Two Friday's ago we traveled to Albuquerque for Bennett's MRI that was on Tuesday. We attempted the Balloon Glow Friday evening, and unfortunately it was a big bust. It was too windy. Just as a balloon got up it would go back down. We saw a handful go up, but that was it. Helena got a fun light wand, we danced to some live music, and saw the laser and fireworks show.
Saturday morning Chris and I left for Taos. I had never been to Taos before, and it was a great little getaway for Chris and I. We had breakfast at The Pantry (so delicious!) in Santa Fe, and then checked out the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. The museum was much smaller than I remember (last I was there was in elementary school). And there weren't any of her really popular pieces.
We checked out the plaza in Taos got checked into our room and just relaxed. We had an amazing dinner at El Meze, with the most amazing tomatoes ever!
On Sunday we did a little shopping and checked out the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. So amazing! We had a coffee shake (it was ok, but different)! We tried to check out the Taos Pueblo but it was closed for a funeral. We sat and drank at a local winery in the afternoon, the wine wasn't that great, but the company was amazing, everyone that was there also trying wine was from the Denver area, so it was just great chatting with "friends". After tasting some wine we walked to dinner and had a good dinner. We then went to the casino and played Blackjack we played for a good hour and walked away with what we started with, so we had free entertainment. Then Chris wanted to play some slots so I picked a $1 slot machine and after a few turns I walked away with $260 in winnings!
Monday we had breakfast delivered to our room and drove back to my parents house. The kids did great!
Monday for dinner we met my Aunt Deanna and cousin Cheryl. It was great to see them.
Tuesday morning we had an early start as we had to get Bennett checked in for his MRI at 6am. Not too sure how I got so fortunate, but like Helena Bennett wakes up so calm and happy. Waking him up at 5:30am didn't phase him at all. We got checked in and I was able to go back with him for his MRI. He thankfully didn't need to be put down because the MRI was super short. He wasn't a fan of being swaddled up, but he eventually calmed down. They put something over his head with a mirror so when he looked up he would see me, and he was such a rock star. I've never had an MRI but it is so LOUD! Who knows what the purpose of the loud banging noises are, but it is just so so incredibly loud. The noise didn't even phase Bennett, he was just focused on me and smiling at me, which helped keep me calm. At the end he lifted his head a handful of times, so the MRI lasted a little bit longer. But from start to end I would say it lasted about 5 minutes! After the MRI we walked over to the UNM campus to give Chris a little tour. I showed him the dorms I stayed in and the duck pond. We then made our way to The Frontier for breakfast. Then back to the doctor's office to actually meet with the pediatric neurosurgeon. She pulled up his MRI and advised us Bennett is 100% ok and 100% healthy! Chris had her repeat herself numerous times. I asked why even the referral, and she said because he does have a big head, and if anything his pediatrician was just being overly cautious. There will be no follow-up! We just have a baby boy with a big head!
Overall the trip was good, and now we know Bennett is fine. I've always taken the phrase "hug your healthy kids to heart" but now it just means so much more. The trip to Taos was amazing, and two nights of uninterrupted sleep was much deserved! I truly appreciate my parents who watched the kiddos and have been there! It was great to reconnect with Chris and have so much continuous one on one time.