Rule #190: It’s always an adventure when you’re traveling with tiny humans.
I’m continuing with Part 2 of our trippity trip trip to Taos, New Mexico over Thanksgiving! After everyone recovered from being sick the first few days, we finally were able to hang with family. Jon Boy and I went on a nice two minute stroll around the house, and it felt like we’d taken an hour long hiking trip. Being cooped up in the house for 4 days with sick kiddos while surrounded by so much beauty was pretty ding dang dong difficult. Did I mention that Jon Boy also had to get on some antibiotics for his cold? Fantastic, I tell you, juuuuuust fantastic.
Noni (my mom) was a huge help for us with all the chaotic sickness going on (and just normal two kids under three chaos). Brooke clearly enjoyed the snuggles.
Noni was also our live-in chef for the week. She made us this absolutely amazing Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes (recipe coming soon) that she learned to make on her recent trip to Italy. Oh my happy pasta! And that Markham Merlot is my new bestie, too.
My beautiful Aunt, and Corey and Brooke’s GiGi, was able to meet little Brookie and speak what is undoubtedly her love language: food.
My cousin is a true baby whisperer. Brooke was smitten from the first second she held her.
And these two handsome hunks. I can’t even. We let Corey open one of his birthday presents early, so he and Daddy had some fun.
You know, if I had to be trapped in a house with a bunch of sickos for a few days, I’d choose this view. Ya know? Not the worst.
Brooke decided she was smitten with my other baby-whispering cousin. These little moments were pretty heart-warming.
These three were watching Baba (my uncle) fly Corey’s** new drone around the living room.
**Let’s be real. I gave it to Corey, but it was really for the big boys.
And THEN it was my favorite day of the year!!! Thanksgiving!!! It’s all of my favorite things in one day: FOOD + FAMILY! I love Thanksgiving because there are no gifts, no schedules (except for the football one), and the expectations are simply to eat and enjoy your people. Gotta love it. We started the day with BERTS Frittata because it was packed with protein and could get us through until feastin’ time.
I had fun making a little charcuterie board that we all grazed on in the afternoon (with wine + champagne, of course). My mom also made some spinach dip to hold us over.
Brooke spent her first Thanksgiving under her Daddy’s napkin. Good thing he decided to cover her otherwise she’d have an irrational fear of falling turkey and cranberry sauce.
Speaking of cranberry sauce – this kid DOWNED about a quart of it at dinner! He’s a fan of his Noni’s homemade cranberries. Looks like I’m going to have to learn how to make it since I usually go for the canned stuff.
I tried to get all four of us in a picture on Thanksgiving Day with the ‘Baby’s First Thanksgiving’ bib and Corey’s cute outfit, but NAHHH. Chaos had other plans. But, at least I snapped a little He + Me Selfie. It worked out pretty well since I was thankful to have this fella next to me that day (and every day before that).
And this is grainy, but Mama don’t care. Jon Boy snapped this late Thanksgiving evening when we were all full and oh-so-happy. Little Brookie was having a hard time going down, so I just held her and snuggled while I listened to everyone talking. I don’t usually get to do that when we’re at home because of the mile-long to do list. It was nice to really slow down and just BE.
The next day, we got to sneak away (thanks to my baby-whispering cousins) for a little fun at our favorite local bar, Abe’s Tavern. I love my gorgeous aunt. And the fact that she’s patient with my horrible selfie-taking abilities.
I decided this was my favorite piece in the bar. I love Abe’s because it’s local, they don’t put up with shit, and they (almost) always have Jon Boy’s favorite whiskey: Taos Lightning.
We also went to the Taos Cow for some legit ice cream. I showed solidarity with Brooke and didn’t have any.
But this happy boy sure did chow down on some vanilla thanks to his Noni!
There’s a picture of my mom and dad that looks almost identical to this one. It freaked me out when I first saw this picture in my photos because I could have sworn it was my parents. It’s funny how those little things can make life really seem full circle.
And oh boy do I love this aunt of mine! It was so wonderful to get to spend some good time with her, my uncle, and my cousins. Definitely worth the trippity trip trip portion of our journey.
Now then… I have to get back to unpacking and allllllll the laundry!