We aren’t much of souvenirs buyers, though we did let the girls each pick a little something, but these rocks are my souvenirs and I love them so much! Seeing them brings me a wave of memories from our time this summer. Some of them are displayed in our home, and some are just sitting in a basket waiting for a special spot. I think some of these pictures blown up might even make for a nice poster. There’s just so much beauty in something as simple as a rock!
Are you or your kids rock collectors too?2013 summer vacation recap and we spent a lot of time out in the mountains, but we also spent a lot of time in our cabin too.
It was our first time renting an actual home (cabin) to stay in rather than a hotel. I was kind of nervous about it at first, but we had such a lovely time and the place was amazing. We had these large front windows that looked onto the mountains and the view was just breathtaking. We chose Snow Bear Inn to stay at and it was perfect for our group of 8. There were 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining and living room. It was nice to have a home away from home. We made all our meals (never ate out at all, but it took intense meal planning and packing!) and had a room of their own to go to bed at a proper time, and it gave us adult time to chat.
So many memories were made here. Mama, Ben’s mom, made wonderful breakfasts every morning; we were spoiled having waffles, pancakes, and french toast everyday. We had family dinners at the table and Ben’s sister, Suzy, would read from his mom’s old journal that she wrote when they would go on vacation when to New Mexico when Ben and Suzy were younger. That was an especially memorable night. The girls and Ben’s sister put on a show for us on the last night and the girls just loved that they had a new place to explore, everything was way cool to them! Another favorite memory were our family walks at night. They weren’t long, but they were just so peaceful and it was just wonderful to be surrounded by God’s creation under twilight. That blanket of stars above just left you in awe!
Snow Bear Inn was the perfect place to call home while we there and we were sad to leave. It made us dream of buying a cabin there one day. Donna, the manager, was especially helpful and always gave us the best suggestions of what to do and see. She went above and beyond and I was seriously calling her everyday for this or that and she was so great in answering my questions. I think Taos Ski Valley is quite popular in the winter since it’s known for skiing, so summer was a much more affordable time to go and stay there. Now that I think about it, it’s called Snow Bear Inn, but it isn’t really an inn, but more like a lot of cabin/condos put together. Most of them have individual owners that rent it out when they aren’t there and Donna manages it all. It would be fun to be one of those owners and have this little haven to go to every summer. A girl can dream, can’t she?!
If you could have another little place to call home anywhere in the world, where would you choose?LACMA. Ben and I hadn’t been in several years and we wanted to check out some of the outdoor installations because we knew the girls would have a lot of fun with them.
There were two main ones we wanted to take the girls to see, which were Urban Lights and Penetrabile. They had so much fun running through all the lampposts and they especially loved the yellow plastic tubes! They kept walking and running through it, pulling it, hugging it, and even Glow tried licking it (oh boy!). Obviously, they really loved it. It’s such a simple piece, but so striking and so fun! I asked Ben if we could make our own version of it for our backyard because the girls would for sure love that!
We also checked out some of the Greek and Roman Art they because we studied that in our ancient times history lessons. We will definitely be back to explore because there is just so much to see; there was no way we were going to cover it all in one afternoon. Next on our list will for sure be the Levitated Mass!
My two big girls are looking “stylish” in their denim skinnies and boots. True’s been really cute of late when it comes to dressing. She’ll say, “Mom, I like fashion. Does this look stylish?” Also, I’m wearing the Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies in coated wash, which I wore here and here, but I liked the fit so much, I ended up getting it in the coated wash too (BTW- my printed denim skinnies and my coated wash never did that odd weird stretch out too much thing as the day wore on, but reviews say go up a size, and I say don’t, just get your normal size). I like that Old Navy carries petite sizes (I’m a shorty) and it saves me the trouble of having to hem my jeans. I actually got the coated wash, showed Ben, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off, so I returned it. That night Ben says, “I really liked those and I think you could totally do it!” So I went back to the store the next day to get them back (thankfully, they didn’t sell yet). Then, I tried on a pair of the mid-rise rockstar skinnies and fell in love with those too and got a pair. After having 4 kids, that mid-rise helps my soft tummy area stay inside where it’s supposed to be, if you know what I mean! Gosh, I’ve been consistently working out 4-5 days a week for almost 4 years now and that mom belly on me just never goes away. I guess it’s my souvenir from that journey. I’m thankful for mid-rise/high-waisted bottoms because it helps hide it, and I’m especially thankful for Spanx! Anyone else with me on that?!
on me: rockstar skinnies, c/o old navy. top, vintage. denim shirt, madewell. shoes, shoe mint. on true: top (it’s actually a dress and see it here on soul, all their clothes are shared!), little bean. leopard skinnies, c/o old navy. glitter boots, c/o old navy. on brave: top and tunic, vintage. denim skinnies, c/o old navy. polkadot hightops, c/o old navy. on soul: dress, misha lulu. ballet slippers, c/o old navy. on glow: dress, vintage. shoes, c/o freshly picked.
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We hiked to the top of Wheeler Peak, which is the highest point in New Mexico. It was 15 miles round trip and we were gone from 7:30am to 4pm, but oh it was so worth it! There were so many times when it felt like we were never going to make it to the top. It was long and steep, and we’re totally amateur hikers, but we kept going together. We kept going up, and up, and up, until we finally made it! We were in the clouds once we got to the top, but we did get a little bit of sun long enough to have our packed lunch together as we admired everything around us. Once it started getting chilly, we made our way back down.
Going down was less huffing and puffing, but definitely more strain on the legs. As we were going down, I kept finding pretty rocks (some pretty large) and I would have Ben hold them (and I held a couple) to take home as souvenirs. Ben had to keep telling me, “No more rocks!” By the time we got back down and into the car, we were both so exhausted!
It felt so good to do something like this together. The hike was a nice break from the noisy chaotic day-to-day lives we lead, so it gave us lots of thinking and praying time, and best of all, we were together. We enjoyed the silence and loved being surrounded by nature. I totally got bit with the hiking bug and want conquer more mountains together! Ben’s foot was hurting a bit from the hike, so he’s a little more apprehensive about it, but I’m thinking if we try out some trekking poles, that might help alleviate some of the pressure and strain we put on our legs and feet. I really just love the challenge of the hike and want to do more. I was so nervous and nauseous in the beginning because I didn’t know what to expect, but once we got our rhythm, it felt good. I know we need to get more practice and maybe the right gear, but I want to keep hiking mountains. I totally have Mt. Whitney on my list now, but I’m not sure how long it’s going to take until we’re ready for that one. I say we climb that for our 10 year anniversary!!!
Any of you legit hikers? That feeling you get once you reach the top is exhilarating and I want Ben and I to experience it again!