Costa Rica It Is

Giving Thanks

It’s pseudo-Thanksgiving here!  The kids have a half-day of school today and they are off tomorrow, as the school acknowledges the holiday for the many international students and staff.  We are enjoying the warm fall-like temperatures here, while of course hearing about the coldest Thanksgiving on record in NH.  We are pleased that this afternoon will be low-key, yet festive.  We have been invited to turkey dinner with another family.  We have heard about the Read more…

By LJC, ago
Costa Rica It Is

Why the Move?

And why the move? So many people asked us this exact question before we left the States.  The assumption might be that we took this leap of faith with certainty.  I say we took it with confidence and plenty of uncertainty.   We had a lot we wanted to figure out.  We still do.  Our careers, our relationship, our parenting, our priorities and ourselves.  How often do families have the opportunity to pause and do Read more…

By LJC, ago
Costa Rica It Is

More than Mountains

Tonight was the parent meeting for Weston’s Pre-Kinder class.  I was eager to attend and to hear about the upcoming year and to get a bit of feedback about the past week.  What was I expecting?! When we originally told people were were moving to Costa Rica for a year, we quickly learned to elaborate on the fact that it would be to a mountain town.  The assumption is often that people go to Central Read more…

By LJC, ago
Costa Rica It Is

Keeping it together

I might be losing my mind.. So let’s recap the last few days. We continue to find ourselves in a see-saw dance of frustration and appreciation.  I find myself venting to Chris about what is not working in the house, yet the truth is, he is home with us each day now and able to hear me out.  This is invaluable. Allow me to elaborate. The faucet in our makeshift kitchen continues to lack any Read more…

By LJC, ago
Costa Rica It Is

Leaving on a jet plane.

Tuesday July 24th Costa Rica or Bust Early morning wake up, only to discover that our flight is cancelled.  We are determined to leave today, so I unpack my laptop and begin searching Expedia.  My mom pulls in the driveway.  One kid is awake and one is still sleeping.  Grammy is helping with last minute things, which includes picking up our cat for his one year adoption.  I find a flight, it will be two Read more…

By LJC, ago
Costa Rica It Is

We are here.

Friday July 27, 2018 Initial Reflections We are here.  It’s still a bit hard to believe that we plan to spend an entire year here.  It still feels like we are on a family trip.  Weston tonight asked us when we are going home to Barrington.  Skye has mentioned numerous times how much she misses our neighbors and her friends.  They have been arguing as much as they did prior to leaving.  Skye is as Read more…

By LJC, ago
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Costa Rica is Calling

Costa Rica is calling. I feel exhausted and stressed most of the time, not present and able to enjoy my family. I am seeking more balance and calm in my life. Costa Rica is calling.

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

School’s Out For The Summer!

This is really happening.  We have about a month until we hop on a plane to Costa Rica.  This is really happening?  Today was the last day of preschool for Skye and Weston.  Today the reality of our decision hit me.  The teachers sang and danced to say goodbye to the students.  The sense of community was powerful and moving.  I was kinda teary-eyed, which is a big deal for me.  Growing up is hard Read more…

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

LOVE

Two weeks ago, I woke up to my children jumping around on my bed.  My son climbed up my headboard and, in doing so, knocked off a decorative wooden block with the word LOVE printed on it.  It hit me square between the eyes.  It hurt.  I screamed.  I actually hid under the comforter to hide my tears, as I was embarrassed by my anger and also my unusually dramatic reaction. When I sat up, Read more…

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

Joe

I never could have predicted this post.  Never.  Nor does anyone ever really know what lies ahead in life.  This week was a stark reminder of the reality of living with the unknown.  I have no idea if my family will still be traveling to Costa Rica at the end of the summer.  We will see what the next few months bring. Today, my sister and her family joined a club that they never asked Read more…

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

One Perspective

I spent a day texting with someone who shares different beliefs than me about guns laws.   I am trying to find and navigate the untrodden middle ground.  I believe we are caught up in power struggles and semantics all too often. Gun laws are not the solution. They are more like a Band-Aid. Implementing gun laws has the potential to cover up the wound we are dealing with. They are not going to fix America’s Read more…

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

2.14.18

These are my thoughts in the initial days after the Florida shooting. Fears drive us. There is a fear of more innocent people getting shot. This is a real fear. There is a fear of more innocent people losing guns. This is a real fear. If the fear is people getting shot, then the goal is to eliminate the source. The source is the person, mental state included, and the source is the weapon. Together Read more…

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

Pneumonia

Weston has pneumonia. Was it a self-fulfilling prophecy because I was worried about this possibility and practically wrote the script in a previous post? I doubt it. In a way it feels like a slap in the face for trying to do it all with the kids. What were we thinking?! I am trying not to feel too guilty, but I do. He was a champ in Costa Rica, dealing with his cough and actually Read more…

By LJC, ago
Home For Now

Virginia Here We Come

Someone told me today that I was glowing.  They knew I had been in Costa Rica and the assumption might have been that I was in the sun all week, although in actuality we spent most of our trip in the mist and wind of the mountains.  We did not get the warm rays that the coastal beach towns offer. I am not sure what was meant by this candid comment, but I think my Read more…

By LJC, ago
The Scouting Trip

One Traveler

Today while boarding the plane to return home, we were waiting in that tunnel (yes the claustrophobic one) and Chris was talking to another traveler.  Skye politely asked him why he had only one arm.  It was an honest observation.  I held my breath hoping her curiosity was met with kindness.  The wonderful response he gave was that he left it at home, and he continued to joke with her even while she persisted for Read more…

By LJC, ago
The Scouting Trip

Schools and Struggles

Back in 2000 I remember trying to decide where to go to college.  I actually sent deposits to two schools, UNH and Cornell, because I was torn between choosing the familiar versus the unfamiliar.  UNH was on my home turf, a little too much as it was within a half hour of my hometown, but it was in-state tuition!  Cornell was a days drive away in NY and it would be a new world to Read more…

By LJC, ago
The Scouting Trip

Lucky

I am exhausted, but I didn’t want to crash before getting some of my thoughts written down. There’s a lot to process. Yesterday and today we visited schools in the Monteverde area. Both were excellent and we will have to wait in order to find out if there are available spots at the Monteverde Friends School. We spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and I began looking on Airbnb for housing options for when we Read more…

By LJC, ago
The Scouting Trip

Less Is More

Less is more. My mother lives by those three words and for that I feel blessed.  She instilled in me an understanding of how it is possible to have less and still make it in this world. I admire her ability to remain committed to simplicity amidst a time of swirling opportunities to have more. I appreciate her integrity. My mother doesn’t lecture, yet leads with her actions in an impressive way. I hope to Read more…

By LJC, ago
The Scouting Trip

This having fun s*** is hard.

As my husband stood at the kitchen sink doing dishes before we left for the airport, I heard him lecturing the kids about not leaving food on the dishes in the sink.  I came charging down the stairs to defend them.  It’s probably me who put them there.  We yell.  We lose our patience. We have a messy house.  When we travel the pictures might look surreal, but this life we live is real.

By LJC, ago
The Scouting Trip

Warrior Meets Worrier

It’s not 6:00am yet, but we leave today and our 3-year-old son is awake and ready to start his day.  He has a nasty cough and I’m hoping it will only improve throughout our trip. Did I mention that I’m really good at worrying?  Don’t be fooled as you read about our steadfast excitement for traveling.  I am a truly impressive anxious person, yet I can be even better at hiding it.  I can’t wait Read more…

By LJC, ago