Monday, March 12, 2012

Puerto Penasco, A Mazda, and Other Tales

As my much- anticipated wedding approaches, life seems to get busier and busier. What's new about that, you ask, especially if you know what a busy bee I am am normally, regardless of what major life events may or may not be pending.

Recently, Scot and I have helped build a house and community center in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico. Despite the fact we were greeted with armed military personnel with black masks and machine guns on our way in. Here we are, Scot and I.

This is the community center, and we were pioneering some new building methods that involved giant styrofoam legos! Scot and I squealed a little bit when we saw them. The method worked well, too; the walls fit together like a glove and we got all of the walls up in only two days. That was impressive. The only downside was that we got covered in styrofoam too, and at one point I looked like I had been in a blizzard. The workers laughed at me. :)

Here, Scot is working on the roof for the house.

One of the things I love about him is that he is such a manly man when it comes to building things-- he is very handy to have around. Need a roof built? No problem. Tire changed, air conditioning flushed, door put on, rotors taken off, or whatever else you can think of... he's your man. Well actually, he's my man so sorry ladies. How lucky am I? 

Here we are at the beach, where we were able to spend an afternoon with our group beach combing. We found a dead crab, live hermit crabs, lots of other dead things and then more dead things... but it was still fun. 

We went in partnership with 1Mission, a group that involves the Mexican community in their house- building projects. I loved that we had our own cap site away from the barrios, complete with our own kitchen area, showers, and bathrooms. It was a memorable trip... ask me for some stories another time. 

The weekend after that, we flew up to Colorado and drove back with our new car... the car my soon- to- be- in- laws gave us for a wedding present! It is a very nice '06 Mazda 3 with under 100,000 miles on it, and Scot is letting me use it as my car right now. I HAVE A CAR!! I have had many adventures in it already, because it is a manual and I had to learn how to drive one. The 14 hour drive back (with stops) included adventures such as Las Vegas (NM), Laguna, and Hollywood. Who knew it would be so exciting! 

In other news, I have a new job at the Foundation for Blind Children. I work with blind and visually impaired 3, 4, and 5 year olds, and boy is it interesting! I have to be very creative with them, but they are great kids and a lot of fun. It is part time, and I am still looking for another part time job to fill in the rest of my time, as well as debating whether or not to try and start freelance writing. Hmm. I might want to wait until things calm down after the wedding to start that.

This weekend, we picked out formal wear for the gentleman in the wedding, bought Scot's wedding band, and booked our honeymoon! I know. That was a lot. We are staying at a nice resort in Sedona courtesy of a church family with a timeshare. What a blessing, we are incredibly thrilled to be able to get away for our honeymoon. 

I will have to keep this blog a little more updated now that I have more time, I know I haven't posted anything for quite a while. These are exciting times! We are so looking forward to this next chapter in our lives.