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Seven Years

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Moon Cycle Geode // Los Vallejos BlogThis week will be bittersweet.

While I will still continue to work with children for a little while, this is my last full time week at the place to which I have referred to as my second home for quite some time. I have learned an invaluable amount of knowledge during my stay and I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I have received simply because my boss decided to, “take a chance” on me.

I served as a great many things. Friendly face, confidant, manager and friend, saleswoman, role model and even the punch line of a few jokes. But, nothing has become more real or evident to me than my love for making those around me as happy as they can possibly be.

Hellen Keller said, “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

A worthy purpose. Serving my community through the enrichment and support of our children is, indeed, a worthy purpose. But I am reminded of those that carry out the teaching to our younger generation and I smile as I remember the support I was able to offer them as well.

During this journey I met some incredible people. Educators that exude compassion and love for their craft, business owners that keep full speed ahead and encouraged me to keep moving and keep creating, students that astounded me with their wisdom and love…I am truly humbled by each and every person I met.

My dad has always said, “You change every seven years.”

When you’re born, you are completely helpless, you need assistance and caring every moment of the day. Then, when you’re seven, you can dress yourself and feed yourself. You have a sense of responsibility for your actions and you are beginning to understand there are benefits and consequences. Your moral compass is developing. Before you know it, you’re 14. You’re coming into that awkward phase of puberty and adolescence. Life is confusing, and you start to feel and control your emotions for the first time. After junior high and high school, you legally become an adult at 21 years young. You are walking around in this big world trying to find your place. By 28, you may have a family or career, or you may still be looking for yourself. Hopefully, you continue on for another 10 sets of seven years, continually growing and evolving, adapting to your surroundings and learning each step of the way.

If we’re using my dad’s theory, then I’m currently in my third set of seven year phases. I’m striving to make choices that I will later appreciate in cycles 4 and 5.

It was difficult to take a step down. It was difficult to make a life change. But, I am walking away with a new sense of self.

I have found renewal in the end of something great and I am taking away many friends, mentors and wonderful memories.

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A lot like the phases of the moon, you have different sides and they can appear changed to different people and different places. You stay the same being, but your perception is changing every day. Remember to exude positivity and shine bright, even in the darkness.

Love,

Wife C

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Travel Season

We love to travel, and, thankfully, we’re fortunate enough to have many opportunities to do so. It is such a joy to share our travels with the world here at LV. This year we’re planning a few excursions!

Los Vallejos | Summer Vacation

We’ll take many trips to Austin, our muse, during the summer. It’s a fun and easy get away. It’s always a good idea to try and find a way to stay with friends. It’s inexpensive, and you get quality time with people you don’t see very often.

We’re running away to the islands in May with Claudio’s family. It will be my only week off of school for the entire year…so where better to spend it than soaking up the sun and sipping out of a pineapple?

Finally, we’re making our way up to Chi-town with some friends later in the summer. We have wanted to visit the Windy City for a while now and we’re thrilled to be traveling with such great friends!

In June we’ll celebrate our first year of marriage. We haven’t decided where we’re going, but you can be sure we’ll be jumping on a plane to somewhere! Any suggestions?

Love,

Wife C

Images via Bldg. 25

Want List – 001

Los Vallejos | Spring Wantlist

Like I said last week, Spring doesn’t last very long in Texas. But while it is here, us natives realllllly enjoy it! We also enjoy a partaking in a little spring cleaning and making room for new items. I was so pleased while doing this project to find that there are some really good deals out there this year! Being on a budget can be difficult, but none of these pieces will elicit buyers remorse…guaranteed!

1. These flouncy tops from H&M are so fab. H&M always has great basics. These are so inexpensive…I want them both!

2. This denim Jacket from J.Crew is just heaven. However, it’s a splurge if you’re on a budget. So this denim jacket from J.Crew Factory is less than half the price with all the quality. Blamo!

3. These black skinnies are THE item to have. In fact, I wish I could pass a law to say that every woman should own a pair. I can wish can’t I?

4. This Essie Color is called Borrowed and Blue. It looks light, but it goes on the prettiest shade of blue you’ve ever seen. I’m currently wearing it…check out my Instagram later, I’ll post a picture!

5. Okay. these sunnies are so amazing. AND they come in THREE colors! Get out. Can you see yourself wearing these at your next music festival? Because I can, and you look perfect.

6. This cuff. You. Me. Right now. Let’s go. If you live in Dallas and you haven’t been to Milk and Honey then you’re not doing it right. This boutique gives me reason to live.

7. I dream about these studs. Like, I’m not kidding. I had a dream I went to a Kendra Scott store and bought these earrings. It doesn’t help that I am completely obsessed with everything in the Atlantic Collection. I honestly look at it multiple times a day to make sure it’s still there. I have a problem…a very beautiful problem.

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I hope this list encourages you to do a little spring cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new, I say! Even try taking your old clothes to a Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet to get some cash to spend on new beauties! These pieces will update your wardrobe in a snap and can be worn with just about anything.

Love,

Wife C

Hello Spring

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Happy Spring!

Here in Texas it doesn’t last long, but it sure is glorious.

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Yesterday was a big day.

BIG DAY.

I brought tickets to see my favorite band of all time. I thought it was only appropriate to use their lyrics in today’s image.

“She is a flower and I am a flower and we are alone”

Adam Duritz is my one and only.

Countdown to Counting Crows is t-minus 132 days.

When I was little, my dad would let me stay up late and we would listen to August and Everything After over and over (while snacking on bbq chips and dr. pepper…only the best midnight snack.)

Adam Duritz is like the cool uncle I never had. Counting Crows started in 1990…the year I was born. Which means they have been around my ENTIRE life.

Seeing these guys is going to be so surreal.

Not familiar with their music? Here’s a playlist of my top favorites.

Enjoy!

Love,

Wife C

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CV + CV :: Never to Late

We are so busy.

How often do you hear that?

We hear it (and say it) everyday.

It’s a seemingly viable excuse for just about anything, wouldn’t you say?

Went to the drive thru instead of making dinner…We’re just so busy

Didn’t make it to church this morning…We’re just so busy

Forgets brother’s birthday…We’re just so busy

I challenge you to take that combination of words out of your daily vocabulary. Don’t let those four words trick you into not reaching your full potential.

I am a really (really) big 30Rock fan. Actually, I’m a big Tina Fey fan in general. There is an episode where two of the writers start a band and their no-hit-wonder, was called “Never too Late”. It goes a little something like this.

It’s never too late, it’s never too late…for now”

Very impressive, I know. But in it’s own quirky way, it speaks to me. It’s never to late to start living in the now.

Image via: Swan Dive Tumbler

Life is too short.

Love,

Wife C

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CV + CV // Winter Remedy

It doesn’t get too cold here in the south, but for those of us who associate with amphibians it’s plenty cold.

There will always be hot chocolate and electric blankets to keep us warm but I want to talk about a different kind of remedy.

Victor Hugo was, and is to this day an amazing human being. Hugo bestowed upon us the beauty that is Les Misérables and the touching story of Notre-Dame de Paris (or as we know it here: The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

He has touched many people over the past century through his stories, but what I took from him was this quote.Laughter isLet love and laughter keep you warm this winter.

xo, Wife C