Texas Trip #1

Wedding Texas-Style

I love weddings. I look at wedding websites online because I love seeing what people do. The fads, the styles, the traditions (old and new)…so much fun! I took a ton of photos over the weekend and wanted to share just a few of them with everyone. It was such a beautiful wedding, probably one of the best I’ve ever been to.


The wedding was scheduled for 6pm on Saturday night.Β  It was hot–but not intolerable. The chairs were set up outside in front of the chapel.


We got seated and the wedding started. The groom came down the hotel stairs with the preacher.


The bridesmaids and groomsmen arrived in an old pickup truck–which was so cute! I loved their entrance. They had simple brown dresses and beautiful sunflowers (my favorite flowers).


Then Melina arrived with her dad in a horse-drawn carriage. It was a dramatic and classy way to arrive.


She got out of the carriage and her dad walked her down the isle. I loved her dress. She looked absolutely beautiful.


The ceremony was fairly short and sweet. When they kissed a family member from the groom’s side shouted Β “Way to go Bubba!” and then everyone cheered. It was very funny.



While the bride and groom left for pictures the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. There were drinks set up in the old general store. I loved the idea of a cocktail hour afterward. It’s a great way for people to socialize, have a snack and not be famished waiting for dinner.



And waiters walked around with appetizers while everyone socialized in the yard. My favorite appetizer were the jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon. Oh MY! Those were fantastic! Smokey and creamy. Loved it.


After a bit we all moved into the barn for the reception. It was lit by Christmas lights and totally adorable. I loved the simpleness of it all.



The bride and groom made their entrance and immediately went into their first dance. I liked that. It was a cool way to get it done.


After awhile it was time for dinner. It was buffet style served by the caterers. I got the brisket and the JalapeΓ±o sausage.


It came with twice Baked potatoes, sweet jalapeΓ±o corn, green salad and white bread. I apologize for the quality of the picture. It was really dark in the barn.


The sausage was the best. It was so spicy and delicious. I ate waaay too much. I was stuffed to the brim and couldn’t imagine ever eating again. And then I ate cake. πŸ™‚ They did the cake cutting. I had a small piece of the wedding cake and a small piece of the groom’s cake (red velvet) and a glass of champagne for the toast.


There were speeches from the father of the bride, the maid of honor and best man.


Then: dancing. I love dancing–it doesn’t matter what kind! But Michael isn’t into that. πŸ™ He did dance with me outside where no one could see us.


I joined the group for one song. I don’t listen to country music so I have no idea what song it was. It was clearly a hit because the whole place was on the dance floor and everyone knew the moves (but me) but I did it. And it was a blast!


After that Michael and I made the rounds around the room before heading back to the farmhouse to pack. We had an early drive back to Austin.


Congrats to the happy couple!

Grandma & Me

I was sad to leave the ranch. It was such a cool little hideaway–truly an escape from the “modern” world. As a city girl it was a fun experience for me.


On Sunday we drove to Austin and then flew to Dallas. We had a few hours to kill so we sat in the Cantina Laredo. We split some guacamole and I had a beer (from Portland no less!). It was one of the funnest trips I’ve had in a long time. It was cool stepping out into another world and explore different cultures.

QUESTION: What’s the best wedding you’ve ever been to? What made it special?

In Texas Coldbeer is One Word

Saturday morning my brother Andy and I got up a little early to go for a run before the day’s festivities. I knew I had a lot of GOOD EATING ahead of me and I also knew I’d feel much better about the whole thing if I got in a run.


It was cool and the sun was rising over the palm trees in front of the river. I wore my trail running shoes because we were running on grass, dirt and gravel.


We ran down to the river and then turned around and ran through the ranch and up the gravel road.


It was quiet out–the only sounds were our feet crunching and the roosters on the ranch. It was cool to be out there so early, with no one around, while we ran together. While we were out on the gravel road a truck came through. We stepped into the ditch and waited for them to pass, and for the dust to settle. I held my breath because the dust bothered my asthma.


Andy and I chatted and caught up on things. I wasn’t feeling fantastic on my run. My left knee hurt (which was new) and my right foot had been hurting for a few days for no reason. I had no idea what was going on with my body but I was glad nothing hurt too much to prevent me from running.


We ran by the cows and donkeys, passed the ponies and the buffalo. The animals didn’t seem to notice us.



There were wild sunflowers growing in the ditches.


It was warming up nicely and we turned around. Running on the gravel was hard on my knees but I did okay.


We headed back to the farmhouse and I stretched. I look very tired in this photo!


Run Stats:
Time: 44 minutes
Calories Burned: 369


I have no idea how many miles we did. I’d guess 3 miles.Β  It was cool to run with my bro. I showered and dressed and we all went up to the lodge to eat breakfast–eggs, bacon, coffee and toast. Before this weekend I had not eaten white bread since I was a little kid!


We all hung out by the pool and relaxed and then we went for a walk around the ranch. There were longhorns meandering freely around us–no fences.


We checked out the Pecan House on the river where they were doing skeet shooting. I’ve never seen it done before. I’m not a gun person so I didn’t try it. Now I kinda wish I had tried. My cousin Di gave it a try. The cowboys were obviously experienced at it and showed us all how it was done. There was a puppy in the water was trying to get the skeet.


We checked out the old general store:


I think it’s hilarious that they sold coffins there. But I guess that makes sense. In the old days general stores sold everything I’m sure.


We checked out the chapel:


And the hotel:


Then it was time for the hayride! I haven’t been on a hayride since I was a little kid. It was weird but fun.



My aunt Sheila brought refreshments. πŸ™‚


The hayride went through the cow fields and then we stopped to feed the cows.



After the hayride it was time for lunch. It was Mexican– a taco buffet which was delicious. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the pool! Michael lounged and I swam with my brother, his wife, my cousin Anna and our uncle.


It was sooo much fun! What a life. I could totally get used to lounging in a pool in the sun. πŸ™‚


After awhile I dozed in the sun before I had to get ready for the wedding! Check out Melina’s cowboy boots:


They are so cute! I loved her boots. I might need a pair of cute boots….

QUESTION: Have you ever tried skeet shooting? Were you good at it?