our New Year's Eve pancakes
David and I quit exchanging Christmas gifts years ago. Instead we have made it our tradition to take an overnight trip to celebrate New Year's. It's a fun thing to do and if I had to choose between a gift and travel I'd pick travel every time.
In between packing and loading the car we stopped long enough to take our family photo. A holiday is just not a holiday without a family photo to remember it by, ha.
our family ready to ring in the new year
David and the boys clowning while I got the camera ready
I made a batch of these bell shaped cookies the day before to take with us to snack on.
Our first stop was McDonald's in Chiquimula for lunch. What kid doesn't love a Happy Meal and some time on a playland? Mine sure do!
Once we left McDonald's this is what they did for the rest of the short trip to the hotel. Ahhh, can't you just imagine the silence, ha.
We traveled to Rio Hondo which is about an hour away and stayed the night at Hotel Pasabien. It was our first time to stay there. The rooms were not what drew us to this place. They were very basic, but you get what you pay for I guess.
another view of the pools
As soon as we got checked in they put on their swimsuits and jumped in. The water was a little cool but they didn't mind one bit.
Cruz loved this big slide most of all.
Captain Cruz- looking through his spy glass for bad guys
Here's Cruz playing on a tire swing we found while on a little hike to explore the property.
Cruz, Ben, and Eva swinging in a hammock by the pool on New Year's Eve
We were up early on New Year's Day (just like every other day of the year, ha) and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before putting our swimsuits back on and spending some time at the pool. We stayed until almost noon before we had to check out and leave. I pulled up a chair by the pool, grabbed my copy of Southern Living magazine (my very favorite magazine of all!!!), and just chilled out all morning long while my boys played. It was lovely and even though I left a little sunburned it was an enjoyable time to have that still, quiet moment.
We checked out and then ate lunch at Burger King in Teculutan before returning home.
My boys playing at the Burger King playland on New Year's Day
We arrived back home mid-afternoon I got busy unpacking and washing clothes. I then baked a surprise pumpkin pie for my guys. It is one of my family's favorite desserts for me to bake. For supper we grilled steak and had black beans and rice to go with it. We then all enjoyed a slice of my pumpkin pie. We got baths and then watched "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown". I wanted us to watch it outdoors but we were just too tired to drag all of the equipment out and set it up. Instead we snuggled up on the couch and watched it in the living room. It was a fun way to end our holiday time!
Special occasions are my favorite and holiday traditions just thrill my soul. I look forward with great expectations to the wonderful memories we'll make and new traditions we'll start in the year 2015. We hope you'll continue to read along and enjoy them with us. Happy New Year everyone! May the Lord bless you greatly in the days, weeks, and months to come!!!