san antonio shenanigans |san antonio + luckenbach, t.x.

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When one goes to Corpus, one must go to San Antonio. Home to my dad's family and Los Spurs, we go up to hang out, eat velveeta queso and ghost-peppered pickles, shop, explore, and ring in the New Year.

This year, our mission was to find ballet folklorico costumes for my mom, so we ventured into "South San," where we found exquisite street art, a santeria shop, a huge mural of Selena, a low road-scrapin' dog (reference to our favorite children's book...worth the listen, y'all), and then Wyatt made his best attempt to blend in with an army of piñatas. We finally ended up at La Gloria, an eclectic Mexican Street Food cafe with prickly pear margaritas and tacos al pastor to satiate our hungry bellies. Wyatt later passed out with Grandpa Charlie's hairless cat on his face.

The next day, we ventured out to Luckenbach and Fredricksburg to go be tourists. Luckenbach, Texas, made famous by Waylon Jennings ("...Willie + the boys"), is a small used-to-be town that is all about beer and good music. We went real early in the morning, so we didn't get to hear any guitar pickin' but we did get to meet Virgil the Storeguy. You guessed it, he runs the general store, which is housed in the old post-office. Virgil is quite the joker and has the most unique and full-hearted and contagious laugh I've ever heard. He said he plans on riding out to N.C. on his Harley to visit his son and daughter-in-law at the coast. If you ever get out this way, Virgil, I suggest a good Eastern Carolina BBQ, hush puppies, and a solid craft beer. For those of you traveling to or through Texas, get out to Luckenbach, make sure you get an ice-cold Shiner, appreciate all the musical memorabilia, listen to a good round of guitar pickin', stay far far away from the evil roosters, and give Virgil a big ol' handshake and a reason to joke around!

New Year's Eve can be summed up in three topics: Head's Up, champagne, crappy fireworks. Either way, it's always a good time. Grandpa Charlie acted out a t-rex, Komodo dragon, a sloth, and an elephant while playing Head's Up. Wyatt went and bought a bag of fireworks, that ultimately failed to be as awesome as usual but were still a lot of fun. We rang in the New Year with champagne and kisses and many hopes for a great 2015.

New Year's Day: Rudy's BBQ + Blue Bell Ice Cream. No need to elaborate on that greatness.

And finally, today, we said adios (or a see you later) to Wyatt as he embarks on his journey to ABQ. He is going to live with our Tías, start fresh, and make awesome music. Godspeed to you and all your adventures out west (I also hope you finally befriend Chispa)! I expect killer snapchats, sweet instagrams, and all your greatness to beam out of you! Miss + love you, fool!

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esther & culley get married...finally!

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Oh, Esther & Culley! These two have been attached at the hip since 2006, traveling across America selling Hobie kayaks, living the gypsy life, and sharing their love with everyone who surrounds them. They are so near and dear to my heart, they have to be--they're family! But still, they are some of the best people I know who truly have a genuine love for one another! When Esther and Culley travelled to North Carolina for Thanksgiving, we knew something was hiding up their sleeves about finally tying the knot after 7 years of being lovebirds--so we got to planning straight away because they were getting married in a month! These two resisted marriage forever! Why? I have no idea, but I'm so happy they finally gave into it because they had a beautiful day and I'm so blessed to be a part of helping them plan and capture the moments that tell their story (check it out on the pine cones below!). We traveled through the wide gamut of Southern terrain to the Texas Hill Country where we were surrounded by wide-open ranches and knobby, twisting cedar trees. The light was radiant, the temperature crisp, the love was overflowing and the day itself buzzed with excitement and joy! Esther & Culley--I'm so proud to call you family (officially for you, Culley!) and am so thankful you let me create photos that show the world how wonderful, laid back, adventurous, and in completely in love y'all are!

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england & ireland: pt. 3

   

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After a couple of days in London & finally meeting up with Big Jerry & Tess after their eventful mission trip to Belize, we ended up in Dublin, Ireland. First of all, the flight from Heathrow to Dublin is the easiest thing ever. Hop on, sit, drink some hot tea, hop off, catch a taxi, and bam!...Dublin. By the way, it's SO GREEN. And there is free wi-fi everywhere you go. #winning

We were only in Dublin for 2 days, so we researched some things you cannot leave Dublin without seeing & pretty much did the touristy thing. Although, it wasn't too bad considering Dublin is a hoppin' city, but it's small & very easy to navigate (at least compared to London!). We stopped by St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College & its Old Library, Grafton Street, Guinness Storehouse, 3fe Coffee, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Murphy's Ice Cream, and Temple Bar. All in 1 day. It was awesome!

I only shot black & white film and with my iPhone in Dublin. I love capturing city life in black & white, however Dublin is such a colorful city so I'm glad I at least shot on my iPhone to capture it all! To see all the details on the instagram shots below, go check out my page!

 

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I love quiet little moments like this girl feeding the geese. It reminds me of my childhood when we would take all our old bread to the parks in England and get swarmed by the ducks and geese.

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We stopped by the Old Library at Trinity College early in the morning on our second day in Dublin. This was such a beautiful place. A library that you dream about...of course, I dreamed I was Belle in the Beast's library. We went to go see the Book of Kells, which was stunning. The exhibit before the Book discusses the details of creating books and illuminated manuscripts, something incredible to see after my art history class of medieval monsters in religious books! While there are no pictures from there, here are some beautiful shots from the Library upstairs!

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The Dublin Dental Hospital & School for Jerry!

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Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral. Such a colorful place inside, but quite a hefty fee to go in. Since when do churches charge to go to church? Although, considering the economic hit Ireland took in the last 5 years, I don't blame them.

After St. Patrick's Cathedral, we trekked across the city to the Guinness Storehouse...that's a good walk by the way so be ready, or take a taxi. This was a neat museum on Guinness and the company as a whole. It was all inside of "the world's largest pint glass," which decided to be clever and add a "foamy head" to their ceiling in their top-floor pub. It's amazing the impact Guinness has on Dublin and Ireland. They were one of the first companies in the world to offer paid vacation, so I'll drink a Guinness to that!

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And what's better than Ice Cream after a day of miles of walking? Murphy's Ice Cream is what Ireland is clearly the best. Ireland is very proud of everything Irish. And they should be proud! Locally grown, locally produced, locally consumed & mostly always organic! They have figured out the system and it's quite a delicious one. Murphy's Ice Cream is handmade in Dingle, a small little coastal town (post coming soon!) and their signature flavor is Sea Salt. SO GOOD! They also have crunchy peanut butter, Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, & Brown Bread just to name a few flavors!

Also, the best treat of all to me (& thank you for walking 1.5 miles for a great cup of coffee), was to find the best coffee-house in Dublin. 3fe Coffee had tons of people talking online, especially about their latte & home-roasted beans. So we walked...and walked...and walked just so I could get a cup. It was so worth it though. Just as smooth and creamy and absolutely beautiful (love their latte art!) as I expected it to be! And as a plus, we got to see a cool little school multicultural parade while we were sipping away!

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Thanks for following along! My plan is to have some photos of our Castle Tower house in Limerick up tomorrow!