|our little courtyard guardian|
Jesse, Erin and Tanner arrived on Dec. 23 and we decided to stay in for the rest of the day to let him (and Lewis) settle in.
The next evening, Christmas Eve, we made dinner together and then walked down Canyon Road to enjoy the traditional Christmas Eve Farolito Walk.
|Erin brought Christmas Crackers and Tanner|
dutifully wore a Christmas hat from one of them
|Jesse and Erin brought goodies from their neighborhood bakery.|
this bread wreath tasted as good as it looked!
|these are almost as good as JoAnn's, almost......|
The evening was cold (ish) and clear and we enjoyed strolling along the narrow road with rivers of other revelers. Every surface was outlined in brown paper luminarias or farolitos. Bonfires burned in driveways or sometimes in the middle of the street, the trees were covered in tiny lights. Hot cider and cocoa was offered everywhere and people spontaneously broke out in Christmas carols, traditional and decidedly non-traditional. Most of the art galleries and shops were open, their light spilling out and inviting us in.
Most days we enjoyed relaxing, walking the dogs along the "river", working a puzzle on the coffee table and eating. Sometimes in the casita and sometimes at favorite restaurants - Geronimo, The Compound, Chez Mamou, LaBoca, Shake (for knock out burgers, fries and ice cream/shakes), etc. One evening we made a meal of what each of us would want if we were marooned on a desert island.....we all had a good laugh!
|mother and son|
|brother and brother|
|Shake turns it's back on the road|
|seating is picnic style out back|
|Erin couldn't contain herself while the lobster tails were cooking!|
|What would you take if you were marooned on a desert island?|
Lobster and Beef Wellington? French Fries, what?
Christmas morning I woke to the smell of Erin's Apple Pancake and Mimosas!
What did I do to deserve that!
Enough about food.....my mouth is beginning to water!
We used the fireplace every day. The pinon pine firewood smelled divine and it was lovely to sit on it's warm raised hearth and read or talk.
|we humor him|
One day Jesse and Erin drove up to Ojo Caliente for a day of soaking and pampering. Dave and I drove up into the mountains to look around.
|pines among the winter aspens|
Our chosen road ended at Ski Santa Fe, base elevation over 10,000 feet. Not much snow yet this year, but it was quite cold. We walked along a stream that was mostly flowing under a thin layer of ice. Beautiful and peaceful.
We slept in and went to bed early.
We walked the Plaza and browsed the surrounding shops. We went to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Modern Arts, inside and out.
The Saturday Farmer's Market in the Rail District is always a favorite, we did a bit of shopping and poking around one morning.
We attended a fantastic concert at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center and walked through the Plaza, which was transformed by thousands of twinkling lights for New Year's Eve.
|bourbon in a coffee cup, the Lensic keeps its patrons happy!|
We didn't manage to stay awake to ring in the new year, to watch the ball drop, but we were awakened by the sounds of the Plaza's firework celebration so we did wish each other a Happy New Year before dropping off again.
Holidays always end too soon, as this one surely did. Jesse, Erin and big Tanner packed up and headed home on New Year's day.