Happy New Year 2009!! A lot has happened since my last post which is why I haven't posted in a while. Like most years, once the Christmas season begins to make its way it seems like there is very little down time and things happen so fast. This Christmas was different for us now that we are in Greece. We usually spend Christmas in Dallas and Oklahoma but being here we were able to spend it with my family. My dad was able to get an incredible deal for us to stay in a hotel north of Athens for two days (22 & 23) before Christmas Eve. The hotel is located in a place called Loutra Platostoma which is near the main city of Lamia. It is up in the mountains surrounded my hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, goats, cattle...basically everything you don't get to see in the busy city of Athens. It was a breath of fresh air and the scenery was incredible! Matt and I needed this getaway since life has been quite busy and hectic since our move here. This hotel was beautifully decorated, and people come here to relax in the spa and to experience the baths which has water with lots of minerals known to be healing for your skin. The hotel is also located next to Lake Plastira which we have been told is breathtaking. Our first day and night was very relaxing and we played games at night. Our plans for the next day was to see Lake Plastira which is 1.5 hours away from the hotel. So we woke up the next morning, had breakfast, piled into the van and made our way to the lake. We stopped on the way to visit the goats and their shepherd right off the side of the road. Matt took some great video of Ashtyn watching the goats. Well, we realized we didn't really know how to get to the lake and my dad must have asked about 30 people how to get there and everyone would tell us something different. So, 3 hours later and we still were not there so we decided to head back to the hotel. Well, on the way back we bought a map (great idea!) and my brother Stephen decided to lead us the short way back according to the map. Well, we ended up on a dirt road in a van that pretty much led to nowhere. There were bumps, and puddles to go over as we are driving down the mountain. By this point Ashtyn had enough of the car and was very restless. Well, it starts to get dark and we had to go back up the mountain and find another route. Not the best adventure to be on with a 10 month old! All in all it took 7 hours to get home and we never even made it to the lake! Wow, life doesn't always go as planned...we will definitely remember this one!! We did have a good time the next day and laughed about our crazy experience getting lost. Here are a few pictures from our trip. I will have several more posts in the next few days to catch up on all our events.
Eating at a restaurant near Lake Plastira
The girls are singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. This is a Greek tradition where the children go around to homes and shops to play the triangle and sing. Then you give them some change and it's fun for them to see how much they make at the end of the day.