Tucson was amazing and seeing my sister, Anne, again was so fun. But, then, we were off to New Mexico to accomplish the real reason we packed ourselves up in our car and drove 900 miles.
The official cuddling our Grandson on his first Christmas!
We were lucky enough to be invited out to spend that first Christmas with our son-in-law's family (it was their turn this year to get the kids) . Our in-laws were wonderful hosts. We arrived on Christmas Eve when the whole family gathered to exchange gifts with our son-in-law's dad and step-mom.
(Note: Yes, that IS an entire buffalo hide draped over the back of the couch!)
Here was our first glimpse.
And later, our second.
Thankfully for all involved, I refrained.
I wish I could have gotten a shot of that, because you really haven't seen the night sky until you've seen it in New Mexico. (Well, maybe you have. But not if you live in L.A.) But my camera wasn't quite up to that task of capturing it. Sigh. I'll just have to rely on my starry sky memories.
The real star of the show, however, was the little boo. (er, Ryan). Here he is opening presents.
(Note: Please try to overlook my hubby's yowsa striped bathrobe, circa 1980 in the background. It's hard I know. There's no accounting for 1980's fashion taste.)
Can you see the resemblence? It's in the smile. Whew, that takes me back!
But I digress.
So, over the next two days, the 'boys' played tackle football (and could hardly move the next day), went skeet shooting (bruised their shoulders and thumbs) and generally accomplished male bonding.
The girls cooked, shopped and visited the old-town square. (where Billy the Kid was reputedly incarcerated and shot down by Pat Garret!) The town looks almost exactly the same as it did then, with old adobe buildings and original glass windows. La Mesilla was beautifully decorated for Christmas with paper bag luminarias on every rooftop and sidewalk.
All in all, it was a fabulous trip with only one (minor) speeding ticket involved. ( FYI: In Arizona, if you see one of those radar jeeps with its antennae up, don't think for a second they aren't watching you. They're armed with cameras, baby!) But it was a small price to pay. We had fun.
Hope your holidays were wonderful and filled with relaxation, friends, family and fun!