A Little Getaway

We enjoyed getting away recently as a family. This past weekend, we had a public holiday called Pchum Ben. It's basically a celebration of the dead. Lovely, huh? Many Cambodians go pay respects to their deceased relatives at the local pagoda (Buddhist Temple) and get together with family. If you drive around in the neighborhood, most homes have food, candles, tea and coffee as a sacrifice to their ancestors. It's a very heavy time.

There aren't too many places that are easy with kids so we decided to go to the beach, which is always a hit with the boys. Traffic wasn't too bad and we made record time! The weather cooperated for a little while, but we came home a day early because it started to rain non-stop and it was FREEZING!! 

To make up for the day, we took the boys to Kid's City (an indoor play center) yesterday and they played on a giant playground indoors.

We hope you enjoy some photos of our time. 



Our Hotel




Aaron basically looked for shells the entire weekend. He's such an explorer. 

Caleb on the other hand was obsessed with sand, and threw it, launched it with a shovel and threw it again. 


On the last day, Caleb refused to walk in the sand. Maybe he was tired of the gritty 



But then, he had his moments... 

Dark and cloudy... 


A lady was walking on the beach and offered to take our photo. Love this!

Christmas Time at the Goodlins


Sorry for the delay in posting this! We wanted to share a few pics from our Christmas so that our family and friends could feel a part of our holiday here. Though the new year has come and gone, we hope you will still enjoy!

Christmas in Cambodia this year really lasted almost the entire month of December. There were Sak Saum parties and church parties, In His Steps international staff parties, and In His Steps Cambodian staff parties. It seemed that every week there was a special Christmas event to look forward to. Fun!

We also had some festivities around our house as well. This was the second year we did an advent calendar. Aaron loved being able to count down to Christmas with a little treat or activity each day. And we decorated the Christmas tree. Last year Caleb was still so small so this year it was fun to watch both boys enjoy the process. We also purchased a little nativity set. I (Noelle) was really excited about this because I grew up looking in wonder at my family’s nativity set every Christmas. It was meaningful to watch Aaron talk himself through the real story of Christmas on an almost daily basis as he looked at Mary, Joseph and Jesus. (Caleb was mostly interested in trying to eat them all but he will get there one day. LOL.)

Though a nasty stomach bug decided to visit us right before Christmas day, we were grateful to be able to enjoy the day, albeit with slightly less energy and appetite than normal. Below are a few pics of our day together. Fun to watch the boys open their gifts and enjoy each other!