Spring Sprung Famdamily

Whatever or however you might celebrate today, Happy Day (Easter or otherwise). Me? Oh, I am just going to clean my house, do some laundry and go for a walk eventually, maybe to the lake. Perhaps I will take my camera and see if the recent rains have raised our water up at all. Maybe I will see if our Bluebonnets are out, who knows there might be something worth taking some shots of this time. I know I have some small buds on my Lavender out back and my fruit trees are starting to bloom also, it is a sure sign Spring might finally be here to stay.

Anyone who knows me knows I do not like being cold. Truly, it is simply not my favorite thing, I like heat all and any kind of heat. I want to be warm, always. The strange thing about this entire issue of being warm, I do not like heavy clothes. I want to be warm without layer upon layer of clothing. I suspect this is why I like living where it is hot most of the time and why when I vacation my favorite destinations also tend to be, well shall we say on the warm side. I am simply warm blooded; I even like food on the spicy side of the flavor wheel; if my eyes water and my ears burn a bit I am happy.

So all this being said, Spring it seems has Sprung and I couldn’t be more pleased. Hell I might even pull the shades and do a bit of a happy dance through the house. I will have to pick something to dance too though; I will put my pick at the end of this if you like you can dance along.

Well, all this being said I am really only sharing my joy and happiness at Spring Time possibly being here to share some fun times with you. I know I don’t often do this do I? Yesterday though I spent time with my sons and their families and my wonderful wife-in-law. We took a slow train ride from Grapevine to the Fort Worth Stockyards and then wandered the Stockyards followed by dinner. Not the day I might have planned for myself, but when you have small children, well it actually worked out well, for the most part.

Pictures from the train ride, strangers and famdamily.

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I must admit the stockyards are a people draw, a great place for people watching. What a strange collection. I wonder why it is people immediately feel the need to throw on their cowboy boots, even if they have never worn a pair in their lives before.

Pictures from the Fort Worth Stockyards, street scenes and famdamily.

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Finally, we all piled into our respective cars and made our way to Uncle Julio’s, a fabulous and popular local Tex-Mex restaurant with a great menu and spectacular Margaritas. We were all sufficiently starving by the time we arrived and so enjoyed great meal and those of us old enough, enjoyed a libation. During the day I discovered a new Tequila which I will be adding to my bar (Herradura Anjejo), it is a magnificent sipping Tequila for those of you who have a leaning in that direction.

Pictures from our night of waiting and dinning.

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Last but not least of all, my friend Christ Hanna of Posture Studios, did another spectacular job and I want to share with you some of the pictures he took of the newest addition to my family. I am so pleased with how these turned out, think my new grandson is so angelic (never mind if his parents aren’t getting sleep). I encourage you, if you are in the DFW area or are planning to be, give Christ a call; he is wonderful and continues to be my hero.

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Now to what I will be dancing about the house too, you can use your imagination as to what in and how.


Lexicon: Wife-in-Law

She and I were both married to and divorced from the same man. She is the mother of my sons. We share a common bond, we love our sons, want what is best for them. We have been part of each other’s lives for better than thirty years and are friends. There is no term for the relationship we have, this one fits.


  1. Superb Show!
    You. Are. ADORABLE))))))))!!! xxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Oh Kim, you turn my head, I am blushing, for realz. Thank you, you do know just the right thing to say to a girl when no one else does

      {{{{{ XXXX 0000 XXXX }}}}}

  2. singleworkingmomswm says:

    Val! I have missed reading your blog soooo much! I’ve had a lot of sadness after having to put down my sweet horse, Fancy, and then Maycee and I both got super sick, then spring break, and well, finally back in action! This post is so great. I love all of the slide shows, and especially the photo shoot of the little babe. That photographer is amazing! So, will plan a dance party with you when the day comes that we get to meet. Boogie on down! XOXO-Kasey

    • I have missed you, I was just thinking of you this morning and hoping you were walking the path to recovering and a better day. I am so happy to see you back. The photographer is amazing, I am constantly telling him he is my hero, I think I make him blush.

      Get your dancing shoes on Kasey!


  3. A. I love a good margarita, and…
    B. I like to be cold. I’m very sensitive to heat, which is why my bedroom window is usually wide open even in the middle of winter.

  4. Gorgeous wee ones! And as someone who has a “school-year, mid-week, daytime spouse” in addition to my regular one, I heartily endorse the term wife-in-law.

    • Thanks, they are truly lovely, with terrific little personalities to go with those angelic faces. I am not just saying that either.

      That term, it works doesn’t it? Wife-in-law, defines the relationship perfectly.

  5. I’m so glad to know you got out of the house and spent time with family, Val.

    • It was an absolutely fabulous day Alejandro. I tell you give me one of these days every few weeks, I would be hard pressed to find anything at all wrong with the world.

  6. Gray Dawster says:

    Your slideshows equal if not better your written post, and how incredibly relaxed you look my sweet and dear friend. These family days out are a tonic, and wow how gorgeous you look, I love your tattoos 🙂 🙂 I wouldn’t have minded riding on that train 🙂 Awesome posting Val…

    Hope you saved me some chocolate cream eggs? 😉 lol

    Andro xxxx

  7. Awww Val… you don’t know how much I so enjoyed reading this post as I spent time going through your slide shows… Such a wonderful Family time together.. And those WIFE in laws so darn cute!. Amazing photos of your amazing family… So good to see Val….. I hope you enjoyed your dusting! and Dancing .. Keep Singing too… I just Looooove these smiley posts 😉 xxxx Love Sue xox

    • It was a good day. Though as I sad to Frank, I could do without crowds. I don’t know that I will ever get past my dislike of crowded places.

      • Me too.. Place me on top of a mountain alone and I would be quiet at home with my own company…. Good to see you all enjoying… Family time is precious.. xox

  8. Love the photos and the baby is so precious!

  9. Thanks for sharing the family pics … and cheers to a delightful day! … and keep on dancin’!

  10. Ah, LOVE the photos of you and all the kids. Looks pretty darn warm there from how folks are dressed. Somehow I didn’t realize that you are cold averse. Maybe then Cuenca would NOT be for you. I mean it never snows here, but it can go down into the high 40s at night–which is chilly when you don’t have heat. However, Sara doesn’t mind it at all, and she HATES cold. So, who’s to say.

    Happy Easter, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • You are there my friend, so I will bring a jacket and visit! Never mind a bit of chill, I have seen ya’ll when you smile, warm enough for me (for a short time).

      Cold adverse, yes that is a good way of putting it though.

  11. Christ is stellar! I love the photos of your grandkids. They look fabulous!

    • I think he is also, he simply has a great eye for what will work and does a fabulous job. That day was fun, there was pee involved and Ryan was none to happy 😉

      But big brothers, photographers, props well it all worked out. Keeping in mind, Chase was only a week old.

      Yesterday, it was great fun also. No professionals were involved, just me and my camera. A few times someone else snatched it from my hands, I don’t normally give it up.

  12. Happy for you, Val, that you had what looks like a lovely day. Enjoyed the pictures too. Thank you for sharing.

    Peace and blessings,

  13. Lovely photos. Good to see you smiling and enjoying yourself. I was wondering what you meant by wife-in-law but yeah, I get it now. Wonderful to see that kinda relationship.

    • Thanks Totsy, yesterday was a wonderfully fun day with the famdamily. That is the only designator that ever made sense to us. We laugh about it all the time, we weren’t always friends but have always been allies. Now, after all these years, yeah we are friends and allies.

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