Back to reality!! We are back from a wonderful week at the beach and our house of curls is slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. Our bags are unpacked, laundry is (almost) put away, and curly girlies are already asking "what are we going to do today?"
I'm so thankful for the time that we had away at the beach. We spent our week at Cinnamon Beach of Ocean Hammock in Palm Coast, FL, which is about 25 minutes south of St. Augustine. We had incredible weather - a little overcast and an amazing ocean breeze! We spent our days relaxing and playing at the beach and pool. The girlies had a blast and loved building sand castles and riding waves. I enjoyed some reading (yes, I had several quiet opportunities thanks to my hubby, parents, sis, and bro-in-law), taking little naps, watching curly girlies and sweet nephew playing in the sand, walks on the beach with hubby, eating seafood, and spending some quality time with my family.
So, back to talking about reality. All morning, I have been trying to think of something fun and creative to do with all of the seashells we collected.
I looked at a couple of websites and couldn't find anything easy enough for both girls to do. However, I saw this sailboat on the Skip to My Lou blog and figured I could just use seashells as the base and sticks to hold the sail.
So, first we went into the yard and picked some sticks. The weather is quite nice here so we got a little distracted by all the fun things to do and see (we have lots of yummy veggies and fruits popping up, thanks to our green thumb daddy - more on that later).
Once inside, the girlies picked out the fabric pieces (which were graciously given to me by my wonderful neighbor and dear friend) they wanted to use and I cut them into triangles. I then cut little holes on the side of the fabric so that we could slide the fabric onto the sticks.
Next, the girlies got to play with playdough! Oldest curly girlie rolled the playdough into balls and youngest just tried to eat it.
Lastly, each girlie picked out their favorite two shells to use. We smashed the playdough into the shells and put the stick sails into the playdough.
Finally, we have four sailboats! Oldest curly girlie decided that she wanted to see them float in the water. So, we trotted upstairs to find out if they would actually float. What do you think? Will these shell sailboats float?
The boats don't float...but, we had a fun time laughing at the sinking boats and had a great lesson on why things float! So, we left the boats to dry...
...and played with playdough! I think the girls had more fun with this than the boats.