Our First Family Vacation

We took our first official vacation as a family of three this past weekend to Fredericksburg, Texas. It was short but very sweet. All of the other trips we’ve taken since Tice was born have been with family to visit more family, and Harper and I have taken a few overnight trips while Tice stayed with my parents. It was good for us to see that despite the lack of regular schedule and space, we all still had fun. Tice enjoyed every minute (except the ride there). For him, it was one big slumber party with lots of uninterrupted time with Mommy and Daddy.

Wildseed Farms

I didn’t take near as many pictures as I should have, but I got enough to spark memories of the ones I missed. I wish I had gotten or video of Tice dancing to the Zydeco music at the crawfish festival. It was precious. He would dance and then do the head stand and then start all over again.

Riding in the stroller visiting shop after shop wasn’t really Tice’s scene, but lucky for me, he really likes garden centers, so we hit up a few of those.

Of course, I had to do a little work while we were there, but taking pictures of places I like doesn’t really feel too much like work. I think as long as we’re in Texas, I’m always (kind of) working and scouting for things and places to feature.

Red in Fred


Texas Specialty Cut Flowers

Like many crops in Texas this year, the peaches ripened earlier than usual due to the mild winter. Hill Country peaches are pretty amazing, and we couldn’t go home empty handed since the timing was perfect. We stopped in Stonewall and picked up some peaches for Harper’s godmother at one of the roadside stands.

We also bought a small basket of the freestone peaches, which have a lighter meat that is super sweet. They’re delicious but a bit pricey compared to the other peaches.

After a few stops, this stand that I photographed was worth the wait. They had several varieties and boxes that were priced according to the peaches’ size. The stands closer to Fredericksburg (that we stopped at, anyway) were more expensive but with less variety. Oh, and this stand had very friendly workers. I’m not sure if I’m spelling it correctly, but I think Vogel’s is the name of this orchard. Gold’s was another one that a local recommended that is also in Stonewall.

While we were there, a nice lady offered to take a picture of all three of us. I really dislike how I look in the photo, but it’s the only one of all three of us from the weekend, so I know I will treasure it when I’m older and (hopefully) less vain.

Harper did take one other one of me and Tice with his cell phone… I really need to be more intentional about getting in more of the photos. It’s just so much easier to hide behind the camera!

It was so good to get out of our routine for a few days. But, of course, it was also good to come home. We returned on Sunday so we still had Monday to unwind and have some BBQ and pool time with friends and family.

I’m hoping to make some peach ice cream and maybe a couple of peach Bellinis this weekend. I’ll share recipes and photos if they turn out tasty. Have a great weekend!

–Natalie

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3 Responses to Our First Family Vacation

  1. Robyn Farmer says:

    Just by looking at the pics I knew you were at Vogel Orchard. That’s the stand I was telling you about and sells my friends Dad’s peaches. Glad y’all had a good time!

  2. Kristina says:

    And which grocery store is it that carries the Texas peaches? I am in Houston.

    Thanks,
    Kristina

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