Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wine Shop at Home

Last Thursday, my friends Casey and Melissa hosted a Wine Shop at Home party.  We got to taste 6 different wines, and the consultant had us guess which one we were tasting.  We had 3 whites and 3 reds.  Casey and Melissa had a plate for each girls with food pairings for the different wines we tasted.  At the end, we each had the opportunity to buy wine if we chose.  It was a relaxed party, and we all had a blast.  Thanks to Casey and Melissa for hosting such a fun girls night!

My plate with the various pairings.  Yum!

4th of July Weekend

Jason and I had a very relaxed 4th of July this year.  We originally had a short weekend trip planned but decided last minute to cancel it and just hang out at home.  We had been really busy and out of town quite a bit so it was a welcome break.  On Saturday, we headed over to Jason's parents house and grilled.  I made two different types of cole slaw and a flag cake for dessert.  Jason's parents grilled sausage, steaks, fajitas and made baked potatoes.  Everything was so yummy.  Grandma Bev also came over and hung out with us.  After dinner, Ray and Kem stopped by.  The boys all headed to the car show while the girls stayed home with a bottle of wine.  :)  We spent the rest of the weekend just hanging out with family.  It was not a normal 4th of July with water and sun, but it was wonderful to spend time as a family.  I hope ya'll all had a memorable holiday weekend.  I am so thankful to live in such an amazing country!!  I was not good about taking pictures, but here are a few to document the weekend.

Flag cake
Jason's dad began his chemo treatments the Thursday before 4th of July weekend.  Since he was told he would probably lose his hair, he decided to take the bull by the horn and shave it.  I think he looks great with a buzz cut!
Howard and Ray before the car show. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Homeward Bound

Last Thursday I headed down to Harlingen for a long weekend to visit the fam.  I had not been home since Christmas so it was a much anticipated trip.  The weekend could not have gone better, and I had an absolute blast.  As soon as I landed on Thursday, my mom and I headed to Santa Rosa to meet Dad, Uncle Mark, Grandma and Grandpa for a yummy Mexican food lunch.  After lunch we headed over to Uncle Richard and Aunt Cheryl's house to visit with them.  Kristi and her kids were also down, and they were babysitting Travis and Sarah's crew.  I wish I would have gotten my camera out to take some pics of the kids, but it was a zoo.  Friday morning came bright and early as we woke up at 5am to head out to fish.  We had a great day on the bay and caught a ton of fish.  After a burger at Chili Willies, we cleaned up from fishing and headed down the beach for the night.  Keith met us for dinner at Sunset and watched the Friday night fireworks.  Saturday, we had lunch at Dirty Al's and then layed on the beach for several hours before heading back to Harlingen.  I headed back to Houston Sunday night.  The weekend was exactly what I needed and couldn't have gone more perfectly.  Thanks Mom and Dad for a wonderful time at home.

Grandma, Me and Grandpa
Uncle Mark, Me and Dad
It was an ominous morning on the bay, but then the sun came out and we had a fantastic trip.
Dad with his monster 27" trout.

I was really excited to catch a redfish.  I hadn't caught one in several years, and they are so fun to fight.  We did really well on our Nuclear Chicken lures.  :)
Dad with another large trout.
Mom caught a few really nice reds as well.

11 keeper trout and 4 reds

Our awesome guide.

Love my parents.  So cute!

Keith and I

Friday night fireworks