Going Home {to Texas}, and My Dark Chocolate ChickPz Winner!

Where do you call home?

Our former house in Plano,Texas, 2011

For me, it’s San Diego, the town where I was born, my husband was born, SiSi was born, and where I have lived the majority of my life, including now.

But, I’ve also been fortunate enough to have lived in several other towns in my life…Dallas, Texas  for college…Chicago for my dietetic internship {great city, but not so great winters}…back to Dallas {Plano}, Texas for my husband’s job…Falls Church, Virginia, again for my husband’s job, and, ultimately, back to San Diego where my family lives and the weather is {not quite} perfect.

I loved living in all those places, but, if I had to choose a second place to call home outside of San Diego, it would be Dallas…

It’s where I lived in my first apartment, ate too many Snuffer’s cheese fries after a late nights of studying partying, logged many running miles {to work off those cheese fries!}, graduated from college,  and where I made some fabulous friends.

It’s also where SiSi first learned to walk, where Big Tex was born, where both my kids had their first taste of snow, and where my family and I made more fabulous friends.

It is a place with many wonderful memories for me, and where my family and I travelled to this past long weekend for our dear friends’  Sherilynn and Fred’s, wedding.

I wasn’t expecting to feel this way, but when the airplane landed in Dallas last Friday evening, I had that wonderful sense of being home again…

You know that feeling, right?

Of course  I had to take photos on our trip {You’ll notice in these photos that  I have just discovered the joy of using Instagram}, and I thought it would be fun to share some with you today, along with a few photos from when my family and I lived in Dallas.


{And, then head to the end of this post for the Dark Chocolate ChickPz winner!}

SiSi, “1st 4th of July”, Plano, Texas, 2001

Big Tex, “learning to crawl”, Plano, Texas, 2003

EA, SiSi, and Big Tex, “1st taste of snow”, Plano, Texas, 2004″

“Revisiting my old college running trail,” Dallas, Texas, 2011

Dallas Arboretum, “Pumpkins”, Dallas, Texas, 2011

“When in Texas, Eat Bar-B-Q!” , Dallas, Texas, 2011

Thanks so much for letting me travel down memory lane.

And now on to the Dark Chocolate ChickPz winner…

Thanks so much Y’all  for entering!  I really wish I could send each and every one of you some delicious dark chocolate covered chickpeas, but I had to pick one winner, and the winner is…

Sylive Shirazi, the lovely blogger behind the equally lovely Gourmande in the Kitchen!

Congratulations Sylvie!  The ChickPz will be in the mail soon!

For everyone else that entered,I hope you’ll head on over to The Nutty Bean Company and check out their store locater so you can try some of their delicious ChickPz.

Happy Snacking! 

Where do you call home?  Have you lived the same place all your life or have you moved around?  Do you get “that feeling” when you have arrived home?

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  1. Awwww, I love love this blog! Yes, when I go home to my hometown of Freeland, in Michigan, I am home! I moved when I was 20, so Michigan will always be my home:-) That being sad, because I lived in Tucson Arizona for 15 years, that town really became home to me. Now I consider myself a desert girl:-) Maybe someday Charlotte will feel like home, but not yet… I still have not been to Dallas, I need to go for all the delicious eats:-) Love that pic of you, SiSi, and Big Tex, SiSi’s face is just adorable:-) Sending Love and Hugs, Terra

    • Thanks so much Terra! You definitely know “that feeling” of going home 🙂 I hope you do get to Dallas one day, because, you’re right, there are definitely some good eats to be had in Big D! xoxoxo

  2. Aww… I love your pictures! Sisi and Big Tex! Soooo cute! 🙂

  3. How wonderful traveling down memory lane!! Really fantastic and every one experience in one place or another that sensation of being home.

  4. Loved the memory lane photos, adorable kids. I haven’t moved around so much but I know what you mean that semi-dejavu feeling when being back someone. I feel that in Florida where my grandparents lived and when I go to my parents house. Texas and snow, who knew?

    • Thanks Lauren! I was surprised by the snow in Texas my first year in college too! Pretty much had at least a little snow every year except one when I lived there. If only there were hills for skiing 🙂

  5. I miss Texas tremendously. We were only there for a few years, but it’s where son #2 was born and the place where I’d love to be right now if I had the choice 😉

    “Home” though is Alabama. It’s where I grew up, went to college, got married and my family still lives.

  6. Your kiddos are cute as a bug! Lovin the cheeks on Big Tex!!! Home is Des Moines, Iowa where I am now. Born in Las Vegas with many landing spots as a kid (dad was Air Force). The winters are too long but its a great underrated city. Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Thanks so much Teri! I’ve never been to Des Moines, but spent one night in Davenport and though it was a lovely city. My Dad’s side of the family comes from Iowa, so I need to go and visit sometime 🙂 I love the cheeks on Big Tex too, but at 8 now he’s all lean…no more chubby cheeks 🙁

  7. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos! Your kids are so adorable. I have always been fascinated with the expression on kids’ faces when they see snow for the first time. I grew up with snow, so it was never “new” to me. I’ve lived here in Columbus my whole life, and most likely will lives here forever. While it would be nice to live somewhere else, I really can’t complain. I do love it here!

    • Thanks Gina! I’ve never been to Columbus, but my husband used to go there for work frequently and really enjoyed the city. Big Tes didn’t love his firs time in the snow, but SiSi did. Now their both snow lovers, and get their winter dose when we go skiing, or get the occasional snow in the mountains in San Diego 🙂

  8. Nice post…. EA ! A nice trip back in the memory lane… .. both the kids look adorable !

  9. Thanks so much Rekha!! 🙂

  10. Lovely pics! Your kids are adorable [and so are you!]. I’d say my parents house is what I call home. My room is still intact and going there always bring back childhood memories 🙂 its only 90 minutes away from here, but I don’t go that often bc my parents visit at least twice a month. Btw I LOVE instagram, so addictive!

    • Thanks Yuri!!! Love that you have your same room to go home too! I see my parents at my childhood home a lot since they live near me, but they have converted my room in to the sewing/exercise/massage room 🙂

  11. such adorable pictures of you and your kids love it

  12. What a great post! Thanks for sharing more about you!! You children are darling!!
    I was actually born and raised in Vegas…boring I know. I often think about moving to experience something different..we will see! 😉

  13. What a wonderful trip down memory lane, and your children are just adorable!

  14. Lovely post, EA. I love the pictures of your children, and your Instagram photos. 🙂

    I have a hard time calling anywhere home. I guess I have to go by the saying: “Home is where you hang your hat.” My father was in the Navy, which means I moved around for much of my childhood. Although I did get to stay in Virginia Beach through high school, and spent four years in Charlottesville during college. My parents live in Virginia now and I spent 5 years in Washington, DC. So maybe Virginia is home? But since then I’ve also lived in England, Denmark, South Africa, the Philippines, Seattle, Miami, and now Houston. Its hard to keep track. 🙂 I guess home is where your heart is. And right now, my heart is with my new family, here in Houston.

    • Wow-incredible the number of places you have lived. You’ve really gotten to see the world! You are so right though…home is not only where you hang your hat, but also where your heart is!

  15. What a beautiful post, EA! I was born in Manila, grew up in San Diego…a few places in between. Corte Madera is home the last 11 eleven years!

  16. Great photos!

    I grew up in Germany but have lived in California for 20 years. I think I consider them both home…

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