There’s No Place Like Home

I just got back from a trip to my hometown of Kilgore, Texas. I was there for a little work and a lot of visiting with my family. It rained most of the week. And I'll never complain about rain after suffering through years of drought but it does put a damper on some things. My sister Kathryn and I spent a lot of the week driving around the back roads and reminiscing about growing up. We had the oldie station blaring on the radio which caused us to bust out in random singing to our favorite tunes. What's not to love about a little Delta Dawn and anything ever recorded by Willie … [Read more...]

Golfing in the Hill Country

When  I was growing up, our family spent time together sailing on Lake Tyler. And then when our daddy bought a little airplane, we spent weekends out at the airport. We affectionately referred to it as, "the Kilgore International Airport." It was so little that I used the runways for driving practice when I was learning how to drive. My daddy gave me the keys to his Datsun pickup and instructed me to, "Keep an eye out for a plane that might want to land and just pull over!" Oh, the perks of small town life! Now many years later, my family of five is enjoying the game of golf together. … [Read more...]

Botanical Garden in Pictures

We spent part of our Sunday at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This is the best time of year to get out and see the blooming flowers. It's been awhile since we've strolled around this gorgeous property. And the new StoryBook House exhibit was enough to get us to load up the car with camera packed and explore something new with the houses. Holding hands and watching our girl run from house to house was just what the big Stud and I needed.  I guess you can call it a date since it was just one kid! Day Date Light, yes, that's what I would call it. I hope you enjoy the pictures as … [Read more...]

Magnolia Market Silos and Food Trucks

In case you haven't heard, Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame are kinda popular! And if you need proof of  how popular, just count the number of out of state license plates there are on the cars parked outside of Magnolia Market in downtown Waco. It was a lot! You might need one of those clickers to count them all like they use at Costco to count their customers! Yes, my friends, Waco is a certified tourist destination! I made a quick trip on Friday on my way to East Texas. I've been used to stopping on this part of the interstate in travels to Kilgore for the seventeen years … [Read more...]

What’s Old is New at Hotel Emma

For the past twenty three years, I have booked a room for my husband's birthday. I try to keep it a surprise until it is time to pack our bags. Of course, I think it adds to the excitement and adventure of his special day. And most years, I have succeeded in keeping it to myself. But this year's location was hard to keep a secret.               We have stayed all over Texas in this time span. Since his birthday is around the holidays, we tend to stay close to home. From a bed and breakfast in Jefferson, the Four Seasons in … [Read more...]

The Element Hotel

Does a weekend trip away with your son's basketball team mean that you have to give up on feeling sassy? Well, not if you stay in a hotel that my husband stumbled upon while surfing the internet! We recently returned home from Houston and our second  stay at the Element Hotel.  Our boy's team played in a tournament at gyms in the Tomball, Spring and Klein areas of Northwest Houston. I normally don't get too excited about staying in a hotel when I am at one of my son's sporting events. We typically aren't in the room long enough for me to even form an opinion. And most of the places we … [Read more...]

Our White Christmas in Kilgore

We drove to Kilgore after spending Christmas Eve in Dallas. The candlelight service we attended with Nana was magical. This year, more than any Christmas before, we wanted to be with family. And the magic wouldn’t end in that historic cathedral amid the candles and singing of Silent Night. Although the weather forecast had predicted snow, we weren’t anticipating it on this Christmas Day.  Snow in East Texas is pretty rare and even more so on Christmas. Late in the afternoon, snow flakes starting falling from the sky. We all ran outside to see for ourselves. We all stood there is … [Read more...]

A Peachy Sunday

Every year our family goes peach picking.There is just nothing like eating a peach right off the tree. The best tasting ones are the juiciest. The juice rolls down your arm in a wonderfully,sticky mess. Ah, summertime. In years past, we had gone to the same peach farm for our peach picking adventures. It was a small farm that was owned by a family that was more or less in the back of their house.  They were such a wonderful couple. They made you feel right at home and remembered our family from year to year. The kids loved playing with their pets and would even get rides on their four … [Read more...]

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