Throwback Thursday: {Windsor, CA – Part I}

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In August my grandparents celebrated their 60th anniversary.  Sixty years, y’all.  Intense and impressive.

They have spent the vast majority of their marriage in California so it seemed only fitting to enjoy the family’s company, great food, delicious wine and warm summer breeze in their home state.
And in the great spirit of celebration…we spent a week in northern Wine Country.  Heck. yes!

It seemed only fitting that Pete and I dedicate an entire day to wine.  That we did!

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{Arche Winery}

Things you’ll never hear in Texas: “Have you tried this fab Texas wine?”
“Wines ARE bigger in Texas.”
“Europe and Cali wines ain’t got nuthin’ on the Lone Star State!”
“Man, these TX wines really hit the spot.”

Never, ever, ever, never.
Seriously, they’re that bad.  So, when I had a co-worker recommend a {Arche} in North Texas, I thought it had to be a joke.
But with California and Europe being too terribly far away, I thought I’d give it a shot for Pete’s 25th birthday extravaganza!

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Arriving way ahead of schedule, we enjoyed a tasting and cheese plate under the art of their Yellow Rose wine.
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Throwback Thursday: {Seattle}

Pete have one primary theme on our pre-kids bucket list: TRAVEL!

There are so many amazing places in the country and in the world, I just can’t live with myself knowing I haven’t explored as much of it as possible.  I, luckily, had the opportunity to live in the Pacific Northwest for my early childhood.  So, when my parents decided to move back to Seattle the day after my wedding (“leaving and cleaving” in the most literal terms), I knew Pete and I had to get up there ASAP.

Fast forward to February 2013 – It’s freezing, foggy, rainy and freakin’ perfect!  What isn’t there to love about this place?
Amazing food, fantastic wine, good vibes, lovely people, beautiful scenery.  Pinch me now, I must be in heaven!

After Pete and my dad spent an evening skiing while my mom and I enjoyed delicious Thai food, we…
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{July 4th Weekend}

Holy smokes!  Where has July gone?  Is August seriously in 2 days?
time flies when you’re an adult…and having fun.

Before July escapes me, Fourth of July must be addressed.
It was a classic July 4th weekend: freedom, fireworks, food, and family.
And a fabtastic day trip.

Peter, my sister and I hit to road to my in-law’s house down south.
The evening was spent at Peter’s uncle and aunt’s house, lounging in the pool, eating amazing Peruvian-inspired grilled goodness, watching fireworks from the backyard, capturing does run daintily across the golf course greens, and outdoor laughs.
Beautiful.

The next day had tons in store, so we went home in enough time to sleep and then all pile into the Suburban.

The excursion landed us first in {Luckenbach, TX}…

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Made famous by Willie Nelson’s song, this plot of land housed a few buildings, BBQ and cherry limeades, cold beer, live music, tons of Harleys, picnic tables, and a man riding a longhorn on a saddle.  It was small-town Texas charm through and through. Continue reading