We have been very fortunate to travel to many beautiful places. Look at this photo and see if you can guess where we were when we experienced this breathtaking view.
Our boys were 6 and 7 years old when they first visited Costa Rica. Before our departure we made the decision to gift them their own cameras. We bought them each their own digital waterproof cameras. Waterproof for obvious reasons – they are boys and they were 6 and 7…did I mention they are boys? Right, I did. Good, moving on.
We labeled each camera with their name and encouraged them to take photos of everything and anything they pleased. Unbeknownst to us, we were about to return home with some of the most wonderful memorabilia of our vacation.
Join me as I reminisce.
These types of photos have become some of my favorites.
Their ability to see past the obstructions made it possible for them to truly capture the essence of the city.
These photos enabled us to recall the sites just as if we were driving down the streets once again, we were able to remember the stores we passed, the types of vehicles that were driven and how uninhibited the drivers were. Which is a polite way to say, they interpret their traffic laws more as suggestions rather than defined rules and they pretty much lack any semblance of order on the roadways. But HEY, that’s what makes it thrilling to drive around Costa Rica, in a weird take your life into your own hands kind of way.
All of these intricacies are what comprise some of our most fond and funny memories. These details are what make each country unique. Details that are not always photographed by those of us who are older, but our little boys with their uninhibited spirits captured them expertly.
Don’t just take my word for it – Give your kids a camera and see for yourself.
People taking pictures of people taking pictures ~ or in this case brother taking picture of brother taking picture.
I just adore this photo. It will always remind me how small their little hands were on this trip.
They’re growing up so fast – excuse my while I go sniff their baby blankets and cry…
This reminds me of a sign we saw on our way into the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, most probably because it is the sign we saw on our way into the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Coincidence, I think not. Wait…What?
Our first morning in Costa Rica we were greeted with this view.
At this point I remember wanting to cancel our flight back home, sell everything we owned and move immediately.
FYI – We didn’t cancel our flight home, we still have everything and a whole lot more and we’ve never moved. But we do have this photo. So, obviously it’s a win, win.
When I look at his photo I think I should have brushed my hair and that my husband is a very safe driver.
It’s funny how you can travel to another country, yet years later when you are enjoying the photos you are most captivated by your children and how fast they’ve grown up.
Their little ears, their tiny features – good grief I’m off to sob in the corner again.
The Costa Rican countryside whisked by right in front of their beautiful little boy eyes. What a gift these memories will be for them.
If your goal is to take photos of animals, give a child a camera. They can find animals anywhere!!
I literally could be standing with a snake under my feet and a monkey on my head and I’d miss them both.
But hey, that’s what I have my boys for ~ they’re mini ninja animal locators.
Daddy…handsome, amazing, brilliant, mmmmm…what were we talking about ~ I’ve lost my train of thought!
Pardon me ~ That often happens when I’m wooing over my sweetheart.
Upon inspection, you will notice neither one of the boys took this photo.
Upon further inspection and by process of elimination…you probably concluded it was me..if so you’re right!
I wanted to show you the fanny packs our boys use when we travel. Upon a variety of other things this is where they store their camera for easy access.
In truth, I just wanted another opportunity to look at my handsome hubby and cute kids…what can I say, I am clever like that.
Here’s a photo that represents what great parents we are…
Sure kids, go climb on the jagged rocks in a foreign country with no medical care close by. Have fun!
Before you lay judgement, please note this was clearly solid parenting and well worth the safety risk as we were able to bring home this glorious photo of a dead crab.
Until Next Time…Give your kids a camera and see the world through their eyes. You won’t regret it!
~Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon
Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you.
I thought I’d share a wonderful little place our entire family enjoyed when we were in Costa Rica.
If you haven’t been to Costa Rica before then you are in for a real treat.
At the risk of stating the obvious…this how we travel to Costa Rica.
Fun Fact…In Costa Rica the laws of physics do not apply – two object can actually occupy the same space at the same time…who knew?
Ah, I just adore the hustle and bustle of the busy San Jose streets.
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.
May I also draw your attention to the complete disregard for any assemblance of traffic etiquette.
Ironically, this is one of the aspects that makes Costa Rica even more entertaining.
Driving in this small country becomes a wonder unto itself.
We are going to turn left.
We love Pops!! They are located throughout Costa Rica and they have the best ice cream!!
Important Travel Tip – While traveling always know where to get the best ice cream!! Always!
You will thank me for this later.
This is my “kids are getting too close to the water” face!!
My youngest with his cousin throwing rocks.
Boys will be boys!
Which leads us right back to why I have so many “faces”.
This little gem is the Kiri Tapanti Mountain Lodge. It is located about an hour by car out of San Jose, in the Orosi Valley of the Province of Cartago.
Once you leave the city, the magic of Costa Rica really starts to unfold.
Lush greenery, waterfalls, mountains and some of the nicest people you will ever meet!!
We went to Kiri Tapanti for an afternoon of trout fishing.
I would certainly recommend coming here if you are looking for a unique experience.
As the following photos will show the grounds are kept pristine and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, aside from the occasional squeal when I caught a fish!
The staff was so friendly, as you will generally experience in Costa Rica.
After you have finished catching your fish the staff will clean and prepare them for transport if you so choose to take them with you. The other option is to have the chef prepare your “catch” to dine on at their restaurant.
In this case, my husband’s cousin decided to take the fish home with her – we were told they made quite the meal!!
There is also a mountain lodge on the property. Hopefully, next time we will have the opportunity to stay on their grounds and experience their beautiful lodge first hand.
Look at these beautiful grounds. Tell me you couldn’t spend an afternoon here!
That’s me – actually spending an afternoon there.
The ponds are fed from a mountaintop spring which makes it’s way down into each pond, as opposed to the opposite which is impossible.
The elevations of the Tapantí region range from 1,200 meters (4,000 ft.) above sea level to 2,560 meters (8,400 ft.) above sea level with an area of 58,500 hectares (145,000 acres).
Animal enthusiast alert!!! There are over 45 species of mammals (some endangered), 260 species of birds and 28 species of amphibians, not to mention the hundreds of unique insects, to include the rhinoceros beetle. Which as the name suggests looks like an itty, bitty rhino!!
If it is jumpable then it must be jumped!!
Obviously, this is an amazing place for kids.
Our boys ran up and down the mountains more times than I could count!! (Actually, I can count that high…I just chose not too)
Thank you Kiri Tapanti – my kids slept soooo good that night!!
We are deep in thought devising a plan…we are coming for you fishies!
This is my “OH gosh, I caught a fish – now what do I do?” face.
That is my “son without a face” face.
These are the faces of defeat. Dun..Dun…Dun..
And that’s a shoe.
Until next time…Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the main reason I have trust issues.
Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!
P.S. The reason my son is without a face is because my darling does not want photos of our kids on the internet – so this is our compromise. Since I am so madly in love with him, I happily oblige. 🙂
Let me provide you with a little musing to enrich your day…You’re welcome 🙂
Remember to go to new heights…
Remember to get wet…
Remember to create an adventure…
And most importantly recognize:
Kids DON’T REMEMBER their BEST DAY of watching TELEVISION!!
Get out, have fun and enjoy your family!!
Until next time…If at first you don’t succeed….DON’T skydive!!!
Be Blessed, Stay Blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you.
If you have any questions or would like to submit topics for discussion, I would love for you to email me at LaurelsLovelyLiving@yahoo.com.