Paul is 40 too!!!

We are starting a silly tradition. Due to the spacing of our ages, each year that I turn a whole decade older, Paul will be given the gift of being that age too. How might you ask? It’s simple.

Each time someone asks us how old we are, which we seemed to get asked quite often, I will answer first “40” and then Paul will honestly answer “I am 40 too!” Thus taking him back in his 40th year all over again.

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We’ll see how long it lasts but if it does, Paul could do this every time I turn a new decade older. Pretty nice gift from your wife, don’t you think!

To really celebrate his birthday this year, we decided to take our kiddos on a scuba diving/snorkeling trip to Coco Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

It was a long drive (about 4 hours) but the land here is so different from the middle to lower parts of Costa Rica. Instead of rain forest jungles, the terrain here is more like the African Savannah, yet still mixed with an oasis of greenery and beautiful beaches.

After a good night’s sleep, we awoke our first day and set off to see Ponderosa’s Adventure Park, complete with African Safari Animals. We had to drive about 45 minutes to get there, and decided to pass our time by listening to me read out-loud from our family book “The Swiss Family Robinson.” We had no idea how prepared the book would make us for what we would experience that day.

We entered the park and chose three activities, plus included a delicious lunch that they serve at the park. Our first tour was the African Safari. We boarded an old army truck and went for an incredible ride INTO the animal’s habitats to feed them fresh cut carrots. It was a BLAST! We fed:

Zebras, a type of Water Buffalo, an Ostrich (that was a CRAZY experience!  It pecked the food out of your hand at lightening fast speed) . . .

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A camel . . . L loved him because he was as sweet as a puppy dog.

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3 Giraffes . . . E had a great time feeding the Daddy giraffe.

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G didn’t like them at all . . . Too big!!

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Look at that head compared to K, he is HUGE!

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And another type of Zebras. G loved feeding them the most, except the one he is pointing at. He was the Alpha and hogged all the carrots. G felt bad that he didn’t know how to share.

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Then we went horse backing riding. L has been BEGGING to do this for years and today was the day (an early Christmas gift!)

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K was just as excited, so was Paul!

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The boys too!

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Not me! I suffered through it and even lost it mentally for awhile and started laughing to get through it all.

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It was a LONG but beautiful 1 hour trail ride.

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That ended at these breath-taking falls!  After our delicious lunch, we met up with the owners, who live on the property. Their youngest 3 kiddos heard we were going to go Kayaking next and asked to come too. The kids loved the idea. So after a fun drive in the mula, we loaded our kayaks and headed straight for these water falls.

It was the perfect way to take the edge off of not wanting to get wet and then we were off on our lazy tour down the Rio Salto. This is where I had the BEST time because my guide Freddy let me relax while he did all the work. We even came across a troop of howler monkeys, up close and personal enough for them to throw things at us, just like in “The Swiss Family Robinson.”

After another tour of a HUGE waterfall, that we got to walk under and soak ourselves in, we took a dip in our friend’s country club pool and enjoyed the night with their family, visiting, eating pizza and touring a beautiful old home they are reminding/restoring. It was a FABULOUS day!

We drove home exhausted but grateful for the splendid and unexpected day!

 

Happy Birthday Paul!  I love you!

 

 

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