Tuesday, August 26, 2008

first few days!

here she is again

im typing one handed so a quick one.

Saule is doing great, so are we, a few pictures, there are more on the link from the last blog post, and more to come soon. Love getting emails and calls from you all.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Chicolini is here!!!

The miracle have happened! Girl Chicolini, now also known as Saule Poppy is here. Freshly cooked parents feel good and proud of the hard work which happened in the night of 24thof August. Exact time of the final moment was 5:47 (san jose time). Saule is very strong as well as healthy, weighting 3.35 (7lb 6oz) and reaching 51cm (21.25 inches) in her first yoga stretching session.. Some pics are HERE

and a video here!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Another few days in Atenas

Look what we found! We stuck him in our blender so we could watch him for a while, and became so found of him we named him Gwynchgwald meaning ¨white hawk¨. We didnt add him to our smoothie after all, and set him free in the yard.

Just a few pictures of the animals andus hanging out around our house. I love this last bird, which glows in the sun light and sat very still for POllo for his picture to be taken. How nice :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Well here we are, back in town for more watermelon and ice. Just a few pictures to share. This is our local bus stop. And the main street in town. It has a small market that sells meats and vegis, and a few food stalls that smell great but we havent tried as of yet. Next trip.

These two dogs live in a cage at the bottom of our driveway. They are oh so sweet and i really wish i could steal them to our yard. Any one out there need another dog?

Pollo made pancakes (crepes) from his grandmothers recipe. yum yum were they good! We filled them with hunny and ate them in the early morning sun on our deck over looking the rainforest with fresh ice cold water mellon juice. Need i say more?

This motorcycle was cool, for all you biker dudes reaing this. ANd a noni fruit i picked in our yard, they say its a the CURE ALL of everything. heck.... ill try it... And this picture of the tree is a tree with a hummer in it! Ok a humming bird but he sounds like a hummer! Look close, he is very small!

And yes, there i am bird watching.. tracking our grey necked wood rails....and there is our friendly neighborhood toad, who lives in a cool little root ball near our drive way. She has the right idea for the midday heat.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Another week in Atenas

Well here we are, another few days have past, nothing to exciting is going on here, no this wont be a WE HAD THE BABY post...sorry to disappoint you all...... just enjoying the pool, the animals, the tropical weather.

I gave Pollo a hair cut, it took a few hours to take off a few inches, but after all it doesn't look to bad... ok so it doesn't look to good either but with big blue eyes like those no one will notice if one side is shorter in front....

The Ants keep marching even with Adolpho up all night running around the floor after them. The vultures have decided to move closer and closer to our house, as we get a little lazy about how far we can throw the trash. That's ok, we like to watch them and this morning one was perched right on our razor wire fence sunning his wings. Pollo is the next Steve Erwin and snuk out for a couple really nice pictures. WHAT A BEAUTY!
The watermelon juices and baked goods keep coming, what else are we supposed to do these days other than eat, sleep, and watch the Olympics (which we do every night starting at 3am)? Pollo made an excellent batch of fresh gingerbread cookies (ok so they look like something you might find in a cow pasture but they taste amazing!), and we finished 2 double batches of tapioca and a double batch of rice pudding since the last blog post. But don't worry, we do hike down to the pool everyday to do our laps, i think its the walk back up the driveway that is the best part of the work out, but the pool is fun too!

So life here is filled with good books, good food, and lots of time together in the quiet of nature, which is exactly what we were both praying for this time last year as we got up for yet another morning of work on the cape, and we are grateful for every second here. Although We are increasingly excited for the arrival of chicolini.

Here is a our little house on the hilltop, its very cute and quaint even if it is surrounded by a ten foot tall concrete wall and razor wire fence. There are a few other critters who share our little yard, wish we could show you the giant toads at night and the bats, but its always pouring rain when they come out. Wish you were all here to enjoy it with us.... but don't worry, we will enjoy it for you too!

Miss you all! Sending our love!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Our house mates....

This is our pet Adolpho 2, we are training him to hunt the endless ants that come to our blender in search of fruit juice. So far he is doing a good job. Sadly Adolpho 1 was killed by a freak spider web accident but pollo sang him a soulful Ave maria and buried him in the yard. We have high hopes for his successor. See how he holds on to he blender cord! So cute!

These are the vultures who are living just outside our front gate. They loved the calamari and trash we left them over the past week. It is very nice to watch them fly all around each day riding the updrafts from the valley. They dont as of yet have names.....

This little lizard gave me the fright of my life when he somehow fell into the pool and decided to use me as his life raft. There i was reading my book when suddenly i felt something climbing up my back and into my hair! AHHHHH!!!! I threw my book in the water and screamed for Pollo who came running like I was on fire. Luckily i wasn't on fire, it was just this tiny chap, who pollo fished out and put on the shore. As soon as he did the little bugger jumped right back on the raft and made an island from chicolinis bump! Very cute.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pollo flys a kite, priceless!

Yesterday afternoon was the only day in weeks that the late afternoon didn't bring a good strongwind and rain shower. Sadly Pollos kite flying didn't exactly get off the ground so to speak, even with me standing on the cliff above throwing the kite. BUT the sight of Pollo running around pants-less amongst the mango and palmtrees made the entire afternoon worthwhile.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cow boy parade!

Today was Atenas (our towns) cowboy day! We came into town at 11, waited around for 3 hours in the sunshine in the central park, had a nice lunch and just as the skys opened up the parade started! Yippie-i-o-kia-ay! The horses strut thier stuff, and so did most of the buccaneers in town, we were sad that we didn't have any bo-lo ties or cow bow boots. There was only one rouge rider whose horse jumped into a group of bystanders, but after all everyone walked away happy. Most of the cowboys took their horses to the bar after the show, we headed for an ice cream instead.
The Olympics have started so not being able to sleep is less of a problem now. Pollo and I watched a men cycling event last night, for about 5 hours at 3am. Hope you guys all get time to watch at least one event, forgot how much fun it is. We watched handball this morning, if anybody understands the point of handball please fill me in. Im training for swimming in our pool for the big event, we have the place to ourselves most days.
Guess that's all the news from us. Always love getting emails and comments from all of you! Hint hint!