It's been a very busy summer. Sam flew in alone from PA on July 9th. Chris and I were both very anxious about him flying alone, but financially it was the best option, and he did great.
His first week here I was on vacation from work. We had tons of fun together. We went to the Museum of Natural History and Science and saw huge dinosaur bone displayes. Many of the bone displays were from the area.
We spent one day at Cliff's Amusement Park. I chose to surprise him. I packed a lunch and towels, snuck them into the car before Sam woke that morning. We had breakfast while he quizzed me about our "Surprise" trip. On the drive over, Sam read, so he didn't even see the rollercoasters when we pulled in. He had no idea where we were until we walked in the main gates and straight on to the rollercoaster. We both had a ball, but for the motion sickness I suffered due to the "Tilt-a-Whirl". We road on two different rollercoasters, the log flume, each of the water tube slides, bumper cars, and spent a couple hours in the splash pool park gaining the sumburn of our lives. Sam even went on the big scarey rollercoaster all by himself.
We all went out to the movies and saw "Despicable Me", had our family portraits taken, and visited my friend Jessica's art studio where Sam got to experiement with a couple of different mediums. We went shopping for books, and in the end, Sam flew home with several new reads.
Sam and I made soap. He picked out the scent and colors and designed some really cool looking bars. Sam also created a t-shirt for himself with a hand drawn design on both the front and back.
Sam spent his 2nd and 3rd weeks here attending day camp at the Albuquerque Zoo and Aquarium respectively. He had a great time and learned a lot at each. At aquarium camp, Sam's group put on a puppet show. I tried to record it, but light and sound were an issue. He made a brilliant jellyfish puppet and had the clever idea of taping it to his hat. Unfortunately, he was shorter than the scenery while on his knees performing his multiple rolls, and no one really enjoyed it until the show was over.
Josh and Molly came for a weekend visit. It was great spending time with them and sharing photos. We made an unexpected trip to Santa Fe, had a lovely lunch and visited the plaza. We visited the capital building and saw some of the amazing art on display there. Sam got a private tour of the govenor's offices.
Sam, John and I went for a motorcycle ride one afternoon. Sam had grown so much, and I've had so few opportunities to ride this year that we decided to put Sam on with John this time. It was a great ride, complete with a biker joint burger!
Sam flew home August 3rd. It was really hard to put him on the plane and watch him fly away alone, but like Sam said..."It's no big deal, Mom."