Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Surprise Birthday Weekend

It all started with a phone call last Friday morning from one of my sisters, the one who lives just two hours away.  She said she was in town to visit her son and his wife, but they were tied up for lunch, so why didn't we have lunch together?  Of course, I agreed, left work, and we met at our favorite Tex-Mex place.  We ordered and began visiting over our fajitas, when I noticed people standing by our table.  I looked up, and it was our other sister from Nashville and my daughter from Houston!  To say I was stunned is an understatement.  I was totally gobsmacked, and I think my daughter feared for a bit that I might have a heart attack!  It was definitely one of those "this does not compute" moments. 

The three of them had apparently been plotting for MONTHS to pull off a surprise birthday weekend, and they certainly succeeded!  My husband was in on the scheme, as were my boss and our office manager.  Yes, it was quite a web of deceit they spun!  My birthday isn't for a couple of weeks, so I wasn't suspecting anything.  However, I should also point out that I am extremely gullible. . . .

After lunch, I dashed home to throw a few things in a suitcase and we took off for Fredericksburg in the Texas hill country.  They had rented a B&B in the country that turned out to be the perfect getaway.  The 1920s farmhouse was lovely and well-stocked with breakfast goodies -- plus it had a hot tub on the back deck.  My daughter had brought appetizers and wine, which we enjoyed outside, and she also whipped up a quick pasta dish for dinner, so we didn't have to go anywhere.  It was a wonderful evening, with lots of laughter. 

My sisters presented me with some darling turquoise boots that I had had my eye on after buying a pair in cognac last year.  Apparently, my husband had QUITE a time locating the existing boots in order to find the right size to order, but he finally found them buried in the out-of-season closet.  (It's still hot here in Texas.)  I can't wait for the rain to stop so I can wear the new boots! 

Saturday morning we broke our fast with some divine chocolate croissants that my Nashville sister brought frozen and let rise overnight.  We shopped in the fun shops on Fredericksburg's main street in the morning, then had a great lunch at El Milagro.  If you ever go, don't miss their amazing mini pies!

After lunch we stopped at a produce stand to buy pumpkins, then visited some of the area wineries for wine tasting.  That was fun, and we enjoyed learning more about the area from the servers.  Who knew grapes could grow in Texas??  Two of the wineries had live music, and the last one we visited had a lovely big deck with an amazing view of the hill country. 

Here I am (on the right) with my two sisters.  
For dinner that night, we went to the Cabernet Grill, which I also highly recommend.  Don't miss their three-cheese grits as a side dish!  Sunday morning it was time to head home, but not before my daughter served her made-from-scratch biscuits and fluffy scrambled eggs. 

It was a wonderful weekend from start to finish, and I felt well-loved and well-celebrated!


  1. that sounds just perfect. Happy early Birthday to you!
    Love, Mona

  2. What a nice and thoughtful surprise. Happy birthday, Tricia!...Christine

  3. Well Happy Birthday -- celebrate long and hearty, I say. I think this is just wonderful. And funny that you did not suspect a thing. And I wanna see those turquoise boots!

  4. Oh, Tricia! You have been fooling us with that "dull" routine. Now, I know that you are really a "party girl" - hahahaha!! What fun and I know you had the best time with the girls! Happy Birthday in advance!

  5. Happy Birthday, Tricia! Sounds like a fun get away and special being a surprise. You and your sisters all have that gorgeous auburn hair. Cute photo! I want to see the turquoise boots! ~ Sarah

  6. Tricia, Happy early birthday! What a wonderful surprise they pulled off! I have never heard of the word gobsmacked before, but I tell you what, I am sure going to use it now! One of my sister lives in San Antonio so I have heard of Fredericksburg. Oh to have a pair of turquoise boots! Joni

  7. Oh Trish, how fun! What a wonderful surprise, and how nice that they went to so much trouble to surprise you. You are your sisters are all beautiful. The turquoise boots sound like a perfect gift. You'll have to post a picture of you modeling them. Happy early Birthday! laurie