Sunday, July 24, 2022

Snapshot Spring 2022

This summer has kinda been a hot mess at my house--between the last push to finish my capstone project for my master's degree, COVID (we held out for so long!) and now Influenza A. We haven't gotten much done on our summer list or with our goal to hike more. Hopefully we will get to it if we recover soon or not. I have had to learn some flexibility about my goals over the past 7 years (like the last time we had nature walks and easy hikes as a goal). So in place of that I will share my belated spring snapshot (and will format it all later). 

Favorite New Product:  We have been playing the old game Rummicub a lot in preparation of visiting some older relatives. It is a great game for my almost 9 and almost 12 year old. 

Life Hack: Apparently having "pointless" goals or "stupid quests", not only makes life more fun, but also can help when we are feeling powerless in other places in life (ahem, parenting).  My quest to visit all the parks in Santa Barbara makes so much sense now!    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/07/set-goals-meaningless-trivial/670476/

Last Book I Finished: And Then There were None by Agatha Christie 

Ten strangers are invited under various pretenses to a week away on a mysterious island. When the wealthy host doesn't show, an uneasiness settles. A record is played accusing the guests of a crime for which they cannot be convicted in a court of law. A framed nursery rhyme in every room seems to predict how things will go. As murders occur, according to the rhyme, fear grows and mistrust overwhelms the guests. 

Who is behind the murders? One of them? If so, how? In the end, there will be none, in what seems like an impossible end.

This is masterfully put together in the old style of murder mystery with very little gore and all sleuthing.

Life Project: I just (6/30) finished my Master's of Education in Instructional Design at Western Governor's University. I love that you can work at your own pace to accelerate your classes when you demonstrate your competence in the subject matter by test or by project!

What we are eating today: Salsa Chicken so easy and yummy! https://flouronmyface.com/instant-pot-salsa-chicken/

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Inspiration Point








You can't beat the view from Inspiration Point. It is tough enough that I didn't attempt it with my kids until recently (and even then it was a special request for my birthday). The trail is moderately strenuous for those used to hiking. 
 
 





Directions: Take the 101S to Mission St. Turn left onto Mission, then left on Chapala St.  Turn right onto Los Olivos St and continue onto Mission Canyon. Take a right onto Foothill and left onto Mission Canyon Rd. Veer left at the fork to continue onto Tunnel Rd. Park near the end of the road. 


I would recommend a map or description for this one since it does not have well marked signs. You will take the left fork at about .7 miles in (Jesusita Trail). Continue left (not toward 7 Falls) and at the end of the path you cross a power road to an overlook. The actual Inspiration Point is to the left along the power road (look for a footpath to the right). 
 

 

Trail Rating: Difficult for toddlers and kids not used to hiking, Moderate for others
Distance: 2 miles to the point, 4 miles round trip
Time: 2 hours round trip
Nearby attractions: Botanic Gardens, Rocky Nook Park, Natural History Museum
 
 
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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summer of the Hikes


The 2022 Quest is....... (drum roll please)

Summer of the Hikes! In 2017 when my kids were 7 and almost 4, we set out to walk nature trails and short hikes, but now we are able to walk a bit further with older kids (12 and almost 9). We will try to share one new hike a week in July and August (Mondays), one shorter nature walk we still love (Wednesday) and one other treasure (Friday).
 
Resources: 
 

Cold Springs Trail
Hot Springs Trail
Inspiration Point
Jesusita Trail
Lizards Mouth
Parma Park
Rattlesnake Canyon
San Ysidro falls
Seven Sisters
Skofield Park
Tangerine Falls
Tunnel Trail
Wind Tunnels at Gaviota State Park

2017 Nature Walks:
Botanic Gardens
Cheltham/Westmont Trail (Short one we missed in 2017)  
Allan Road Footpath 
Ortega Hill Loop
Ennisbrook Trail

Friday, May 27, 2022

Student Sphere at UCSB

 
Flora Zhang from StudentSphere and a current UCSB student reached out to me to let me know about the new program that pairs college students with parents and families. She shared that StudentSphere was established in response to COVID-19 and hopes to alleviate the resultant stress on parents and their children. They pair K-12 students with college students for assistance with homework, learning a language, tutoring, dancing, and more! Everything is absolutely FREE and virtual! I asked if she would be willing to do a Q&A to answer questions so I can share the program with you!
 
Q: What inspired you/students to start the group?
A: Two UC Davis students launched StudentSphere, to assist families with children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were inspired to start the program when they observed families in their own community, including those that consisted of single parents, frontline workers, and immunocompromised individuals, facing challenges with balancing work and their students’ education. Our program was initially designed to help connect K-12 students to college student mentors for assistance with the transition to online learning. Although in-person learning has resumed, our program continues to establish mentorships and support K-12 students.

Q: Who are you hoping to reach?
A: We offer free mentoring services to K-12 students living in North America.

Q: What kind of help do you provide?
A: We are a community-service based organization that provides free and virtual academic support and enrichment to K-12 students. We pair volunteer college/university students, known as mentors, with K-12 students for homework help, tutoring, social activities, and college preparation.

Q: How are students matched? How are the students vetted?
A: StudentSphere screens applicants based on interests, availability, and compatibility. We match mentors and mentees based on these criteria in order to ensure a successful mentorship. In terms of mentors, we also verify that they are indeed college students.

Q: How do I find out more?
Our website is https://studentsphere.org/ and email is studentsphereinfo@gmail.com.

Q: Any other things you want to share?
A: StudentSphere was interviewed by Univision back in September 2020. Thanks to outlets like Univision and other community organizations, our program has been able to reach diverse population of students from all over the nation. Link to the interview

 This sounds like an amazing resource for our community!

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Winchester Park


 Winchester Park 1 and 2 just got face lifts. Winchester I Park is located in the 7600 block of Calle Real (closest cross street Bradford Dr). It got new exercise equipment for adults, but no playground for kids.  



Winchester II Park is located in the 7700 block of Calle Real with an entrance across from Jenna drive or another entrance in the cul-de-sac Warwick Pl. There are 2 large play structures with shade over rubber foam mats as well as a self powered merry-go-round, lily pad bridge and swings. There are regular swings a toddler swing and a differently abled swing. This park also has shaded benches and a shaded picnic table as well as older picnic tables under a tree.

The age 2 to 5 place structure has three climbing areas, a larger double slide and a tiny slide for very littles as well as the kind of place my kids used to use for an ice cream store. 

The 5 to 12 play structure has a rope climbing structure, swinging rings and three other climbing places as well as a long slide.

Pros
The shade for parents is definitely a plus
There is plenty of sitting space for parents.
The merry-go-round was a hit with my kids. 
 
Cons
Parking can be hard to come by.
There is no bathroom. 






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Summer of the Parks
Extensive Parks List

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Vacation Bible School 2022

 


Vacation Bible School is happening this summer! This is what I have found online so far. All ages are the ages children will be in this fall. If your church plans to do VBS this summer, forward me the info so I can add it!

June
June 13-17 9am-12pm Calvary Chapel SB at 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #21
Phone: 805-730-1400 Ages: Kinder to 6th grade Price: $100 for the week Register at:
https://calvarysb.churchcenter.com/unproxy/registrations/events/1231058

June 6-10 8:30-12 CEF Adventure Club at various trails in Santa Barbara
Ages: 10-12 Price: Free Register at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8a92ba7f49-cefadventure7 More Info: http://cefsantabarbara.org/programs/5-day-clubs/ (FULL)

June 13-17 8:15-3 Christian Leadership Camp for 5th-8th grade students led by GracePoint Church at Anthem Price $50/$100 Register at: https://ucsb.acts2fellowship.org/anchor-youth-leadership-camp


 "We are trying to gather all the Christian students who are in between 5th and 8th grade, help them to grow in their faith, leadership skills, and make friendships along the way."

June 20-June 24 9am-12pm CEF Lego Camp Location: TBD Ages: 1st-6th grade Price: Free Register at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8a92ba7f49-ceflego6 More Info: http://cefsantabarbara.org/programs/5-day-clubs/ (FULL)

June 27-July 1 8:45-12 Montecito Covenant Church 671 Cold Spring Rd, Montecito
Phone: (805) 969-0373 Ages: K -8th grade Price: $55 per child Register at:
http://www.mcchurch.org/noahs/

July

July 27-July 1 9am-12pm Surf Camp with Victory Sessions at Santa Claus Beach (Calvary Chapel SB at 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #21 Phone: 805-730-1400) Games, Crafts, Bible Study and Worship Ages: K-6th grade Price: $50    https://calvarysb.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1201067 (Alternate dates all FULL)

July 11-15 CEF Soccer Camp 9am-12pm CEF Soccer Camp at location TBD
Ages: 1st-6th grade Price: Free Register at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8a92ba7f49-cefsoccer11 
More Info: http://cefsantabarbara.org/programs/5-day-clubs/ (FULL)

July 11-15 Okids Beach Camp 9m-12:30pm Ocean Hills at East Beach
Ages: 1st-6th grade Price: $100 until April 30 Register at: https://oceanhills.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/401/responses/new

August
August 1-5   Trinity Lutheran Garden Song Camp  9:00-12:00 (at TLC 909 N La Cumbre)
Ages: 1st-6th grade Price: $55 or $65/child, $120/Family Register at: youth@telcsb.org

I am sure I missed something so feel free to comment below or message me through Facebook at www.facebook.com/goletamom.

Andamar Park


Andamar Park got a face lift and it got two thumbs up from my kids. The old park had toddler and 2 regular swings as well as a slide over sand. The new park has large play structure with a wide variety of features over rubber mat. There is a big kid (5-12) play structure and a toddler (2-5) play structure. The big structure has 3 climbing areas, monkey rings, 2 slides and a three story tower. The little structure has 2 slides, 2 climbing places and a tunnel. There is also a merry-go-round and a unique set of 4 swings where kids can swing together or you can swing with your toddler.

 Favorites: The three story tower (11 year old's favorite), merry-go-round (8 year old) and shaded benches (mom)  

Quote: "Mom, you should add this to your list of parks for big kids!" (11 year old) 

This one is tricky to find because it is set back from the road. The entrances are located off Cathedral Oaks (near 5761) and Arundel Rd (near 670).

Pros
There is a large variety of things that could entertain for a long time.
The tower is unique and loved by a large range of ages.
The merry-go-round is a true one and goes faster than most around here.
There are shaded places for the parents to sit.
The swings are unique too. One is a tetter-totter type and one has a spot for mom/sibling to swing with a toddler!

Cons
There are no bathrooms, not even a port-a-potty.
There are no water fountains.
Be aware: This is definitely a dog park where people let their dogs roam off leash. 

 

Little Kids Back

Little Kids Front

Big Kids Back

Big Kids Side

Big Kids Front

Toddler Partner Swing

Swings

Shaded Benches

Merry-Go-Round


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