Charles was pretty brave (but mostly scared) about going up and down the ladders into these ancient dwellings. Once inside the caves he enjoyed it. (Until we have to climb backward over the edge back down the ladders!) We thought these dwellings were so wonderful, cool and comfortable. It's funny how much space we think we need now. I only wish (we all wish) they'd let us camp in the dwellings at least overnight to really get a feel for it. That would be so fun.
As we were leaving, Sam was getting really grumpy, and I told him of some consequences he would have to pay for being so unpleasant. He immediately threw himself face down in the dirt in protest. We all stared because nobody but me knew why he was having a fit, but I told everyone nonchalantly that Sam just had a really good time and was saying good-bye to Bandelier. Then we walked on and left him. Luckily he switched out of his mood after a while and was really pleasant and joked with me a lot on the way home. I really love Sam, mood swings and all.
When we got home, Pat had made a wonderful dinner for the second night in a row and I thanked him sincerely for the second night in a row and said, "You're a way better mother than me." He said, "Yeah, I thought I should show the kids what it would be like if they had a good mother." He was totally joking and we all laughed heartily while I pretended to be shocked.