Archive for December, 2011
Friday, December 30th, 2011
Along with hanging out with family, traveling to Portland, visiting friends and Grandparents, I have spent every free moment of the last three days cross stitching a new iphone case. My sister made one for my Mom for Christmas and gave me an extra one she had bought. Its a plastic case specifically made for cross stitching and I was so excited to give it a try. I came up with the simplest pattern I could start immediately. And it pretty much took forever. But I am so happy with the final product and I finished it just in time. I am heading back to California in the morning with Adelaide and leaving all my babysitters family behind.
The very beginning.
Yes! Love it! And yes my fingers are very sore.
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
We have been busy the last few weeks preparing for the Holidays and hosting guests (which means going on fun adventures). The whole family is now here and we are having fun gearing up for Christmas. Its such a magical time of year (even if its relatively warm outside). Its our first Christmas in California and its a fun new experience.
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with special times with loved ones.
Arrived! A’s first cookie making experience.
Everyone decorating cookies for the competition.
The judging. Winners!
Team effort gingerbread house. The city.
Tartine! Union Square.
California Christmas. Santa hats on our sights and lights cable car ride.
Its not Christmas without candy canes. Life size gingerbread house!
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
We went on a big adventure while in Costa Rica. My parents purchased 250 acres of rainforest and we needed to explore it. Although, no trails and lots of mud makes for difficult exploration. We got up early (5am) and drove the 2.5 hours to the property. Our goal was to hike in to a waterfall and hike out before the sun set. Six hours later and mission accomplished, with about 15 minutes to spare (till complete darkness).
The beginning of the hike.
Entering the rainforest.
That’s a lot of mud.
The fog rolling in.
After about 3 hours of hiking, we made it to a clearing. This is where the gentleman who sold the property used to live with his wife and 4 kids. Apparently she made the rigorous 4 hour hike with no trail 2 weeks before her due date with all four kids. Then hiked back in to live in the middle of nowhere with a newborn. They had a tarp set up and made us some coffee (just what you want when your hot and sweaty and taking a hiking break).
After our coffee and lunch snacks we kept going.
The ladder the gentleman and his son built to help us get down this cliff (they are obviously the pros).
All that hard work and mud was worth turning the corner to see this beauty.
We were pretty clean.
Taking a break and admiring the view.
The boys jumped in.
And then we had to turn around and get back to the cars before it got dark, much of that being in the pouring rain. It was a serious adventure. And we had a blast. Its pretty amazing to think that we experienced nature and saw a waterfall that very few people ever have. If you want a better idea of what it was like, here are a few videos:
Friday, December 9th, 2011
So my parents have this piece of property in Cartago thats just been sitting around for a long time and long story (involving squatters and flooding) short they decided to turn it into a Salon de Eventos (place you rent out to have parties). And they so lovingly decided to call it Journey A., after the one and only. Although its a pretty hilarious name considering Spanish speakers dont really know how to pronounce any of that. But hey, its hip and cool and American. And now everyone wants their party at Journey A. While in Costa Rica we threw Danny a sweet 24th birthday party there. All the cousins came out and we had a blast.
Adelaide with her namesake (does that even make any sense?), the outside of the building.
Hanging out with a few cousins.
Danny and his cake.
All the cousins (I think minus 3)
Lauren, Mariana, and I
Mark and Lauren had so much fun!
Adelaide was so tired at the end of the night. On our way home she put her blanket over her head and went to sleep.
Okay, I’m almost done with Costa Rica. Stay tuned for the grand adventure of the week.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Whats a trip to Costa Rica without catching your own fish and then enjoying it for lunch? We headed to our trusty fishing spot (aka stocked pond) in the Orosi valley. Its a beautiful spot and you are always guaranteed a catch. Whats not to like?
I believe at this point Josh and Mark were competing to see who could catch a fish the fastest. I guess thats what happens when you go fishing in a pond where hundreds of fish are hudled at the edge waiting for you to drop some bait.
After a lesson on how to cast your piece of fishing line, Lauren quickly caught her first fish.
All hudled up watching them being gutted and cleaned. Educational right??
Now begins the waiting… for your delicious fried fish.
Adelaide spent the time climbing,
Picking up big rocks,
Making new Tica friends,
And taking silly pictures. Unfortunately after all that waiting, I was too excited to eat my fish I didn’t get a picture. Oh well.
Although Josh did snap this beauty on our way home.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Its time to finally catch up on all our travels. We spent Thanksgiving week in Costa Rica with my whole family. We spent most the week in Cartago visiting all our favorite spots. Mark’s girlfriend Lauren was the only novice of the group and we had fun showing her all around. And of course we started out at Volcan Irazu.
Waiting for the fog to clear.
Me, Katie and Lauren
Mark emerging from the fog.
Trying to stay warm.
Adelaide loving hanging out with her Aunt and Uncle.
Adelaide showing off her Tica side and warming up with some coffee.
Because I have so may photos (and I’m tired and want to go to bed), I’ll spread our trip out into several posts. Coming up next….fishing! Get excited!