Family 2014

Family 2014
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

kicking off 2015 with a big adventure!

Costa Rica plans.... we finally have time to get our plans down so we don't forget where to go... and wanted our friends and family to know what's up.
We are taking the shuttle to our favorite hotel in Denver on the 30th (Aloft) and will catch a super early flight on the 31st arriving in San Jose around 3pm on the 31st).
We arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, on Dec 31 at 3pm.  Our hotel for our first night and our transport from the airport on Jan 1 to La Selva has been arranged by La Selva.  On New Year's Eve, we are on our own to explore some kind of adventure in San Jose.  We might do a coffee plantation tour and they also have quite a few art museum and galleries and of course good food!
We are going to spend most of our time in La Selva Biological Research Station where David has been asked to be one of the faculty instructors for the course.  I'm David's assistant (he is brave!) so I'll be going with him and the class to explore every day.  I'm bringing my pastels so I can draw and I'm going to collect nature of course! David will be looking for bromeliads and has a local, expert  "climber" handy that will climb trees and retrieve the samples for the students to study.  I'll be on the look out for cool birds, frogs and sloths and who knows what else!
Here's the link to where we are staying.  La Selva ... tripadvisor
Our last 3 days/2 nights will be on the SE border of Costa Rica (almost to Panama).  We are renting our own 1 bedroom beach house right next to a little cove,  Punta Uva,  for snorkeling and beach walking. 
We will take local bus transportation from La Selva to our beach house (about 2 or 3 hours on the bus) and to get back to the international airport (San Jose) we will take the bus to Limon, then for just $45 each, we are flown to San Jose in just 35 minutes! (saves us 3 hours on the bus!). 
All we need to pack are sandals, a few sun dresses, rain boots and coat, head lamp and a few art supplies / books and then find local shopping places and buy Costa Rica clothing.  It's fun to dress like the locals and eat local food. 
We will have wifi and will try to keep up with the blog for those of you that are interested.  I have 2 art events planned before March, so hopefully I can make progress on those and will definitely have some new inspiration for funky nature art sculpture!
If you have suggestions for our trip, let us know! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

2014 was awesome!

So much has happened this year!  We had our 25th wedding anniversary and we had 2 graduations and another coming up in May.  We are so thrilled that our kids, parents and family are happy and healthy!  We love our friends and enjoy them more and more every year.  Wyoming as a home base is perfect for our family.  We love our friends and enjoy being with our boys as much as possible. 

Instead of writing a blog, today we will share some photos that share some of our experiences in 2014. 

I have an art website that tells all about my studio adventures if you are interested.

David will be Botany Chair at UW for another 2 or 3 years then we are off to the next sabbatical but until then we are home base in Laramie so let us know if you are close.  We'd love to catch up!

We'd love to hear from our friends and it makes our day when we hear from you!

Happy New Year and live with intention for 2015!