I have banned myself from shopping for books. I realized I have at least 15 books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, but I also just got three library books! How will I finish all these books before the end of the year? (I do not have to finish them before the end of the year, but I figure if I don’t finish them before then it just proves I should not have gotten so many in the first place and I cannot let that happen. I will not prove that I did not NEED those books because when I bought them I’m sure I did.) I just cannot help it, we go to these resale shops that have such great deals on books, and I feel like I cannot pass up the deals. Of course I am not banned from buying books for baby because that would be just plain crazy. All this came about because we hit a few resale shops today and I finally found a book I have been looking for, The Scent of Rain and Lightening by Nancy Pickard. I have wanted to read it because I just finished another book by Nancy Pickard and I heard this one is great as well. The library by my house did not have it and I have searched for a few weeks in all the resale shops we go to. Well today I struck gold! I also got three books for baby, The Nose Book by Al Perkins and Roy McKie, Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss, and Do Princesses Scrape Their Knees? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and Mike Gordon. Each of the books cost me just $1.99 each which would have normally cost me at least $8.99 at regular price. I am very happy about my finds and my savings, now we just have to get reading! :)
For my birthday, I planned a girls weekend road trip down the 290 Wine Road in Texas. My Mom, three of my aunts, my younger sister and I went to three wineries and had so much fun. We stayed in a hotel in Fredericksburg right in the center of the shops and restaurants. Here are the places we went in Fredericksburg:
- Inn on Barons Creek – This is where we stayed while in Fredericksburg. It was a very nice hotel with clean rooms and very good complementary breakfast. Just a block off Main Street, it was close to many shops and restaurants.
- Grapecreek Vineyards – Was by far the best winery we went to! I highly recommend going to Grapecreek if you are in Fredericksburg, and if not then order their wine online because it is very good! They greeted us right away when we walked in, we paid and were directed to the tasting room where we got a wonderful bartender who was very knowledgeable about the wine and was personable as well. The wine was very good, but they also had a great gift shop at the vineyard with a great spicy mustard and many other yummy treats.
- Torre di Pietra – This was the second winery we went to. The wine was ok, but the bartender there was also very nice. They also had a large gift shop and the vineyard was beautiful.
- Becker Vineyards – The finally winery we went to was somewhat of a disappointment. It was very beautiful and they had a large choice of wine, but there were very few bathrooms for such a large winery and they were not very clean. It was also very crowded which is fine, but there was not very much seating for people to wait to do the wine tasting. When we got to the wine tasting, the bartender was not very helpful or very friendly for someone who talks to people all day. I understand people have there bad days, but we had just had lunch so we were not silly like the usual winery-hoppers and we paid to taste wine, but we had trouble getting his attention just to give us the next sample. The wine was very good and I might go back, but I hope the experience is better next time.
- Hondo’s on Main – For lunch on sunday we stopped by Hondo’s on Main because the reviews were pretty good. Well, the reviews were RIGHT because their food rocks! Two of my aunts and my mom had a burger(three diff burgers) which they said were very good. At Hondo’s they put shredded cheese on your burger instead of a slice and my family said the cheese was surprisingly yummy like that. My third aunt had a chili cheese dog, my sister had a salad and I had a spicy chicken sandwich, which were all yummy as well. We also tried their curly fries and those were soooooo good! The setup of the restaurant is a little crazy because you order at the bar, which can get crowded if the line to order gets long, and then you get a buzzer to pick up your food in a small room off to the side of the dining area. Besides the restaurant being slightly packed when we were there, the food was great and they had a band playing outside on the covered patio which was nice.
- Silver Creek Beer Garden & Restaurant – We went to Silver Creek on our first night in Fredericksburg. We were all in need of a drink after the long drive from Houston and this was the first place that we got on the phone at 11pm. They had a live band and the beer prices were not too bad. There drinks and shots were on the expensive side, but the bar was open until 2am and the people-watching was great. Fredericksburg has an interesting crowd out at night so if you like live music, dancing, and drinks then I would go to Silver Creek! We did not get to try the food since the kitchen was closed when we got there, but while walking around the next day, we passed by and the food smelled and looked wonderful! The atmosphere was more family friendly at lunch time and the patio outside is a nice size to enjoy people-watching during the day as well.
- Panda Chinese Japanese and Sushi – This Restaurant is not on the yahoo map or on Fredericksburg’s City website, but if you are in Fred. and you like chinese food, you MUST eat here! We had dinner here for my birthday and their food was so yummy. My Aunts said their Sweet and Sour Soup was very good. My mom and I tried the Epi Tempura roll and it was great as well. We also tried the general tso’s chicken, the chicken lo mein, and the beef in garlic sauce which were yummy, yummy, and just ok. Overall the food was good and the service was great!
We had so much fun going to Fredericksburg and the trip itself was pretty cheap(besides all the wine we bought). If you have been down the 290 Wine Road to the wineries or been to Fredericksburg, tell me how your trip went! :)
This past weekend we took Dog Boy to the Dog Park for the first time. We were a little unsure of how he would react to being around so many big dogs because he had been in fights before, but he did great! We kept him on a leash when we first got there just to see how he would do. He had a few dogs run up to him and he did just fine so we let him off the leash. We usually do not let him off the leash cause he takes off running, but the dog park is secure so we let him roam and tested his dog-training by calling him to make sure he would come back. After we walked around for awhile, we decided to see if he would go for a swim. We took him to the doggie pond where a few other dogs were happily jumping in after tennis balls. Well, Dog Boy would not go willingly. Since he would budge, us being the terrible dog parents we are, we sort of pushed him in. The water was not very deep and he only got his feet wet, but at least we tried. He was not going to swim, but he did walk around with the other dogs like they all had been friends for years. I nearly cried getting to see him walk around with other dogs and be so calm. Baby also had a blast because she loves dogs and the dogs kept coming up to her and licking her feet. We had so much fun at the dog park. If you are ever in northwest Houston with your pooch, check out Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park! :)
Pay It Forward is a simple concept. Do something nice for someone just because you can and maybe they will do something nice for someone else in return. I was only thinking of this woman and her little girl when I helped her yesterday, but after I did it I thought how nice it would be if she returned the favor and kept it going. Husband, Baby and I went to HEB yesterday to pick up a few things for dinner and of course when we decided to leave it started to storm. Luckily I had two small umbrellas in the car so I shoved them in my purse and we went shopping. When we came out of the store it was raining even harder, but of course Husband thinks umbrellas are for sissy’s so he just ran to the car in the rain. Well I did not want to get Baby wet so while I was opening one of the umbrellas, I noticed a mom trying to cover her little girl so she would not get wet in the rain. My husband was already half way to the car, so got my other umbrella and asked if the woman would like it for her daughter. She asked where I parked so she could give it back to me, but I told her not to worry about it. It was an act so small, I didn’t have to think twice about it. The umbrella was given to me because it was not used and I had just taken it out that day for the first time after having it for years, and umbrellas are a dime a dozen so I didn’t have to think twice about giving it up for that little girl to stay dry. An act so small made me feel pretty good because had the roles been reversed, I would have been just as grateful to that woman so my baby would be out of the rain. When I got in the car, I started thinking, although it was just an umbrella maybe she will do something nice for a stranger and that person will as well. Neil Pasricha said it best, “Stranger to Stranger Love“.
Have you done something nice for someone lately? :)
I painted these mirrors, I got at Ikea, for Baby’s Room just to make it a little more girly. Even though we had a girl we did not want pink EVERYWHERE, but Husband approved of the mirrors. I was inspired by the design on Baby’s Boppy Pillow, so I painted the mirrors white(to stand out against the blue walls) and I hand painted all the flowers and animals on. After all the paint was dry, I painted Mod Podge all over the mirrors to seal in the color and to make them glossy. Hope you like them and thanks for looking! :)