So after a nice restful night in our fancy pants hotel room...wait. Hotel room, with kids. Yeah, not so restful. Let's just say once it became light outside again, we ventured off on more of our adventure in paradise. By the light of day it was much easier to see the view from our room:
Alex really liked it:
And now you can see the pools in all their daytime glory:
After a yummy breakfast of cinnamon rolls we made our first stop at the beach. Where else would you go when staying at a beach resort? While Grandma, Grandpa and Cousin Fred wandered down the beach:
the kids entertained themselves in this delightful pile of sand:
Ella preferred posing on top:
While Alex preferred tunneling through it:
And of course his favorite beach time activity:
I was trying really hard to get a picturesque photo of Ella with the ocean behind her and she was just not cooperating.
Come on Ella. Turn around.
Fine, mom. Cheese! Are you happy?
Are we done yet?
What? You wanted me to smile?
What was that? Fishy lips?
OK, I posed, now can we be done?
She's such a goof and that's why I love her.
Now you didn't think you'd get away without a pretty beach picture did you? Here you go:
Those would be my grubby flip flops and Gods great ocean. Great pair.
And how's this for a pretty picture:
Man, he's good looking.
After the beach we headed over to where all the shops and restaurants were:
It was very quaint. However, our purpose for being there had nothing to do with shopping and everything to do with this:
ICE SKATING!!! I love ice skating. And ever since watching a Madeline that had ice skating in it Ella has been wanting to go, so of course at the first opportunity I had to take her. Seeing as we live in the south, this was the first and probably last opportunity. It was the smallest little rink ever, but perfect for the first timer. Ella was a little nervous at first, but pretty soon she and daddy were doing jumps:
I had Ella duty most of the time and Anton had Alex duty:
Alex actually hated it, but hated being left out even more. So he endured the skating just so he could be with mommy and daddy. I think he secretly learned to love it in the end. He also did consent to letting Grandma hold him for a bit so Mommy and Daddy could have a break:
We had so much fun! But after Anton and Ella took a spill together we had to call it quits. She wouldn't go back out on the ice and us adults had the sorest feet in the world.
So there you go. That's how you manage to get the beach and ice into the same day. We grabbed some lunch afterwards then headed back home. The kids were too tired and cranky to do anything else. And now we are back at home planning for the next big adventure, which will be hosting all the extended local family for a New Year's Eve party. I can't wait. Wish me luck.
I couldn't help but leave you with this. Argh! He is too cute!