JACKAROO RANCH

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It's taken me two days just to upload all the photos from my vacation!  I went on a 4 day trip to Wimberley with these rad ladies above.  My family is made of some pretty strong ass women with big personalities!  So its always so fun to be around them.  I laugh like I never laugh around them.  It has become an annual tradition to go with them once a year to a new place and its just about my favorite family tradition.  I hope it continues forever. 

We stayed at a place called Jackaroo Ranch, and I fell in love the moment we pulled up.  A beautiful old country home with the river in its back yard, a beautiful back porch to sit on and bird watch, a hammock in the yard amongst beautiful tall cypress trees, privacy, and just a laid back feel that welcomes you and makes you feel at home. 

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I spent as much time as I could relaxing by the water, spending time alone with nature, reading in the hammock... I love that we spent so much time together as a family, but I also had moments of solitude to just bliss out and enjoy my surroundings. 

saying hello to the river

The river was beautiful.  We came at just the right time b/c Texas had just received a buttload of rain, so the river was pretty full.  We actually watched it go down over the few days we were there, so it was obvious we made it just in time.  The first 10 minutes we were there I couldn't help but RUN to the river, strip off my shorts and jump in.  There was a spot where the water was rushing through the bridge and I just sat in it for about 1/2 hour letting the water crash over me.  I could hear nothing but the sound of the water.  It was heaven.

laura at jackaroo ranch

We did get out about the town a few times.  Had some good food, visited some cute shops, found some amazing nature spots in town... my favorite being this huge hollowed out tree.  I have a thing for holes in trees, so as soon as I spotted I begged my aunt to walk down there with me to take my picture in it.  It was magical down in that area.  We also found the best little gem shop Ive ever been to.  I just adored so many little things I came across... like the image above with my shoes where there are leaf imprints in the stone.  And a building in town that was made from not only normal rock you see on homes, but mixed in was petrified wood and crystal rocks.  See them bigger below... Just so many fun little quirks in this town that really got my soul.

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I taught my family how I take self portriats.. and as the first image suggests, it made me bust up laughing while I was doing it.  I didn't take a whole lot, but I squeezed in a few.

Jackaroo Ranch

The land and home we stayed at was just beautiful.  I loved watching the sun set in the field behind the house... and when the gazebo was lit up at night it was just gorgeous.  My cousin and I sat out in it one night for a few hours and talked while the june bugs flew all around us... and huge frog joined us too.

beautiful rock wall

The beautiful rock walls...

empty liquor bottles

My nanna's ears will probably be turning red after posting this photo... but this is what happens everytime we all get together.  We had 9 bottles of liquor and they were all empty when we left.  Two nights we played the game Taboo after getting drunk and it was just about the funnest most hilarious thing ive done in my life!  Oh  my god the words and phrases I learned that weekend!  ha ha.

my nanna and i

My favorite photo from the weekend is this one of me and my Nanna.  She is such a soulmate.

saying goodbye to the river

And of course, I had to say goodbye to the river.  Until next time Jackaroo Ranch...

Oh yeah, and I want to move to Wimberley now.

OUR VACATION // PART TWO

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Eeee... So excited to share the second half of our vacation adventure!  We finally got to go see my friend Katelyn's new(ish) house!  Ever since she moved I've been impatiently waiting to visit her new pad, so it was a joy to finally be able to do so.  And oh my is it cute!  She had decorated so wonderfully!  I felt at home with all of the nature elements and alters... a common thread we have in our home decor. 

I have tons of pics!  You can click on all of the smaller images below to see them larger. 

First of all, I was so excited to get to spend some time with these two munchkins.  They are the best!  Penelope (the littlest) has grown so much since we saw her just a month or so ago.  I love watching her personality change.  And Leena is just growing up so fast!  We got to watch her in her ballet practice.  I love the last image of them making faces.  So so cute!   


The first night we got there Katelyn was throwing a Mabon party with all of her friends.  So we got to meet all the wonderful people she calls friends in her hometown.  Some I knew from online and most I didn't.  I wish I had felt more social that night, but after traveling I was a bit on the quiet side and my introversion came out a bit... but it was still really nice to chill and watch everyone and their kids.  We made apple prints and leaf prints.  Drank mulled wine and had amazing vegetarian gumbo!  Along with many other treats.  At the end of the night I went outside with several of the little kids and sat on the concrete, and mentioned something about the mesquitos, and they all started circling around me chanting about the magic they were giving me to keep the mesquitos away.  It was so cute!   


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Pieces of Katelyn's home... I love all the color in her house.  My house is so neutral and earthy, which I love, but its always exciting to see color in other's spaces.   


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The second day we were there we went thrift shopping, went to the mall so we could go to Earthbound Trading, got starbucks, and went to a tiny little beach that had awesome seashells.  Katelyn gave me her top from Earthbound Trading that I was in love with!!!  And I found another really cute top there when we went.  Then on the way out we had to stop in the photobooth!!!  I think they came out so fun!!!  I especially love the one where Katelyn is picking my nose, that's friendship! 


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On the way home we decided to be total goofy tourists and stop at the visitors center for Texas.  We missed it last time on our way home.  I'm so glad we stopped b/c these are just about the best Texas pride photos ever! 

The trip went by so fast!  And I came home with a soar throat (a true testament to the fact that I don't travel much, at all) .  Luckily it's almost completely gone!  And James is still on vacation this week.  Yesterday we took a looooong drive in the hillcountry, scouting for the perfect location for a photoshoot.  We saw some of the most beautiful countryside out towards Hunt, sadly there were miles and miles of fences and you couldn't get to any of the pretty spots!!!  We were getting so frustrated, but it was still nice to take in all the beauty.  We finally found a tiny creek with a little area we could shoot.  In comparison to everything else we saw, it wasn't that great, but we were at the settle for anything point.  We also got excited to see the place we found when we were on our honeymoon that we one day dream of staying at... only to find out its almost $500 a night with a two night minimum!!! whoa!!!  (insert total sad face) 

We are also going to spend some of his time off getting serious out at my parents house.  We need to get their place ready and on the market to sell asap!  We are digging ourselves in a hole with their land taxes and it is just time for me to move on and let go... (insert another big sad face)... but I know it is what needs to happen. 

(whoa, totally didn't mean to end this on a sad note!) 

OUR VACATION // PART ONE

We are back from our mini road trip vacation, although vacation itself is not quite over!  James is still off this week, so we have a few more things we would like to do while he is off.  It's almost weird being home again already, and I don't quite know what to do with myself.  I have so much I need to do with work, but I know if I let myself get back into it, I will just be immersed and my vacation will be over.  But when I am at home, I can hardly keep myself from working, so well see how that goes!  These pics are from the day we left, and of a few of the tunes we listened to on the way to Galveston.


Some of my family happened to be taking a little vacation at the same time as us, so we decided to join them in Galveston for a day to play on the beach.  When we got there it was raining, but luckily it cleared off.  We were back and forth on what we wanted to do for our vacation.  I really wanted to go to a beach, but I also wanted to go visit our friend Katelyn in Louisianna, so we got to do both!  Although I must admit, Galveston was not at all the beach vacation I had envisioned in my head!  The last time I had been to Galveston I was about 14, so I didn't really remember much about it.  But it was still nice to see the ocean, get sand in my toes and look for seashells.  I could spend days on the beach just looking for seashells.   

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We went to dinner that night at a very interesting restaurant.  From the outside it looks like a hole in the wall and then inside its like a weird time warp with a fancy presentation with folded napkins and red roses on the tables.  The entrance had this mirror the length of the hallway that was dimly lit and quite eerie looking, I loved it.  It was odd, friendly, comical and well, just interesting... But I was able to have a Stella Artois there.  

We also drove around and saw the wood carvings in the trees that they did after the hurricane.  They were amazing.  And we walked around the strand a bit, looked in some shops, had lunch, and I ooooed and awwwed over all the textures of the buildings.  I could of spent a day just taking photos in back alleys.   

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We snuck down to the beach just about every chance we could get.  I picked up shells, made a little turtle in the sand, did some Roots and Feathers representing in the sand, ate the yummiest and biggest ice cream in my life, and simply just enjoying the wind, salt and sand. 

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This was the first part of our vaca, I'll share our Louisianna picks next... 

CRYSTAL SHOP + FRIENDS

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Our last day in Louisianna, we went back into the french quarter on the hunt for a crystal shop.  We had been looking for one the whole time we were there and finally found out that we were right around the corner from one the first day we were down there.  We were so happy we found it last minute.  It was the best crystal shop Ive ever been in.  So many amazing beautiful stones.  I had to be very decisive and only get ones that really spoke to me for specific things.  Im very happy with the ones I came home with. 

We didn't go into the fortune teller shops, but I loved the old signs.  I could walk for days around there just taking photos of old walls and signs.  There are so many nooks and crannies full of textures from age, decay and the amazingly eclectic culture.  Everything down there is eye candy for the artists eye.

On our way home we met up with my dear friend Katelyn from Gypsy Moth Sol and her two beautiful babies.  It was so nice to see her even if it was just for lunch.  She picked an amazing greek restaurant to eat at.  It just so happened to be Leena's birthday, so I felt super lucky to get to see her that day.  She was all dressed up in costume she got from her party the day before.  And she was in a super sweet mood.  Melted my heart.  It was awesome for my family to get to meet her in person b/c I talk about her alot!  It's kind of funny b/c Ive seen my friend from another state more often this year than Ive seen most of my local friends!  It was the perfect way to end the vacation!