SEDONA

SEDONA

When asked what I wanted to do for my birthday, my instant response was ROADTRIP…  so we packed up the rental car with grandma and grandpa and made our way from Scottsdale to Sedona.

Plus I knew that a road trip would be a GREAT opportunity for me to try out my new birthday gift… a Canon EOS 80D! The photos that I took are so crisp and clear and I can’t wait to take more on my new Canon. I can already tell the difference in image quality between it and my old Nikon camera.

This was one of the most beautiful drives up I-17. We climbed higher and higher and made a few stops on our way. Our first stop was to see Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde and it was amazing. The structure was built by the Sinagua people between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries. It was truly breathtaking to see and only it was only 20 minute detour on our way to Sedona.

After Camp Verde we continued on our way to Sedona. Once we got there we ate lunch at a little Italian restaurant called the Hideaway House and it was delicious and the views were even better! Then we spent time going to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross and then Cathedral Rock and lastly Bell Rock. This town was one of the cutest and most beautiful places I had ever been to and there’s just so much to see and do I am going to have to go back sometime very soon!

 

The Sonoran Desert (Pt. 1)

The Sonoran Desert (Pt. 1)

There’s not much better than getting to spend your birthday with your family on vacation in Arizona! I’ve got my camera, my swimsuit and my sunscreen and I couldn’t be more excited to spend a few days relaxing by the pool. If you’ve never been to Arizona you have to go… the beauty that is Arizona is almost impossible to describe unless a person has actually been there; the colors of the flowers are just a little bit brighter, the sky is a little bit bluer, and the sunsets are the more beautiful than anything you have ever seen.

The best part of it all… our four-door wrangler jeep that my dad loves to drive around. We took the top off about 2 months after buying it and haven’t put it back on since. The weather in Arizona is so perfect that there has never been a reason to ever put the top back on! The temperature today was 93 in the valley and 100 in town but the heat here doesn’t even compare to the heat (plus humidity) in Texas. I love spring and summer in the desert because there is 0% humidity and that makes my skin and my hair very happy:)

I am unbelievably blessed to be spending this time with my family before I head off for college next fall and I plan on taking full advantage of moments like these. More pictures to come!

Beach getaway

Beach getaway

One of my absolute favorite places in the world is Destin, Florida. My parents have been taking my brother, sister and I to the beach there for as long as I can remember. Let me start by saying that I have been to quite a few different beaches and I can honestly say that nothing compares to the white sands and clear emerald-green water along the coastline there.

If any of you have been to this location, then you have probably driven about 15 minutes down the road to the Seaside/Watercolor towns which are just the cutest little bitty towns in America. Plus, the shops there are to die for! So back to Destin; the water there is so pretty it hurts and I love to just sit on the beach with my toes in the sand and read a really good book. Which just so happened to be All the Missing Girls which I did a book review of a couple of days ago. Go check it out!

So last weekend my parents and I had a little weekend getaway to Florida before my graduation the next weekend. It was the perfect relaxing weekend that I really needed before the next long and stressful week. I made sure to take my Nikon D5300 with me and you can see some of the pictures from my trip at the bottom. If anyone wants to know more about vacationing in Destin feel free to ask me!

TEXAS my TEXAS

TEXAS my TEXAS

You’ve heard it a million times but I’m gonna say it again anyways, everything is bigger in TEXAS. Texas is my home and I take extra pride in the fact that when I leave this beautiful state I get to tell people that I am from Texas. I don’t have the Texas accent that my dad has, I don’t wear cowboy boots and a hat everywhere I go, but I believe there is something in a person’s manner which points to the fact that they grew up here. It’s the really subtle things, like when I go to NYC and I hold the door open for a woman who is at least 20 feet from the door and getting to see the shock on her face. Texans hold the door open for others, we wave to strangers on the street, and we always ask others how their day is going. I admit, I say y’all way too often and sometimes my pronunciation is just a little bit off but I am unbelievably proud to be from the Lone Star state. As Pat Green and Lyle Lovett (if you don’t know these country music stars look them up !!) would say, “The girls in Texas are just a little bit better!”