12.30.08 Personal

Pura Vida

forgot where I was when I woke this morning. The melodic tunes of a Costa Rican trio floated into our casita this morning and mouth-watering scents of breakfast foods wafted through our windows. I woke to the sounds of birds who sing like New York construction workers whistling as a pretty girl walks by. Wheeeeet, Wheeeeeeeele

My sister, Bianca, knocked lightly on our door and reminded JD and me the owners of our villa were throwing a party. In the morning. That's just they way the pura vida is experienced. Parties in the morning. Work will be still be there after a few mimosas, so why rush life?

Bianca decided to join us here in Costa Rica and it'll be nice ringing in the new year with a piece of my family. I fear, however, she'll now want to go with us to EVERY destination wedding because we're having the time of our lives. She promises she'll be the best bag carrier in the world. Ever.

After a long brunch, we went to the beach and swam in the warm water. We found warm pools of beach water (which felt like warm bath) and read until my eyes were too heavy to keep open. I then retired to a beach towel and slept under the warm sun.

We're off to dinner in a couple hours where we'll watch the sun set and anxiously await what tomorrow holds. Although we're in no rush for it to arrive. I think that's what they call pura vida, the pure life.

Here's sneak peek from yesterday's wedding...the full post will appear on the blog when I return home from vacation.

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heidi @ indy photography - I hate you right now.  01.04.09 - 5:57pm
Chelsea Patricia - Whoa. Of course, I love the photo. And I am so glad ya'll are having the time of your lives! =D  01.01.09 - 9:14pm
Ginger Murray - wow. I truly love it.  01.01.09 - 6:10pm
Karen (Mikols) Bonar - Smokin' hot!  12.31.08 - 3:31pm
Elaine - WOW!! That photo is simply gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest. Sincerely, a Blog Stalker! AKA Elaine   12.31.08 - 12:37pm
Anne Nunn Photography - beautiful picture, of course. and...I am so JEALOUS!! I want to go! Take me next time! :):)   12.31.08 - 11:36am
Paula Herko - I just can't wait to see the rest of the wedding! Simply gorgeous! Happy New Year Jasmine!!! God's blessings to you in 2009!  12.31.08 - 11:32am
Julie - I can't wait to see the pics of the wedding. i loved the shoot you did for this couples engagement, they were so fun and loving and their son is the most adorable little guy too! Glad that you're having a wonderful time with your hubby and sis!   12.31.08 - 10:19am
Joan Solitario - Wow! Can't wait to see the rest!  12.31.08 - 9:01am
Jasmine* - LOL! Just to clarify, my sister Bianca was NOT a bag carrier on this trip...she, however, has offered her services for future trips! :)  12.31.08 - 7:49am
Nathan Padgett - I can't wait to see the other photos from this beautiful location.   12.31.08 - 7:43am
Ashley - That sounds so delicious.   12.31.08 - 7:31am
Candace - Your vacation and the wedding seem perfect. I hope you enjoy and soak up every minute of it. I can't wait to see the rest!  12.31.08 - 6:33am
Regina - Fiesta in the morning! LOVE IT! Enjoy...Have a great NEW YEAR and can't wait to see the rest of your vacation/wedding photos.   12.31.08 - 5:57am
Brad - Is Bianca your twin, how about a pic of your sis  12.31.08 - 5:30am
john waire - good good times. enjoy!  12.31.08 - 4:35am
Ashley Rose - Gorgeous shot J* :) and you have a very lucky lil sis!   12.30.08 - 10:28pm
Simply Modern Weddings - Beautiful...enjoy the rest of your vacation j*!  12.30.08 - 10:21pm
cassandra m - Girl...I am glad you are going to take some time to RELAX...we can wait on the photos. But this teaser is insanely beautiful. Anxious to see what all 2009 holds for you. prayers for safe travels...  12.30.08 - 9:20pm
mary beth graff - simply stunning image. and your writing made me feel like i was right there with you smelling the breakfast. you are just so talented.  12.30.08 - 9:14pm
Laura - Beautiful photo!  12.30.08 - 9:11pm
Sarah Schrader - Beautiful, Jasmine!  12.30.08 - 9:10pm
Lydia - Can't wait to see more of your amazing images!  12.30.08 - 9:09pm
Will Tangorra - Wow Jasmine...for a brief second I felt transported me to Costa Rica. I wish...especially since tomorrow we're expecting 8 inches of snow here in Boston. :)  12.30.08 - 8:33pm
Ashley - I'm totally down to carry your bag next time. Seriously.   12.30.08 - 8:20pm
Amy Clifton - Beautiful image, and sounds like the perfect getaway! ENJOY your time there!!  12.30.08 - 7:44pm
sherry boles - Wow...Beautiful!  12.30.08 - 7:22pm
Bobbie Brown - Beautiful! Can't wait to see the whole post!! Happy New Year!!!!  12.30.08 - 6:33pm
Taryn Rivera - This image is so beautiful, and I can't wait to see the rest of them. Oh and by the way, so totally jealous of your vacation in Costa Rica.  12.30.08 - 6:31pm
Melissa - Gorgeous! Glad you are enjoying yourself! Safe travels!  12.30.08 - 4:15pm
Tambi Lane - Absolutely beautiful! I cannot wait for the full post!  12.30.08 - 3:41pm
Kayleen T. - That was a relaxing post, I feel less stressed just reading it! ha! I love sleeping on the beach! It is the best thing ever. Can't wait for the pictures!  12.30.08 - 3:14pm
Feuza - I have been checking in to see if there were any updates, I am hooked and I can not wait to see the pictures of your gorgeous destination wedding and sister.  12.30.08 - 2:57pm
Adrienne Gunde - Sounds like you're having an absolutely amazing time! That shot is gorgeous - can't wait to see more!  12.30.08 - 2:54pm
Navy Sou - What a teaser! I can't wait to see the images! I'm sure they scream eye-gasms! : )  12.30.08 - 2:51pm
jeramy - wow. what an amazing experience. you guys have the best job....ever.  12.30.08 - 2:41pm
julie avina - By the way........nothing would be better than seeing a picture of Biancs carrying your bags....oh please please please!!! :-)  12.30.08 - 2:20pm
julie avina - have fun you guys and be careful. It sounds like you're getting some well deserved rest with two very special people. Happy New Year and God Bless!!!!! Love, Team Avina  12.30.08 - 2:19pm
tracy - I'll carry your bag AND rub your feet if you bring me to your next destination wedding! Sounds great and the couple look beautiful. Eat, drink and have fun.  12.30.08 - 2:03pm