Avery is creeping up on the ripe old age of two, and since kids under two fly for free (as a lap child), we have really tried to take advantage and do a lot of traveling this year. As part of that mission, we went down to New Mexico to spend Christmas this year with family and friends we hadn't seen in a long time.
Let me start this story by saying that taking an almost 2 year-old on an airplane as a lap child is borderline crazy. 60% of your time is spent cycling through various sources of entertainment/snacks, 30% trying to hold the child's legs to prevent kicking other passengers/the seat in front of you, and 10% is spent trying not to lose your mind. Although somewhere in the mix, there are snuggles, and snuggles make everything alright.
Brandon's parents live in New Mexico on a ranch, which was so much fun to have Avery experience. Every day, we went out and visited the animals, rode grandpa's tractor, and of course took selfies on the hay bales.
Another highlight from the trip was going to Old Town Albuquerque and seeing the luminarias. Luminarias are paper lanterns that are traditionally set out on Christmas Eve (the history of which I'm not sure about). They are popular all over the state of New Mexico, but Albuquerque and Santa Fe are known to have the best luminaria displays in the state. I remember Brandon taking me to see them the first Christmas after we got married, so it was really special for us to get to bring Avery to see them this time.
Amidst all the Chirstmas festivities, spending time with family and friends was definitely the best part of the trip. I have about 240 photos of us with family/friends, but I'll just post my favorite one...
Is your heart in a puddle on the ground yet? Merry (belated) Christmas everyone!
Oh, and here is a recap of my #joyfuldecember2016 photo challenge from the past week:
Day 19: Random acts of kindness. Today at the grocery store, the person in the checkout line behind us caught my munchkin eyeing some little elephant bracelets on display. He quickly pulled out some cash and handed it to me, saying "Please take this. I'd really like to buy her a couple of those bracelets." The crazy part? I had JUST put the exact same amount that he handed me into the Salvation Army bucket at the store entrance.
Day 21: Working out at home.There are SO many reasons I would rather exercise at home than go to a gym, the primary one being more time spent with my munchkin. Today, she delivered me a play dough ice cream cone as a post-workout snack. And totally solidified my love of working out with her by my side.
Day 22: My parents as grandparents. This transition was weird for me at first because the "grandparents" label made it feel like they were so old all of a sudden. But the truth is, becoming grandparents has brought out a youthfulness and energy in them that I hadn't seen in a long time. The love they pour into my munchkin and the incredible relationship each one has developed with her brings me a kind of joy I'd never experienced before having a child.
Day 26: Healthy eating. Don't get me wrong, I have been loving all the holiday indulgences. But my body always tells me when it's time to get back on track when I start craving fruits and veggies BADLY. So today, I loaded up my grocery cart with healthy goodies that I'm reeeaaaally looking forward to digging into this week.
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.