{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.DSC03114

Science

Joe is taking a science course that has mandated field trips as homework. Luckily, they are local and free. This morning it was a trip to our local lagoon.Joey1978 RulezThey had binoculars to borrowJoey1978 Rulezwhich little ones love.Joey1978 RulezA close up look at the animals and plants, plus plenty of mud.Joey1978 RulezA morning under big, puffy clouds. Joey1978 RulezHome in time for lunch and naps.

Thank You, Aunt Kathy

We love cards, especially when they include money for an ice cream treat.Joey1978 RulezThe timing couldn’t have been better when temperatures reached into the nineties
Joey1978 Rulezso after dinner at the Farmer’s Market, it was quick walk over to Rite AidJoey1978 Rulezwith all those flavorsJoey1978 Rulezwho can decide?Joey1978 RulezI always suggest chocolateJoey1978 RulezYum!

 

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Tide Pools

Across the bridge, there is a smaller aquariumJoey1978 Rulezperfect to visit on a weekend when Long Beach is hosting the Grand Prix near our local aquarium.Joey1978 RulezWe are fans of the water and shells and rocks, but we don’t love the sand.
Joey1978 RulezWhen it is a low tide the tide pools are the best:
Joey1978 Rulezmaking for lotsJoey1978 Rulez of exploring,
Joey1978 Rulezclimbing,Joey1978 Rulezand discovering.Joey1978 RulezHenry found a “snow” rockJoey1978 Rulezand there was a seal being moved off the rocks, escorted back to the ocean. Close enough to hear the sounds she made and watch her make a safe return.
Joey1978 RulezThese three are such ocean babies, soaking up sunshine together.
Joey1978 RulezThey are all healthy and that is something we aren’t taking for granted these days.

(This Moment)

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.DSC03100

Day Off

Slightly confusing that I had Cesar Chavez day off, but not Joe and Paul. This meant I had a morning with two little ones. DSC03083We walked over to the park and Henry entertained us with tricks on his scooter.
DSC03076He loves the attention. All eyes on him.
DSC03075Then in the afternoon (Joe currently has a ton of homework-on top of student teaching) we evacuated the premises to leave him in peace and headed over to a fiesta.DSC03093These are friends from school.DSC03095Luckily there are younger siblings so we can all have fun.DSC03097Lots to explore  with the toys of friends. She was mesmerized with the princess dolls and doll house.
DSC03092So much play that we came home and crashed hard.
 

 

April Fool’s

My only prank was this mini lunch I packed Paul.DSC03098Inside the mini bag I put a mini sandwich, mini box of raisins, and carrot sticks cut up. The juice box should help with with proportions. It was tiny.

He thought it was silly. I don’t really do mean jokes, just funny.

Happy new month!

Books

We have entered the book making stageDSC03063complete with picturesDSC03068sometimes put together with yarn and tapeDSC03064 staplesDSC03069 Sometimes there are only pictures
DSC03070 Other times he adds details.
Joey1978 Rulez They are evolving all the time

with Henry imitatingDSC03066 He read this story to me- it was about the ocean- I should have guessed with all those “o’s.”

Seashells

They went on a huntJoey1978 Rulezand gathered a bucket full of shells
Joey1978 Rulezin all shapes
Joey1978 Rulez and sizes
Joey1978 Rulezon a windy morning.Joey1978 Rulez
At home we washed, dried, and then sorted.DSC03035I listened to them guess at the creatures that lived inside, smell, and touch the ocean treasures.
DSC03039Olivine is always drawn to “babies” even at the table full of shells. She loves to say “tiny.”

Thank you, Pacific Ocean.