Taos Pueblo with Our Three Youngest

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My mom is visiting us from Germany, so exiting! We decided to take her to Taos, New Mexico for the day. Taos is a great place to visit for many reasons, one is the Taos Pueblo. It is one of the oldest Native American villages that still has people living there. I like visiting there, because the village is a walk in museum that is pretty relaxed. Kids can run around freely, off limit areas are clearly marked.  Native Americans sell their home made wares and go about their business. They are friendly and don’t mind people asking questions.
Taos Pueblo is a village with houses, a church, a cemetery, little stores, and a stream flowing through (which was the highlight for my girls). I was told that 2-4 families still live there, all the others live somewhere else, because of the lack of electricity. The houses get handed down to the next generation.
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On Lucy (left):
Dress: Old Navy
Bracelet: from the local toy store
Sunglasses: Fossil
On Tasha(middle):
Dress: from Mexico
Shoes: The Children’s Place
Bracelet: from the local toy store
Sunglasses: H&M
On Ella:
Top: Old Navy
Pants: hand me down, originally from the Children’s Place

Be sure to check their website or call before you go, because they close for ceremonies and funerals. If you like to know how we spend our whole day in Taos go here.

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

Taos Pueblo with Our Three Youngest

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

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

 

Winter Wonderland

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.

 

 

Slow Travel: Taking the Scenic Road to Santa Fe

Rain in Old Town Albuquerque

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We got some much needed rain this weekend. I shot these pictures on Friday evening at the plaza. We tried to meet up with some friends, have a picnic, and enjoy life music. But everything got canceled due to rain. So I quickly snapped some pictures before we headed to a restaurant nearby. Our house feels really empty this weekend. Three of our kids went camping with the American Heritage troop. I love a quiet house…but after 3 hours it gets kind of creepy! I guess that is why we have a lot of kids, ha!
Got any plans for Memorial Day?
Have a great weekend you guys!
Sofija

Here are some pictures of sunny Old Town.

Rain in Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque: Nob Hill

In my last post I mentioned that we have friends visiting this week. On Tuesday we had a mother daughter date in Nob Hill. Nob Hill is the fun, quirky part of town near the University of New Mexico. Lots of great restaurants, quirky shops, and vintage clothing boutiques. My friends always hit up the Buffalo Exchange in that area, a store that buys and sells clothes. They claim it is one of the better ones in the country, in terms of the amount and quality of clothes they have. Here is my daughter Esther checking out some shoes.

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Another favorite is the Flying Star, a local coffee house chain. They have great coffee, and their food is locally grown and organic. I personally go there for the desserts. They are really good!

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On our way home we stopped to take some pictures of these quirky homes. People really do live here.

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And lastly, a picture I snapped just walking down Central street.

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Right across the street from there is my favorite children’s clothing store, Zap…Oh. So next time you are in Albuquerque, make Nob Hill your destination.
Have a great day,
Sofija

Albuquerque: Nob Hill