Corn Maze 2018

Corn Maze 2018

Corn maze! Yes, it’s spring, but let’s return to October which is an awesome time of year, to when we did our annual corn maze running with our friends. The last time we did it was like 8 months pregnant but managed it. This time, we had an 11-month-old in town! We used our new backpack for her, and had … Continue Reading →


Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 5, Petroglyph National Monument

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 5, Petroglyph National Monument

During our last afternoon in Albuquerque, we went to Slapfish for lunch. It was delicious and an easy place to eat – no wait, pay at the counter, food was fast. Lobster roll: Lobster Taquitos Fried pickles: Peter’s healthy shrimp salad, which also looked good. After that, we considered the Sandia tram again… BUT the weather over the mountain looked … Continue Reading →


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Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 5, Balloon Fiesta again!

On our second day of the Balloon Fiesta (a Tuesday) we drove in again and that worked out fine. The weather looked far more promising and indeed balloons started filling up after the Dawn Patrol. The yellow Rainbow Rider balloons were ones people could make a reservation to get a ride in. Note for next time! Since the wind was … Continue Reading →


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Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 4, Old Town Albuquerque

After balloons, and after work duties were complete, Doug, Elena, me, and my super nice co-worker Peter headed out for a late lunch and to explore Albuquerque a little! We went to Fork and Fig, which was awesome. They were also very nice and warned us that we might have a long wait – we appreciated them being up front … Continue Reading →


Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 4, Balloon Fiesta!!

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 4, Balloon Fiesta!!

Finally our first day of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta dawned. We’d initially followed advice and bought a shuttle bus pass (via the Fiesta website) for the previous evening, only to be rain and winded out and to not need it. Since we were not attending the morning session on a weekend day (for which I would 100% take their shuttle), … Continue Reading →


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Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 3, travel plus Balloon Fiesta attempt that ends in failure

The day after our Sand Dunes adventure, we packed up and rolled out of Alamosa, back to Albuquerque. After a quick Starbucks breakfast! In New Mexico, near Albuquerque, lots of bridges are decorated with Native American art and list some of the tribes, which I thought was cool. Once in town, we yelped another restaurant and hit into Cocina Azul, … Continue Reading →


Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 2, Climbing the Dunes

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 2, Climbing the Dunes

We headed back to the Sand Dunes after resting up at the hotel. It was a gorgeous day and we were hoping the wind at the Dunes had died down a bit. And there they are! In very different lighting! Leading up in the parking lot! We layered pants/onesie/socks under a sleeper to keep her warm, plus a hat, and … Continue Reading →


How much stuff do you really need for a baby?

How much stuff do you really need for a baby?

Updated 4/18/19 I don’t intend this to be the baby blog, but since I put together a list for a friend, I thought I would put some tips accumulated from the last 4 or 5 16 months into one post, as well as things we bought for baby that I found useful. I thought I would put it in one … Continue Reading →


Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 2, Sunrise on the Dunes

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 2, Sunrise on the Dunes

Day 2 of our trip to Albuquerque had us waking up early in Alamosa, Colorado, for our Sand Dunes day! (Because of the time change.) Since we were awake and fairly close to the Dunes, I got a wild hare to drive out there and see if we could catch sunrise over the Dunes. So we jumped in the car. … Continue Reading →


Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 1, travel

Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 1, travel

Whilst planning our trip for England, I had another trip dropped in my lap. It was a work trip, but I could tack some personal travel (at my own expense of course) travel onto it. And if Doug and Elena came with, we could do some fun stuff together. So we went for it! In early October we headed to … Continue Reading →


Butterfly Garden - September 2017

Butterfly Garden – September 2017

In late September last year, we managed to get a hike in at the Glendening Nature Preserve, a place we really like. We’d last been there when I was pregnant, and this time we had a 10-month-old in tow. We also wanted to test out a back pack carrier we’d bought for an upcoming trip to Albuquerque and Colorado. It … Continue Reading →


England Day 8, London, part 2

England Day 8, London, part 2

Back to our day wandering London. By this time we were needing food, so we ducked into a pub. Elena of course had a big poop and there were no changing tables so I changed her on the floor of the bathroom. :-/ Worked out ok. I had fish and chips which was just so-so. Doug had a pot pie … Continue Reading →