Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our Texas Trip

I got to accompany my husband on his annual NLLEA (National Liquor Law Enforcement Association) conference. This year it was in Texas-yee-haw! We stayed at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, TX.
Our lovely suite--living room AND master bedroom! Plus a full-size coffee pot. See that desk in the corner? I got that messy pretty quick--brought some art supplies and had a blast just scrappin' away the hours!

...or I sat on the couch and watched mindless TV...'Tyra Banks Show' and "Wife-Swap"..stuff I NEVER watch at home!! So decadent and fun! They were quite educational, really. On Tyra Banks they talked about getting things cheap~like hair cuts, trips, etc. I found out you can get your hair done at a beauty college at a fraction of the price. So yesterday, I went over to the local Beauty College and got my hair washed and cut for 10 bucks! That included a tip!! And I love how my hair turned out! And watching Wife Swap made me feel better as not only how I am as a wife, but as an all-around person...also made me appreciate Steve much more too! ;-)

Thru some french doors leads to the bedroom. Serene and calm.

And this is the view from our balcony. The Gaylord Hotel is like a Bio-Sphere..all enclosed, climate controlled with trees and foliage everywhere...babbling brooks and fountains. You feel like you're outside in perfect weather. Which, in Texas in August, I wouldn't say they have perfect weather! ;-)
I did venture out a lot, to the coffee shop and sat by a stream and read...met with a friend I'd made last year on her breaks from the conference. But mostly I relished the alone time to have fun cuttin' and pastin'!
A fun little 'welcome package' that came in handy when I wanted a snack!

So here's what I did....there was a brochure of the 'spa' in heavy cardstock sitting on the desk...I covered it with scrap paper and made a little journal of sorts of our trip.

I cut up travel magazines, brochures, and a fun Victorian catalog that I'd brought along and collaged it onto the 'book' after I'd covered it all in scrap paper.

Kept a journal of the day's activities....

Oh, one day Steve and I venture into Historic Grapevine on Main Street. Lunched at MainStreet Bakery~They had THE BEST sandwiches and darling atmosphere! There were sweet little shops and a darling Christian Coffee Shop called "Holy Grounds"! How cute is that?!

We also got to see our friends Brian and Sherry, who recently moved there from here in Northern California. They are still, ahem, 'adjusting' to the area, shall we say. It's always hard moving so far away..

And this is the end of my little scrap book...we had a great time, but are happy to be home, as usual!
Thanks for all your sweet congrats, comments and well-wishes...I am feeling much better!!!


  1. Ah, Myrna, sounds like you had a great time, sugar. I once accompanied Jack on a business trip to Pennsylvania. The hotel was in the middle of nowhere and I caught hives the morning we left. Had to call the concierge to drive me to a drug store to get some anti-itch meds. It was totally embarrassing but the room service was divine. I never did it again though. After that I'd just stay home and do my crafting and reading! I didn't have a suite of rooms though either, chickee! :-)

  2. Hi Myrna,
    Leave it to you to find some fun things to craft with in a hotel room. Bravo!

  3. What a pretty place to stay! Glad you had fun in the grand state of Texas. :)

  4. I've been to the Gaylord Hotel in Nashville - it's like a little town all enclosed. Looks like you had a totally relaxing and enjoyable time. I use to love going with my husband on his business trips. While he was busy, I could play alone! Then we would have a nice dinner and fun evening. Sally

  5. are so cute....only YOU would creatively make your scrapbook of your time WHILE you were still having your TIME AWAY! I have to say, your family and grandchildren and great grandchildren are going to have such a fun and wonderful time when they uncover all these treasures you made in your journey through life. What a legacy you are leaving them of a mom/Dad, grandma and grandpa who loved one another and loved spending time together. Think of will be for them like it was for you and I when we went through Hazel and Mabel's trunks full of treasures! I can hear the squeals of "Oh look at this!" even now! Love, Toni

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