Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Tour de Texas

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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You’ve probably heard but in case you haven’t…TEXAS IS HUGE!

Every trip we’ve taken to the great big beautiful state we’ve only stayed within a certain smallish space. Never exploring past Dallas, really.

So, when I found out hubby needed to make a June Texas trip….I convinced him to take an extra week and schedule in a vacation (that’s a sure way to MAKE HIM GO DO SOMETHING!).

We had no real agenda, just to take off and see as much of it as we could squeeze in during a week.

Where’d we go? I’m glad you asked.

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Chip & Joanna Gaines are beyond famous and the town of Waco is buzzing like a hot wire for these Fixer Upper stars!

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It was blazing hot and crawling with tourists. Including us. However, we rolled in and rolled out without a hitch!

light love

In every episode of Fixer Upper, I squeal when I see JoJo’s lighting choices. I have a thing for chandy’s! This is hanging in the store and I wish I owned one just like it.

river walk

We hit the road after sweating ourselves silly and headed straight for San Antonio!

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We made it there in time to walk the river and sight see a bit around our hotel. We stayed in the Menger Hotel right beside the Alamo. The old historical hotel was full of rich stories and even has a reputation for being haunted. I didn’t see any ghosts but I did close down the pool by being the last one out at 10 pm.

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We had a great stay there and even made a few new friends.

we heard you feed animals

They are wise to tourists, obviously.

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I mean, they enjoy a good breakfast too.


And the word is — animals KNOW who the softy is when it comes to feeding the animals at meal time. Ahem, Dad!

big ship

Next, we hit the town of Corpus Christi. This was our view at lunch on the water.


This is how Gladys & Merle try to get a selfie when they arrive at Port Aransas Beach. Just one pic, that’s all I wanted.

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Oh who cares? We made it to the very bottom of Texas and we aren’t going to let windy selfies stop us!

flip it

This is for my kids. They love their dad. They think he’s pretty close to perfect but they know one giant truth about him – HE DOES NOT WEAR FLIP-FLOPS!!! His shoes got wet inside and wouldn’t dry so he resorted to serious measures by buying a pair of flip-flops for his actual feet.

He’s more of a boot guy!


He was on vacation (that’s what I kept telling myself).

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We found a place to park our selves and hit the beach. Which is really cool! You drive out on the beach, pick your spot and claim it as yours. The only real rule I know of is no glass on the beach. Otherwise, you can party….camp….surf…fish whatever. Even, kiss!

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cute dad

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Our last night there we went to dinner at Moby Dick’s for oysters. I had to snap these shots of my cute hubby because he ran out of shorts (somehow, he only packed 1 pair) and we had to hit Macy’s. I think I like him in yellow!

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This is how I feel about my trip! It was a big wild adventure!! Time to head home to Indiana!

I have a mixed-up smushed to pieces heart because I’m leaving…..


…..behind my baby boy!

I’m My Own Version of Aunt Josephine

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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I completely relate to Aunt Josephine from Lemony Snicket’s – A Series of Unfortunate Events. She was a wee bit out there (I know….we aren’t exactly alike) and she had a crazy sense of imagination. Anything and everything was a danger to her.

I get it, lady.

I fell asleep last night afraid a snake was going to crawl out of who-knows-where and get me or my little dog while we slept. Notice I didn’t fear it getting my hubby (it’s because he was snoring SO LOUD I felt sure the snake would slither on by him).

Don’t touch the doorknobs children! They’ll explode and put your eyes out!

I’m clearly irrational, I know.

I suppose it has to do with a picture my daughter’s boyfriend snapped of a long long snake slithering beside my car a few days ago here at the ranch. I’ve imagined all the snakes of all the world getting into my car or inside my house ever since.

It’s not that crazy because on the news for the last two days a story has been running about a teacher in the Fort Worth area who found a snake in her SUV when she leaned in to get her BABY OUT OF THE CARSEAT!!!

And…..guess who got away? Inside the car?

Yes, Mr. Snake! He was even shown on the news being all crappy and aggressive with the animal control people. He shed a skin and split into the car somewhere and sister is perhaps one of my people – because SHE LEFT IT WHERE IT SAT!

Bye Felicia!

I don’t have any reason to worry (uhh, yea right) while I’m asleep in bed inside a house……do I?

Aunt Josephine, are you my mothership?

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I’m blaming it on the wasp poison circulating through my body all night. I’m feverish and itchy….and starting to feel out of my right mind.

me waspy sting

How long does this throbbing itching pain last? I think I’m dying! Okay, maybe a little over-reaction. Go away, nothing to see here.

Texas Through My Lense

Friday, April 8th, 2016

When in Texas….

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It’s important to soak up as much fun as I possibly can.

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Like ride the streets of my favorite hood (the ranch).

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Party with my soul sister friend and twin, Ms J!

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Create beautiful stuff together. All of it from the property.

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Relax in the sunshine with my sweetboy and his best girl.

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Hit the town for dinner with friends.

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Eat a little. Or a lot.

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Tease Ms Lizzy.

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Ride more roads.

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Run into buddies out on the farm.

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Peek back as you drive the farm and see the beauty of the lodge.

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Wonder how anyone could ever live without “country”.

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Take your best girlfriends to Dallas for a little shopping.

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Dine at the fanciest dinner parties with the cutest little boyfriends. This dude is my whipped cream loving honeybun.

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Watch my guys fly the drone around and NOT CRASH IT!!

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Relax some more.

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Stop drop and change up hair colors. 49 opens up all sorts of bravery. I’m over worrying about hair, I like change.

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The results.

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Wake up to beautiful Texas sunrises with coffee by the lake.

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Sunbathe. Boo boo girl is nursing a wound. Notice her medical wrap? Yea, she believes the end is near.

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Horse around a little.

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Catch a glimpse of history in a REAL LIVE STORE. The south hasn’t completely lost its mind over history.


And of course…..take Ms Lizzy to the beauty parlor for a fancy hair-do!

Texas has it all. Maybe that’s why I hog it up as much as I do while I visit.

God bless Texas.