Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hello. I'm Back!

I haven't posted for a few days because I was away over the extended holiday weekend, without access to the Internet.

We took an unexpected trip to the family cabin in New Mexico. The roof of the cabin is being replaced and the workers needed some supplies for the job that had been purchased in OK. Niece Amy and her family were planning to spend the 4th at the cabin, but they had no room in their vehicle to transport the supplies. You know how it is with kids, packing for a short trip involves taking most of your household goods with you! Enter Uncle Steve and Aunt Cindy, who volunteered to transport the supplies in exchange for being able to stay at the cabin and escape from the Oklahoma heat.

As a side note, we drove through El Reno, OK and saw this sign:
We are going to find the race schedule and go back!

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that we stopped for the night in Amarillo, TX and had dinner at The Big Texan. Here's The Husband immediately after arrival. He's happy!
No, we did not attempt to eat the "free" 72 oz steak dinner, but four challengers did while we were there. A challenger named Nelson managed to EAT THE WHOLE THING in 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Here is his victory fist pump!
The Big Texan is a fun roadside attraction. We've always enjoyed the meals there, which is why we continue to stop when we are in the area.

We arrived at the New Mexico cabin early on Friday and, after a trip into town for groceries, commenced relaxing and having a good time with Niece Amy and her family. Her boys are almost 5 (end of July) and 3 1/2. It was good for us to spend quality time with the boys on this trip. They live an hour and 1/2 from us, so we don't get to see them as frequently as we would like. Aunt Cindy learned that one way to their little hearts is via bacon! They were so cute asking for pieces the morning I cooked breakfast!

Here we are on a short hike, which the boys love to do.
Everyone did their own thing during the day and at night, after the boys were in bed, the four adults had nice dinners together. Amy enjoys cooking and is good at it, so it was a win/win for everyone.

Amy's family attended the 4th of July Fiesta parade in Las Vegas, NM on Saturday morning. On Sunday, the 4th, we were invited to shoot off fireworks with old family friends at their ranch not far from the cabin. It was fun for everyone to visit with each other and view the fireworks. The boys enjoyed yelling "fire in the hole" once the fuses were lit!

I will tell you that while the fireworks were pretty, the stars were absolutely magnificent! We were in a big, mountain pasture with no city lighting for miles and not a cloud in the sky. As the evening progressed, more and more stars popped out in the big, big sky. It was awe inspiring and made me realize how much beauty city dwellers miss every night.

Here is a photo of the roof project. Hard work!
And, last but not least, here's a photo of Hermit's Peak. We see this peak out of the kitchen window. Do you see why we like to go to the cabin?
How was your 4th of July?


  1. What a treasure to have a cabin with a view like that!

  2. We had such a great time with you all. It was the break our family needed. Now...check out this wedding dinner menu..I thought of you.