Time to finish my vacation blog entries.
We left Rock Hound State Park and headed up toward Socorro, NM. Our main goal there was to take Tommy to the VLA (Very Large Array). I went last year with my sister and a friend when we were on our girls' trip and I knew Tommy would love this.
We arrived in Socorro on Sunday and decided we wanted a nice meal and a margarita for Mother's Day. We finally found this nice restaurant that serves margaritas. We weren't exactly dressed for the occasion (we had been hiking a little earlier and it was a pretty nice restaurant), but they were really nice and the food was great!
Tommy inside the restaurant
The next day we drove through the tiny town of Magdalena on our way to the VLA. I really want to spend more time seeing this little town someday.
Tommy took this picture of me in front of one of the dishes. Other than the workers, we were the only ones there.
When leaving we encountered several pronghorn along the road.
The next day we went and hiked around in Water Canyon just west of Socorro.
This little calf was afraid of us and ran to hide behind his momma.
We left Socorro and headed back to Albuquerque for our final day of vacation. This was taken in Old Town in Albuquerque, one of our favorite spots to hang out with family.
My niece, her husband and their two children met us in Old Town and had lunch with us at our favorite restaurant, La Placita.
Me and Tommy resting a few minutes in Old Town.
After we left Old Town we went to my niece's house to visit for a while. For those who have been my friend on here for several years, you may remember the blog I wrote about the passing of my niece's baby, Maddie. She was only 20 months old when she passed away from Leigh's Disease on September 6, 2009 (a type of mitochondrial disease). Maddie was buried the same day that Tommy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, so that was a really tough year. I'm happy to say though that instead of the loss of their child tearing them apart as sometimes happens, this incredible young couple emerged stronger in their faith in God and more united as a couple. They have now been blessed with two happy and very healthy children. It is such a delight to be around this young family and witness the love and respect they have for each other.
Abby is their 2 year old and is so sweet and smart. She was so excited to show me her new bedroom as they recently purchased their first home!
Abby also had to show me all her toys in their back yard.
Jay is only 8 months old, but he's already a little ball of energy and always so happy.
It was finally time to get ready to come home. Vacation went by way too fast, but then they always do. We checked into the Holiday Inn by the airport and I took this picture out the window. We're already looking forward to our next trip, just not sure when that will be.
Happy Sunday Everyone!