Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Break Trip to New Mexico!

For my Spring Break, we loaded up in the car and drove to New Mexico to visit our good friends, Bonnie and Brian Olsen. They were the first friends Russ and I made as a couple, and since we met 3.5 years ago, they have 2 girls and we have 1. They moved about a year and a half ago, so this visit was overdue, and VERY fun! Our visit was so great, especially to play so many games after the kids went to bed each night and eat Easter candy until we all got sick (no, really).

The 10.5 hour drive wasn't too bad either. In fact, it was quite beautiful and scenic. Sophia did a really good job sleeping in the car on the way down. The way back wasn't as good....let's just say there were multiple poopy diapers, not a lot of sleep, and what I would consider Sophia's first true "throw up" experience. Poor little girl. By the time we rolled into our parking lot, even her backup outfit was completely soaked. Despite all that, she was in good spirits and loved having either mommy or daddy sitting right next to her to play with her for hours on end.

First, here are some random Sophia pictures from the trip. Then we have trip pictures.
Lately Sophia has started to suck her thumb. I probably shouldn't like it as much as I do, but it's just SO DANG CUTE!
Sophia and Aspen exploring each other (or mostly, Aspen touching Sophia's face and Sophia trying to eat Aspen's loose clothing)

This next picture was taken about 5 seconds before the chair tipped over and she face-planted into the floor.
On Monday, we visited Bandelier, which had a lot of Indian cave dwellings. It was really cool to see all of them, and it was a nice walk along all the trails, learning about the people who used to live there.

Sophia ran off again - just like at the Mesa Temple at Christmas. When we found her here, we had a discussion about being safe around heights.
scrunching up her nose when she smiles, just like me
This is where Sophia spent about 1/2 of our trip because we were always on the go. At least she still falls asleep in her car seat!
On one of our trips, we tested out the "big girl" side of the stroller. We think she looks awfully cute in it, but looks pretty little in there. I think we'll keep her in the car seat part a bit longer (or maybe I just don't want my little girl to grow up yet!)

Also during our visit, Sophia tried new baby food. We have another winner: squash. Sophia. LOVES. Squash. Here's the proof:

Part way through, she started helping me feed her in order to get the spoon into her mouth more quickly. I wasn't kidding when I say she LOVED that squash!
She even cried when it was all gone. I thought she might just eat a few bites, but she ate an entire container of it. Oh yes, and check out those "squashy" pants!

On Monday night, we had a pretend campout, complete with tin foil dinners and FHE around the fire pit.
 Unfortunately, the picture below is the only one that got taken of me. Isn't it attractive? I always eat my smores that way.

On Wednesday we visited Santa Fe.
Here we are trying to blend in with the locals :D I don't know why Russ is wearing the pink one...
In Santa Fe, with Sophia sleeping in her "cave" to avoid the rain.
 One of Russ's trip requirements is to go out to eat the local cuisine at least once. This was delicious!

 On our way back from Santa Fe, we pulled over to take some pictures. I didn't know New Mexico was SO beautiful (or windy)!

This is supposed to be a picture of us and the landscape, but since we were at the mercy of putting the camera on top of our just turned out to be a great picture of us (while our daughters were sleeping in our cars)
 It was really nice to get away for Spring Break, especially to see such wonderful friends! Thanks for everything, Olsens!!!


Chris and Christina Taylor said...

What a fun trip! We had the same problem with Mariel -when she was about 2 1/2 months, with our first car trip. She blew out of her diaper and all over 5 different outfits the whole way there, and then she mostly slept the entire way back -so just opposite of what happened to you guys :) Sophia is getting so big -and just SOOO cute!

Jason and Lissa said...

Glad you had such a fun trip and that Sophs was so cooperative! I love that she was so mad about not getting more squash! Tell her to teach her cousin Savannah to eat solids! :)

Brianna said...

Looks like a fun trip! I love that last one of you and the landscape, it looks gorgeous! Sophia is growing up a lot - not surprised she loves squash, that was a favorite of D's too. Hopefully she feels the same way about her green veggies :) Can't wait to meet her!