Midland, Tx

“What’s the correct way to answer your wife?” Uncle Jim asks Will.

We’re having dinner in our Uncle and Aunts home in Midland,Tx. The next day will Be November 19th, 2017, exactly 34 years ago here in Midland, Tx Will was born. We get to revisit homes, and places his mother grew up in.

So what’s the correct answer? “Yes Dear” says Uncle Jim with a wink. I take another bite of my delicious chicken fajitas that Aunt Shirley cooked and thought- “smart man”.

We are tired. We took a early early plane ride at 525AM just so we can arrive to see our family earlier. Not so sure if I’ll do that again. Xander has always been wonderful in planes. Actually, this is his third plane ride this year alone. But we always have to be mindful- Xander is getting older and that mind is getting more curious I was wondering if he rather walk around than sit in his seat.

At 2 years old, southwest requires you to buy the child their own ticket. Wonderful that us three get to sit together but the rules are, the child must be seat belted when required to. Xander did not like that. We were up early and Xander wanted nothing but to be in my lap. He cried, he wailed and we got a lot of dirty looks from passengers. It’s over now.

Our first visit we went to see Will’s grandparents house. Last time Will was there he was 6, so he vaguely remembers.

How cute I even got Xander in the shot!

We went to visit Aunt Shirley’s job after hours. I got a great of the city.

This is her view for work? Beautiful! I shot looking down- this is what I got..

I heard clicking and tapping- I turned to look and immediately start telling Xander to stop but wait is that-

TYPEWRITER?! It is! And according to Aunt Shirley it’s in great use.

Shirley’s job has an aquarium and they’ve named all the fish.

It was Xander’s favorite.

Only been here for a day, great food, great scenery. Can’t wait to capture more!

Boise Zoo

We are at it again! Goals are being succeeded with all the family travels we have been doing since Xander has been born. Luckily we have family that lives near places that we are able to travel to.

This time we went to Boise, Idaho. We got to visit the Boise Zoo- it was amazing!

The zoo is a wonderful place for photographers – great photos to take everywhere.

Selfie with my new friend!

Here are more photos I was able to take before my son started getting cranky and sleepy! Hard being a photographer and mom at the same time!

The zoo also had a Butterfly section! It was my niece’s Lily’s favorite. It was peaceful and great photo opportunity.

Catalina Island

We took a trip for Will’s Spring Break to visit our Uncle and Aunt in Corona, CA. California is such a beautiful place, I will always come back to visit. The food, the scenery and the people, such a different pace from Nashville and I like it!

Not only did we get to go to Disneyland (Xander’s first time) we got to visit Catalina Island. I fell in LOVE with the place. Lying southwest of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina is one of California’s Channel Islands. With a population of only 4 thousand people, I can tell why people would love to come visit here, get away, and have your own private vacation. We rode the Catalina Express, about an hour and half trip to get there and spent the day with the family.

There are no cars driven in Catalina – all golf carts in the city.

We rented golf carts and rode them around the place. They even had car seats for kids! Xander safely was secure while we drove around.

Here are some more pictures I got while riding around.

We were so lucky to have the opportunity to visit a place like Catalina Island. We even got to ride a boat that you can see at the bottom fish!

Here’s my favorite photo. A picture of me taking a picture of us, while getting a picture of Aunt Patty taking a picture of Uncle Jay!

Thank you for allowing me to share my trip to Catalina Island. I hope you enjoyed my pictures!

The Most Happiest Place on Earth

We were so very lucky to take Xander to one of our most favorite places ever- DisneyLand. We have always been to DisneyWorld, but not Disneyland in CA. Our Uncle lives there and we were able to visit and stay with them.

Disney Land is truly the most happiest place ever- and with Xander being only 1, he was still able to ride most of all rides. Most importantly, DisneyLand offers Riderswitch service which allows parents to switch off and ride while the other watches your child. I thought it would get lonely, but it doesn’t – it was just fine riding the rides, knowing my child was having fun too in Disney.

We brought our own stroller. With lots of internet searching, I saw that Disney does provide strollers, but nothing comfortable for your child, to take a nap in. During this time, Xander usually takes 1 -2 naps a day. I jumped on Facebook Marketplace and found a jogging stroller nearby that I could bring on the airport with us. Something I do not regret one bit. The stroller was strong enough to hold all of Xander’s things needed, diapers, wipes, sippy cup and snacks. I recommend this.

One of my favorite things about Disneyland? The Babycenter! DisneyLand offers a Babycenter where it’s quiet, you can breast feed, feed, change and have time with your child. Also the place offers formula, juice, baby food and even pacifiers for sale. Reminder: the babycenter only takes cash.

Xander’s first ride! Alice and Wonderland!

Here are the rest of some of my favorite pictures in DisneyLand – I didn’t want this magical day to end.