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Mom Camp Hits the Beach: Days 2-4

img_3441-1First of all, I must give credit for this photo to my amazing uncle– The Dutchman.

Second, you must understand I grew up along the ocean in Conneticut where the beaches tend to be rocky and the sand is NOT fine grain. I moved to San Diego and well, let’s be honest their beaches are cold. And, The Princess and Cinco are growing up in the desert. Fine grain sand, YES. Water, NO.

So I am not the biggest fan of beaches. But these were amazing. We started out with a little cloudy weather, but being from the ever sunny desert the clouds were a welcome change.

Day 2 

The Princess is an expert shell hunter.  You may call last summer when she found a giant scallop shell on Inich Beach in Ireland.  And, amazingly we managed to get the shell home without breaking it!!!

As for finding shells at Orange Beach,  we were very successful.  I found a shell page on a Florida travel site and circled the shells we found as we went along.

DAY 3 

One of the day’s The Professor and The Dutchman rented a pontoon boat complete with a second level slide. We puttered around Ono Island and slid into the water quite a few times. The Princess even managed to spot a pod of about 4 or 5 dolphins.

We also explored the sand bars and small islands in the area and meet some more sea creatures.  We encountered a good number of salt water hermit crabs and I managed to find a few inhabited shells for the kids to take home!

Cinco and The Princess also really wanted to get some hermit crabs… And somehow I talked into going to the Mexican swap meet when get home to buy hermit crabs.  I truly hoping this kids forget about this by the time the vacation ends.

I strayed from the group for awhile and had a face off with a rather large blue crab.  He was hanging out in a tidal pool.  I didn’t have my phone, so I couldn’t get a photo.  But as we circled around each other I noticed he refused to turn his back on me. And, at no point did he try to make a run for it.  He stood his ground throughout our encounter.

Day 4 

It was another day spent at the beach. The amazing thing about this day were a huge cluster of starfish that were drifting back and forth in the low tide. We spent quite a bit of time examining the starfish and we throw a good number back in deeper water to save them.

We also found a number of rather small sand dollars.  We later learned that sand dollars are a type of sea urchin– news to me!  But I guess they are losely related to the starfish.

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June 14, 2016 · 3:50 pm

Let the Dinosaurs Roar: Mom Camp Days 30

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After all the traveling and the days of real camp, Mom Camp is back in business.  The kids actually complained that they have been too busy this summer and that they haven’t gotten enough “TRUE MOM CAMP” days.  To be fair, we have been doing a LOT of other things and our traditional mom camp activities have taken a backseat.

We all agreed on getting back on track with a few days dedicated to our favorite prehistoric pals, Dinos!

20140731-153637.jpg We started the day off with some arts and crafts.  Even before school gets out I am on the look out for anything I can use during mom camp.  I got the wooden dino puzzles from the Target dollar section and the fold your own dino kit from Michael’s.  20140731-154403.jpgBoth sets were easy for Cinco and the Princess to put together and provided plenty of entertainment.  They not only assembled the kits, but then enjoyed some play acting with the toys that they created.

20140731-153656.jpgNext, we attempted to make our own dino fossils.  On pinterest I found a recipe using coffee grounds, salt and flour to make a sort of cement.  I was surprised to find I had no flour in the house, so in my typical mom camp way, I substituted pancake mix for flour.  I am not saying that definitely ruined the mix,20140731-155701.jpg but our mix simply did not “pan-out” the way it should have.  It was a shame because we gathered some really fun items to make into fossils.  We were going to use a glow in the dark dino skeleton head and bone-shaped dog treats to make the impressions.

20140731-153847.jpgThe kids were somewhat disappointed by the failed attempt so it was time to hit our local natural history museum. They have a pretty elaborate room dedicated to large-scale dinosaur models.

20140731-153739.jpgPlus, the museum hosts traveling exhibits every few months.  It just so happened we got lucky and the current exhibit was all about dinosaur eggs!  Lucky us.  I didn’t even plan it that way…although the kids thought I did.  Shhhhhh….. don’ tell them.

There were a number actual fossilized eggs on display.  Additionally, there were tons of hands on experiences for the children.  Lots of displays for them to touch so they could get the feel for the texture of the eggs.  They learned that different dinosaurs had eggs with different shapes: some oblong, others more oval, some large, some small.

20140731-153757.jpgThe Princess and Cinco also had the opportunity dress up in dino costumes.   There were two sets and one of them even had feather on costume, which was fun! They spent quite awhile in that section of the museum laughing and playing at being dinosaurs.  20140731-153824.jpgThey wiggled the dino tales and played in the dino nests.

We also played a few of the computer games set up at the exhibit.  Cinco and I played dino hangman and The Princess made a series of cute little dino pictures.20140731-153903.jpg

All and all a productive day!

 

 

 

 

 

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July 30, 2014 · 12:07 am

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November 3, 2013 · 5:33 pm

Devil Dog

Devil Dog

Devil Dog

Let me introduce you to my insane Beagle, CJ.  (She happens to be named after me, Christina Junior.  You see, my son was named after his father and we got the dog when I was prego and a bit hormonal and well I insisted the animal be named after ME!) She is 7 years old, howls like the wolfman and is a rather high-strung.

She also has more potty issues than a two and half-year old boy!  For years we were feeding her the Costco brand dog food and the poor dear was having so many tummy troubles all over the inside and outside of the house it was a nightmare.  Finally, I purchased the Rachael Ray dog food, http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/products/just-6-lamb-and-rice-dog-food, and it turned out to be a miracle food.  (Please note, I am not some kind of crazy Rachael Ray fan.  I do not own any of her books.  Never cooked one of her meals and only watch her show when it happens to be on while I am at the gym!  None-the-less, this was on the shelf at Walmart and I was at the end of my rope.)  I am also very guilty for putting the dog through so many rotten meals.  I mean the Costco thing went on for YEARS!

So now the Devil Dog and I are engaged in a fight to the finish. You see, she does not pee on the grass!  In fact, she hates grass.  We do live in the desert and she first learned to pee outside in a zeroscape backyard (mainly gravel).  But she insists on potting on the patio!  We not so affectionately call it the Poo Garden.

Well, this is the year she is going to pee in the grass. I have had it with power washing the patio day in and day out…  Of course, this is also a fight to the finish. Two weeks and we are still fighting over her potty habit. But I vow victory over the beagle.

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May 19, 2013 · 4:13 pm