Archive | January, 2013

The 12th Date of Christmas

18 Jan

YAY!

So on our final date I took Shane to a trampoline park!

Yes that’s right a trampoline park!

Imagine a huge room filled with trampolines. Trampolines that go on the wall! It was the best place ever! We went to Xtreme Hang Time in Albuquerque.

There was an area for trampoline dodgeball area where Shane and I played with two little red-head boys (one of which hit me hard in the boob and laughed!) There was also an area where you could jump, tumble and flip into foam pits. If you have ever been to a gymnastic gym the have similar pits you can try new skills into – so fun but SO SO SO hard to get out of! Shane and I had a blast! It was a great work out and we were sore the next day but we had so much fun! We got some gift certificates for my little cousins to try it out. We have been back a couple of times since!!

After that fun I took Shane to an arcade called Nickel city and we played our favorite arcade game Area 51! We LOVE that game and it’s old so hard to find. At Nickel city you pay $2 to get in and some of the games are free – so when we found out Area 51 was a free game we went crazy! So much fun! A great way to end the 12 dates of Christmas!

The 12 dates of Christmas were a lot of fun and really made Shane and I get creative and considerate during a time of year that can easily stress. It also gave us time to appreciate each other and not worry about all the commercial factors Christmas brings with it. If we do this again next  year the only thing I would do different is start a little earlier. But so fun, romantic and beautiful!!

Trampolines!

Trampolines!

Trampoline pits

Trampoline pits

Trampoline

Trampoline Dodge Ball

Trampoline Dodgeball

IMG_3990 Area 51

Area 51 - best game ever!

Area 51 – best game ever!

11th Date of Christmas

17 Jan

Ok sorry this is getting drawn out but I don’t want to leave you hanging and I am almost done.

So although nothing could top the 10th date of Christmas I took Shane on our 11th Date of Christmas which was my morning date. We both wanted to do this but I scheduled it first!

The Zoo in Albuquerque is awesome! And every year around the holidays they give some of the animals presents with food and toys in them so they can open them. They even open the Zoo early so it’s more of a special event.

I took Shane to the Zoo to watch the animals open presents!  We got there super early so we could see all the animals (gorillas, orangutans, cats and elephants got presents) but it was so cold only the cats got the presents.

Next year we won’t get up so early to go unless it’s unseasonably warm. They won’t let the gorillas and orangutans out unless it’s above freezing.

The cats were fun to watch open presents but not as fun as the gorillas and orangutans! Those gorillas LOVED the presents . They had popcorn balls and paper and other fun treats for them on the inside. One gorilla would eat all the popcorn, then throw it up in her hand and eat it again! It was like the never-ending treat!! And sooo gross.

If you live in Albuquerque I highly suggest you visit the animals when they get presents next year.

After the Zoo we had brunch at the cutest most delicious restaurant! It’s called Farm and Table. And everything they make they grow or get locally! Even the milk! It was delicious! And we were lucky enough to run into a friend from high school who gave us a free treat!

Shane had  the Farmers’ Quiche – Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon. I had the Poached eggs over grilled baguette and we split a cinnamon roll. We got a free Churro from our friend Joe.

Yumm so tasty!

gorillas

gorilla enjoying some Christmas popcorn

gorilla enjoying some Christmas popcorn

gorillas

Orangutans - see the baby at the bottom?! So cute!!

Orangutans – see the baby at the bottom?! So cute!!

Orangutans

Cinnamon roll at Farm and Table

Cinnamon roll at Farm and Table

Churro

Churro

Farmers’ Quiche - Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon

Farmers’ Quiche – Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon

Poached eggs over grilled baguette

Poached eggs over grilled baguette

Farm and Table

In Memoriam

10 Jan

One year ago my dad died – and everyone whose life he touched misses him.

 

Miss Me, But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road

 And the sun has set for me,

 I want no rites in a gloom filled room

 Why cry for a soul set free!

Miss me a little, but not for long,

 And not with your head bowed low.

 Remember the love we once shared,

Miss me, but let me go!

 

For this a journey we all must take,

 And each must go alone;

 It’s all a part of the master’s plan

 A step on the road to home.

 When you are lonely and sick of heart

 Go to the friends we know,

 And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,

Miss me, but let me go.

 – Anonymous

 

Obituary

Harry “Hank” Burke

Age 66, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He is survived by his son Nick Burke, daughter Josephina Montoya and son-in-law Shane Montoya, all of Albuquerque, NM; his sister Barbara Franklin of Albuquerque NM; his brother Dan Burke of Phoenix AZ; as well as nieces, nephews and many close friends.

Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his father Dale Burke and mother Martha Burke. Hank was born in Coffeville, Kansas. He was a graduate of Regina Coeli Catholic School, Saint Pius X High School, and Eastern New Mexico University.

Hank proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard and was a Vietnam Veteran.

He started his career as an elementary school teacher and later became an engineer for Motorola. He retired in 2002 to take care of his father.

Hank was a loving father and sibling as well as a dedicated and loyal friend. He traveled the world thoroughly, visiting six continents.

Among other things Hank was a skilled poker player, avid reader, passionate Dallas Cowboys fan, talented story teller and consummate practical joker.

There will be a Rosary recited Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm and a memorial will be given on Friday, January 20, at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. All services will be held at the French Mortuary on 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity of which Hank was a dedicated supporter. Please go to http://www.habitatABQ.org.

I believe I was in college....  I think this was a special Habitat for Humanity build.

I believe I was in college…. I think this was a special Habitat for Humanity build.

Dad Cruise

At my wedding - October 3, 2009

At my wedding – October 3, 2009

Dad, Nick and Me on our porch in Jemez

Dad, Nick and Me on our porch in Jemez

Hank Burke - Coast Guard

Hank Burke – Coast Guard

 

10th Date of Christmas

9 Jan

On our 10th (and maybe my favorite) date of Christmas it was Shane’s stay at home date.

Shane told me to bundle up because we were going to be outside. I naturally assumed we were going somewhere (I didn’t know it was the stay at home date) so when he went to put the dogs out I followed him. Well I was not supposed to do that because he had this whole set up outside with Christmas music, a fire, food and s’mores! He even put up extra Christmas lights on the tree and the fence!

I ruined his surprise! But it was still really special!

We put chicken and vegetables on pitchfork looking things and cooked them in the fire. Shane made the best tzatziki sauce and we had chicken and veggie pitas! Sooo good! Then we made s’mores with fun candy.

This was so romantic and beautiful! This was my favorite date of all! And it was extra special because Bruce and Rhonda got to go on this date with us!

Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

Fire

Chicken and veggie pitas vith the best tzatziki sauce!

Chicken and veggie pitas vith the best tzatziki sauce!

Bruce and Rhonda and the fire

Bruce and Rhonda and the fire

S’more station with wine of course!

S’more station with wine of course!

S’mores with Twix candy bars!

S’mores with Twix candy bars!

Bruce and Rhonda in the firelight!

Bruce and Rhonda in the firelight!

 

9th Date of Christmas

8 Jan

I know I know it’s not Christmas anymore but with all the dates and all the holiday activities I got a little behind on the blogging. I will note that we did complete all the dates of Christmas before Christmas…. So here you go!

On the 9th date of Christmas Shane took me on our “Something Old” date.  Shane and I LOVE the Lord of the Rings and went to see all of them as soon as they came out! We also read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Nerds). Shane’s favorite book of all time is The Hobbit!

So we went to breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast places Weck’s! Yummmmm

Then we enjoyed The Hobbit! It was awesome! Loved it!! So happy it’s three movies!

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