Monday, March 11, 2013

Family Trip 2013: Day 1

Anna wasn't always sure what to think about the drive.
The day finally arrived -- the day we had hoped for, planned for, given up more than once, and finally set in stone, Lord willing.  We were going to New Mexico and Arizona.

We dreamed up this trip before we were even married.  We were planning our honeymoon, and the Grand Canyon seemed like an awesome place to honeymoon at.  That didn't happen.  Instead, we traveled to Missouri, and that ended up being perfect.  Still, we did hope to visit the Grand Canyon someday.  On Friday, March 1st, Someday happened -- or started to happen.  Albuquerque, New Mexico was our first destination.

We loaded our bags in the car in the early morning.  Since this was a "almost married two years trip" instead of a honeymoon, we had a couple extra things to pack... travel crib, stroller, toy box, miniature coat, diapers, etc.  And the baby of course.

Anna is no stranger to car rides, but this was her biggest trip so far.  In the course of the day, we drove 652 miles from our Oklahoma home to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We made good time.  We left home around 7:15 or so in the morning. We were in Texas at 11:34 and New Mexico at 2:52.  Of course, we crossed over the time zone line at that point, so it was only almost 2:00.  We made it to my grandparents' home about 5:40 -- in time for a delicious dinner made by Grandma!

More than ten hours on the road with a baby! Anna traveled fairly well most of the day, but it was rough at times.  In the course of our travels, she had three sleep times, three happy play times, and three crying times.  The last one was rough!

As for scenery, it wasn't new to me, but the winter desert was fascinating all the same. I loved being with Zachary on his first trip to New Mexico, and I liked how he had our GPS set to show elevation.  We went from about 700 feet above mean sea level up to over 7100 feet (where the desert was covered in snow) before descending to Albuquerque at about 5000 feet.

Visiting with Grandma and Grandpa Koskey is something I do not take for granted. I am a "Grandma's girl," and every moment spent with her is a joy.  It had been almost three years since my last visit to her home.  At the time, I was a newly engaged college student traveling with her mother.  Now, as a wife and mother, I have totally different responsibilities.  Also, as the mother of an adorable, cute, loveable little girl, I had the privilege of being the favorite person of the most popular person around!  Anna was very tired, and being tired makes her very momma centered.  It was a great day!

1 comment:

Robert Wayne Moore said...

Elizabeth,

What a blessed trip! I'm looking forward to more entries..

Love you... Dad