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How to create a blog from scratch

Well nothing in this world can be started from scratch … 🙂 You know what I mean; everything has some parts already done. I would like to create a blog; what would I do? I asked Dear Wife last year, when I felt that I would like to write about my feelings, about anything I […] Read More »

Cinderella-Ballerina-Rapunzel or Spiderman-Batman-Superman?

I, Dear Mom or Dear Wife of Settle in El Paso team, attended a workshop on the International Women’s Day that discussed interesting points about gender stereotypes. I would like to share some of those items. Interpretation of the word ‘No’ When told ‘No’, men and women have different ways of interpreting the word. Women […] Read More »

Things to consider for daycare search

All working parents are always worried about childcare. Caring may become a little easier if grandparents are in the same town and they are willing to spend some time with their grandchildren. Even with friends and family around, we have seen people ruminate about their kids’ daycare. Yes, that is what parenthood is. 🙂 Astute readers […] Read More »

Should we invest in stocks or in mutual funds?

One of the strategies we follow in our financial planning is safe investments. However, investment is never safe. The question is how much risk we should take. Investment is not our main stream of income. We use it as a mean of savings. This is one of the reasons we take low risks in the area of investment. […] Read More »

Three things about audience to keep in mind while writing a post

Well… There are millions of things to keep in mind while writing a blog-post; I am just listing three items because these are the critical ones that stay in my mind constantly regardless of what type of post I am writing. There are hundreds of types of articles in the blog-world, for instance, travel stories, […] Read More »

How to select a school district

How to select a school district is a difficult question for every parent. There are too many parameters involved. The most straightforward classification of schools are: Private and Public. Let us discuss a little bit about these two types of schools. Private schools: If you are leaning toward private schools then 90% of your problem is already […] Read More »

Hand, foot, and mouth disease in children

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is very common in children. Given that it is caused by a virus, there is not much to do as a cure of this disease. In USA, every years there are more than 200,000 reported cases of Hand, foot, and mouth disease. Infants and preschoolers are affected more than adults. […] Read More »

The gift of being there

This is dear wife. We have been married for a while. Before getting married, I was a person passionate about giving gifts. I loved picking out gifts for the people who meant a lot in my life. I liked to show my gratitude through gifts. Likewise, I also expected gifts in special occasion. Things did […] Read More »

What to do if you smell gas odor in your home

Well… Natural gas cannot be smelled in its original form because it is odorless. Gas companies add some chemical compounds that are harmless but have a sulfur-like odor so that we can recognize possible gas hazards. We smelled such an odor in our home last evening. We immediately opened the windows and doors and then […] Read More »

Six classes of healthy food for kids

Dear Son’s food behavior seems to be highly motivated by what Dear Mom ate when she was pregnant. Dear Son does not like those items much that Dear Mom did not eat regularly when Dear Son was being cooked inside the tummy. 🙂 He is currently four. We have been trying to give him varieties […] Read More »

Parachuter from the North Franklin Mountain

Living near the North Franklin Mountain of El Paso has been an excitement for us. Last weekend, we saw two skydivers parachuting and gracefully landing at the bottom of the mountain. We were having our afternoon tea and enjoying the mountain-view. We noticed a bird, which in a few minutes appeared to be a parachute. […] Read More »

Embracing death gracefully: the changed perspective

As we said in another post, we had a month-long trip to our parents and relatives. It was amazing, especially for Dear Son. During this trip, I realized a strength of my family that I considered a dark side for a long time. It is about how my family deals with death of a family […] Read More »

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Happy new year! It has been some time since we published our last post. We know that our readers are damn worried without any post from us. Bazinga 🙂 … we are kidding. I am sure no one noticed that we have not posted anything in a while. Anyway, we are kind of having a […] Read More »

Thanksgiving parade in El Paso

Legend has it that the Thanksgiving Parade in El Paso was previously a New Year’s Day Parade. I said “Legend has it”, not because the information is mystical but because I like the sound of the phrase “Legend has it”. 🙂 Actually, it is a historical fact that the town of El Paso arranged the […] Read More »

Some toys that worked well for Dear Son

Dear Husband has been diligently writing for this blog. While we do most of the activities together, there are areas where one of us has no clue how the other one does things. For example, I do not know what magic Dear Husband uses to keep Dear Son so calm and composed. When I am […] Read More »

Basic addition for kids: child development

Learning is different with different kids. Yes, of course there are expectations based on age groups but there are also studies on different teaching techniques and there effectiveness. No, I do not have the references to these studies. I read from the Internet but unfortunately, I am not that organized to keep the references. 🙁 […] Read More »

Pumpkin smash in a pumpkin fest

Given his age, Dear Son enjoyed no more than four pumpkin festivals so far, among which he barely remembers one. We know how much he loves the countryside drives and the visits to the front yard produce-sales of the nearby growers during the weekends. We knew that he would enjoy the pumpkin fest. Despite having […] Read More »

Spiderman needs separated pants and shirt

I, Dear Dad, was planning on Dear Son’s halloween costume. I always have smart plans (please read as easy plans). Yes, I like to keep life simple. 🙂 The plan was to take Dear Son to a costume shop and ask which costume he liked the most. Didn’t I say I always have smart plans? […] Read More »

The Lone Mountain-Star of El Paso

It has been more than three years since we moved to El Paso, Texas from the East Coast. The Star on the East side of the Franklin mountain of El Paso gave us goosebumps when we first came; it has been giving us goosebumps till today. We took the picture above a few months ago […] Read More »

Potty training

We were damn worried about the title of this post. Many items popped up in mind, for example, “potty training guidelines”, or “potty training in 3 days” or may be “potty training in a few years”, or “potty training meme”, or even “how to control a pooping machine”. (Please accept my apology for the language) […] Read More »

The Third of Three Days Three Quotes: Abraham Lincoln

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” — Abraham Lincoln, August 1, 1858. Civilizations have their won pace and course of enhancements over time. Once in a while, a […] Read More »

The Second of Three Days Three Quotes: Albert Einstein

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Modesty is a virtue that only smartest people have. 🙂 Yes, the quote, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” comes from once known to be the smartest person on earth, Albert Einstein. Einstein was not only a genius but also a […] Read More »

The First of Three Days Three Quotes: Mother Teresa

“I think, love begins at home.” Love is complicated — this is what we might have heard many times. We learnt that love is very simple when our son was born. There is no condition in love for kids. There is nothing complex about it. I mean, childbirth is definitely complex but love is not. […] Read More »

Movie night at UTEP

In one of our earlier posts, we mentioned that the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has educational opportunities and activities for all. In addition, they arrange fun activities. We described one such event, Annual Splash ‘n’ Sparks, in another post a few months ago. Today’s post is going to be another local event […] Read More »

Mountains from the sky

When I was traveling from destination A to destination B a few years back, several times the pilot mentioned “You should be able to see this and that mountain if you are in the right side of the plane”. I got chances to took some quick shots because I was in the lucky side of […] Read More »

Spring water and nostalgia

We got quite some opportunities to GO PLACES (this is not a Toyota ad 🙂 ), years before our son was born. We still have opportunities but baggages become larger than before when there is a kid. When we look back in time, we take a deep breath and say, “good times”. 🙂 One such memory lane was created […] Read More »

Water in the desert

El Paso is a special border town, which is a part of a triplet El Paso–Juárez–Las Cruces. El Paso is in Texas, USA. Las Cruces is in the New Mexico state of USA. Juárez is in the neighbor country, Mexico. Nature has a different border system. 🙂 El Paso is located in the Chihuahuan Desert, […] Read More »

Web information on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting

Resources are abundant in the Internet. We now-a-days jump to the internet before speaking with anyone about anything. Our search spans from searching a place to finding online reviews to doing extensive research for educational materials to why our baby’s poop is black. 🙂 We searched for many items related to our child over the last few years. I (Dear […] Read More »

Postpartum depression and challenges

In one of our last posts under the maternity category, we listed baby-related activities including feeding, burping, and sleeping. In reality, the childbirth experience has great many dimensions. There are so many different angles of this experience that it is difficult to explain. It is most certainly like trying to understand what an elephant looks like […] Read More »

Our quest starts with pink every morning

We start a new Quest every morning or, at least every morning is a part of an old quest. Our quest in the morning starts with pink now-a-days. Let me explain. We open the window in the morning and we see the pink clouds in the sky above the Franklin Mountains of El Paso. The clouds slowly […] Read More »

An interview with Dear Son

In this post, we transcribe a conversation with our Dear Son (DS). It was basically an interview for our blog but DS does not know that. Therefore, DS did not feel the necessity of answering the questions diligently. The questions and the answers are as follow. Question: What is your name? Answer: Dear Son (At this point, Dear Son […] Read More »

Rain in El Paso

Today is a rainy day in El Paso! We are enjoying the rain; Ok, the most of it; other than the part where there is water penetration through a door of the house. Dear son likes the use of umbrella on rainy days, especially because rains are rare in El Paso. It is a wet […] Read More »

What to do and expect in the hospital during childbirth

It sounded so easy, such a fun, when we heard about others having babies. In practice, it is difficult, and of course stressful, we admit. However, it is as exciting as it gets and worth every bit of stress. We thought we would use an infographic representation of what to do during the three-days stay […] Read More »

Easy shrimp recipe!

Here is our easy shrimp recipe. We always make sure that we have a packet of raw shrimps in the freezer. This dish has saved the day (or the evening) many times for us. Feel free to add some jalapeno or red chili if you like spicy hot food. We do not use too much […] Read More »

Easy leche flan recipe

We have been making flan time to time for quite some years! While we have shared the recipe with friends in informal discussions, we never got a chance to write the ingredients and the process down until today! The pictures we have presented in this article were taken during the labor day break. Flan can […] Read More »

Shopping with a toddler

Happy labor day! Dear son keeps us busy when we go for shopping. We deal with new situations with our toddler from time to time. So much for what to expect. 🙂 Some of the interesting behaviors of our son that we observed in last six months while shopping are as follows. A few days […] Read More »

The War Eagles Air Museum: A museum of aviation

There is nothing much to say, except that the War Eagles Air Museum is an excellent place to study the history of military aviation. The museum is located at the Doña Ana County Airport at Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The address is 8012 Airport Rd, Santa Teresa, NM 88008. Just like any of our previous […] Read More »

Where should we start: A homebuyer's perspective

All of us, settler or not, born and raised here or in another place, have the same objective in life — “live long and prosper”. 🙂 Having a place to shed the body is one of the primary instincts leading to a very old phrase of home sweet home. Searching for a home, commonly called […] Read More »

Today's child tomorrow's future: What to expect?

What kind of a person we want to see our children grow up to be? It is a simple and primitive, yet elegant question. Like every parent in the world, we have dreams about the person our child will become. Many parents will say that they would like their child to become a doctor, or […] Read More »

Educational opportunities for all at a public university

Do you know that, as a Texas resident, you have certain educational rights? It does not matter how young a person is, any interested person has the opportunity and rights to learn from the highest degree-holders of the country. You know what, it is your right as a taxpayer. Oh no, please do not bring that card […] Read More »

The legends of Robinhood continue to help invest in the stock market!

This post will focus on a few investment strategies that we are currently using. Yes, I am talking about investment through stock trading. If you are not already familiar with stock trading, you will have a basic idea about its importance and where to start from by the end of the post. We are fairly new in stock […] Read More »

A few items to keep in mind after childbirth

We stared this discussion in a previous post. Our second post in this sequel covers the “after childbirth” part. Before I continue with this episode related to the “after” part of childbirth, here are a few more items that I should have mentioned in the previous episode: 🙂 Getting enough calcium is important when someone is pregnant. […] Read More »

A morning at Sierra Vista Growers

The address of Sierra Vista Growers is 2800 NM Highway 28, Anthony, New Mexico 88021. The website of the growers states that the city name is La Union. It does not quite matter what the city name is. The latitude is 31°57’4.00″N and Longitude is 106°38’28.71″W, which will never change despite any redistricting. It was a Saturday […] Read More »

A few items to keep in mind during pregnancy

I was taking driving lessons a long time ago. Let’s just say the person giving me the lesson was the instructor. Instructor: Before changing a lane, you need to look at the rear view mirror. Now, look at the mirror. Me: Ok. I did. After a while, Instructor: Sooo, what did you see? Me: A […] Read More »

Squash blossoms' journey from a farmers market to a frying pan

Like all kids, our son loves sowing seeds and watering plants. He even grew strawberries this year. He says, you need four things to grow plants: water, light, air, and love. While growing plants with love and then happily eating their fruits sound an odd kind of affection for plantkind (I do not know if […] Read More »

Side conundrum for new settlers in El Paso

Update: An update to this article is made on July 11 2016 based on feedback from a reader. Thanks to all our readers for their valuable comments and feedback.   We are planning on writing so many things that we are getting confused about what to write first. For example, we have written the first part of the childcare […] Read More »

Annual Splash 'n' Sparks at UTEP

This year it was on July 1, Friday. I am not sure if it is held on the same day every year. The full name of the event is Splash ‘n’ Sparks Appreciation Extravaganza. UTEP has arranged this event for the 18th time this year; that is, it has been 17 years since the first Splash ‘n’ Sparks […] Read More »

A Trip to a Village Called Ruidoso: Part 2

The next day was more exciting. We already brought breakfast the night before. After a simple breakfast, we decided to go to some nearby places and then go to the most exciting one. We will describe the exciting part soon. We should mention that we did not take enough pictures on the second day. A reason is […] Read More »

A Trip to a Village Called Ruidoso: Part 1

Like any town of this country, when you are in El Paso you can easily plan a short vacation within four/five hours drive. We planned a trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico in the Spring of 2016. If you are not familiar with El Paso or Ruidoso, you probably do not know how different the climate of these two […] Read More »

White Sands National Monument

If you are in El Paso, you probably do not want to miss visiting White Sands National Monument. White Sands is basically 275 square miles of desert full of wavy dunes. The gypsum sand makes the dunes all white. When you drive to White Sands you can see the boundary between the White Sands and non-White Sands, which is pretty amazing! Anyway, […] Read More »

Buying a car out of state and remotely

We moved from another state to El Paso, Texas a few years back. Cross country moves are always difficult, especially when you have a one year old. Your brain is about to explode but the excitement towards a new job, enchanting smiles of your family members, and a little help from the movers given that your new […] Read More »