Summer Memories: TAOS Time…

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“We must hurry! We have so much time and so little to do!” (Willy Wonka to Charlie in The Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl…we enjoyed listening to this on audio book on the road.) Last week, after a busy summer of work and camp, we took a vacation to the beautiful Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with my parents. It is a spot they discovered 8 years ago and have enjoyed every year since then, but it was our first time there. Now I’m eager to return, too! It was sure nice to be on “Taos” mountain time and have lots of time together! Less you believe that it was all postcard-perfect, there were also lots of “time outs” for a certain little boy who continues to struggle accepting that he is not the one in charge! But we’ll focus on the “Good Things” and “good times” for this post…

  • Time to play Sorry and Uno in the lobby of our hotel on the road…

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  • Time to wake up to the early sunrise, then roll over and go back to sleep, snuggling with the whole family in the King-size bed.
  • Time to open the patio door, stretch, and greet the mountain just outside, one day with sunlight, another hidden in a cloud of mist.

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  • Time to get up, put on a sweatshirt and walk through the cool mountain air to coffee and breakfast in the lobby of the Alpine Village.

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  • Time to go for a nature walk along the beautiful mountain stream, or stop and read at a bench while the children collect special rocks, followed by the “rock show”!

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  • Time to pull up a chair around the big round wooden table and join a game of Mexican Train, or scrabble…or just do some coloring.

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  • Time to teach and learn Chess, to make more rainbow loom bracelets!

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  • Time for a drive in the convertible through the mountains!

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  • Time for some new adventures together: a ride up the ski lift to the top of the mountain, a  horseback ride up beyond the tree line with Cowboy Big Al, a ride down the Alpine slide, and a walk across the Rio Grande Gorge!

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  • Time to explore the town of Taos, check out the cool playground at Twirl Toy Store, and eat award-winning ice cream from the Taos Cow!

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  • Time to hug an Aspen tree or play hide and seek in the woods…

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  • Time to ride a scooter in the clean mountain air…

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  • Time for a nap in the big bed during the afternoon rain shower or an afternoon snooze in the hanging swing on the mountain, listening to the river and the buzzing grasshoppers on a clear, sunny day (and the construction workers hammering and bulldozing).
  • Time to help Daddy cook something delicious – key lime pie, steak, salmon, bacon and eggs…time to eat something YUMMY that Daddy made… another piece of pie?
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Ellie whipping cream for Garebear’s birthday pie, while Beffa knits…

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  • Time for a glass of wine out on the patio with the binoculars as we search for deer and bears on the green slope of the mountain.
  • Time to laugh together!

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  • Time for a jacuzzi bubble bath, followed by listening to Daddy read “Starry River of the Sky” to the kids as we quietly color or play with Legos.

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  • Time for a late-night gimlet after tucking the exhausted children into their beds.
  • Time to practice blowing bubbles, reading aloud, and singing a long in the car (maybe it was a good thing that the DVD players didn’t work.)

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Comments

  1. GareBear says:

    Let’s do it again!