hurricanes in puerto rico

our hurricane maria experience

Visiting family in San Antonio this August we happened to be in town as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast.  Water disappeared from grocery store shelves with local TV stations warning that “the worst was yet to come”.  My dad and the boys were glued

line for water after hurricane maria

day 9 of the aftermath

(Below is an update I drafted for friends and family while waiting for an internet connection) I imagine there are crews working 12 hour shifts to repair the massive devastation left in Maria’s wake. However, here on the ground, in the part of Puerto Rico

basketball puerto rico

a basketball lovers paradise

This time of year it’s not uncommon for the Atlantic ocean to look as serene as a lake.   It’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch the sun set against a shimmering horizontal mirror.  Water sports such as surfing and body-boarding are pretty much out of the question in the dog days of summer.  However, in

pay at the pump in puerto rico

pay at the pump in puerto rico

“Para llenar el tanque a la siete, por favor.” This is one of the first full phrases of Spanish I learned when we moved to Puerto Rico.  The attendant at a gas station near our condo was very patient in teaching me how to properly ask for a

x-ray showing Waylon's broken bone which necessitated our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

Cartwheels at the beach provided an opportunity none of us really wanted; the opportunity to find out for ourselves what healthcare in Puerto Rico is like. Waylon loves doing handstands and cartwheels at the beach and is actually quite good.  A couple of weeks ago, he was attempting do a new trick; a cartwheel-flip off a

five mature coconuts with husks still on - how to remove coconut husk

diy tool for removing coconut husk

Coconuts are everywhere here in Puerto Rico which is awesome.  However, opening a mature coconut is not a lot of fun.  The first few times we tried it, Holly and I ended up with blisters on our hands after nearly an HOUR of struggle.  Hack at

waylon watching the sunset in Rincon Puerto Rico

still here, but taking a break

In the states, as the first cold fronts blow through and your wardrobe transitions to warmer clothing, you can subconsciously sense the holidays coming .  Not only do you see the passage of time when looking at the calendar, but you can also feel the passage of time with the change in seasons.  That’s not

moving to puerto rico with kids: my boys posing at la parguera, puerto rico

moving to puerto rico with kids

Depending on their age and dispositions, moving to a new and unfamiliar place like Puerto Rico can be very stressful for children.  Our oldest is sociable and thrives on interaction with others, so after the initial excitement of the move wore off, he was in a bit of a funk because he

cost of a college education in puerto rico: University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez entrance

cost of a college education in puerto rico

It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has been soaring stateside.  Beginning in the ’90s, the price has been rising much faster than the rate of inflation, more than doubling from 1994 to 2014!   It had gotten to the point where I