I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


good-bye costa rica

We’re headed home! But before we do, I thought I would post some final thoughts and memories from our experience here in Costa Rica.

Yesterday was a crazy[ish} day. First off, I think I’ve kept no secret to the fact of how hot it is here, right? So imagine my surprise when I heard thunder this afternoon. Thunder! And CJ goes, “that can’t be thunder.” But yes indeed, it was thunder.

I asked him if it would start raining. “No!” he says, “it’ll never rain.” But yes indeed, it rained! A fresh, cooling, rain … heaven!

And then the animal sightings … it was crazy! The girls have taken to feeding any living creature that comes near … birds, iguana, coatimundi’s, monkey’s {well, we tried with the monkey’s, but they wouldn’t buy it}.


We had a showdown first thing in the morning between an iguana and a baby coatimundi … the girls loved it! Then we went to the pool and were surrounded by monkey’s. We’ve had monkey sightings while we’ve been here, which is pretty cool … but the trees were covered with howler monkey’s … and little baby ones too. Precious! As we were playing in the pool, they’d start hollering … cool!

After we got back to our room in the afternoon, the monkey’s started moving through the trees and as luck would have it, they passed through the trees outside our room … but they decided to stay. They started hollering again, and it was just so cool!


Then it was bathtime … I’ve way loosened up on the bath scene while we’ve been here and they desperately needed them. After baths, I put them in the little robes the hotel had out for them {but we hadn’t used yet} … the girls loved it! They were so cute loving their little robes … all cozy and snuggly.

The girls were not happy when I asked them to get dressed to go to dinner. They wanted to stay in for room service and became whining, crying, crazy children when we said they needed to get dressed. Piper asked if she could wear her pajamas … I said sure. So Wynter and Hunter wore theirs too. Quite the sight we were when the kids came traipsing in to the restaurant ready for bed!


As I’ve said, we had a great trip, but are anxious to get home. Here are some final musings from our trip:

  • googolplex is the word of the vaca … the girls {especially wynter} used it in every possible circumstance.
  • water poured on the head and a sip of diet coke provide much needed energy during a jungle walk
  • taylor likes to play with her hair
  • nothing but trouble abounds if i don’t brush the girls hair for 3 days!
  • i love my children
  • crabby girls love water
  • it’s hard to catch up when email goes down
  • cj sets boobie traps for me at night {shoes in my path, doors open} that ends with the toilet seat up
  • hermit crabs become domesticated in chlorine water
  • they also die from too much chlorine water
  • our connect four game should have a passport
  • we love to feed wild animals
  • hunter gives the most evil look if you take a nukie away
  • for pete’s sake, would someone remind me to bring piper’s bday present next year?  two years in a row … forgot!
  • cj is {still} a germaphobe
  • wynter and hunter have skin that tans in the shade
  • taylor wears make up in the middle of the jungle
  • mary jane crocs are not the shoe of choice for a jungle hike
  • if hunter sees a large furry animal {unknown species} she immediately says “awww, it’s so cuddawy”
  • cj speaks excellent ‘spanglish’ ..
  • a serious case of carpal tunnel sets in after using a laptop ‘mouse’ for 2 weeks.
  • if you think you could eat chips & salsa {and guac} for the rest of your life … you’re wrong.
  • my girls can find adventure no matter where they are.
  • hunter-ese:
    • weapster = leaspter
    • sun cweam = sun screen
    • mogwani = iguana
    • sisters = piper & wynter
    • moobella = umbrella
    • wizard = lizard
  • i love movie nights with tay … slumdog millionaire, four christmases, yes man, bride wars
  • my husband is deaf
  • i don’t enjoy laying in the sun as much as i used to
  • the girls prefer being naked
  • howler monkey’s are the coolest … their babies are even cooler
  • i love to travel with my family
  • i am blessed

You can find photos from our trip here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here!

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3 Responses to “good-bye costa rica”

  1. Amy says:

    Fun! Thanks for sharing all of this with us…it has been fun.

  2. Tiffany says:

    I feel like I have been on vacation with you! Thanks for all of the pics and great commentary! Miss you lots! Can’t wait to see you in your glorious tan! Welcome home soon.

  3. terbear says:

    so very cool…what a great memory you all will have..the pictures are awesome but really the blog you keep will let the girls know what you were thinking back then and that is so priceless. thanks for sharing!

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