Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Time Well Spent

It has been almost a month since my mom came to visit us. I was so excited the morning of her arrival and could hardly sit still at work all morning. She took a shuttle to Santa Fe from Albuquerque after her flight that dropped her off a block away from my work. When she called and told me she had arrived I walked to the corner to meet her, tourists and strangers probably thought I was going crazy because I was running down the sidewalk yelling, “MOM” at the top of my lungs. I was able to leave work early that afternoon and Andy had the day off so once I introduced my mom to my co-workers  and showed her around we headed home. We went to our favorite winery, Estrella Del Norte Vineyard around 4:00 and then went out for some New Mexican food for dinner. 

On Saturday my mom and I spent the day at The Plaza, it is basically a shopping center in the downtown area of Santa Fe with interesting galleries, vendors, shops, and museums. We had lunch and did a lot of shopping. We found this one store (I don’t remember the name), a real touristy kind of place, that had coffee mugs, magnets, and trinkets that said New Mexico and Santa Fe on them. In the back of the store there were rooms and rooms of authentic Spanish clothing. My mom and I were just looking around and this woman who worked there kept finding clothes and making us try them on, she was crazy, but it was so much fun!! 
Sunday was really fun too. We drove about a half hour north of Santa Fe and visited The Bandelier, this is the coolest place I’ve ever been! The Bandelier is a Pueblo archeological site that covers 33,000+ acres and over 70 miles of trails. I posted pictures below because words cannot describe this amazing place. 

With all that said, I had a great time with my mom while she was here. I can’t believe that a month has already gone by ….. but now I have to plan for when my sister-in-law, Natalie, comes to visit in just about one week, I can’t wait. (My mission: to teach her how to cook, love you, Nat!)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Woman’s Best Friend

I was driving home from work on Friday afternoon and noticed four wandering dogs and two tied up to a bench in front of two different stores near my house all in fifteen minutes. I couldn’t believe what I saw and would never think of tying my dog, Kimber, up to a bench while I went shopping! I sleep with, talk to, and treat Kimber like she is my own child. Andy and I take her everywhere with us and would be devastated if anything happened to her. 

My parents taught my brothers and me to treat all animals with love and respect. We’ve always had at least one animal in our household as children and I cherish the fact that while I was growing up I was able to learn how to love and take care of every single one of them. 

Kimber, however, holds a special place in my heart. My dad found her while hunting (which seems crazy since I’m talking about respecting animals, but that is the circle of life, right?) at my grandparent’s home about two years ago and drove her miles away from their house every time she came around. (He said it was because she was spooking the deer, but we all know it wasn’t Kimber!)

Anyway, Kimber found her way back every time. So I asked my grandpa to bring Kimber to my parent’s house the next time he saw her so I could find her a home since no one in their neighborhood claimed her. Within a couple days I fell in love with her. The deal was I could keep her if I paid for everything and when I moved out she came with me.

It has been two in half years since Kimber was found. She cuddles with me every morning, greets me at the door when I come home from work, and has a personality that is so intoxicating it makes me smile every time I see her.

It breaks my heart that some animals do not have a home like Kimber does. Someday I will teach my children to treat animals with love and respect like my parents taught me – thank you mom and dad! (Kimmy says thank you too!!)