ski trip day 4/5/6: last day skiing and traveling

Monday, January 25, 2016

I would like to preface this post by apologizing for my long hiatus...2 weeks of sick kids, a sick husband, school holiday, hosting a teacher luncheon and 1 kid getting braces along with homework and sports commitments can kind of throw a mom's schedule out of whack;) So in an effort to wrap up this trip I'm combining all the remaining days into 1 post!

Day 4

Our last full day in Taos was New Year's Eve. We slept in, got ready on our own time, loaded up all the kids (even Amelia) and up to the top of the mountain we went. We spent the whole day skiing which was so much fun.
she fell asleep in my lap :)

Her face when we asked her if she wanted to ski! Ha!

The boys and I skied the last time together and as we were going down Aiden started crying saying "I just don't want this to end, I want to stay longer." It was so sweet and I pretty much felt the same way. Note to others: when skiing with kids plan to ski longer then 3 days. There is so much down time and 3 days just isn't long enough!

That evening we went out for dinner at a restaurant up at the top of the mountain. The food was amazing!
 Kids had their own table...which I highly recommend!

 On New Year's Eve in Taos they have a torchlight parade and a huge fireworks show. The torchlight parade was skiers skiing down the mountain holding torches (pretty self explanatory) but the thing is it was dark. And they were skiing down a black. I mean these skiers were no was quite impressive.

The fireworks show was the most amazing one I've ever seen. We luckily got up really close and watching them light up the snowy mountain was magical. 

It was a moment I will never forget. After the fireworks and dinner we headed back to the cabin where we watched the New Year's Eve special all huddled by the fire. 

We all stayed up until midnight in New York, toasted the New Year and went to sleep. There was a busy day of travel ahead of us.

Day 5

The next morning we woke up, ate a big breakfast and started packing and cleaning up the cabin. We finally got on the road about 10am and started heading towards Albuquerque. On the drive we took a scenic tour to the Rio Grande Gorge. It was beautiful!

Then we stopped in Santa Fe to eat at The Pantry a well known restaurant. We had to wait 45 minutes for a table but man it was worth it! The food was amazing...I'm still thinking about it ;) After eating we were on the road again! Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque there is a road called the Turquoise Trail. I had read about it online and was really looking forward to driving it. Man it didn't disappoint. There were little towns to stop at, gorgeous views plus it snowed on us a little. The kids put down their ipads and we all just enjoyed the scenery. 
We made it to Albuquerque that evening, returned the rental car, checked into the hotel, ordered room service and relaxed. 

This was by far the best New Year's I've ever had.

Day 6

Day 6 started very early for us ;) We had a 5:30am flight so we were up at 4am. We stayed at a hotel on the airport property so we pretty much just woke up, got dressed and headed out. I have to say I DO NOT recommend early flights. 

We were all so exhausted the entire day and I was so tired I had absolutely no patience with the kids. It just isn't worth it to me at all. Anyway, we had a great day of delays and were back in Austin by 11am. 
Someone couldn't make it home :)

We drove home and when we were pulling in the driveway we all literally breathed a sigh of relief to be home. I grabbed Amelia and a few bags, headed for the door only to find out that we had been locked out by our housekeeper. No biggie I thought I have a set of keys...nope...Cameron grabbed my keys without the house key on it. We literally just laughed because it just seemed about right ;) Thankfully Cameron's mom has a key so she brought it to us. While we waited for her, Cam and I took down all the outside Christmas decorations. See, sometimes things happen for a reason :) Once we got in we crashed.

This has to be the best vacation we have been on yet. Yeah there were issues traveling, yeah Cameron got really sick but overall the trip was amazing. Magical really. The kids were so well behaved and had so much fun. After we got home we kind of tossed around the idea of buying a cabin up there so we can go back every year. Who might just happen :)

Till next time New Mexico...

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