Right after we got home from Colorado, Stephen had to get back to Midland but me, Mary Helen, Rachel, Mom & Dad drove down to Houston to see Baylor play in it’s first bowl game since 1994. This was the first bowl game I’d ever been to & it was exciting. We got in the night before, went to dinner at our favorite – Del Friscos – then headed to bed. The day of the game, I got to go over to Alli’s parents house to meet sweet Bennett for the first time! I was so so excited to meet this little bundle of love that I had been praying for and seeing pictures of for months. Alli is such a good momma & it was so fun to see her in action!
After that, we headed over to the Parkers where we met up with Mary Liz & Edward! We just had found out she was preggo!!! She sent the cutest little video of Edward trying to say “I”m going to be a big brotehr” over Christmas and it was so fun to hug her neck in person. We had fun just hanging out & visiting since the weather was HORRIBLE. It was raining, thundering, more than raining – it was terrible. We were supposed to meet up with Scarlett at her tailgate, but we only made it for a few min as the rain was runing everyone’s plans. boo!
I had to document the fact that ML was going for Baylor! Sic’ em!
Once I got to the game, it was family timeHere’s the crew…
The game was pretty bad. I am a huge Baylor fan, and I was just pretty disappointed. But it was still really neat to get to have that experience and opportunity!
After the game, we headed back over to the Parkers for some hanging out.
WOW! I know it was now almost 2 months ago that my family & I spent Christmas at the Attas’ beautiful home outside of Aspen, Colorado but there were A TON of photos to go through. It was nice for once, to take as many photos as possible knowing that it wouldn’t totally back me up when I got home. Well, I didn’t get to it as quick as I wanted but I think I’ve made some major progress in documenting my own life in 2011. Just a little preview first of the participants in this trip: Mary Helen, me & Stephen, Rachel and then my hilarious parents. You can find a full blog post of the portraits I took while we were there at my photography blog, www.wepblog.com. But for this blog, you get to see all the other fun stuff we did on our trip. Let me just take a trip down memory lane….
We had a great time at our favorite shop in Aspen, Kemo Sabe! Kemo Sabe’s website says “kick ass western hats, boots, belts, buckles and more.” The store and the people that run it are just that too. It is SUCH a fun atmosphere in there. Blaring country music, beer in the fridge, friendly faces. The owner, after we told him we were from Texas, played the UT fight song. OH boy did he hear about that! We seriously spent over 2 hours in the store and were on a first name basis with everyone when we left. They were so fun! I decided that day to spend my Christmas money on a new hatWhat a surprise. You know me, I am a little country and I’m excited to have this hat that I will keep forever.
I even got it branded!
the store had amazing boots!!
Mary Helen spent her Christmas money on some new boots!
trying them on….
loving the store!!!
getting the boots branded
this is the man!
sweet golden girl! This is the main man’s dog – she’s been on the job with him for over 13 years!!!
Russ& Stevo outside Kemo Sabe, about to go steak out zoe saldana. Russ actually made it in the background of a paparazzi pic the next day!! we found it online. so funny!!!
the mornings we lounged around & chef Rachel made us YUMMY YUMMY Pioneer Woman breakfasts!!!
this is Russ on Christmas morning showing off his baylor bear bowl game t-shirt Santa brought him.
We went to Aspen a few times to shop.
*Note- Stephen, Dad & I went skiing in Snowmass one day. We had a blast! We skied ALL day and ended the day with peppermint snapps hot chocolateMy phone got re-set so I lost the fun skiing pics
It didn’t snow until the LAST day we were there! On the way to our last dinner…
We had a blast!
I don’t have any pics, but one night we went to dinner on top of the mountain & got there on a snow cat! It was like a hay ride but on the snow. It was a small restaurant & this guy played the guitar and sang during the whole thing. By the end of the night everyone was singing classic country songs & dancing! What fun!
Other funny things to remember: the night none of the kids wanted to go to dinner, so mom & dad went and we stayed home to order pizza. well, pizza wouldn’t deliver so we ended up with wendys. we played scategories for hours….haha.
Christmas Eve was marvelous as always! We had a wonderful dinner at this wonderful club in Snowmass – a full turkey dinner with leftovers for the next daythen we headed over to Snowmass Chapel for christmas eve service. It was beautiful! What a fun night celebrating the coming of our Savior!
Christmas was SO MUCH FUN & we are so so blessed to have an amazing family that loves to be together!
I just had to write real quick to tell you that I have made some fun new changes to the look & brand of my photography business, Wynne Elder Photography! There is a link on the right side (my new logo!!) to my website but I wanted yall to check out all the fun new stuff….
Please go check out my facebook fan page & if you aren’t, become a fan! Click…http://www.facebook.com/WynneElderPhotography
Check out the new changes to the blog http://wepblog.com/
Check out the new stuff on my website – http://www.wynneelder.com/
Follow me on twitter…. http://twitter.com/#!/wynneelder
I’m just a little into social media. can you tell?
I just knew yall would be excited for me & these new fun changesHappy Friday!!!!
Do I have a really cool God story for you!
Well, most of you know I run a photography business. What you might not know is that my dream/goal/wish is to be able to use my gifts to further God’s kingdom. What I love about photography is the way I can tell a story with it. I believe that everyone has a story & they all desire for their story to be heard and told. I believe that God has given me a passion for people & photography for this very reason. So I’ve literally been begging God to let me have an opportunity to tell people’s stories through photographs.
Stephen & I met with the missions pastor at our church early fall & one thing we talked about was how fun/beneficial it would be if I got to travel with our mission teams to the churches we partner with around the world to bring those stories back to our church. So people could know what we are doing around the world & be more of a part of the missions of Stonegate. I was super excited about the idea but knew with a full time job & a full time business it might not be the perfect timing.
Fast forward to the past couple of weeks – I’ve been thinking about it more & more and knowing that now would be the perfect time to get to do something like this since I now have 1 job instead of 2. I have been wanting to contact the church but it just never really felt right for me to reach out. So two weekends ago, I was at eTeen retreat and got the chance to hear from my friend Baron Batch. Baron is an awesome guy, football player, writer, photographer. He has a very powerful story – anyway, I read his blog ( http://baronbatch.blogspot.com/) and saw that he has recently been in Haiti. He took portraits of some of the kids that are available for sponsorship & came home and sold the portraits and sent the money back to pay for those kids to go to school for a year. AWESOME! Well, so I talked to him about it and he gave me some good advice – “just do it”.
Also, at this retreat I talked to my friend April who informed me she was going on a women’s mission trip to el Salvador over spring break. Also talked to my friend Doug Tull who told me if I really wanted to take photos on mission trips I should go with them to Honduras over spring break with Buckner. South America – over and over. I knew it would be a cheaper option than going to Africa 3 times in two years. Starting to grow on me. God planting the seed.
That Sunday our good friends, Casey & Allison, sent us links to a sermon series from their church in Lubbock – Experience Life, called “Just do it”. I listened to two of the 3 sermons and was very encouraged. Practical ways to be in Gods will. Pray about what he wants you do to, then where he wants you to do it. Don’t sit around and think about it forever – at some point you just have to do it. God will guide and direct your path one way or another. I am encouraged. I pray.
Monday rolls around and I am at my mentor, Becca, house as she’s getting ready to leave for Africa the next day. We are talking and I’m telling her once again my heart for photography & all the fun stuff that happened Friday night at eTeen retreat. In the middle of the convo, my phone rings. It’s the missions guy from church. I answer. He says, “wynne, I know this is last minute but we would love for you to join our women’s mission trip to el salvador to take photos/video and really tell the story of the people there.” WOW! Really? I was ecstatic!!!!!! I talked to the church an hour later on more details, remembered that my friend April was going so I called her, and that night I filled out my application!
God is so good to me. I had finally given it up to him after realizing that just like the camp thing, I could beg God all I wanted to let me do what I thought He wanted me to do, OR I could just trust that He knows what He’s doing and he’ll give me things to do as he sees fit. Lessons learned. God is good and I can’t wait to go to El Salvador with these ladies & share God!
And get this, the main purpose of the mission trip is to share with the ladies in El Salvador how to do a daily devotional. They don’t know how to get into the Word everyday & do devotionals, so that’s what we are going to do! It is a very relational trip, and that is right up my alley! (I just finished, yesterday, doing the Bible in a year!! thanks to the encouragement of my mom!}
Could you pray with me that I will be strong in doing my own daily devotionals and also that I will learn some Spanish in the next monthThank you for your support and prayers my friends. I’ll keep you posted!
The day after Austin, which was the day before Colorado, we headed back down 35 for a little Trippet family Christmas action. It was sorta strange having Christmas before Christmas, but it was fun! The dogs got new beds (see: Hallie is so happy!), the guys got cologne, and the big kids got a pretty canvasI was so so excited to get these for everyone for their big gift. I was thrilled to watch them be so excited! Another thing we did this year, that I loved, was get each family (Trippets & Chambers/Elder) a gift card to Living Water International. It was a gift of clean water & we could all go online together and view videos of 8 or so different countries that Living Water had projects going with to give clean water. We got to watch them as a family & decide how much we were going to give to each story. It was just a fun little way to make Christmas about givingLater that night the crazy packing began to head to Colorado! More on the trip next post!