High Flying

by Stefani on 3-June-2008

Lift I don’t know if it’s where we live (not exactly wide or open), or if our kids were just too young, or if we didn’t have the right kind of kites, or maybe all of the above, but we’ve never had a whole lot of luck with kites.

More often than not, it just amounted to a lot of tangled lines and disappointment.

Holding Tightly

Well we have discovered a whole new world. Kites + long stretch of beach = perfection.

Kite Running

My boys could spend all day long running up and down the beach, feet wet and sandy, eyes looking skyward.

High

Kite Running

And when they can’t do that anymore, they come in to draw and paint them.

Beach Journal

The big poster, leaning against the wall, is something we began working on last week, in preparation for our trip.

We labeled the picture, then thought of all the nouns, verbs and adjectives we might need in our “word bank” for journaling while we are at the beach. It’s working out really well!

But back to the kites…

I Flew A Kite

James is inventing stories about his kite – how it’s actually a satellite, sending signals to a secret spy station.

It reminds me of how I used to pretend that my old bike, with it’s big banana seat and white plastic basket (complete with big plastic, purple, flowers), was actually a horse named “Morning Glory.”

I wonder how long it will take for their kites to have names?
Mama Urchin June 3, 2008 at 7:28 am

That is one of the many reasons the Wright brothers chose the beach to experiment with flight. Papa is a kite guy so I have lots of experience with staring up into the sky until your eyes hurt. Sounds like you are having a fabulous time.

elissa Finger June 3, 2008 at 7:44 am

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, all of it! i am insanely jealous! soak it all up, drink it in, eat it whole… these pictures capture the memories that someday will give you all those good sort of goosebumps!

Jenny June 3, 2008 at 8:13 am

I recognize that very beach! We have also spent a lot of time in that spot. Such a lovely time it seems you’re having! We may just have to follow suit. Love the photos 🙂

Natalie June 3, 2008 at 8:32 am

Oh, look at the Blue Yonder!
What fun!

misschris June 3, 2008 at 8:59 am

🙂 Wonderful. I am so glad you all are enjoying your vacation! These photos are wonderful. And I love your picture word bank. That watercolor of James’ is gorgeous. Totally, completely wonderful.

Relyn June 3, 2008 at 9:18 am

My banana seat bike magically transformed itself into an entire icrecream parlor when you turned it upside down. All you had to do was turn the pedals to crank out the icrecream. Imagination is the best magic, isn’t it?

Amy June 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

Your son’s painting is so beautiful.

OMSH June 3, 2008 at 11:16 am

That room he’s in? With the tablecloth and bleached white boards? I LOVE IT. I want to live in it. Please tell me you don’t own that or I might be exceedingly more covetous than is allotted. Oh wait, I’m not supposed to covet at all…geez.

I love the kite painting (oops – I meant satellite).

Just so you know – my bike was a horse too – named Flicka (just like the one on my Grandparent’s ranch), except it was blue with Hawaiian flowers and had the words “Fantasy Island” written on the side.

kristi June 3, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Ohhh, I want to be there with you!! How did you find that house? The boys look like they are in heaven! And James is growing his hair out again!!

Lisa Clarke June 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Oh, yes, kites on the beach – a pleasure we just discovered last month. Such fun!

Anne June 3, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Perfect pictures and kites!

gypsy root June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm

wow…what amazing images. there is something so freeing about flying a kite, especially while running down the open beach.
Your teaching methods are inspiring. If you get a chance I would like to know more about the word bank. Seems like a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

gypsy root June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm

wow…what amazing images. there is something so freeing about flying a kite, especially while running down the open beach.
Your teaching methods are inspiring. If you get a chance I would like to know more about the word bank. Seems like a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

gypsy root June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm

wow…what amazing images. there is something so freeing about flying a kite, especially while running down the open beach.
Your teaching methods are inspiring. If you get a chance I would like to know more about the word bank. Seems like a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

gypsy root June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm

wow…what amazing images. there is something so freeing about flying a kite, especially while running down the open beach.
Your teaching methods are inspiring. If you get a chance I would like to know more about the word bank. Seems like a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

Paper Dolls for Boys June 4, 2008 at 4:17 am

Those kite photos are just magical. Really.

Dallas June 4, 2008 at 5:07 am

Looks like they’re having a great time. I love the the perspective on those first few photos.

Our Green Nest June 4, 2008 at 7:27 am

Aaahhh – I haven’t been to my Texas beach yet this summer 🙁 – can’t wait to see the beauty of Port A!! Really beautiful shots – make me yearn to be at my favorite place! Oh and kites – such wonderful memories of doing that as a child…need to try that again!

betsy June 4, 2008 at 8:20 am

This is so inspiring…

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