1) The fancy valentine cookies didn't happen but maybe Easter ones will. I love these ideas from sweetopia.
2) I made a very large cake last year for the boys' school's Spring Fling inspired by these cupcakes by Bakerella. Maybe we'll just make the cupcake versions this year...love those gold bunnies! The second version is from familyfun (by Disney). Love the ribbon bows!
3) These cute bird nests are also from familyfun (have I said HOW much I love that magazine?) and the "recipe" is here ;)
4) These tangram puzzles are fun (yes, that's the math teacher in me!)...printables are here, again from www.familyfun.com.
5) Maybe we'll get our carrot seeds planted this weekend (very bunny-like activity). I think we'll try them in a container this year. From some reading I've been doing, it really helps to eliminate some of the pests that carrots are prone to. I got these fun West Coast Seeds rainbow carrots...orange, white, yellow and purple!
6) I'm looking for some new egg decorating ideas. We dye eggs every year and have done the monogram thing, the polka dots, and the boys' own crazy dye techniques. Any ideas out there? These are cute but I think my boys might be getting too old for this kind of thing!
7) Can I just one word about this...YUM!
8) This spring banner is a free download right now at the house of three site...you just need to sign up. They have lots of great digital and printable things.
(edited: not free anymore...I just checked at 10pm and its now $2)
9) I got these cute little Easter 4x6 paper pads from WRMemoryKeepers for me and some friends to make a super simple minibook that documents our Easter traditions around here. The weather forecast is for rain which may mean the Easter Bunny has to get creative!
10) And I LOVE these storyboxes by LizzyK on Ali's site
which were inspired by Martha Stewart (love/despise).
There is a whole ton of these boxes posted on this site from one of her art directors. I have always envisioned doing these for our trips but have stuck to sand jars.
Maybe I'll do an Easter frame this year and bring it out each year like I do my Christmas canvases of the boys. I think a white frame with a cute little chick and a little plastic egg or two would be sweet. But then again...don't know if my 13 year old would buy into that!
So what did you do for Earth Hour last night? I scrapbooked by candelight and hung out with the boys. Colin was so funny walking around everywhere with a candle (we had to add a paper cup to catch the wax drips!) In the big picture, I know an hour of reduced energy can't really make a huge difference but I think it is a great awareness project!
Today the boys went over to their friends' house and I got all our Canadian flags finally taken down, the blueberry bushes cleaned up and weeded for spring,
picked up some multi-coloured carrot seeds and some spring flowers from Prickly Pear
and I finished the San Diego album! I am so glad I got this done before going back to work tomorrow...otherwise, the paper and embellishments might sit in a pile with the photos like last year's trip stuff still is!
(for my scrapbooking friends...all pages with be posted to the CK Gallery)
The boys just needed a "hangout at home" day which was great. Neil and I had time to get caught up on some things...I read all the newspapers from before and during our trip and got started on my San Diego mini album. I really do love scrapbooking but often don't actually DO much of it...I think about it, read magazines and blogs about it and shop for it but I have to push myself to sit down and do it! I got some great photos while we were away and really wanted to do a minibook of highlights from our trip to I cut the paper last night...no going back now! Once I get started I am usually okay. Maybe that should be my plan to get my dissertation done - just start writing!
(paper and embellishments from Bo Bunny)
Neil worked on sorting out one side of the garage after he got home from his dad's. We have a lot of extra wheels (skateboards, scooters, etc) and sports stuff that take up a lot of space so he re-thinking how we hang and store all of that. Spring just makes you want to do that kind of stuff I think.
I need some springcleaning time in the garden...maybe tomorrow if it doesn't rain. I picked these lovely jonquils today to enjoy inside. They just brighten up the kitchen table!
We're taking Neil's dad out to Ichiro for dinner and then home to watch the Canucks game which according to the Vancouver Sun is an essential use of energy so it will be the only electricity "on" during Earth Hour tonight!
On our way to the airport yesterday, we stopped at Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego, near Balboa Park. This dessert restaurant came highly recommended from the owner of Scrapbook Your Life. The cakes were amazing and all topped with fresh flowers - I asked for a menu to bring home for inspiration! The desserts were works of art and oh so yummy! I had a lemon meringue and orange creme with fresh berries bowl of goodness! Adam had a decadent coconut cream extravaganza and Colin couldn't believe there was "real gold" on his very fancy chocolate cupcake!
We arrived in Bellingham about the same time that Jen and her family were arriving in Seattle. The boys were excited to see their cousins this morning. It was so nice outside that Adam walked them over to the park and they played in the backyard (and checked out some game on Adam's laptop).
And then this afternoon we visited Jack and Sarah. Jack seemed to love playing with the big boys! Happy First Birthday Jack!
At Lisa's home, her hyacinths smelled divine with the sun releasing even more fragrance. This reminded me to walk by our lovely mexican orange flowers by the front door when I got home...I LOVE this smell!
I wish my blog was scratch n' sniff so you could smell them too!
Last evening we drove to La Jolla and went to the Children's Pool to see the seals at sunset. We were all glad we went...it was amazing to see the seals so close. Colin even spotted a baby nursing! There were so many of them just hanging out on the beach or swimming around the rocks.
We walked around to enjoy the views and walked along the seawall that was built to create the Children's Pool (now a seal habitat). Neil walked to the very end and got smashed by a huge wave. Adam saw the whole thing and Colin and I just saw the end and the look on Neil's face. Poor guy! As Adam said though, it was a youtube moment! We couldn't stop laughing with Neil...
We stayed and watched the seals, surfers and the sun go down before going out for dinner.
Today is our last day in San Diego. We are all wishing we could stay a couple more days but its also nice to have a couple days at home before we head back to school/work. We drove into Old Town to have breakfast and then the boys swam in the pool until check out time at noon.
We're spending the afternoon here and then flying home tonight. If I can get wireless at the airport, I might even get my photos ordered so they're ready for pick up when we get home!
Today was a beach day. It was supposed to be our surfing lessons day but the more we thought about it and watched Adam in the pool, we realized we shouldn't risk further injury so he was out. The issue was Colin then...a big parenting dilemma! Oh...what to do? We did surf lessons for the first time when we were here last year and it was the highlight of the trip for the boys. They had both been really looking forward to it again. After talking it through as a family, Colin agreed that it really wasn't fair for him to get to go surfing because Adam was hurt. He was disappointed but actually handled it better than we expected!
We drove out to Mission Beach this morning and there was a bit of fog which was great because it meant there was hardly anyone on the beach. The boys made a sandcastle "compound" and played in the waves.I LOVE the beach...you know, the pisces in me and all.
I had read somewhere you could rent foam surfboards inexpensively so Neil set off to find one as a surprise. You should have seen Colin's face! Colin was determined to get up and Adam was a great sport and helped him out.
and a short video recap:
We walked along the beach and around Belmont Park. Adam really wanted to go on the big wooden rollercoaster but there was definitely too much sliding, crashing and jerking involved! We are determined to make it home with his collarbone intact!
After lunch we came back to the hotel and hung out at the pool. The sun felt so good...Neil even asked us at one point if we'd want to move here!
1) As we were waiting for our plane in Bellingham on Sunday, the boys and I watched this cool video. Adam found it on a lego blog he checks out regularly.
2) This is our second time in San Diego as a family. We came here last year over Easter and for me to present at the AERA conference. Everything feels very familiar which is great but we're doing lots of different things this time around.
3) Yesterday's kayak trip was through La Jolla Kayak. The boys have only kayaked on a lake before so ocean kayaking was something new. We saw Dr. Seuss' house along with lots of other features of the coast.
4) The flowers are amazing here right now. Everything is in bloom and is so colourful. Can't help but take lots of photos!
5) We've had dinner in Old Town that last two nights. Last night I had a chicken mole enchilada. I have heard about mole on several Food Network shows (a late night/can't sleep default tv station for me) but had never tried it. Mole has a chocolate base with many, many other ingredients apparently.
6) The palm trees make you feel like you are far, far away.
7) I'm on the hunt for a scrapbook line called Rusted Sun by Fancy Pants. I saw it online but wanted to see it in person before buying some for our trip photos.
Neil found two scrapbook stores for me yesterday and neither had it (but of course I found other treats!).
8) One of the things I found was Happy Tape. The tape is essentially coloured and patterned masking tape from Japan. Oooh...the possibilities! Makes me so happy!
9) This morning we went for a hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve. The kayak guides had told us about this place and it was an amazing place to hike. Great views and a great variety of flora and fauna. We each managed to spot geckos sunning near the trails. I'm so glad we all are "outdoorsy" types!
the short version...
and the long version...
10) After lunch and swimming in the pool and some "technology time" in our hotel room, we headed off for some shopping and walking at Seaport Village in downtown San Diego. So nice and it happened to be free cone day at Ben & Jerry's! ;)
The palm trees and breeze, the pool and eating out all helped us transition quickly to holiday mode! We got into San Diego around 6 Sunday evening and checked into our hotel and then headed into Old Town for dinner. We discovered this place last year when we were here and all loved the atmosphere.
This morning we headed to La Jolla for kayaking. I couldn't believe how far our into the ocean we went. We saw the La Jolla caves and a group of sea lions swam between our kayaks as we paddled. It was such a great experience!
The boys are enjoying the pool of course. Adam seems to be managing okay so far with his recovering collarbone. Colin tried out some superman and bat wing jumps!
Internet access is a bit slow in our hotel so I don't know how many photos and video I'll be uploading but if there's a way, you gotta know I'll figure it out! ;)