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Friday, August 26, 2011

My Oldest Son...Tye...turns 30!

August 24, 1981 I was in labor...August 24, 2011 we celebrated 30 years!!! ;0)




Birthday fun was had by all...we celebrated Tye's 30th B-day at Flips Patio Grill in Grapevine, TX!  Great place w/a private room for parties...family and friends, cake and appetizers...and the BEAR!!!  A large stuffed Kodiak Bear greeted you as you walk in the door...the twins were taken by it and we all took turns taking them to see the ...BEAR!!!  They quickly learned to say Bear!!!  so cute... 


WE LOVE YOU TYE! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hico, TX...continued from last blog...

After my stay in Hamilton, I adventured on about 30 more mins. to Hico, TX where I have heard of an antique show twice a year...I plan to attend the one in October...can't wait!  I found a musuem amongst other store's and wanted to share my findings.   I have some old documents and pictures from my family and plan to donate to the musuem as well!  Will keep you posted on that!  I am very excited about all this!!!  
Hay field...


Transporting round bails...


BBQ Cook off sign...I bet it was good!!!


Texas Catus...


Can you say drought...water please!!!

Upon arriving Hico, I could tell I was going to love this town...I saw old advertisements on the side of buildings...stumbled upon an old beautiful totally remodeled house which was an antique store.  The women who lived there told me that one of the first Doctor's in Hico had built the house...Dr. Hall I believe.  She lived in the house and every room was furnished and all for sale!  She said she had been in the business for 55 years!  Anyway I was greeted by a cat and then she answered the door, and let me browse around ...here are a few pics...



Sign on top reads...  WHOA...   ;0)





First Dr. Hall in Hico built this house!


Drew's antiques...


Greeted by the cat...





I loved this saying...
I left here and drove down to main street...where I found more antiques and finds...

The Wooden Indian was my first store to shop...Cute couple from the metroplex running it!  Clever idea with the horses around the top of store!




Next I went next door to the Wooden Indian and found the Billy the Kid Museum!  What a find!  I met the historian...Jane Klein!  What a wonderful woman!  She gave me a tour and told me of some history in Hico!  I absorbed it like a sponge!  I told her I had some old family documents and she said they would love to have copies and I could donate and they write who donates items in the museum!  I am so excited about this!



Jane told me it took 5 men to lift this on the counter as it is made of heavy brass metal...they were lucky to have it as most were melted for the money...it has 4 drawers on the front with initials of the tellers.  It was also one of the first to print out paper receipt!  What a find!!!  Beautiful!




Jane told me that this was a box of a shoe shiner.  Now Hico has adopted the saying!  Love it!!!
I then came across a picture in the museum of a little boy in knickers and cap drinking out of a fountain...Jane explained that this was a trough which a Horse from the top, a dog from the side down low and children from the back fountain drank from in the old towns...she told me they had restored it and was sitting at the end of the street with a historical marker!  Amazing...I had never seen one of these before......see...





Next I found a store that housed an antique mall...it was wonderful...


Old advertisement on side of building...


Jersey Lily's restuarant...


John Rankin Alford...first settler in Hico in 1860, he chose the name Hico from his childhood hometown in Kentucky.  He was the first postmaster in Hico, he remained in Hico his entire life and died in 1928 at his home.



This is located on the top floor of the Blue Star Bldg.

This post office while not the orginal...served many decades following the turn of 19th century...

HOMESTEAD Antiques...is where I plan to return to in October.  They set up tents to the side and back of this building and have a big fair!  People come from all over to attend!  The also have artist to display their art from what I understand!

The Blue Star bldg. houses a top floor of old historic photograps as well as the post office front from the day... a bank volt amongst other items...so historical !


Blue Star Bldg.  houses historical pics on top floor...






The bank volt safe...

Picture showing use of the safe
As you see and read, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am so glad I had the chance to experience this historical town and take this little road trip to the Hill Country...  thanks for stopping by!


Road Trip and Historic Hico, Texas...

I recently checked off many of my "want to do someday" things to do...
It all started with me helping out a long time friend with her move from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Brady, TX!   My friend Rhonda needed someone to drive her car as she had 3 horses to transport herself...soooo  I volunteered!  ;0)  I drove from the metroplex to Salado where my Brother and Sister-in-law live with intentions of leaving my car there so to have it upon returning to Texas. 
Horsefeathers...one of my favs in Salado...

My sister-in-law Doni, drove me to the Austin airport and from there I flew to ElPaso, TX where Rhonda picked me up and we drove about 30 mins. to her cute little adobe house in Las Cruces!   Rhonda is a single mother of a 18 year old daughter...Marissa!  They have 3 horses, 4 dogs and 1 cat!  All very well behaved I might add!  Sooo the journey began...we traveled from Las Cruces to Brady in about 24 hours...with a friend in the caravan with her truck 2 kids and  a stock trailer holding all the furniture!  So yes, we were in running with the Beverly Hillbilly's...on our way, I might add, to the HILL country!  HA!  Rhonda drove straight thru with the horses, her friend Cathy had two flats on the way...took waaaayyyy longer than expected!  I drove the car about 5 hours and stopped in Fort Stockton and spent the night...woke up 5 hours later and drove 6 more hours to Brady!   Brady is a cute little country town, with a Wal-Mart, Sonic, DQ, Chicken Express, McDonalds and a few hotels...the country square was being remodeled!  Nice little town!!!
I was sooo glad to arrive to Brady, we finished up there and drove from Brady to Salado where I spent the night with my Brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Doni!  I was so glad to see them and get to visit with them as well!!!   They had roast and potatoes waiting for me!!!  Yummy!  Thank you Wayne and Doni!!!!  It was so nice to have a home cooked meal!!!  Wayne works nights and Doni works days...so the next morning...
I woke up and traveled on to Cedar Park, before Austin, to  visit with my High School friend and Maid of Honor in my wedding...LuAnn, her husband Ron was in our class as well, so it was good to see him also!  We reminisced and they bought my lunch!  Thanks Ron and LuAnn!  We ate mexican food and it was delicious!  Enjoyed our time together sooo much...LuAnn and I had not spent time together like that in a long time!
So nice to catch up...it was just like old times!  Love you LuAnn!!!

Me and LuAnn...
I  then left Cedar Park and headed back north to Clifton, TX where my Aunt Pat lives on the family farm.  The farm has been in the family since her mother's parents!  We hope to keep it in the family always!  It was so good to see her and catch up there as well.  We drank iced tea and sat outside under the tree and visited till almost dark, I got to see her bottle fed calf   Ida...sooo cute!  I forgot to take a pic of cute little Ida!!!  We went into Clifton had dinner and returned to the farm!  So glad to go back to childhood memories on the farm!
Hill Country...

I then traveled on North to Hamilton, TX where I planned to meet my only first cousin on my mother's side who I had not seen since we were children!  I had made reservations at The Inn at Circle T Ranch...what a find out in the middle of no where!  A mini Gaylord Texan is how I would describe it!  For those not familiar I encourage you to look it up on- line.  I was about 1 of 3 people staying there!  R & R at it's best!  


Welcome to Hamilton, TX
   
The Inn at Circle T Ranch...Hamilton, Texas

     









My room...


 
View out my room...


     



Cut out painting in hallway...

The Lobby at Inn at Circle T...


The lodge eating room...buffet breakfast...leading out to pool...




Nice mirror in bathroom...

My little souvenir...

  


Nice chair!

I had arrived very late at night because I had to drive about 45 mph... due to all the deer on the side of the road...I new if I went faster I would end up hitting one...and certainly did not want that to happen!  So finally after arriving, I checked in, took a long shower and turned down the ac and slept like a princess!    I had plans to meet my cousin Lisa at 2 pm...so I drove in to Meridian, TX where I went to my family's grave side and visited their graves.  I then went to downtown Meridian to an antique store there that I love to shop...found a silver Angel that was a bell and got it to give to Lisa!  This antique store has some really old unique things you don't see all the time!  I always enjoy this store!  I headed back to Hamilton to meet Lisa...It was sooo good to see her and catch up on our lives!  She is married and has two son's as so do I!   I gave her the angel and when she opened it...she was so happy and told me she collected angels!   I was so happy to have chosen this angel to give her!  It was a special moment!  Sometimes it truly is the little things in life!!!
Me and Lisa...

I later went down to the pool which was nestled in the side of the hill with a waterfall flowing down to the pool...looked up at the stars so bright and had a little quiet time with my feet dangling in the water!  Soooo relaxing! 


 Hamilton is a wonderful town with beautiful houses and courthouse on the square...

Hamilton Court House on the square...
 
 
If only this house could talk...

Beautiful Church...
 
Queen B's...it was closed...looked really fun!!!  Next time!
 

I then woke up the next day checked out of this wonderful little retreat and traveled on
to Historic Hico Texas...        

  
A few pics along the way... 
                                                  
Patriotic Gas tank and windmill...



Country road...


Patriotic entrance...

Hico....Continued...on next blog...