It’s 2012 and we are looking forward to another adventurous year, but we thought we would take a minute and look back at 2011. This helps us remember, but also lets us share with you another year of our life that has become our “norm”. We are starting to get used to this life of travel, experiences , and discovery, but are really unsure what 2012 brings or where we will be. We do know that 2012 will be just as rewarding, if not more so, as 2011. So come with as as we share our 2011 year-in-review one week at a time.
Week 1: Celebrated New Years Eve on top of a Costa Rican mountain overlooking the entire central valley. The multitude of firework displays was something that cannot be captured on film as we thought “China just got a little richer tonight”. Went to La Sabana Park in San Jose, Costa Rica where we rode mini horses, ate street food and flew kites.
Week 2: Went to a traditional Horse Tope where a bunch of Costa Rican cowboys drink, prance around and show off their horses. Keith was lucky to grab a beer from one of them. (Side note: K has never been so eager to stretch this far prior to this…all for a beer!)
Week 3:Replaced the traditional Costa Rican coffee maker, which we dubbed “The Coffee Condom” with a western style electronic coffee maker. Taught G how to rake up starfruit from our yard. Went to Jaco Beach and realized we don’t like filthy beaches. Only spent 15 minutes there. Something about dogs humping in the tide pools where people are sitting just didn’t feel good to us.
Week 4: Took a road trip to Visit Manual Antonio National Park, stopping by Esteriollos Oeste Beach and an Organic Vanilla Farm. Convinced to never buy vanilla ‘essence’ again, it’s sooooo different than the real stuff. We liked Manual Antonio, but thought it to be too hyped up.
Week 1: Hiked to a waterfall in Atenas, Costa Rica & made sinful Ceylon Cinnamon Gelato from the spices we gathered from Villa Vanilla.
Week 2: Attended a Chili Cookoff, but more importantly, “I” decided to start crawling this week.
Week 3: The Castenadas came to visit. A full week of beach, Zarcero, Volcan Arenal, Baldi HotSprings, an earthquake and car breakdown. Notice the phallic symbols in the image below…keep reading, it gets worse.
Week 4: Stiffy was acquired. Why this toy was in a child’s game? We’re not sure, but it quickly became G’s favorite.
Week 2: Completed my first week with a full time virtual assistant. The thrill was short lived. Frustrated that “I have to do everything myself!” Arg. This outsourcing stuff is NOT as easy as it looks.
Week 3: Went to Dona Ana Beach with the Bowman family where this huge wave surprised everyone. Got our Costa Rican drivers license…insane inefficiency, bumble of a process, but came out of it with our license.
Week 4: Still trying to adjust to what life looks like with 2 children. The blessings come with a serious readjustment of everything. It takes triple the amount of energy for 2 children and we love it, most times!
Week 1: We finally went to our community pool, discovered a fun indoor jump castle place and went to a water park that was completely spring fed, Ojo de Agua.
Week 2: Isla got her first tooth, we discovered the best babysitter is a hammock in the yard and we enjoyed the Atenas Climate Fair, complete with an ox-cart parade.
Week 3: Mama got to spend a week alone with the kids, while K went back to the states for business. Attended 2 birthday parties full of sugar, children and sugar. K brings back 2 Macs…we’ve officially switched from PC to Mac. $$$, but worth it.
Week 4: Went to a playgroup in Escazu where we saw a giant Iguana.
Week 1: May 3rd marked our 1 year anniversary in Costa Rica. So many changes this year: New country, new home, new car, new baby and new growth and perspectives. Everyone should choose to step out of their comfort zone to explore and grow.
Week 2: Our monthly vacation included an all-inclusive resort. Kayaked on the Pacific, snorkeled in warm ocean water and saw colorful fish. Great vacation at the Occidental Grand Papagayo. Highly recommended for relaxation, adventure and great food & drink.
Week 3: Did Acro-yoga for the first time and loved it. Went to another Yoga festival. Hired out our customer service so that K didn’t have to be tied to the computer.
Week 4: Can’t believe we didn’t hire our e-cig ninjas prior to this! It has been revolutionary. Went to an Organic Farmer’s Market in San Jose, had the best empanadas in the world. On the way back we spotted a festival in San Jose (Fall in Love with Your City Fest). Had fun watching aerial and tango dancing, playing lots of games and eating.
Week 1: This month we spent our monthly vacation in Puerto Viejo. Four days playing on the 3rd most beautiful beach in the world, Punta Uva, snorkeling in crystal clear Caribbean waters, kayaking through the jungle and waking up to howler monkeys and toucans.We also got to play with monkeys!
Week 2: This week we were rolling out a redesign of our site, so lots of work. This is our morning. K & S: cooking breakfast, feeding both kids, working on their computers while chatting online with China & Bangledesh, and having their own coffee. Wow…lots of simultaneous things in the morning sprint. High fives afterward.
Celebrated Father’s Day & I’s first birthday. Had a feast with delicious lasagna, garlic bread, salad, banana – chocolate crumb cake, and choco-bananas. Happy 1st Birthday to Preciosa.
Week 4: Another getaway for us this month…bonus! It quickly became of our favorite places in Costa Rica, Termales del Bosque, the most amazingly natural thermal springs in the jungle. Enjoyed watching 40 horses graze on grass and one friendly goat. Saw the president of Costa Rica.
Week 1: G turns 3! We had a wonderful birthday party at an indoor play place: Go Bananas! Grandma comes from the states to visit. This is what it looks like when Grandma comes:
Week 2: Our monthly vacation to another all-inclusive, the Barcelo Langosta Beach (our favorite)! Then we toured around Lake Arenal and ended up in the cloud forest at Lands in Love, where we did some ziplining – even Grandma.
Week 3: More friends from the states visit and we head out to Termales del Bosque and another all-inclusive resort! We had a ball with Mike & Katy and hope that Mike’s feet have recovered from too much pool volleyball.
Week 4: Spent the last week of the month relaxing after all our vacation adventures. G decides his middle name is “Flamingo”
Week 1: We headed out to Denver for a long visit with friends, food, water parks, pool and lots of memories. Enjoyed Fat Tire beer, Olathe sweet corn, aspens, and the beautiful blue bird sky. We admit we’ve acclimated to a tropical climate, because although it was warm, S was freezing most of the time. Dang air conditioning and no humidity. Love Denver!
Week 2: Flew to Chicago to visit our family. Shopped at Target, went to a classic car show, ate Chicago pizza & Italian beef sandwiches (ooooo…how we miss the food!). I gets to meet her other Grandma & Grandpa for the frist time. Got the best belly laugh workout listening to our friends, Diane & John’s stories. Went to Lincoln Park Zoo, drove by my Bean at Millenium Park, ate too much again but laughed it all off with college roomies. Love Chicago!
Week 3: Back in Costa Rica – we restocked our fridge with fresh farmer’s market produce, went to the beach, saw whales & scarlet macaws. Started talking about moving from Costa Rica to Belize, no decision yet, but just a thought.
Week 4: Welcomed a new family to Atenas with a get together at the pool. A cow decided to join us. Had a sushi date. Intimate, romantic, great sushi, nice music. Does it matter that is was in the car while the kids slept in their car seats? Nope. Played at the park when they woke up.
Week 1: Visited the organic farm of the lady that we always buy our veggies from at the Farmer’s Market.
Week 2: Celebrated K’s birthday with a huge campfire bash at our house!
Week 3: The festivities continue as we head to Cartago to tour the first and only craft brewing company in Central America. K is in heaven. Visited ruins and a church from the 1600s in Cartago. Spent the afternoon at The Costa Rica Craft Brewing Co. Top notch beer. Super happy husband.
Week 4: Rolled our our new 510 e-cigarette product line finally! Whew! And decided to start this blog to have a wonderful record and memory of living our awesomely fulfilling life. Perhaps it’ll inspire you or make you laugh.
Week 1: Celebrated S’s birthday with a trip to Esteriollos Oeste Beach. Decided to definitely move to Belize. Started to find a home for my beautiful dogs of 9 yearsthat we brought with from the states. Sadly, they won’t be moving on with us.
Week 2: Spent the week in a remote part of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula. No internet, no phones, nothing but nature and friends.
Week 3: It rained nonstop for 15 days straight! That meant no dry clothes. Luckily we have good friends that let us borrow their dryer for a few loads.
Week 4: Bought our one way tickets to Belize and leave in 2 weeks. Sold our car, found a home for our dogs and purging most of our stuff, again! Spent a beautiful day with friends on Playa Blanca, one of Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches.
Week 1:Got the last bit of mercury out of our mouths as we try to fit in as much cheap dental work as possible in Costa Rica. Got a final round of acupuncture done. Had a final “Raid my pantry” party with lots of homemade vegetarian sushi and pitaya ice-cream.
Week 2: Weighing and re-weighing luggage. 6 bags with a generous 70 lb limit, thank goodness! We filled them all, but are amazed that our entire life is in only 6 bags and we could have cut that in half, but choose not to. Spent the last 2 nights in a swanky hotel room in Santa Ana. We arrive in Belize!
Week 3: Settled into our new condo right on the beach with a beautiful pool, we couldn’t be happier until we see the prices of fruits and vegetables. Ouch! But the fresh fish is cheap! Had to do a lot of computer work to get ready for the Black Friday – Christmas Season.
Week 4: Went snorkeling and slowly became mesmerized at the beauty of the blue, clean ocean and the white sand beaches of Ambergris Caye. We love walking barefoot!
Week 1: Experienced the Chicken Drop and decided to buy some transportation: beach cruisers. We also bought a fishing pole and got to work on learning how to fish off the docks.
Week 2: New cruisers and we cruise to the north and south, as far as 3 yr old attention spans will get us. We are loving the daily life of pool, beach, ocean views, breezes and the delicious rum.
Week 3: Ate Poisonous Lionfish, found great yoga places, and started to learn the ins and outs of this island.
Week 4: We attempted our first ‘Backpack with the Kids’trip to the southern coastal towns of Belize, utilizing buses, budget accommodations and lots of free spirit. Crazy, we know.
Thoughts on 2011
What a transformational year for us. We learned to let go and let life’s journey carry you, and we trust in that. We’ve done and seen so much and yet we have one simple goal: to enjoy the moments as much as this little girl has enjoyed her ice-cream: