October and November – where has the time gone?

I knew that year 2 would come with a bit of a slow down with blog updates and reflections but I didn’t expect it to be this drastic. I think part of this is a good thing; we are more acclimated and feeling like this is home (for the time being). At the same time, year 2 of a 2 year contract comes with a different vibe as we have to consider whether or not we will head back to the States (for good) in June. We are still looking for options and batting around pros and cons – so stay tuned.

With that being said, a lot has happened in the last two months. Em’s aunt Maryann visited from NYC, I turned the big 3-1, my aunt and uncle, Mary and Jay, visited from Montana, we went away for Thanksgiving (our first holiday without any other family), and we continued to live our lives and enjoy the moments we have here.

This will be a mostly photo blog (which I think is what most of you want anyway!). Enjoy.

I had a long weekend in October and Em’s aunt Maryann visited from NYC. We were fortunate enough to stay with her at the Four Seasons in Papagayo (somewhere we hadn’t been yet) and zip lined, lounged in luxury, and had a great time catching up with her. Here are some highlights. A once in a lifetime long weekend to say the least.

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Zip lining adventure

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Super thrilled about the beach

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Heaven

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What a spoiled little Four Seasons pup

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early morning hermit crabs

One thing we have noticed is that we haven’t been getting out and hiking as much as our first year. I blame laziness, great out-of-town trips, and an increased ability to find craft beer. With that being said, one Sunday we jumped in the car and headed to Braulio Carrillo National Park – a place that we have driven through a half dozen times but never explored. Callie, Em, and I strapped on our hiking sandals and trekked through this beautiful forest.

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Cheesing for days

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Spider friends

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Green on green on green

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No words

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We took a questionable “path” to this river. No snake bites so we’re calling it a win.

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Nature’s textures.

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Callie catching a free ride

At the beginning of November I turned the big 3-1. Not as scary as 3-0 but still making progress. When Em asked what I wanted to do I said,” Pizza and cards” (which shouldn’t surprise any of my family members after the summers spent at the cottage). And man did Em and friends pull through. Low key and tons of laughs even if there wasn’t a ton of winning. #CostaRicanfamily

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We miss you, Tara!

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Bday crew (minus a few!)

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Most delicious cake

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Em and I played tennis at our apartment the night of my actual birthday. I was able to take it all in and appreciate where we are and the beauty around us. Thank you, Costa Rica for slowing me down.

In the middle of November I took a long weekend when my aunt and uncle visited from Montana and we had such a blast catching up. We explored a variety of beaches and spent some important QT together. They were up for everything – off roading, river crossings, mud baths, hikes, learning new card games, coffee liquor, and so much more. What an unforgettable trip!

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We were able to join Mary and Jay at their beautiful time share – thanks for having us!

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“sand” at Playa Conchal

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Family

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What a day

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sneaky incredible view

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our own private beach – Playa Penca

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Got home just in time for this

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Rincon de la Vieja – volcanic activity

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Rope swing arm out in full force

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Mandatory artsy bridge pic

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Mud baths (note the grey hair!)

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Preparing the mud – my ring survived (don’t worry)

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Doing work

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Can barely move our faces to smile

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Paradise

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#Nicholsons

Right after our trip with Mary and Jay, Em traveled to Seattle for a GOA retreat. It is always great for her to get together in “real time” with her colleagues. Unfortunately this trip lined up with the USA vs. CR game in San José. I was so excited to head to the National Stadium (as we hadn’t been) but bummed that she couldn’t join us. The US got smoked 4-0 and it was so fun to be in that environment with such avid and loyal fans.

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The crew

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What a venue

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#patnation

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#Ticosscored #crowdgoeswild

Most recently, Em and I traveled to the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula (another place on our bucket list) and stayed in Santa Teresa for a 4 day Thanksgiving break. It was hard being away from our families for the first time on a holiday (a first for both of us) but we loved exploring, being together, and slowing down. We spent a lot of time at the beaching, tried surfing again, and just relaxed. We can’t complain.

Here are way too many pictures of the beach – but I can’t narrow it down!

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Ferry sunset

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15 minutes later

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My #1 man

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Trying out surfing – way more terrifying than it looks. #smallestwavesever #istillcouldntgetup

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Milo holding down the fort at our airbnb

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Massive drift wood

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Beach art – so many colors

So there you have it. We head back to the states from 12/17-12/26 and we are hoping to catch up with a ton of friends and family. Lots to be thankful for these days.

Pura vida,

K

 

 

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