For those who live on the Central Coast of California, there is a wonderful program run through the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD). They offer a variety of outdoor activities, for children through to adults. We decided to take full advantage of it over the summer vacation and schedule activities for the kids. One of those was a trip to the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve.
After meeting up with our guide, the kids all enjoyed a craft activity. They made pasta necklaces (dyed in assorted colors) and we discussed the different colors with them and compared those colors to what they might find in the park - birds, flowers, bark, leaves etc. Making a necklace was their ticket to going on a short 1 mile hike around the wetlands - of course Flynn ended up doing 2 laps. Along the walk we stopped to listen for the different bird calls, sit under the redwoods, do bark rubbings and spot the woodpecker nests. After the walk the kids enjoyed snacks and worked on some frog activities - drawings and molding clay before saying farewell to their guide.
The colors we found on our hike:
Happy Father's Day to my hubby.
As you know I had to share my birthday with Father's Day, so I celebrated a day early. My brother flew into town on Father's Day too - he's been coming and going for the past few weeks. We decided to celebrate at home. We ate way too much food, we rode bikes and we watched a movie. It was a very relaxing day.
We started our late morning with brunch (eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes and mixed vegetables) and mimosa's. In the afternoon whilst watching a movie we moved onto platters of cheese, crackers, fruit and variety of other yummy treats. Later in the evening I cooked bacon-wrapped pork with a warm bean and tomato salad and a mixed lettuce & spinach tossed salad on the side. Followed of course by a giant heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie, my hubby's favorite.
The kids hand-stamped and wrote on their own cards for daddy which was a real treat as he'd never seen Flynn write his own name before. Marisol rode her bike for the very first time and they gave him some new bits and pieces for the grill. After all, he is the grill master of the house.
He even managed to watch a little of the U.S. Open Golf, which after having spent all day at Pebble Beach on Friday being pampered in a corporate box I thought he would have been well and truly tired of. Apparently not though. The man loves his golf.
How did you celebrate Father's Day?
It was my birthday over the weekend, but seeing as it was also the same day as Father's Day, we celebrated a day early on what we refer to as my 'Australian birthday'.
There was a lot of celebrating. The hubby and I went on a date to Morgan Winery for a little wine tasting, we went out for dinner with the kids to one of our favorite local non-chain family friendly restaurants and then we went to Ghirardelli for white chocolate mocha's and a giant bag filled with chocolates.
I got a new bike. I love it. I haven't ridden a bike since I was very, very little, but when I saw this one on-line I fell in love. All I need now is a basket on the front. I also got a new hood for my camera. I can't afford a new camera (well, not the ones I've been looking at anyway) so this was the next best thing. I was very spoiled.
And yes, this is the post where I admit my age. Happy 38th birthday to me! I may as well start embracing it, as I'm not going to get any younger, despite how hard I try.
How many other mother's go crazy spending money over and over again on pants that end up looking like this?
I'm so tired of it. You can't donate them, and yet you feel guilty for throwing them out. Today I decided to add a little something to these and turn them into new summer pants for Marisol.
So I chopped off the torn bottoms.
Cut up some sweet flower fabric (that I picked up on clearance this week at Beverly's for $2 a yard). I stitched up the sides and attached it to the bottom.
Then I hand-stitched a pretty lace trim (I really need an industrial strength sewing machine). And viola!
Such a simple way to bring new life to old jeans, and perfect for the weather we are currently experiencing. More importantly, there is a very happy little girl who loves them.
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