The hubs and I miraculously got our shit together and put some skid marks down on our way out of the 801. We made it to Durango just in time to get some quality burn-down time with our friends Moira and Ted. The next morning, Moira cheffed up some breakfast mush-gush (C's term for goulash) and coffee. We managed some hang time with super awesome C (Moira and Ted's daughter).
After breakfast, Moira, Ted and C (short for Cecilia) took us on a lovely snow hike in the next valley over.
C "training" the pound puppies.
Actually she was really great with them. Beautiful Compton-Compound grounds also pictured.
Why am I always so far behind?
Reservoir Dogs shot of C, the hubs and Ted.
While short, it was great to do a little mini catch-up with session with some of our fave Durango peeps.
We rolled into Los Alamos on Thursday night (aka Christmas eve) to the casa della famiglia di hubs. Bro and sis in law Dave L and Fritz cheffed up a delicious dinner with a cooked ham contribution from Fritz Sr. Super great to reconnect with all the excellent members of the famiglia di hubs. Anyone that came to our wedding knows how much Gramma rules. For real. Super feisty, sharp as a tack, and a lot of fun to talk to.
Christmas day we enjoyed a nice Barranca mesa hike.
Post hike, Fritz and I headed over to Sid and Jane's to "help" prepare some of the Ukranian Christmas dinner.
Everyone knows I can't cook without vino so we of course had some chef's little helper.
Sid is actually the hubs' uncle, but he's more like a cousin--or maybe even a little brother. He is a blast and his S.O. Jane is rad and never gets chapped about lateness (of course Fritz and I were late to get to their house).
Professional Pierogy (pronounced ped-o-hair) assemblers: Uncle Sid, Fritz and Jane.
Fritz and me. We love the new Christmas tradition.
Christmas was really nice. I learned some of the Ukranian Christmas tradition and we added some of our own touches too. One of the OTHER super great Christmas events was getting our wedding quilt from the hubs' mom. She is an amazing quilter and she recently finished our wedding quilt. It is amazing and the most intense, awesome colors ever. Really lucky to have such an incredible gift.
Definitely missed the Pezz clan but was happy to not be air traveling right now.
We have subsequently been doing extended morning coffee hours with the occasional hike, ski or yoga sesh thrown in for spice. The New Mexico colors are an assault on the senses. The air is clean and the landscape is truly breathtaking. The hubs and I are spending a few more days here before making our 'way to visit couch potato, Danika, monkE and the Ridgway peeps.
Viva la vacay. And viva les cookies.
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