January 29, 2010
January 27, 2010
Anyway, he replaced the thingamabob and fixed the problem and now our pipes don't bang when we have two faucets open at the same time.
That's because we never HAVE two faucets open at the same time anymore.
That's because, in fixing the problem, the plumber turned the water pressure DOWN. (Our problem in the first place was low water pressure. )
Now our water pressure is so low that our shower SINGS every. time. we take. a shower.
For the entire duration of the shower.
High pitched squeaky noise now serenades us as we relax under the hot water.
So tonight, I'm in our bedroom hangin' with Danny and my husband just got in to clean up before our date night. As the high pitched singing began, he hollered out in his (extremely sexy) Latino accent "Thank God we have a shower!!"
And I cracked up.
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January 26, 2010
Yep... All 23 people that appear in these pictures are family!
And that's not even half of them on Alejandro's mom's side.
We haven't even begun with his Dad's side.
I just LOVE family gatherings down there!
The man with my husband in the top right picture and the bottom right picture is his grandfather. Actually, the top right photo is a four-generational picture! Anyway, that was taken on New Year's Eve. His daughters fixed his hair into a mohawk. And yep. He left it that way!
Anybody wondering where Alejandro's sense of humor came from?
Now you know.
January 24, 2010
And if there is one thing we do well in Costa Rica, it's EAT.
Sweets. Meats. Veggies. Fruits. It's. All. Delicious. :)
So here are some of our favorites...
This is cajeta de leche. It's sweet with the consistency of fudge, but it's made of milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, who-knows-what-other-kind-of-milk, and SUGAR. Lots of sugar. Oh, and there's macadamia nuts in there, too.
That's steak, a salad, refried beans, rice, sweet fried plantain, tortillas, picadillo de papa and a fresh fruit smoothie.
Hey, whatever works, right?
...would you actually use an antique coffee maker to make the best coffee you've ever tasted in the world.
After four days at the beach of Tamarindo, it was time to go home...
So we packed up our stuff and loaded it in the car, and made one more stop by Eat At Joe's, our new favorite place to eat in Tamarindo, where they advertise "Nachos as Big as your @$$!" (That still makes me laugh hysterically no matter how many times I read it.) Although, actually, it was the fish tacos and the prices that we loved, not the nachos.
We sat in the shade of the grass hut, looking out over the ocean, watching our tan baby play, while drinking mango smoothies and ignoring the inevitable loud americans at the next table.
The afternoon we left was particularly bright, calm and relaxing, and the breeze seemed to whisper "Come back sooooooooon....."
Most of you know we use cloth diapers (which I've been meaning to write about for a while and haven't gotten around to it - if you're really curious, let me know and I'll get around to it faster). Aren't they just the cutest thing ever?! We put a pocket diaper on him, that a friend of mine made for me, without the insert and it worked as a swim diaper quite nicely!
It was nice. :)
Introducing Danny to the pool water was a blast! Once he got used to the temperature (which felt cold compared to the air) , he played and played.
We took lots of them.
January 23, 2010
Not only did we spend four days with sand between our toes and sweat dripping from our brows, but we ate, slept and relaxed whenever we wanted. It was kind of like a little honey-moon for Alejandro and I, because although we had our little guy with us, it was the first time we had gotten away since he was born, and there were plenty of times that Danny took a nap and Alejandro and I had some time alone.
It was refreshing to our minds, hearts and bodies. And it was a weekend that God chose to free us of some trials and struggles we've been dealing with as new parents.
It was also where we got the best pictures of our little family!
Views of Alejandro in the water. Views of Renee in the water.
Views up the beach, down the beach...
This view made us think of Toby (our dog).
'Cause that's exactly what Toby would've done if he were there. Someday
when I'm rich and famous we'll pay for Toby to go with us to the beach.
All this talk is making me want to plan the next trip to Costa Rica.
Hey, when we go, anyone wanna' come with us!?
January 22, 2010
If you've been reading this blog for very long, you've prayed with us for Matthew through the various developments of the court battle for his custody with Troy and Lori.
I ask for your prayer again today and tomorrow.
You see, they have invited the birth father to come and visit them for two days, and this could be the opportunity for many many many positive developments. You can read about all the details right here.
Thanks for praying everyone! Be sure to leave Lori a comment so she can be encouraged!
It doesn't get much better than that!
Hee hee! Almost there!
(This is their yard decorated for Christmas.)What did we drive?
Why we drove his mom's 1975 VW Bug of course!
Danilo met more of his billions of cousins and his Tio Abuelo Chito.
We had Christmas tamales! Yummmmm...
And the next day... We headed off to the beach!