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To Bird or Not to Bird

March 6th, 2011 by michellewhite

I have a family of Birders. Do you know what I mean? People who like to spot and identify birds. Bird Watchers.

I am not. I find it hard to get excited about birds (even though I like our fine feathered friends) but I do appreciate the fact that they get so much enjoyment out of it.

My husband decided, since the sun was out, it was a good day to Bird with the girls today. I decided that I wanted to stay warm, at home. Silly Mama.

He took them to our favorite beach at Point No Point in Hansville. It is the sole reason we decided to move out here. It is that lovely.

They found rocks and shells and driftwood and oysters…and birds. There was so much more than just birding going on. They got some fresh air and spent some quality discovery time out there on the wild beach, together.

The pictures they took for me were filled with so much beauty and awe that I almost felt like I missed it (notice the almost. I still prefer to be warm inside).

It inspired me to share with you. This shows if you just get out (especially when the sun breaks through) even if it is a cold winter’s day, you may be surprised at what you find.

***For all of you birders out there: They spotted 4 Great Blue Herons, 1 Bald Eagle, a Western Gull, a Glaucous Gull, a Brandt’s Cormorant, and a sparrow they couldn’t identify because it was too quick.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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A Natural Valentine – woven at Islandwood

February 14th, 2011 by Wendy

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

My daughter and I went to Islandwood yesterday for weaving class, and we made this for you!

It’s made from the bark of the cedar tree, which I’m told is not a true cedar tree. We have red cedars in this part of the country, which are a cousin of the cypress tree.

See, now you’ve gone and learned something today, too! That wasn’t so bad!

It’s a long process of pulling the bark off the tree, letting it dry for months and then using it for crafts, so fortunately, Islandwood did all the hard work and we showed up in time for the fun!

We were clearly the beginning level, but they have an expert who made these, too.

Small basket.

Rattles.

But even if you’re not at the post-grad level of weaving, you can take junk mail flyers, old cereal or Kleenex boxes lying around the house and make something like this:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve never been, you really should check the offerings at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island. Their family events are affordable (usually $5 donation suggestion), interesting and fun.

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You can read more from Wendy at her blog, Let the dog in!, you can “like” her at facebook.com/letthedogin, and you can tweet her at twitter.com/letthedogin. She’d love the company.


Peter and the Wolf

January 29th, 2011 by michellewhite

Today, I took my family to see a screening of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf put on by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. This was an amazing blend of onscreen classical music, live puppeteering, and audience engagement.

It warmed my heart to see a packed room (standing room only) with many eager children and adults of all ages waiting to enjoy this classic tale set to beautiful music.

The Kidimu supplied a craft for the children to do before the show started. They all got to make their very own puppets to take home. Fabulous way to direct all of that excited energy!

I actually know a few people in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, but have not had the pleasure of hearing them perform, until now. They put on a wonderful show and were extremely professional. I really loved sharing this with my girls. Not only was it visually appealing, but our ears were open, taking in the story and lively music, as well.

There was a point where the puppets paraded through the audience so that everyone got to see them up close.

They also had all of the puppets and actors in the lobby afterward so that the kids could ask questions and touch the puppets.

It was a lovely way to spend a morning in our very own community.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Bella Bella Cupcakes…

January 17th, 2011 by Stacey Lovett

Hey all you Kitsapers…there’s a new gig in town and man-o-man is it sweet.  This past weekend Bella Bella Cupcakes opened a retail shop in Silverdale and of course we had to hop right in the car for a wee bit of dessert.  Head on over to Oh Happy Days for the full report.  After that head on over to Bella Bella Cupcakes (10726 Silverdale Way) for a treat.  You can even host your child’s birthday party there…no muss no fuss and lots of sugar!

(photo courtesy of Bella Bella Cupcakes)
 
 

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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The YOU Year?

January 4th, 2011 by jennyonthespot

I mean the NEW year.

I mean, really… let’s not kid ourselves… Once one has children, there is very little YOU left.

Right?

Or a lot.

Pregnancy might do that to a girl.

But I digress.

In 2011 I don’t feel particularly motivated to make it a YOU/ME year. I do need some “me time”, but I think my life needs more positive “we time”.

Less frantic moments with my kids, more permission to enjoy time with friends… maybe date my husband other than throwing on Netfilx while we sit snuggling our laptops.

I think this needs to be a WE year.

In fact, I started a We-little project that has been stirring in my heart for a few weeks now. I just need my people. I long for time to grow with others, learn from others… to laugh, to inspire and to be inspired.

I don’t need to be with others all the time. In fact, I cannot do that. People make me crazy… however, over the last couple of years I have busied my way out of people time. I need time with my people. Connecting with my people. My little people, my family people, my friend people…

mother and daughter

Happy WE Year!

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Yeah, don’t worry. I won’t be yelling that across the school parking lot. I promise.

- Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.


The Rice Report — Mochi Festival Fun!

January 3rd, 2011 by Wendy

It’s a new year and that means it’s a new Mochi Festival here on Bainbridge Island this past weekend. Have you ever sampled mochi, a sweet rice ball with a tasty bean paste hiding inside?

The Sun article on the event is here with some great shots by Brad Camp in the photo gallery. I also have a little more info here on my own home page.

In case you didn’t make it (*gasp*!!), I’m sharing a few more photos of the rice pounding fun.

There was much shouting and swinging of mallets.

A lot of risk-taking maneuvers, but so far no one has lost any fingers.

Even shorter helpers were enlisted in the fun.

After the rice pounding, the white goo was moved inside, which was great on that chilly day!

Pieces get torn off, balled and shared.

Lots of little hands then wrapped those bean paste balls into their white coats.

There was plenty of fun and rice treats to go around!

As you can see, the Mochi Festival is a great family event here in Kitsap County. If you’ve never been, be sure to check it out next time!
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Wendy is a writer, improviser, wife, and mom of two daughters, one covered in fur and rolling in….um, never mind. She’d love for you to read more of her writings at Let the dog in! and tweet with her on twitter.


Christmas in Big Valley…

December 23rd, 2010 by Stacey Lovett

If you are residing in Kitsap County, love all things bright and beautiful, and have kids (though adults are equally welcome!) then Christmas in Big Valley is the place for you.  Christmas in Big Valley is a private residence on  Big Valley Road in Poulsbo that goes B-A-N-A-N-A-S for Christmas lights.  You actually get out of our car and do a walk through…past a tiny train carrying tiny passengers, up a lit trail to Santa’s workshop, stopping off at a sweet gazeebo, and then down through the angels.  My favorite is the “river” of lights cascading down the hillside.  Soooo beautiful! 

 

I must admit that my pictures are two years old (mama didn’t think to bring her camera this year) and do not do this place justice.  You must see it for yourself!!

Christmas in Big Valley is open Wed-Sun and charges $5 per adult.  Children under 12 are free.  Your ticket is good for unlimited visits/walk throughs until the end of the season.  Check out their website www.christmasinbigvalley.com for more infomation and directions.

Happy Holidays!!!
-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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in which I express my flaky, feathery fickleness

December 3rd, 2010 by Wendy

Pardon me, can we take a moment here to talk about….birds?

Mere months have passed since I confessed my true love for a certain little guy.

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

And, at the time, I really meant everything I said about him and his yellowy dashing-ness.

But a recent stroll at our local Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island led me over to the duck pond where, lo and behold, my heart was reminded about true love.

There he was, in town for a brief over-wintering visit, the Bufflehead.
Or as I like to call him, heartus skipus.

He swoops, he swims, he dives–he is all water fowl, Itellyouwhat. Plus, he’s ready for any formal occasion.

It’s all there in black and white. Sorry, Goldfinch.

Any birders out there with crushes in this county? Any birds you look forward to seeing in one season or another? Tell me I’m not the only geek one!

Wendy has two daughters, one covered in fur and rolling in….um, never mind. She’d love for you to read more of her writings at Let the dog in! and see pictures of all the reasons her pants are stretching out this holiday season (BAKED GOODS, ya’ll!).


Snowmageddon?

November 28th, 2010 by jennyonthespot

I saw the term “snowmageddon” being used on Twitter and felt it was fitting. The snowstorm we had here the days before Thanksgiving was quite the event.

My husband’s trip home from the Bainbridge ferry took 6 hours… He walked MILES in snow. We lost power for 40 hours. Our pipes froze, but recovered without incident… We hit a car. But we fared well comparatively… Stacey took us in

And then… dear friends had their whole home flooded due to the bursting of pipes in the ceiling. My dentist’s office experienced a similar fate.

County-wide, there is story after story after story being retold… about how our Kitsap people survived and are now recovering from The Great Snowmageddon of 2010.

This is Frosty. Even he (she?) has a story…

Happy Frosty

But when I went to interview him the following day, it was really hard understanding a thing he said. I couldn’t find his mouth… nor could I find his nose ANYWHERE!

deFROSTY

We may never know the HIS full story…
- Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.


For the Love of Harry Potter

November 20th, 2010 by michellewhite

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m a Harry Potter fan.

Feel free to admit this along with me (if you are ,of course). It’s liberating.

I do have a daughter that shares my affection for the books as well as the movies. We have read the books 5 times each and seen the movies…well I lost count, really. We love them all so much.

Many a party and Halloween were spent in Hogwarts attire. We even have made our own wands from this great tutorial. So much fun!

I find that sharing this passion is a wonderful common link between my almost 11 year old and me. Something that we can share. Something that brings us together. I think as she is getting to that awkward age, it is detrimental to our relationship to continue sharing something. Anything. But literature is a bonus.

Today we saw the first part of the last Harry Potter film. It was great! I took my daughter and her friend to the Kingston Firehouse Theater. If you have never been, I can recommend it to you now. The seats are comfortable, it wasn’t extremely crowded, and it’s local! We actually showed up an hour before, expecting it to be sold out, but were pleasantly surprised to find out there wasn’t any danger of not getting in. Fantastic!

The last 6 films were on and off in my book as far as accurate depictions of what J.K. Rowling wrote. The last movie (Half-Blood Prince) was entertaining but disappointed me in a way because they cut so much of the book out- and then made up a few scenes that were never in there, for good measure. Grrrrrr.

After seeing the Deathly Hallows, the girls and I had a discussion about how it was and if it felt true to the book. All three of us agreed they did a good job.

Although it was definitely one of the darker films (and there were several people there with kids under 5 in the theater~ don’t get me started), it was well done.

So if you’re looking for something to do, and are old enough to do it (it is rated PG-13 for good reason), I can highly recommend cozying down with this movie in our own community’s little gem of a theater and some Harry Potter excitement!


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