Out in the West Texas Town of El Paso

We flew to El Paso, TX for our Christmas holiday to spend time with family. It was nice to get some sunshine and some warm weather for a change! Unfortunately, all of us were sick for some portion of the Christmas vacation, but we are all finally feeling better and on the mend. Despite our under-the-weatherness, we were able to visit some of our favorite spots and do some of our favorite things while visiting – including eating some delicious Mexican food, a visit to Old Mesilla, Whooppee Bowl antique mall, and seeing some dear friends. Tomorrow, we head back to A2 – where the forecast calls for a high of 21 and snow. I haven’t had to wear my coat, hat, or gloves since we arrived in El Paso 10 days ago, but I’ll have them ready for when we land tomorrow. Happy New Year’s Eve eve!

by Valerie | 12.30.13 | For Funsies, Holidaze, Travel | No Comments »

42 years and counting

Happy 42nd anniversary, to my Mom and Dad; you two are 42 kinds of wonderful!

by Valerie | 11.26.13 | For Funsies | 1 Comment »

Pizza and hot dogs

That’s mostly what we ate on our trip to Chicago, pizza and hot dogs; I know, it’s not original, but we enjoyed every bit of it! We enjoyed a short trip to Chicago with family this week and the highlights of the trip for me were the Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity show at the Art Institute and visiting the Skydeck at sunset (the view was amazing, of course, and what better time of day to enjoy it). The jellfish at the Shedd Aquarium made for some interesting photos…

by Valerie | 07.18.13 | For Funsies, Travel | 1 Comment »

Beautiful Bat Mitvah

We had the pleasure of traveling back home to Texas in June to visit family and for Abby’s Bat Mitvah. It was really wonderful to visit with family and enjoy all the festivities. And Tina did an amazing job with the desserts and display for the reception! Thank you to Abby, Debbie, and Steve for letting us be a part of Abby’s Bat Mitvah; we love you all and are thrilled to see Abby growing into the beautiful, young woman that she has become.

by Valerie | 06.30.13 | Photography, Travel | No Comments »


We were able to get back home to Texas to visit family last week, which was wonderful! We stopped at some delicious restaurants and fun attractions along our way (Chuy’s, Rudy’s BBQ, Dr. Pepper Museum, etc.) and we had some fun with taking these photos

by Valerie | 06.17.13 | For Funsies, Photography, Travel | No Comments »

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Thank you, to my Mom & my wonderful husband’s Mom, for loving us so much! Thank you for cleaning our scrapes and doctoring our bruises, for teaching us to say please & thank you, for helping us to learn the many lessons we needed to learn in life (even the hard ones), for all the hugs & kisses, for pointing us in the right direction for Pin the Tail on the Donkey at parties, and for so much more.

by Valerie | 05.13.12 | Holidaze | No Comments »

Happy birthday, to you!

Happy birthday, to you, Dad!
You can fix just about anything, you play a mean guitar, and from the looks of this picture you would’ve killed it on the runway too.

by Valerie | 05.12.12 | For Funsies | No Comments »


The picture above is of my father-in-law & mother-in-law. Ain’t love grand? For me, the answer is a definite & very loud, “Yes!” Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • I found this article, Love Ever After: A Valentine’s Day Special, on TIME LightBox; I just love the 3rd photo here – so sweet.
  • Google Valentine
  • Pucker up
  • “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

by Valerie | 02.14.12 | Holidaze | No Comments »

I’ll be home for Christmas…

We drove to Texas for Christmas with a car full of presents, our adorable dog, & delicious treats from Michigan (Zzang! bars, fresh MI apple cider, Trader Joe’s Joe Joe’s, etc.) & spent a wonderful holiday with our family. We enjoyed celebrating my brother’s 30th birthday on Christmas Eve (Ryan made a Banana Split Cake from scratch, yum!) & visiting with our family in Gatesville & Abilene. It was so nice to be home for Christmas!

by Valerie | 12.28.11 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

365 – Day 305

365 - Day 305

by Valerie | 12.24.11 | Photography | No Comments »

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