Sunday, May 29, 2011

Our Honduras Trip - Part 3

After spending a week in Siguatepeque, our family plus my mother-in-law headed up to the north coast for a few days on the beach before our flight back to the states.

We had to take a little detour since this bridge was a little bit broken! Not sure if this happened during Hurricane Mitch or not but it was in bad shape and the alternate route was a single lane bridge. We had to wait a while for the traffic to clear so our side could have an opportunity to drive across.

It was really smokey across the entire country while we were there so we didn't have good views of the beautiful mountains.

We thought this sign was hilarious. We couldn't pass up getting a picture of it.
Watch out for monkeys!
We made it to the beach and literally had the place to. our. selves. It was wonderful!!!
Not a soul in sight... either direction!
There were coconuts everywhere!
The kids loved the ocean!

And the pool too...which we also had all to ourselves!

We rented a cute two bedroom house. It was perfect for our family!
Breakfast with the kids!

He couldn't wait to get back to the beach!
We had another beautiful day at the beach and pool. 

Our family of six... soon to be seven!

Our precious kids!

We had a wonderful time in Honduras. It was so nice to visit with family and friends who we hadn't seen in many years. God truly blessed our time down there, kept us safe, and healthy too! Thank you Lord!

Our Honduras Trip - Part 2

I know it's about time I sit down and write a little more about our trip. I have a list a mile long as to why it has taken me so long, but I won't bore you with that.

So... we FINALLY made it to Siguatepeque, Honduras, the town where Jaime grew up, his mom and sister still live, and where we lived 3 out of our 4 years in Honduras. A lot had changed since I was last down there but it still felt very familiar and normal to be there.

We spent the first week mostly just spending time with everyone, hanging out, and letting all the cousins play together. It was a nice relaxing week for us! Here is our week in pictures.

Megan with her cousin Fiorella

Jaime and his brother Kike with their baby girls.
The girls are about a month and a half apart.

Jaime's 99 year old grandmother holding Ali.

Lots of new things to see!

Joshua was riding a bike every second he was allowed.
He LOVED these mud puddles!

Jaime's sister rented this bounce house for the kids.
It was a big hit! They all loved it!

Enjoying the bounce house with friends.

Love this picture!

We took the kids to a cave not too far away.
That's me, Jaime's brother, and all the kids.

They had fun in the cave.

Jaime has told the kids stories of riding his bike
around these banana trees. It was fun to take the kids
to see old memories that they have only heard about.

We got to celebrate Fiorella's 4th birthday!

All 7 cousins together for the first time!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Our Honduras Trip - Part 1

Our trip to Honduras was very full, so there is no way I can put it all into one post. Right now I'm not sure how many posts it will take, so we'll just see.

We started our trip by taking a long drive north to Libertyville, IL (Chicago area) where my sister lives. What normally is a 10 hour drive (without kids) took us 13.5 hours (with 4 kids)! About 3/4 of the way there, Joshua (our 4 year old) couldn't take it anymore and wanted to turn around and go home. How do you explain to a 4 year old that we were closer to our destination than to our home? Poor boy! He just wanted out of that vehicle! We finally made it and were glad to have some time to rest, relax, and stretch our legs.

The next day we were able to be with my sister, her family, and many other family and friends to celebrate my nephews first birthday. He is an adorable little boy! I'm so glad we got to be a part of this special day in his life!

Jude's 1st Birthday!

Sofia, Jude and Ali taking a bath together!

The following day was our day to fly to Honduras - but of course not without a few bumps along the way.
(1) We woke up to snow! Poor Joshua was so confused. He has been looking forward to summer for so long. How in the world could there be snow on the ground?

(2) Dead car battery! That was my fault. I was out in the car the night before looking for some things and left the interior lights on. Oops!

Oops! That would be my fault! Sorry honey!

At O'Hare airport
(3) Delayed flight! I'm not just talking about a little delay. We waited and waited and waited. Boarded the plane. Deplaned. Waited and waited a while more. Then FINALLY left.

We waited...

...and waited...

...and waited!

Got on the plane

Got off the plane.

Got on the plane again.

(4) Missed connection! We knew there was pretty much no way we were going to make our connection. We landed in Miami about 5 minutes before our next flight took off. We were still taxiing to the gate when they left.

(5) Unexpected overnight stay in Miami! All we had were our toothbrushes! I'm so glad we at least had that.

Hotel in Miami

Sweet Ali is always so happy!

Wishing they had their suits!

We finally made it to San Pedro Sula, Honduras as did all our luggage. I'm actually still surprised about the luggage making it. I was certain something was going to get lost along the way! We were so glad to finally be there! Well, kind of. Once we landed we still had a two hour drive to my MIL's house, but after everything that had already happened that was no biggie.
Finally heading to Honduras

We made it!
Waiting to get through immigration.

On our way to Siguatepeque! WooHoo!