Happy New Year!

1 Jan

Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’ve been away on vacation and haven’t been able to post much in the last week or so. Next week I’ll be back on my regular schedule. However, I would like to wish happiness, good health and prosperity for 2014 to all my fans and followers. Best wishes to you and your loved ones in the new year and for all the years to come!

Below I’m sharing a few highlights of my vacation in Central Florida at the Gaylord Palms Hotel…

Gaylord Palms Hotel

Key West at the Gaylord Palms

Alligator Springs

I saw the Ice Show. Gaylord Palms flew in ice sculptors from Thailand to create an icy wonderland of sculptures. I was given a coat to put on while in the area of the ice sculptures (8 degrees fahrenheit). Burrr.


Frosty the snowman

Frosty the snowman IMG_0205 IMG_0206 IMG_0207 IMG_0208

I also visited Gingy’s house where you’re given a kit to make your own gingerbread family!

gingerbread house

Gingy Christmas tree


Below is the gingerbread family that I helped make.

gingerbread family

One of my cookies came to life, escaped and hid between the cushions on my bed.

Gingy escaped

As I continued to enjoy my hotel stay I had no idea that Gingy (it’s the name I gave my gingerbread cookie) had a plan of his own.

Gaylord Palms




Alligator mote

Gingy made himself comfortable in my bed and used up all my pillows!


In the morning he had the nerve to use my toothbrush! After that there was no stopping him. He followed me everywhere I went.

Gingy_brushing teeth

Gaylord Palms

Christmas at the Florida Keys


I stepped away for a moment and Gingy drank all of my hot cocoa (baptized with Brandy).



He insisted on playing cards with us. He ate, ate and ate (and had horrible table manners)! He even had the nerve to surf the web on my laptop (NO ONE touches my laptop)!

Gingy playing cards IMG_0497 IMG_0499 IMG_0501 IMG_0503 IMG_0516

After a while he grew on me and I learned to accept the little menace. Ha,ha!

All the best!



26 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. fairytaleepidemic January 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Happy 2014 Vashti! ♥ Hope you had a fun and relaxing vacation.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 2, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you Britt! I’m still on vacation until Monday! I’m definitely having some fun. I’m going to miss your poetry and pictures, but I understand that sometimes we just need to unplug for a while. I’ll be there when you return. 😀 xx


  2. rcprice January 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Happy New Year, Vashti. Much success in 2014.


  3. writerashwin89 January 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Happy 2014, Vashti 🙂


  4. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin January 2, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Al little piece of wonderland. Looks like fun Vashti. May 2014 see all your goals achieved and dreams realised. Xx


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 2, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      That’s a wonderful wish Yolanda! Thank you! All the best for you in 2014! 😀 xx


  5. Angela January 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    Looks nice. We’re in the process of planning a vacation to Florida for April. Found you on the Meandering Monday Blog Hop. Following with google plus now. Looking forward to reading more in 2014.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Hello Angela! Thank you for stopping by and for following. I’ll look forward to reading your comments on my short stories and articles. 😉


  6. francisguenette January 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Hey Vashti – I left you a message on your facebook page the other day with an invite to participate in a blog chain I’ve been asked to be part of. If you’re interested – could you email me at If I don’t hear from you by the 6th I guess I’ll have to look for someone else but I hope I can catch you with the message here. Thanks. And happy 2014.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Hi Fran! Thank you so much for thinking of me! I just sent you an email with the information you requested. I hope it’s not too late. I was on vacation and am a little behind on everything right now. I apologize for the late response.


  7. Rat January 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    lovely pictures and good to know that you had fun n relaxed holiday. Happy New Year, Vashti. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

      Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment! All the best! 😀


  8. peternoahthomas January 6, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    That looks like a fun vacation. May 2014 bring you everything you need and desire, and may it be joy and peace to you and your family.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 6, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Thank you so much Peter! I had a great time. The kid inside me went nuts. Ha,ha! I wish you and your loved ones all the best as well. 🙂


  9. Rosey January 6, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    We had an elf who was much like your gingy. 😉 I’ve heard Gaylord is awesome, your pictures confirm it so! I love that they did a Frosty theme. That show always makes me feel like a kid. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 6, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Ha,ha! I see we have lots in common Rosey. That’s what it was like for me; I felt like a big kid at the ice show and at the gingerbread house. The Gaylord Palms really is a beautiful hotel and the service is magnificent. 😀


  10. Sandra January 10, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    Fun post! Thanks for posting on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scruptilicious 4 You!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Sandra! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for stopping by. 😀


  11. Natasha January 12, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Oh wow! I’m glad that you had so much fun – the hotel looked to be a fun place to be! And I love the Winter Wonderland – the sculptures must have been beautiful! And I love Gingy – so less creepy than the Elf on the Shelf! Wishing you the best in 2014!

    Thank so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We just love having you! 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 13, 2014 at 12:08 am #

      Thank you Natasha! Yes, the Gaylord Palms Hotel is an awesome place to stay during the holiday season. Oh I’m so glad Gingy didn’t creep you out. Ha,ha! I’ll see you on Tuesday! 😀


  12. Mrs_ AOK (@Mrs_AOK) January 18, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun! My daughter loves Gingy 🙂
    Happy 2014!
    Thanks for linking up to Mommy Monday!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      Ha,ha! Tell her Gingy says hello! You’re very welcome. It was a lot of fun linking up with you guys! 😀


  13. Amber Neal January 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Happy New Year’s to you!I hope you had a great vacation! Thanks for linking up this week for MMM link up party!


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