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Birthday girl

Birthday girl

This post was delayed because we have been super busy with school, parties and injuries as of late. Zoe had her birthday a few weeks ago and wanted the celebration to be a small and more intimate affair. She invited her closest friends over for some BBQ, swimming,...
Broken bones and uncanny coincidences

Broken bones and uncanny coincidences

My youngest daughter, Zoe, broke her tibia bone at her growth plate just behind her knee cap. She broke it while playing at recess. Because of the severity and nature of the break and that her growth plate was involved, surgery was required. We took Zoe to Hospital...
Great neighbors

Great neighbors

Not only did we have Elise’s best friend visit us from the states but we happen to live right next door to some great friends as well. We count ourselves lucky to share a property boundary with such awesome neighbors. They too, are from the U.S. and chose to...
Turtle success at playa el Coco and la Flor

Turtle success at playa el Coco and la Flor

Below are images from our last visit to Playa el Coco and la Flor maritime park. Well, happy to say, we finally got to witness a turtle hatchling make its’ way, safely to the ocean. We are so stoked about that! What made it more amazing is that Timothy, the 12...
A mountain retreat

A mountain retreat

One of our really good friends has parents that live on the cool, elevated slopes of Mombacho. Their house reminds me of what makes country living so special with unspoiled nature surrounding their abode. In fact, a large troop of howler monkeys regularly hangs out in...
Granada in 5 days

Granada in 5 days

About a month ago we had some very good friends visit us from the states. Prior to coming out here they questioned whether 5 full days would be enough to see the sites around town. Elise and I felt confident that it would be a good first start to Granada, so they...
End of school year picnic

End of school year picnic

The end of school year picnic was, once again, on the shores of Lago Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua). With the oppressive heat during dry season (April and May) it is always such a joy to get out of the city even if just for a few hours. Most people, in the U.S. and...
The school’s promotion ceremony

The school’s promotion ceremony

Wow, it has been 7 weeks since I last updated the blog! The end of the school year activities and buying a rental property in the U.S. took precedent over the blog. But still, it is amazing how taking a little time off translated into 7 weeks. Not complaining, though,...
It’s raining Peras de agua fruit

It’s raining Peras de agua fruit

It wasn’t too long ago that I took pictures of the kids playing under a fragrant tree on a carpet of pink petals. Well, the profusion of hot pink blossoms has given way to an over abundance of fruit, literally gushing from the tree. Our property caretaker has...

How our views on consumerism have changed

This is Elise.  Mike and I have often asked ourselves if we could just live a simpler lifestyle in the US instead of living in Nicaragua.  Yes, we could live have lived a more reduced lifestyle in the US but here it is much easier to live simply.  We...
Hot market, cold feet

Hot market, cold feet

We put an offer down on a commercial property and are currently under contract. Sometimes it felt as if I was at a bidding war, and reminded me of a time, not too long ago, when all common sense was lost in the real estate market. I was apprehensive at times, and...
Easter at Laguna de Apoyo

Easter at Laguna de Apoyo

Elise, the girls, and some of our closest friends went down to Laguna de Apoyo for Easter Sunday and encountered a very special bunny. For the young, and the young at heart, seeing the Easter Bunny on a paddle board was a happy sight. I wish I could have been there to...
Granada: Our one year anniversary

Granada: Our one year anniversary

April 15th marks our one year anniversary of living in Granada. Anniversaries, for me, punctuate how impermanent life and our experiences are. In my old life I would say, “Wow another year went by.” or “It seems just like yesterday…” Back...
Looking for rental property in the U.S.

Looking for rental property in the U.S.

We are way behind on the blog entries because I have been in the Florida the last couple of weeks looking for investment properties. We are expanding our financial horizons to possibly include rental income from either Indiana or Florida. It has been interesting...
300 rings

300 rings

My daughter and I went to a local lumberyard to buy some fence posts for an animal enclosure in our backyard. True to Nicaraguan norms, you go right to the source. Want to buy sausage? Go to the butcher. Want to buy milk? Go to the farm. You get the picture. Just as...
A couple new additions for us

A couple new additions for us

The kids got a couple of ducklings for their menagerie and were happy to take them swimming. We are currently fencing off a portion of our backyard to give the animals a large space to wander and be free. As for the pool, it will be ours again soon and the ducks will...