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West Virginia: A Travel Scrapbook

We are home at last after a whirlwind 4 days in West Virginia!  We spent most of the trip visiting family and I am so thankful Annabelle’s great-grandparents were able to get to know her better.  I look forward to one day being able to bring our entire family together to the place I call home.  We were so busy that I almost forgot to take photos at all, but here are the ones I managed to get– our travel scrapbook.

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After two days of gloomy rain, the weather was absolutely beautiful for the last part of our stay.  We definitely took advantage and hiked the neighborhood every chance we got.  Try pushing a stroller up and down hills (something we don’t have in Texas) for 40 minutes– one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while!

tudor's biscuit world

This was the reason I had to exercise: Tudor’s Biscuit World.  I rarely eat gluten.  I don’t really like biscuits.  But there is something magical about Tudor’s that finds me starting my day, every day, with greasy, fluffy deliciousness when I’m in West Virginia.

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Annabelle stole the show everywhere she went and managed to convince everyone in the family to play “bouncy bounce” with her– though maybe not as high as Uncle Phil could!


Annabelle decided that this weekend was as good a time as any to master pulling up onto furniture.  Most of it was not exactly “baby-friendly” but we made it without any major boo-boos.  Very exciting to watch her determination!


Four generations: Granny, Mom, Annabelle, and I — so glad to be able to have this time with our family (including aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents not pictured here.)

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The beautiful West Virginia State Capitol building.  When the sun hits the gold dome it is a sight to see– I love this view!


Annabelle and I had lots of special time together– but we were ready to get home to Daddy and Lilu!

yeager airport runway

The airport here is tiny– and on top of a mountain!  This is the edge of the runway right before we turned around to takeoff back to Texas.  It’s always an adventure flying in and out of Yeager Airport!

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Our last view of the West Virginia hills– until next time!

Mixed Media Photo Art

Stuff I Love: Photo Art

My house is covered in photographs– for a busy mom it was the easiest way to decorate.  I envy friends and family with their actual art, fancy Blenko glassware, and crafty furniture that they created from Pinterest ideas.  Unfortunately with two young children there is not much time to get crafty (aside from putting pictures in frames), and displaying expensive and breakable antiques is a recipe for disaster.

My brother is a professional photographer, so I asked if he could pretty please take a picture of the girls together in their matching Christmas coats.  He seemed to be dragging his feet getting the finished product back to me, but turns out that he had done something even better than simply editing and printing.

He took the photo and made it into a work of art using paint and pen.  Our backyard was kind of a lame backdrop, and the girls were originally sitting in a lawn chair.  Now they are sitting in a throne with a bright, almost kid-like grass and sky background– so fun and so cool!

I have no idea his exact technique, but wanted to share in case there are any mamas like me who love their photos, but might like an idea for how to jazz them up.  Or you can check out his website if you want a pro to do the work for you: http://www.dannygarska.com

Happy decorating!