We have been in Mexico for the past seven years on a tourist visa, keeping our residency in the US and crossing the border every six months for a time of shopping, r&r, and paperwork renewal. Today is the day we will head north and spend the night. It's like a mini-vacation to stay in a hotel, have high speed wi-fi, lengthy hot showers, and American television.
Usually a day in Laredo includes a trip to Chick-Fil-A, where we often indulge in the yummy sandwiches and ice dream shakes. We also try to include a trip to Wendy's in there (though we do have a Wendy's here in Monterrey, it's just a ways away and out of our normal driving routines).
Target, Wal-mart, Best Buy, and Old Navy are also regular stops. We often come back to Mexico with a car full of groceries that are difficult to find here, like Cinnamon Life, grape jelly, and Frosted Mini-Wheats.
One more thing on the agenda this trip is to finally apply for our Mexican residency visas. We would like to have cell phones in our names, bank accounts, power and water, and those sorts of things.