Sunday, January 24, 2010

Where Has Time Gone?

Oh, my! My last blog was Christmas Day, and now it is a month later! Where does time go? We all ask that, don't we? We spent December 31st until January 3 in San Antonio. We were there to attend the wedding of our cousin, Sue-Anne Hill (granddaughter of one of our first cousins). We celebrated New Year's Eve with Cousin Leona (mother of the bride) and Carol (a cousin from California) by having dinner at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Steakhouse at the Rivercenter Mall. The food was delicious and the service was superior. We highly recommend it. We slept a little late on New Year's Day, which was a treat for us since we get up pretty early everyday at home. We spent a leisurely day resting, reading, etc., and then got ready for the wedding rehearsal and dinner afterwards. The bride paid her "older" cousins a great honor by asking us to sing "The Lord's Prayer" at her wedding. The rehearsal dinner, hosted by Ian's (the groom) parents, Howard and Pat Benoist (Ben wah) was a lot of fun. Cousin for cousin, the two families are evenly matched! We really enjoyed getting to know the new extended family members. Most of our family members from far and near stayed at the Fairfield Inn near downtown, so we enjoyed just sitting around visiting on January 2nd. The bride's parents, Leona and Jerry Hill, provided a lunch of cold cuts, chips, etc. for the family members and all of the bridesmaids who were there getting their hair done. The Fairfield Inn very graciously allowed us to use their breakfast room after that meal was completed. We finally went back to our room where we got ready for the wedding. At 4:00 p.m., a bus hired by the groom's parents came to our hotel and picked up family and friends and took us to the church. After the 5:00 ceremony, the bus took all of us to the reception, and after that, back to the hotel. Nice and super thoughtful!! The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful chapel at Our Lady of the Lake University. Chapel is a misnomer, as it more like a cathedral! It was beautiful and the perfect surrounding for a beautiful bride and a beautiful ceremony. The reception/dinner was held at the Witte Museum in a large room with ample room for tables set for ten people each. The next morning, which was Sunday, the 3rd, we all were invited to the home of the groom's parents for a fajita brunch. More food, and it was all delicious! Our family members once again enjoyed getting to visit with the groom's family members. Knowing that we would probably be tired, we didn't schedule any tours on Monday morning, the 4th of January, but we had one at 1:00, and we've been busy every since. Things haven't slowed down at all even though Christmas 2009 is a month in the past. A few days ago, one of our guests called the experience here "a lovely extended Christmas." And that is what it is. The true Spirit of Christmas is alive and well at the end of Jim Wells County Road 401 north of Falfurrias. We'll be open for tours until the end of March. We hope to see you if you haven't been here yet this season.