Monday, October 11, 2010

Grandma Fuller Visits!

After what seemed to be the fastest month of my life, Grandma Fuller decided to pay us a visit in NM. During her week and half stay we managed to squeeze in as much fun as possible.

The day after she arrived we headed up to our favorite park to see if we could catch a glimpse of all the hot air balloons in the sky. To our surprise we could see a bunch of them, but we decided we needed to make time for the fiesta so we could see the balloons up close.
Grandma Fuller came just in time to witness a bunch of milestones with Graham. The past week he began giggling and engaging everyone with his squinty eye'd smile.

Peggy didn't know that while in town she was going to grow another appendage, but she welcomed it with open arms. Miles was attached to her hip the entire week and for almost every meal, diaper change, book reading, and prayer he just HAD to have Grandma Fuller.
The ABQ BioPark Zoo has the coolest kid zone play area. Unfortunately the day we went it was close for cleaning, but Miles thoroughly enjoyed the water spouting feature, nonetheless.
checking out the koi fish
I would have never guessed that my brave little boy would have been terrified of the tram, but he did not like the idea of cramming into the small cart with 50 other people for a short 15 minute ride to the top. He eventually calmed down once in Daddy's arms and was able to look out the windows at all of the rocks.
It was absolutely beautiful at the top! I had heard the sunsets in Albuquerque were pretty, but from the top I would say it was down right gorgeous.

The Sandia Peak Tramway runs 2.7 miles along the Sandia Mountains. It has the longest single span of tram in the world. I believe the tram operator said from the second tram tower to the top was approximately 1.6 miles.
Our backyard is truly beautiful.

BALLOON FIESTA-- 1st Attempt
Our first attempt to see the Balloon Festival was on Thursday night to witness the after dark balloon glow, but due to high winds the event was cancelled. So we decided to make the best of it and eat delicious green chile breakfast burritos for dinner and walk around taking in all of the festivities.

BALLOON FIESTA-- 2nd Attempt
Because the event was "winded" out our tickets were good for any other day so we decided to return on Sunday morning for the final mass ascension and morning glow. Even though we had to wake the kiddies up at 5am in order to make it on time we were so glad we did it. Miles couldn't stop pointing and saying, "blooooonssss" (balloons).
Tired boys, but happy to be there.
When the balloons are filling up with air it's like "survival of the fittest". All of the balloons fight their way to get full and then once full of hot air they take off right there in front of you. It was so fun to watch all of the bright colored balloons ascend into the sky just inches away from us.

I don't know why I didn't take any pictures of them, but the last two days of Peggy's fun filled adventure Bill and Nate drove down to help us move and unpack. Such a huge help and now that we're somewhat settled I can't wait to get into the groove of this city and start finding fun things for the boys to participate in.
We are so glad Grandma & Grandpa Fuller and Uncle Nate came to visit, but we were sad to see them leave. After they packed up their stuff into the car and headed out Miles came inside and cuddled (and if anyone knows my son they know he doesn't sit still long enough to cuddle) with me for almost 30 minutes crying out "nana". He loves his Grandma and we can't wait to see everyone at Thanksgiving. Thanks for visiting. Sure do love you guys.


Sara T. said...

aww how awesome! I'm so glad you got to see the balloon fest, that's something I have yet to see! And taking the tram! Next you have to drive it! Maybe Miles will like that a little more, not as scary! You can also take the ski lift there in the summer time (or winter).
I can't beleive how big Graham is getting. Both your boys have incredible blue eyes! We are loving the place, I should be posting pictures later this week. We haven't done much but its slowly getting there. We did manage to fix the gate (for now). And finally made it to chruch, there are so many new people there!
There were at least 3 new women in R.S. not including me!
Well I am sure your missing Utah, glad you are enjoying New Mexico!

Sabrina said...

Okay so Graham has changed so much. I can't figure out who he looks like but I would say he looks nothing like Miles at that age. Wow! I'm glad you saw the balloons. They talked about about it on the news here.

Mrs. Warren said...

great pics... your babies have the most gorgeous eyes. i saw the balloon thing on the news too and thought of you... big hugs to my adorable fuller fam.

Teisha said...

Oh my word I don't even recognize Graham! I love the family pic!! So so cute!! Looks like it was a fun trip for my mom! I bet she cried as much as Miles. Are you guys going home for Christmas? I'm not sure when we will get back. We can't decide between Christmas or Spring Break....I hope you are getting settled, post pics of your new place soon! Love you! Miss you guys like crazy!!

bmarie said...

NICE! When I come to visit...I expect a balloon festival. Miss you guys.