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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
One of the things I look forward to every year is returning to my childhood Girl Scout camp for an Adults-Only weekend. There is a magic about the place than none of us can explain, nor do we even want to try.Read More
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.Read More
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.
The last full weekend in July, Justin, the kiddos, and I hit the road with Justin's family for a weekend in Denver. We hit Hammond's Candy Factory, and the American Girl Store, but the main attraction was a full day at Water World- a water amusement park in Denver.Read More
I was blessed with the opportunity to donate my time as a photographer to my local Relay for Life chapter this summer, and although the event was actually on June 26, this event has stuck with me all summer long.Read More
I'm glad to say that we- Mom, Grandma, Christopher, Joshua, and I- made it home on Sunday night. Our trip was definitely too short. We didn't get to see everyone we would have liked to, but hopefully we'll get to see them next time.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More