Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Girl

Since the last time we took pics, my girl was busy working, I decided to take some pics of her today. I asked her if she'd like her boyfriend to join us and I'd take some of them together, and what do you think she said? Of course!! So off we went, right after church, when there was still light out. It was perfectly overcast and quite deserted at our photo shoot locales.
Now, mind you, I am NOT a professional photographer, I do NOT own a fancy high $$ camera and I do NOT know how to Photoshop anything!! What you see is what you get. I have an inexpensive Kodak point and shoot digital, a $20 tripod and a Kodak Gallery account where I tweak things here and there (and by tweak, I mean, I can make it look black and white, sepia, or crop). BUT, I am ordering a book on learning how to use Photoshop Elements, soooo pretty soon I'll be able to make myself look 10 years younger!! {I HOPE}.
I am posting just the pics I took, because pretty soon, my daughter wanted her try at taking pics too, (of her boyfriend of course and one or two of me)
So here you go:
                                                      The Silly takes :)

Aren't they a cute couple?



I want to take some pics of my nieces, so I can't wait for them to come over for Christmas! I like taking pictures :D

I Want To Make A Memory {Fall Family Photos}

Last week I decided to take some new pictures of the guys. Since Aaron's baptism is coming up next week, I wanted to take some new pics of him. He is growing and changing SO fast :(
So I took them around town to take some pics, but then the darned batteries went dead in my camera UGGGHH
So the next day, as soon as church let out we headed to a special place I found out in the country :)
I LOVE THIS SETTING for pics! So here's a few shots of my boys (and some of me taken by Sergio)






Aaron acting silly







                                        This guy is so funny and loves to put on a show :)


Unfortunately my daughter was working both days and could not be in the pics. But tomorrow if the day is good, we have scheduled a little photo shoot with her and her boyfriend. We'll see how that goes. I love taking lots of pictures of my family. Everyday is going to be a memory to treasure tomorrow and I take advantage of each fleeting moment; from the most mundane things to major events, we must make a memory :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Nice to Get Away :)

This past week was a fun one. It was our annual government finance conference and this year it was in GALVESTON! YAY! I always love to go and learn something new and keep updated in my profession but it's even nicer when I get to go learn at a very cool place! Especially if a beach is involved ;)
And even though it's not exactly summer {thank goodness for that} I was excited nonetheless to be going to a BEACH!
I usually go alone but since this time it was nearby and Sergio could take a few days off, I took him along :D
How nice to get away from the stress of daily life. We are so blessed to have sooo many people support us when we decide to go away. My mom came by and stayed with the boys while we were away. They enjoy having a fun grandma around too :)



On the drive there we stopped at a rest area. Little did we know that this place was gorgeous! Lots of pine trees and water and it was just plain beautiful. Who knew a rest area would be so pretty? This rest stop is off I 45 north of Huntsville.  I forget what exit it is but from the freeway it looks like nothing special. It's kinda hidden but once you get to it it is so worth it. They even have a playground and would be a nice spot for a picnic.

We arrived to Galveston late on Wednesday afternoon and went directly to check into our hotel. It was a very nice hotel called the Moody Gardens Hotel and Spa. They have lots of amenities and the water park is just down the street. If you ever get a chance to go to Galveston, stay there. Our stay was awesome.


We had a nice view of the Moody Gardens and Sergio got to relax while I attended my classes. And even though Hurricane Ike caused some major devastation to the area, it is still a beautiful place to visit. Plus they need our tourism dollars, so go to Galveston people and help them rebuild their city :)

Our first night there we went to this really cool restaurant called Fish Tales.
I took a pic of if but my hand was all shaky and this is what came out :(

             It looks kinda cool huh? I didn't mean for it to look this way though ;)

The food was really good but it's kind of pricey.  Certainly not a place to take the whole family too. But for the two of us, it was quite do-able.
We drove around and walked on the beach. It was pretty chilly but romantic nonetheless.
The following day, during my lunch break, we drove over to The Strand. The historic district where all these cool little shops are at. We saw where the cruise ships leave out of and we both promised we'd plan on a cruise with the kids.

Some cool shops where I got ideas to decorate my new white tree :)




I also found some of my favorite candles from Tyler Candles!! And they sell the melts that I can put into my Scentsy warmer. SCORE!! Now my house can smell like French Market without the flame :)
Anyways, while we were looking around in one of the shops, I asked Sergio to take a picture of me next to a ride-on dolphin. But he said, "Get on it." To which I replied: "No". But then the shop owner was all like "get on it, go on" so I gave in and here I am.
                                                 Here's my idea of a fun pic
                                       Here's Sergio's version {and the shopkeeper's}
Notice they are a little blurry. I don't know which setting we had the camera on, but apparently it was the WRONG one.

                             The only time you'll see me in a bikini (it's an apron)
                  We had dinner here on our last night. It.Was.Awesome.
And that's quite a statement coming from a person who eats meals cooked by a chef!
The service was awesome, the food was awesome, the atmosphere was awesome. Check it out if you're in Galveston. They are on Seawall Blvd.
Before we came back, we went jogging on the beach one morning and took some pics by the water.
It was VERY BRIGHT!! So these pics are very bright. Also the shirt I am wearing, is very big on me, and with the wind blowing hard, it puffed it up and made me look huge up top!! I look strangely deformed, but you'll see I am having a good time ;)








I love having fun with my best friend {who also happens to be my husband} and there's nobody else I'd rather spend my time with :)

Enjoy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 19, 2010

{Eye} Am Feeling Generous!

Being that the Christmas Season is just around the corner ~literally! I am feeling quite generous, and since I haven't had a giveaway this month I decided today is the day to have one! Start, that is!
Soooo hang on to your hats, I am giving away a JAFRA premier eye product. This product is completely amazing.
It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area, making them younger-looking in just 4 weeks. It has special ingredients like Vitamins C & E, Enzyme technology to improve skin elasticity and so much more.
This product can only be bought thru a Jafra consultant and retails for $24. Isn't that a great price? Now what better price to pay than ZERO if you win.
As a special bonus I am throwing in a Jafra face mirror  so you can see your beautiful eyes after using this product for a few weeks you'll REALLY see a difference.
Here's how to enter to win this:
1 entry-Make a comment on this post about your favorite Jafra product by visiting my Jafra website.
1-entry -become a follower of this blog
2-entries-post this giveaway on your blog on your facebook or twitter page by pressing the share button
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2-entries-blog about this giveaway on your blog and come back here and post your comment 2X with your blog link where you mentioned this giveaway
**Giveaway open only to US addresses. If winner does not claim prize within 5 days of it being announced, prize is forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen.
Giveaway ends on November 26th at 9 p.m. CST.**
Winner will be chosen at random via random.org

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