Well, when I said I was taking June off, I meant it! We just got back from a trip to visit my sister in Denver. She just got married, found out she’s pregnant, and bought a house! All in a few weeks of each other. When it rains it pours!
SO. Olive, Mazie, Mom and I all swarmed in on poor Tonya for a week! How could we not celebrate so many wonderful newses!?
You know I’ve talked a little bit about being kind of far from everything here in Las Cruces.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my town, but it’s a little place. It was SO FUN to go on a big old roadtrip with my girls! We left here and drove as far as Santa Fe on the first day, and then on up to Denver on the second day. Stayed several days with Tonya, and then did the same thing on the way back (stopping in Santa Fe.)
It might take me a few posts to relay all of the awesomeness that was this trip, but I’ll do it! I suppose I could have blogged from the road as some people do, but I just enjoyed being free from the computer for a while. This was a vacation of the second degree! (Not the third degree, because I did tweet and facebook from my PHONE…just didn’t actually use the COMPUTER.) I also just realized that I did not knit a STITCH while I was gone. Of course I brought my project, just never did get it out. Staying in someone else’s house with my 2 babies kept me on my toes!
So on the way up, I was tweeting that I would be in Santa Fe, and asking for yarn shop suggestions. Mary-Heather suggested that I stop by Oodles yarn shop. She’d done an event there before and said they were really sweet. So … we did!
The shop is really cute and southwest-y with a cowhide rug on the floor and exposed dark beams overhead. Also very Santa Fe in that a lot of the sample garments are sparkly or shiny and use lots of different yarns. (This appeals to the magpie in me, too. I’m telling you, I would love to wear glitter every single day.) The owner was out of town, so I didn’t get to meet her, but I did buy some of her daughter’s hand dyed yarn:
I have to be forthcoming and say that we created a slight bit of chaos in this shop. I was up front talking to the woman on duty and a local knitter about the value of the Railrunner and my hopes of there being a train all the way from Santa Fe down to us in Cruces / El Paso…and Mazie came up to me carrying a stick (later determined to be part of an antique spinning wheel) saying, “I broke this!” THEN, I sat the diaper bag down on a table and my 400th anniversary of Santa Fe pint margarita glass fell out and clonked onto the floor. THEN Mazie’s chair completely fell over and crashed. THEN Mom knocked over a bookrack. UNREAL how much havoc a cadre of redhaired women can cause in a yarn store!
And you know what? The lady was so nice she picked out a horse-shaped stone pendant and gave it to Mazie. I mean…that was just so cool. We were such a mess and she gave US gifts! (Don’t worry, we bought copious yarn to make up for our behavior! We always do that…if you see us coming into your shop, don’t put up the closed sign!)
Here are Mazie and my mom outside a shop near the Plaza in Santa Fe…aren’t they both so cute!?
I tell you, trips like this are so precious…I didn’t get to go to Santa Fe with MY grandma!! I’m so grateful to have my parents here in town and to be able to have experiences like this!
Next installment: Denver Zoo.