think of another reason that I am so happy with our purchase. However, it is a lot of work and we are constantly thinking of things that we want to buy or do to make it nicer. Deviny is loving the backyard and is always running around and eating the apples from our apple tree. This week we followed Bob Barkers advice and took Dev in to get her spayed and chipped. She was a pathetic sight when I went to pick her up after work. The anesthetic was still making her really nauseous and tired so we kept a close eye on her for the rest of the evening. She wouldn't eat because her stomach was so upset and kept giving me the "What did you do to me?" look. I felt like the worst mother in the world.
This morning was a Saturday and Bob and I were both off work so we decided to go to Home Depot to get some home improvement stuff for the house. Deviny was feeling much better so I wasn't feeling to bad leaving her for a little. Our plans for today were: 1.) to re-stucco part of our wall that was chipped in the front and then paint it a different color, 2.) trim the trees that were touching our roof, and 3.) clear/weed a section in our front yard and put some bark down to make it look better then the dirt around the rose bushes that was there. The first two we had to do because out home insurance wanted it done and the third was just for curb appeal.
We ran errands all morning and then in the late afternoon, when it started to cool off, we went outside to get some work done. Bob started to re-stucco as I sat down to pull weeds and rocks out of our yard. We were working for quite a while when I decided to get up and stretch. I couldn't even get half way up without shooting pain in my lower back. I must have pinched a nerve or pulled something because I have never experienced that kind of back pain before. I managed to get myself into bed with Bobs help and have been lying here ever since. With some IB profin and a hot pad I am able to not cry with pain any time I need to shift but standing up is a different story. I hope I am able to move around tomorrow because my blogs will get pretty pathetic if I can't.
The most excited thing going on in my life is that I got a job teaching music. I am at La Cueva and Del Norte High Schools teaching four different choir classes. It is really surreal teaching high schoolers because I blend in a little to well with them but I am having a blast. I have been teaching for two weeks now and I am just relieved that I am still not only alive, but happy. The kids have been taking to me really well over all and most importantly, they are singing and singing well. I leave work 90% of the time feeling exhausted but very content. I only interviewed for the job a couple weeks because school started so my license hasn't gone through (I have to take a few more tests in a couple weeks). Because of this, I am not a licensed teacher, just a permanent sub but at least I am doing what I have always wanted to and what I worked endlessly in school for. It is so fulfilling to watch them learn and make beautiful sounds in my classroom. From what I have heard, I am very different from their last teacher and they are adjusting as fast as they can to my new style and approach to music. It always amazes me how resilient and opened minded young people are to difficult situations.
I promise to give you more details on my classes and students then next time I get a chance. Who knows, it might be tomorrow morning if I can't get myself out of bed by then!


Las Cruces

By Bob

I am out of town this week on a business trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico. That's Spanish for "the Cruces." It really stinks because we just moved into our house over the weekend and there is a ton of stuff for us to do to get settled in, but I can't do much of anything from 250 miles away. I guess I'll just have to read some nerdy finance books and blog a ton while Emily is in nesting mode. I'll keep you updated if I do anything exciting (don't count on it).

We are library nerds!

I don't know if we have mentioned this before, but our new house is really close to a city library...Google Maps says that it is a distance of 0.2 miles from our house and we are really stoked to have it so close.
A week ago Saturday Bobily made a trek to the Lomas Tramway Library (pictured above) to "check it out." We both needed to renew our cards. Having attended school the last few years and having access to theUNM libraries we haven't really needed access to the city libraries. I think the cards look pretty spiffy too.
We have access to the internet for free during operating hours and we have access to tons of free books.
In addition to being a library nerd I (Bob) am also a finance nerd. Here are my finds from the library last week:

"The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham
  • Warren Buffett (the second richest man in the world behind Bill Gates) considers the book, "By far the best book on investing ever written."
  • Some people think of Donald Trump as one of the richest men out there--he's worth $2.9 Billion while Warren Buffett is worth $52 Billion.
"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki
  • I'm reading this to see what the hype is all about. I'll let you know.
"The Random Walk Guide to Investing: Ten Rules for Financial Success," by Burton Malkiel
  • Malkiel wrote a book called, "A Random Walk Down Walstreet" that I really enjoyed. We'll see if he just repeats himself or if he's added to his material.
Emily has one book checked out..."The Princess Bride" by William Goldman.

We'll let you know what we think...


Deviny Has a Friend

Here's Deviny playing with Dillon, a dog we watch when we are at the "resort."
I hope you like the background music.

If they keep this up much longer we might need a new camera.

So, I (Emily) haven't blogged in a while and I apologize because you have been getting random facts from Bob instead of Bobily facts. The latest thing that we are really excited about is that we found a dog. Or rather, she found us. I was at work about a week and a half ago and the cutest little puppy wondered in. She didn't have a tag/collar on her and I was absolutely in love with her. Bob and I were planning on adopting a dog from the pound as soon as we moved into our home. Being a responsible person, I took her into the pound to make sure that no one was looking for her and that she didn't have a microchip in her. The pound said that I had to search for her owners (check the newspaper, fliers, websites) and that if no one claimed her in two weeks she was mine. I was also on the local news that night because there was a guy from one of the stations that got me one camera while this was all going on. I went home to pick up Bob and then we went to Petsmart to buy food, a collar, dishes, toys and of course a pooper scooper. This Saturday will be two weeks and she will be officially ours. The vet said she is about 3 months old and is some kind of Pit bull mix. She weighed in at 17lbs and she will get about twice that when she is full grown. I will let her tell you the rest....Hello! My name is Deviny (also known as Devin or Devi).I love to eat...

And play.....
And sleep. I have huge paws which means I am going to be a big girl someday...
But right now I am still small and the stairs kind-of scare me.

I also am very spiritual and love to feast upon the word of the Lord.

As you can see we have the most beautiful dog in the whole world. We are still working on potty training but she is picking up on it quickly. We also have to hide her from the apartment management because we are not suppose to have dogs. It is a good thing that we are closing on our house next week (the 22nd of July) because I can tell Deviny is really wanting a big backyard.


Winnie and Walter

Check this out if you are a fan of Alliteration or if you like silly stories. It's a story called Winnie and Walter.

Famous New Mexicans

Just in case you can't tell, I LOVE random facts. I came across some information the other day about well-known New Mexicans and I thought I'd share. Here's the top four on the list:

John Denver, singer/songwriter
  • "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
  • "Rocky Mountain High"
  • Lost two toes in a accident with a lawn mower.

Niel Patrick Harris, actor
  • "How I Met Your Mother"
  • "Starship Troopers"
  • "Doogie Howser, M.D." (He IS Doogie)
  • His parents own a restaurant called Perreniel's in Albuquerque.

Conrad Hilton
  • Founder of the Hilton Hotel Chain
  • 2nd Husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor (She's had 9...so far)
  • Yes, it's Paris Hilton's Great Grandfather, but he never knew her. Apparently Paris' Grandfather and Conrad Hilton's son, William Barron Hilton said that he, "is embarrassed by his granddaughter Paris' behavior and believes it has sullied the family name."
Demi Moore, actress
  • Yeah, she was married to Bruce Willis and is now married to Ashton Kutcher. Hmmm...
  • Little Richard actually presided over her wedding to Bruce Willis.
  • Named Demetria after a shampoo that her mother saw in a magazine.
This is probably enough random info for one day...


Dictionary Additions

I came accross an article the other day about the words that Merriam-Webster has added to the dictionary this year. It's interesting to think about how our language changes constantly. I contacted Merriam-Webster to get a full list of additions, but they said that they don't release the full list (of about a hundred words) to the public. Here's my report on some of the gems from this year's additions. I've included a few pics as well as the dates that the words were first encountered in an english-language publication...and, of course, some commentary is included.
  • Air quotes (1989): gesture made by raising and flexing the index and middle fingers of both hands, used to call attention to a spoken word or expression. (Thanks to Mike Meyers for modeling the air quotes for us).
  • Dirty bomb (1956): bomb designed to release radioactive material.
    • I thought it was interesting that this word was first used in 1956, but it is just now making its way into the dictionary.
  • Edamame (1951): immature green soybeans, usually in the pod.
    • Another old one. I was at the grocery store the other day, and I saw a bag of edamame. It's a good thing that it's now in the dictionary. I mean, had I not read the article, I would not have known what these were.
  • Mondegreen (1954): word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung. From the mishearing in a Scottish ballad of "laid him on the green" as "Lady Mondegreen."
  • Pescatarian (1993): vegetarian whose diet includes fish.
    • Has anyone heard about the people who claim that Jesus was a pescatarian?
  • Soju (1978): a Korean vodka distilled from rice.
    • Soju is a word I have used several times since returning from Korea and wondered why people don't understand me. Maybe more people will know what I'm talking about now. Japanese Sake has been a well-known word in english for a long time.
  • Subprime (1995) 1: having or being an interest rate that is higher than a prime rate and is extended especially to low-income borrowers; 2: extending or obtaining a subprime loan.
    • If anyone has not heard this word --where have you been for the last few years?

I'll try to make the next post a bit less educational...or not!


ABQ Rankings

I know some faithful readers of the BBBBlog are probably tired of hearing about how great Albuquerque, NM is, but I stumbled onto a website that lists where the Duke City ranks in a ton of areas. I promise this will be the last time I blog about this for a while. Here are some good ones:

Albuquerque ranks as the
  • 5th best place to build personal wealth
  • 3rd Fittest City
  • No. 16 of America's Greenest Cities
  • Third Most Pet-Friendly City in America
  • Third Best Place to Own Real Estate
The Honorable Mention goes to nearby Rio Rancho, NM who ranks #83 on the Top 100 places to start a business.

Here's the full list of Albuquerque's Rankings


FYI: Bob's Bank Rocks!

As most of you know, Bob is now working at First Federal Bank in Albuquerque as a Commercial Credit Analyst. Here's some information you may not have known--First Federal is a division of Washington Federal Savings Bank and Washington Federal (NYSE: WFSL) has been named the strongest thrift institution in the United States by SNL Financial. A thrift is a type of bank. Check Investopedia for more info. Click here for the top 20 strongest and the top 20 weakest thrifts in the U.S.

FYI: Washington Federal made conservative, fixed-rate home loans and kept its overhead low during the boom a few years ago and, therefore, the bank is avoiding many of the issues resulting from the crisis in the sub-prime mortgage and housing markets. It's pretty good for a bank to be making money right now when most are not only losing, but most are losing a lot. This boils down to two very important words: job security.

My Girl's Ex Boyfriend

Sorry, I'm a little late on this, but here is the Relient K song for July. This month Emily and I will be having our 4th Anniversary and as a way of celebrating I dedicate this song to Emily's Ex boyfriend(s) for leaving the door open for me to sweep her off her feet. Oh, and Emily still likes me, by the way...A LOT!

If you haven't enjoyed the previous additions of Relient K music, check this one out...the lyrics are really clever.

When he was seeing her
You could see he had his doubts

Now he's missing her because

He knows he's missing out

Now its haunting him

The memory's like a ghost
and he's so terrified
Cause no one else even comes close

He's the guy that you should feel sorry for

He had the world but he thought that he wanted more

I owe it all to the mistake he made back then

I owe it all to my girl's ex-boyfriend

So then, along comes me
This undeserving mess (undeserving mess)
Who would believe my life
Would be so blessed (life would be so blessed)
Two years ago
When he left all that debris (left all that debris)
Who would have known
He would leave everything I need

He's the guy that you should feel sorry for

He had the world but he thought that he wanted more

I owe it all to the mistake that he made back then

I owe it all to my girl's ex-boyfriend

If it wasn't for him
I would still be searching
If it wasn't for him
I wouldn't know my best friend
If it wasn't for him
He would be able to see
If it wasn't for him
He'd be as happy as me

She and I settled down you can bet

That he is going to have to settle for less

He's someone I would hate to be

I got the girl and he's left with just the memory.

He's the guy that you should feel sorry for

He had the world but he thought that he wanted more

I owe it all to the mistake he made back then

I owe it all to my girl's ex-boyfriend

If it wasn't for him
I would still be searching
If it wasn't for him
I wouldn't know my best friend
If it wasn't for him
He would be able to see
If it wasn't for him He would be as happy as me

Come for a Visit!

A few blogs ago I mentioned that Albuquerque has been rated #8 on the top ten list of places to live in the U.S. Well, I just found out that Albuquerque is also on a different list. It's #2 on AAA's list of most affordable vacation destinations in the Country. Click here for the full article and get ready for your visit...


Look What We Bought!!!

You won't believe how lucky we got with the house we found! I mean, the market is really bad right now and these people were desperate so we got a killer deal. Look at the pics...

Here's the formal dining area

The family room

The master bathroom that was too big to get in one picture. Here are three...

The kitchen

The formal living area

We also adopted a couple of dogs, Dylan (left) and Taylor (right), and they love to listen to Emily play the piano. So do I!

Actually, I lied. The pictures above are NOT from the house we bought...we were housesitting for three weeks for some people. We did, however, buy a house and the following pics are from the cutest home on Marie Park Street...

Here's what the house looks like when you first roll up

The living area

The dining area

Bob's room...
The master BR

Are you ready for the back yard? Keep in mind that this is New Mexico and green is rare.

We close on the house on July 23rd. Let us know when you want to come for a visit!