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Last night we got back from a long weekend in New Mexico to attend a friend’s wedding and have a mini 10-year anniversary weekend. It was a-mazing!

We flew into El Paso on Thursday and spent an evening with Rob’s family in Las Cruces. We were able to see Rob’s sister and visit with her kids/Pookie’s cousins. It was so incredibly adorable to watch Pookie play with her cousin who is several years older than her. You could tell she really looked up to her and wanted to copy everything her cousin did. My heart was so full!!

On Friday we said goodbye to Pookie and left her with the grandparents as we drove up to Ruidoso, where our friend’s wedding was held.

Ruidoso finds

We met up with our good friends, Steve and Mel, that we hadn’t seen in years. We tasted wine (Noisy Water Winery and The Cellar Uncorked), ate amazing food (Grill Caliente, Tina’s Cafe, and Sacred Grounds) and had those deep, inspiring conversations that you have with friends that know your history and have shared in it. We got to the heart of it all, and things were brought up that we all needed to hear. Little reminders to get us through until the next round of “friend time.”

In addition to feeling rejuvinated with our friend-talks, we were able to sleep in (amazing!!), take advantage of the beautiful hotel’s hot tub (The Lodge at Sierra Blanca), and enjoy the absolutely gorgeous weather and landscapes of Ruidoso. It was like a mini-retreat, and was so needed.

Ruidoso Wedding

The wedding was so beautiful and artistic, held at The Spencer Theatre. The ceremony was one of the best I’ve ever witnessed. The officiant’s speech was spot on and there were almost no dry eyes in the place. It was honest, hopeful, and inspiring.

Another highlight were the speeches. They were so hilarious and heartfelt. One minute I was tearing up and the next, snorting with laughter. We are so thrilled for our friend and his new bride. Weddings are great, but to see all the love is incredible!!

After the wedding, we stopped by The Inn of the Mountain Gods where Rob and I had a little honeymoon after our wedding almost ten years ago (we got legally married in 2005 and had a wedding in 2006). It was fun to be back and reminisce about our weekend there after celebrating our marriage before we moved to Hawaii.

Inn of the Mountain Gods

We then headed back to Cruces for a little more family time before flying back to Columbus. Pookie learned about soccer and has a pretty good kick in her! We felt a little sad that Rob and I have almost no athletic bones in our bodies to pass onto her. Dance and karate, anyone??

Cruces Pookie

I have to say, that in our case, it was a breeze traveling with Pookie as an almost two year old compared to when she was an infant and one year old. Perhaps Pookie is used to flying now, but she was an angel. There were no tears. She played quietly and made everyone smile when she waved hello and smiled at them. It was a dream!!

Pookie flyin

We arrived in Columbus last night at midnight, got home by 1:30am, and were in bed by 2:00am. We got up at 7:00am for Rob to go to school/work, and Pookie and I go to an appointment that turned out it was actually an 11am appointment, not a 8am. Good times. Not really. We came home and went to go back to bed. Hence, my blog post being extra late this Tuesday. It’s cool, I still got it done!

Now we’re back to the real world!

Next an the agenda – finding Pookie a Halloween costume!! 🙂


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  • Mario Watanabe March 10, 2016, 7:51 am

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