Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Mexican Christmas

Most of the time, when I say I'm going to "New Mexico," people just hear "Mexico."  Then they are kind of disappointed when I explain that I'm actually just going to the Southwestern United States, and not some amazing beach resort.  But New Mexico has been kind to me over the years, so it's all good.  I mean, the beach resort sounds nice, too...

Anyway, a quick Christmas recap!

Usually we end up wearing sombreros in Los Alamos
John and I flew into Albuquerque on the Saturday before Christmas.  His grandparents from Northern NM picked us up and took us back to Los Alamos.  We spent a few days there, mostly relaxing and eating at all of John's favorite restaurants.  I don't like Mexican food, so I mostly subsist on quesadillas and sopaipillas.  This is fine by me.  On Monday, the boys ventured into Santa Fe for some errands, and John's grandma took me shopping to buy exactly one million new outfits for my baby.  (Okay, maybe not that many, but I sure felt spoiled!).  That evening, we met up with John's aunt and uncle for dinner.  On Tuesday, John and I went to check out the science museum in Los Alamos.  I kind of think I'm a nerd sometimes, but when I end up at a science museum I am just bored.  I was more interested in the history of Los Alamos in respect to the nuclear bombs.  The museum was more interested in all the different science applications for nuclear research.
Christmas Day
On Wednesday, John and I drove all the way to the opposite end of the state to the other side of the family.  We had fun catching up with his aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We ate plenty of food, played games, built gingerbread houses, opened presents.  And that was just the first day.  On Friday, we were all scrambling to get everything set up for the big 50th anniversary party on Saturday.  It all came together beautifully, and the party went well!  Then John and I had to leave early Sunday to fly home.  And that was a whole whirlwind of the week.

Almost the entire Smith side at the anniversary party - The camera obviously blurred me since I'm the newest Smith
As I always end up saying, I didn't do a very good job of taking pictures, but we did have a great time with everyone!


  1. Sounds like a great Christmas visit! And yay for baby clothes shopping :)

  2. Sounds like you had a lot of fun! Sombreros are so stylish! ;)

  3. sounds like you had a lot of fun on your trip.

  4. This sounds like a great time, I'll all about going south for warmer temps too!

  5. You don't like mexican food!?!? Haha, do people always react like that? It sounds like you had a great time! I am so glad you got lots of new baby items - that makes it feel more real. Also, so weird that you were the one blurred - maybe you have to do your time as a Smith before they let you be clear in pictures.

  6. I know all the traveling and hopping around from place to place can be tiring, but this seems like a fantastic trip!

  7. Aww, I loved reading this post and hearing about your New Mexico travels! I have never been to New Mexico, but my grandparents used to winter away there and always had such great photos and stories of all the cities they traveled to there :)