Thursday, October 30, 2008

Playgroup + Costumes = FUN!

This week's playgroup had all the kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes at the park.
Sam loved jumping...
and cupcakes!

All in a day's work!

Man, it's tough being a kid!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dewberry Farm

Last week, Sam and I went to Dewberry Farm with her playgroup. Not so much to see the animals, but to play - play - play!

First off, a ride on the tractor.
Sam got to pick her own pumpkin and take a hayride through the farm.
Duck races with the water pump.
We saw goats, pigs, horses, and chickens.
Tunnels and slides - Oh My!
Wheeeeeeeee! Bounce, Bounce, Bounce!
A tractor pull inside a corn on the cob.
Geez Mom! These are heavy!

Picking up and throwing the pumpkins was my favorite part. Bye!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Weekend Update

The Swing of a Champion.
This weekend Blake introduced Sam to two of his favorite things...


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quick Trip to the Property

We went to the Property this weekend at the last minute. Blake and Sam were in heaven! Sam was either playing with the kitties, or riding the 4 wheeler while Blake & Ray were smokin' brisket and shootin' guns. Michelle and I just watched movies and took naps.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Samantha!

Hooray! I'm 2!

Welcome to Samantha's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party at the Park! Sam invited her closest 16 friends & their mommies to enjoy a day of food, games and fun. With the help of Grandma and Grandpa we survived an afternoon
outnumbered by toddlers.

Come inside,
it's fun inside!

Treat bags are always
the key to a great party!

Mouse ears and tails, what a great idea...
too bad toddlers don't agree.

Tee Time @ 11am.
We started the afternoon off with a quick round of golf.

Ate hot dogs, hot dogs, hot diggity dogs!

Played a game of chasing each other and pulling off their tails.

Fed the ducks. Quack, Quack!
The ducks outnumbered the toddlers!

Happy Birthday Dear Sammie!
Happy Birthday To You!

My attempt at a group shot...

Another round
of hotdogs, pasta & cheetos.




I think we sang the Happy Birthday song about 50 times. Sam was "singing" along with us...she was actually just mouthing the words...HILARIOUS!

And her favorite present of all...
a car!

Thanks to everyone
for celebrating with us!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Yes, We Missed Sammie!

It pains me to not have the Costa Rica blog on top anymore...but we must move on! Sam has gotten really big and says just about everything we ask her to. Tomorrow is her birthday and when asked, she will say she is turning "2." Here are a couple of videos for all the cousins to enjoy.
The rooster and alligator are our favorites.

Sam's favorite word is "juice." I think she likes the way her mouth forms to say it, cuz she also loves to say, "shoes."

Sorry for the nudity, but she wouldn't stop screaming, "I DID IT!"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Costa Rica Did Us Right

Now that's a vacation!
I really do not know where to start. As a reminder, our vacation is better than the pictures. We planned everything just right and got lucky with the weather. September is at the heart of rainy season for Costa Rica. Before we left, we checked
the 10 day forecast and it was 60% chance of thunderstorms, everday! We only got caught in it once at the wrong time. Our trip was planned for 9 days, which may seem like a lot, but traveling is a beast to get to where we were going.
Direct flight from Houston to San Jose. 4+ hour drive plus a 1 hour ferry...not to mention, the last hour is along a narrow, bumpy, dirt road. We lost 2 days for traveling right at the get-go.
We stayed at Sandy Lane Estate...
which is located in Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Pennisula just North of Mal Pais.
Santa Teresa is a small surfing town that is just awesome.
The town was consistently out of cash, gas & food! What more could you ask for?
We were in true vacation mode, enjoying the beach & pool with books and music.
We planned an activity every other day, so we could really appreciate doing absolutely nothing the next day.

We rented quads...
to drive an hour to Montezuma...
to hike to the waterfalls.
Definitely worth the hike!
The Costa Rican countryside is best appreciated on a 4 wheeler!
Fishing tour...
off the coast of Santa Teresa & Mal Pais.
Blake and Nate each caught a Durado (Mahi Mahi), enough to feed us for days!

Ray caught a Baracuda. With all the fresh fish, he created gourmet meals for days!

Canopy Tour...


Zip-Lining over the tropical forest of Mal Pais.

By far, the most I've ever seen Ray smile!
And yes, he is upside-down in this picture!

We spent time on the beach, every morning and every night...
surfing and boogie-board'n...
Really, we just got a lot of pictures that help us appear to be surfing.
No one ever got up.
In fact, the only thing we have to show for our surfing is my crazy ear infection & after Ray's nasty spill,
his MRI is TBD.
No, I'm not kidding.
Michelle and I spent an afternoon at a yoga class and getting a massage at the Flor Blanca (a small boutique 'hotel' just down the beach).
Is there any doubt?
Nope! This is the perfect vacation.