Osoyoo's 2011

I have amazing people in my life. My parents, my brothers, their wives, uncles and aunts, my best friend *cough* shot out to Dayne *cough*, photographer friends, and girlfriends -- and most importantly, last but not least - Verlon. All these individuals have somehow helped me out at one time or another whether it be words of affirmation or the confidence to continue on-ward - everyone has had an impact on my life personally and professionally. Now, Verlon -- he knows exactly what I need sometimes and that means a break from the rush and time to relax. Whether it be simple quality time or an adventure.

This past week Verlon surprised me at home with a beautifully wrapped box from one of my favourite stores with an outfit he had picked out! Such a surprise being that he was whisking me away for the weekend for our yearly, what I thought might have gotten cancelled weekend in Osoyoos! I love wine, no seriously - wine is the entrance fee to my dinner party heart. I'm a big fan of Charlie Don't Surf in Whiterock for a couple of reasons a- their location is stellar across from the ocean b- they have fish n'chips and c- they have See Ya Later - Gerwurtzminer, white wine! Well guess where we went this weekend... See Ya Later Winery! 

We stayed at Walnut Beach Resort which was amazing and reminded us of Mexico right on the lake in Osoyoos (felt like I was back in Mexico at the resort in July). We had a Saturday filled with wine tasting at Moon Curser (previously known as Twisted Tree) - one of my absolute favourites, Burrowing Owl, Church & State, Blasted Church (branding, wow awesomeness), See Ya Later, and finally Hester Creek for dinner. If you want to know more about wines, feel free to give me a call - I'll tell you my favourites! 

Sunday we decided to head up to West Bank and visit Mission Hill and whoa. Was it ever about the experience, what a neat establishment from the location, the look, feel, architecture, and the staff was so incredibly informative. We met Verlon's sister and brother-in-law (Lori & Josh) there and later for Dinner. I picked up a great desert wine "Riesling - Late Harvest" which I'm thinking is going to make some vanilla icecream very happy. 

I'm pumped for the week after this great adventure -- next adventure, Aliza's 1st Birthday!

I'm pretty sure this was the first time I ever saw "Turtle Crossing"

The vineyard at Hester Creek Winery

The restaurant at Hester Creek - such yummy pizza made with truffle oil!

my take home (other than wine) from blasted church - a serving dish

camera timer on a wine barrel! Did we ever get funny looks! 

The driveway to Blasted Church

This right here, took me back to being a kid -- my dad has one of these from when he use to make and crush grapes for wine -- I just remember always wanting to play with it because it was so cool. I also remembering hearing stories about my brothers putting drywall mud (my dad is a contractor/construction man) into the wine mixes... Dad = not impressed then!

Josh (Verlon's brother in law) and his wife (Lori, Verlon's sister) -- met us at Mission Hill since they live in Kelowna, and in a plot to take pictures of verlon and I, josh asked "Can I just play with your camera?" and well, i said "okay"

Then I turned the tables on them!

time for scripty font with our names, heck yes! My turn!

I'm not sure why this always feels right but whenever I don't know what to do -- I throw my hands up like this and furrow my brows. Heyo - rapper in my previous life apparently.