Monday, October 10, 2011

Fabulous Family Vacation!

You'll never believe where I've been!

That's Right!!!!T-E-X-A-S.  WoooHoooo!!!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I feel like I was supposed to be Texan, but somehow I was born and raised in Arizona.  I would be an amazing Texan! I love big hair, bling, boots, and leather.  

Our Texas vacation began with a stop to visit the World Famous King Ranch!

The King Ranch is the largest cattle ranch in the United States. It sprawls over nearly a million acres, an area that is larger than the state of Rhode Island!

There is a rich history on this ranch, and we were thrilled to get to see it in person.

If you'd like to read more about the King Ranch, they have a great website:

The famous "running W" brand has always been synonymous with the King Ranch.

The King Ranch is also known for their high quality horses and development of Santa Gertrudis cattle.  The Santa Gertrudis breed is a blend of 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Shorthorn cattle. 

After touring the ranch, we headed into Kingsville to visit the King Ranch Saddle Shop. I was expecting to walk into a regular saddle shop with tack and aisles of saddles.


I was SO wrong.

I walked through that door and entered into Texas Heaven.

My husband scraped me off the floor, and then we shopped.

I wanted everything in the store.  I wanted much.  I wanted all.

I need this bovine in my life.

Now that I've seen this furniture, my living room feels uninspired and mundane.  I need more cowhide in my life.  I need more leather.  I need to live at the King Ranch Saddle Shop.

Yes, Please.

I need this before Thanksgiving.  Every turkey should come served on this plate.  Every cut of beef should be served on this plate.  Every ranch wife should own this plate. I should own this plate.  I do not yet own this plate, but it will be on my Christmas wish list.  It's so pretty that it should be on my wall for the world to see.

And this Christmas tree.... it has "Texas" written all over it. Texas Christmas trees are cooler than Arizona Christmas trees.  Deer antler trees blow the Arizona Tumbleweed Christmas tree out of the water.

Now that I've been to the King Ranch Saddle Shop... my life will never be the same.  These pictures don't even scratch the surface of the rugged western beauty in that shop.  It's "Cowboy Classy" to the max.  There is jewelry, clothing, luggage... you name it, they have it.  

With a heavy heart, I left the store without even getting the chance to buy the whole thing.  But  there is hope...

They have a website!

Go. Browse. Be Inspired.

Our visit to Kingsville was a great start for our fabulous trip to TEXAS!

Note: This is NOT a paid advertisement for The King Ranch Saddle Shop. They have no idea who I am.  I just think their stuff is dreamy, and I want to live there.  Forever.  Amen.


  1. I thought that cow chair was awesome...I want one of those....don't have a clue where I'd put it, but I would love one...

  2. I have always wanted to visit the King Ranch! Thanks for the wonderful pictures!

  3. Texas is one of the best places to go for a vacation in the countryside! The ranches provide a glimpse of the peaceful way of life, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the urban environment. Well, there will always be a next time to buy those memorabilia. Indeed, that is one fabulous trip to Texas. :)