Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The other major project this year was shell ornaments. It all started when Spencer begged to make something to sell at the school's annual craft bazaar. I am always against this kind of thing. Emphatically so. I hate to sell things. I don't need more work right before Christmas. And as much as he promised he'd do it all on his own, I knew I'd end up getting hugely involved. He was coming up with all kinds of ideas that made me cringe. He even collected bags full of pine cones. Then one day I looked online for simple Christmas craft ideas, and I found these. Now this was something I could actually get excited about. It was simple. Cute. Something I would want myself. Even if he didn't sell any, I'd love to give them as gifts. And since he's all about the ocean, it seemed like the perfect thing for him to do.
So we made a trip to the Shell Shop (my kids' favorite store in the world) and bought a variety of shells. They sell ornaments there too, which helped give us ideas.
There were some shells he really liked, but they were so expensive that he'd have to sell them at a high price to make a profit. We were going for cheap. Like this cut shell that only costs 50 cents. He painted it green and added glitter. Then he sold them for $1.
These sand dollar snowmen were a little more complicated, but I thought they were so cute. I'm not artistic, but I can handle decorating with dots.
We had the most fun with these starfish santas. They were the biggest ticket item at $3.
Don't you just love the polka dot swimming suit?! I got the idea for this one from google images. Kristen's boys also made these, and they glued theirs to shell surfboards.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Dallin and Brennan got very nervous about big boys getting too close to the fire.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Everyone ran around screaming with excitement when Spencer found a sun star, which is like a star fish but has lots more tentacles and a soft outer body rather than a hard one.
Here's what the bottom side looks like. It was squirming all around and he had to get it back to the water quickly, since it was still alive.
Afterwards we were cold and wet, so we went to my parents' house to warm up with hot soup. It was lovely.
We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Wednesday. Here are 2 of my neices, Allison and Hannah. See? There are a few girls in the family.
They had a new sea horse exhibit, and I especially liked this dragon sea horse.
And this leafy dragon sea horse.
Here's the cool part where you can go under the waves. It was a fun but exhausting day. I was just so grateful that my kids were so awesome there. Especially Levi, who slept in the stroller almost the whole time.