The Kids

The Kids

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hope you all have a Happy New Year! We went out to eat with friends at Outback... we decided to go 'early' to beat the New Year rush. Not sure what we were thinking (clearly we weren't) because our 50 minute wait turned into 2 hours and we still didn't have a table... but we did have two free appetizers!

Four hours later, we were stuffed and happy! On our way home, Sean reminded me that I promised to make chocolate cake to celebrate the New Year... oops, I forgot. Didn't want to disappoint, so I pulled out the bowls and mix and whipped up some chocolate cupcakes. Sean was happy, but I still hate the way anything I bake turns out dry or overdone! My once moist chocolate cupcakes in Virginia are now dry parched chocolate cupcakes in New Mexico. I really need to fix this problem!

Perhaps, I should take some time off from Blogging and Facebooking and spend some time researching high (5,000 feet above sea level) altitude cooking... maybe tomorrow.

Wit and Wisdom from a 3 year old...

Woke Sean up last night to take him to the bathroom... in his sleepy stooper, he dispensed some wisdom to me... "Mommy, it's not good to open an umbrella in the house"... Thank you, Sean. I fell asleep knowing that he has made me a bit older and a lot wiser!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The River of Lights...

We took Daddy to see The River of Lights... it was pretty awesome! I was happy with the way the pictures came out... what you don't see is how fast we walked through this... Ethan decided that he had to pee once we were almost half way through and far enough away from the bathrooms that we didn't want to turn back... Oh well, it was cold and we had already walked through it once. Hot chocolate anyone?!?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Two words... Rattle - Snakes...

We checked out the RattleSnake Museum with our new friends (let me explain that unless otherwise specified the term 'friends' as it relates to New Mexico translates to Louis and Luvia and their daughters as we have no other 'friends' that we do anything with here)... it was pretty cool. I didn't realize that there are so many different kinds of rattlesnakes and I think they are all pretty much poisonous (didn't read the information - not all of it anyway).

It was a bit disturbing to find out that they use dens under rocks and stuff... which means that the holes that we saw hiking may have belonged to something else. We did learn that there is a den that the Museum Snake People check every winter... it's located 50 miles West of Albuquerque. Anyway, this den has housed up to 350 rattlesnakes during the winter!!! That's insane!!! And scary!!!

Funny that when you come across a rattlesnake you should not turn and run away... instead, you should back away slowly... Aren't those the same directions if you run across a bear?!?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snow... not here...

Oh, Virginia... we waited patiently for seven long years to see a snow like this... but alas, you waited until we had gone... I shed a single tear of sadness not to be able to share such a beautiful sight with old friends!

** Fredericksburg got twenty inches of snow and we missed it... I'm wishing we were there (just for a day, that's all) **

Sandia Park is ugly...

I've been telling all of our friends and family to register for the HGtv Dream Home giveaway which is located in Sandia Park, New Mexico... it's about a half hour away from our house on the East side of the mountains from Albuquerque. Well, we drove out to check out the area... it turns out that the home is located in a gated community and sits on between 3 and 6 acres. It is surrounded by five different mountain ranges and the evergreens and shrubs in the area are tall enough that you wouldn't be able to see your neighbors, but you can still see the 'view'.

After checking out the area and taking a look at the types of houses that are built in the development South of Dream Home, I can safely say... that it is a complete waste of time for anyone and everyone to register for this house. The area is ugly and completely undesirable... I mean, who wants to wake up and look at mountains everyday?!? Just don't register... and if you do, and you do win... we will be okay with watching the Dream Home for you if you don't want to move... I mean, if we have to...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sledding on Christmas...

After we finished opening gifts and running through the shower, we gave Louis and Luvia a call... they were up for a trip to the mountains to take in some sledding. I have to admit that I was a bit worried because there wasn't any snow on the West side... I was relieved when we got around to the East side and started seeing snow. Thank God, because the kids were not going to be happy without an hour of sledding.
An hour is about all we were able to handle... it was sooooo cold. At the most, twenties plus wind chill. It didn't stop our boys... especially Ethan. He had so much fun sledding. He was up and down the hills twice as fast as any of us!

So glad that we were able to make snow angels on Christmas! Granted, it wasn't a 'White Christmas' at our house, but it was within driving distance!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas boys!!! They had so much fun opening up their presents... and Sean was so excited to open up Lulu the cat (so glad she isn't meowing in the laundry room anymore) and his swimming dog! Ethan was excited to find that we had got him his metal detector and LEGOs... of course his most used gift is a really soft blanket that Santa got him...

We had such a wonderful Christmas! The boys kept saying that this was "The Best Christmas Ever!" I missed all of our extended family, but I have to admit that we had a pretty awesome Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve!

And we have tamales!!! Our new friends came over to eat tamales with us... they turned out really good even though I had no idea what I was doing! Thank God Luvia is a great teacher! The boys had so much fun playing with their new friend, Destry.

If tamales and margaritas weren't enough, we broke out the Redneck Trivia game. What a riot! It's the Redneck version of Trivial Pursuit... the categories are Weapons, Big Game, Small Game, Camping and Fishing. It took two hours, but us girls won! We smoke 'em!

We had a great Southwestern Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Grandma!

Aunt Jenni thought up a great gift idea for Grandma... we got a webcam and she got Grandma one... We all got online this afternoon and surprised Grandma! It was awesome!

I gave everyone a ridiculously impromptu tour of our house... I even included the stylish folding table that was set up in the front room... it started as a table to put together a puzzle and turned into a 'catch all' for virtually everything. If I would have known that I was going to 'show' everyone around, I would have thrown all of the 'clutter' in the garage!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We got snow...

Well, we got a little snow! The boys had fun seeing some flakes falling from the New Mexico sky. Pretty cool! We also spent the evening with new friends making tamales... I had never made tamales before and I sure did learn a lot! I knew that you used corn husks to make them, but I didn't know that you actually don't eat them!?! Oops! Like I said, I had never made tamales before...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

There's a wedding in our future...

Sean let me know today that he's getting married!!! Yeah... he said that there is a girl in his class and they were going to get married. I shot that down pretty quick. I am certainly not entertaining that one... especially since he thinks that in order to get married,

"A boy and a girl kiss... and that's how you get married!"

None of that thank you very much!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is the Rio Grande?!?

Before moving to New Mexico, I only saw pictures of the Rio Grande... for some reason, I thought that the whole river was one big gorge! I thought that you stood on the edge and looked way down to see the water... or you could rent a donkey and ride down along some scary little trail...

and then I moved here... and now I get to drive across the Rio Grande all the time... and this is what it looks like here! It looks like any other river... who knew?!? (not me)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

There's a museum for that?!?

We checked out Albuquerque's Balloon Museum this weekend! We actually checked it out yesterday and then found out that today was free to Albuquerque residents... plus, Santa floated in on a balloon (not really, but he was taking pictures in a basket) and they had balloon crafts, balloon cookie decorating and, of course, a balloon artist that made the boys a balloon ladybug and airplane! Nothing like getting into the Christmas spirit!

This 'basket' thing (I don't know what they call it because I didn't take the time to read about it) went across the ocean (again, don't know which one because I didn't read it and for that matter it may have went around the world... I don't know) with a hot air balloon attached to it! There were people in it too! Crazy!

Merry Christmas boys!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Our leap of faith...

Definition: Leap of faith. (Leepe uv faithe) descriptive verb. To move to New Mexico not knowing how much you are going to get paid or how much your bills are going to be.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The writings on the... rock?!?

We went to Petroglyph National Monument today... it's about seven miles from our house and it is so neat! It is made up of inactive volcanoes and a long time ago the Native Americans drew primitive pictures on the black rocks... so cool. The boys loved climbing to the top and back down again. Hiking is one of their favorite things to do now... I didn't really like 'Beware of Rattlesnakes' signs... I appreciated them, but I didn't like them...

I am open to trying new things...

For instance, tonight JD and I went to a bar (that's not the new part)... with some friends and I had a few beers (that's not the new part)... and we watched Ultimate Fighting Championship...

The bar was crazy busy and there was standing room only... I was suprised at how fast two hours flew by!

Besides trying something new tonight, I also learned something new too... the Southwest doesn't have a name for Redneck! Had a good time... thanks Louis and Luvia!

Friday, December 11, 2009

I have a friend...

My mom called me this afternoon and told me that I was giving her heartburn... "Why?" I asked...

She told me that she was just out of sorts because I didn't know anyone in Albuquerque yet... she said that she felt the same way when I was pregnant with Ethan and JD was headed overseas... she wished that I had a support system here with friends to check in with...

I said, "but Mom, I met a friend today and her name is Julie."

She said, "Tania, you had a friend when you were little and its' name was 'boy' and he was imaginary... an imaginary friend named 'Julie' does not count."

I explained that Julie was a real person and that I had met her at Ethan's field trip... somehow, we couldn't get over the humor of me making up a friend or me actually having an imaginary friend...

I'm so glad that I don't have to do much to amuse my mother!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When in Rome...

We haven't got a good snow yet, but God blessed us with three perfectly good tumbleweeds... one large, one medium and one small! We felt that it was most appropriate to use God's blessings to make a... Tumbleweed Man!

Happy Holidays from our Tumbleweed Man...

We all voted that the wreath hat was a bit much...

Now this is more our style! We added the sombrero for a Southwestern flair! Yee-hah and Oh-lay!
The boys are freakin' out over our awesome Tumbleweed Man!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody...
(oh, by the way, the gifts are going to be late because instead of decorating ornaments, we were making a Tumbleweed Man!!!)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Livin in the Old West...

We had severe storms last night... well, in some areas they were supposed to get up to 24 inches of snow! We didn't get the snow, but we got severe winds... and an unexpected visitor!
This huge tumbleweed rolled through our yard sometime last night and left a wake of destruction! It's so big that if you tried to hug it (don't know why you would because it's pokey) you wouldn't be able to fit your arms around it!

It showed no mercy when it knocked down our little fake Christmas tree... it even left it's prickly prickers all over the poor tree!

Our wreath and 'Happy Holidays' sign stood no chance up against the horrible Tumbleweed and the wind...

We won't even discuss what happened to poor Frosty!

Monday, December 7, 2009

You may have been wondering...

So if you have been following our move, you may have noticed that I didn't mention anything about what happened to our double bagged casualty...

Well, we honestly kept forgetting about him. When we arrived in Albuquerque on Monday the 23rd, we were so exhausted and so focused on getting everything that survived in the house that he slipped our minds. We did remember to take him out of JD's truck... unfortunately we sat him next to the house on the sidewalk...

We ran some errands to get groceries and stuff that evening... when we got home, he had been moved into the driveway. While we were carrying in groceries, he did manage to get moved to the garage door manual opener thing... yeah, he was hanging on the front of our garage.

We spent the next week in the house unpacking and organizing... the garage door was never opened and we were only reminded of the casualty when we ran in and out to do errands. Each time we would say, "We really need to do something with that fish."

We had a bit of an issue with exactly 'what' we were going to do with him... you see, our front yard is all rock and the backyard is sand (which Max loves to dig in)... I had suggested that maybe we just throw him in the trash and JD was dead set against that... we had brought him this far (and had him hang around this long) that he deserved something better than that...

After a few more days of thinking, JD asked me to come outside and help him. My job was to get the fish out of the two bags that it called its' temporary resting place' for a week and a half (definitely the short end of the stick) and drop it under the big rock in the front yard that JD had lifted up for that very purpose... all I can say is it's a good thing that it is dry out here, because that fish should dry up pretty quick so that it doesn't stink by the middle of summer!

Oh well, we are all here and in our most appropriate spots... better late than never.
We are a little wierd...

Up... Up... and away...

Didn't know I was living the movie 'UP'!

This is what I woke up to this morning... It's cloudy and cold today, but that doesn't stop a balloonist!

This picture is cool because you can kind of see the fire from the burner... apparently it is warm up there because of the burner!
Bye, Bye Balloon... see you again another day!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

'Girl' toys...

Sean came up to me today and said, "Mom, I just want 'girl' toys for Christmas."

What 'girl' toys exactly?

"I just want a 'swim to me puppy' and a cat named Lulu and a flashlight."

Really? I explained to him that the puppy and the kitty could really be toys for boys, but someone somewhere decided to market them towards girls instead. I told him that it was sexist.

After I put him to bed, I went online to see exactly what this puppy was and who Lulu was... Toys R Us and Walmart were out of the Rescue Me Puppy that swims and Target was out of Lulu the cat that purrs. Geesh, my little boy had to pick two of the most popular 'girl' toys to want this year! I did end up finding the dog at Target online and the cat at Toys R Us online.

I have to admit that I am excited to see his face light up when he opens his 'girl' toys this Christmas! He's so funny... whenever he sees a commercial for the puppy, he freaks out and has to show it to me... he then makes the motions as if he is swimming when he says 'swim to me puppy'! It is so stinkin' cute!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Just call us snotty...

Ever since we moved to New Mexico, I have felt like the altitude is trying to squeeze every last bit of snot out of my head! I can fill tissue after tissue and still find more snot! It's not just me, Daddy and the boys have the same problem.

The rumor has it (we heard it from a urgent care doctor) that this snot overload is part of the climatization part of the move... didn't know I was signing up for this! The Doc said that it could take up to three months before our bodies get used to the 4500 feet above sea level altitude.

In the meantime, my head will fight against the altitude and continue to produce more and more snot... I've been snotty for so long, my sinus pockets might not know what to do with themselves if they suddenly became empty!

For now, I ask "Anyone have a dozen tissues?!?"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Guess what?!?

We found the mixer! It was in a box marked "Bathroom"... no wonder we didn't find it!