Sunday, April 28, 2013

Nuevo Mexico: Ultimo Dias

The Final Days:
When we went to Old Town on our first day in New Mexico it was just me and the kiddos and it was towards the end of the day, the architecture was to be enjoyed but many of the stores were closed.  So we opted to spend a little more time in Old Town on our last full day in the state.  This time we were accompanied by the extended family as well.
It was a beautiful sunny day.  The jewelry makers were selling their wares on blankets on the sidewalk.
(Keegan purchased a beautiful ring made by the gentleman pictured just below.)  The congregants of San Felipe de Neri church were worshipping in the plaza with hand drums and chant-like singing.  And shops were beckoning us to enter and explore their jewelry, rugs, pottery and art.
We dined at a restaurant in the center of Old Town, spending a last little bit of time with Papa and Helen before they boarded their plane.
Then we explored other offerings of Albuquerque.  Some of us, Bishop and I included, opted to go to the aquarium.  While others, including Keegan, Ian and Maceo, went to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, where they were able to view an exhibit on Deco Japan.  I wish I could show you some pictures of their experience but I can only give you a glimpse of our time at the aquarium.

It was a full, fun and fatiguing day.  It was a full, fun and fatiguing trip.  And, although loathe to say goodbye to Keegan and Ian, we were all looking forward to going home.
In the Albuquerque Airport we scored some Baskin Robbins ice cream which is unavailable back home and...
...we played more games.  This time we tried to come up with a movie title for each letter of the alphabet:  Argo is for the letter A, Bambi for B, etc.  It was a great brain game.
We said our goodbyes to Keegan and Ian, my mothers heart was aching the moment they walked to their gate.
Then we boarded our flight.  It had a layover in Dallas where we had the new adventure of going to the USO.  Thanks to all who give their time and money to make the USO airport locations available to our service members and their families - what a blessing!
After an exciting weekend and a long day of travel we arrived home.
The boys were ill with sinusitis by the time we arrived home and had low grade fevers for the next several days.  They are nearly recovered.  The illness won't linger much longer but I do hope the memories of this trip linger on.  I know they will for me.

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