Last weekend Billy and I did a quick weekend trip to Napa, CA to visit with Sara and Derek, and to meet her family and friends at a shower for Baby A. After a quick hop and a skip in the airplane, we arrived at their house and met Terry, Sara’s Mother and Jerry, her stepfather with tears and hugs. But with no time to spare, we were off to lunch at The Farmstead just the four (and a half) of us. Sara had told me how much I would enjoy the food in Napa, and not being much of a foodie I wasn’t sure I would appreciate it as much as thought I would, but with one lunch I was hooked.
After lunch we headed over to Round Pond for an olive oil tasting paired with delicious food. I learned so much about olive oil and vinegar. The next time you open up your EVOO, take a sip, let it coat your throat then do a quick inhale. Do you feel the burn in your throat? If so, it means it is fresh and full of really good antioxidants. Those antioxidants make the blood rush to your throat and creates that feeling. If not, don’t worry it hasn’t gone bad, it just isn’t fresh and isn’t as good for you.
Next on the agenda was a quick drive through the countryside as we killed a little time before drinks and appetizers with their families. We stopped in at a Vineyard called Cliff Lede, which their neighbor Sarah worked at. The setting was spectacular, but the tour she gave us was equally amazing. The grounds were beautiful, the music memorabilia was amazing and they even had a private collection of Jerry Garcia artwork in their VIP lounge. Not only did we get the special tour, but Sarah let the three of them enjoy a few really good glasses on the house.
We finally ended the day with drinks at Brix, a winery that Sara and Derek were married at. The restaurant was spectacular, and the grounds were gorgeous. At the restaurant, I met Derek’s dad Richard (Dana his wife couldn’t make it) and friend Bill , his mom Renee and husband Jim, Sara’s stepmom Suzanne who flew in with Sara’s sister Ellie (her dad Bob couldn’t make it) as well as Sara’s mom Terry and Jerry that we met earlier in the day. I felt completely at ease and enjoyed getting to know each one of them, although they welcomed us with such open arms that it felt like I had known them forever. After a few hours there, we decided to head to their house and enjoy more time with everyone by a fire in the backyard. The night drifted on with conversations, questions, tears and lots of wine.
The next morning, Sara and I headed to her favorite yoga studio for a 75 minute class. I am just getting into yoga but it is very much a part of Sara’s life and I wanted to experience it with her. After class, we headed home to find an empty house. The boys had errands to run before the guys met up at a Bocci ball park for an afternoon of games, food, beer and cigars. The ladies were going to the baby shower at Spottswoode Winery in St. Helena, where I would meet more of Sara’s family and her closest friends, plus my good friend Jaimi was flying in for the shower. When we were done getting ready, the guys arrived home with the best breakfast burritos I have ever had, seriously I could get used to the food choices in Napa! Some of Sara’s family was meeting us at the house so we could carpool to the shower. I was luck to meet and spend a few minutes with Renee’s good friend Chris before we headed to the shower. Renee also dropped off a gift for Billy and I which had homemade jams and oatmeal pancake mix with some items to pamper me as well. As a side note, we made the pancakes the other day and they were AMAZING!!!!
The drive to Spottswoode Winery was just as beautiful as the actual location and as we walked up the stairs to the big wrap around porch the tears started to well up in my eyes. It hit me then, that I was there in Sara’s world, meeting her friends and family who would love this little guy more than anyone in the world. I hugged each one, wanting to take them all in individually so I could remember this moment in time. I also had the opportunity to meet a few of Derek’s and Sara’s Aunts and cousins. After noshing and chatting with everyone it was time to open the gifts, I couldn’t help feel overwhelmed by the love she was showered with, and the gratitude everyone felt for me. After teary goodbyes we headed back home to her house to spend a little more time with family and to meet a few of her closest neighbors. It was another late night filled with conversation, tears, wine and more wine…plus some pizza to soak it all up.
Sunday we woke up and headed to breakfast at Boon Fly Cafe. We walked the grounds and enjoyed a bucket of doughnuts, my god those were good doughnuts. Once we sat down to breakfast, the guys ordered Bloody Mary’s and we ordered a super yummy breakfast omelet with asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and whipped goat cheese. After we stuffed our bellies, we headed to Domaine Carneros, a winery that Sara and Derek were engaged at, for wine, snacks and more time with Renee and Jim, Terry and Jerry, Judi, Camille, Lionel and Sofie. The sun was shining and the company was amazing, I could have stayed all day.
Later, we toured downtown Napa and stopped in at a cute store where I found my mom’s mother’s day gift. We grabbed a quick lunch at a local pub but Billy and I had a plane to catch that afternoon so we headed home to pack and say our goodbyes. Billy and I had a wonderful time and it only makes me that more excited about our trip in November for the big 40th birthday celebration.
This is hands down one of my favorite moments of the entire trip, each grandmother to be giving my belly some well deserved love…