Yesterday my phone told me it was completely out of storage. So I decided it was finally time to transfer over the 11,000+ photos (no joke!) to my computer. But then when I did that my computer told me it was also completely out of storage haha, so I was transferring over photos to my external hard drive when I came across many many dates of photos that I never edited! So that means I get to have a little #throwbackthursday and share some oldies but goodies 🙂
Two summers ago was our epic road trip from here in Texas up to Colorado! This was one of my favorite trips we’ve ever taken, we all still talk about how much we loved Colorado quite often. Since Texas is gigantic and takes forever to get out of, we decided to stop in Amarillo for the night before making our way into Colorado. While in Amarillo we got to see Palo Duro Canyon and Cadillac Ranch! This place is awesome. There are a handful of old Cadillac’s, nose first in the ground that have layers and layers of spray paint on them. So cool!
The kids had a blast and loved getting to write their names on the cars. Definitely a cool experience and something worth doing if you happen to be on a road trip through Texas 🙂
Writing our last name!
I’m so glad I stumbled across these photos, I love looking back at old photos and seeing how much the kids have grown 🙂
So way back in January it dawned on me that Brian would be turning 35 this year!! Our favorite thing to do is travel so I immediately started thinking about planning a surprise trip for him. I asked our best friends if they would want to come along with us and we started thinking of places we’d like to visit. We’ve vacationed a good amount of places in the US over the years (San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Rhode Island, Vegas, Colorado, NYC, Seattle, to name a few) and we wanted somewhere convenientish for us and our friends who are currently stationed in VA. My friend, who happens to be a travel agent at Heather Christopher Travel, had just went on a vacation to Charleston, SC and it looked amazing! So we decided to plan a vacation to SC a bit before his birthday and before school started. But now I had to come up with some reason for Brian to take a whole week’s worth of leave AND not tell him why. I came up with an excuse (so we can hang out with the kids all week and then go to the lake) and causally mentioned if such and such week would be a good time for him to take leave. He confirmed at work that yes, that would be fine (wahoo!) so we started planning and booked our hotels! Fast forward to a couple months before the trip when it was finally time for him to submit for leave. I again, mentioned – hey, remember that you need to put in for leave soon so we can go to the lake in July (wink, wink) and finally a couple days later I get a text from him that says – “I don’t think I’m going to be able to take leave that week. Too many people will be gone at work.” Insert panic mode!! I really really, didn’t want to have to tell him about the trip, I wanted to just tell him the day before to pack his bags because we’re going on vacation! But that’s just how life is in the Marine Corps. He kept saying, well it’ll be fine, I’ll just take Friday-Sunday off so we can go to the lake… arghhhh!! I called him and yelled something like – #$%@# Brian! haha Ended up telling him that I had already planned a surprise birthday trip for him and that I REALLY needed him to be off that week. Thankfully his work was awesome and let him take leave. AND he at least didn’t know WHERE we were going OR that our BFF’s were coming out with us. The morning of our flight, when we got to the airport and saw where our tickets said we’d be going he was pumped. And then when we landed in Charleston and our BFF’s were there waiting for us at the airport we was so excited! I’m so so glad it all worked out. We had such an amazing vacation! We walked all over the city, went to the beach, ate food without having to worry about our collective 8 children arguing/yelling/telling us they don’t like the food, went to a baseball, the movies – we just had such a great time. Time to start planning the next vacation 🙂
Huge amount of real camera and phone pictures below!
I’m officially obsessed with the area and hope we get to visit again sometime!
Does it take anyone else a really long time to edit personal photos?! Just me… oh ok lol. Years ago when I was a portrait photographer, I was editing all the time and stayed pretty up to date editing our personal photos. But as more kids added into the mix, it just was one of those things that I let slip. That’s actually a huge reason why I started this blog, so that I’d get back into the habit of taking photos! Anyways, long story short we went on an – absolutely amazing, I wish I could go back instantly – road trip last year up to Colorado and I haven’t even edited half of the photos. So today I tackled a few from our first stop in Colorado, Great Sand Dune National Park!
This place was so amazing to see in person. It is the tallest dunes in North America! Funny story, when we arrived we passed a sign that I breifly read mentioning how hot the sand can get and that they recommend closed toed shoes. Being the smart person that I am, I totally blew the sign off and thought – Ehh, I’m sure it’s not that bad. Boy was I wrong lol. The sand was incredibly, incredibly hot and we absolutely should have had better shoes on! We started to climb up the sand dunes, after already torching our feet to get there and I had to turn around! So don’t be like us when you visit, read the signs and adhere to them 😉
Colorado completely stole our hearts and is probably one of my absolute favorite places that we’ve visited so far!