Archive for June, 2009

Yeah – I never thought I’d ever use either of these two words on my Blog, much less next to each other.  The mystery of what the heck a “Dying Cockroach” looks like as a surfing trick finally makes sense – well, kinda.  Oh – and “The Coffin” – Jack was feeling pretty comfy now on his board, and decided to give some tricks a try!!  Here are some shots from today -    

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Can you tell the kid is hooked?!?    We’re in trouble now…  

Hangin’ Ten…

June 18, 2009

The California Coast, sun, surfboards and our boys?  By far the perfect combination for an unforgettable summer!   They’ve had the time of their lives this week, learning what it means to “Hang 5, Hang 10, The Coffin, and The Dying Cockroach” – all tricks you can do on a surf board.  Okay so we’re not seeing any tricks yet (yeah, ummmm – the Dying Cockroach?!?  Huh…) — for now they’re just happy to get out there and ride those waves!!  Check it out, dude!!  

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Surfing2

Way to go Grant!!!  This is Day 1 — these instructors are awesome!!

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This is Jack today, Day 3!

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Surfing5

Jack and his new buds -

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Surfing7

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Still two more days to go – Cole and I have fun watching them from the beach!!  More updates soon!!!   :)  Kristin  

Well, I still haven’t seen any butterflies at Butterfly Beach – but apparently there are plenty of lizards!!  The bamboo sticks that the boys have discovered lying around have of course been converted to swords, and as they’ve played among the rocks that line the sea wall, they’ve met many lizard friends.  Grant wants to have a pet lizard, so I’m thankful they’re crazy fast on their little feet!! 

Lucky for me, they just opened a Butterfly Exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, so it was time for some wildlife adventures of a gentler kind!  Most enjoyed nectar from the flowers that were everywhere, but even butterflies love the sugar water from watermelons, and we cracked up as we watched them eat their fruit breakfast -

Butterfly and Watermelon  

I think Cole’s cool tye-dyed shirt looked like a big fruit plate to these little guys – it wasn’t long before he had a little visitor come check him out!  

Butterfly on Cole

Butterfly on Jack  

Grant used a LOT of patience and perserverance, and finally, FINALLY,  one crawled on his finger.  

Butterfly on Grant

Yesterday was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed it hanging out on the beach with the boys.  The morning had been overcast and chilly, and since the ocean is on the chilly side as well out here, we decided to scrap the idea of changing into suits.  Our plan was just to practice catching or maybe hunt for lizards.  But not long after we got there, the clouds burned off and we enjoyed a warm afternoon.  And of course, they wanted to play in the water.  Who needs suits anyway?  Since Cole had been wearing jeans, we just stripped him down to his skivvies and I LOVE this shot of his little butt – especially with his underoos backwards and inside out, just the way he put them on!!  Hee Hee! 

boys at beach

I also love this shot of the big boys having fun with wet sand!

Jack and Grant throwing sand

And one of our favorite discoveries at Butterfly Beach — little “rock people”.  These are, believe it or not, actually balanced upon one another.  Not cemented.  There’s a huge pile of rocks on this section of beach, all smooth and different.  People just come and make precarious rock sculptures, and they’re just too cool.

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Can’t wait to share some adventures from next week — on Monday Jack & Grant start a week of Surfing Camp!!!  They’re beyond excited!!  In the meantime, I hope you have a great weekend with your families!!  :)  Kristin. 

Loving Santa Barbara

June 7, 2009

Today marks 2 weeks since we began our summertime adventure here in beautiful Santa Barbara, and already I know that a piece of my heart will always stay right here!

We live in a cute little bungalow right off the main street of a quiet suburb called Montecito, with tree-lined sidewalks with cute boutique shops and amazing restaurants, not to mention our favorite Gelato store!  Each weekend morning we enjoy a walk to our “happy place” – Jeannine’s cafe – we sit outside and enjoy our banana french toast and blueberry pancakes beneath warm space heaters.  In fact we do a lot of walking here — last night it was to Lucky’s, where we introduced our boys to an evening of fine dining and the best steaks they’ve ever had.   And our favorite walk is to Butterfly Beach, which only takes about 7 minutes to get to – well 3 if you’re a boy with a kite that needs flying!  

It’s a little chilly here for the first half of every day.  In June, it takes until about 2:00 before the sun has a chance to burn through the overcast skies brought in by the ocean.  Once the sun shines, it’s like a beautiful Spring Day back home – upper 70s and not a trace of humidity.  It takes about a millisecond to get used to summer air without humidity!!!  We actually keep the windows open all day and enjoy the fresh air – very bazzar to a southern family! 

I described Montecito as a ‘suburb’ – actually, all of Santa Barbara is a suburb – there’s no “downtown” other than a beautiful shopping district with restaurants galore.  State Street is lined with beautiful old trees, American Flags, any store you’d ever need, and old-time theaters.  The other day the boys and I went to see the movie “Up” in Arlington Theater, and were blown away – the entire interior of the theater made you feel like you were outside in a Spanish-style square – it was lined with faux buildings complete with Spanish Tile roofs, and windows that glowed from within.  Even stars twinkling in the sky!  It had to seat almost 1000 people in red-velvet chairs.  And here we thought we were going into a normal movie theater — it was such a fun surprise!!!

Grant and Cole have made many snail friends found in the rose bushes all around the house – in the mornings, they like to go hunting to see who they can find!  Cracks me up because girls would be smelling and collecting roses, and our boys are out there collecting the snails!!  Ha!!

Grant Cole and Snails 1

Grant Cole and Snails 2

But what Mommy’s heart doesn’t melt with a face like this?  Gotta love boys!! 

Cole

And in fact, they actually do pick flowers and give them to me, which always makes my heart skip a beat.  There are flowers in bloom everywhere you look out here, and Cole finds some to give me randomly each day.  Grant is also a flower-giver, and more often than not it’s something unusual – today he found the tiniest of all the roses out there — he’s a miniature nut, and always amazes me with the tiny things he finds.

Grant

Everything is an adventure out here.  On our first visit to Butterfly Beach we came across this teepee that some local kids built the day before out of palm branches!  The boys had a blast!! 

Daddy Cole Teepee

Jack Grant Teepee

Cole w Big Stick

The other morning I took the boys to a Marine Museum – a place that turns every kid into a Marine Scientist!  They had petting aquariums filled with creatures found locally off the coast of Santa Barbara – we ended up staying 3 hours and the boys had a blast touching everything in sight – even a baby shark -

Boys touching shark

Cole Touching Starfish

Cole loved the Starfish, and Grant was all about the Decorator Crabs – cool creatures that stick stuff they find around them onto their backs so they can blend in – this one had seaweed all over him -

Grant holding crab

While we were there, we met a great family, also with 3 boys!  So we invited them over for a fun afternoon on the beach.  The boys had a great time running around and making new friends.  Here’s a fun shot of their oldest, flying a kite -

Jack Luckhurst and kite

And Grant and Adam were tickled digging for jumping Sand Fleas – Boys!!

Grant and Adam

What’s funny is that this family used to live in Atlanta – their dad actually used to play for the Falcons!!  The highlight of their day was playing football on the beach!!!  How cool is that?!?

Football 1

Good catch, Jack!!  :)

Football 2

The Big Boys played football, and the little one just played in the sand.

Cole sitting in Sand

sea birds

And of course I had to include a shot taken from my Jack (future photographer?) – my tuckered out little pumpkin who never could wake up to enjoy our ice-cream break!   

Cole sleeping on Mommy

We have many more weeks to enjoy here, and I can’t wait to share more of our adventures!!  We miss all of our friends back home and hope everyone is enjoying a safe and happy summer!  

:)  Kristin.