Deep in the heart of Texas

Sunset

We took a long 4th of July holiday and enjoyed a wonderful vacation/road trip to Texas to visit family and friends – had lots of fun, great food, and even better company during our trip! About 20 hours from our home to our final destination and then we turned around and drove back after about a week and a half – yes, that is a LONG time in the car, but we were able to bring Melody along with us which made it all worthwhile. I sometimes forget how much I miss it until I’m back there – the sky, the land, and most importantly the people we love. You can check out more photos from our trip here.

State line

Approaching storm

Fun on the 4th

Gatesville, TX

Gatesville, TX Courthouse

by Valerie | 07.09.14 | For Funsies, Travel | No Comments »

Smile for the camera!

B'nai Mitzvah

As I mentioned in my post here, it was so nice to visit with family in El Paso a couple weeks ago and I enjoyed snapping some photos while we were all together too. Here are some of my favorites… You can find more online here.

B'nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah

And thanks to Debbie for getting this one!

B'nai Mitzvah

by Valerie | 06.10.14 | For Funsies, Photography, Travel | No Comments »

marvelous mitzvah

El Paso - early summer 2014

The photo above is a view of the Franklin Mountains from Temple Mount Sinai, in El Paso, TX, where we enjoyed a wonderful long weekend with family, celebrating my mother-in-law’s and Ryan’s Aunt’s (and 4 others in their group) b’nai mitzvah. It was great to get back to Texas too, but I didn’t miss that blazing hot summer heat – the high in El Paso yesterday was listed at 108! After a very long, very cold winter here though, I must admit that the warmth of the sun and that blue Texas sky were a sight for sore eyes. Even some of the plants look like they’re on fire; we saw lots of cactus, lantana, and this plant in the photo below (anyone know what this is?) all over the place there.

El Paso - early summer 2014

And a trip to Texas is never complete without some Texas BBQ and cold, Texas beer to wash it down with – thank you Rudy’s BBQ! You can browse more photos from our trip here.

Rudy's BBQ

Rudy's BBQ

by Valerie | 06.04.14 | For Funsies, Travel | 1 Comment »

Happy New Year!

This was my view of the last sunrise of 2013 and it was quite a beautiful one! We flew home on New Year’s Eve and even managed to stay up until midnight, even though we’d had only 4 hours of sleep the night before and a 2+ hour flight delay in Dallas on our way home. We arrived home to snow and even more snow followed on New Year’s Day. This was my view of the last sunset of 2013…

The fresh-fallen snow really is beautiful…makes the world feel clean and fresh and inspired us to do the same and start with a good house-cleaning on New Year’s Day. We took a walk in our neighborhood and breathed in the cold, clean air and listed to the crunch of snow beneath our feet and just enjoyed our first walk of 2014.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Holidaze, Travel | No Comments »

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 »

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

We had fun attending two baseball games last weekend – we saw the Tigers vs. Rangers at Comerica Park and then the Cubs vs. Cardinals at Wrigley Field. I really enjoyed the fireworks on Friday night at Comerica and singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game in the 7th inning stretch and watching the manual scoreboard change at Wrigley.

by Valerie | 07.18.13 | For Funsies, Travel | No Comments »

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 »

Small town and countryside

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

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 »

TX style

I’m going to take this moment to admit that I have a special place in my heart for Big Red and Rudy’s “Bar-B-Q Sause”.

by Valerie | 06.18.13 | For Funsies, Travel | No Comments »

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