Saturday, December 3, 2011

Turkey in Ruidoso...

We had a unique Thanksgiving in Ruidoso, New Mexico with Honey and Papa. We grew up taking lots of trips to the Watkins cabin in Ruidoso and has always been a special place to our family. It was calm, relaxing and the perfect getaway for our family. My Aunt Margaret and Uncle Jim now own the house and have made it amazing! We loaded up in the "Burb", all 6 of us, and headed north west. Everything was perfect except Anna got a little virus with a sore throat and fever and Graham had a cold. We took lots of naps, watched lots of movies, searched the www and enjoyed eachother in this beautiful place. We had a 10 hour drive but really was no big deal and the kids enjoyed movies and plenty of snacks. On our route was Papa's homeplace, good-ol'-dot-on-the-map, Ranger,TX. This is the house Papa grew up in and we visited many times as children. It's still a beautiful house! We got to Ruidoso late Sunday night and put the kids straight to bed. They were excited to wake up to this! We had a lot of fun outdoors in the cool, but not too chilly air.Checking out the very tall trees and throwing sticks in the stream across the street, GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!Honey, the best story teller of them all! archery in the backyard.

Lumberjack Daddy bringing home the firewood.

Honey graciously shared her phone with these two a lot.

One morning we drove up the mountain to Ski Apache. Anna really wanted to see some snow. She loved it! Graham tolerated the snow, but didnt love it. His lovely drippy nose. Ski Apache's opening day was Thanksgiving Day but decided we would want to wait a few years for the little ones.

On our way back down we stopped at this viewing point. No fear or maybe no height awareness with these two! There were lots of deer in our yard throughout the day. Graham loved watching the "Deeeeeer."

Honey feeding them. Thanksgiving Dinner was perfect with Honey's turkey, dressing, pie and all of the fixins.

Any chance to make a cake.

How 'bout some croquet in the front yard?

We drove out to Inn of the Mountain Gods. It's pretty amazing! They had a thanksgiving buffet, but we opted for Honey's, of course!

Papa and his mini-me checking out the Christmas decor.

Awesome gingerbread house display.

After 6 days of beautiful scenery, good food, lots of relaxing and quality family time, we headed home. What a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

Jan said...

Special place. Special memories revived!