Drive - Part 1
Attempt at a Nativity Scene photo with the pups in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. This was the best they could do!
Mountains in Arizona
Sunset from day 1
Dust storm in Arizona
Saguaro cacti in Arizona. We don't have these in Albuquerque!
So many cacti dotting the landscape
Cuddling pups in the backseat
Sand dunes in California
Driving through the mountains to San Diego
Christmas Eve Dinner in Tucson
Bibb lettuce salad with shaved fennel, red grape relish and candied walnuts
Pan-roasted duck - chipotle apricot glas, sauteed butternut squash and lemon, braised greens, blackberry pan jus and puffed barley
Vanilla creme brulee with fresh berries and ginger crip
Christmas Dinner in San Diego
The main purpose of our trip to California was to meet our nephew, Lucas, for the first time. He was born on Halloween, and we wanted to see him before it became too difficult for us to travel. Once the twins arrive, who knows when we will be able to make a trip! My parents also came down for Christmas Day. It was nice spending Christmas with them. I don't think we have had Christmas together since 2009.
We decided to have Chinese hot pot for Christmas dinner. It definitely hit the spot! Yum!
After dinner, it was time to open presents. Gus and Carson got lots of presents too!
Hotel del Coronado
One evening we headed over to the Hotel del Coronado for a visit. It was so pretty and festive!
Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights
My mom and I visited the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights in Torrance one evening. This was the first time I had gone to see them. In fact, I didn't even know they existed until this year!
Drive - Part 2
On our drive home, we hit some winter weather in Arizona! Definitely a winter wonderland.
Eventually, we made it back to the sunshine in New Mexico and the gorgeous landscape!
The roadtrip was a bit rough being pregnant and all, but it was definitely worth making the trip and getting a nice break!