Spanish Friday: We’re Going to Costa Rica!

by melissa on May 25, 2012 · 9 comments

Hey peeps! I’m participating in Spanish Friday today from Latinaish, meaning my post will be in English AND Spanish. After you read this post, you’ll understand why (though you can pretty much figure it out from the post title).


English:

The past six months have been quite the roller coaster. It went from a low point of my father passing away in his native Costa Rica back in December to high points of  launching Content Brew on my other blog and getting the best job ever.

Ever since I returned from Costa Rica, I’ve been ready to go back. This time, with the kids. None of my relatives there (I have over 40 of them!) have ever met them, except for my step-mom.

So this summer, we’re headed to Costa Rica for THREE WEEKS!

The kids' freshly printed pasaportes

Daddy Roo will fly there with us and stay about 10 days then the kids and I stay longer. Since I really can’t take three weeks off work, after Daddy Roo leaves I’ll do my work each day (4 hours) while my step-mom and multitud of aunts watch the kids.

Why three weeks? Because I want to immerse them a bit. I want them to learn more Spanish than I’ve taught them so far. And I want to increase my fluency. I don’t really consider myself fluent (although my almost daily Facebook chats with cousins has helped tremendously). I can read and write pretty well but I’m the worst at speaking (okay, maybe my writing can improve a bit too).

I can’t wait. To introduce my kids to their family. To see my dad’s headstone (it wasn’t there when I left back in December). To just be there.

 

Español:

Los últimos seis meses han sido un montaña rusa. Se pasó de un punto bajo de mi padre falleciendo en su país natal en diciembre a los puntos altos del lanzamiento Content Brew en mi otro blog y hacer el mejor trabajo del mundo.

Desde que volví de Costa Rica, he estado lista a volver. Este tiempo, con los niños.

Ninguno de mis parientes allí (tengo más de 40 de ellos!) les han conocido, a excepción de mi madrastra.

Así que este verano, viajamos a Costa Rica por TRES SEMANAS!

Daddy Roo volará allí con nosotros y quedarse 10 días, después de los niños y yo nos quedamos más tiempo. Ya que realmente no puede tomar tres semanas fuera del trabajo, después de Daddy Roo deja que voy a trabajar cada día (4 horas), mientras que mi madrastra y mis tías cuidan a los niños.

¿Por qué tres semanas? Porque quiero a sumergirse un poco a mis niñoa. Quiero que ellos aprendan más español de lo que yo les he enseñado hasta ahora. Y yo quiero aumentar mi fluidez. Realmente no hablo con fluidez (pero mis chats de Facebook con los primos me he ayudado muchísimo). Soy capaz de leer y escribir bastante bien, pero yo soy el más peor en el discurso (bueno, tal vez mi forma de escribir puede mejorar un poco también).

No puedo esperar. Para introducir a mis hijos a su familia. Para ver la lápida de mi padre (que no estaba allí cuando me fui en diciembre). Para sólo estar allí.

(Just so you know, I did use a bit of Google translate for this. I’m WAY out of practice in writing long pieces of text like that. Not since college probably. But I learned some things from doing this. And that’s what counts!)
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1 KeAnne May 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

Yay! I’m so glad you are going and taking your entire family! It will be a wonderful experience for your kids, and it is great that technology makes it possible to work anywhere. I can’t wait to see the pictures!
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2 Melisa - Mommy This and That May 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

This will be so fun for all of you! And I’m sure the kids will love getting to know that side of the family.

I’d love to do something to immerse myself and the kids. My husband seems to think I can teach the kids Spanish but I’m pretty rusty!
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3 Janmary, N Ireland May 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I don’t know what “bon voyage” is in Spanish, but have an amazing trip. I am sure it will be bittersweet, without your Dad, but wonderful for your kids to meet your extended family.
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4 Alissa May 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

How very exciting. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Take lots of amazing pictures.

5 Andrea May 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

This is SO exciting! What an awesome opportunity for your family.
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6 Tracy July 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Have you gone on this trip yet? I hope it was amazing! … I’ll have to look for newer posts.

BTW, not sure if I’ve ever commented before but wanted to thank you for participating in Spanish Friday.

(Your kids are adorable!)

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