Merry Christmas!

One of the things I love about this time of year is the going to parties and seeing friends and family.  We just had our annual Police Dance event, which is very similar in ways to a Military Ball event.

It’s a dance and it’s supposed to be for fun and entertainment, but it’s also very much a work event.  We had actually never gone before, so it was fun to read up on all the military ball etiquette advice.  It was a lot more relaxed, but the etiquette was proved to be useful just as well.

We had so much fun! 😀 ❤

Everyone there was dressed so nice, the food was amazing, and we were able to have a nice night, kid-free, to actually get out and dance.

My husband announced to me that we “have” to do this every year from now on 😀  It’s not mandatory like a lot of the Military Balls are, but still, it was very much a networking event, and a perfect “date night” to boot complete with live bands playing for music!




My husband is not really a picture-taking person, but man he took a ton of pics and videos that night, a lot of them selfies of us together ❤  Really romantic 🙂

My only jewelry were two pearl and diamond pins in my hair, and of course, his badge necklace.



When my husband smiles like this, I KNOW something is going right 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤

He was so happy that night.  He doesn’t drink either, and the drinks were all free!  So this was a real, natural high on the joy of the moment ❤


A better picture of the dress I wore. It’s actually a dress from when I was 16 or 17, but it still fit and I thought it would be gown-appropriate, floor-length attire.


Everyone’s dresses were so beautiful – I LOVED seeing all the girlfriends and wives dressed up 😀  What a nice way to celebrate together… someone remarked, “We all clean up pretty nice!”  LOL


Merry Christmas readers!  Hope you all find joy and meaning in the spirit of Christmas this year!




Celebrate the Pumpkin

pumpkin cupcakes

I’m loving our Fall 2014!!  There is something about pumpkins and looking forward to the activities of October that just gets me pumped & excited!  Almost every weekend in October is full of plans and pumpkin-y things, from the first weekend when we picked out pumpkins 🙂 ❤ to Oktoberfest at the Beer Gardens this coming weekend, to Halloween parties – I want my son to really appreciate everything in each time’s season… not just feel like time passes by, but to learn how to have JOY in every season with all its unique changes and flair.

Soon, we’ll be posting us making the Pumpkin Spice (Latte) Muffins, complete with the video we use & the recipe.  We’ve already done our first batch of sugar cookies glazed with Dinosaurs, shields, and swords for my son’s Tuesday class once a week.  We’ll be posting a Frittata breakfast post – the perfect Fall morning treat aside with all its spices and warmth, along with Tamale Pie next week – with multiple ways to create it from “Yankee” aka – not really Tamale Pie, to Quick & Easy, to the real thing which uses the authentic masa.

Just this Wednesday, my husband and I were able to sneak away for a date night downtown.  It was peaceful and breezy – the perfect Fall evening – as we watched the river that runs throughout our downtown turn to black with the night sky.  It was a full moon that night, and we were able to just relax & enjoy each other, listening to the music and night life all around us.

Before we got to our destination, we walked through one of our favorite places, La Villita, or “the little village.”  This place has special memories for me as I used to dance there on weekends for performances.  This year they decorated every corner and front shop porch with pumpkins – I couldn’t resist capturing the memory!


This is what we saw when we first came inside La Villita… the beautiful vines in the backdrop, and the first of their pumpkin show.
















And an adorable, Halloween cat – this cat could easily have been named “Pumpkin” in my book.  ❤






The colors of the pumpkins are just so pretty in this picture – and how they slightly reflect on the white wall.  It was so beautiful.



Decorating our own pumpkins with Glow in the Dark glue!