Saturday, January 2, 2010

Twice the fun on New Year's Eve

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 swam.

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. the morning, we enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast mmmmm!

Pictures from our evening (click pics to enlarge)

The group....
(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



Jacqueline said...

Sounds like a wonderful time!

Renee said...

What fun for you guys!!!

Becky said...

I am so glad that you have someone there with so much in common. Looks like everyone had a great time.

Shannon said...

Sounds like a great way to spend New Year's Eve! The view from the hotel must have been spectacular!

Our Christmas morning started early, too, with two of the kids telling me they'd been up through the night around 2am, then up again at 4:30am. We heard them around 6 but the crash from the kitchen at 6:30 is what got us out of bed! lol! Glad you had a great day!

Chris Woodley said...

I am glad you enjoyed your visit to St. John's, and more especially, your stay in our hotel.
I hope you have a happy New year.
Sales Manager

At Home on the Rock... said...

Hi Chris...thanks for stopping by my blog.

We absolutely love your hotel...last year was our first year (we stayed at New Year's as well) of doing that and decided to do it again this year with friends this time. We had no problem recommending Super 8.

I made a couple of changes to my blog entry....I forgot to mention the delicious breakfast.

Happy New Year to you!