Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 New Years Resolution Complete and Kaput

I actually finished my first ever New Years Resolution! Success!!! You can read the details here. But the gist was to finish at least 52 pinterest items out of the 8916 items I had pinned at the time.
Here is the update… I actually ended up doing 227 items. That is more than 4 times what I had planned to do! You can see them all in my folder here.
The good thing is I only have 9400 pins now. Which means I have not spent the last year just finding ideas on pinterest. So this New Years Resolution made me get out there and do these ideas, but it also kept me from just sitting on my computer and playing on pinterest.

Success! Thanks for following along.
Next up… 2014 New Years Resolution…. Coming soon.

Merry Christmas 2013

Our Annual Christmas Card...

The Kucera Family 2013 Year in Review
·          Jan – Road tripped to Crater Lake and the Redwoods with the Dempsters.
·          Feb – Started infertility testing. Did Maker’s Diet. Outcome = No allergies!
·          Mar – Got a new dining room table, planted a garden, M had a Craft Fair.
·          Apr – Vacation in Costa Rica with T’s parents & brother. 6 years married!
·          May –Stevi graduation in San Diego, Clara graduated too!! (M’s Sister’s)
·          Jun – T & M ran M’s first & only 5k, coordinated Randi & Dale’s wedding.
·          Jul – Cleared month to work on the house/yard. Discovered a rat. Eek!
·          Aug – Stevi moved to WA, Clara moved to Portland. Katie Lew Wedding!
·          Sep – Christian & Lisa visited WA. T boys weekend in CO. M visited Mom.
·          Oct – T’s Grandma’s Memorial in ND. First Sounders soccer game.
·          Nov – M’s Mom, Stevi, and Clara visited for Thanksgiving.
·          Dec – Christmas in Germany with T’s entire family.
Merry Christmas Everyone! 
So thankful for all of you in our lives!

Costa Rica Family Vacation - Part 2 Manuel Antonio

After our crazy long drive from La Furtuna to Quepos, we arrived to a lovely Villa. A large living area with 3 bedrooms for the family to share.
Beautiful living area.
Our view.
These little capuchin monkeys were everywhere!
We headed to the beach and took pictures of everything on the way down.
This is one of 3 pools between our villa and our own properties private beach.
One of many iguanas chased by Thomas.
Need I say more?
A beautiful look out on the way down.
Without my big hat blocking the view.
A little private oasis on the Pacific Ocean.
These little trails were everywhere! 
So were these trails when we were done with exploring.
I said it before and I will say it again. He always has to find the creatures.

Keith and Maria (Thomas' parents) love to kayak. We got to the beach and they were off!
Meanwhile, Thomas and I took the waterproof camera out to play in the waves. It may be waterproof, but that doesn't mean the water droplets on the outside won't distort your pictures. This was the view of our beach from the water though.
We love kayaking too!
Relaxing outside of the sunshine.
Christian also loves kayaking. Best series ever. He did succeed in the end though.
Does anyone else think of Baywatch when they see this pictures?
Spider monkey
These spider monkeys were so tricky! They came right up on our balcony with in feet of Maria. She squealed for sure! Wish I caught it on video.
After a day of relaxing we took a catamaran out to enjoy a little ocean tour. 
We also went snorkeling for the first time together (my first time ever). Loved it even if we all did have to bring life vests with us. 
The water wasn't very clear either, but these little guys were every where! 
The next day we went on a "hike" around the Manuel Antonio the local national park. Maria kept wandering off because it was certainly not a "hike".  More of an informative stroll where the guide kept searching for flora and fauna for to tell us about.

This video is of these plants that when touched, they fold up to protects themselves. Notice Thomas going a little crazy with them.
A frog.
One of a dozen 2 and 3 toes sloths we saw on the trip.
A little humming bird that was actually still.
A toucan.
A Mica sized leaf seat.
Christian, Maria, and Thomas all watching the monkey's antics.
If you look closely, you can see the bats lining the larger tree branch.
Working for Boeing, I just had to take a picture of the airplane turned restaurant, right?
Crazy root maze.
This was our door. I had my very own entryway.
Oh brothers. Love.
Definitely an amazing family trip. Love spending time together including our nightly game of Farkle.