East Side Band-o-Rama- Valencia High School, Los Lunas, NM

East Side Band-o-Rama- Valencia High School, Los Lunas, NM

Last night I attended the Valencia Band-o-Rama concert at Valencia High School. The concert featured performances by Tomé Elementary, Bosque Farms Elementary, Valencia Elementary, Peralta Elementary, Valencia Middle School, and Valencia High School. The point behind this particular concert is March is Music in Our Schools Month, and we celebrate this by putting on a free, community-wide concert to remind people of the value of learning music in school.

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VHS Soccer

VHS Soccer

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with the U.S. hosting several professional teams, and most nations in the world hosting a National Team. And, I’m sure that any true soccer fan can list off all the stats of his or her favorite player and team.

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You Wouldn't Think It, But...

One of the things that I most enjoy doing (beside taking photos and reading) is quilting. I love selecting the colors and patterns, and watching as each block comes together to form a beautiful quilt top that can then be painted with even more shapes and patterns through the quilting process. More so, though, I love the time I get to spend with my mom and the stories that form as we work on our blocks together.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta- 2018!!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta- 2018!!

Guys, I love going to the Balloon Fiesta every year. I feel like a giddy little kid when all of the balloons start inflating and launching! I absolutely love to see all of the shapes and colors that pepper our beautiful New Mexico skies!  

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My Family Reunion

My Family Reunion

When anyone mentions the phrase ‘family reunion’ most people think of the most boring, long, and hot day of their summer. You probably conjure images of almost-ancient distant relatives pinching your cheeks as a child, your parents reminding you to play quietly while the grown-ups talk, and cousins that you barely remember from the year before. But, have you gone to this same reunion as an adult? I have. And this is why I went. 

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Books 13-24: A Book Review by a Photographic Bookworm

Books 13-24: A Book Review by a Photographic Bookworm

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about my goal to read 36 books this year, and while I'm really close to accomplishing this goal (I'm reading books 34 and 35 right now), I wanted to update you on my progress. These are books 13-24, and my thoughts on them.

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Los Lunas, NM Relay for Life- An Interview with Karin Trujillo

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I've had the pleasure of being the Los Lunas Area Relay for Life event photographer for the past couple of years, and every year I look forward to this incredible event. One of the many reasons that I became involved with this organization was because of the many people in my life who've had cancer. I've had several relatives pass away because of cancer, and I've been lucky enough to have several friends who've beaten it. Using my talents to give back to this organization is my way of honoring the people in my life who've come up against this horrid disease. 

A while back, I had the pleasure of conducting a short interview with Mrs. Karin Trujillo- one of the powerhouses behind the Los Lunas chapter's success. This is the result of that interview. 

1.) How did you get involved in Relay for Life?

Karin: I got involved through my parents who started the Relay in Socorro in 1997 or 1998.  Kassie attended her first Relay at age 4 in 1999.  She is now 21.

2.) What does it mean to you to be involved?

Karin: First, I think everyone should have a cause that they are passionate about.  Mine just happens to be the American Cancer Society.  Volunteering feeds my soul and I've been touched too often by the dreaded "c" word.  I want to rid the world of cancer so no one else has to hear the dreaded words "You have cancer."

3.) What is your favorite part about Relay for Life?

Karin: I love the event itself.  It is so good to see Valencia County residents bonding at a family friendly activity where WE can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Valencia County, in NM, and in the US.

4.) What do you wish other people knew about Relay? How have you seen Relay for Life affect change, and what changes have you seen?

Karin: I've seen awareness come to many people through Relay For Life.  The American Cancer Society has missions that some people still don't know about.  There are many programs available for caregivers and patients fighting cancer that are FREE.  Relay For Life offers education and support for caregivers and survivors.

5.) What do you hope to see in the future with regard to Relay?

Karin: Los Lunas has been doing Relay for 11 years.  I want all Valencia County residents to know that the third weekend in June is Relay so they can come celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer. 

6.) Why should others get involved, and how can they get involved?

Karin: Like I said earlier, everyone SHOULD have a cause that they feel passionate about.  Cancer does not discriminate and therefore there are very few people left who have not been touched by some type of cancer.  Our goal is to rid the world of cancer and put the American Cancer Society out of business.  The more people  who are involved in raising money for research and programs, the sooner this can be accomplished.  Anyone can get involved by contacting one of the local volunteers or calling 1-800-227-2345

Road Trip with Mom, Grandma, and the Boys

Road Trip with Mom, Grandma, and the Boys

This week I have the pleasure of going on a road trip with my Mom, Grandma, and my boys, Christopher and Joshua, and I'm typing this from the backseat of our car, headed East on Highway 54 to my Aunt Beverly's house in Fulton, Missouri. 

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

First off, please forgive the iPhone selfie. Sometimes, the best camera is the one you have with you, and that was the one I had.

The above photo was taken shortly after I finished the 2015 Run for the Zoo Timed 5K on Sunday, May 3. I finished with a time of 51:09. It's not a great time, and I know I've done better, but my goal was to finish the course, which I did.

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