So I'm trying a blog post by email. The wifi is so limited we cannot access any websites but I can sometimes upload to Instagram where I am redefining overgramming. Check @mdhaworth for photos to accompany this post. I don't think I can get this email out if I include photos.
Inspired by the series on Design Mom "call t a day" as well as Ali Edwards "day in the life" I closely documented one day at our hoe in Costa Rica.
A bit of context. We rented a house for one month. We call it the grass hut. It's quite large with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom downstairs as well as a sleeping loft with two beds upstairs but it doesn't have any walls. We aren't on a road so we access it by boat. A local man, Manuel, is the caretaker who brings us ice for the icebox and takes us to the road by boat when we want to catch the bus into town. Unless he is around its just the four of us and the jungle.
If you have a map (or Google) handy look up he Osa Peninsula on the southwest coast of Costa Rica. You'll see the Golfo Dolce and we are at the northern tip of that gulf.
Ok, in this post "Biscuit"=P and "Oscar"=C and "Mr. H"=R. I wrote this for me not the blog and am too lazy to change.
Friday, June 26 (in detailed notes)
5ish wake up try to download book (wifi works mostly in the am or late night)
5:20 downstairs to make coffee. Roach in sink. Coconut bread pudding for breakfast (made it last night in a double boiler. Delicious but I am the only bread pudding fan in the family)
5:45 outside with R no monkey sounds today (they Re often loud around 5 am) but saw one and squirrel while reading. Finished The Scorch Trials now reading Thinking Fast and Slow. See lots of birds
6:10 making more coffee (we compost the leftover grounds and our "coffee pot" is pour over. We kind of love it)
6:42 P up sneaking iPad time but thumping feet alert me and wake up C by the time I get upstairs both are watching Lego Star Wars. So much for no tv before noon "rule" we decided on yesterday. I tell them one episode
7:02 thinking about breakfast. Itching bug bites. R out on lawn with book.
7:30 we are already finishing breakfast (egg burritos ear). We give P her ear drops. We are pretty sure she has swimmers ear and luckily the drops are over the counter here so we got them at a pharmacy in town the other day. c playing with P's domino project (the set of dominoes that came with the house has been the hands down best entertainment for all) P wants to play chess.
7:46 R washing dishes. P getting clean laundry out of the greenhouse (we have a washer but no drier and it rains so much we line dry clothes inside the greenhouse/plastic hoop house. We need the clothes to pack for the trip we are taking tomorrow to another part of the Osa Peninsula. C and I are watching macaws in the yard. It's already hot and sticky have had no rain for three days :(
8:03 boys going to burn paper trash P and I playing chess. We sort the trash into recyclables, compost and paper and burn the paper. We also have a tiny bag of "other" trash. Mostly C's nighttime diapers.
8:46 a game apiece won at chess now for swimming in the gulf. The water is extremely warm (~90 degrees) and very calm. No waves at all unless there is sting wind and today there isn't any.
8:57 battle of wills with C over taking off pants. Adults win and we are off to swim and cool off. Also started laundry.
10:30 back from long swim and snorkel to dorm rocks. At high tide there isn't much snorkeling so we went to a rocky outcrop. C is very comfortable in his life vest bobbing around.
10:45 Cold showers for all. (We only have cold water) C didn't want hair washed but it's done.
10:50 C eating pb&j sandwich. P reading
11:05 now C ate a tortilla and kids are picking wax off our beer bottle candle holders. We burn candles every night to attract the bugs away from us. I'm making more coffee. Deciding what game to play. Thinking Uno.
11:29 R won uno and I'm hanging laundry between rounds. We use a Pillowcase as a laundry basket
11:37 chocolate! We got a chocolate bar in our last grocery run and just remembered it. Not great but it worked. Laundry is hung. Thunder all around.
11:55 P won at uno and everyone is hungry (again).
12:10 I paused lunch making to watch a huge group of coati (sort of like raccoons) in the back including two tiny babies. Both kids saw them. Sent C out for cilantro in the lawn. Our lawn is filled with a wild cilantro that Manuel showed us is edible. We use it in everything. C is very good at fetching it for me. I asked for five leaves (they are big). He came back with a handful then laid all the leaves on the floor and counted out exactly five and threw the rest outside. Very precise ;)
12:50 I decided to make a confetti salad/ bean dip for lunch with leftover beans, a can of corn, bell pepper, onion and of course cilantro. It was good! Now P is doing dishes. It's nearly dark outside with sudden rain and thunder storm
1 pm P is on to playing mine craft. C is "reading" his animal Guise book to Costa Rica book. He loves that thing. Raining hard!
1:24 hat was quick. Now a monopoly game is underway on the iPad. I recommend the monopoly game app. It's fun and I even hate monopoly. Made some unexpectedly strong piña coladas with the breakfast pineapple leftovers and coconut rum we infused the other day with coconut Manuel found and husked for us.
1:58 rain has stopped monopoly getting boring; C and I go on a walk around the edges of the yard to look for frogs.
2:36 C and I are still wandering outside. C hitting dead log with hammer and unearthing larvae. I saw a woodpecker. P is playing minecraft and R napping. Keeping C safe and interested outside can be boring but forces me to observe more and I like taking photos. We can hear macaws overhead. Hammering is a good physical outlet for C.
2:50 defiance and tears over hammering on living trees. I took away the hammer. On to a new activity smashing monkey food on the ground (orange fruits). P comes out and we end up heading back inside. Minecraft wants more money from her and she is annoyed :)
3:08 P and I are trying to pack for our trip tomorrow. C is playing with fan (clearly a great toy ;)
3:22 kids are playing queen and guard. Seems to be the best game ever.
3:44 kids still playing great and I am an intermittent fire breathing dragon (who helps the queen) I am sitting down to read. Packing is nearly done.
3:56 ear drops for P and Smoothie Hut. This is a game P has invented. Basically she made a big menu of tropical smoothies and orders from Smoothie Hut and I make her smoothies to order. So basically it's snack time in the form of a game. But the smoothies are yummy and I get paid the same 100 colones every time we play.
4:08 C spills most of his smoothie. I make adult smoothies (I add tequila) and take one outside for 10 minutes of non parenting.
4:22 Sounds like dominoes being played inside. tide is out. I come in to cook dinner
5:03 kids are playing baby puppy and snacking (again!) I'm making peanut noodles and squash curry soup for dinner. We're trying to use up all our vegetables before we leave for a few days. They won't keep in the icebox.
5:15 dinner is served. Not great but it'll do. Kids like the noodles and the soup is kinda weird but okay.
5:35 C has wandered off mid meal to look at a book. (His manners are getting atrocious here). The rest of us ate soup and sweated. Very hot and the air is still and humid.
5:55 dinner clean up time. The bats are chirping and flying through the house. The kids are glued to movie. P picked The Incredibles. C threw a fit but is now watching happy as can be.
6:06 R and I go for a short walk on the beach while the kids watch the movie. We saw lightening in the sky, more bats and lightening bugs which are fun since we don't have those in California.
6:30 home from our walk. We move the kids upstairs with the movie and diaper and pjs and teeth done. It's already full dark. We're hoping for an early sleep time since tomorrow will be a long day. Downstairs we have candles going and I'm reading on my phone. Super hot tonight (no breeze :( how many times will I mention the heat? Many! The weather has mostly been mild and pleasant but today is hot.
6:43 I turn on a podcast and R is out with a flashlight looking for nocturnal animals (no luck)
7:28 two episodes of the podcast (start up) are almost over. Kids still watching.
7:43 the movie is over so bedtime for kids I'm putting C down and P is in the other bed. We seem to move around beds and who is sleeping with who every night.
8:06 C is asleep already I think. Unusual for him since he is typically slow to fall asleep. It even boring days here can wear him out. I think it's the heat and everything being unfamiliar. Plus he has t napped once since we arrived. P is also already asleep but that's typical for her. I'm dozing off.
8:36 a branch fell in the house! Big too. (Not huge about 2 inches by 14 inches) but weird that it fell inside. The roof has large races. Now I'm up again
9:30 back to bed and I will fall asleep quickly next to C and no doubt be up a few times in the night.
If you read all this I'm impressed ;)