It isn't so much a question of what we did around here last weekend as it is what we didn't do. Goodness, what a busy couple of days we had. But busy in all the nicest ways, really. We welcomed Dan home from a trip out west, Mariam had her first orchestra concert of the year, we had friends for dinner on Saturday night and stayed up far later than we probably should have.
Our friend Matt came into town from California on Sunday, and though he is here for work-related purposes, we took advantage of the free time that he did have and went for an afternoon walk down to a favorite beach on Shelburne Bay.
We filled our pockets with especially lovely rocks and searched for beach glass by the shore. Annie 2.0 found some kind of crayfish-type fellow. He was long dead, but still in very servicable condition for observation and investigation.
Mariam received some solid instruction on the fine art of rock skipping from Matt, Mark and Annie 2.0. She is already a much better rock skipper than I will ever be. I consider that good news. The skipping of stones, after all, is one of the more satisfying idle-time activities available out there in the wide world.
A couple of other notes today:
:: Mariah lives in an area where the recent storm caused significant damage to many, many communities. She is generously donating all proceeds from Playful Learning e-courses through the end of this coming weekend to the recovery efforts, and you can find out more about how to sign up here.
:: David and Lisabeth have a free Thanksgiving-themed Sparkle Story up on the Sparkle site and are also offering a special Martin and Sylvia sample pack all week long with proceeds going to Heifer International. Heifer is an amazing organization, and we always love Martin and Sylvia around here! Check out the details and find the free story here.