Gorgeous Texas Wildflowers

No matter where you live, if you are happy and like it there where you are, you will appreciate every little thing you see around you. And the more appreciative you are, the happier you get.

I grew up in a city island until I reached the age of 21 where going to the beach is not a problem for we are surrounded by beautiful beaches in Lapu-lapu. We can smell that fresh ocean breeze anytime we want.

When I moved here in Texas to be with my husband and build a family, I could no longer smell that ocean breeze for we are 6 hours drive away from the beach. But despite of that, I still feel fortunate. Albeit, we don’t live near the beach yet we have these super gorgeous Texas wildflowers with vibrant colors. These photos were taken in early Spring 2015 in Benbrook.

You tell me just by looking the photos below if you don’t fall in love with them? I don’t know what they are called but the last one in blue is called the bluebonnets which is the Texas national flower. Picking them is illegal so you just gotta enjoy or admire their beauty ¬†through your eyes and not with your hands.

Gladly, we can see beautiful wildflowers just a few miles drive from where we live. It is located adjacent to Benbrook lake and has a picnic area where you can enjoy your food, the pleasant temperature and at the same time gazing at the beauty of nature laid before your eyes.

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Weekend Meetup with New and Old Friends

I had so much fun hanging out with a new and my old time friends. Two of the girls were Sheryl and Rosalie are my friends more than 7 years here in Fort Worth, there are actually three of us, Annie and family weren’t able to come for she had to work. We used to hangout often back in our early years but then it had changed since Rosalie moved to Utah. We can only hang out when they fly over here. When they do, we make sure we sit down together to have dinner and chit chat just like the old times.

Their visit to Texas was a perfect timing to celebrate my firstborn’s 7th birthday. I invited them over to Chuck E. Cheese’s so the kids can do the rides and games in there. That weekend hangout went perfect as planned except that we didn’t get to dine in at Japanese Hibachi restaurant for they opened a little later than we anticipated.

The weather was gorgeous and the company was nice. All in all, it was just a total blast for all of us especially our children. Here a few snaps of our beautiful and healthy faces, haha! That meet up was what I needed, I so missed real face to face interaction with good friends, friends I am comfortable with and friends that I can be myself around them.


Left to Right: Piping and her two children, Rose and Allison, Myself and my firstborn, Sheryl and my husband and my second born on a beautiful day.
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the three beautiful mommies and our FIL-AM beauties

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… the originals!
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Bonding with the Originals

In our lives, we meet people along the way. Some don’t last for long, others don’t make it to our future. There are also a few ones who stay and make our lives more fun and colorful. We call them friends. I have several of those here in North Texas that I consider family.

Last weekend I bonded with my friends, or shall I say the “originals”. Why the name if you are curious? Because they were the first ones I got to hang out and met before I even came here then we became so closed throughout the years. On the right side, first photo below is Annie, we met through an online dating site before when we were still both in the Philippines. We both were lucky for we found our man in the same area (Dallas- Fort Worth area). Not really close but close enough to drive to where she is and hang out once in a while.

The lady on the left side of the photo is Irish, she is Annie’s sister. And became my friend too. The other one in the second photo to my right is Sheryl, she came from the same island as I am, Lapu-Lapu City. We met online too and luckily she married to someone from the same city as my husband. There is another lady that belong to our “circle of friends” relocated to Utah but she occasionally visits Texas, when she does, we make sure we all hangout together. She is not in the picture because she flew to the Philippines so there were just the four of us.

As years go by, I feel our friendship ¬†have gotten stronger. We have been friends for at least maybe 7 or 8 years… I remember those days when we hanged out together not having any kid in tow with us… now we still share the same bonding but this time is even more exciting for the four of us have our kids (all girls, by the way) now… and our kids have become good friends as well. How great is that? I feel blessed to have these kind of friends in this cold lonely country. We all speak the same language and yes, we do have a lot of things in common which may be the factor of our ever growing friendship we share together.

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Older Neighborhood

…. above photo is clear shot of Rockmoor Drive where our house can be located.. we were going home from a long walk when I took this one today

According to my husband he cannot live in a newer neighborhood as it has no yard (so very little privacy from people passing by peeking into his windows), narrow streets, short driveway and houses aren’t impressive. They are just like boxes with cover on top from afar forming a house. B-O-R-I-N-G as he say. For him, living in a new neighborhood are best suited for people who do not do any yard work, someone who will just go to work, go home, stay inside the house, sleep and go to work again.

Certainly he wouldn’t change a thing where we are at right now. It is such a privilege to live in an older, nicer, quieter and peaceful(less crimes, no scumbags around) neighborhood like Edgecliff Village.

We have just moved in this place three months ago and already we have learned to like the place, a lot! Friendly neighbors as well as wider streets that you wouldn’t worry for your child to be in danger when you go out for a walk for it is just very quiet here. Just perfect for raising a family!

Since it was such a beautiful day at Wintertime here in our place, we took advantage of strolling around this new neighborhood we’re in. Actually it has been a week we had plenty of sunshine but yesterday and today was perfect to not feel the chills at all although it was gusty yet enough to enjoy the fresh air and the pretty view this place can offer.

So here goes the pictures taken from my mobile phone yesterday and today just to prove how beautiful the weather here lately.

…the house on top of the hill I saw yesterday… the photo shows the back view of the house which for me looks neat and cool.
….my baby with her doll in a carriage just started our walk two houses down from our home..
… Edgecliff neighborhood, the road here is kind of elevated so she was going faster this time…
… thankfully I found a mini park just in this block we belong, I plan of going there when I need time to get away from the house for a short time..

…. one of the houses that I like at the back of our house..

….the sign says CLIFFISDE PARK and am lovin’ it
…… also the little playground 4 blocks away located in a new neighborhood… to get there, we’ll have to cross two busy streets!