The wine tour started at the Whistle Stop Depot with wine, appetizers and music. The day began a little chilly and windy.
Our first stop after we left the depot was the Rainbow Courts. Voted #1 place to stay by TripAdvisors choice for the past 4 years. I need to think of a reason to come stay here. It's been family owned since 1918. They have made sure to every detail from comfort and beauty in and out. They even host weddings. They had two wineries set up in the Garden Room. Isn't it pretty?
The wines were good too. We bought a bottle from each. Go figure...
Rohan Meadery, Kissing Tree, Legato, Colorado River, Blue Duck, Blue Mule, Cast Iron, and Fatsolush Winery.
I had been planning on stopping at the Antique Queens prior but now it had a winery stationed there so even better. Other wineries were stationed at Buck Wild Designs a cute boutique, Tisk a Tasket Florist and Charming Blossoms & Boutique. What a great way to spot light some of the shops in Rockdale. The wine tour was a success for us.
David finally got there and we got some BBQ from a Brett's BBQ tent. Brett's BBQ is good no matter what you pick. If you have a reason to be in Rockdale you should stop by his place on Hwy 79 just past downtown. Yum.
David found the beer booth and we had our dinner and listened to some music by the Rockdale band, a couple called the Treble Soul (we enjoyed) and it was getting too cold for me so we missed the head liner Austen Giorgio. He was a 2018 Voice Contestant on Blake's team.
Nice day and evening.
This Thanksgiving we headed to David's sister Glenda's house back in Cypress. She and Thomas had some appetizers set up and food was close to being ready. I was bad and didn't take many pictures. I'm losing it. Pamela wasn't able to join us since it was her holiday to work this year. Plus David's brother Gary and all his family weren't able to join this time.
My nephew Phillip is ready to eat. LOL. Thomas is diving in to all of the good stuff. He fried the turkey. Glenda and Thomas did a great job of feeding everyone. And that's how November ended... Good Food and Family.
To start off December my adoptive niece as I have started calling Hannah came down from Kansas with her boyfriend Phil to go to a wedding in Navasota and stayed with Pamela. They came in on Thursday and I went into Bryan to see them on Friday. The girls had it all planned that we would go together to get a tattoo Friday afternoon. And yes me too. My first small tattoo came out okay with very little pain. It was a small wine glass with wine splashing out on my left wrist. It's only 1 1/4" tall.
This time we all went with something a little bigger. Hannah got an
arrowhead with some flowers around it on her right side with some flowers to honor her late Dad. They used to go arrowhead hunting when she was growing up.
I got this pic of her while it was happening. She was hiding her face so I couldn't see her grimace. The side is a tender place to get a tattoo. It came out great.
It looks really cool in person. Thanks Hannah for sharing the picture. And Thanks to Shelly helping her take the picture.
Pamela got a hummingbird in a hibiscus flower on her left shoulder. We love hummingbirds. And I got a vintage sewing machine with sunflowers on my right shoulder. I love to sew and sunflowers and found some sample tattoo's with both and the tattoo artist Scott transformed it into this. Love it. He's good. He also did Pamela's. Cliff the owner of Arsenal did Hannah's tattoo and came up with her final design for the arrowhead and did an awesome job. Everyone in the shop was really nice. They made sure we were doing okay and asked if we needed anything several times.
We went to Arsenal Tattoo and Design in Bryan. Several people recommended the place to Pamela and now we will too.
It actually didn't hurt. I could feel the scratching as he added the color and some of the shading but it didn't really hurt. I guess there were a few times that the shading and coloring made me wince a bit but it was brief. If you'd asked me before if I'd ever get a tattoo and I would have said 'hell no' but I guess at the age of 63 I've lost my mind or got daring and went for it. Now will I get more.... maybe. Pamela wants me to get a Mother-Daughter one like a small bouquet of wildflowers that match. Not big. She and I go every year in the spring to the hill country to enjoy the wildflowers and yes the wine too. So maybe. Don't have too many places that I'm willing to have tattooed so there won't be many more. Maybe 1-2 and that will be plenty enough for me I think. Then I could get a tattoo of Jerry our donkey that charms everyone that visits. LOL, NO.
Saturday 12/7 they all came up to the farm. David showed Phil around and told him all about cows and the farm. Hannah got to feed and hang with Jerry. Of Course Jerry.
Hannah and Jerry have a special relationship. LOL
And Jerry photo bombed the girls picture. Too funny.
He's waiting for more attention. How can you ignore those big brown eyes.
They had to leave after an hour or so, so Phil and Hannah could go get ready for a wedding in Navasota. About 30 miles south of Pam's place.
On Sunday I joined then in going to some wineries around Brenham along with a couple friends of Phil and Hannah's also from Kansas. We hit Windy Hill, Texas Star and Saddlehorn. I do believe they enjoyed themselves. I had to head home and they went to a brewery back in Bryan and to dinner at Cooper's BBQ. Pammy was a sweetheart and bought some for her Dad knowing he had been wanting to try it.
Monday morning they all got up and Pamela drove them back to the airport in Austin. About an hour away. And off they flew.
Too cool Right?
Ralph the Elf hung out on the liquor cabinet. Especially on the bottle of Warrior Whiskey. He may have a drinking problem. Dang the bottle is empty.
It was time to get the tree decorated. I put out what little Christmas decor I had and the tree was still naked. Had to get busy because Christmas and other events were coming up.
Friday the 13th our good friends Larry and Sylvia invited us to dinner as Casa Do Brasil to celebrate their daughter's Texas A&M graduation. WHOOP!
Next Stop for Gabby is VET School. Wishing her the best. It was an honor to be included in the family celebration.
The proud Parents had big smiles all evening.
The proud parents.
This is the most I've seen David laugh when someone is taking his picture. One the best pictures of him. I can't remember what he and Larry were up too.
Then the next day our niece Kendall graduated from the U of H.
With her proud parents. Gary (David's brother) and his wife Lynn. Next step is a job. Good Luck to Kendall..
She's already got a couple interviews lined up. Good for her.
That same evening back in Kansas Phil, Hannah's boyfriend was about to surprise Hannah big time. After dinner ................ Her boyfriend Phil popped the question and Hannah said 'Yes'. So Happy for her and Phil.
Already laid out the plates, napkins and silverware.
I was trying to make it less stressful but then I counted how many people we'd be feeding. OH MY 14 plus 2 babies. We were missing Phillip since he'd had a minor surgery the day before and Shelby's significant other had to work. Bummer.
On Saturday the 21st we volunteered David's brother Gary to do the carving of the turkey. He's good. There was just a skeleton left.
We were all getting hungry while these three stood over the turkey as Gary cut talking and snacking. LOL
"Hey Guys: Can we have some too?"
After dinner it was time to play with Jerry and Cows.
Jerry is very interested in Alyssa and Kevin. LOL
My sister-in-law Lynn with her youngest grandson Oliver. He's dressed like his cousin Wyatt. They're so cute. They were really good.
This little stinker, Oliver was passed around and he was quite content. Even Uncle David hung on to him for a while. My youngest niece's boyfriend Christian even took a turn.
Along our Nephew Kevin
Alyssa drove back to Houston from a wedding in Mississippi so she could come up with our her boyfriend (our nephew) for our Christmas dinner. We're glad she did.
She's a farm girl at heart I do believe. Look at her feed Daisy aka Crazy Bitch. Daisey earned that name and at the time. She was crazy and we didn't know her name at the time but once she had her calf we decided to give Daisy some respect. Alyssa handled her just fine.
Even Shelby (niece) and Oliver was out feeding the cows some cow crack.
Shelby and Oliver enjoyed Jerry's company and then Jordan and Wyatt got Jerry's attention too. Jerry was the center of attention and he was happy.
And then everyone was gone.... Jerry's like come back, come back
Sorry the blog is on Photo overload of our holiday
"I didn't do it.... LOL"
Thomas took a family selfie. It was wonderful surrounded by family. We missed Phillip (nephew) who was at home recovering from a minor surgery and Shelby's significant other, George who had to work. We sent them each a care package, a plate of food.
December is almost over. I'm about to catch up soon enough.
Until then....Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~ Jane Howard