La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It took me the entire 20 minute taxi ride from the La Fortuna airstrip to our hotel to recover from the terror of our tiny puddle jumper of a plane. But the minute I stepped out of that taxi at our hotel and took one look around at where we were, I didn’t even remember the plane. It was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been. We arrived around lunch time, dropped our bags in our room, and headed down to the poolside restaurant for lunch. And this,…

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Two weeks ago, Chris and I took the trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica.  We were so graciously given the trip as part of Costa Rica’s “Gift of Happiness” program, which has awarded one million dollars in trips to Costa Rica over the past year in an effort to promote happiness in people’s lives. Mission accomplished.  On our trip, we visited three different cities in three very different parts of the country and, I swear, it just got better with each stop.  We left the Tuesday after Gracie’s first…

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Status Update

This post is more of a scheduling pep talk for myself than anything else. In the next week, there are so many major events happening that I can hardly keep myself straight. I get tired whenever I think about it, and then I just want to take a nap until April. But I can’t because I have too much to do. So, I thought I’d make peace with the next couple days by blogging about it to help calm my nerves. Plus, if I’m blogging then I don’t have to…

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Costa Rica Bound!

I get asked a lot about the trip to Costa Rica that Chris and I are taking at the end of March. We were recipients of the “Gift of Happiness,” which is an eight-day stay in Costa Rica at beautiful hotels, doing adventurous activities, in exotic locations. Sounds pretty darn happy to me. But whenever people would ask me about it, I sort of avoided the topic. There were two reasons. First, there was this tiiiiiiiny little problem with my passport. Like, the fact that I didn’t have one. Years…

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Part Two: Choices That Make Me Happy

Okay, friends. We are continuing our tour through the five trip packages Chris and I have been offered as a winner of the Costa Rica Million Dollar Gift of Happiness giveaway. Don’t forget as you read that we weren’t selected because we are special. We won just like you can win, so head over to their Facebook fan page, enter to win like I did, and then cross your fingers, eyes, and toes. Package #3: Adventure Package (Guanacaste, La Fortuna, Quepos & Central Valley) Ya’ll. I’m not trying to persuade…

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Part One: Choices That Make Me Happy

Chris and I are getting the details nailed down for our adventure in Costa Rica in March and part of that means choosing which vacation we want to take. We have a choice of five and we have gone back and forth on several of them, so we decided that we would do what a good blogger should do. We’re going to let you all vote! Below are short little blips on each vacation package we can choose. Read through them and then vote at the end on which one…

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Gift of Happiness? Yes, Please.

A couple weeks ago, my sister called me. She was pissed. At me. For no reason. “I hate you and I hate what I’m about to tell you, but as your PR person OR WHATEVER, I’m passing this message on to you.” Needless to say, I locked both the kids and the dogs in the playroom so I could give her my full attention. (To protect the pure ears of my readers, I’m going to BEEP Ginny out in the following conversation. She has a mouth like a sailor sometimes…)…

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