This past weekend we made a fast and wild trip to the Texas Hill Country for my nephew's wedding. It was beautiful.
Saturday we drove to Austin in time to get to my brother's house for a pre-wedding dinner. My brother and SIL live in a beautiful home in South Austin which made the perfect setting. My SIL had a great supper ready for a fairly large group. It was all casual and comfortable where the two families could get to know each other.
Sunday morning Toby, Jesse, and I went to Magnolia's for breakfast. Sometimes you need migas and pancakes along with good coffee. At Magnolia's you can get all three. We were early to the wedding venue which was at Lady Bird Lake near the Hyatt. We sat out on the patio at the Hyatt waiting on the rest of the wedding party and watched the joggers on the trail along the lake. By 10 AM we were on the party barge that would take us out to the middle of the lake for the ceremony. There was a little glitch in the plans when the lady who was making the flowers forgot to make them. We had to wait on the flowers and some of the wedding party whose job was to pick up the flowers. My nephew had a good attitude towards it all saying, "Ya know it is kind of our own fault. We could have gone with a normal florist. But no, we went with the bi-polar, schizophrenic friend of the family..." The crazy florist whipped some flowers together quite nicely with some electrical tape. And we set out to the middle of the lake where we made our way up and down the lake a few times for the ceremony. The day was beautiful. There was a comfortable breeze that kept us cool without being windy. By the time we got back to shore, the day was heating up.
The beautiful bride with her flowers
We all drove to Gruene Hall in Gruene, TX for the reception. Toby, Jesse, and I stopped for a few minutes to see Bill and Annette Gill who live in a retirement community in Gruene. It was fun to see them, but sad too. It was sad, because they are like my mother - a generation passing away quickly.
My ex-SIL was singing at Gruene Hall. We danced and had a good time visiting with her side of the family. I do love the Hinojosa Clan. Tish is the baby of six sisters and one brother not to mention seven other half brothers and sisters.The sisters all have kids about the same age as my kids, and now they are grown like my kids. It was a large group. After the dancing we went over to the Grist Mill for supper - all forty-plus people. Once again, we had a great time, but we were worn out by 7:30 and headed to our B&B.
The B&B was quaint and comfortable, but not great. After a shower, we managed to make it to 8:30 before we fell into bed. We got up early for the weak coffee and lousy breakfast and then headed home. Since we had driven down I35, we decided to go home via 281. It was a pleasant drive.
After dropping Jesse at her house, we went to check on Mom, who had been calling all weekend. Apparently, Mom broke up with her boyfriend again and was having a bad weekend. We took her shopping. Hopefully that will placate her for a bit.
I am so glad to be home. Today is art with my little girls and I am going to revel in them and art.