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A DAY IN THE PARKS

Eleanor and I are so excited to share this post with you. Today is moms day off, so we are off to the parks. We are so fortunate to live around the block from the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and Kid’s World at Alameda Park.

It may not look like it, but we’ve been up since 4:30 am.

I did say we live right around the corner from the parks, but I thought it would be a good idea to drive just in case Eleanor came up with a different plan.

We enjoy feeding the ducks and turtles at the garden koi pond.

The Memorial Garden features a collection of 75 different trees, and plant species. The Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Self-Guided Tree & Plant Tour includes a sensory garden with audio posts, interpretive Braille signs, walking paths, picnic areas; and Gazebo.

A butterfly garden includes host plants for butterflies and moths.

Moving right along, we spent the rest of the day swinging and sliding at Kids World.

We hope you enjoyed your day in the parks with us.

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JOINING THE TEAM

I am so excited to announce that I will be a contributing member of the goodnewssantabarbara.com team. My excitement comes from finally making the decision, and following through with the action, to invest my time and effort into the dream we envisioned when Good News Santa Barbara initially launched in 2014.

Our mission is to provide a space where we can share who and what inspires us as parents, partners, and individuals.

Please reach out to us, leave comments, contact us personally with anything that intrigues and inspires you.

Here are a few pics from our day on Stearns Wharf. We enjoyed a great lunch at Long Boards Grill.

 

A couple of happy campers

A unique and interesting attraction on the wharf is the Ty Warner Sea Center.

The Harbor Restaurant and Santa Barbara Shellfish Company are great dining experiences.

Eleanor is on her way to lil’ ninjas, karate for kids class at Martial Arts Family Fitness. We love the fun, learning atmosphere.

In the year we’ve attended we have observed Eleanor build a strong body, a disciplined mind, and a resilient spirit. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and an Indomitable Spirit are the school tenets.

Your first class is free.

Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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beach day

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We decided to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we are having.  I almost hate to say this, but it has been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s around here lately.  Can’t complain.  This is definitely what we pay for, and I tell you, we PAY for it!  The husband and I rarely have a full day together, so when we do it is definitely a treat.  We packed up the grill (best investment ever), which I’ve talked about here and here, grabbed some burgers,  and headed down to check out the surf.  It was PERFECT!

It’s days like these that I never want to move from Santa Barbara.  Everything seems just fine the way it is.

beachbbq^^^It really is the perfect, portable grill.^^^

beachbbq2^^^My latest craving.^^^

beachbbq1^^^Snacks and buns.^^^

beachbbq4^^^The husband shot this.  I’m over half way there.  Yay!!!^^^

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apple picking

apple1This past week we drove out to the country to do a little apple pickin.  I’m only working till noon at another job right now, then come home and work on orders for the store.  I decided to take a break from it all, and go have a little fun.

We decided to stop and have lunch at the famous Andersen’s Split Pea Soup.  It was awesome!  We each had two bowls. We were nice and full and wanted to take naps, but we drove over to the apple orchard, and even made a quick stop at the pumpkin patch.  I have never been apple picking, but I see pictures of friends on the east coast doing it every year at this time.  I’m so happy we went, we had a ton of fun!

Oh, and while at the pumpkin patch we bought a huge bundle of hay to put on our front porch, with all of our pumpkins. True country livin’.  I wish.

apple7^^^This place was the best, if you’re ever in Solvang, go!^^^

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apple5^^^Obligatory apple orchard picture.^^^

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apple2^^^I feel so bad for all of the apples that don’t make it.  What a waste.^^^

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apple2^^^My partner in crime.^^^

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The last of Florida

florida^^^The peace sign is because his shorts were falling down. ha!^^^

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We are back home and back to our regular every day activities.  I am working on a few projects and one really BIG one that I can’t wait to share with you VERY soon.  I’m so excited I can hardly wait, but I have to, just for a few more weeks.  We had the best time in Florida.  We were down there to deal  mainly with some medical stuff, but we had lots of free time to enjoy our surroundings.  The pictures below were of our last hooray at the beach with Dave surfing and doing his thing in the water. I wish I could surf, I’m afraid of sharks.  True story.  I even spent the summers of my childhood at the beach, and to this day I have a huge fear of sharks.  So I just put my toes and maybe a little more in and that’s it.  I leave the cool surfing thing up to my husband.

Thanks, Florida.  You sure are hot and humid, but you also have the most amazing clouds in your sky.

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outdoor entertaining

Easy Update:  Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie

Outdoor entertaining is one of the great joys of spring and summer. Until, of course, the bugs invade. In place of spray and pesticides, try a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants. Grouped together near a seating area on your deck or patio, they make a pretty and lush addition to your outdoor landscape while also protecting you and your guests. Check out One Kings Lane’s article Easy Update:  Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie for more information about how a trio of lush potted plants will have you saying good-bye to bug spray.

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