It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Well, not exactly like a Christmas we normally think of in the US… I must admit it is a bit strange that December is “summer” here in Costa Rica so it’s warm and sunny during Christmas.  Without sweaters, hot cocoa and a fire in the fireplace, it obviously does not feel like a “typical” Christmas. …

Tires and Fires and Bumper Cars

So my parents just left yesterday.  I am super close with them and my heart actually hurts today.  It feels like something is missing.  Driving the 15 minutes to Maria’s school this morning, I missed my dad because he came with me to drop her off each day.  We chatted and laughed the whole way.  And…

Muy Bien…Joellen is Ten!

Last Sunday Joellen turned double digits!  She was pumped to be the big 1-0.  If turning ten is not exciting enough, it was made that much sweeter by having my parents here to celebrate (the kids call them Mimi and Jaybird).  When Joellen woke up, we asked her what she wanted to do on her big…

Bittersweet

It’s been a whirlwind the last three weeks.  Especially for the five of us who are used to ‘una vida tranquila’ (a tranquil life) living here in Costa Rica.  But it was a wonderful three weeks filled with family and memories and celebration.  As I wrote in my last post, Marc’s parents came to visit…

Marc’s parents in CR!

Three weeks ago Marc’s parents came to visit us here in Costa Rica.  Months ago when we started to plan for their visit, Marc and I of course thought…”Let’s take them to the beach!”  But the more we lived here in the mountains of the Central Valley, the more we realized Marc’s parents would have more fun staying…

1 year+ interview

As part of homeschooling today, I decided to interview the kids along with Jen and I to get feedback about our 4 months in Costa Rica and our journey thus far.  It’s kinda of strange to think that we have been “homeless” since last August when we moved out of our house to start this…