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Last weekend we took a very last minute trip with our friends to Taos.  It was just perfect.  There was a little bit of snow on the ground, the weather was cool and we basically had the whole town to ourselves as the busy ski weekend started yesterday. We decided to stay at the Abominable Snowmansion to save money.  It had its perks, had a homey feel, but having to stay quiet until 9am was a bit of a challenge.  Overall, I don’t think we will be back there.  The people were very friendly though and Taos Cow is just two stores down(perk!)

The biggest enjoyment was hiking up a mountain and the town bonfire with marshmallow roasting stations. The children made lanterns at Twirl that morning for the nighttime festivities.   Also, Santa was in a very quaint little bookstore, Moby Dickens.  How dreamy.
The children seriously behaved wonderful the entire weekend and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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We recently took a ski trip to Taos with a few friends. We had an enjoyable first ski experience as a family. John and I have both been skiing and snowboarding before(over 12 years ago for myself) and we did not know how the kiddos would handle the demands of learning such a difficult sport. We enrolled them in an amazing ski school and we were amazed to hear they both made it through their first day wonderfully. Ethan was even learning to use the lifts by the end and on his second day he was skiing some pretty impressive spots on the mountain!! We were really shocked!

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ski trip 058I chose to stay at the house during the second day with the littles and our friend.  We enjoyed taking nature walks, playing at Twirl(an amazing little toy store) and browsing the little shops.

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ski trip 093We love ending our trip at the river.  Nobody wanted to leave this little spot, but leave we had too.

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What a dreamy vacation we had.  Oh, how I long to go back to that quiet place again soon.  Very soon…

We recently took a two week vacation to go see our Gramps who lives in Connecticut.  While in the area we stopped by New York City and Jersey for a few days of sightseeing.  We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Gramps.

We started with a quick trip to see the fireworks over the Hudson River.  The children enjoyed the show, even though we were pretty far away.

The next morning we went to Carlo’s Bakery where the now famous show Cake Boss is recorded.  We waited nearly two hours for our treats, they proved to be worth the wait though!

After our treats we made the two hour journey to see Gramps.  We were all happy to see one another again.  Max was quick to crawl up in Gramp’s lap for cuddles. 
One thing we love about Connecticut is the local dairy farm that makes fresh, homemade ice cream.  We went there several times!

We all enjoyed daily swimming in the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools.  We quickly became use to an early morning dip.

Gramps bought us day passes to visit  Mystic Seaport.  This was such a fun little place to visit.  They had so many activities for the children to participate in.  We loved looking in the old shops and homes, learning about boats, riding a boat and playing in the children’s area.

Ethan learned how ships long ago would communicate by way of flags.  He enjoyed learning how to spell help and his name.

Max enjoyed playing the olden games and dressing up like a whaler’s son!

Madeline enjoyed catching “fish” at the children’s museum.

The children also enjoyed learning how people washed clothes before they had washing machines.

The children were even able to steer a real boat for a bit.

Like I said before, Max quickly took a liking to Gramps.  He followed him everywhere.  He even wanted to use a cane and wear one of his hats out and about!

After five days of visiting, we headed back to the big apple where our sightseeing truly began.  It had been several years since we have been to the city.  I wondered as we arrived if I would still love the city as I had before, or if I had changed over the years.  It is true the city has a magic to it.  People watching is so fascinating in a place that large.  But, I found I was longing for fresh air, the mountains and wildflowers.  The off and on of the subway cars quickly lost it appeal.
However, the children were all aglow.  They were so excited by all the city had to offer and that made for an enjoyable trip.

We visited the toy store, the Manhattan’s Children’s Museum, Central Park, Madison Square park for a kid’s concert, the Shake Shack, Times Square, the Empire State Building, took a ferry to and from Staten Island, ate lots of bagels, pizza and street vendor ice cream!  Whew, we did a lot in a few short days.  This trip was truly wonderful and the children did so well with walking and the long flight to and from.

We ended our trip with a quick day and a half visit with our Geeg.  What a way to end our trip, on a good note!