|Alice, Marty, Helena, Mary, and Bennett|
|Marty, Chris, and Bennett|
We drove up the Wednesday after Easter, I found a really nice townhome on HomeAway.com and got everything unloaded, which took forever. Thankfully the house had a lot of baby proofing items since Bennett started walking the beginning of April. I had made a menu and grocery list prior to the trip so I went to the store to stalk up on everything. I also stop by my friend Andrea's house and met her daughter Dahlia for the first time and picked up some toys and books that she graciously let us borrow while we were in town. We got Tokyo Joe's for dinner and got the kids town for the night.
Thursday morning we went down to City Park for pictures. There was a breeze that made it a little cool, but we got some great pictures! We got lunch at Cafe Rio, then got the kids down for a nap while Chris and I did some house shopping. That evening I planned a special date night for Chris and I to Guard and Grace, probably our most favorite restaurant downtown. It was amazing. Friday we met Andrea, Grayson, and Dahlia at Monkey Bizness to play around. All the kids had a blast! Grayson and Helena played so well together. It was so nice to just hangout. Friday afternoon Chris's Mom, Dad, and sister came into town. I made dinner at the house and we all just hung out. Sunday morning we went to church and Bennett got baptized. It was amazing to be back with my church family. Seeing Pastor Ken and the whole church was just a feeling of being home. Seeing Bennett be baptized was such a blessing. Pastor Ken made mention what we talked about while he was guiding us before he married us. He remembered me mentioned that if Chris and I had kids I would bring them back here for him to baptize. I was so impressed that he remembered something that I had mentioned almost 5 years ago! After church everyone came back to the house where I had an amazing cinnamon french toast cooking in the crockpot. The house was a very happy chaos with Grayson and Helena running around, and Dahlia and Bennett trying to keep up! My cousin Cheryl came down from Fort Collins, and our amazing babysitter Chendra was also in attendance for Bennett's big day! That afternoon Chris and I did some more house shopping. Early Monday morning I drove Chris to the airport for him to fly back to Northern California. Monday morning we had another playdate with Grayson and Dahlia at a local park. Both kids loved the park! Then we drove back to Albuquerque.
The trip was full! I wish I had taken more pictures! It was so great for my in-laws to make the drive to meet us there and I'm so thankful for my mom who did so much! ...she watched the kids and so much more!