Mother’s Day was perfection, and I can appreciate it now, because I had some not-so- perfect ones in the past. Interestingly when the kids were little, and I worked so very darn hard, constantly exhausted, I had some disaster Mother’s Days. Now that life is pretty easy they get better and better. Just throwing it out there, in case you are not there YET.
The day started off with me waking up to a sweetly decorated table, the best crepes made by my husband, and of course coffee. And very special earrings, a gift from my son and my husband. So sweet! The girls had gotten up at 2 am to decorate. The silver ware had little notes taped to them: I love you. Melted. my. heart.
For lunch we were joined by our friends for a quick bite to eat at a local diner. I thoroughly threatened my girls not to get ketchup on their dresses, it worked, for once.
Then our friends and our family drove up north to Chimayo, a tiny village on the High Road to Taos. Chimayo is famous for its church and restaurant. We parked in the parking lot and made our way to the church. What I love about Chimayo is that it has the feel of Mexico or Spain. It’s quaintly old world. Built in 1813 the church El Santuario de Chimayo is a very popular pilgrimage and a National Heritage site. It gets very crowded around Easter.
Above is my friend’s son taking a break. A rare moment I had to capture…
Below is the church. It seems to be always open to visitors. It is vey small, with a tiny courtyard.
Here is my friend with her darling baby girl, who wasn’t feeling it at the time, but did great over the course of a very long day.
This was my third visit to the church, but the firs time catching the flowers in full bloom.
Aren’t the roses lovely?
During our drive the kids kept asking where the playground was. But then they saw this…Here is Tasha playing with my friend’s son.
Nearby the church are more quaint little shops, a coffee shop, and another little chapel.
It was time to go to the Restaurant de Chimayo in time for our reservation. I do recommend making a reservation for Mother’s Day, it was packed.
Rancho de Chimayo is a destination in itself. It has a little gift shop next to it, and is associated with the B&B across the street. My friend ordered a delicious prickly pear lemonade (pictured above), and I loved my silver Margherita. The guys drank local beer. And the flan for dessert melted in our mouths…
Another must do in Chimayo is a visit to the weaving store Ortegas. They sell hand woven rugs, purses, wall hangings, and more, made by local artists. Sadly they are closed on Sundays so we didn’t get a chance to shop.
Now you know why Chimayo is one of my favorite destinations in New Mexico.
I do hope you will visit it soon.
Tasha is wearing a blue dress from Old Navy, and a hat from Baby Gap. My top is from Banana Republic.
All pictures taken with a Canon 7D and a 50mm lens. I used PicMonkey for the side by side pictures.
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In may of 2013 you posted a story about a Colorado family living in Nicaragua. We are a Colorado family of 6 headed to Nicaragua and would love to connect with this other family to get their insight and advice on raising little ones in Nicaragua. Would it be possible for you to connect us? Thank you!
Mike, Diane is happy to answer your questions. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.