Category Archives: Dream Catching: Inventing Our Dreams

We’ve Arrived!

After nearly a year since we thought about this big move…we are finally in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and it is hot…I mean really hot!

The final days leading up to this point were a blur, we had to to clean and deliver our boat to its new skippers. 
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Tonia and I then had to pack our home and prepare it for the new family who
would be moving in next month, meet with the bank to take care of our accounts,_DSC2673 meet with the lawyer to sign all the forms for the house sale, and then sort and pack our things for storage. And finally we had to tackle the “packing room”, a room full of the essentials which we would take with us into ten suitcases and four carry-ons. _DSC2759 This was a big challenge as there were so many things we really wanted to have here but had to instead pack away for another time.

To add to the craziness Tonia’s and I had to pick up our passports in MississaugaIMG_1138 (an hour plus drive away from home) the day before we were leaving.  Needless to say we were stressed, but we did manage to do it all in the neck of time…..We arrived within 40 minutes of closing – and were happy to have them in our hands.

An hour later, on August 18, we reached our hotel by the airport and had about a half hour to rest before some friends and family members came to say _DSC2779goodbye to us…we had a great time with everyone, and of course some hard and emotional goodbyes. 

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Before we knew it though it was time to get up (3am) and head to the airport. _DSC2803the boys were great and did not complain about having to get up so early. They were so excited. Even after we stood in line for over two hours they were well behaved and able to hold it together.  Thanks to US customs we almost missed our flight…yes we arrived at the gate just over seven minutes before the plane was scheduled to take off…that was crazy.

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IMG_1143Our flight was uneventful and after a brief stop in Atlanta we finally landed in Liberia, Costa Rica…We even managed to have almost all our suitcases arrive with us! All except for one which stayed in Atlanta for another day…Costa Rican customs was great, they never blinked an eye, and off we went with four carts of luggage onto Costa Rican soil.  As we walked out of the airport we were greeted by a familiar face holding a sign with Tonia’s name on it….it was our shuttle driver who had brought IMG_1154us to the airport the last time we were in Costa Rica…we loaded our bags and an hour later we were in Tamarindo in front of our new home. We were greeted by a smiling condo manager (Liane) and two other gentlemen who helped us to bring our bags up to the third floor…We were welcomed by a plate of cookies, and a bottle of wine being chilled in the fridge.  Thanks so much Liane!  You are the best!

Did I tell you how hot it was?….well lets just say it was really really hot…we were tired, excited, and looking forward to a nice cold shower…….That was not to be though as we found out that our condo did not have running water and there were workers who were installing a reserve water tank in the condo….of course we were told that this would be done in a an hour or so.  Turns out we learned right away what is meant by the term Tico Time….

Now we are in our third day and finally today we resolved the water issue.  Lucky for us we have a pool and the ocean is only six minute walk from here so we are just rolling with it and hopefully we will continue to have water tomorrow.

For now we’ll just say “Pura Vida”…or in another words, take it as it comes, be in the moment, live the good life….

 

Letting Go: Nine Days and Counting

So today we said our goodbyes to Mom and Dad and Auntie Laura. It was an emotional day for Tonia which is to be expected…For me it was a little easier as I was busy at Camp Cuisine where I get to spend the next four days teaching 27 kids how to prepare and appreciate good food. Rewarding.

We also spent some time with our boys sorting through their room…it was a little hard for them at times as they had to make some hard decisions between things they wanted to bring and the things they could not due to the limited space in our suitcases.  We had to explain a few times about the limited space we had, they did great and we are proud of their resiliency.

It is amazing how much stuff we managed to accumulate in the 8 years we’ve been in Barrie.  It is quite liberating to let go of so much of it…although hard at times as we tend to get attached to so much of the things around us.  Today we let go of our books, the big 55″ television by our cozy fireplace and the dining room table where we came together every night telling our stories of the day.  It was the gathering spot for games we played and often had great meals with family and friends. We will miss this space and these things, but all in all it is nice to let go of these objects.

A couple of days ago we accepted a deposit on our sailboat.  A bitter sweet day.  We made a lot of memories on the boat.  It is sad to see it go.  “Mast Confusion” will always be a fond memory and will continue to give us many hours of telling stories of adventures on Lake Simcoe. We are happy to know that it will give much joy and weather many storms with its new skippers!

Tomorrow will be more online work for Tonia, camp for me and the boys and of course more sorting and packing.

Then off to Teta’s to see my sister and my niece who are leaving Canada to go to their homes in other corners of the world, Dallas, Texas and Haifa, Israel.  It was a treat to  get to connect with them and spend a few days with them before we all part ways on our separate planes…..

It is very surreal that in nine days we will be in a new country and starting a new life….OMG!

 

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The Last Supper: Ten More Days and Counting!

After months of contemplation, an exploratory trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, many months, and what seemed to be endless hours of work to prepare for our new adventure, (including selling our house, boat, and most of our possessions) we are finally in the packing stage with only ten days left before we board a plane from Toronto to Costa Rica.

Of course we have had many gatherings with family and friends to say our farewells, sometimes there were tears….there has also been much encouragement and support.

We are very excited, sometimes nervous, and often full of anticipation.

We will share our journey with all of you.  We have been consumed with the preparations but we are back online and will share all the details about our decision and our plan, and the adventure of our transition to life in Central America!!

Tonight we enjoyed a quiet one in our home – an unusual occurrence among all of the farewells.  Today we had our “Last Supper” with Mom and Dad and Auntie Laura. Thanks Mom!  Your world famous homemade lasagna rocks!!!  Thanks so much for your hard work!

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For the Love of a Child: An Adoption Story

This story is incredibly beautiful, a story of love and devotion that I can never forget, and that I have not been able to get off my mind since I watched it……grab a cozy spot with someone you love, and a box of tissues – you will need it!

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Sunny Sundays and Lemonade Stands: Saving for our Trip Fund

Random Roo and Krazy Kid have been brewing a plan for their lemonade and cookie stand for a few weeks, and have been patiently waiting for a weekend day at home that was hot enough to entice customers.  Today they set quickly to work manifesting their little dream  – creating a  sign, bringing out the table, making ice, borrowing straws from the neighbour, setting up comfortable chairs in anticipation of a long day at work, and finding an empty jar to hold their float.

CLICK HERE: Mom spots our first customer

Lemonade standMama is very proud of their hard work and dedication – keeping close to their stand for HOURS, yelling out advertisements, washing cups carefully when needed, recruiting friends to help them, and treating all their customers with welcoming hospitality and excellent manners.

CLICK HERE: An exciting start!

At the end of the day we ceremoniously added the money they raised to our trip fund jar!  Today marks the inspiration for new ideas and the start of many fund-raising projects.

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It has been SO MUCH fun to see their smiles and their eyes light up as they watched their hopes grow in a jar, and to see them get that bubbling up feeling inside because they believe what they have been dreaming about is now truly possible.  I hope they keep today forever in their memories of childhood summers and that when we finally have enough for our next family trip, that they feel the same pride in themselves that I feel for them today, knowing that it was THEIR focus on THEIR dreams that allowed them to manifest a new adventure.

 

Our Bucket List

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Okay, so if you have read Our Vision then you know that as a family we decided to take a stance – one that requires that we question our purpose, take risks, challenge the status quo, and begin to live confidently outside the box.

bucket list, think outside theWe are on a quest to figure out how we can bring harmony to our little world, while balancing our dreams as individuals with those we want to manifest synergetically.

How will we do? We expect to make mistakes, struggle, have doubts, and get angry with each other along the way. And we hope to successfully reach our goals through it all, proving that we really are perfectly imperfect. All of this we will share, with those of you who want to become part of Our Cosmic Community.

And so we are embarking on a great experiment, united by our vision, strengthened by our individual spirits, and driven by our desire for something more…..

So today we sat down together and created our Bucket List….with the understanding that this will be an ever-growing, ever-changing list.  But here is ours as it looks today:

  • Go on a family skiing trip in the Rockies….and while there, dream of making it home!
  • Hike on on active volcano
  • Visit Jamaica and dance, reggae style!
  • Go to Cuba and bring suitcases full of gifts for the Cubans
  • Travel in Australia for a full year and discover life down under
  • Explore where Dad grew up in Israel and get the rest of the fingerprints we need to complete our Family Tree
  • Go to Italy and backpack Cinque Terre
  • Each learn an instrument and have a family band – jam together
  • Sail around the world for a full year and hang out in coastal cities
  • Cook a gourmet meal for the homeless
  • Start a charity that promotes peace around the world
  • Camp and hike in the Grand Canyon
  • Live by the ocean
  • Travel to every continent
  • Take a road trip around North America
  • Ride around in a Food Truck
  • Get screeched in, in Newfoundland
  • Go to an African Safari
  • Become millionaires
  • Snorkel and touch fish!
  • Visit special friends in New Zealand
  • Become a stunter and be in the Olympics (Random Roo`s independent contribution)
  • Climb a really tall tree, jump out, and `break a leg` (Krazy Kid`s independent contribution)
  • Go and see our birth mom
  • Have a blog that I am passionate about that allows me to work from my computer, connect authentically with people around the world, and becomes my full time job (Tonia`s independent contribution)
  • Learn how to live in the moment, and CREATE….just because… (Bassam`s independent contribution)

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Can you see us jumping out of our comfort zone?

Join us in the jump. Take the leap!

 

NOW IT`S YOUR TURN:

Sit down with your family, sister, brother, self, partner, or cat – and start dreaming!  Make a bucket list  and be sure you add to it, change it, and cross things off…..and tuck it away in a very special place.  But not before you share with us the top three things on your bucket list.

 

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Our Family Loves THIS Family!

We are catching up on Tuesday’s recording of America’s Got Talent. We just saw this amazing family perform. Our family loves this family! We think you will too.  Please check out the video and tell us what you think!

Click here to watch the video….

 

Sailing Season is Finally Here

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Nothing is like sailing on a sunny day when the winds are around 15 knots. You get a nice heel going and can feel the wind on your face.. just awesome. The only thing that is better is when you are in the middle of a race with twelve or so other boats around you, and when the race is over you can go and anchor by the beach and have lunch and a swim off the boat.

The boys really love the swimming part, that’s for sure.

So glad sailing season is finally here.

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