Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring Break Part 1

It's now time to share our Spring Break adventure (from over a month ago) because new adventures are already on the horizon and I don't want to forget this one (well actually I do want to forget some parts).  The trip was quite a doozy I tell ya, and looking back it was really the first time I questioned whether a family trip of ours was worth the hassle.  But despite how difficult parts of it were, we made more good memories than bad YES, it was worth it!

Our destination was Cloudcroft, New Mexico via El Paso.  The day of our departure was cold and rainy as "winter" tried to get in one last hurrah.  So at our first major stop, Balmorhea State Park, we broke out the puffy jackets.  Kids just love wearing puffy jackets, especially since it only happens like two days out of the year. 
After over 5 hours of riding, the kids were more than ready to burn off some energy.
The main attraction at Balmorhea State Park is a pool created by natural springs. The water temperature is always in the mid-70's and we let kids take turns dipping their hands in it. (Fun little fact: Ten days after we visited the park the pool was closed with the following notice: "Some swimmers have experienced bites causing skin itching from an unknown source in the pool."  Oooh how mysterious! And creepy!)
Joe had a little trouble on the slippery rocks.  For a moment I thought he was going to slide straight into the water and I was already trying to figure out how we were going to dry him off.  A little mud, a little mess, oh well.
The park also contains a marshy area called a cienega with a cool underwater viewing area.  Except the water was kinda murky and we couldn't see really see anything.
Aw, look who still had hair back then!
We couldn't stay long at the state park because we still had several hours of driving to reach to El Paso, our stop for the night.  The El Paso stop was actually the beginning of the hard stuff, starting with having to wait for what seemed like forever for a table in a crowded restaurant with 5 tired, hungry, and squirmy kids who should have been in bed.  Then that night I only got about 2 decent hours of sleep because Rebekah was completely off her routine and refused to settle down for the night.  (And I forgot to mention that Billy was sick the entire trip.)

The next morning we drove on to White Sands, New Mexico.  The kids were pretty grumpy for some reason, which in turn made me grumpy (plus remember I was tired and Billy was sick).  The blinding sun didn't help, either.
Adrian was upset because he had to stay in the stroller.
But then Dad worked his magic and started cheering everyone up.
Eventually even Adrian!
Here's Mamacita!
Handsome Joe!
Pretty Mikea!
And the Danimal!
Oh yeah, and don't forget the handsome Daddy who prevented this little excursion from being a complete grumpfest!
My hero.  :)

After White Sands we drove up into the mountains to Cloudcroft and the CUTEST CABIN EVER:  Cedar Lodge.  I can't wait to share more pictures and share the fun and not-so-fun events of the next few days of our trip.  But that's for next time.  Hopefully tomorrow. 


Charity said...

So excited I found this blog! My husband, two little girls, and I are getting ready to open our home and foster babies with a hope to adopt. Love to glean the wisdom from others who've done it already! Thanks for opening your life up to us.