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Cartagena

Today we decided to take a trip into Cartagena, a beautiful city in the region of Murcia. We took a walk around the town, which has been rebuilt due to many past attacks. It has been and still home to a very important military port. We visited the Teatro Roma. How exquisite!
After we left the Teatro Roma, we drove to the top of a hill, where you have a beautiful view of the city, especially the navy base.
After returning to the resort, we decided to go for a swim. But today we went to another pool . Then we stopped by where we were last night, which was crowded with people. There was an "eagle show" being hosted. We grabbed a couch and waited for the show to start. They had a number of interesting trained birds. Though it was very exciting (the eagle flew legit a centimeter over my head!) and fun for the kids, I hate seeing animals in this kind of environment. I secretly wished they would all fly away during their "performances". But that's neither here nor there. After the show, we returned to our room to shower and prepare dinner. Tonight was pasta night. Though it was not like the Italian pasta I'm used to back home. Anyway, it was fine and there was watermelon for dessert so all was well :D
We are heading back home to Madrid tomorrow.

The next morning we woke up, had coffee and breakfast and packed our bags. We checked out but headed back to J's cousin's room to keep our bags for the day. We went to the "other" pool in the resort. The fancy one directly outside the hotel. I've included pictures below. They had a fun game for the kids here. They would enter a large plastic ball where they would try and stand up as a woman pulls it around the pool. The kids had a blast. We had lunch back at the room. I made a salad with tuna (yum) and C made me us tuna omelettes. :)
Adios Murcia! <3

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¿Comó te llamas?

Day 3 in Murcia

Wake up, have coffee & cereal & discuss the plans for the day with C and J. I get the girls ready for another beach day :)
Today, we tried a different beach. This beach was much bigger but still very beautiful! J and his brother and laws took me to a different area of the beach to try snorkeling. It was cool to see the different fish but it was very hard for me to control my breathing. I will definitely need to practice some more if I ever plan on scuba diving. We went back to the beach and I played with the kiddies for a bit. Then it was time for lunch :) we walked to this restaurant nearby and omg was the food delicious! Especially the rice- once again salivating thinking about this food! Ha! It was so flavorful and definitely one of the best things I've eaten so far. After lunch we returned to the resort for siesta and swimming :)
Today was also the day that J's cousin arrived with his family. Their oldest daughter was the birthday girl :) and they also have an adorable infant.
After showering, I walked over to their yard (which was 3 rooms away from ours) to the birthday party. Their was pizza, cerveza, candy and gifts. After eating, J's brother in law created a game for the kids. Just because they were in a resort didn't mean they were going to let the celebration suffer. He grabbed a few items from the room and set up and explained the rules for an obstacle course. The kids had a blast as the adults cheered them on.
We then got into a discussion about names. I asked her if it was common in Spain for mothers to name their first daughter the same name as themselves (because both her and J's cousin's wife fall into this category). She said yes, which was interesting because back home it's common for some fathers to do this, but not as often for mothers. She then explained how Spanish names work. I always knew the Spanish took both parents surnames. Apparently, if you are given both a first and middle name, at a certain age you can decide by which of those names you want to have as your first name. Furthermore, you can actually decide which surname you want to come first. Well, the first born decides, and the other siblings must keep it :P
The next day we went in the pool and after lunch the kids enjoyed birthday cake :)
J's siblings left today so it was now just us and J's cousin's family. We took a walk to the hotel area of the resort. There was a DJ playing great music and people (most of whom we're speaking English) sitting around on couches and at tables sipping cocktails and enjoying the music. We grabbed a table and ordered some dinner and drinks. Of course the kids wanted to get up on the dance floor and dance. And of course they came up to me with their "pa pa please" faces asking if I would accompany them. Who cares if no other adults were dancing right??? Lol we had fun and little did I know J was videoing the whole thing! Haha
Buenos noches

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Family Vacation

After we check out our room, we go to the pool.
Then J's sister and husband arrived with their two kids. A little while later, his other sister and her family arrived. We rested (siesta yay :P) while the guys went to the supermarket to buy food for the next few days. We decided that each family will cook dinner one night. Tonight was out night! I assisted C with our rice dish. It was muy rico! (Delicious)
Over dinner the family spoke in both English and Spanish. It's funny because they're self conscious about their English just as I am self conscious about my Spanish. They try and speak slowly for me to understand, but just as any family speaking over dinner, the conversation starts to speed up and I can only try and keep up :)
We have fruit for dessert. It is very late at this point and I excuse myself for bed.
The next morning we have breakfast outside overlooking the very pretty golf course. The kids are eager to swim and we head to a beach recommended by some friends. It is a small beach, but that definitely does not make it any less beautiful. It was gorgeous! I have included pictures below. After spending some time on the sand and in the water, we walk over to the very trendy beach bar/restaurant for some lunch. We first order for the children and then the adults. We ordered a few different dishes for starters. One of the dishes that came out was a number of little fish laying on a plate (Boquerones). Don't get me wrong, I really do like fish, but I don't like looking at their faces :( . But I made myself a promise, that during this trip, I will try everything at least once. The way I can describe this fish, well the way to eat this fish, is similar to how we eat buffalo wings back home. How you eat around the bone is how you eat around the spine. It was an experience but I only had one. Then for the main dish was this incredible paella! Ah my mouths watering just thinking about it. Yum!
After we finished eating, we went back to the resort to swim in the pool and wait for J's sister and family to prepare dinner. Fried eggs and pork with cheese. I'm not a fan of pork, but, I tried it. I was much more excited about the salad with tuna. Lastly, flan for dessert :)
Buenos noches

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Cuanto Falta????

Celia has already left to take the train when I wake up. I get up and prepare breakfast for the girls. Then I get the girls dressed and we pack up the car. Off to Murcia! It is a city in the southeast of Spain. A vacation from a vacation? Count me in! :D
At about the halfway mark (2 hours in) we stop at a cafe. J and I had coffee and miguelitos. Miguelitos are a popular pastry in that part of town. J said I absolutely had to try this famous Spanish pastry. I did not argue.... And they did not disappoint. Mmmmmm.
The girls began to get antsy and began asking "Cuanta falta????" I equate this to our "are we there yet?????" :P Once I gave them coloring books they were pretty occupied for the remainder of the drive. Though there were a few more "Cuanto falta's???" Lol.
We pick C up from the train station and continue to the resort. It is absolutely beautiful! Our yard overlooks the golf course and we are a stone's throw from the pool :)

Miguelitos :D
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Our views :)
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My room
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The Low Down on the Little Ones...

So what I've learned about my chicitas so far: Celia, naturally being the oldest, is the "teacher", very eager to learn English, but also eager to teach me Spanish. She is such a sweetheart. Always wants me around, and always wants us to look alike. If I have a moño (bun) in my hair, then Celia wants one too! Same goes for coletas and trenzas (ponytails and braids). As for Natalia, what a personality!!!!!! She is always either smiling or laughing. She likes being silly and prefers to speak in Spanish. I'm trying to teach her as much English as possible but she's always answering back in Spanish. She's definitely going to grow up to be a comedian or actress, you the type. Total diva! But not in a snobby way. I have to say, I'm very lucky with these 2 girls. They are far from bratty, they are absolute dolls! Well-behaved, polite, but still silly and fun.

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