Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Autumn Days With Hazel

Rock climber

Tah Dah! Here she is, my very outdoorsy girl, Hazel. She's only been here for a few days and kept begging to go into the mountains to hike and climb. She had a great time on this gorgeous fall day and I didn't think I would be able to drag her home. I insisted she wear a helmet when climbing.

Mountain Lake
This was the perfect day for a hike so we went up to Brainard Lake, which is a crystal clear lake at about 10,500 feet in elevation in the Roosevelt National Forest.

We hiked up a trail from the lake and had a picnic. Even at this altitude is was nice and warm in the sun. The ground cover has started to change color because the nights are very cool.

Hazel and the Aspens
This is the time of year to go see the aspen trees and they were truly spectacular. Every fall is different in terms of coloring and this year there was a nice variety of golds, oranges and reds. I'll include a few more photos from our day.



Brainard Lake

Have the leaves started to change where you live? I'd love to see photos of them.

Friday, June 24, 2016

WellieWishers Store Preview

Gabi went to see the new Wellie Wishers and her person was lazy and only took photos with her phone. We still thought it would be nice to share the visit.

Follow Follow
When we walked into the store there were footprints for us to follow to find the WellieWishers.

A shot of the crew. They are really adorable and the outfits and boots are super sweet.

Socks and clear wellies
Packs of socks and clear wellies for girls is a brilliant idea!

Pjs for welliewishers
The pajamas look nice and soft and cuter than in this photo.

You can play tic-tac-toe on the garden table with little bugs. So cute!

Tea party
And later have a party. There are lots of accessories in every set.

I love the bunny and the hutch is really cute.

Little Sister
I think the girls work as little sisters. Gabi thought we should bring this one home!

Three is good
Or maybe bring home two!

There is a playhouse...

With a sleeping loft.

And there is much, much more. None of the WellieWishers actually came home with us, but we did get a few pieces of the new mix and match outfits and Gabi got her ears pierced. We will have a fashion show later!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gabriela's First Night

Anna and Gabriela put on their pajamas, but they were still too excited to go to sleep.

"If you like doing crafty things I have a great idea. We could decorate t-shirts!" exclaimed Anna.

"Look! There's a pink shirt for me and a purple one for you! Plus our person has a whole big pile of felt in her sewing room that we can use." added Anna. "That's perfect!" said Gabriela.

The girls worked on their t-shirts and put them aside to dry, so we will see those later. They were finally tired enough to fall asleep.

The next morning Anna gently woke up Gabriela. "Buenos días." she whispered. "We have a little surprise for you."

Gabriela sat up a bit confused as Anna announced, "Breakfast in bed!" just as Edie walked in carrying a tray with pancakes, hot chocolate and a muffin.

"Wow! I've never had breakfast in bed!" exclaimed Gabriela.
"Rosa gets all the credit for making it," explained Edie.
"Well, I do love to cook!" said Rosa.

After Gabriela finished eating the girls played some card games.

Finally Edie said she'd better go get dressed and the girls agreed it was time.

"Thanks so much for the breakfast and playing games." called Gabriela.

The girls started to make their beds.

"Hey, Gabi! We need to go see if our t-shirts are dry!" remembered Anna. "If they are, we can wear them today!"

More to come...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Introducing Gabriela

"Rosa, Grace, are you ready to go to the diner?" called Ella.

"Coming!" said Rosa.

"Me, too!" said Grace as she joined the other two girls. Today they were going to have lunch at the diner and then go shopping to celebrate the start of summer.

"I'm starving!" said Rosa. "I'm dreaming of a chocolate milk shake," replied Ella. "I'm looking forward to buying some new shoes," said Grace. The girls headed for the back door, but just then the doorbell rang.

"I'll get it!" said Edie. "You guys go ahead and don't forget to bring me a present - haha!"

A new girl walked in. "Hi. I'm Gabriela. Is Anna here?"

"Hi Gabriela. I'm Edie. We've been expecting you. Let me take your suitcase."

"Have a seat and I'll go get Anna and take your suitcase to your new room," she continued.

Just then Anna came running into the room. "¡Gabi, Bienvenido! Welcome!" she called.

The two girls hugged. Anna had met Gabriela in South Padre Island, and invited her to Pleasantview. "I'm so glad you're here at last," said Anna. "Me, too!" replied Gabriela.

Anna was so excited she hardly knew what to say. "Well, come on and see our room and tell me everything that has happened since I left South Padre." "Ok!" answered Gabriela. "And you have to tell me all about Pleasantview." And off they went, laughing and chatting.

more to come!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Springtime at the Treehouse

Springtime at the Treehouse

Kit has invited a whole bunch of her friends over to the treehouse. The trees are in bloom and the weather is sunny and warm. Amanda (Samantha's twin sister) decides to climb the tree instead of going in the proper way. That worries Nellie who says she might fall and hurt herself. Samantha stops gathering flowers to let Nellie know that her twin is very experienced at tree climbing and not to worry. Caroline, Kit and Addy are having a nice chat while admiring the view. The pups want in on the action, too!

We have a photostory in progress and will be posting more soon! Hope you are enjoying the springtime/summertime weather, too, and let us know what you are doing this summer.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Evening Walk on the Beach

Anna went on a beach walk with us a few nights ago and writes:

Every evening we take the puppy on a long walk on the beach.

Look! It goes on for miles and miles.

Sometimes I stop to pick up shells.

I like to walk in the surf.

I also enjoy seeing the birds. This is a black bellied plover

I never get tired of the beach and hope you get to visit one soon!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Life on South Padre Island

Anna decided to give a tour of some of her favorite places here on South Padre Island. Today we are showing you where we stay, which is a county park called Isla Blanca. It's on the very southern tip of the island so the gulf is on one side, the Brownsville channel on another and the Laguna Madre on the third. It's surrounded by water! It has a wonderful beach and is also known for fishing.

When we look out our living room window we see the Cristo that stands at the entrance to the Brownsville channel. Brownsville port is to the right and the Gulf of Mexico is a couple hundred yards to the left.

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This is still in the US, but only a few miles from Mexico and the population is 96% Hispanic so Spanish is the preferred language. This is the Christ dedicated to fishermen.

Sometimes we see huge ships coming and going and can look online to see their destination. They travel all over the world. A frequent destination is Panama and also Europe.

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Let's hop on our bike and head up the channel first. The bike path goes all the way around the park and is a couple miles long.

First we pass Dolphin Cove and there really are dolphins there, but it's hard to get a photo of them. We saw a mother and her young one yesterday, swimming ahead of a large ship. There are sea turtles, too, and protecting them is a big part of the work done on this island.

Here we are on the Laguna Madre looking across to the mainland.

This bridge is the only way onto the island and goes to a town called Port Isabelle. That's where we go shopping.

While we stopped a great blue heron flew in. I bet he'd like a fish!

Let's continue on the bike path and head to the beach, my favorite place!

But, wait! We have to stop and take a photo of these cattle egrets.

And the cactus is in bloom.

But, this is where I like to be: the beach!

It's a week day so there is hardly anyone here, although some people will come after school and work.

The snack bar is only open on weekends, too, until summer comes. My favorite is elotes which is roasted corn with chili powder and lime sprinkled on it.

This sign says "Respect your beach. Pick up the trash." That's a big problem here, getting people to throw their trash away properly. Last year the park bought dozens more trash barrels and put them out along the beach, which helps, but it's still disappointing to see how much gets left after a busy weekend. The maintenance staff works hard to pick it all up.

Now it's time to head home and get our swim suits. It's hot out and I can't wait to get in the water. I hope you enjoyed our tour of Isla Blanca!