Costa Rica and the Harmons!

Costa Rica. Sigh. Wish I could transport back...but reliving it through some of these pictures will have to do!
Bree. I love this girl. She is becoming so independent, and also knows much more Spanish than I do (so I really don't know any Spanish, but she is actually pretty good). I went to nursery with her, and pretended I understood the lesson (really just made up my own interpretation of what was going on, a very creative interpretation). At Manuel Antonio- a fabulous beach- we both pretended we were so scared as the waves crashed around us. We also made the longest ever hopscotch.

We bought the churros because Uncle Kurt and Dave love them...
these were freshly fried, and still dripping with grease...ewww!
And Gabe, I'm glad you let me tickle you. Someday I'll be your favorite. But not this trip.
Jes: The day after I arrived in Costa Rica, my sweet mother had set up a river rafting trip for me and Jes (and due credit goes to Robbie for finding the trip). This may just have been my favorite part of my trip to Costa Rica. We were picked up in a van at 6am, and then drove about an hour to a little restaurant high above a beautiful canyon overflowing with trees, vines, and colors. We enjoyed gallo pinto along with a little one-one-one time. We then arrived at the river, and the river rafting itself was a blast. It was so wonderful to spend time with Jes. I don't know that we've had a day like that since our Africa trip---7 years ago! My favorite part about it was just laughing together until our stomachs hurt, remembering old jokes, and feeling again just how much we love each other.
Robbie: Excellent navigator, listener, and hermano. Found a great hotel for us at the beach, had a great FHE lesson (with a little visual aid about the Book of Mormon story about holding to the rod, it was darling though Bree was scared when we tried to turn the lights off or blindfold her like the mists of darkness), and was a good sport about all the sister time.

Robbie's picture of a crocodile :)

Dave: While I was soaking up the sunshine, and playing with family, my sweet Dave was at home braving 70/mph winds and major storms. Most of our area was out of power (I felt so happy that Dave didn't lose power!) and remained without for an entire week. I saw a ton of the damage when I came home--including huge trees that had been uprooted and had fallen into homes and blocked roads. I'm glad he survived without me :)

This is just outside our building,
Dave sent me this picture while I was sipping a pina colada.

Among other things, this trip reminded me that:
I am so grateful for America
I crave sunshine
I love new cultures
I miss family
I hope to be the kind of mom my sister is
and 7 days without Dave is a very long time!!!


  1. What a great trip! So glad you got some sister time.

  2. Good times and great memories....cherish them both!

  3. fun pictures, what a fun trip!

    Bree is so can tell she loves you!

  4. Yay...I saw your blog on Traci's. I am excited to be able to keep in touch this way. looks like you are doing great!

  5. I'm so happy yall have a blog and that I found you. HOpe yall are well. Looks like you are doing well. We need to see you soon. We will be back that way in a month.

  6. I'll love Dave forever for giving you up for 7 days... THANK YOU DAVE! And thank you my beautiful sister for spending that time with us. We ALL loved it! When's the next trip?!


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