|Love these people|
February brought us good bye parties, time with family and friends, favorite foods devoured, and new friends. In the middle of the month, we said our final byes and first hellos. We met our fellow Peace Corps trainees, landed in tropic Costa Rica while the Hometown had freezing temps, and started our training to be real volunteers.
|First photo all together|
March was a hard month for yours truly. We started our training which included Spanish classes, living with our first host family, and practicums in a local school. It was a time of learning flexibility and patience (something the parental units said I always lacked), but also a time of building relationships with my Tico 23 family. We did a lot walking and talking to and from training. We had a few small trips to visit the capitol and a real PCV.
|The Hubs and I in training (photo credit to my Spanish twin)|
April came in and brought trips out of our community, learning where we will live for 2 years, and meeting our counterparts. This month passed quickly. We planned a party for our first host families as they planned a secret party for us. And we continued training and teaching.
|These lovely ladies are our counterparts|
May was a big month. We threw the party, we swore to uphold the Constitution, and we moved to Santa Cruz to start working.
|Our surprise party thrown by the training host families.|
|Yep, they let us in. We are official.|
|Just some family time|
|They are anxious and I am tired after 2 hours of waiting.|
|Looks just like a traditional Tico, verdad?|
August brought official time with other volunteers during our week long training, a visit from the in laws and surprise of my mom, and starting new projects for the Hubs and I (a review course and conversation club).
|Zipping into fun|
|That is our room after the earthquake|
|We have a spelling bee, a nerd, Dora & Diego, JWOWW & Snookie, Rice & Beans, and the two plates that rocked Guanacaste|
November snuck in unannounced. We finished up our biggest projects, moved into our own house, watched some parades, enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving with an Embassy family (and time with our friends), and visited my fourth country (Panama).
|Run, Forest, RUN!|
|Represents all the celebrations|
I can't believe that 2012 has come to a close. This year brought me many trials and successes, new adventures, and restored or built friendships. With 2013 upon us, I hope you have the year you desire and many good things come you way.