Cade LOVED the bananas. He lined them all up, put them in his cart, lined them up, put them back…pretty much played with bananas the whole time! We left for lunch. We walked a few blocks to McDonald’s and then walked back to the museum. Cade fell asleep on the way back. Abby played dress up, read books, and played in a neat ball area.
We spent Sunday morning at a park nearby to the hotel. The kids had a blast. It was one of those big wooden ones that is kind of like a castle. It started to rain on us after awhile, so we packed both kids into the stroller and walked up to the food court at the mall for some lunch.
After a lazy afternoon at the hotel, we went to supper at a nice little Italian place right on the Riverwalk. We sat inside and had great service. The food was good and we were right by a window overlooking the river. After supper we waited for John to come and we walked to Marble Slab for some icecream. The kids loved it.
Derek went to a conference session early and was back a little after 9. John came and picked us up around 10 and we went to a shopping center to see these GIANT cowboy boots. The kids were pretty impressed.
Our hotel room was comfortable, fairly quiet, and the beds were comfortable. We started the day with breakfast at the buffet. Abby’s favorite would turn out to be pancake dipped in chocolate sauce (hey…we were on vacation!) and Cade loved the fruit (as usual). Derek usually went for some type of pastry and fruit and I ate French toast every day. We went to the beach and mostly played in the sand as it was a little chilly and windy. Most locals had on pants and a jacket, although it was still warm to us and we were dressed in shorts and T-shirts. When they asked where we were from, they understood a little better, but I still don’t think they really got it. To them, it was cold. We walked down the street to the 7-Eleven to buy some candy and stopped at a street vendor to buy a few souvenirs. After we got back, Cade took a nap and Abby and I went to the beach while Derek stayed with Cade. That is when Abby discovered the snack bars. They had pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, and pizza. I know, I already mentioned pizza, but if you knew how much pizza Abby ate while we were there, you would understand why I mentioned it twice! On this day alone, she ate 7 pieces of pizza. In fact, that is how she learned how to count to 10 in Spanish. By the end of the trip, we had lost track, but I estimate about 30 pieces of pizza were consumed by Abby alone. Abby and I ate at the beach snack bar, Marlin Azul and she drank her favorite drink, strawberry daquiri. It came close in number to the pizza! After Cade’s nap, we hung out and ate dinner at the buffet. After dinner we got a taxi and went toward town to a local Christmas festival. They had food booths, clowns with balloons, dancers (not great, high school maybe), Barney, Santa, and Christmas decorations. It was interesting if nothing else. We got a cab back to the hotel and by the time we got to the room, it was time for bed.
This was the view from our balcony.
This is the Park Royal’s private beach.
Derek and the kids standing by the hot tub overlooking the ocean. It wasn’t very hot!!