I thought I had planned a couple of pretty good things but didn't come close to what Geoff planned! Geoff loves me and also loves food so I combined these resources for his “gift.” I planned a big breakfast, complete with a homemade card and a formal construction paper invitation to the "Carroll Terrace Cafe," (a.k.a. the patio of the main house). He was served made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy, fluffy eggs, chocolate croissants, fresh-squeezed orange/grapefruit juice, tea, and pineapple with strawberries. He was full and happy - just the way I like him! I had a couple of other surprises but planned to wait until after dinner to reveal those!
When we first arrived on the coast back in June, the man who owns the place we live in treated us to dinner one night at a Greek restaurant called Kapadokia, in Montanita. I have dreamed about it ever since. We go to the restaurant/cafes in Montanita, but only to order a drink or minimal thing to "pay" for using their internet. We have had a few nights out with the "gringo parties," but these are a different sort of out-to-eat. True restaurant splurges are just not in our budget so we had been waiting since June to return to Kapadokia for our Anniversary. We were excited!!!
Well, we were getting ready for dinner and Geoff suddenly said, "Oh by the way, we need to leave in 30 minutes and we aren't coming back here tonight so pack a bag!" This would have been the perfect moment for me to squeal with delight that Geoff had planned a mysterious getaway - but all I could think about was my poor pie! It seemed everything was against it! "We aren't coming back???" I couldn't hide my disappointment. Geoff was not thrilled with my mixed reaction and all I could think about was my pie getting soggy and sad in the fridge. I pulled it together and resolved that Geoff would get dessert early! Hard to spoil his supper anyway - and my dad would have been pleased that he ate dessert first! Life is short! He polished off a piece of pie and we caught a bus to town!
There was still a mystery lurking in the air...where were we spending the night? I was really hoping I wasn't staying at a crummy party hostel in Montanita for $10 a night! You'd think I'd trust Geoff more than that, I know, but I'm a recovering control-freak. My name is Jamie and I haven't been controlling in at least...2 minutes.
After dinner we caught a bus toward our house, but passed our stop and continued about a mile from where we live and got out at our friends place in La Entrada - Villa de los Suenos. This place is incredible. They are the first people we met on the coast and the ones who connected us with the place we are now living. We already owe them for life for all their help when we first arrived. Their house is a newly-built gorgeous 3 story home right on the water featuring four ocean view suites, each with unique themes, an infinity pool, and most importantly - a HOT TUB! "Geoff, are we staying here?" Yup! For the hundredth time I asked, "can we afford it?" and Geoff, full of love and patience that can only come from above, gently reminded me to trust him - that it was taken care of.
I still don't know the details but I'm certain we received a great gift from our treasured hosts. They went all out too, with a bottle of wine waiting in the room, fresh strawberries...and another surprise Geoff had requested that was pretty funny - Coconut cake! There is a GREAT bakery in La Entrada that sells incredible pies, and Geoff had asked if they could get some Coconut Creme Pie to surprise ME! Great minds think alike! Well, this turned out to be Tres Leches cake with a coconut topping...of which Geoff inhaled 2 full pieces of in as many seconds. Honestly, I was actually glad it wasn't Coconut Creme - my pie had enough against it without superior competition to add further insult to injury!
I am so thankful for my husband and for the way he loves me so well! We can't wait to see what year 7 holds! After the adventures of the last 6 - there is NO telling! We'll keep you posted!