a day in the country does a soul good.
after hitting unicorn, gray ghost, and rappahannock wineries, we headed to my favorite discount stores in front royal - big lots and dollar general. yep, can't escape my oklahoma roots. our poor beaus were begging for mercy by the time we exited the last one with a few bags in tow-glitter glue, hair ties, tracing paper, scented tea lights, colored pencils. all sorts of goodies at great prices.
then off to eat at my fave mexican restaurant near the shenandoah mountains--jalisco! i've been going to this little gem for a decade now and have watched it bloom from a small family place near the entrance of the park to a new, much larger location with a burgeoning clientele. i love these success stories. we emerged well-fed around 8 and weren't quite ready to return to reality so we stopped in manassas to see the da vinci code.
ahh, home at 12:30 and loved every minute. the attached photo shows rachel, local belly dance phenom of sahara dance, and me playing with bubble wands outside of our first winery. sometimes a little play goes a very long way!