Anual ladies roadtrip

Hey! Here I am! 
I know I disappeared again but I'm not quiting just yet. I started this new blog, having in mind that I did not want to pressure myself to blog, when I had nothing to say. 
But let me give you one piece of advice. If you're on Instagram, don't start watching stories. It is sooo addicting! I am hooked. It's like reality TV except better, because it's people you genuinely like and WANT to follow.  And that's the "rabbit hole" I've fallen into....

But let me catch you up on an awesome trip we made with just us ladies.
Four of us, managed to take the time out of our "busy" (you know how busy it is being retired...ha!) schedule and went on a road trip to the capitol Asuncion. Here we are getting ready to leave.

We had not even driven 50 km, when we realized the  air conditioning was not working. And it is a new car I had bought just 6 months ago! And it was hot! You can imagine how upset I was. I called hubby (who is a mechanic), but what can he do from long distance, right? I tried to keep my emotions under control, but my friends said my face was getting redder and redder. haha
Anyway to make a long story short, my son in law (who is also a mechanic) remembered that sometimes the air conditioners freeze over and then nothing works. He gave us the advice to turn it completely off for a while, to let everything thaw out, and then see if it would work again. And that was IT! After having it off for a while, we tried it and it worked again! Phew! That saved us a lot of stress! 
To celebrate we decided to have out first photo shoot. We saw this picturesque entrance to someones ranch and there was a random guy waiting there, so that's where we stopped and the gentleman was nice enough to take our pic. haha

We did not book in a hotel this time. For the first time, we decided to try an airbnb apartment. It was a 3 bedroom and was VERY nice! We were very pleased and it was so good to have the freedom of living all together, yet almost all had their own bedroom. It was very clean and in the perfect location in town, so we didn't have to drive far when going out.

You would think, we would have gone shopping, but no. We decided to do the touristy things we never get to do, when the husband and kids come along. First we visited a hill called CERRO Lambare, where there is a monument on top. An indigenous person statue, which was the perfect spot for more photos.

Then we went to the "Costanera", which is a man made beach along the Paraguayan river. It is a beautiful place to enjoy the river and stroll along the shoreline. They also offer boot rides, which we took advantage of. Some of us did not really want to go, but they had to (peer pressure, you know). It was fun, as you can see. We laughed our heads off, because it's something none of us would have done on their own.

That evening we went out for drinks and dinner. Here I am trying to drink with my pinkie pointing up. The funny thing was the pinkie on my other hand also lifted up, without me realizing it. haha
The next day we went to a lake called Ypacarai, which is in a little town called San Bernardino. Even with GPS we got lost and drove around in circle, until we finally managed to get there. It was hilarious. Can you just see four woman, all knowing what to do and how to get there, but still getting lost. Ha!

It ended up being another wonderful day. Sunny and warm and not too hot. We went out to dinner again and we ended our trip at a restaurant where you can put together your own pasta dishes. You choose the ingredients and they cook it right in front of you. It was fun and we all went back to the apartment stuffed!

The next day we came home to our husbands who were happy to see us again. Especially mine, because he does NOT do cooking and the stuff I had made ahead of time was dwindling.

And best of all, I get to see this little guy again!

Mothersday Hodgepodge

I've decided to join in the Hodgepodge fun today. Head on over to Joyce @ From this side of the pond, to get the questions and post the answers on your own blog. Let me know, and I'll come and read.

From this Side of the Pond

1. What are your ingredients for a perfect Saturday?

Saturdays are still workdays over here. But only till 11:30, then all the shops close and the weekend starts. On Saturdays I bake something for the weekend. This is really important for the hubby, so I do it mostly for him. In the afternoon, I go to visit my mother. It's pretty much the same every Saturday and if she's having a good day, even better. In the evening we like to go out with friends. So that would pretty much be a perfect Saturday for me.

2. What skill do you wish more people took the time to learn?

How to use their phone in public. Why do you have to SCREAM into your phone when you get a call in public? And why do you have to TEXT when you are visiting with someone?

3. What's something you ate as a child you can't stand now as an adult?

Hot dogs.

4. Something parenting has taught you? If you're not a parent tell us one important lesson you learned from your own parents.

Parenting teaches you that you can love until it hurts. You also learn to let go. From watching your child take those first steps and constantly falling and letting him/her, up until you see them move out and watch them struggle with becoming independent, right up to seeing them going through the same process with their own children. You also learn to be quiet, when you don't really go along with the decisions they make (I guess that's also a form of letting go). 

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about mothers or motherhood.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Things that infuriate me in this country the most, is this.
There are two lanes here. And this guy was standing in the MIDDLE of them both. I thought to myself, ok he must want to turn left (because there are people who cannot stand in the left lane and turn left, they have to make a BIIIIG turn, as if they are driving a buggy or something), but NO....when the light turned green he just drove straight. Hmph! No comment (because those words are not allowed here, haha).