10.21.2013

BFF's take New Mexico

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Last winter we made a plans with some of our dearest friends from AZ to meet in NM for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. You have to plan about that far in advance to get a hotel room as the city quickly fills up with tourists from all over the world.

The drive south through CO was beautiful. Then we hit NM and it reminded me so much of AZ - flat, brown, dry - only missing the big beautiful Saguaro Cacti. 



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After the initial shock wore off from seeing their "significant other" in person the girls embraced and didn't leave each other's side until it was time to go home. 

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GM and Ellie couldn't keep their hands to themselves. They were constantly hugging, holding hands, and linking up arms. It really was like Christmas for these girls. 

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Ada and Roo have been forced on each other since birth to be best buddies like their older sisters.

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It took them a little while to warm up (typical for Roo) but soon enough they were also in their own little world. 

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Saturday morning we got up suuuuper early to head over to the Fiesta - just in time for the first launch. 

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It was freezing! F-rrr-eeeee-zzzz-ing!

But the sky was clear and the balloons were beautiful. 

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We tried to keep moving to keep our toes and bodies warm but it had to have been in the 20's on that field.

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And just as the sun started to thaw us out the darn wind picked up and they didn't put anymore balloons in the air. 

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We maybe saw only 1/4 of what would have gone up.

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We went back to the hotel took naps/showers and headed out for some REAL Mexican Food - Easy and I have been a little disappointed with our selection in CO.

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We got a tip from my friend who grea up in ABQ to go to El Pinto and it did not disappoint - especially with the multiple wood fireplaces throughout, the rustic beautiful grounds, and the man out front roasting green chilies.

If you are ever in Albuquerque go to El Pinto!!!

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Perfect, right?

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Seeing how happy the girls were together made us all vow again to keep these friendships alive. It's funny how at even at such a young age they just click. They Facetime, send letters, talk on the phone and just love each other.

The next morning we headed to church before saying our goodbyes. Since we left AZ 3 years ago we have met up with our twin family every summer. They came to Arkansas, we drove through AZ last summer, and now we have met in the middle.

We have fun plans to take it to the mountains next summer :)

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And of course it was awesome seeing my dear friend Jordan - who after having 3 girls went ahead and got pregnant with a BOY on us! She is a true true friend and I love her dearly. 

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8 comments:

AshDaBell said...

Looks like such a fun trip. That's awesome your kids and their kids are best friends.

Sarah Pittard said...

Love this!!!! Fun memories!! Bummer about the festival being a bust :(

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Sarah Pittard said...

Love this!!!! Fun memories!! Bummer about the festival being a bust :(

Sarah Pittard said...

Love this!!!! Fun memories!! Bummer about the festival being a bust :(

STEPHANIE GARDINER said...

This trip really does look so fun! Fat and I have got to go!

Jord said...

Oh man, this makes me want to meet up again ASAP. Our girls LOVED every minute of being together and Jake and I are both so grateful for you and E and your friendship with us. We're trues all the way, and we can't wait for our next adventure.

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