Thursday, May 29, 2008
We're now back home safely after an amazing vacation. We got back this afternoon and immediately jumped into responding to emails and catching up with work. Dad brought home Doc and Brinkley and it is good to see them and have them home with us. After a week at the lake full of running, swimming and rolling in the sand they desperately needed a bath.
On a different note, my tomato plants are huge and doing really good. My beef-steak tomato is finally producing some tiny fruit. My cherry tomato plant is covered and one was actually ripe and so Justin and I ate it...YUMMMMMMMMMY. It was so tasty and sweet, it made my mouth water after I had eaten it. I can't wait to have more! I also have several different pepper plants, but none have produced anything quite yet.
Back to work tomorrow, I'm not sure that I will know what to do being back to work. I miss California and especially Napa.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here are some pictures from our winery visits. Wow, if you notice my eyes are very glazed by the end of the pictures. Del Dotto pushed me over the edge - they served straight from the barrels and the wine was flowing quickly and smoothly. It was awesome. Brittany and Michael joined us at the first one, Schramsberg, which is sparkling wine. This was one of the most beautiful grounds that I saw- they were also the first hill side cave to be built in Napa. Very cool. Enjoy the pix.
We then walked about 10 blocks back the the hotel to get ready for dinner. We ate at Scoma's seafood restaurant. This meal was delicious and very filling. Everything was so tasty and yummilicious. We then stopped off at the Fiddlers Green for a quick drink.
We're headed home tomorrow. I wish that we had one more day. This has been a fun trip and we have made memories of a lifetime on this trip. It is wonderful to travel with special and fun friends. I have laughed so hard that at times my stomach hurts. It has been such a dream vacation.
More pix to come.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday was wedding day and it was perfect. The weather was perfect (Saturday and Monday were overcast and cold - so it was awesome that it was sunny and beautiful). The wedding looked like something out of a movie or a jcrew catalog - everyone dressed in white and khaki, there were even little umbrellas for everyone to carry to keep out of the sun. The ceremony was just beautiful and so very sweet - Brittany and Mike are a wonderful match, it has been fabulous to be a part of this special weekend with them. After the ceremony we had wine and appetizers before the luncheon started. The lunch was of course delicious and full of trash talking about who would beat who at croquet. Then onto croquet - way tooo much fun. We played in teams of two and groups of four. It was so much fun and I think that Justin could have played all day if they would have let him. Ashley and Brett have already talked about setting a set up in their backyard - it was really that much fun. After the wedding we went to a small tasting with a big group of people from the wedding.
Sunday night for dinner Ashley and Brett and Justin and I all came back into the Napa area (the wedding is in St. Helena at Meadowood Resort) and ate at the most glamorous and delicious restaurant, Cuvee. Wow, it was an amazing meal with amazing wine and fabulous and special friends. Certainly memories are being made that will last our life time. Traveling with Ashley and Brett has been a blast. We've spend most nights enjoying a drink in the jacuzzi before we crash.
Yesterday was a full day of wineary tours and tastings. We visited 4 different winaries and by the time we were done, I was almost toast! Lots and lots of wine. They were all very different experiences which is really cool!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
This morning, we slept in and then headed to Cakebread winery. Absolutely so much fun. It was such a fun experience and the wines were yumilicious! Here are a few pictures from yesterday and this morning. I'm off to nap now before the rehearsal dinner. Enjoy and check back because I'm sure I'll post more as the week continues. It has already been fabulous and we've only been here one day! Simply amazing.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. And it is the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those that don't believe. I thank you that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers, and for each an d every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it. In Christ Jesus' Name. Amen!
God Bless!!! Just repeat this phrase and see how God moves!!
God,I love you and I need you, come into my heart, please.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
It was a very rainy and yucky day today. Since Justin is out of town, I came home for lunch to let the pups out and well Brinkley refused to come back in, apparently she loves the rain. She kept walking around with her head in the air - as if she could smell the rain - at one point it started raining really really hard and she just stood there staring at me, as I held the door open calling her inside. Nope she had different plans to stand in the rain and become soaked to the bone. You would think that she had just gotten a bath.
Now to explain the Croquet. At the wedding that we are going to in Napa we are playing croquet after the wedding (how fun is that!), therefore you must come dressed in croquet attire if you plan on playing. Of course, we're not miss this experience. Well....did you know that the official attire for croquet is all white or khaki - no blue, pink, yellow - either white or khaki with flat, soft soles shoes. No big deal, right? Well no color - white or khaki. I did find a really cute white dress to wear (it took an entire Saturday) and now onto the shoes. We did get approval on wearing flip flops - which thrills us both - AND today I found out that wedge flip flops would be fine too.....I'm thrilled. I just have to find them. I'm not a huge fan on flats (shoes), so the wedge is fabulous. I'm sure that I'll find some. As I begin to think about packing for our trip I am reminded that I am a nervous packer...especially when going to new and different places. I always worry about wearing what is appropriate for what we are doing, it is going to be hot or cold, will it be cooler at night, it is going to rain, what shoes, how much walking will we be doing, etc. I had to email Brittany (the bride) to get confirmation that the wedge shoes would be ok to play croquet and thankfully they are! OK. enough rambling about my packing anxiety. I'm sure I'll over pack as always and Justin will ask why in the world I need to take so many bags! Regardless of the packing, clothes and shoes - the trip itself is going to be a blast. I'll be posting pix as I can, so be sure to check back over the next couple of weeks.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This could be very long, so as I said before these are just a few of my favorites!
- I love that Mom has a strong love for God our Father! I always know that she is praying for me.
- I love that my Mom loves my dogs as much as I do - as if they were really my babies (which they are for now) and she takes such good care of them. She doesn't mind being my baby-sitter for my Dogs.
- I love that when Mom comes to my house for dinner she always helps to clean up after dinner - and I don't always reciprocate!
- I love that we talk multiple times a day.
- I love that she is not only my mom but my friend!
- And I love that she has a green thumb.
- I love that she loves me so much and her never ending support that she gives in all areas of my life.
We are looking forward to a fun weekend with our mom's. Justin and I are both very blessed to have such wonderful and loving mom's.