SimplyMe: A Well Needed Vacation (Part Two)

Welcome back guys!

This recent week has been a rather stressful one with my full-time schedule officially starting back up! I’m still trying to get back into the habit of blogging, but I think I’m doing pretty well after such a long hiatus! And without further ado here’s the second, and last, part to our vacation in Luray, Virginia!


First off we went through the beautiful Luray caverns. We were informed, afterward, that our tickets also permitted us to enter all of the other museums within the premises. This included the Luray Valley Museum!

museum hopping


In all honesty I think this was Anthony’s favorite spot in the valley. At the Luray Valley Museum, typically, visitors learn about the Luray area prior to the 1920’s…but, in Anthony and my case, we did more “gem mining” than any actual…learning.

Gem mining in the Luray valley is when you buy bags for rocks, gems and sand that you can mine for yourself.  You can also wash your wares yourself outside at a watering station. Anthony and I decided to go hard with two JUMBO BAGS!!! We ended up making it out with a lot of amethyst and pyrite!

outdoor breakfast

The next morning we did a lovely breakfast outside of the hotel. It was so nice since the weather was rather beautiful!


horse feeding

After breakfast Anthony and I made our way to the White Oak Lavender Farm for some relaxation! Also, so I could shop for a few things to help me relax my anxiety and stress. However…as soon as we arrived Anthony started having a pretty bad allergic reaction to the lavender ask around us. So, we made our trip a quick one. We played GIANT checkers and saw some lovely farm animals! Anthony said I could go ahead and pick some lavender and buy a few things. But, for his sake, I chose a lavender and strawberry ice cream as well as lavender dark chocolate…yum! Both treats were amazingly delicious and well worth the price you pay!

And there you have it! That was our valley vacation. It wasn’t too  busy because our main goal was purely to relax and enjoy being away from work and home! We are so happy to share these photos with you and we hope you enjoy them. An anniversary post is on the way soon, too, guys. I promise. And like I always say…take care and have a wonderful week and weekend! I shall see you all next time.

REMEMBER: Cherish Each & Every Day!

Thanks for Reading! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae


Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions — A Review

What’s Happening Everyone!?
I hope everyone is doing well! It’s been an awesome week and I am starting to get back into the swing of blogging; and it feels good. Anyways, Anthony and I recently had the chance to see Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions in Vienna, VA…so we thought, why not do a review on our experience?

a review

Before I begin this review, I believe it is needless to say that I am an ADAMANT Pokemon fan. I have been heavily influenced by my mother who had bought my brother and I Pokemon Red and Blue during it’s original release and I haven’t stopped since! So you can imagine the amount of excitement I was feeling as Anthony and I made our way to Vienna for the event.

pokemon symphony

The concert was held at the Wolf Trap’s Filene Center and the two of us had purchased Prime Orchestra tickets. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect as Anthony and I had never been to Wolf Trap before and i found the pictures of the venue on the website to be a bit confusing. Upon our arrival, and to our relief, we found a beautiful venue… under ferocious blistering heat.Though I can’t really blame the heat on the venue, besides, Anthony and I drank our weight in water during the wait so we stayed safe and hydrated! In spite of the heat the wait was still an incredible experience. The crowd was packed with so many Pokemon fans — both young and old — mingling with one another, battling each other, and some were even shiny hunting (like me)! It was an awesome sight to see.

pokemon symphony 2

We waited for the performance a couple of hours and, in the mean time, purchased some rather expensive concert goods; a t-shirt for $30 and two posters for $30. We were finally able to go to our seats and enjoy some good ole’ “Who’s That Pokemon?” trivia! Within minutes the orchestra was finally seated and prepared to begin. The minute Susie Seiter took the stage my heart began to pound and I was immediately at the brink of tears.

The Orchestra began with arguably one of the most iconic pieces of Pokemon music from the last 20 years since it’s debut; “Pallet Town.” With amazing visual effects from the games themselves I found myself watching in awe and totally captivated by nostalgia. Each song becoming more powerful and emotional than the next. I found that my favorites pieces from the performance were “Ecruteak City” and “N-Counter.”

After two hours and a 20 minute intermission we were wound down with an amazing encore performance of two songs that hit me right in the feels. The oh-so-famous Anime theme “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” and the ending theme to Pokemon XY. They also performed , “KISEKI” as a loving tribute to the late Satoru Iwata who passed recently. My heart was heavy and my eyes wanted to tear up as the concert came to an end in a most heart felt and emotional way. But thankfully the fun didn’t end when the music did.


After the concert both the conductor, Susie Seiter, as well as creative director for the concert, Jeron Moore, were out seated signing posters. Anthony and I both managed to get our posters signed in a timely fashion. We were glad too because though there were A LOT of people in line and it was already close to 11PM. Susie was super sweet and so beautiful and Jeron asked me if I had “Kept Calm” during the concert (I was wearing a shirt saying “Keep Calm & Catch ‘Em All”) and I happily said “Not at All” with a huge smile.

So, I must say….my overall impression of the Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions was….AMAZING.

If you have an opportunity to see it you should. Don’t hold back especially if you’re a heavy duty die hard Pokemon fan. The music will leave you breathless, and the visual effects keep your eyes if not in set in awe as they stroll down memory lane. Anthony and I both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we’re so happy to have taken the time to go out and see it. One piece of advice for you poke fans out there; make sure to bring some money. This merchandise is expensive…BUT…it’s also very cute. The ” like you really really can’t help yourself from emptying your wallet because it’s so cute” kind of cute.
For more information about the Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions tour and to see if it’s coming to a town near you, please visit the website HERE.

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Anyways, that’s it for today’s post and review! I hope you all enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing about it. The next post will be a follow up to the last SimplyMe post so please look out for that coming soon! I hope you all have a wonderful week and weekend, please be safe and as always….

REMEMBER: “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”…especially if you want that shiny charm.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae