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Officially on “beach time”…

Oh how I love “beach time”…
I am naturally a very laid back person and beach time just fits me perfectly!

So yesterday was our first day of our last family beach vacation before we add Lucas to the mix …we went to on of my favorite places on the planet…
Pea Island.
I am lucky enough to have been in some pretty amazing places in this world and can say that even though the Outer Banks just aren’t that far from “home” they are our “happy place”.
I know we could go to some other amazing beach…probably my second favorite in the world was Guana Cay Island but jumping in a car and being there in a few hours just isn’t possible.   One day I will get back there with Daryl and the kiddos…cause that place is magical as well!
But for now…Pea Island and the Outer Banks win.

So first day on the beach went something like this…

adorable children…

Lots of ball tossing…although Spike was like “ya right!  You think I am going to give up this ball! ”

Sand in his eye though….he did not enjoy so much….

Cookie was loving beach time although she was never fast enough to actually get a turn with the ball…she still looked adorable…

and look!! I found an eye ball!:-)

but it was hot so we made them a little “tent” they seemed to love…

and of course it wouldn’t be a trip to the beach without Haley digging to China and relaxing in her homemade “beach chair”…

and just to prove I was there too…. in all my “beached whale” glory…

but I found out the hard way that Lucas has added to my laundry list of  pregnancy woes… “sun sensitivity”…Thanks son…mommy loves you anyway;-)

No need to be jealous of those legs and feet…they ended up ridiculously sun burnt and splotchy.  Poor Daryl…I was like “23 years!! Have you ever known my legs to get sunburn in 23 years!!!  WTH?!  I even put 15 on!”  I was smart enough to put like 77 on all the parts that normally can burn but my legs and arms never have…..boooooo.
Ok I am done whining and they are all ready turning to a tan but I am still amazed at the changes a baby can make.

Oh and because Aunt Jill couldn’t make it down with us I promised her a few little video snippets of Cookie on the beach…we miss you Jill!  Poor Aunt Jill..we always tease her that Cookie has no idea how to be “a dog”…she spends the majority of her time with Jill being the “baby”.  Now you have the back story on why we laugh that Cookie must hate hanging out with us and being “a dog”…but on the beach…she loved “being a dog”!  At least till we got home and “being a dog” involved an “authentic dog bath” under a garden hose in the yard.
Oh the horror!
She is finally talking to us again though;-)

 
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tisha’s 365 { #88

Oh the cravings…
I have wanted nothing more in life than Duck Donuts for months…
They are hands down the best donut on earth.
Old fashioned cake donuts with maple glaze…
Hot…..

and I swear (fingers are crossed) that I only had this one.
And if you believe that….I have this bridge I would love to sell you;-)

TonekaMay 22, 2011 - 10:39 pm

I am so unbelievably jealous right now!! YUM!!! They look amazing!! I think Nathan might be having to have a late night run to the store for some donuts!

Cause they care about our kids…

Yes, we homeschool so the kids do not go to a regular school setting.
But they do go to a co-op one day a week and have every week for this entire year.  Basically these fantastic woman have taken care of my kiddos and taught them some amazing things this year.

Yesterday was their last day for this year and that can only mean one thing…teacher gifts.
This brought up the debate on what does one buy for a gal who has taken care of your children all year, sent countless e-mails, given them many smiles?
Have  you seen the price of gas?  How in the world would I give each teacher the amazing gift I really felt they deserved but unfortunately just do not have the money for?

So it hit me…I am someone who always appreciates items made by hand and with love.  Don’t get me wrong…store bought is great…but sometimes knowing that someone took the time to actually hand make something.  Well it is indeed a bit more complicated than just walking into a store and picking up something.

So I asked the kids “What should we give your teachers as their end of the year gift?”
Haley piped in with a “What about the jam!”
See it’s strawberry season over here and that means lots of jam making.

Perfect….so the kids helped me put together care packages for their teachers.
So the big dilema was how to package jams and salsa?
A trip to Michaels, a few baskets and a cute dish towels later we were all set!

I think they turned out pretty cute!

That about wraps it up! (haha..get it “wraps it up”…I crack myself up)
As your childs school year comes to an end don’t forget those sweet teachers who give so much to your child through out the year.  Alot of the times they have the whole “Give $10 to the classroom mother for a teacher gift” but you know…personally I just feel like I need to do something a bit extra/more personal when we can.  Some years financially it is easier than others but why not have your child make a little “thank you” card if nothing else?  Often I give free photography sessions to their teachers but that is out this year because of the baby.
It is the little personal touches that show just how much you really do care.
At least that is my take on it:-)

tisha’s 365 {#87

This is our sweet Afton’s beloved “Mousey”….
Afton has been an “honorary Mccuiston” now for years…
She started spending the nights over here when she was 4 or 5?
She is soon to be 11:-(
Why must these kids keep growing up?
But this is her much loved “Mousey”
I see this little guy on our weekends with her and I just see her as a 5 year old
all curled up with him.
Sigh….
See I even get this attached to children that aren’t even mine….
But anyone who has met our “honorary Mccuiston” knows that she is a special little gal.
Oh mousey…you make me get all teary eyed.

 

A bear teaches us that if the heart is true,
it doesn’t matter much if an ear drops off.
~Helen Exely

A Garderners smallest friends…{Garden Chronicles 2011

So today on my morning walk out to the garden I found a few little friends….
I so love the little surprises and tiniest elements of my gardens…

This little lady bug is taking care of my peas.  I get all excited when I see ladybugs in the garden!
Means I have kept it just right to be a happy place for them to come and help keep the bad pests away;)

And then there is Haley’s tadpoles.
Every year she loves to go down to “the pond” (really nothing more than a very large mud puddle the tree frogs lay tons of eggs in) and collects tadpoles.  She will collect them all Summer long.  Several kids on the block do actually…the “pond” is a big favorite around here!
Basically she collects them in batches of about 15-20.  They live in gladware containers and mason jars on our backporch and live off of basic rain water, mud, and every now and then she will give them a lettuce leaf.
So low maintence!  But they love to watch each day as they grow legs and then lose their tails.  It took us at least a year of this before we figured out that they were Grey Treefrogs (or at least that is our best guess).  All I know is not much kills them and they are the ultimate cheap science experiment.

After they “graduate” to climbing on there seashell we know it is time to find them a good place to find a water source, plants and lots of freedom.  I like to talk them into staying around our back yard instead of bouncing off.
After all I have lots of bugs they are more than welcome to eat and I love the song of tree frogs on Spring/Summer nights.
Today’s little fella will be enjoying life under a nice big hosta:-)

Any of our local friends who would like some “tree frogs” for there kids to watch grow feel free to come over!  Haley is always more than happy to find them homes.  Since the eggs are laid in a “mud puddle” alot of them don’t make it each year as the puddle disappears as the Spring rains go away.  Poor little gal gets very upset and you will find our back porch with several gladware/jar containers of tadpoles….LOL!
I love her passion for saving all critters…even the smallest!

Lots of people talk to animals.
Not very many listen, though.
That’s the problem.
-Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

 


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Christine DruidMay 18, 2011 - 10:16 am

love this blog! I was there with my son, too! It was CHAOS! And your assessment on the people was spot on. I saw moms who had kids there who had NO interest in being in them film but were only there because mom made them! Did the numbers really go up to 700? We were 157, and fortunately made it out fairly early. Though Aidan did get pulled from his line to go read, I am not holding my breath on anything! Still he had a great time and felt great about the experience and that is the most important part.

TishaMay 18, 2011 - 7:34 pm

Thanks Christine!! Just rambling my boring old life but always nice to know others are enjoying reading it :-)

That’s awesome that Aidan got pulled back!! I hope he gets a call back! We had alot of fun with it all and the people watching was fantastic! :-) Keep me posted on if he gets it! That would be so fun!
We were slackers and went during the middle of the day but didn’t get out of there till it was almost over. The last number we heard was in the high 600′s so I am just assuming they probably made it into the 700′s since the room still had lots of folks when we left….eck!