Thursday, August 20, 2015

Running with the Whales

On Monday, I went out for a run on the beach. It was a quiet day with only a lone fisherman. I was surprised to hear him call out to me, as I turned back he pointed to the ocean and there were whales! Lots of them! We watched for a while as they swam around and then I thanked the man and continued my run. One of the whales was swimming in the same direction as I was running and close enough that I could easily see him. It was such a treat!

Then on my run home (I was gathering up bits of plastic because the beach had been really busy the day before), I stopped to catch my breath and there in front of me was an whale coming up for air. I borrowed this picture from Google images but it looked just like this:
It was really a wonderful sight - a fantastic way to start the day. I came home made the kids get dressed and hurried them down to the beach. I also brought big trash bags and we collected a lot of trash! And some fun sand toys, towels, sweatshirt, flip flops and good shoes. They went to the lost and found and I will collect them in November if their owners don't come. And the bag of trash was huge! It was a great day.
The rest of the week has been beautiful and with a report that more whales were out - we went to the beach again yesterday. No crowds, but warm sun and lots of whales. This is what I was able to see from my beach chair at the surf line.
Can you see the tiny blowhole spout?

Playing in the waves!

Local whale swimming back and forth
 And the next two photos are documenting my life full of sand and silliness:
Sand logged clothes from the beach

Child #2 project - pounding bottle tops in the dirt with a hammer and nail.

Summer is done, kids are in school, maybe I'll find time to blog more?
Stay tuned :) Kirstin

Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Glass

I love all these tiny pieces! From one of my favorite beaches!

 Sharing my beach with a dear friend in town. We found a ton of glass! I tried to be nice and let her gather it all but after a while I realized there was plenty for both of us to gather.

This was my collection at the end. She had much more - which I was happy about!

This collection was a random Saturday when I pulled the kids out to the beach Not huge but worth it.

The following photos were from a collection sometime this summer. I love how Child #2 sorted out all the colors! You can tell it was breakfast time when I brought them home.

Not much glass on the beaches as of late but these photos remind me that it does come!!


Overdue post!

Here are only a few of the photos I have been wanting to post about sea glass I've found and adventures in my life....

Recent collection

Found the glass AND the shovel!
Red when it is wet...

Some sort of covering when it is dry..

Tiny bit of pottery!

Baby blanket for friend's baby girl

This boy's birthday -8 years old and got baptized

Science Project for 2nd grade. Idea by student, work and lay out by parents.

Now on to summer - I'll post in a few weeks:) Kirstin

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A great way to start the day!

This is what I found Monday morning!

These beauties showed up along the way...

This was the collection that came home! It was a good day.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Walk

Happy Easter! I love all the Easter week ideas that are posted on blogs. I found this idea last year and really love the idea. This morning before the park was open, we were heading our on our Easter Walk. It looked like this.

1. Mark 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and plaited a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

Look for something pointed and sharp to represent the crown of thorns Jesus has to wear
This is the tip of a stalk of  Ice Plant and a little burr
 2. John 19:17-18
 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
 18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Look for something made of wood to represent the cross

Notice how Child #2 is making a cross with her sticks?

3. Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Look for something dead to represent the Savior's death.
4. 3 Nephi 8:23 And it came to pass that it [the darkness] did last for the space of three days that there was no light seen; and there was great mourning and howling and weeping among all the people continually; yea, great were the groanings of the people, because of the darkness and the great destruction which had come upon them.
Look for something dark to represent the darkness in Jerusalem and in America.

See the dark head of the ladybug? You'll see her later on!
5. Mark 15:46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
Find something hard and round to represent the stone placed in front of the tomb.
Not really round but certainly smooth.
This was last years Easter find! A perfectly round, smooth piece of glass. 
6. Matthew 28:5-6
 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Look for something alive to represent that Jesus Christ is alive

Birds flying in the gray morning sky

Little ladybug found on the beach - alive and well!

We returned home and I gave their children their very simple
Easter baskets reminding them that Jesus' life and sacrifice is
the greatest gift of all. Because he was resurrected, we too will live again.
Happy Easter!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hanging out in the car

Child #3 loves to play in the car. When we get home, I'll unbuckle her as quick as possible as she is often crying in her car seat. As soon as the seat belt is off,  she gets in the front and begins to play. Often I'll open the house for the other two, I'll take care of a few things, go check on her or she'll come in on her own. Love independent two year olds! But this is what I found a few days ago!

Yes, it is eaten lip balm. That little stinker has learned how to unscrew my lip balm and eat it! I wonder if strawberry flavor tastes as good as it smells?  I guess so!
And to finish up this week-end, I loved this non-fiction piece by a kindergarten student. I edit our little elementary school newsletter and this is what Sola published:
hearts beat in our body and they help you breathe. 
Hearts can break.  

So cute and so true. Happy March! Kirstin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Staying home from school

Usually staying home from school means someone was sick. But yesterday it was a different story (and sort of a long one so hold on!). Child #1 and Child #2 hate oatmeal day and every Monday is oatmeal day. Yesterday was Monday, oatmeal day. It began with moaning and complaining. I try to keep a cheery voice and attitude because I think they should eat healthy, maybe not everyday but at least on Mondays!
Child #1 could not get over the fact that I wouldn't give him cinnamon toast with his oatmeal. It continued on and on. Then we were later and later. We said family prayer (after a temper tantrum by Child #1), we brushed teeth, and got in the car (Child #1 was brushing teeth and complaining).
By this time it was late. We were going to be late for carpool. Finally at 7:09, I called the home phone asking where Child #1 was, no response. We need to meet our carpool at 7:10, so I left Child #1. I came home after being late to carpool and Child #1 was crying under the picnic table  (don't feel bad, his papa was home and aware of the issues).
So he stayed home and worked all day - which I should note, has always been the consequence and both kids know it. You miss school, you work the whole day!
 First he ate his oatmeal, we discussed the chores he needed to do for the day and we got busy. We weeded the front yard, cleaned up the backyard, sprayed the outside windows, washed the inside windows, dusted the living room, cleaned out the shed, swept out the garage, washed the van. Then he went with me to my dentist appointment and sat without a word in the lobby. He ran dreaded errands with me as well. As the day progressed, the complaining stopped and by the end of the day he was happy. Work does that to him, he is a bear to get started and get going but once he's started I think he feels a sense of accomplishment.
Now for me, it meant I didn't get done any of the things I had on my list of things to do on Monday, but all morning I reminded myself that I am growing and teaching a young boy to be more responsible. He was more important than my check-list. I am hopeful that he will be more responsible as he matures (although, he didn't show a lot of improvement this morning but at least he was in the car by 7:05). All day yesterday, as he was working he kept saying, "I want to go to school, I want to go to school", which was music to my ears. I want him to go to school too!
On a more loving note, here are the 21 boxes I spray painted pink for Child #2's Valentine's Party. These were their valentine's mailboxes. Lots of spray painted was needed! 

And lastly, on a sea glass note, here are two collections I got last week, I had to go to different beaches but still it was fun to get!
Here's hoping we all have a better week at school or where ever we have to go! Kirstin