Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Costa Rica - Northern Plains Part II

Exploring Cano Negro wildlife Refuge - See wildlife of Cano Negro here and here

Hiking Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve (see birdlife of Monteverde here)

Hanging bridges and canopy tour at Selvatura Park

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Costa Rica - Northern Plains Part I

Our drive to La Fortuna
Stopping for a snack and the view

It quickly left and we saw this
Views from the top of the Arenal Volcano

Hiking in the Arenal (see more pictures from our hike of the Arenal National Park here)
A hike to cataratas La Fortuna

The hot springs after a day of sightseeing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Costa Rica - Central Valley

A key artisan town in Costa Rica, Sarchi is best known for the vibrant and pretty oxcarts that are handcrafted here and sold all over the country. A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart plays a key role in the country’s history, as they were used to transport coffee beans to nearby and faraway markets.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Not home for the holidays

If you live here in the US, Happy Thanksgiving Day to you! We are very excited to take advantage of this long weekend to get away from the cold and soak up on the sun (and do something adventurous too). In my absence I will leave you with some pictures from our trip to Costa Rica. I hope you like them
Have I mentioned how much we loved Costa Rica? I have no real connection to that country (I was not born there nor do I have friends from there) but I can say with certainty that the country and the people from Costa Rica have impressed me. I cannot say enough about the quality of their people. They are polite, generous, all around lovely. Ticos have a saying they use all the time and it goes like this: "Pura Vida", it literally translates to: "pure life". But Pura Vida means much more than that. Pura Vida encompasses their passion for life and the respect of their surroundings... We all could learn a little bit from this beautiful nation and its people.

So here is my wish to you dear reader... to go out there and enjoy life, take advantage of your time here... while we still have it.

Pura Vida!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More paper bags mini book

I made some more paper bags mini books to be gifted to my nieces. To my older nieces I made them one so they can document their Christmas. I attached a disposable camera so they can take pictures and add them to their little books with some thoughts and special tokens from their Christmas. I hope they keep it for a long time so they can see what they did on Christmas of 2011.
For my newest niece I created a mini book in which her mom can add a picture representing a month on her first year of life. I envision her carrying this book in her purse so she can show her friends how much her daughter has grown during her first year of life. I think Miss C will like to look at it when she is a little older too.

To create your very own paper bag mini book go here to see my tutorial. It's easy, I promise.