What an amazing vacation! It's hard to believe all of the things that we crammed into 3 full and 2 partial days.
|I love Kael!|
On the first morning, we escaped the back yard and went hiking on the adjacent acreage. Azalea was overcome with excitement.
|She takes after her mother.|
Back at the house, the girls painted in our host's painting studio. He is a professional artist. His space made me feel as though I could paint, too. It was a lovely space.
|Oh my I have a pointy nose.|
And that was just day 1! On day two my mom took Azalea skiing while my sister and I took the little kids sledding, all of us somewhere up in the Santa Fe mountains. It was an exhausting morning, so it was a low-key afternoon at the house. Low-key afternoons after an exhausting morning are arguably my favorite part of a vacation.
|We were somewhere up in the whitest part, in the middle.|
On day 3 we went to Pecos National Historical park to visit the ruins of the old Pecos Pueblo. Pecos became the central city for the merger of several Native American tribes before the arrival of the Spaniards. They successfully warded off the Spaniards for awhile, but eventually succumbed. The ruins are fantastic, the centerpiece of which is the mission. The walls of the first story are still standing.
|Azalea dancing upon our entrance to the mission ("castle")|
|The girls in one of the archways. They were only as tall as my shoulders, if that.|
On day 4 my sister and I got some time away from the families and went on a brief date downtown. Then it was time to pack up and move out. When boarding our first flight, the co-pilot was standing next to the stewardess and invited Azalea into the cockpit. ! At first she was a little bit shy, but then she met pilot Tony who invited her to grab onto the...wheel? I can't think of what the steering thingy is called in an airplane. Regardless, I got the camera out just in time for Ian to snag a pic. Lucky kid.
Our flight got in at 10:30pm, and it wasn't until 11 that we had our luggage. My kids have never been up that late in their lives, but they were holding up very well. In fact, Eleanor insisted on dragging her own suitcase AND pushing the elevator buttons. It was thoughtful of her to give her parents a break.
Per usual, a good time was had by all. Now it's back to the grind, but with a refreshed spirit it doesn't seem so bad. Although I'm already looking forward to the next vacation...