I've been AWOL again. Last week, my friend Pamela visited and we had a blast! She is one of my bestest, long-time friends since junior high school. (Yes, that was in the day before they called it middle school). She was the kind of friend that had her own spot at our kitchen table many an afternoon after school, and she set me up to go to my first formal with her brother. I was so shy, I hardly said three words (yes, there are those of you who will have a hard time believing that), and he was so sweet and kind and made me feel like a princess.
So, Pam was here for a week and we took a drive to Santa Fe for a few days. And since somehow I lost every.single.picture that I took of our trip! -- argh!! I can't tell you how angry this makes me and I am still seething about my iPhone/camera, can you tell??! -- I am telling myself that having the experience is far better than having a stack of photos.
Pictures wouldn't describe the easy camaraderie we share, and we talked through most of the seven-hour drive to and from. We talked about the kinds of wives and mothers we've been and the kind we want to be, what it's like parenting young adults and how you never stop being a parent, frivolous talk and serious talk. Plans for Christmas and gift ideas, and household budgeting (She told me about a terrific new budgeting plan that I can't wait to get started on). We covered it all. Pam kept us supplied with snacks and drinks on the road, and it was like being back in high school when we went to the drive-in with our own cooler.
We stayed in Albuquerque one night, meeting up with my sister-in-law Jenny, and my niece Elsa. We laughed ourselves silly at the University of New Mexico bookstore, trying on shirts, trying to find something to wear to Elsa's game that night. We soon discovered that 90% of the clothing in a university bookstore is actually junior size. This after multiple trips to the dressing room and trying to contort our bodies into dozens of outfits.
Santa Fe is one of the most beautiful towns I've ever seen. Jenny joined us for a day of exploring some of the art galleries and a long, delicious dinner at The Teahouse, one of the sidewalk restaurants. We saw some beautiful churches and took a trolley ride of historic Santa Fe. If you ever get the chance, I would recommend staying at The El Rey Inn, a Santa Fe landmark that is full of charm and beautiful gardens.
After a few days we returned home for a couple more days of fun before Pam had to fly back east. We celebrated her birthday with a family dinner -- all my kids were there, they love their Aunt Pam. And we spent an afternoon with Emily, going to the pumpkin patch to gather up pumpkins to decorate for my front porch. I'm really bummed that I lost my photos of this process! It was a gorgeous day at the pumpkin patch, Pam and Emily traveled for acres looking for the perfect pumpkins, and then we came home to decorate with raffia and gold spray paint. Here's the result:
At least I was able to snap a picture of the finished product. As for the rest of our adventures, they will remain golden memories in my heart:)