Hey guys! I’m back, though I am guessing many of you aren’t there any more… but I know at least 2 readers are still following along… so here is the next bunch of our adventure/lives! For Spring Break this year we decided to head to the states for Sophie’s baptism. We knew nobody would have been able to make it to Angola, and we wanted to celebrate Sophie making this important decision in a fun way, so we decided to take a good 3 weeks to travel. We started our trip with a week in Costa Rica with the grandparents and Matt.
We left Luanda on Thursday night, landed in Houston Friday morning and then took the 3.5 hour flight to San Jose. It was A LOT of flying, but we were glad we decided to not stay the night in Houston, and just power through- we were able to eat and relax in Costa Rica for a little while before we had to drive out to where we were staying. The girls did really good on the flight, it wasn’t easy for us all to sleep, but we adjusted pretty quickly to the new time zone. We also hit up Jeff’s favorite burger place (AKA the most American tasting burgers outside of the US), Hard Rock Cafe.
The next morning we waited for everyone else to arrive, my parents showed up an hour early and surprised us at the hotel. It was so nice to see everyone again. We picked up Gerry, Kelly and Matt at the airport with our drivers for the week, and we headed out to our home for the week, Casi el Cielo… it was a great house, big enough for everyone, a great chef and fabulous housekeeper, nice pool and close to a lot of things, and the view (we were at the top of a mountain), the view was amazing! Pictures to come… but we actually arrived later in the evening, so we watched the moon come up over the mountains as we ate dinner out on the patio and got excited for the fun we were going to have! After the girls had a nice swim in the pool they dyed Easter Eggs with Grammy and got to see how brown eggs take dye!
The next morning the girls had an Easter Egg hunt and then we had a delicious breakfast of rice and beans.
After breakfast we headed out for a hike around the mountain. No one could leave until we admired/recoiled at the giant spiders and webs out by the driveway. Then we headed out on the hike! It was a pretty steep bunch of climbs, but so fun and pretty.
We hit up the pool for a little bit that afternoon and enjoyed the view from the patio. Such a great location (though our drivers may not have agreed, it was a long bumpy and STEEP climb up to the house.
While Hattie napped and OGO baby sat, we headed to Playa Hermosa. We had been warned that the area of Costa Rica we were in had strong currents and it wasn’t safe to go too far out. But the sand was soft, the water warm and the waves fun to play in. My mom and I sat on the beach chatting while we watched Kelly and the girls play. After a while I realized I hadn’t seen the boys for a while. I found Matt in the water and Jeff slowly coming toward me, when I realized there had a been a big commotion down the beach in front of the lifeguard stand. Turns out Gerry had gone too far out and couldn’t swim back in. Jeff had tried to help him, but couldn’t do more than hold him up in the water. Eventually the lifeguards had seen him and 5, FIVE, of them brought Gerry in on a surfboard. Crazy nuts!
After all that excitement we headed back to the house for showers, dinner and relaxing! Every night we had appetizers on the veranda with drinks (lots of Diet Coke and juice for the girls) while we chatted with the owner. Then we moved to the table for dinner, which was delicious. We ate fajitas, curry, burritos, this delicious pork loin with coconut sauce, salads every night and dessert that you could barely eat you were so full, but we managed to scarf it down regardless. So nice not worrying about cooking after a day of fun. We could tell immediately that we were in for a fabulous week!