Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Morales family affair

Having a family photo session is something I had been wanting to do for many years. My twin sister and I talked about it before her sudden passing and we had even started a Pinterest board to start getting some ideas. Tener una sesion de fotos familiar es algo que habia querido hacer durante muchos años. My hermana Vanessa y yo hablamos sobre esto antes de que falleciera e inclusi habíamos empezado una collecion de fotos en Pinterest para tener algunas ideas.

I finally got all my family members on board and even though it wouldn't be the same without Vanessa I knew that we had to move forward with our original plan, especially for her. Finalmente convencí a todos los miembros de mi familia y aunque no sería lo mismo sin Vanessa, sabía que teníamos que seguir adelante con nuestro plan original, especialmente para ella.

Most people get a little shy in front of a camera but our amazing photographer, Ivan from ICfilms, made us all feel so comfortable. I am lucky to have such talented friends that are not just great at what they do, but also friendly and family oriented. We had so much fun at our photo shoot thanks to him.
La mayoría de la gente se pone un poco tímida frente a una cámara, pero nuestro increíble fotógrafo, Ivan de ICfilms, nos hizo sentir muy cómodos. Tengo la suerte de tener amigos tan talentosos que no solo son geniales en lo que hacen, sino también amistosos y familiares. Nos divertimos mucho en nuestra sesión de fotos gracias a él.

ICfilms is not just great at family portraits, he does is all. He is great at weddings, quinceaneras, maternity, graduation, and everything in between. Oh and did you know he also does videos? He seriously does it all! ICfilms no solo es genial en retratos familiares, tambien es excelente en bodas, quinceañeras, maternidad, graduación y todo lo demás. ¿Y sabías que también hace videos? ¡El lo hace todo!

I leave you with a few of my favorites from our session a few months ago. If you're ever in the market for a photographer and/or videographer, I would highly recommend Ivan and his team! Los dejo con algunas de mis fotos favoritas de nuestra sesión  hace unos meses. Si estás en el mercado para un fotógrafo y / o videógrafo, ¡te recomendaría mucho a Ivan y su equipo!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Our Anniversary Getaway

And just like that... one year of marriage flew by!  We spent our anniversary weekend in the Texas hill country, which never disappoints. La Cantera Resort and Spa is a great destination for a little getaway and just a few hours from Houston. We wanted to unwind and have a relaxing weekend and this place was perfect for that. 

Their Loma De Vida Spa is situated on one of the Highest points in San Antonio and offers amazing views.
Loma De Vida Spa
My Hubs <3 

We disconnected from our phones (for the most part) and enjoyed each other's company while reflecting on the past year. I think we would both agree that sometimes he is impatient and sometimes I get extra sassy. We don't always see eye to eye, things are far from being perfect, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't want to boast but this last year has been amazing. I had always heard that the first year of marriage is one of the hardest, but we didn't feel like that at all. Maybe it was because we had already lived together, or maybe it was our cute fur babies Sir Theodore Costanza and Elaine Sparkles that always brighten up our day. 

Not much changed after we said I do, but we have learned so much over the last few months. Can't wait to see what year 2 has in store for us. Happy anniversary Mr. Ruvalcalcaba!


Monday, November 6, 2017

This team, this city, this year!

These last couple of weeks have been nothing short of a crazy roller coaster. I was pretty consumed with watching baseball, as I'm sure most Houstonians were, and winning the World Series was beyond exciting and so meaningful. It brought back the nostalgia of my childhood.

You see, I've grown up watching baseball ever since I can remember. My dad used to take my twin sister and I to watch the Astros back when they played at the Astrodome. I remember he loved getting there early enough to watch them warm up... I quickly learned to love the game. I might have been young but those are some vivid memories I have always treasured.

Years later, my brother started playing and you would always find our family at his games cheering on our favorite little player, number 8. He played for many years and watching him pitch and do his thing in the outfield (sometimes infield) was one of my favorite things to do.

Being able to experience this with them along with my husband, Eric,  made the experience the best. Did I mention my husband is as big of a baseball fan as I am... if not MORE! We've been cheering on the Astros all of our lives and showed up to the juice box even when they couldn't win one game. Remember those years when we lost over 100 games, everyone called them the "Lastros" and no one would show up to cheer them on... we were still there! Making it to the World Series is what we always hoped for and we were not going to miss the chance to cheer them on during these big games. I will never forget the moment Eric showed up with seats to Game 5. It took me a while to process what I was looking at... best surprise ever!! #besthusbandaward

Game 5 at the Juice Box

The atmosphere inside that ball park was out of this world. I've never been at a game as intense as game 5. No one sat down the whole game. People chanted, cried, yelled, laughed, and everything in between. Eric had no voice for about a week. This experience is one that I will tell my children one day- unforgettable!

My die hard Dodger fan cousins in Arizona.
I had to face time them a few times (especially when we scored). :)

This win couldn't have came at a better time. Hurricane Harvey devastated our city and left many with absolutely nothing, spirits were at an all time low. Many might think "its just a game" or "it's just a sport" but it has the power to unite communities and lift people up. And that's exactly what this team did. ”We’re doing this for the city, we want to bring a lot of joy and happiness to the fans out here in Houston, especially after everything they’ve been through this year. It’s been a tough year for the city. So if we can bring something through baseball, we’re going to do it.” Hearing Carlos Correa say this gave me all the feels and I know I wasn't the only one. This young team wrote an incredible story this year, it was definitely a sentimental series to say the least.





Friday, October 20, 2017

The Houston Egypt Fest + GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday yall!

Fall weather has officially arrived in Houston and if you're like me, you want to be outside and enjoy it as much as possible (while it lasts).  Luckily, there are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy around our beautiful city including the Houston Egyptian Festival

The second annual Egypt Fest will be held in about a week and it proves, once again, that Houston is such a diverse city. You will get to enjoy a variety of performances including belly dancers and entertainers like local singer Jabour Balka. Guests will also enjoy traditional dishes and desserts from Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Dandanah Café and Grill and Mediterraneo Market and Café. 

You will get to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful Egyptian culture while giving back to the Houston community. This year's festival will benefit Crime-Stoppers of Houston, St. Jude’s, Soaring Kidz, Houston PetSet & Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer and Rebuild-TX, Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort led by Jim Mcingvale, owner of Gallery Furniture. 

The Egypt Fest is a family friendly occasion and will be full of activities for kids of all ages. They will get to enjoy crafts on papyrus, henna, face painting, a costume contest and much more. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017 
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney
Downtown, Houston, TX
11am- 9pm

I love attending festivals and experiencing other cultures. Come out and enjoy this Saturday, October 28. Adult tickets are only $10 and kids 12 and under get in for FREE. You can BUY YOUR TICKET HERE or you can test your luck and enter my giveaway for 2 FREE tickets. 

I am picking FIVE lucky winners. The giveaway will run from Friday, October 20- Tuesday October 24. Winners will be announced the next day. See details below on how to win OR purchase your tickets. GOOD LUCK!


2 Free Tickets to the Houston Egypt Fest 2017