Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Port O'Connor 2017 | Part One: The Fourth, Fishing, and Fun

I am so behind on my blogging, and am going to do my best to catch up over the next couple weeks...starting with a recap of our annual family trip to Port O'Connor. 

This year, we headed down to the coast for the long Fourth of July weekend. Grampsie and Nana, all my sisters, and Jordan and Steven were in attendance as well. We had so much fun (despite Rylan's epic three-year-old-ness and lack of sleep), and it is such a wonderful place to spend the holiday weekend!


The kids loved the firework show on Saturday night.


This red, white, and blue cheeseboard was created due to my love of holidays, themes, and cheeeeeese.


In addition to celebrating the holiday, there was lots of fishing, boat-riding, and beaching to be had during our stay in POC.











[Tiniest hermit crab ever!]




We also spent a good amount of time just hanging around the house. 















There was also some occasional sleeping. Although not so well for mama, since a certain three-year-old insisted upon taking over my side of the bed most of the time.


And for the first time this year, my Dad arranged for some of the crew to go out on a shrimp boat for the day. I hung back at the house with the kids (and wasn't mad about it...they were out on the water for a looooong time!), but they had such a great time playing Forrest Gump for the day. 






After their adventure, Sara and Steven cooked all the shrimp and crabs they caught. It was delicious!









Up next, Part Two of our trip, which includes a Dolphin Point Olympics recap as well as Hannah's fun announcement :).


Saturday, September 9, 2017

WINOS Weekend 2017 | Day Three

After a wonderful day of wine tasting, we spent our last day of vacation exploring the town of Los Olivos. Everything about the tiny town is absolutely lovely, from the quaint restaurants and shops, to the plethora of wine tasting rooms, to the adorable town square. All within walking distance, and not to mention the gorgeous weather.

We started with brunch at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe. Our meal was excellent, but even better was the celebrity siting of John Corbett, who was even more handsome in person. He even held the door open for us...sigh. 


Then we moved along to our first wine tasting at Zinke Wine Co. The tasting room is located in a cute little house with an expansive yard complete with various seating areas and yard games. Bonus points for good wine. It would be such a fun place to host a private event. 




It was the perfect place to enjoy National Rose Day.



One of the strange things about the tasting rooms is that most don't have restrooms, but there is a public restroom located at the church in the center of town (a very short walk from everything). I'm so glad the bathroom issue caused us to visit the church, because it was beautiful. 



For our second stop, we headed down the street to Epiphany and The Bubble Shack, which are both owned by Fess Parker and are located right next to each other. Most of the girls chose the tasting from Epiphany, but Erin and I went with the bubbles. And it was one of the few places where I purchased a bottle...the Sibling Bubblery Sparkling Grenache. So good!




After getting rid of the Stage 5 Clinger group of LA 20-somethings that we met, we headed across the street to Saarloos and Sons. We had a very entertaining private tasting with the owner, which included a cupcake pairing thanks to the fabulous Enjoy Cupcakes

Best. Idea. Ever.


Saarloos also had by far my favorite wine of the trip, and we all purchased some bottles.



After one more glass of wine at Carhartt, which has such a fun little back patio, we headed back to the house where we enjoyed a giant cheeseboard, dance party, lioness posing (which is clearly going to be the next big Internet photo theme), and some lovely naps.





After our relaxing afternoon at the house, we walked back into town for dinner at Bear and Star, the brand-new, and very tasty, restaurant inside the Fess Parker Inn.



After a long and very fun day, we called it an early night. 

We had to leave fairly early on Sunday to make it back to LA for our flights, but not before stopping for breakfast and coffee at Corner House Coffee. I highly recommend this adorable little spot...and we learned way too late that they also serve the famous McConnell's ice cream.


We had such an absolutely wonderful weekend filled with lots of wine, food, laughter, and love. There really aren't enough good words to describe it. 

But this blurry photo says it all...

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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing instead. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; pajamas; La Croix; reading; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; bad hair days; snoring; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); Miracle Whip; scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and working out. I think that sums it up.

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