Bill was headed to a conference in Albuquerque last week and was planning on driving, so the girls and I decided to tag along. I’m not entirely sure why, but this semester’s start has felt pretty stressful — could be the new degree plan committee I chaired, the conference I just finished hosting, hmm — so an opportunity to get out of town for a few days was much needed. I really debated whether or not to go and add one more thing to our list of things to do, especially since the ACU conference would be less than a week after we got home, but I am so glad I did.
Because it was still pretty cold in the mornings, we sat in the hotel lobby drinking Starbucks and reading before heading out each day.
Molly has discovered a new love of graphic novels, so our semi-reluctant reader has become the child who won’t put a book down.
On Thursday we headed to Petroglyph National Monument and hiked around the site and had a picnic lunch. The girls also had great time filling out their activity books to become junior rangers.
On Friday we headed to the Albuquerque Bio Park, where we could get a combo ticket to the aquarium, botanic garden, zoo and train ride ($16 for the three of us!!) and spent the whole day there.
The best part of it all: as we left Abilene and drove toward Albuquerque, I could feel a lot of my stress melt away. As I spent several fun days with my family and lots of intentional time with the girls, I could feel myself being much more of the mom that I want to be instead of grumpy mom, which I felt like I’d been the past few weeks. It’s okay for grumpy mom to show up now and then — I’m not perfect and I don’t want the girls to think I am — but it’s sure a lot more pleasant when fun mom’s around!