Thursday, July 29, 2010

Big Paper

Changing the size of the paper can make a big difference.  CC has been drawing a lot lately, but her work was usually monochromatic and very simple.  We ran out of our usual drawing paper so I cut her pieces from an easel roll.  Look how inspired she was... adding layers and colors and spending lots of time of each piece!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hatteras Island

Last trip as a family of four before baby arrives
First time on the South side of the Outer Banks
Picking out salt water taffy... with lots of watermelon ones
Flying a kite together for the first time
Befriending dogs named Buddy and Buster
The girls sleeping together in a big bed
Families of brown pelicans
Watching Patrick ride off into the bay on a waverunner
Conchs and driftwood
Fish for dinner
Pasta and garlic
Fresh gingerbread for breakfast, snack and dessert
Huge double scoops of ice cream melting in the heat
Making collages together
Reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap and Mitten Strings for God with the girls
Goggles and flippers at the pool
Italian sodas at the Dancing Turtle
Sabrina's peeling nose
CC's "flotando"
Diving for seashells in the pool
Meeting a Polish family with three girls
Floating on fat pool noodles
Cracking crab legs for the girls' dinner
Baby kicking every morning
Waking to a view of the ocean
Hearing a windy rainstorm in the middle of the night
Lighting over the ocean
Pirates at the Graveyard of the Atlantic
Walks on the windy beach
The best blue crab ravioli
Drip castles in the palm of my hand
CC dancing and bopping to live music at Teach's
Octopus's Garden, our favorite
CC taking pictures
Weathered wood
12 South

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Inspired by these beauties, The Tail of Emily Windsnap, some hand-dyed felt we've had forever and the girls' favorite pool game, we made a family of mermaids, all sisters whose magical habitat included sequins, seashells, potted succulents and rocks.  Their names: Seafoam, Ocean, Coral, Salt Water Taffy and Seashell.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Breakfast al Fresco

It's so hot this summer that often the only pleasant time in the yard is early in the morning, and even then the moist warm air hints at what's to come.  We often have breakfast outdoors, on the picnic bench that's part of the girls' swingset.  It's a sweet quiet time for all of us, the girls' energy not quite yet what it becomes after eating.  I've been keeping meals simple this summer, and as CC and Sabrina say we usually ave "something salty (egg, smoked salmon, bacon or lately, fried ham), a sweet thing (bread with honey has been a favorite lately) and some fruit."  Even though I'm often not hungry in the mornings, I try to eat the same things they do.  I pretend I already have my third girl here and that I'm making breakfast for all my children.