Tuesday, November 16, 2010

20 days in the 505

WAY back on September 30th, I headed to Albuquerque for a nice 12-day visit. We got to see hot air balloons, ride wiggle cars, visit with BOTH sets of grandparents, and even buy freshly roasted green chile. Before we knew it, our 12 days had turned into 20 days. We had a great time!

I hadn't been to the Balloon Fiesta since 2005, so it was great to be able to go again. Ben's parents even came for the weekend, and so did Ben. Lucas loved the balloons. We didn't make it to a balloon glow because of weather, but every morning the balloons went up, which is a treat. Lucas got to go two days. Each balloon has a collector card, so Lucas worked really hard to collect the cards. He got about 20 the first day, and only a few the second day. The first day we went not too many balloons went up because of wind, but they all blew up and stayed on the ground. That gave us a lot of time to get cards. The second day was on the weekend - it was a complete madhouse. We decided it's best to go in the beginning of the week before too many balloonists go home. Lucas's favorite balloon was the space shuttle. I can't wait to take him back again some year.
Aside from balloons we had a great time visiting with family. Both boys were, of course, spoiled rotten by having access to 4 grandparents and their aunts, cousins and uncle. Lucas got to go up the tram again, to the zoo, and the aquarium. That awesome hat he's wearing is what he chose at the aquarium with Lisa. She wanted to get him a baseball hat for the sun, but he thought the crab hat was more appropriate. It has actually come in quite handy. I put it on him for the Balloon Fiesta so I could find him - AND it happened to be crazy hat day, so he got lots of attention. I also wore it for Halloween this year. And he'll get to wear it in a couple weeks for crazy hat day at school. He was right - it was a great find.
I ended up staying so long because Ben had a lot of work to do at home. So, Ben suggested I stay in ABQ where I would have help with kids (and he could work like a mad man guilt free).
Thanks for a great trip, everyone!

1 comment:

Krista said...

mmm! i want some of that green chili!