Wednesday, February 3, 2016

First Dip

Lucia had her first dip in the ocean on Sunday. The water is pretty cool right now, so out of curiosity, I just looked it up on Rincon Surf Report and it is 81°F. No wonder she wasn't too happy about it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Today we celebrated Candlemas, marking the halfway point from the Winter Solstice to the Spring Equinox. Remembering Mary presenting Jesus at the temple, forty days after his birth. Blessing candles to use as we gather around the table in the coming year. Learning about Saint Brigid of Ireland. Eating blueberry pancakes, round like the sun.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Backyard Boa

So we were getting ready to go to a birthday party yesterday afternoon and I hear Ben talking with Pieter in the backyard. I heard "boa" and immediately knew something was happening. By the time I get out there, Ben has already shown Pieter the rather large, invasive boa constrictor that is hanging out on the compost pile down at the bottom of the hill in our backyard. So, Juliana and I then went down with Ben and boy-oh-boy... this mama is not happy about the situation. I knew they were around and had the potential to be in the yard, but we hadn't seen any evidence of them other than the occasional roadkill. We had to head off to the party, so we didn't call the city for removal and now I keep wondering where it is and when it is going to find Coco the Rooster. When I used to hear Coco crow I'd think "oh, how did we get a rooster for a pet, especially at 4am!!" Now when I hear him crow I think, "Great, he is still alive." Needless to say, Ben has to take the compost out now until I see this snake leaving in a cage.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lego Hat

~Lego Hat by Pieter

Friday, January 29, 2016

Beach Day

Pieter did such a good job with school this week that we had an open day for Friday. Nothing like having time for a beach day! This was Lucia's first time to hang out at the beach for a while. We found some shade and she managed to sleep through it all.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


We've got smiles now!
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