After we had driven about 3,300 miles we had finally made it to Taos, NM! This was the stop that we had been looking forward to. After seeing so many beautiful places on our trip, we were worried that Taos might have lost it’s majesty. Although it took Sara an hour or so to get the feel, Taos was as inviting as ever. We pulled into town and cranked up the KTAOS.
We found a cozy spot to camp in the Taos Ski Valley and started our 9 day camp out. Once again, we didn’t have water or electricity.
Each of us picked our favorite thing to do in town. The John Dunn Bridge is always a must see. Usually we all love swimming in the Rio Grande. But, sadly, after seeing such clear, beautiful water on the other legs of the trip, the water just didn’t seem inviting. Maddie barely even stepped foot in the water. We did get a couple of good pictures of the kids before they were begging to leave.
We all loved taking afternoon naps.
The kids always enjoy a trip to one of the coolest toy stores around, Twirl. I like loading up on “stocking stuffers” here while the kids play. We actually visited here twice this trip.
Next up, Taos Part 2
During our homeschool co op last week, we made crystal snowflakes. My Mom found this idea and we enjoyed the process so much during class I wanted to do this again as a family project. The results are lovely and the whole process is easy and only takes about three hours.
What you Need:
Coffee filters to cut snowflake designs out of.
A Styrofoam or glass plate with a lip big enough to hold liquid.
A glass jar, 2 cups boiling water and 6 tablespoons Borax – dissolve mixture. Be very careful when pouring this out, the jar gets very hot.
Pour equal amounts over each snowflake. The above measurements made 5 snowflakes.
Your crystals will begin to form within an hour. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours. Then pour off the water and peel off your beautiful snowflake!
All year we have been dreaming of Halloween for the chance to dress up as a family and hand out fruit to people who are truly in need. Last year we found out that people were going crazy for the oranges that we were handing out (instead of candy) and were shocked to find that some of these people had little to eat for that day. We vowed to hand out more fruit this year. While we thought that we had bought enough this year (about 250 oranges and apples), we were mistaken about the amount that was needed.
Since our family had just finished reading the Harry Potter book series with the kids, we thought it would be great for all of us to dress up as characters from the books. Sadly, the kids had their own ideas about how they wanted to dress. Sara and I dressed as Harry Potter and Hermione.
Max designed and colored the sword of Gryffindor. But, we all helped create the Hogwart’s castle for our trunk.
Max was so helpful and caring when passing out fruit to the kids. He would say, “Apple or Orange? Red apple or green apple?.”
Next year, we will save even more money to buy plenty of fruit to hand out.
You may not think that carving pumpkins seems like much… However, we realized that last year we never even got around to carving them with the kids when we were in The Fog. We all enjoyed this activity together. We think the kids pumpkins turned out pretty cool.
John and I couldn’t stop looking at each other knowing how far we have come since last year. We love every moment (well, mostly, ha) spent with our family!