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Friday, May 22, 2015

Mosquito Nets 101

We are about to go into rainy season here in Nicaragua, and that means a large increase in mosquitoes. Not only are they extremely annoyingly noisy at night flying right near your head while you're trying to sleep, they also carry disease. Boo. So we got the kids mosquito nets to protect them while they sleep. Hanging up the mosquito nets was feat of it's own because we didn't want to pull the ceiling down on one of our children. Ewww. I am pretty sure I can imagine what's living in the ceiling space.... So Garrett used his brilliant mind, and hung up a taught & sturdy wire horizontally from wall to wall over their bed. So now the mosquito net can slide along on the wire, which is pretty cool. But even better, no one will wake up covered in ceiling debris. The first night that we used the nets, I failed to do one very important thing. Here is where "Mosquito Nets 101" comes in, so read carefully. After you have hung the net properly and BEFORE you put your child to sleep for 10 hours inside the little cocoon of [what you believe to be] protection, check to make sure there aren't any mosquitoes INSIDE the mosquito net. That's right. Eden slept all night with a trapped mosquito. 

Alicia 0 
Nica Mosquito 1 

Lesson Learned.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

border crossings & beaches

We just experienced our first border crossing. At the 6 month mark, Nicaraguan law requires foreigners to exit Nicaragua. We walked over the border to Costa Rica. (We are still working on all the paper work involved in getting our truck registered in Garrett's name, and we can't take it out of Nica until that paperwork comes through). It was too hot and super stressful, but now we've done it and gained another notch of life experience on the ole' life belt. The kids were great, as usual. They have no idea how awesome they are.

 Garrett got stung by this scorpion while he was asleep in bed in our hotel room at 4:00 a.m. Sad face :-(  He is okay now. We treated the sting with prayer, essential oils, and drinking coffee (locals swear by this).

Which led to us walking the beach at sunrise, and finding these beautiful pink sea shells. Because seriously who could go back to sleep after that?!?

Bodhi had a great time frolicking in the ocean and looking for hermit crabs.