As we enter the holiday season, I want to go back in time to blog about a different Fiesta from our vacation in October. Rob, Simon, Val (Rob’s Mom) and I flew out to Albuquerque to visit with Aunt Mary and Ahad and to attend the Balloon Fiesta.
We had a great week with family and several days of early mornings and no naps. Last time we visited was just after we got married at Christmas in 2008. We spent the first day at the Albuquerque Zoo. Then Saturday morning got up at 3AM to see balloons. Of course Simon chose this as a night to SLEEP, so we had to break a rule and WAKE the BABY. We got to the Fiesta grounds only to find that the wind was to strong and there would be no launch. Instead we spent the afternoon at Explora.
Sunday morning we tried again. And SUCCESS!!! Monday we drove up to Santa Fe and saw even MORE balloons while driving.
I spent Tuesday working on school stuff to prepare for THE EXAM (which was last week, and until I hear otherwise will assume I passed – they are grading December 5) so Rob took Simon and Val up the Tram to the top of the mountain.
The first day we tried to see balloons it was too windy, so we went to Explora instead. Oh, how I love reciprocal museum membership. They had this nifty animation room with a zoetrope. Rob and Simon made a movie.
On Friday Rob and I took the car and drove up to Santa Fe. It snowed the whole time. Wet but pretty. We saw the cathedral on the square, then went shopping! I bought a small nativity from Peru. The Mexican and South American nativities are very different from the ones I’m used to seeing. We went into a pottery gallery and bought a little pot made with black clay, and a decorative band of sparkly green clay (it’s made that way because of the minerals in the clay) There is a history behind the pot and the artists who made it, I’ll have to do some research to remember everything the gallery owner told us about it.
We walked to a different part of Santa Fe and went to eat at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame BBQ. The food was alright, we had the BBQ sampler and sweet potato fries. The decor though was awesome, tons of pictures of cowgirls on there horses with their lassos. I should have bought a t-shirt.
On the way back the the car we stopped at the Church of Our Lady Guadalupe and took some pictures of the statue there. Many people have left candles and flowers at her feet. Then headed out of town before the snow got worse.
Oh, and on the way back to Mary’s we stopped at one of the casinos and gambled away $4.91.
And when we finally did get back we had some peppermint cake and pie a day early for Valerie’s birthday.
Christmas Day!Christmas morning we woke up and once everyone was ready and dressed we opened the presents from Santa. It’s so nice to know he found us in New Mexico. I got moccasins and Mary gave me some silver bangles that had belonged to Rob’s grandmothers. Rob got a vest and a new shirt. Everyone liked the wedding pictures we gave them.For lunch we had a huge meal of steak, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli with white cheese sauce, and delicious sweet potato pear soup. I really can’t believe how much and how well we ate. After lunch we went to see the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Interesting movie – definitely a go see.
When we got back to the house we built a fire and settled in for another snow…and some more singing. Merry Christmas.