7 Quick Takes: Road Trip to NM, Tumbleweeds, and Family Movie Nights

Back joining Kelly this week for another 7 Quick Takes, this time, all the way from New Mexico!


Joe, I and the kids all took the 16 hour venture to New Mexico last week.  I hear you there thinking, What!? A 16 hour car ride with 2 kids under 3.  Are you crazy!?  Well, I guess if that defines crazy, then I suppose so.  But really! It was our best trip yet (despite the one kid puking in the car…but I will spare you of those details.)


Somehow, by the grace of God, we left earlier than we planned and arrived earlier than expected! Everything went completely smooth, only having to stop a few times for gas!  (How did we do it, you ask?  Well…that’s a post for another day.  I’ll share our secrets with you next week.)  We left just in time, too, completely missing an awful and chilly winter storm in KC and having clear roads most of the way.  You know, I was mostly concerned about hitting icy roads and snow, but the worst of the trip was bumping into really gusty winds in NM along with GINORMOUS tumbleweeds!!  I’m from NM and didn’t even see that coming!




The trip home has been wonderful so far, but like I mentioned before, we did all get hit with a mean stomach bug.  The worst part was that little Lucia got the worst of it.  It broke my heart to see her that sick! There wasn’t a whole lot we could do either, except keep her as hydrated as possible. But she is doing well now happy and back to housing whole bananas for breakfast.


She’s up to her usual antics again, like force-feeding me goldfish.


This is kind of pathetic, but the saddest part about leaving home was that I was going to miss Madam Secretary!  Ha.  I don’t normally get that way about TV these days, but I mean, that cliffhanger last week!  I wasn’t happy about it.  Joe has asked me before if “we like Russell”, and I have always answered, “Yes, absolutely.  He is our frenemy.”  Well, lucky for me my sister has On Demand and I am all caught up!  I won’t give any spoilers here except to say it was a really good episode.  If you haven’t tuned in to this show yet, give it a try! (It’s not based on Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State at all.) It is probably my favorite show ever.  I have to be honest though and admit that maybe possibly I might I tune in more for Henry, than for Elizabeth–though I love both of them, and especially love them together.  But Henry is the best!  I mean, how often is a character’s ethics built around Catholic moral theology!?  A Catholic professor on TV? Ah, swoon. 


One thing I really miss about not being in New Mexico is basketball.  I know Kansas is pretty much the home of basketball (go Jayhawks!), but…it’s just not the same.  I am and will always be an Aggie!  We grew up watching them and cheering them on, so it was really nice to get back to a game this week.  It was such a good game!  We went into overtime and crushed them in the end!




Being home in NM with most of us sick afforded us a lot of time to catch up on our favorite movies.  Inspired by watching Creed (like 3 times–seriously an incredible movie), we decided to throw on a Rocky marathon after hours, and we are working our way through the series.  I have seen bits and pieces of all of them, but never all the way through.  It is safe to say IT IS THE BEST SERIES EVER CREATED.  Okay, okay, that is a stretch.  But, I do love me some Rocky Balboa.

We also went and saw Rogue One last night, which ended up being really, really good.  I have to be honest and say I was really worried about it being kitschy.  I just thought if they are pumping these movies out every year, one of them eventually is going to be terrible.  And this one has Forest Whitaker in it! Not that I have anything against him, but I just figured if anything is a tell-tale sign of an over-rated movie, it is seeing them throw a well-known and liked actor into it.  But I really enjoyed it.  It was a story about sacrifice and hope in a time of conflict and terror!


Eli is having an absolute blast with his cousins.  He has been hanging out with them so much, he has been calling me “Aunty Lori”.  My whole family and friends who have known me since I was little still refer to me as “Lori”, so I don’t think Eli really understood that no…”Aunty Lori” is his mama.  We tried explaining it to him, but he just looked at us like we were crazy. (He really loves his “Aunty Lori!”)


Too much lightsaber-action fun!


Finally, from our little family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas!  I hope that Christ fills your heart with his love and your home with his presence!


God bless,




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