Thursday, April 10, 2014

Looking back...

It's hard to believe that a year ago this week we were traveling for the last time in a while to SoCal and Baja Mexico. We traveled to visit family, friends and enjoy each second spent with all of them. 

It's almost been a year since the last time we saw 95% of our loved ones and today is proving to be a bit challenging, I'm emotional looking at pictures of our trip and thinking of each and everyone of them. Everything we did on that last trip was so soak up new memories and have them last us a long time, a year ago we didn't know when we'd travel back to visit. 

We still don't know when we will travel to visit family and friends. I still log on weekly and quote flights and make lists of what we want to do once we visit. Decisions like do we want to go visit here or see this friend or eat at our favorite restaurants or go to a theme park, how much time would we have on our first trip and will we have enough time to do it all? How will we make our 3-5 weeks long trip work so we can see everyone? We still don't know how it will work out when we finally get there but we will certainly make the most out of our trip. 

Picking up and moving to a different country is fun, adventurous and some may say brave but it's also bittersweet when you think of it. You leave everything you know, your comforts, your culture, everyone you love and even though technology makes it possible each and everyday for us to be in contact with our loved ones it just isn't the same as seeing them in person and giving them a hug.

We do love our life here, we have experienced different and new adventures. We've learned so much in the past 10 months, we've seen many new sights and grown so much. We have also have had our share of challenges like when our car broke down and we were car less in the rainiest month of the season or when my husband fell gravely ill and most recently our son got to ride in ambulance to the ER {something he is happy about, just not the IV they had to put in his arm}. 

Yes 10 months and counting, as I look out our window and see the winds of change are here we don't know what the future holds just like everyone else but we do know we are loving the memories we are making and the challenges we've endured? well we'll just have to file those in lessons of life because after each detour on our life we've learned we are stronger than we thought we were. Next June we celebrate our first anniversary in Costa Rica and I'm kind of looking forward to it, it is a big milestone for the 4 of us and we shall celebrate it after all I am where I was destined to be. ;)

As Costa Ricans say "Pura Vida"... 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

If you are around my age you know very well who the Muppets are, right? Growing up I remember watching them on TV and they also had a couple of movies I enjoyed. I even had a Miss Piggy lunchbox you know the metal kind we 80s kids had. Anyway the Muppets are back in a new movie: Muppets Most Wanted, in this film they take a global tour with sold out venues in some of Europe's most exciting destinations such as Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. Of course that since this is the  Muppets mayhem follows them and the find themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine {the world's number one criminal that looks just like Kermit the Frog} and his dastardly sidekick Dominic aka Number Two {played by Ricky Gervais}. This movie stars Tina Fey as Nadya {a prison guard} and Ty Burrell as interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Muppets Most Wanted hits the big screen tomorrow Friday March 21, I'm sure you'll want to like the Muppets  for more fun facts and details as well as follow them!

Here's a clip of the movie, for you to enjoy and some print outs so you may learn to sketch the muppets. 

See them all tomorrow on the big screen {in the U.S.} :D Enjoy! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

TMNT: The Next Mutation -East meets West {review}

Growing up I remember watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you see my cousin was a fan from the very beginning influencing me enough to know who they were and what the show was about. Her favorite of course was and still is Donatello. I remember she had a life size plush Donatello she used as a pillow and would travel everywhere with it. She still is a big fan of the TMNT and is teaching all about them to her toddler daughter. 

This past March 4th Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation -East Meets West became available on DVD. It features the first 7 episodes of the series which is live action based. Imagine the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise but instead of animation you have real people! 

Now what is this DVD about? 

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo were 4 turtles that were genetically mutated and grew to human size ninja powered crime fighters living in the sewers of New York City. They had a ninja master called Splinter and fought their nemesis Shredder. In this DVD new characters are introduced, such as Dragon Lord and a brand new ninja turtle that happens to be female: Venus de Milo. 

We watched the DVD and enjoyed reminiscing about our childhood and of course teaching our kids all about COWABUNGA! 

Episodes Include:
East Meets West, Part 1
East Meets West, Part 2
East Meets West, Part 3
East Meets West, Part 4
East Meets West, Part 5
The Staff Of Bu-ki
Silver And Gold

If you're a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and enjoy live action series' then this DVD is perfect for you! 

*We received a copy of the TMNT: The Next Mutation -East Meets West DVD in advance for review purposes. All opinions reflected on this blog post are my own.