Thursday, January 7, 2016
A big family Christmas - Part II
Day 1 and our little cowboy was ready to go. We found these awesome hats in the main house and if you've read Part I already then you know that there were just about enough for all of us.
The first two days of our stay were pretty darn cold. So cold that we even got some snow! Yes, we traveled from sunny California to be met with snow in Texas. What is going on with this weather!
The first day the cold didn't bother us too much since we spent most of the day inside unwrapping presents. I wish I would have taken a picture of the gift table. It was ridiculous. And yes, we had to find a way to get all those presents home.
I think it was at least 1 or 2pm by the time all the Christmas gifts were unwrapped and even Max was ready to take a nap. Though our baby monitor reached from the cabin to the main house, Max was perfectly content to sleep in his "fort" in the kitchen.
Let me explain.
In the kitchen proper there was a small nook, enough for a twin bunk bed and nothing else. It also had a curtain across it. (see the picture to the right) So this is where max would sleep each afternoon and also play fort with Uncle Matt and Daddy.
Needless to say the child was quite spoiled this Christmas. When you are 1 of 2 grandchildren on both sides and the other can't yet talk or walk, you tend to get very spoiled. His favorite toy was the playdough. Here's one of many pictures of him playing with the stuff. Even now, we have to keep it hidden or it will be everywhere. He especially loves the pusher tool in the lower left of the picture.
Day 2 headed out to some wineries. We were, after all, in the Texas hill country. I cannot believe how many new wineries have popped up along 290 out by Fredericksburg. There was no way we could even hit a quarter of them in our stay.
Because it was so cold, we focused on indoor places. First we hit up Becker, then Grape Creek, then Woodrose. Although we would have loved to visit a few more, the low 40's temperatures kept us from enjoying the outside. Also, we'd already purchased more bottles of wine than we could drink, so it was time to stop.
Back at the house we gathered for more play time, drinks, and lively (?) conversation. Well, lets just say it was a bunch of tired adults and two very awake kids.
Our last day at the ranch the weather was perfect. And it's a good thing too, because everyone needed some outside time. Max loved playing on the swing set and enjoyed the bird blind too. Jeremy, Matt, and their dad played basketball, and the rest of us sat outside drinking wine on the beautiful sunny day. It was still chilly enough for jackets, but feeling the sun on your face was so nice. That night Jeremy and I even left the kids at the ranch and headed out for a date night!
We had such a wonderful time at the ranch and we were sad to have to say goodbye to everyone. In retrospect I wish we would have booked at least one more night at the place.
Of course no trip would be complete without a stop in Austin.
After our stay in Fredericksburg, we headed back to Austin to visit with friends and enjoy some good Tex-Mex and BBQ before we left. We were so fortunate to be able to see so many friends in the short time we had there, and to those we didn't get to see, we will catch you next time!
Of course we also enjoyed some scrumptious meals at Hula Hut, Rudy's, and Torchie's. It was so great to see our friend Mark for our traditional lunch stop at Torchie's and even more fun to be able to randomly text him with a "hey, what are you doing for lunch Thursday" message. We also got to see our friends new little baby boy who arrived just in time for our visit :) I'm sure he took us into consideration when he decided to make his debut.
Though it was nice to see everyone, it is great to be home and was nice to have a few more days to relax and adjust before coming back to work. Speaking of work, I should go...
Check out the set of pictures HERE.
Posted by Shelley at 5:51 PM