Sunday, January 25, 2015


                                       "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week."

Monday, January 19, 2015


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week."

A lovely weekend hike at Providence Canyon State Park.

Have a great week everybody.

Monday, January 12, 2015


                                "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week."

He: With snack and helmet in hand... He's ready to brave the cold for the sake of some football

She: Milestone, we finally caved and got her a phone for emergencies... You know, the one with a prepaid card. Let's see how she budgets the usage of the phone.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Through their eyes - Marco Island FL

Here is a look at the kids' favorite activities while visiting Marco Island, FL with family to receive the  new year.

Boating with uncle Leo


Castle making and shell hunting

Visiting Shark Valley at the Everglades National Park (see our last visit to the Everglades here)

Plenty of alligator spotting

But the birding... So abundant

Hanging out at the pool

Enjoying all the delicious food - We started our days with arepas, yum!

Teaching the next generation about the Venezuelan new year's traditions... Because, how are you supposed to hope for more travel unless you walk around the block with a suitcase...  (There, now you know our little secret). And the grapes? 12 grapes for 12 months for 12 wishes, Oh yeah... All bases are covered
 We had fun with this silly bunch... Let's do this again... Soon!

I hope you got to enjoy the holiday season. We got hit by the flu but managed to get better before our little getaway. We really needed this time to recharge and recoup after the craziness of Christmas.

See all "Though their eyes" posts here and all travel posts here

You like the US National Parks and monuments like we do? Here are some other posts:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Our year... In pictures

Here we go again... The tradition continues (see our year-in-pictures posts for 2013 here, 2012 here and 2011 here)

January - Visited Grandparents and cousins in Kansas

February - We took full advantage of the polar vortex

March - Welcomed Spring earlier than usual

April - Visited Italy's Lake Maggiore and the Italian riviera for Spring break

May - Went strawberry picking

June - Visited Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks in Alaska

July - Visited Tikal and the Atitlan riviera in Guatemala
August - Celebrated Miss V birthday with a trip to Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina

September - Celebrated the little man's birthday with a trip to Saint Augustine, Florida

October - Went hiking at Red Top Mountain State Park

November - Spent Thanksgiving hiking in Southwest Texas

December - Received the New Year with family in Marco Island, Florida

God you guys, what a year 2014 had been... Full of excitement and adventures. I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Monday, January 5, 2015


Here we go again... The challenge continues this year. I am also secretly scheming a new challenge for 2015 involving, wait for it... ME! Lord have mercy.

In the mean time (and while I work up the courage)... Here is the first post for 2015

 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week."

Some scenes from our week in Marco Island to receive the new year. I am working on a Through their Eyes post and it will be coming up soon.