Monday, November 30, 2015

Sea Glass Christmas Ornaments

{setting up the glass}

{wrapping the edges in copper foil}
{painting on the flux}

{ready to be soldered}

{Pieter wrapped all the foil himself and did quite a bit of the soldering}

Ben has been collecting sea glass since we arrived in Puerto Rico. He has buckets and buckets of sea glass now and is starting to experiment with it. Yesterday he made these beautiful Christmas ornaments with the kids!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Advent Begins

{I could just barely hear her talking to him very seriously...}

After church this morning we walked around the Plaza Colón to see all the finished Christmas decorations. Everything was ready for a big concert and opening of the ice skating rink last night. We'll have to go skating soon and see the lights at night. It should be beautiful. I think the lights on the Mayor's building are much prettier than last year. When we got home we set up the advent wreath and got out the nativity sets. It is hard to believe that advent begins today.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Coco the Chubby Chicken

When Coco appeared at our house this spring he has a starving rooster, unable to forage on his own due to his clipped beak. His top beak won't grow back, so he can't pinch a whole lot of things with his beak. His breast only consisted of bone at a sharp point. Well, months later we've got a chubby rooster. Pieter faithfully feeds him every morning (perhaps a bit too much) and the kids bring him bits of bread for snacks here and there. He molted this summer and his feathers are even more beautiful. Before we could actually see lines in his feathers from when he was starving. He does a lot of clucking and cooing, loving to be around us. Most of the time you can just reach down and pick him up without any trouble. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Kayaking on Thanksgiving Day

{blurry flock of West Indian Whistling Ducks, Dendrocygna arborea}

{Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis}

After breakfast Ben packed up the kayaks and both kids and took them kayaking on Caño Boquilla. Pieter had such a fun time last time, that Juliana really wanted to go, too. This time they spent a lot of time out of the kayaks on nature's jungle gym. It was a wonderful morning for them and I had a quiet house to cook our Thanksgiving meal. Definitely a win-win!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Day with Juliana

{Me: Juliana, why did you put powder all over your face? Juliana: I wanted to dress up}

Oh, this girl really does love her little friends. Feeding bread to Coco the Rooster and giving hugs to Kanu. And even sharing her crown with him. Could you be a luckier cat?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sailing Camp: Day 2

{playing with the sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica}

Today Pieter got lots of lessons sailing, including capsizing. He did that a few years ago with his Opa on Big Twin Lake in Michigan, but it wasn't on purpose then! He was nervous about it, but did it and came out like a champ. He was pretty sad about not doing any surfing today, but Meshack wasn't there, so it was all sailing. Juliana and I walked around the lighthouse, watched surfers at Domes Beach and then hung out with friends for the morning. I caught the very end of camp as they pulled the boats out. I think we are definitely going to do more camp over Christmas!
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