Saturday, October 22, 2011

Family Update

Instead of giving you all the excuses as to why I no longer take time to blog very often I'll just show you what I've been up to lately.  My parents and my sister Becky (complete with her 6 children) came to visit us for Fall Break.  We had a lot of fun exploring New Mexico while they were here.  

Before everyone arrived (they really should have come a week earlier!) we found out for ourselves what all this "balloon stuff" was about.  Ever since people learned we were moving to New Mexico they started talking to us about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, so we headed off to see for ourselves if it was worth all the fuss.  Thankfully, it was.  These pictures were taken during one of the night time Balloon Glows.  It's really quite an amazing site.  All the hot air balloons are in a big park lit up and thousands of people are walking around enjoying them.  There's lots of people, and lots of balloons, and it's really cool.  My little brother Austin and his friends came down for it, but we weren't smart enough to take any pictures together. I did get some of the balloons though.
We especially liked what they call the "special shapes" balloons, you can see for yourself why they're special.

Then when Becky and my parents got here we took a day to go to Santa Fe.  I really love it there and think it's a fun place to take visitors, it's so beautiful.  I feel like there you can really understand why they call New Mexico "The Land of Enchantment."

We went to an old Catholic church at the Plaza (can't remember what it's called), it's a beautiful church and I'm so glad they let you go in and take pictures because it's amazing inside. 

Then we also checked out ABQ's museum of natural history and Old Town Albuquerque.
But one of the reasons I was really glad my family was in town was that they were here to celebrate Hallie's 8th birthday with us.  She was so excited to have her cousins here for the occasion.  We made a fun Halloween cake and spent the night playing with her new birthday present, Just Dance 3.  The kids never seemed to tire of dancing, I love that game! My nieces who were here also have October birthdays, so we had two cakes for the occasion and sang to them too. 
Remember Hallie's candy cake from last year?
We liked it so much we made a Halloween version this year. 
I pretty much did the same thing as last year except went to town with Halloween Candy.  And instead of doing the rainbow cake on the inside I layered (with my Mom's help) a chocolate and vanilla (dyed orange) cake.  It was yummy.  

I promise the Fancy Nancy blogger you've grown accustomed to is around here somewhere.  I've just got figure out how she fits into New Mexico before she resumes her normal posts :) Thanks for hangin in there with me. 

10 comments:

MarySue said...

Looks like a great fun time and I must say you've done it again Girl with that darling cake. So fun to follow your cute style on Pinterest. Happy day wishes.

Lfree said...

Looks like you're having fun! Did they have the planters peanut balloon? That's the one I always remember. Moving truck came to your house today. I'm guessing that's good news and a closing for you guys! Tell your fam Hi for us....and yay! we'll see you in Feb.

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Dawn said...

I'm so glad you have been enjoying New Mexico! Maybe I will make it out to visit one of these days. I'm bummed about missing the girls weekend but hope it is a blast for the rest of you. I love all the pictures. The balloons look awesome! Miss you tons. Happy 8th Hallie. What an exciting year.
xoxo
Dawn

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