Our last visitor for the summer was my cousin/one of my best friends/matron of honor, Andrea! When Andrea was little her parents would try to get her to say her name, An-dree-ah! But all she could get out was the last bit, EA, and so began her nickname. And when you're from Texas so close to Mexico, the easiest thing to rhyme with EA is tortilla of course! So she is ea tortilla!
She was supposed to come in Saturday night but sadly her flight was canceled and she didn't make it in until Sunday around lunch time. After a quick bite to eat at Burr's Soda Fountain, Mitchell drove us out to Amador County in a friend's Mini Cooper for a little wine tasting. I bought a Living Social deal for a winery out there and wanted to use it while Andrea was in town!
|Amador County is beautiful and a great way to start the trip!|
|Haha, how could we pass up an opportunity to take a photo like this??|
|Oh Mitchell, we're switched!|
On Monday, Mitchell had to go up north for a work trip so Andrea and I hung out in Sacramento. We went to Old Sacramento, which is the touristy, historic downtown of Sacramento. We stopped at a Mexican restaurant I'd been wanting to try for a drink then made our way home and had homemade quesadillas and watched a documentary.
When Andrea was in college, she spent the fall semester of her senior year studying abroad in Paris. While she was there she made some lifelong friends, one of whom lives just north of Napa and was on summer break from dental school. All of that equals a necessary day trip to Napa Valley on Tuesday to visit Amanda!
|Reunited after 2.5 years! They hadn't seen each other since Andrea's wedding in March of 2010!|
|After wine tasting at V. Sattui, we bought a bottle of their wine, some cheeses, a baguette and chicken salad and had a picnic lunch outside. Yum!|
|Walking along the vineyard! We may have tasted some of the grapes on the vine! So close to harvest season!|
|Haha, if you're gonna take a picture with my phone when I'm not looking, don't be surprised if it ends up online! ;)|
|Sweet friends at Menage a Trois winery!|
|Cousins at Sterling Winery - so beautiful up there!|
We made our way back to Sacramento that night and crashed pretty early. On Wednesday, Andrea was such a trooper and hung out at the house while I went to my "establish new patient care" doctor appointment. When I got home, we walked to McDonald's and got a coffee and a Diet Coke and then walked over to the park by our house. Andrea told me all about the goals she has set for her life. She works for a yoga-inspired athletic wear company called Lululemon. They are really big on goal setting and Andrea explained to me the process of setting goals for your life. It starts with envisioning your life and then setting 10 year, 5 year, 1 year and 6 month goals for yourself. Sounds like something we should do more often, right? :)
We met Mitchell for lunch at a restaurant by his work called Ink and then took our last picture together before I took her to the airport!
Andrea, I had so much fun having you out for a visit! I can't wait to see you again!