Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Costa Rica - Last Day!

Well 10 days is certainly a LONG trip! We are all ready to go home (unpack!) and get a little quality time with our "just us" families, but we have had an amazing time with family. There was bonding, there were deep conversations, there were dumb conversations, there was cousin time, and there was FUN. We are already talking about the Tidwell Family Vacation for 2019!

After spending the morning packing, we headed to Jump Center for 2 hours of fun on trampolines!

We all loved the air jump!

Caed was pretty fearless!

Go Cambree!

Uncle Cloud (former gymnast) is always fun to watch!

All smiles!

Caity and I might have had more fun than my kids... ;)

Lots of jousting matches! I beat Brenden! (So what if he's only 9?!)

Shade and Blu

The rock climbing wall was scary!

Cason falling into the foam pit from the highest row! (Uncle Shade might have gotten stuck in the foam pit...several times...laying on his back flailing his arms and legs like a turtle...!!)

Brenden and Cason have become Minecraft buddies, and these are the smiles I get when I beg them to look at me and smile for the picture!

And my absolute favorite thing we did in Costa Rica....this right here. We DIED laughing and are STILL laughing! Paw and Bmaw loved it!! :)

The Seven Tidwell Cousins saying good night - won't be together again until Christmas! :(

Tomorrow it's a 4am wakeup call, 4:45am taxi to the airport, a 3 hour flight to Miami, a 3 hour flight to Houston, and a 5 hour drive to Brownwood, and we'll be HOME..for a while, at least! :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Costa Rica - Sunday to Tuesday

We have had a great few relaxing days here in San Jose! We have stayed mainly at the house, and it's been wonderful! (I'm almost done with Book #3 on this trip!) Here is a look at what we've been up to!

On Sunday, the original 5 Tidwells went white water rafting (the wives were invited - we all said no thanks!), so us ladies stayed with the kids and had fun! We loaded them up into the car and drove down to the Villa Real pool! 10 of us loaded into one car!

The kids have done pretty well for spending ten solid days together! AJ, Cason, and Brenden have really bonded on this trip!

Caedmon hanging out

On Sunday evening, the kids put together a church service for us - it was PRECIOUS. I love their hearts! Caedmon preached, while Keysi translated into Spanish!

Cason called himself "The Introducer"

After church, we had a family birthday party where Bmaw gave everyone a shirt she had made that said Tidwells on the front and our name on the back, along with a Scripture verse she had picked out for us!

The kids also got yo-yos, tops, and bubble gum!

Monday was a pretty low-key (book-reading!) day! We sang a LOT of karaoke, and the kids watched Moana and Trolls.

Once we got the kids settled down that night, we called a cab and went to TGIFriday's for dessert and drinks!

I love my Blu.

The girls!

Cherry 7-Up and Monster Oreos!

That's a big table!

The topic of conversation was "Most Embarrassing Moments!" I love this picture because it looks like Paw is falling asleep during Shade's story!

We all wore our shirts! The Tidwell Tornado invasion!

And I survived the taxi ride there...and back!

Tuesday is a National holiday in Costa Rica, so Cloud suggested we stay off the roads and out of the city! We slept in, had Blu's cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and then spent 3 1/2 hours at the pool! We played basketball, swam, ordered pizza, and had a blast!

The weather has been PERFECT!

Six cousins! (Where's AJ???)

A good hair day for Cambree :)

Paw & Caedmon...waiting on someone to play soccer with him!

So handsome :)

Cambree & Keysi

He loves the water and is SO tan after 1 month in the USA!

Me and Paw :)

Even though it was warm, we all enjoyed the hot tub!

Everyone ended up like this... :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Costa Rica - 40 Year Vow Renewal!

Back in 1977, Paw was 20, and Bmaw was 18. She was a senior in high school, and they were planning a wedding for that summer. It was turning into something Bmaw didn't want, so they up and decided to elope on April 1, 1977. Bmaw finished out her senior year, 3 little boys (Cloud, Blu, and Shade) came along, and 40 years we are. :) Since they didn't have a "real" wedding, they decided to do a simple wedding in the woods near Cloud's house. It was a gorgeous ceremony led by Blu with all of the grandkids participating. The word that went through my mind all day long is "BLESSED."

Here are 84 of my favorite pics from the hundreds that were taken today. I tried to put them in some sort of order, but 84 is a lot of pictures...

Dress code = white! Waiting for their ride down into the woods!

How many selfies can we take in one day? A lot. :)

Me and Bmaw (which stands for Big Maw, which the kids have shortened over the years to Bmaw!)

Bmaw and her granddaughters - Cambree, Keysi, and Andie

We call this look the "Tidwell Smolder"

Caedmon looking good!

Me and Caity

Me and Cambree ready to go!

I didn't get the memo about a white dress until 1 week before we left! So I got on to Amazon and ordered 2 cheap dresses, praying one would work!

Paw & Caed

Cambree said, "Paw! Let me take a picture with my favorite grandpa under the age of 65!"

I love my Paw!

Lots of selfies...

This was the "wedding aisle" walkway in the woods!

Caedmon walked Bmaw down the aisle and gave her away. :)

Here come the flower girls!

The vows were so special!

Shade sang the song "Remember When" with the words changed to fit their lives, while Brenden and AJ held up pictures of them over the last 40 years! I might have cried through the whole song!

Cason was the handsome little ring bearer!

More vows...

The epic kiss - followed by 7 grandkids saying, "Eeeww!!"

We hung around afterwards to get tons of photos!

The girls!

It was a little muddy, so we were watching our step!

Cason was so sweet...he said, "Bmaw, can I get a picture with you too?"

Ready for 7th grade football!

Cloud and Rita

More kissing!


Andie and AJ

My 3 favorite guys!

My favorite pictures from the day....

I love these of Bmaw with her boys!

Bmaw and her daughters-in-law


Silly boys!

These two are best buds..

There's that smolder again...

Pretty Caity!

Be still my heart!

She's a little bit pretty...ya think? ;)

My baby...

Cloud, Rita, Brenden, and Keysi

The best picture we could get of all 16 of us!

Pretty Keysi

Cambree with the photobomb :)

They were both glowing!

Paw with his daughters-in-law!

And the best picture we could get of the 7 grandkids...

Shade & Andie

Shade & Caity

The three brave ladies who married Tidwell men ;)

The original 5!

Rita ordered this gorgeous cake, which was a surprise to Paw and Bmaw!

It was such a special day of celebration and remembering! BLESSED.