Category: Events

It may not be fishy, but it sure looked like river city

So, our first real bit of “emergency’ fun since we’ve been here. It’s rained VERY little since we have been here, we’ve haven’t been an official drought but leading into one I guess. So it was nice to know that some water was on the way. They seem to say that quite often but nothing ever really materializes.

Well, it showed up this time, in spades.

It looks like we got right around 15 inches in 48 house, two days of pure haul ass, save what you can, do what you can, keep anything dry that you can. It was pretty crazy.

We did do pretty good in the house, no major leaks.


We were told that this was a hurricane level event, as it related to flooding, so I’m feeling like we made it out of it pretty well. We also now know some more about our property and things we need to do to mitigate future issue like this.

In the good news department, the wonderful lake that sits at the edge of our property in the back, the lake that was about 90% of the reason for moving down here and that has been empty most of the time we have been down here, finally has water!

That’s right, the darn thing filled up from one big ass storm, crazy! We will be waiting for the wildlife to return to the lake now.

All in all, much more work to be done, we are both safe though and have our marching orders.

Fun Happenings in RGV

Garret having fun with new friendsEvery weekend there seems to be fun happenings in the RGV. Being fun-loving people we want to experience all we can here. Friday night was Viva Streets Harlingen. People were getting around downtown on foot, skateboards and bikes. It was a lot of fun as you can see here.

Saturday we went to Harlingen’s 10th Annual Classic Car Show. There were hundreds of cars to see. Apparently the Harlingen Policia have been entering their Corvette in Car Show’s for a while. They even won Best In Show at one event.

Vivian making friends

In the afternoon Garret and I went to a really cool meet-and-greet Political event in Los Fresnos. It was a little awkward for us both for several reasons. 1. we were way underdressed, and 2. we still don’t speak much Spanish (gotta work on that more!). We got to meet and get to know a little about our government leaders (and future leaders!). And the wonderful part was community getting together, the music and good food.

Gar and Viv with Mariachi band

There was a Mariachi Band that played some beautiful authentic Mariachi music. It was important for us to get a photo with them, but it was unfortunate that I stepped in dog poo while getting into place for the photo! of all things! I guess I was trying to hide my foot in the photo.

Kids Can Help Cure Cancer

Mia Barraza news interview

Mia Barraza news interview

On Saturday, April 1, Garret and I had an awesome opportunity to host a worthy fund raising event on our land while also giving many baby palm trees the chance to have a home. Our contractors (Barraza Brothers – Under Construction) 11 year old daughter Mia finds fun and interesting ways to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Hospital. One day her mom Yvonne and I were talking about the palms and the idea came up to see if Mia wanted to use the baby palms for raising funds (more about the palms later). As it turned out the idea grew into a nice size event. You know, everything is big here in South Texas!

children-can-help-cure-cancerMany young people came to help Mia dig and pot the baby palms, and many of the Barraza’s adult friends came to support the event. It was really cool that TV Station 34 (Mexican News) came to interview Mia and film the event.
Being well connected politically, some of the Barraza’s good friends came to partake in the event: D.A. Luis Saenz, Rene Gomez, Mario Saenz, and Firefighter (and possible future Congressman) Rigo Bocanegra. We’ve gotten to know Mario and Rigo a bit, they have been very helpful with some of the work going on here on the property.

Alexis with her baby palm tree

Alexis with her baby palm tree!

As it turns out Mexican Palm trees do produce flowers and seeds. Our property has hundreds of baby palm trees growing. The property caretaker has been mowing the palms with the grass, and now some areas have palm grass growing LOL. Even though many baby palms have been designated for Mia’s fund raising event, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, still there!

me with Yvonne Barraza and DA Luis Saenz

Yvonne Barraza, myself & D.A. Luis Saenz!

We are very blessed to have had this opportunity to help Mia with such a worthy cause, and look forward to having more events here on our property!


See more event great event photo’s here.

Edit: Just thought I’d add my two cents (this is Garret). It was a GREAT event, so happy to be part of it! Here are a couple more photos, one of our “parking lot” and one down by the lake.

Saint Jude event parking

Down by the lake