Cedar Crest, New Mexico

A couple of weeks ago Tasha and I hung out in Cedar Crest while my oldest son had a meeting at the Gutierezz Canyon Open Space. He will be doing trail work there this weekend for his Eagle Project. So proud of him! Anyway Tasha and I had some time on our hands, so I decided to take some pictures…
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Dress: Tea Clothing
Shoes: Crocs
I was ecstatic to find a field of wild flowers in New Mexico! Imagine that!
Have a lovely day,
Sofija

All pictures taken with my iphone 5.

Cedar Crest, New Mexico

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

Spring Break in New Mexico

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

 

 

 

Tasha’s Little Valentine

Winter in my Backyard

Friends,

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

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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…

 

 

 

Winter in my Backyard

Countdown Till Christmas

24 days

Friends,

How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was nice and kind of quiet, “just” the 8 of us, which I realize is the size of some extended families…

I woke up this morning and realized it is December 1st already! Wow! One of my favorite traditions growing up in Germany is the observance of Advent. Counting the 24 days till Christmas (German celebrate Christmas on the 24th) was a big deal and always involved lighting of candles, singing carols, and lots of chocolate along the way. This year I would like to do a countdown on this blog featuring most of my children. I will regularly (but probably not daily) post pictures of them with a sign telling you how many days till Christmas.

I hope you will enjoy it.

Sofija

In case you are curious what my other favorite German Christmas tradition are.

 

 

Countdown Till Christmas

Halloween

Friends,

How are you recovering from Halloween? Our youngest four are slowly emerging from a candy coma as a result of last night’s neighborhood sugar feast. Thankfully Emily caught a few shots before they headed out to trick or treat. This wasn’t the whole crew, some of their friends weren’t ready yet.


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This was our first Halloween without our two oldest (they went to friend’s houses). Sadly something I will have to get used to, sigh.

-Sofija

All pictures taken by Emily Mulder. Be sure to check out her new blog, where she posts more beautiful pictures.

 

Halloween