It's been a week since Christmas and it's a whole new year. I've made my whirlwind trip from New York to California and back again and I have to admit I'm feeling the post-holiday letdown. To help ease my blues I thought I'd relive and share one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
Every Christmas Eve my dad and his bff, Mike, take all their daughters (there's 6 of us) down to the horse farm to check in on the family business and feed some much-deserved carrots to the horses.This year, my two sisters weren't able to make it on account of silly things like jobs and babies, so I represented for my clan along with Mike's 3 daughters, Allison, Michelle, and Elise. Sometimes my dad and Mike even coordinate their outfits.
After piling into the car and driving south, we arrived at the farm. The ladies hopped into our super-powered golf cart, left the dads to their silly regular golf cart and took off to see some horses!
This one doesn't belong to SLO Racing Stables, but was super into the carrots we'd brought.
It being Christmas Eve and all, the most mild mannered of our horses, Pleasing Sunrise, dressed up for the occasion. Pleasing sunrise is basically the most chill little horse you could imagine. As long as you give her carrots, she's game. She'll even pose for some photos if you ask nicely and promise extra carrots, ear scratches and maybe even some Reiki.
For being so cooperative, she got some love from her owner.
The next horse who was willing to have her picture taken, was Justice is Brief. In her younger days, Justice was a darker gray. Now she's the prettiest white horse with little gray speckles. She's not as easily bribed into wearing antlers and taking pictures as Pleasing Sunrise, so I snapped a pic from a distance.
Since most of the horses are actually at the track, or not super fond of having their picture taken, we had one more to see. The latest son of Pleasing Sunrise, a baby horse who is yet to be named. I wanted to name him Sock, because he has on white leg, but apparently that's a dumb name...psht.
Just like his mamma, Sock (don't care!) is cool as a cucumber and loved having the ladies fawning all over him. There's a Uruguayan superstition about horses that says if they have two swirls in their hair on their foreheads, they are smart horses and will run fast. Sock has a double swirl and I think he'll grow up to be a fine horse!
After feeding the horses all our carrots, it was time for the dads and daughters to do some wine tasting so we hopped across the highway to Sunstone Winery.
We sipped and learned some fancyass ways of smelling wine. While the wine tasting "experience" was a little hoity toity for me, the wine is amazing. I'm not a big drinker in general, but I do enjoy good wine and Sunstone has some of the best wine I've had in years. It was fragrant, simple, and smooth. It's a boutique wine so you can only buy it from the winery, but it's well worth it!
The space itself is absolutely gorgeous. The inside of the tasting room is like going into a beautiful Mediterranean villa.
After our tasting, we took a bottle outside, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and each other's company.
Elise even stole a pic of me doing some work.
Here's the fruits of my labor.
Sadly, some of that sweet sweet wine was lost after a few glasses and an miscalculation with weight balance on the table.
But we spared what we could and enjoyed the glory of a California December. It's always nice to take a trip with my dad, since he's a pretty cool dude and I don't get to see him very much. This one is my favorite because everyone truly takes a break from the holiday/end-of-year stress and just enjoys being together. The only thing that was missing this year was my sisters. Hopefully next year Lo won't have to work and my niece with either be big enough to join us (obviously she'll have to wait until 2035 to partake in the wine tasting, but what little girl doesn't love horses!?) or be able to spare her mother for a morning.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is so far enjoying the new year! I'm going to make every effort to post more in 2015, so let me know what types of posts you enjoy the most and I'll keep 'em coming!