Contagious giggles ride the tropical breeze through the
kitchen window. Mommy wonders. Meanwhile, a rowdy crew of pirates
navigate their vessel as it is tossed about on the stormy South
Pacific. Then Captain Michael (aged 5) orders his mates to drop the
anchor as they sight land. Once ashore, the crew stealthily slink
through the jungle on this uncharted tropical island. With his sword
drawn, first mate Benjamin (aged 2) motions to the others to follow
him. His sixth sense tells him that the valuable treasure they seek
is near. A few more paces and (to their delight) they stumble upon a
cargo of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Was this treasure
abandoned or strategically placed by the island natives as a peace
offering? More giggles, now muffled by mouths-full of cookie, but
At the Steve Bowman house, life is as exciting as a
pirate adventure or prince charming's daring rescue of his princess.
And the land of Costa Rica is an exotic backdrop for these exploits.
At each opportunity we discover more of this beautiful country. Here's
a picture of us in the Costa Rican highlands as we set out with our
walking sticks to explore a butterfly farm and seven raging waterfalls.
Benjamin the Brave. "On guard!" With plastic
sword in hand, Benji is crouched, balanced and at the ready. This
little two-year old is a firecracker of energy and as smart as a whip.
His favorite word is "