Spring Break in New Mexico

 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.

Have a lovely week and a wonderful Easter!
Sofija

Winter Wonderland

Last weekend we got the most snow we had in years. The city came to a sort of standstill.

 

Our property backs up to open space, with a lovely path through cotton wood trees and a small creek that barely ever has water in it. It is kind of magical…

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Now that we had our snow I look forward to spring.

-Sofija

 

Benetton Kids SS 15

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.

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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…

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

 

 

Tasha’s Little Valentine

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…:)

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Basket: Target

Cowboy quilt: handmade

Fluffy throw blanket: Costco

Chalk tablet: Hobby Lobby

Panda Bear: old

 

Happy Valentines Day!

-Sofija

 

 

 

Valentine’s Photo Shoot

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It is February (thank God, January is my least favorite month) and some of you may be thinking of Valentines day. Do you celebrate it? My husband and I don’t really but for our kids it is a big deal.

Last year Emily and  I did a Valentines photo shoot. I wanted to share it with you again in case some of you missed it. And because it was so cute and I wanted to feature it again on my blog.

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My sweet mother-in-law had send us a Valentines package with matching blouses for the girls, so I asked them to join us.

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Blanket: Ikea

Heart shaped light: Ikea (bought several years ago)

Balloons and xo banner: from the dollar section at Target

Tasha’s dress: Gap

Ella and Lucy’s blouses: Target

Ella’s leggings: Target

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

Photography by Emily Mulder.

Art direction by Sofija Burton

Slow Travel: Taking the Scenic Road to Santa Fe

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.

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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,

Sofija

3rd picture from the top taken by Lucille Burton. 4th from top taken by David Burton. All others taken by Sofija Burton.

 

 

Winter in my Backyard

Friends,

Here are some pictures I took in my backyard the other day after it snowed. So beautiful…

IMG_0075 IMG_0070 IMG_0072 IMG_0076Our 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,

Sofija

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…