How are you doing? Is March really over? Our March was a whirlwind with doctor appointments, another surgery (my son), school testing, a leaky roof, …my head is still spinning. Now we are on spring break and not a day too soon. Usually our spring breaks are pretty awful, windy, and cold. You know those windstorms you have seen in Western movies with tumbleweeds and sand clouds? Yup, those are for real. But this time it’s been quite warm, sunny, and all around pleasant. So I really don’t mind staying home and enjoying this week here.
Above are some pictures from recent outings. So glad our three youngest have decided they like hiking now. And what a pleasant surprise we can actually get on the trail and hiking without turning around for various reasons (like “I forgot to pee”, “I’m too cold”, to name a few). Of course we go nowhere without a five day food supply, but still it’s a huge improvement…
Fun surprise: the middle picture with the cactus was featured by Visit Albuquerque on their website stream.
Spring is coming, don’t despair in this miserable weather. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am a sucker for Italian photo shoots. Growing up I have spend many summers in that neighborhood, it lets me relive part of my childhood. I also like to highlight brands here that I grew up with and that still deliver year in year out. When I saw Benetton’s 2015 spring collection I had to share.
How can you go wrong with puppies, vegetables, and scooters? The flower shirt dress and chucks would look so cute on my 4 year old.
Riding a scooter in Italy has been a lifelong dream of mine…
Here is a new photo shoot I did with my youngest and the baby I watch during the week. Originally I only planned on taking pictures of the baby as a surprise for his mom, but when Tasha got wind of it she quickly inserted herself. You can tell by the pictures that she thought this should be really her show…:)
On Tasha in the top two pictures: Old Navy dress (old). In the rest of the pictures: Tea dress.
This is my favorite drive in New Mexico. If you are coming from Albuquerque, take I-40 East. Take the Cedar Crest exit, heading north on Highway 14. It takes you through Golden, New Mexico, where I usually stop at a cute little Catholic Church to take pictures. The gate was closed and the kids were freezing, so we didn’t stay long.
Another great stop is Madrid, a little Hippie Town, with cute little shops and more affordable art galleries.
If you are coming from Santa Fe, going south on I-25 take the Cerrillos exit.
Here are some more pictures of the church in the summer.
Have a lovely day,
3rd picture from the top taken by Lucille Burton. 4th from top taken by David Burton. All others taken by Sofija Burton.
Here are some pictures I took in my backyard the other day after it snowed. So beautiful…
Our house backs up to open space. Love the view and thank God that I get to live here…
You haven’t heard from me because I have been busy taking care of my husband. A week before Christmas he slipped on some ice while cycling to work. He ended up needing hip surgery the same day. I picked him up where he fell and took him to the nearest ER. They took him from there to the hospital downtown in an ambulance. It was the first time in our marriage that he was hospitalized. Surgery was around 9pm but he didn’t come to till close to midnight. I remember driving home after midnight in a daze. The whole experience kind of left me traumatized. His recovery is going well, there have been no setbacks. Still it has messed with my sense of security and it was hard managing his recovery, Christmas preparations, and sick children at home. My oldest son Finn really held the home front together that week. He juggled school projects, finals, and sick siblings beautifully, I am so grateful for him. And to friends who brought meals, helped with driving Esther to school, etc.
Now that he is getting better I am starting to make plans for this year. I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, I just make travel plans. Or plans for visitors, which is just as exiting for me. How about you, any exiting plans for this year? I know some of you have been to Hawaii, Texas, snowy Michigan, sunny Arizona, skiing in Austria, and other places. I love following your adventures!! And some of you had stressful situations like a house fire, loosing a relative, or caring for sick loved ones. I feel for you!
Have a lovely day,
P.S. On a lighter note: the kids love having their dad around teaching them, and they are wondering if I could go to work, so he could stay home…
Merry Christmas friends and family! As a small present I posted a photo story on my favorite new App Steller. If you click on the picture above it will take you to it. It is called the “Burton Family … Continue reading →