Papa White Hair and Grandma J visited us over Christmas! Seeing their faces at the airport was the beginning of many, "man this is awesome!" moments during the week. One of the days we visited an active volcano (pictured to the left). During our time a the National Park we were able to do some hiking which was a true highlight for these Colorado Ferry's living in Costa Rica! Reese added in an extra measure of fun with her hiking-wresting hybrid.
Back at home in San Jose we spent Christmas Eve making 6 pies, black bean brownies for Santa (yes, you read that right...), a birthday cake for Jesus, graham cracker gingerbread houses, poinsettia centerpieces from egg cartons and coffee filters, and egg carton Christmas trees. We were super crafty and enjoyed time together chatting, laughing and creating.
Another day during Christmas break we visited the Doka Coffee Estate. We learned that Doka exports 80% of its coffee to Starbucks!
It was a big day as Georgia and Reese tasted coffee for the 1st time. Chris and I are so proud being HUGE coffee drinkers ourselves. I'm not sure they'll be drinking it daily but we rest at night knowing we have at least paved the path for them to enrich their life with the magic bean of COFFEE!!!! We take our parental duties very seriously.
Chris and Bob took time together to chat and catch up. Bob's constant presence in his son's life has been a great stabilizing factor and Chris is grateful for his continued presence as we life abroad. We praise God that Bob and Judy were able to come and share in the Costa Rica phase of our journey towards Ecuador.
Tina spent much of the Christmas break in the kitchen cooking three meals a day for our family and visitors. Now before you say, "Poor Tina!" remember that cooking is one of her favorite hobbies. So, this time was spent in great joy and having Grandma J do all the dishes made it all the sweeter!!