Monday, December 24, 2012

An early family Christmas in Texas…


Photo: Katie is the bomb!Our daughter Katie flew into San Antonio airport on Saturday the 21st of December so we left Mission, Tx early that morning to make four hour trek north.. Luckily for us there is now a Trader’s Joes in San Antonio real close to the airport. We stopped in to pick up some of our favorite Trader Joe treats and a few bottles of wine for our early Christmas dinner.

Katie was waiting cheerfully at the arrival gate and after lots of hugs we hit the road. Since our son Jason lives a little over an hour north of San Antonio we planned to spend a few days with him, our daughter in law and two grandkids.  The plan was to have an early 100_1116Christmas and Christmas dinner at his house. It has been quite a while since our whole family has been able to be together and this was just the perfect timing for our past due reunion.

Upon making the turn onto the street Jason lives we heard the joyful screams of the grandkids as they ran toward us and jumped in our arms for some quality hugging time. They were a bit leery of Aunt Katie since they hadn’t seen her in some time but before long they warmed up to her and were fixtures in her lap.

Next up was some shopping for the big feast and after a few stops at HEB grocery we had the necessary ingredients. Turkey in the roaster, check!, cornbread dressing mixed and ready, check!, candied yams prepared check!, green bean casserole made, check!, deviled eggs made,100_1089 check!, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy made, check!!!!  The next order of business was to open some bottles of Christmas wine and we sat down to very enjoyable feast of food and happy conversation…

After dinner in nearby Buda, Texas they have the popular Buda’s Christmas Trail, only in its second year, that has a massive display of lights along a trail. The Buda Trail of Lights is a free event sponsored by the City of Buda. They even offer free parking and a complimentary shuttle to the park. We had some great family fun at the Christmas Trail.

We hope each of you and your families have a fantastic holiday feast… And like us, we hope you savor the time with your loved ones.  After Christmas we can all get ready to hit the road once again as 2013 is just around the corner…


  1. Continue to enjoy your time with your family!

  2. Glad you got to get the family together. Merry Christmas.

  3. Katie looks just like Sharon. Merry Christmas!!

    1. Better to look like Sharon than John - no offense to John, but.........

      Merry Christmas to all the Hinton's from all the Eshleman's!

  4. She does look just like Sharon. Looks like some fun times with family ahead. We need to check out the Trader Joe's

  5. What a special treat for you to celebrate Christmas with your kids and grandchildren. Sounds like you had a fitting feast for the occasion. Sending you tidings of comfort and joy!

  6. NIce to be able to spend some time with you family for Christmas, sounds just wonderful !

  7. Sounds like you're having a grand holiday with the family; enjoy. Merry Christmas.

  8. Spending time with family is the best, Merry Christmas!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful blessed celebration.

    Merry Christmas to you and the family.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family and an upcoming year full of travel adventures.

  11. Isn't that great when a plan falls into place !!

    How perfect to have your whole family together for Christmas ...

    Merry Christmas to you and your family !!

    Take care ... TnT

  12. What a wonderful holiday time you are having with your family! A very Merry Christmas to you all.

  13. We too have been fortunate to have Christmas with both S.i. and N.I. families this year.

    We had an interesting drive around Christchurch last Monday night to view Christmas lights and decorations, before coming back up north. Went through the centre of town, the red zone which had been barricaded off other times. We lost our bearings until we got to the Library, which we believe is to be demolished. We have visited that library, eaten in restaurants in the area and shopped and yet we did not recognise it. Sad but there is hope as the rebuilding begins and more and more businesses find premises and rebuild. It all takes time. The plans for the future look interesting and excite me. I think Christchurch will be more beautiful than ever but very different.

    it's so very good to be able to spend Christmas with family. Hope you are having a lovely Christmas Day even as it winds down into evening and we wish you a prosperous and Happy New Year.


  14. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NC.