Archive for July, 2009

Family trip to San Francisco

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

This last week Danny and I had a great five days with the family in San Francisco. Danny’s mom planned a whole iternary for all of us. Danny’s sister Christina and Ryan and the kids came down.We got to see our little niece and our new nephew Bentley.. he is the perfect baby… he was such a trooper, 6 weeks and he was in the car seat behind the bike going across the Golden Gate Bridge…

The first day we had the intention on renting some bikes and biking across the golden gate bride and then having lunch in Salsalito. We all thought it was going to be a quick ride, but we had to bike to the bridge from the rental place, so it ended up taking over three hours to get across. It actually only took 20 minutes to get across the bridge but the ride to the bridge was a work out, up and down hills, wow were we sore but it was so worth it. It was really fun day.

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The next day we went on a tour through China Town. Pretty interesting, I don’t think I will EVER eat meat of any kind in or around China Town after going through some of those markets. We saw a fortune cookie factory. Did you know that Chinese doesn’t even have fortune cookies they actually don’t even know what they are.. Thanks to America propaganda. The tour provided lunch so we went to a China restaurant there in China Town where we had a ton of little appetizers, I wasn’t to excited about it, so I just filled up on Chow Mein, the only thing I recognized. lol. Danny liked it all of course, can always count on him to eat everything.

We did a lot of shopping and walking around on Saturday and then got to finish the night off with the play Wicked. I was so impressed. It was absolutley amazing, a must see if you haven’t. I loved it. It’s playing in the Orpheum Theatre for this month if your interested.

Danny and I before Wicked

Danny and I before Wicked

The weekend was great… I love getting to just relax and hang out with the fam. Well it seems we have been doing a lot of that lately. We have been living in our suitcases since coming back from Costa Rica, hopping from my parents to Danny’s parents until we can move into our new place August 1st. It will be so nice to finally get settled, we have literally been living on the go from the time we left for Costa Rica in May. Nuts. Have to admit it’s an adventure but a very fun one. Were off camping with my family this weekend up at Big Trees in Calaveras. One more weekend until real life begins. Danny got a job working in Oakdale for a Gun and Accessory wholesaler, where he will run up all their marketing. He’s excited to finally get going in his career. Now we only have me to get through school, it’s so nice to have him graduated.  I don’t have to go back to school for another month so I get to play house wife until my real life begins. 🙂

Brooklyn and Bently

Brooklyn giving Bentley kisses...

We’re HOME

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

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Were home. Wow I can’t believe it. We are soo exhausted. We had a really busy last week in a half or so with Ashley and Vince. We all had such a great time.  They flew in early Wedneday so we kept it pretty low key for the first day. We showed them around San Jose, showed them UCR campus, and introduced them to the traditional rice and beans. They loved it the first day and then you could slowly see the hesitation about the fourth day with the beans. LOL I just laughed, try eating it for two months 🙂 I don’t want to see another plate of rice and beans for a very long time. LONG.

Here we are in Puerto Viejo. It's the day before the tropical storm so it's a little overcast.

Here we are in Puerto Viejo. It's the day before the tropical storm so it's a little overcast.

We woke up early the next morning and took a tour bus to the Pacuare River, where we went river rafting. SOO much fun. I can say that was the funnest thing we did our whole trip there. The rapids were really good, three and fours. Went in the water a couple times. It was a blast. I can’t wait to do it again here in the states, won’t be as good of course as Costa Rica, but sure is worth it. We got home later that night and packed our bags for the long weekend to the Carribbean side at Puerto Viejo. It was a really long bus ride about 5 hours. It takes forever to get anywhere in Costa Rica. We all were pretty sick of the traveling on the bus after the week. When we got there to Puerto Viejo we found out that there was a bad tropical storm coming through and it was expected to rain for the next week. 🙁 We were all pretty bummed so instead of staying there for the entire weekend without any sun we decided to jump on the bus the next morning and head back to San Jose and then jump on another bus the next morning to Manuel Antonio for some sunshine. We arrived in Manuel Antonio on Sunday afternoon with lots of sunshine. YAY So happy we decided to head back to the Pacific side. We slept in a fairly nice place for a hostel, sooo much better than the place Danny and I went the first time there. NO cockroaches at least.

Three of us fell out on this one. The guide told us to stand up haha. Didn't work out too well!

Three of us fell out on this one. The guide told us to stand up haha. Didn't work out too well!

The next morning we signed up for a Canopy tour. We had a blast. It was so incredible to see the view from far above the trees. I recommend this activity for everyone. The good thing about it is that younger ones can do it also. We have a lot of pics and video from both the Canopy tour and water rafting, a must purchase for everyone. It’s fun to have those memories to look back on. Will try to put up as many pics and videos as we can.

There's Danny. Crazy! Doesn't it look so amazing. That run was over 350 fet high.

There's Danny. Crazy! Doesn't it look so amazing. That run was over 350 fet high.

The next morning we went down to the beach where Ash and I layed out and tried to get some rays while Danny and Vince tried out the surfing. The waves weren’t very good so they weren’t too pleased wth their performances. It was fun to watch them though, it looks like such a great workout. Maybe if I wasn’t so afraid of the ocean I would give it a try, maybe some day I’ll muster up the courage.

Here's my surfer stud.

Here's my surfer stud.

We decided that we all had been roughing it and needed a little pamper time. 🙂 So we get on another bus and headed back to my oh so favorite resort at Los Suenos. YEAH. Ashley and I were in heaven. I was so excited to lay out by the pool and relax. It was great! The best part was when Vince asked Ashley to marry him. It was so sweet!! We are soo excited for you both! We love you. Since we all were pretty tired we decided to stay an extra night there at the resort and relax. YEAH no arguing there. We finally got home on thursday around 3 giving us the rest of the night to pack for our flight tomorrow and clean up Jose’s. We had a really early flight the next day and a long 7 hour lay over in Denver.

This is a type of berry that is a natural mosquito repellant used in bug sprays.

This is a type of berry that is a natural mosquito repellant used in bug sprays.

After the long two months were fnally home. It was a experience that I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to take. I was nervous at first, but after indulging myself into the lifestyle and looking at the opportunity of growth that I was receiving it got so much easier. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, definately a place to mark as a must travel destination.