new mexico

new mexico

we are driving a rental van this trip, which is rather strange. but there’s this sweet storage space in the floor that Melissa calls the Jew hiding place. On the day we drove to Albuquerque, we ate lunch at Rosa’s Cafe in Amarillo which has been tradition for the last couple years.

^this was our view much of the time.

^the trees actually do turn colors here. it’s beautiful.

^ and yes, in corrales there are signs for horses.

^ the sandia mountains are beautiful.

^ new mexico definitely has cooler and prettier license plates than texas. the normal ones are yellow, but these turquoise centennial ones are nice.

^ we spent the day with my cousin Esther and made these lovely earl grey tea cakes. recipe here.

and even though i have to keep chapstick in my pocket at all times because of the desert climate, being here is worth it.

but still, i feel like texas is my home. that’s where God has called us.

 

Christmas Day

jared, esther, asher, jotham, kara, and gabi came to david and charlotte’s for breakfast on Christmas day.  we ate lots of yummy food.  then we opened presents, and then we were just hanging around, making food and getting ready for Christmas dinner.  then lots of the michnovicz’s came over and we ate more food.  then mom, dad, amy, and i went on a walk, during which my ears froze.  i stopped alot to take pictures, and then ran to catch up with them.  we played canasta, at more food, and had a great time.

^ jared and asher

^presents!

^ this necklace and these earrings are from melissa.

^ new mexican. michnovicz.  lots.  good.

^ look at those good-looking mashed potatoes.  and gravy, and turkey.

^ asher and gabi with cousin joanna

this day was filled with tea companies.

including, the new mexico tea company, full of lovely loose leaf tea in canisters, at which i took no digital photos.  why, you ask? because film is better.  at least, film slrs are better than digital compacts.

and secondly, the boba tea company.  lovely casanova smooches.

and, in that lovely part of albuquerque (by unm) there was a buffalo exchange, an urban outfitters, and a camera + darkroom store.  i need to go back.

^feet

^melissa

^ at boba tea

^ the red arrow

^ and, mexican markets.  like hmart, but not korean. mexican.