Thursday, June 26, 2014

Texas Vacation- San Antonio Pt2!

Every time I go to San Antonio I make it a point to visit at least one of the missions there. We have Missions
San Jose, Espada, San Juan, Concepcion and of course The Alamo.

I love the grounds so much, I feel as if I can feel something pulling at my soul when I am at the missions,
it's really a beautiful thing. This is where my Ancestors come from. 

If you'd like to read more about any of the Missions, you can go here.

My mom actually grew up on the grounds of San Juan but had to move when she was young because they were making it into a national historical site.

 There is also a  little house at Mission San Juan where my great great grandfather Julio was born.

On my father's side of the family, my Grandmother always told us that we were distantly related to the man who carved the Rose Window at Mission San Jose.

Here is a photo of the Rose Window, they were cleaning it up and restoring it that day.

Needless to say every time I am there I can feel the connection. <3 p="">
I was sooo happy to share this place with Sophie and Josh too!
This time around we went to visit Mission San Jose

I love this part of the wall, it's amazing to imagine that the stone building I've come to love was actually covered in this pattern and color all those years ago.

 Here is a look inside the church.

The Rose window from the inside

Surrounding the mission are many small rooms where the priests and Native Americans once lived.
This is a photo of their "kitchen"

This photo was snapped in a few seconds, their faces are hilarious!
I adore the trees that grow there.

Sophie reallly LOVED San Jose, she said that she really needed to find the King that lived there
(she thought it was a castle) and thank him for letting her visit, because it was so awesome!!

While in San Antonio we also attended The battle of Flowers day parade 
and the Fiesta Flambeau night parade.

I miss being around for Fiesta Time!
Sophie was in awe because Cinderella was there!

These horses are so majestic and gorgeous.

I couldn't believe the beauty and detail of work that went into the dresses!

This one was my favorite, it was styled after the Rose window!

Our little camera wasn't able to catch many photos of the night parade, 
There were too many moving, flashing or glow in the dark things and everything came out blurry, lol

After the day parade we had a lunch BBQ picnic at the park by 
the San Antonio river with some family.

Sophie of course promptly made some quick friends!

It was such a lovely day. I really miss Texas and all it's lovely greeness (is that a word, lol)!

Thanks for sharing some time with us!
Take care and God bless.

-Debra Lea

Friday, June 20, 2014

I Scream You Scream

Anyone for some Ice Cream?
Vanilla and Sprinkles

Cherry and Chocolate

Delicious Chocolate and Sprinkles

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl with Nuts

Classic Strawberry
Rocky Road

 Rainbow Sherbet

***Drooling Allowed***

Getting ready for Summer,
all of these are available in my Faux Bake Shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Debra Lea

Monday, June 16, 2014

Texas Vacation- San Antonio Pt1!

The most beautiful music to my ears while in Texas was hearing my sweet little Sophie say, "I love San Antonio, Mommy!!" That warmed my heart so much!! San Antonio is my Home Sweet Home and I have been waiting to share this wonderful city with my kids for what seems like forever, but it's really only been since their birth which hasn't actually been that long of a wait, right?! hehe ;0)

We of course couldn't miss the zoo, this will always be my favorite zoo since it's where I grew up!
Sophie and josh couldn't pass up a chance to sit on a komodo dragon either!

Me and my husband Sher once saw one of these creatures in Malaysia, just crawling out of a water ditch and into a little neighborhood park lake! It was amazing and I was so glad to be up above it on a bridge looking down upon him. I will never forget his majestic swag as he climbed out of the water. 

San Antonio Zoo has this really great Butterfly exhibit, there are beautiful butterflies in there from all over the world! It's a magical place and I usually get lucky and have a butterfly land on me! 

This butterfly fell asleep on my shirt! I had to actually nudge it up and place it on a near by tree to enjoy the rest of it's nap. So sweet!

The zoo is full of all kinds of birds that are free to roam around and choose to live there.

 I dubbed this bird the "Sher bird" because it was sporting a hairdo similar to Sher's that day.

This bird and that nest were massive!

A little snack time

This was the bravest squirrel I've ever seen! He was sitting in the Lion's food dish and stealing the Lion's lunch!

I wish I was back there :0) The second I drive or fly away I'm already homesick.
Thanks for stopping by!! God bless.

-Debra Lea

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy 30 To My Baby Sister Delilah!

I am so blessed to have you as my sister!
Isn't she cute?!

I remember when she was born and when asked which baby was mine,I looked through the window
at all the babies and chose her! :0)

Thanks for always being my partner in crime, only you can make me get the crazy
hysterical laughing fits, where we don't quite know what the heck we are laughing about!

Remember when you were so in love with your new pinata friend?
Delilah cried after we broke the pinata that year.

Check out those dimples, awwww

Thank you for being an awesome Aunt/ Tia to my kiddos.
They love you so very much.

My cuties call her "Wawa" because they can't get those L"s out yet!


I hope all your dreams, hopes and wishes come true plus many more blessings that 
you haven't even dreamed of yet.

In honor of Momo, here you go:


-Debra Lea