Thursday, January 19, 2017

Is That You, Summer?

Summer weather has finally arrived in San Jose and it feels glorious.  It's been weeks since we've had decent weather and with the Turrialba volcano constantly dumping ash everywhere, it was a nightmare of a summer.

It's finally hot, like no more sweats or sweaters:  it's shorts and T's for me!  The kids can finally play outdoors without having to bundle up (well, for Costa Rican standards anyway, which means a light pullover or sweatshirt).  I see a few park days ahead as well, just something to do before the kids go back to school.  We need to enjoy this beautiful weather because before we know it, it will be rainy season again and I am not a big fan of all that rain.

It does seem strange to me that summer seemed to have taken it's sweet time getting here, seeing that the kids will be starting school in less than a month.  It's like having summer weather while in school.  But I would rather warmer weather as the kids start school; it's better to have sunny school days than rainy ones.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Just Another Getaway

We decided to head off to the beach for another family getaway and this time we went to one of our favorite places, Puerto Viejo Limon.  The timing was perfect and for the first 2 days we were away, it was glorious.   We had a blast at Salsa Brava beach, where the water is always cristal clear and calm.  We also frolicked at Cocles and Manzanillo beaches, where fun in the sun was not just a mere dream but a reality. 











Thursday, January 5, 2017

Another Getaway

To be truly honest, we needed another vacation from our last vacation.  As nice as Tamarindo was, it was not as much fun as I had hoped traveling with my extended family.  So to make up for our last family vacation, we decided to book a last minute getaway to one of our favorite places to vacation: Puerto Viejo Costa Rica, as a special treat for hubby's 35th birthday.

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.  We leave tomorrow and tomorrow can't come soon enough.  Now, I do have high hopes that this little getaway will make up for our vacation in Guanacaste even though I don't usually have high expectations when I go to the beach.  I just want to get away for a few days, relax and enjoy some time with family where I don't have to stress about what's for dinner, laundry or housekeeping.  I get to just BE.  And that is all I want on this trip...to just relax and BE!

Without my extended family with us, it will be a little easier to enjoy ourselves as we won't have to constantly make sure everyone is happy.   All we have to do is just worry about ourselves and we love a beach retreat no matter how simple it is.  My little sister will be tagging along as she does not go back to the states until the 12th of January, but I think she'll appreciate 2 days away.

Tonight I have to pack, but since it's only for the weekend, I'll be packing light.  We booked 2 rooms at Cariblue Hotel and Resort which makes me super happy because it's one of the many places we've been wanting to stay at in Puerto Viejo.  Cariblue is located a few miles from the main town in Cocles and buffet breakfast is included...YUM!

Are we feeling a little spoiled?  A little!  We never get to enjoy life like this:  2 beach vacations within weeks of each other.  I'd say we are feeling pretty lucky, indeed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year 2017







It's been a wild ride... 2016 was a blast.  We had our ups and we had our downs.  But it was all worth it in the end.  2016 year in review, here's a quick run down:  Hubby got a new job.  My family came to visit. Easter was a blast.  We bought a new family car.  Family came to visit and Christmas was fun filled.  We took our vacation to the beach and then ended the year with a bang (literally with all the fireworks).  It was one hell of a year.  And I hope for an even better 2017.  Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ready, Set, GOOOOOO!!!!

The kids are all excited.  My family arrives in just a few short days.  And our beach vacation is booked and ready for us to arrive.  It's go time!

I finally finished up the bulk of my Christmas shopping.  I have one more item to get and I will be 100% done.... and that feels so good.

The Christmas season is flying by so fast, like at super speed and we have so many fun things still left to do, like make a Gingerbread house.  Will we get to that?  Not even sure.  At least we have our getaway to look forward to.  Going to the beach right before Christmas is not an easy task to accomplish but I am excited to see what it's like celebrating the Christmas holiday, with everything looking all merry and bright, in a different part of Costa Rica.

Even though things are going really smoothly right now, I am a bit nervous for when my family arrives.  I want them to have the best vacation possible and having company always puts me a little on edge (trying to be hostest with the mostest).  But I imagine once they get here and get settled, all will be fine, glorious even.

So, we are ready for the holidays... all the stockings are hung with care.  There are gifts under the tree.  And Christmas music will be heard blaring from the TV.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vacation Time

Finally the kids are on school break!!!  I love this time of year: no bed time, waking up late, movie nights every night, no schedules, no homework, no tests, no studying!!!  It's AWESOME!

And it's the final days counting down to CHRISTMAS!  I am so super excited this year for the holidays, I can't contain myself.  We've been full swing in the holiday spirit around here, baking cookies, starting our advent, decorating!  It just makes the season so much more merry.  And the kids are in super high spirits because of course, they expect a few gifts under the tree.  I must admit, I can't blame them.  I love getting my kids gifts for the holidays and Christmas being the biggest holiday of all, of course I got them a few little bits.

Now, I am not totally done shopping for Christmas but I am getting there and it feels good to be making so much progress especially with the year we've had.  Our budget is tighter this year than last and smaller too, so I had to get creative.  But that made it all the more fun and to be honest, it feels the same to me as the kids are getting some awesome gifts and about the same amount as per our tradition.  So they won't be missing out at all because I was smart and shopped a lot of sales and got some pretty sweet deals and discounts on most everything I bought.

Black Friday has gotten so much bigger and better in Costa Rica and this year was by far the biggest and best, in my opinion.  I managed to score big that day as well as on a few discount and sales weekends when the stores were offering some mega price breaks on most of their merchandise... and lucky for me most of what my kids had on their wish lists for Christmas this year was on sale.  So score!!!

I had so much fun shopping for my kids... more fun than I should probably have but I just love getting people stuff.  I am a gift giver and to extend that I am also buying presents for my little nephews for the very first time ever for Christmas because they will be spending the holiday with us this year (along with my sisters and my mom and stepdad.)  I am over the moon about that!!!

So I am putting on my walking shoes again this weekend because I will be shopping 'till I drop until I am done with every single person on my list.

Merry Christmas shopping everyone!