Tag Archives: Family

It’s the Small Things

1 Mar

I am so grateful to be home this week back with the husband and animals. Traveling is fun but it’s so nice to come home!

Enjoy your family and have a wonderful weekend!

Father-in-Law and Husband

Father-in-Law and Husband

This is totally Shane! Ha LOVE IT!!

This is totally Shane! Ha LOVE IT!!

Bruce, Rhonda and Boo Boo - Lazy Sunday morning!

Bruce, Rhonda and Boo Boo – Lazy Sunday morning!

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Visiting Ohio and Spending Time with Ohio Family

28 Feb

Last week I was sent to Cleveland for a work trip and so I took the opportunity to travel south of Cleveland for the weekend to Cincinnati to visit family.

Technically they are my family-in-law, they are the husbands close cousins who I happen to love. And thank goodness they love me too because they treated us like we were on vacation.

My friend Rochelle, who also happens to work with me agreed to come with me and stay with the Jarvis clan. Rochelle and I drove down from Cleveland Friday and stopped in Columbus to visit the German Village. We ate at this adorable German restaurant called Schmidts. We walked around downtown Columbus, well I think it was down town – it reminded me of Columbus’ version of Nob Hill.

We made our way to Cincinnati where we were greeted with family, food and margaritas! We were treated to home cooked breakfasts (with mimosas) every morning. We watched a 4th grade championship game, hit up Skyline and Montgomery Inn and most importantly we spent time with family!

Rochelle and I drinking German beer at Schmidts in Columbus

Rochelle and I drinking German beer at Schmidts in Columbus

We saw these Dukin Diva's win their championship game after an undefeated season!

We saw these Dukin Diva’s win their championship game after an undefeated season!

4-Way with beans!

4-Way with beans!

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This just makes me happy!

This just makes me happy!

Ohio Family

Ohio Family

Montgomery Inn with the family!

Montgomery Inn with the family!

Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

Reflections

27 Feb

I have been thinking a lot about my blog and wondering if I should continue doing it.

I wanted to make it more focused to a topic and subject but couldn’t pick one I really liked. I also didn’t want to end up hating said subject because I felt like I had to write about it. And I do a lot of other fun stuff that I didn’t want to ignore….. So I have been back and forth on what to do and the future of this blog.

One of the biggest pleasures I get from writing about my activities and adventures is that my family near and far gets to keep up with the husband, me and the animals. And for some reason I thought I needed to reach more people and get more people interested in my blog.

In my professional career (all eight years of it) I have worked in an area where I am selling and promoting more views and more attention. More of everything – how to get more people to be interested in your company or product. Basically more is better. So I think I started applying that concept to my blog – but I was wrong. I needed to re-evaluate my own concept of audience (see that Miller Heiman reference 🙂 And what this blog is about.

So – this blog is going to be about my life, adventures, things I love and activities. I am not vain or self-centered for writing about myself, I just want to share my experiences with whoever would like to read about it. So I will continue writing about books I love, recipes that I have tried and different events, activities and shenanigans the husband and I embark upon so my family can keep tabs on us and friends who I don’t see a lot or are far away can still feel close to me. And If I meet some new friends along the way the more the merrier!

With that said, I am excited to start blogging again.

In Memoriam

10 Jan

One year ago my dad died – and everyone whose life he touched misses him.

 

Miss Me, But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road

 And the sun has set for me,

 I want no rites in a gloom filled room

 Why cry for a soul set free!

Miss me a little, but not for long,

 And not with your head bowed low.

 Remember the love we once shared,

Miss me, but let me go!

 

For this a journey we all must take,

 And each must go alone;

 It’s all a part of the master’s plan

 A step on the road to home.

 When you are lonely and sick of heart

 Go to the friends we know,

 And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,

Miss me, but let me go.

 – Anonymous

 

Obituary

Harry “Hank” Burke

Age 66, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He is survived by his son Nick Burke, daughter Josephina Montoya and son-in-law Shane Montoya, all of Albuquerque, NM; his sister Barbara Franklin of Albuquerque NM; his brother Dan Burke of Phoenix AZ; as well as nieces, nephews and many close friends.

Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his father Dale Burke and mother Martha Burke. Hank was born in Coffeville, Kansas. He was a graduate of Regina Coeli Catholic School, Saint Pius X High School, and Eastern New Mexico University.

Hank proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard and was a Vietnam Veteran.

He started his career as an elementary school teacher and later became an engineer for Motorola. He retired in 2002 to take care of his father.

Hank was a loving father and sibling as well as a dedicated and loyal friend. He traveled the world thoroughly, visiting six continents.

Among other things Hank was a skilled poker player, avid reader, passionate Dallas Cowboys fan, talented story teller and consummate practical joker.

There will be a Rosary recited Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm and a memorial will be given on Friday, January 20, at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. All services will be held at the French Mortuary on 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity of which Hank was a dedicated supporter. Please go to http://www.habitatABQ.org.

I believe I was in college....  I think this was a special Habitat for Humanity build.

I believe I was in college…. I think this was a special Habitat for Humanity build.

Dad Cruise

At my wedding - October 3, 2009

At my wedding – October 3, 2009

Dad, Nick and Me on our porch in Jemez

Dad, Nick and Me on our porch in Jemez

Hank Burke - Coast Guard

Hank Burke – Coast Guard

 

Best Christmas Gifts

4 Dec

Tis the season of shopping and Christmas presents and all that jazz!

I have been doing some shopping and trying to get done with gifts early this year! But I started thinking about the best presents I have got throughout my years and I guess I am lucky because I have a lot!

The best present I have ever been given was a jewelry box in 2007 to go with the engagement ring I got on Christmas Eve! Best present ever!

And the best present I got as a kid was Paradise Estates. I waited years for that house! And I LOVED it – still have it!

One of the most memorable gift I ever got was a trip to Disneyland. My parents surprised my brother and me! How awesome right!! Every Christmas we would make the journey from Jemez to Albuquerque to go to my grandparents’ house.

But one year we went to the train station (which no longer exists) instead. There we were told we were going to take a train to Disneyland! We were so excited!!! And we got on the train and took off and an hour later our train stopped. And we waited…. And waited…. And waited. Turns out the trains in front of us derailed and we couldn’t go any further.

We were just a little outside Albuquerque – they put us on greyhound busses and shipped us off to Disneyland. LONGEST TRIP EVER! But so much fun once we got there. Oh and my brother and I were younger and probably annoying.

The Husband’s best Christmas gifts include Bruce – we go him in 2005 from a family in El Paso. They didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak Spanish. We just put some money on the table and they gave us the cutest puppy in the world!

Then Shane said his iPod was the second best gift and his Bose was after that. He obviously loves music!

What are some of your favorite or most memorable Christmas presents?

Nick and me - Christmas in 198something

Nick and me – Christmas in 198something

Nick and me Christmas

Yeah I am holding a Barbie to later house in my new Paradise Estates!

Yeah I am holding a My Little Pony to later house in my new Paradise Estates!

This is where the My Little Pony’s lived! Paradise Estates! I would ask for this every Christmas and Birthday! I finally got it for Christmas one year. My mom let me play with it for a year then took it away and said I could have it back later – she recycled my toys so when I did get it back it was like a new toy! Evil or genius??

This is where the My Little Pony’s lived! Paradise Estates! I would ask for this every Christmas and Birthday! I finally got it for Christmas one year. My mom let me play with it for a year then took it away and said I could have it back later – she recycled my toys so when I did get it back it was like a new toy! Evil or genius??

Dad, Nick, Me at Disneyland

Dad, Nick, Me at Disneyland – we finally made it!

My dad and me on the first Rollercoaster I remember riding!

My dad and me on the first Rollercoaster I remember riding!

Baby Bruce

Baby Bruce Shane’s favorite Christmas present

Most adorable puppy ever!

Most adorable puppy ever!

 

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and new Traditions

9 Oct

This weekend was the beginning of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

The Balloon Fiesta is a BIG deal! People travel all over the world to experience the festivities. And most people who grew up in New Mexico have some fun memories of the Balloon Fiesta.

I remember bundling up as a little kid and driving all the way to Albuquerque from the “country” to see the Balloons. One year my mom didn’t take us into the actual Balloon Park, she let us pick a balloon and we drove all around Albuquerque following the Balloon! I also have fond memories of staying up all night with my friend Jacquelyn and deciding since we were up might as well go get a burrito and see some balloons.

This year, the husband and I started a new tradition! Like I said the Balloon Fiesta is a big deal! So because of all the people who come to see and experience the festivities, there is a lot of traffic and lines and well people. So, since I am not always a fan of traffic or lines the husband and I decided to do something different.

We decided we would wake up early, get some breakfast burritos and find a spot to park and watch all the balloons.

I set my alarm for 6:30 Saturday morning and checked Twitter and Facebook to see if the Balloons were given the OK to fly. Annnnddd they were not. They were officially grounded because of high winds. So I rolled over and went back to sleep. Same thing Sunday but they were given the green light. So we loaded up the dogs, got some delicious breakfast burritos from Lotta Burger and did a little off-roading to find a great spot. Bruce and Rhonda ran around and Shane and I watched balloons. It was wonderful!

Can’t wait to do it again next year.

What are some of your favorite Balloon Fiesta traditions?

2012 Balloon Fiesta

Bruce and Rhonda running

Hot Air Balloon

Adult Night, Weddings, Art Show and Breaking Bad- What I Did This Weekend

25 Sep

I had a wonderful weekend!

I spent Friday night with great friends at Explora’s Adult Night. To clarify, Adult Night is a chance for “adults” to go play in a children’s museum. No kids are allowed! YAY!!!

Saturday I had the pleasure of attending one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. Seriously, wedding needs to be in a magazine and it helps that the bride and groom could totally be the models they are so pretty!

The wedding was outside at the groom’s mom’s house. They had these wheat silos they emptied out and they had the bar in there. There were beautiful twinkle lights strung over the dance floor and the tables.  The food was delicious and served family style which was something I had never experienced. It was really amazing because it made us interact with and get to know the other people at our table.

This wedding was so beautiful – great job to everyone involved. And congratulations to Ryan and Lisa!

The Wedding

Wedding Lights

Burke Family – some of us are missing. And I don’t know why they took it from so far away! We were also doing a mix of silly photos with normal ones – this was in between.

Ryan and Lisa – the beautiful bride and groom!

The Bride and Groom

Sunday was dedicated to recovery from the wedding, watching football and most importantly going to an art show the Husband was in! His painting even sold! Congratulations to you Husband.

Shane’s Painting

Sprinkled throughout the weekend the Husband and I watched some episodes of Breaking Bad season two! Yes we have joined the masses. And this show is really amazing! LOVE IT!