My sister's car keep breaking down - so she's kind of stuck in Wisconsin.
Daredevil peed through his sheets. His freshly changed sheets.
Ollie threw up on the floor.
I can't find our tree skirt, stocking holders or tree topper. Of all my decorations, I can't find the important stuff.
I gained 6 lbs on vacation.
Daredevil can't stand coats/hats/mittens and I can barely get him to keep clothes on.
My incredible sister not only cooked me dinner and washed dozens of loads of laundry, she dusted and vacuumed my upstairs living spaces while I unpacked.
My brother brought dinner home for the rest of the family.
My husband gave Daredevil his nighttime bath and spent a lot of time helping Bernard hang up lights in Daredevil's room. He made sure they were perfect.
My husband is back at work after a month off and I have the luxury of being at home because he provides for our family.
It may have not been the easiest transition back but all-in-all I think we've managed ok. Not only did we have guests a few hours after getting home, but we also had to cook, clean, unpack, finish Christmas gifts (sorting/wrapping) and just get everything put in its place.
One day at a time. Slowly but surely. Life is good. I am blessed.
We get to Houston and Daredevil, who hasn't eaten hardly anything in a month, decides that he's hungry. I'm so glad he's hungry! He drank nearly a whole sweet tea, ate two whole breadsticks and ample amounts of snacks. Nothing uber healthy but I'm glad he ate.
Maybe he likes being in the US and US food. :)
We are on the second flight - Houston to Chicago. Almost ready for departure. Daredevil has completed 5/9 of his journey so far!
As I stare out at the Gulf of Mexico, it's hard to grapple with just how incredible of an experience we just had.
Not only was it a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, but we got to share it with family and friends. We got time with them - weeks/months - that we wouldn't have had otherwise. What a gift that time together was? We got to share so many new experiences and adventures together. I'm so grateful for Epic, that they value their employees so greatly, that they encourage and reimburse this saabatical of awesomeness. I'm so grateful some family and friends agreed to come visit us. I'm grateful for a husband who works so very hard and finally got a month to play hard! I just feel so blessed for the experience we were given.
We now have many amigos in Costa Rica and we hope to one day return. We got to know many locals and they us, in return. I'm such a culture vulture that I loved getting to know so many wonderful people. If all people were as kind as Costa Ricans, I think the world might be a better place.
It is just a real salt of the earth place. Gorgeous and chill. Perfecto.
Royer loves Claudios y Glorias. His pal Luis works there. He LOVES all the food here, but especially the food at Claudios y Glorias. It is tucked back on Playa del Coco off the beaten path and it is good, typico food. You sit in the open air restaurant, overlooking Coco. It's a gorgeous view. The view paired with the food and the wait staff make it a triple threat. I have pictures -- many pictures -- showing Royer "going to the moon" with his dinner, but unfortunately I lost the last 161 photos of our trip. So you'll just have to take my word for it.
Pictures that will remain in my heart include my tearful goodbye with Auntie M, my "senior pictures," Royer and his moon traveling, and some gorgeous sunsets. There may be more but I can't remember and that might be ok.
Today we're spending time at the beach, time at the pool, packing and then relaxing with the sunset.
My brain is starting to kick back on. I'm desperately trying to relish these last few days of bliss - warm sun, laid back vibe, awesome food, great people, zero responsibility - but I know reality is starting to reign us back in.
In my brain I've already begun menu planning and filling my calendar. I've even sent out a few reminder emails. I still can't process that we get back, it's Thanksgiving followed immediately by our first holiday celebration. I knew there was a reason we did so much prior to leaving, but still, I'm overwhelmed thinking about it. Elf on the shelf, advent calendar, decorations, last minute gifts.... Ahhh! Reality is coming too fast. I need a nap.
But what will I do when we have to bundle up to go out and play? Oy! Oh transition back home... Please be easy on us!
I'm a born and bread Mid-westerner, a transplanted Hoosier who is slowly becoming a Badger. I'm a Christian with a love for the Lord. I've been married 5 years to the love of my life. We have three great dogs, a baby boy on the way and a life full of everyday blessings.