Count Down: 5 Things I Miss About New Mexico

Count Down: 5 Things I Miss About New Mexico

Viva, Nuevo Mexico!

When we started our journey 4 years ago and left the “Land of Entrapment” I was so excited to leave. Honestly, I just wanted to see more of what was out in this great country. We have lived in 6 other states and I have really enjoyed seeing the sights and meeting new people. We have been able to do some really cool things but I never expected that traveling would give me such a deep appreciation for my homeland of, Nuevo Mexico. I have compiled a list of five things I miss the most about The Land of Enchantment.

5. The Balloon Fiesta. The fiesta is something that I have been going to since I can remember. Waking up super early to catch the mass ascension or bundling up at dusk for the balloon glow. It’s always fun and exciting to see the balloons go up and even if you don’t attend the fiesta, you can pretty much see the balloons all over Albuquerque for the entire duration of the event. The balloons add an extra flair to the already amazing sunsets over the Sandias and they add excitement to your early morning commute.

4. The Albuquerque Zoo and Bio Park. My kids love to go to the zoo and aquarium. We could seriously go every day. The only problem I have found out on the road is that the zoo’s in some places are extremely expensive. We have visited some really nice zoos, for instance, the Memphis Zoo was out of this world, but it’s not a zoo we would visit often. The Albuquerque Zoo and Bio Park are pretty affordable and I can attest that they are one of the top zoos we have visited out of all the states we have been in. We love us a zoo day and the Albuquerque Zoo is one of our favorites!

3. The Sandia Mountains. Let me first say that I have seen some pretty majestic mountains, we lived in Utah for crying out loud! But, there is something so invitingly magical about the Sandias. Maybe it is because I have spent many days growing up hiking in the trails at the top of the crest, or riding up the tramway and looking down on the gorgeous city lights below. Maybe it’s Tinkertown, the quaint museum on the way up the mountain that is made of glass bottles and filled with interesting trinkets and antique toys. Maybe it’s the way the sun peaks over the top in the morning, or the way red hue you see at sunset. Whatever it is, the Sandia Mountains are a sight to behold and any New Mexican will tell you just how useful they are for directional purposes.

2. The food. In all of my travels across America, I have to say that not one state can compare with my home state. Don’t get me wrong, I have favorites in every state but there is nothing like a plate of red chile ribeye enchiladas with a side of beans and rice and a warm sopapilla. I have to stop into La Cucina Azul every time I am in Albuquerque to get my fill. There is also no one that makes breakfast burritos quite like Blakes or Twisters and I cannot go without mentioning the taco burgers and green chile cheese fries from Bob’s Burgers and the stuffed sopapillas at El Modelo. All I can say is yummy.

1. My family and friends. They are what I miss the most about New Mexico. Almost all of my family and most of, my husband, Adam’s family live there. You really take for granted how great it can be to have family around. Watching my kids grow up without their cousins and everyone missing out on their big milestones has been rough but it’s always nice when the stars align and we can spend special occasions together in New Mexico.

I didn’t take this photo, I just love all the people in it!

Seeing all the wondrous places the United States has to offer has been amazing but I have to give credit to New Mexico for the majestic beauty and the rich history it has. No matter where in the world I go, I will always look forward to coming home to some great views, delicious food, and mi familia.

We have Moved!

We have Moved!

This has been a super busy time for our family. We left Idaho which was our home for the last 3 months and we are back in Oklahoma. It is so weird to be back where we started when we first decided to live life on the road!

I have to say, I did not think I would be so cool with coming back here but God has given me such peace in this whole transition. We were first slated to go to Pheonix which everyone was quite excited about. We were freezing our tushies in Idaho and the thought of trading our snow boots for flip flops was very appealing. Apparently, it is snowbird season in Pheonix and every RV spot under the sun has already been taken for the winter not to mention many of them are 55+ communities. That dream quickly turned in to a nightmare and all I could do was pray. I prayed and I asked God to deal with it. He did, he sent us to Oklahoma and when I got the text from Adam I was completely at peace with the idea.

We ended up taking 3 days to drive to Oklahoma to drop off the RV and then another 2 days to drive to Albuquerque for Thanksgiving. The kids didn’t mind too much because we were able to make a pit stop at The Water Zoo, one of our favorite things to do in Oklahoma. Plus, we had Amma come along and keep us company!

Quick Catch Up

Quick Catch Up

I just wanted to do a quick catch up because I mentioned before, so much has changed since I last wrote. We left Utah and headed out to Tennessee where we spent the last year and a half. I adored living in Tennessee. We were up near the Kentucky border about a 45-minute drive from Nashville in a place called Clarksville. Clarksville itself was a nice place but a little overpopulated. It is super close to the army base and they have two large companies that have really brought a ton of people to the area. The campsite we stayed at was nice because it is nestled in the woods right outside of Clarksville so you feel like your out in the country but it’s really close to shopping and restaurants. You sort of getting the best of both worlds.

Nashville was amazing. There was always so much going on and people out doing things. We visited the Parthenon at Centennial Park multiple times. We saw a show at the Grand Ol Opry. Visiting the Opry is a really cool experience, I am not by any means a huge country music fan but just the rich history and warm ambiance you get visiting is something really cool to experience. We saw a couple shows at The Ryman, or as the locals call it, The Mother Church.  Our favorite place to eat was Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and we would go every chance we got! There is always a line out the door and around the building at every location but it is so worth the wait! We also enjoyed the buzz going on downtown on Broadway. That place is poppin’ at all hours of the day!

The funny thing is I didn’t realize how much I loved Tennesee until we had to leave. We got word we had to head out to Idaho in mid-August. It was a pretty long drive with the kiddos and the dog in the van with me but we made it. The nice thing about hauling our home with us is that when we stop for the night I get to sleep in my own bed. I really dislike staying in hotels. So now we have been in Idaho for a couple months and it is really different than we were used to. We went from overcrowded Tennessee to no one in the middle of the boondocks Idaho. After the initial culture shock, I have been able to enjoy the beauty Idaho has to offer. I still miss Tennesee and I will always carry that piece of the south with me. We still aren’t sure how much longer we will be here, we could be gone by the time this posts, but I will keep ya posted!

We aren’t in Utah anymore

We aren’t in Utah anymore

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Sorry, I have been MIA for the past few weeks. So much was going on and I wanted to write, I just couldn’t find the time. First huge update, we left Utah! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about leaving because I absolutely fell head over heels in love with Utah. Tennessee is pretty darn alluring in itself, so I have not felt that empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. I am just glad it was Tennessee we were sent to and not Oklahoma! Don’t get me wrong, I liked Oklahoma, but after being in Utah with all the mountains, the last thing I wanted was flat plains.

Other big changes, we are almost done with our homeschool year, 3 subjects down, 2 to go! We do year round, but I know Jules is happy to be able to say she’s done. This year of homeschooling has been our best year yet! I feel like we finally settled into it and I stayed organized and on top of everything! I love being organized. Jules was super focused on school this year and I really think she should feel accomplished! On the other spectrum, I am also really proud of my stepdaughter who just graduated 8th grade back home in New Mexico! I can’t believe I have a high schooler now! Oh geez.

Life keeps throwing some curve balls but I have been able to hit them, thanks to The Lord! We made it to Tennessee and we are all ready for our new adventures in this wonderfully beautiful place!

PS. My husband took the photo in this post.

Spring Break

Spring Break

We had the pleasure of hosting this years spring break family trip. We had a blast in Provo, Park City, Draper, and Salt Lake City.

family at Moochie's

Moochie’s was amazing, I had the Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich, everyone else had  Philly Cheesesteak. Everyone gave it a thumbs up!

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is amazing, my boys could stay in there for hours looking at all the fish. They also have birds, butterflies, and sloths!

family at aquarium
Family in the mouth of a beast

We also took a short drive up to Herriman, Near South Jordan, to see The Real UP House! Its a replica home from the Disney-Pixar movie, UP. We couldn’t go in, as it is a private residence, but it was still pretty cool to see.

The Real UP House

DIY RV Vanity Corner

DIY RV Vanity Corner

So lately I have been obsessed with redecorating my fifth wheel. I took the advice of a fellow blogger, rvinspiration.com, and joined an RV Decorating group on Facebook. People are so creative and share amazing ideas! We just purchased our RV last summer so it is still brand new. I haven’t really done too much as far as decorating goes. The decor is brown and blah. I guess brown is a very common color in the RV world because I keep hearing and seeing posts about getting rid of the brown. My entire RV is a different shade of brown, but all I really want to do is lighten the mood in here.

One of the first things I have had to add is a place for me to do my make up. I was using the bathroom but it was not quite working out. I moved to my bedroom closet door, it has a mirror, but it was so dark in there. Even with all the window shades up and the lights on it was just too dark. My husband ordered some lighting to put on the mirror but we decided to get a new mirror and put it up rather than messing with the closet doors. I love it! It looks great and I get to sit on my bed and be comfortable so that works out. I also ordered the cutest little white Command shelves. Command makes some really cool things! I love the shelves, they’re a little small but they look cute in my corner and complete my vanity area nicely.

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I bought the mirror at Walmart and ordered the lights and shelves from Amazon. Here are the links for the shelves and lights.  The shelves come in another size and color.

Command Shelves

Led Vanity Lights

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

img_6148Last summer we were able to head up north and spend a weekend at Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing! We didn’t plan ahead so we weren’t able to take our fifth wheel up. We stayed at Gray Wolf Inn and Suites in West Yellowstone, Montana. The lodge was really nice, and super close to the entrance. A bit pricey, but thats what we get for not planning ahead. I totally fell in love with the town, it was so touristy but in a mountain man sort of way.

Once we drove in to the park the views just blew me away! We got to see a group of animals grazing in a field. It was an amazing sight. People were out of their vehicles taking pictures of them and walking right up to the herd and the animals were not scared at all. YellowstoneWildlife.jpg

We loved seeing the geysers and the sulfuric pools. I was a little reluctant to go down the trails since I have two young boys, but they did very well! We also made sure to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Gray Wolf Inn and Suites included tickets to the park in our package. The kids really enjoyed that. The bears really put on a show for us that day!

Family at Yellowstone 2We only spent two days in Yellowstone and that was not enough. I would have loved to just be able to sit and soak in the beauty and majesty of the scenery. I definitely will make the trip back sometime and next time I will plan ahead!

Life in The Sierra

Life in The Sierra

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We have been living in our RV full time for 6 months now. I thought leaving my 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house in New Mexico to travel with my husband was the craziest thing I would ever do. Never thought we would be living full time in an RV! Honestly though, I am happy in it. We have been traveling for 2 years and before we got the Sierra we would have to pack and unpack constantly, no fun! Now, we just pack up our home and head out! It’s so nice to have a space that is home wherever we go!

We made it through summer like a breeze and we are half way through our first winter and I have to say I’m impressed. Although, winter in Utah this year has been pretty mild, we have had some cold nights and snowy days. I am so glad we opted for the large bunkhouse for the kids! Believe it or not, we are comfortable. We have plenty of room, except Juliet. She is my 11 year old hoarder of sentimental objects and collector of everything you could possibly collect. She is having some adjustment issues, but she will figure it out lol.

If you have ever considered spending some time traveling in an RV, I definitely recommend you do it at some point in your life. Although I do miss my house, I have learned that my home is wherever my crazy family is, and now we have a place to take with us!

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