This Thanksgiving

Can you feel it? What…might you wonder? The holidays are officially here! You’ll have to excuse my over-the-top delight, but this year the holidays have taken on a whole new role in my life. While most are dreading the holiday season…the overspending, the congested traffic jams, the over-indulging of food, the holiday commercials and the annoyance of spending time with relatives you would not normally wish to be around…I, on the other hand, am welcoming it all with wide open arms. You have to remember, we spent the last three years in Costa Rica where holidays were celebrated (although just us Gringos had Thanksgiving dinner), but it just never felt the same. I was lucky to have my parents to share the holidays with (which unfortunately meant Rob...
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Indiana State Fair

This week we went to the ever popular and ever entertaining, Indiana State Fair. Last years tragedy will always be present in the minds of Hoosiers, but they continued on with the tradition of coming together to support their beloved Fair. For me, I have always loved fairs. I grew up in a city where fairs seemed to always be coming to town and it was a tradition I secretly loved. Heck my mom was even a taste tester for years at one of the County fairs. So I exposed my hidden love for fairs to my husband and we rounded everyone up for an evening of good old fashioned entertainment. It was complete with some people watching, eating disgustingly good but crazy unhealthy food and I even...
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Embracing the New

Penned by Meredith Part of living in Costa Rica (or any foreign country for that matter) is that you must be open to new traditions. Lately I find myself struggling with longing for the past. The times where I was surrounded by my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and all things familiar. Like I have mentioned before, I am so grateful to have my mom and Steve here in CR, but I still long for the days of big grandiose Thanksgivings filled with a family’s love and laughter or blueberry pancakes at my Grandma Ruth’s Christmas morning or a matinée movie at the theater with the rest of the family later Xmas Day. But, things have changed. Family members have passed, others have moved, while some are still...
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