Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Scenes from Napa

When I mentioned in my last post that I wasn't going to be around much, what I really meant was that I was heading to Napa Valley with my family for a long weekend to celebrate my folk's 50th wedding anniversary. (I thought it best not to advertise that I was going out of town just to be on the safe side.)

The trip was very important to my mother, who fought hard for it to happen in spite of health problems she is experiencing and the challenge of my sister traveling while seven months pregnant.

The hotel featured these soaking tubs in each room, which is where I spent a good portion of time every evening. I absolutely love baths and brought a supply of my favorite scrubs, soaps, and bath bombs, as well as a good book to read.

Don't tell my cats, but it was really nice having a big bed all to myself for a few nights.

(Don't tell the spiders that lurk in the corners of my apartment, but it was really nice to get away from them, too.)

Someone taped this sign to a random wall outside on the street.

My sister Hil, showing us the size of her belly. We talked alotta lotta lot about the new addition to the family over the weekend. It's hard to express the extent of our joy and excitement.

I'm not a big fan of expensive jewelry or George Clooney, but I love a good sense of humor. This jewelry store had many funny window displays. In case you can't read the sign, it says, "Every woman deserves studs" and above it is a pair of diamond stud earrings.

Our last night we ate at Brix, which is surrounded by hills and vineyards and a vegetable garden. We arrived at sunset, the perfect time to take photos.

The countryside was so gorgeous and serene. With all of the recent rain everything was incredibly green and vibrant.

It was the most time I've spent with my parents in many years and wonderful for the whole family to be together for an entire weekend. We ate good food, shopped, talked, and laughed so much. I really didn't want to leave.


juicyknits said...

How exciting! That bath tub is to die for! Sounds as if you had a wonderful time with your family.
I'm heading to Napa Valley this week as well, but that will be just a day's trip.

Tracey ~ Clover said...

Oh Stacy, how wonderful for you and your family to be able to have that time together. I know it meant so much to all of you.Your sister looks simply beautiful and I know you will have such a great time with the new little one when she arrives. The hotel you stayed at looks divine! Congrats to your parents for 50 years!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

What a wonderful getaway with your family. The hotel looks sooo inviting! Love the look of that soaking tub. It's been forever since I've taken a bath and that tub look like heaven!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! It sounds like the perfect weekend. All of your lives are about to change too, so how fun to get together in anticipation! LOVE the George Clooney window -- thanks for the chuckle today!!!

Dogwood said...

I am so happy that you had such a fun and wonderful family time in Napa. Hilary looks so happy and so pregnant. Wow, your room is beautiful.
Have a good evening.
Hugs, Cory

Maureen said...

What a beautiful spot to spend such a special occasion!

Maiden Jane said...

How lovely! It sounds like a splendid weekend. Congratulations to your parents - an amazing achievement! And fun to spend time with your sis.

I would take the big bed to myself - glorious! And the views and the restaurant...all of it! Even the tub...it looks nice and clean!

Suz said...

love that tub
and the belly..hee hee