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A Hotel Christmas

After just spending just over 12 hours in the van today (covering over 700  miles) I am typing this as I sit in a hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My most charming husband convinced me that leaving at 4am this morning (meaning we woke up at 3:30am) and by the time we stopped for breakfast we already had 5 hours of travel behind us.

What are we doing in the middle of New Mexico the day before Christmas Eve you might ask, well we are on our way to have a white Christmas. Tomorrow we’ll get to our final destination of Durango, CO. And we are staying at a — Best Western. Yep, you heard right. This year’s trip was something we’ve wanted to do since this summer but funding of the trip was always up in the air. Funding prayers were answered about two weeks ago and after much looking I found that staying at the Best Western was almost $800 less than a private cabin or lodge at the ski resort. This option will give us so much more money to spend on other fun things like skiing, snowmobiling, etc. We made the leap, paid for the King Suite room near downtown Durango and didn’t look back. I calculated the cost of each activity we wanted to do so we could have an idea of what we would be spending. This is our first ever Christmas away from home, about 1,000 miles away! To say the trip has added to the excitement of Christmas for the boys is a huge understatement!

We’ll get into Durango with plenty of time to go find a Christmas tree and we’ve brought construction paper to make garland and popcorn to string up on the tree. We also purchased a few small ornaments to hang as well. We’ve made sure that Santa knows where we’re staying too. At 8 and 9yrs old we’re hoping that maybe this will be a Christmas that will stick out in the boys memories for a very long time. Plus for us, it’s sure to be a White Christmas.

After just spending just over 12 hours in the van today (covering over 700  miles) I am typing this as I sit in a hotel...

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Cozy Cabin – Busy ER

Ok, don’t panic. Really we are all okay. Although Z Man does seem to be getting the strep symptoms so we headed to the local ER to try to get him some antibiotics and after almost 3 hours and no progress (hint – 1 doctor, 4 beds, 11 people waiting = not good) we decided to get him back to the cabin to rest with some Tylenol to help him relax. We’ve got a call in to our Pedi to see if we can get him the same antibiotic as his brother so that we can go have fun at the tube slides tomorrow and on the mountain the next day!!

The drive went smoothly (the dvd player kept the boys quite entertained) and really wasn’t too bad. We stopped yesterday in Sonora at the caves and spent a few hours there. It was really an interesting cave and has some unique formations. The boys did really great not touching anything and we great sports with all the walking (an hour and forty-five minutes worth).

Cave Pool

Our cabin is right next a large deck that has a great view, especially considering we are actually right in the middle of downtown Ruidoso. I’m sure there is much fun to be had. More pictures to come I’m sure. That’s all for now!

View from the deck

Ok, don't panic. Really we are all okay. Although Z Man does seem to be getting the strep symptoms so we headed to the l...

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