We spent New Year's Eve with family friends. We have many interspersed connections to this family....we're both 'Mainlanders' from Ontario, all of us growing up in fairly close proximity to each other. The town they are from was named after a distant relative of mine and her parents now live in the same town as my Dad and step-mom .... (practically across the street from each other). How cool is that? We didn't know them before coming to Newfoundland and only met up with them while visiting churches upon our arrival here. It's such a small world!
We decided awhile ago we'd spend the night in St. John's. We selected a hotel (Super 8...we stayed there last New Years's Eve), with a pool, a huge water slide and hot tub. We booked early and asked for adjoining rooms on the top floor with a view overlooking the ocean/city. We wanted to have a great view of the fireworks display put on by the city at midnight.
We hung out in the room, eating junk food as well as some healthy food (and I know there are lots of chip bags in the following pics....but we also had a fruit tray and a vegetable tray....we really did!)
We hung out by the pool.
We enjoyed the hot tub.
Some of us enjoyed the water slide (and some of us chose not to go down..betcha can't guess who that was lol).
We hung out some more in the room....the kids played various games (video games and hide 'n seek...who would have thought that could be played in a hotel room?....but they did it) while the adults took a breather.
We had pizza for supper (larry's fave!).
We swam some more and enjoyed the hot tub.
We played Pictionary ..... girls against the guys and I won't mention the girls WON WON WON...even though there was one more of them *and* even after we gave them a huge head start by letting them win the first few rounds (well...ok....we didn't really let them win those first few rounds...but it makes for a better story ;))
And at midnight.....we were not disappointed by the fireworks. Not only did we see the city's display, but many other private homes were setting off their own. It was so beautiful to watch all of them at the same time....the whole sky over St. John's seemed to be lit with various displays of fireworks. We had a great view *and* we were warm watching from the comfort of our room.
And...in the morning, we enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast mmmmm!
Pictures from our evening (click pics to enlarge)
(from left to right...Larry, Tyler, James, Paul, Jake, Jennifer, Rebecca, Brittney)
Jake, Tyler and James checking out a video game
Brittney, Rebecca, Tyler...strategizing for Hide 'N Seek...
James and Jake
Rebecca, Tyler and Brittney....getting ready to go out for supper
Rebecca and Brittney
O.K...Enough pictures already, Mom...enough!!
The guys...Tyler, James, Jake and Paul
James, Jake and Paul
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!