Before Christmas arrived, my family, along with my BIL’s family, decided to take a trip up to Texas. His parents were celebrating their anniversary and we.. well, I wanted to see Texas because I had never been. And, since lodging and food was pretty much taken care of by my Broham, we headed out to his abode Friday morning and returned in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Here are a few shots from the vacay, courtesy of me and the children of the family.

โ€œHappiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.โ€ –George Burns

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” –Charles R. Swindoll



While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. –Angela Schwindt

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” –Author Unknown

What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering.” –Robert Brault

โ€œLife is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.โ€ –L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” –Gail Lumet Buckley

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  1. Carrie

    December 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Nice family photos you’ve got there! I wish everyone in my family could be happy like yours. Our family always has to look at someone the wrong way or try to compete with another family members. It makes me sick to my stomach. This is why I no longer live in Ohio with them. This is another reason why I want to move even FURTHER away. Not really, but that’s my excuse! haha!

    Dallas looks so nice! I’m glad you have real photos of Dallas so I can see the city from a personal experience and not just on Google. I think everyone has scared me away from Dallas though… It seems like there is just too much crime there. I want to be SAFE at all times, especially because I’m a scary cat =)

    I’m glad you enjoyed yourself!

    1. Rae

      December 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Trust me, I have some family members just as you described. I just choose not to associate with them.

      I can understand how you’d be a bit cautious of the amount of crime in an area, but Irving is a pretty good place to live, which is right outside of Dallas. It was extremely quiet where I was during my vacay.

  2. Hanny

    December 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    What kind of camera do you use? your photos always looks so professional! I’ve never been to Dallas but it looks nice!! I’m not going to lie, but I would ride those train if I could fit in them lol. and I love the photo of you being cute and silly!



    1. Rae

      December 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

      I use a Nikon Coolpix L810 and I love it. I still want a Canon though.

      And I had absolutely NO SHAME riding in that train slouched over. NONE.

  3. kenda

    December 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    photos like this are what comes to mind when i think of the holidays. you have a lovely (and photogenic) family.

  4. Vett

    December 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Love these pics — family time is the best! thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jhan

    December 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Love the last quote on this post, b/c as I looked through it, I thought that your entire had very strong facial features and all looked very similar. Looks like you had a wonderful time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Faith

    December 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    You take such beautiful pictures! I love them. You have such a beautiful family too! Looks like fun, family time which in my opinion is the best time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Shelly

    December 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Carla! I can’t believe you still remembered my blog! Your pictures are beautiful – very beautiful family, I’m so glad that you decided to take the vacation and spend the holidays away with family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kay

    December 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I love this. You guys were all smiles. Doesn’t happen like that in my family. You are blessed. I always wanted to visit Texas. If my best friend move then I will be visiting.

    1. Rae

      January 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Trust me, I have family members like that too. This is what I’d like to call my immediate family. This is where there is pure love.

  9. Miss SP ?

    December 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    You guys looked so happy! Just how you should be during this time of year ?.

  10. The Mrs./ The Mom

    December 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    It looks like you all had fun! I’ve always wanted to go to Texas.

    1. Rae

      January 1, 2013 at 7:05 am

      I’m glad I finally got to go. This was my first year.

  11. toi

    December 31, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I love funny faces. Nice quotes

  12. Alicia @MommyDelicious

    December 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    That happiness quote though… LOVE IT! LOL. There’s so many aspects of it that rings true to me. Looks like you guys had a great time. Here’s to more happy memories in 2013. Happy Near Year! xoxo

    1. Rae

      January 1, 2013 at 7:05 am

      When I read it, it just stuck with me. I’m still waiting patiently on a love like that. (:

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