This past weekend, Izzy skated in a competition, something she's long wanted to do. Here she is before her first event, a bit nervous but so much more relaxed than I would have been.
Can't tell you how pleased I was to discover the whole thing was more celebration than competition. Medals for everyone! Izzy got a 3rd place and 4th place, which are already proudly displayed in her room. We went up to Santa Fe the day before (her practice ice time was an ungodly 6:45 am on Sunday) and visited the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, which I'd yet to see.
A few weeks earlier, we celebrated Violet's second birthday with a hotdog dinner and new toy for the birthday pup. (Yeah, Izzy was pretty tickled by that "bad to the bone" embroidery.)
And last, but certainly not least, Izzy, Violet, and I took a vacation over the Easter holiday. We headed south to Carlsbad and spent five days hanging out in the desert. It was the perfect combination of exploration and unadulterated relaxation. Our base camp was the most charming little cabin with a porch swing (that saw some knitting) and a table inside for ongoing Monopoly games.
We went to the International UFO Museum in Roswell (a hoot, well at least I thought so).
Made an unscheduled stop at the Smokey the Bear museum (yes, it does exist) when we happened to drive past it.
We went to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, where we saw just a few animals out in the midday sun but some spectacular scenery...
... and a few hard-to-categorize indoor exhibits.
The best outing, though, was Carlsbad Caverns. And given that we spent nearly three hours taking the hour-long tour, I'm thinking the rock collecting of Izzy's early youth was no passing phase; might just have a budding geologist on my hands.*
* Clearly the iPhone flash is not intended for cave photography.