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Family Reunion Texas Style

This I summer I surprised my family by secretly traveling to Dallas, TX, for my niece’s high school graduation. How could I pass up the chance to travel, AND see my family?! Lol. I am the oldest of four children, and my siblings are Adam, 42, Alex, 25, and Bobby, 24.  We are all in different stages of our lives and scattered across the country so we haven’t been together in several years.

Dad, Bobby, Mom, Me, Alex, and Adam sitting on Adam’s waterfall.

Alex, Me, Mom, Codey, Adam, Dad, and Bobby after Codey’s High School Graduation Ceremony.

Codey’s graduation ceremony was held early Saturday morning in downtown Fort Worth, TX.  This left us plenty of time for lunch together, and a little afternoon shopping.  But before shopping we NEED to eat!  Lol. Here we all are at Babe’s for a Texan family style lunch- fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and all the fine fixin’s.

Codey’s Family

Wow!! Check out this platter of Babe’s famous fried chicken!

After lunch, five of us piled into my brother Adam’s little car (it looked more like a clown car lol) and headed over to check out Grapevine, TX. This is a nostalgic Western town with plenty of shops, eateries, and entertainment for everyone.

Main Street, Grapevine, TX

My dad and little brother, Bobby, relaxed outside while my mom, sister, and I popped in and out of boutiques.  I stumbled upon the Great American West Gallery, and inside I discovered a collection of ornately framed Western artwork and the most unusual chairs…

A pair of antique Western arm chairs (the frame reminds me of my Lexington California Legacy dining chairs) with a twist… Axis Deer hide and leather upholstery. I loved the deer hide & leather combination so much that I couldn’t resist rubbing my finger tips across the hairs on the hide back and along the smooth supple leather seat.  My hand followed the curvy hardwood arm down to pull the leather fringe through my fingers taking in every visual and tactile sensation along the way.

And, a pair of Hancock & Moore hand painted club chairs staged under this brick wall of Western art.  These chairs have clean comfortable lines, nail head details, and the perfect canvas for one-of-a-kind Southwest artwork- distressed leather.

Don’t think for one second that I didn’t notice the original exposed brick walls, authentic hand scraped wood floors, and perfect lighting lol. The American West Gallery is a work of interior design art, and would lend itself to an array of furniture design styles-swap out the Western décor for industrial chic furnishings and you instantly have a lofty space.

It didn’t take long for us to subcumb to the Texas heat so we enjoyed some ice cream and drove back to my brother Adam’s house for more fun in the pool.

With its unusual and interesting Texan shops Grapevine proved to be a great place to spend an afternoon with my family.

 Gina

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