Thanksgiving | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food and I love the time with family. It’s not the best time of year for travel, but travel we do, every year to visit my in-laws in South Carolina. It’s a much needed and long anticipated vacation. The weather was beautiful there this year, and I love spending time with my little family and our extended family.

My little niece adores her cousin and my daughter loves her!  These two look forward to seeing each other so much and they had such a nice time together. I wish they could see each other more often. As the years go by, we’ll have to try to make that happen. They are so sweet together, and both so full of energy.

It was  a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and good food, and a feeling of gratitude for all that we have been blessed with this year.

See what Melisa’s Thanksgiving looked like by clicking here.

Balloon Fiesta 2017

My mother lives in Albuquerque, but we haven’t had the opportunity to attend Balloon Fiesta for several years. Once you have a school age child, travel becomes much more challenging during the school year.

But, we lucked out this year. My daughter had Fall Break that happened to fall the week of Balloon Fiesta. We didn’t have Fall Break at the last school she attended, but what a gift it was to have this week off! We were not able to take a vacation this summer due to moving and starting a new job, so we were long overdue for a little trip.October 10, 2017-ECC_8196EileenCritchley1

This year’s Balloon Fiesta was a successful one; oftentimes launches have to be delayed or postponed all together due to Albuquerque’s wind. hot_air_balloon_albuquerque_balloon_fiesta| In between the moon and you_click-Pro_daily_project_by Eileen Critchley

This year, the balloons were able to launch every day. We went out on Tuesday morning.

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It was early! It was cold! It was so very worth it! What an amazing sight. So many balloons-it was really incredible.

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The photos don’t do it justice. I’m so thankful we were able to go this year and visit with my mom. It truly was a wonderful week- relaxing and active, which is everything we want our travels to be.

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I’m already thinking about our next vacation!