We had a wonderful time in the Dallas area, visiting family for American Thanksgiving. Our hotel was near a little town called Grapevine.
We were also just down the road from the Gaylord Texan resort, so we went in there to see it all dressed up for Christmas. Oh my word!
I loved these shotgun shell Christmas lights!
It was great to be with family. My Aunt June loved the Christmas wreath that I made for her. I almost didn't do it, because I was so busy with work in the days leading up to our trip, plus I felt so guilty for working on something besides all the bee blocks I have in arrears. But I'm so glad I did it - it made her so happy to have something made by her late sister. Within the last four years, my aunt has lost her husband and the younger of her two sons - both of pancreatic cancer - and her sister (my mother). She up and left everything in Tennessee - too many memories - and moved to be near her son in Texas. I was thrilled to hear that she has been keeping company with a gentleman, a rancher who wears cowboy boots, of course! My cousin's eldest son had just been married, so we got to welcome his lovely bride into the family. We did puzzles, played Scrabble, watched Dallas lose to New Orleans, and ate loads of delicious food.
We also went to the Stockyards in Ft. Worth and dined at Cattlemen's Steakhouse before taking in the rodeo! We peeked into the bar at the Stockyards Hotel, but we were in too big a hurry to take advantage of the bucket of Buffalo Butt Beer.
This handsome fellow is Elvis, and he was the mount of the current Miss Fort Worth Championship Rodeo. He had an important job to do at the beginning of the rodeo as the crowd sang the national anthem.
The events at the rodeo included bull riding, calf roping, barrel riding, and a crazed event where hundreds of children chased a sheep around the ring, trying to remove a tag from its tail in order to claim a prize.
These guys are so much bigger in real life than they seem on television!
I never figured myself for a girl who goes for cowboys, but some of these guys......!
And they start young! My pal Jennifer clued me in that the letters on his sleeve probably stand for Professional Bull Riding instead of Pabst Blue Ribbon, which is what I thought!
These fellows had to stay on the bull for 8 seconds in order to get on the scoreboard. It doesn't seem like much time, but most of them didn't qualify. Those bulls were pretty angry!
Barrel riding was the women's event. These women had to race their horses around each of three barrels and back to end of the ring. The best times of the evening were less than 15 seconds.
It was an exciting evening! A glimpse into another world - far from the university where I spend most of my time, for sure!
I did make it to a small quilt shop in Carrollton, TX, but I will tell you about that in another post. For now, I will leave you with this video of bull riding!