Our Winter Wonderland Experience!

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Taking a break from writing the Proverbs 31 series, I wanted to take some time to finally upload our pics from our mini “Winter Vacation” a couple of weeks ago.  San Antonio never gets real snow.  Well, one time back in 1985, but even that was called a “100-year snow,” for us.  Soooooo  we decided that since we missed going to the beach/island this Summer due to so many car issues, that we’d instead drive up to the mountains in New Mexico for a little less than a week to see if we could catch some snow for the boys to see!

It was the best decision ever to do this – our oldest had so much fun!  I’ve never even seen snow like we saw on the last 2 days there (we planned it somehow just right)!  It was so exciting (and FREEZING COLD)!  It made me SO GRATEFUL that we live in South Texas.  I love the heat… yes, even the really extreme heat we get in the Summer.  We live very close to a great waterpark and have access to swimming all day if we want.  It’s bliss ❤  🙂

But as for New Mexico’s mountain chill – wow!  We had all the correct clothing and even snow boots for everyone, but mentally, I was so not prepared for that level of cold!

We stayed a little cozy cabin in the area of a ski resort (that wasn’t open for a few more days – we got the best price because of this, and yet we still got to see their ski slopes with “created” snow).

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This day wasn’t actually that cold, hence the hoodies (they had layers of clothes underneath though!).  These were some photos of the bottom of the slopes at the ski resort.  We weren’t sure we’d be able to play around there so I didn’t wear my snow boots, the boys did though.

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New Mexico with it’s deserts and mesas and mountains was incredibly beautiful!  I’m not posting a lot of our pics of exploring the town and the mountains because I tend to take too many anyway, but I wanted to show the most exciting parts for us: the snow!

I loved seeing all the thousands of fir trees, and we were lucky to get to see it before and then after the first snowfall of the season.  I thought it’s scenery was equally as beautiful – it was that stunning.

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Our big window in the cabin the morning after the big snowfall.

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Our patio showing just about how many inches we got overnight in the mountains!  Wow!!!

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Our adorable little cabin!  It was a great stay and experience we’ll never forget.

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So. Beautiful.

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Thanks for reading 😉

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Flirty Sexy Fun Vacations

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We’re about to leave in a couple days for a week long vacation – a much needed family vacation – our first since having our Babymoon over 5 years ago.  We’ll be staying for 7 days on an island, the same one we were at when we were celebrating/mourning the last days of being without kids.  Aside form all the tidying up and packing we’re doing in preparation, it’s hard to contain the excitement we all feel!!!!  This has been a lonnng time coming, and we are so ready.

Planning and packing really got me thinking how we probably approach vacations a little differently than most people.  We go purely to have fun, sightsee, eat weird or new foods, and this is considered “relaxing” for us.  Before we had kids, we tried to have a vacation by staying with family, and it was nice, I loved being able to visit with them, but they were constantly trying to interject what they thought we should be doing – particularly, that we should be actually doing nothing and just “relaxing” there at their house watching TV.  We wanted to go out, we loved participating in the night life of their city – even finding a Salsa bar to dance at, and exploring it’s uniqueness during the day.  They thought we were doing too much LOL.

People can view vacations so differently… but again, for us, we are highly active, crazy people – sure we love down time or laying out at the beach or pool at the condo, and there will be A LOT of that, but we are also going to be boating and having an adventure on an undeveloped island as well.  Maybe we’ve just got ants in our pants, but our vacations are going to be pretty action packed.

Another element that took me by surprise, or rather, took my husband by surprise, was the packing – he temporarily forgot I was a girl, and thought we would be able to somehow share one suitcase.  Um.. yeah.

I tried… I really did.  But a whole 7 days worth of clothes for me, just would not fill up only half a suitcase, I successfully took over the entire thing on my own.  He came back from work, and was shocked then laughed – teased me mercilessly about how much I was bringing, comparing it to those women who have like 7 suitcases for one week.  HELLO!  Unfair!!  Woman here!  I’m not a guy….

He loved giving me a hard time about what clothes I was packing 😉  Until I proved to him how great they look by wearing one of the feminine dresses to show him how it completely changed my everyday look – he loved the feminine snark, his jaw dropped, and I laughed as he was forced to admit he loved seeing me like that.  What better time to pick to look flirty and sexy than on vacation?

Since Summer is coming to an end, this post will be great for next year or even winter vacations… but here are some thoughts on some ideas to really do vacation right.

Here are some things I think are great attitudes for vacation:

1) Make sure you have fun – whether that means staying with family, or going as your own family, vacations are supposed to be about what you both want to do as a couple.  The only problem with staying with family is that it can put a damper on vacation sex.  For some people, it can be hard to lose your inhibition and have fun in bed when your parents or partner’s parents are literally… down the hall form your bedroom.

2) Don’t let your vacation be dictated by your kids’ desires.  Disney world and other kid-destination vacations are great, but you want to make sure there’s enough adult time in order for it not to be all about the kids.  Standing in lines all day, melting in the heat, dealing with tantrumy children, more than likely means you’re gonna need a cold one after being out all day riding rides (ie: standing in lines).  Those kinds of vacations often tend to be super stressful for parents of young children, we’ve even heard a couple we know complain that it was like going to hell for a week.

Vacations should be about joy and having a carefree attitude, so if you are going somewhere predominantly for the kids, try to have a couple of nights where you all go out to eat and dress up nice.  Bring at least one fancy dress and some jewelry to counter the super hot days of sweaty mommyness.  Have one night of relishing looking like a dream, and get pictures together to remember it by!  Appreciate being able to let your kids enjoy a magical vacation, and fall even deeper in love during the down times where you’re able to appreciate having each other as well.  It will help counter the stress of standing in the sweltering heat for hours.

3) Romance your husband on vacation.  No matter where you are, romancing your husband comes from an attitude of loving and enjoying your life together.  Be sure to relax in the hotel pool in the evening, cuddle up in the hot tub together, or enjoy cuddling on the beach at night around the fire while the kids are tucked in. Simply relax and enjoy the closeness of having your soul mate with you on your vacation paradise.  Not many people are lucky to be in a good marriage or relationship like this… appreciate it, with all your heart.

3) Make sure to bring some cute, feminine dresses or tops – whatever makes you feel beautiful.  Accessories during vacation can make it even more fun for women to enjoy and revel in their femininity!  Look your best as much as is possible depending on where and what you’re doing.  Sure there will more than likely be activities where looking your best is downright impossible, hiking, exploring outdoors, swimming, etc., these are situations where a bare face and beachy wavy hair look earthy and sexy.  Having a carefree attitude is key, but in general, making sure you look good has a mysterious way of making you feel really good… leading to even more enjoyment of even simply activities like exploring the city or area you’re in!

4) Be sure to pack your best lingerie, vacations are about having lots of fun, engaging in wild or uninhibited behaviors!  No matter how long you’ve been married, make the most of this time away – time that only happens usually once a year for most couples, and use it to fulfill all your deepest fantasies about having sex far away.  Lingerie adds an element of purposeful passion and shows that you’ve got seduction on your mind.  Vacation sex is usually adrenaline-fueled.

5) Go with an open, carefree mind and attitude.  My husband is extremely adventurous and particularly in the area of food, he is always eating or trying new things, whereas I’m predictable in that I will order the same thing, at the same restaurant, for years.  There is one meal that I’ve ordered consistently at the same restaurant for 11 years straight.  So for this vacation, we’ve decided to order for each other for every meal… making our eating out a kind of fun, unpredictable game to play with each other.

If you haven’t left already, or are thinking about a Winter vacay, try out these suggestions and let me know what you think!  If you have anything you’ve done in the past to add to making a vacation fun, please comment!

**Note: Blog will be Inactive 08/05 – 08/12.**

Hill Country Escapism

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This week we spent a day at our lake out in the hill country… it was peaceful, so quiet, and hot!  Relaxing on a blanket in the shade, looking out over the water and reading a book… getting into the water with my son only to find ourselves surrounded by colorful dragonflies zig-zagging by over the water – it was a wonderful escape.

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Even though I grew up in the hill country, driving through is still breathtaking.

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The sky was so bright, the clouds so billowy….

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Adored these bright pink flowers on the hot rocks.

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Just grillin’

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New meaning to sparkling water….  ❤

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Hot dogs off the grill

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How to skip rocks…

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