Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Quest 2019 Update

It's time for my yearly update of the summer quest! It was an ambitious goal to go to lots of museums. My kids (6 and 9 now) can go to museums and do well, but it was a once a week at most activity. We visited some and will continue to visit more, but I didn't go as many as I would have liked. Perhaps some day we will tackle have summer of the museums part 2.

It is always fun to have a goal and although this one was a bit ambitious, I am glad we got the more museums than we would have tried otherwise, but I would have loved more!

Main Museums
MOXI Museum of Exploration and Innovation
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Arts Museum
Santa Barbara Historical Museum (El Presidio)
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Sea Center
South Coast Railroad Museum

Lesser Known in Santa Barbara
Ablitt House
Bellosguardo Estate
Casa del Herrero
Casa Dolores
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Reagan Ranch Center
Ridley Tree Museum of Art (Westmont College)
Santa Barbara Art Museum (UCSB)
Santa Barbara Surfing Museum
Santa Barbara Veterans Museum
Susan Quinlan's Doll & Teddy Bear Museum
UCSB Multicultural Center

Farther Away
Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
Elveroj Museum of History and Art
Guadelupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
Guadelupe Cultural Arts Center
La Purissima Mission
Neal Taylor Nature Center (Lake Cachuma)
Santa Maria Discovery Museum
Santa Maria Museum of Flight
Santa Maria Valley Historical Railway Museum
Wilding Art Museum

Monday, September 23, 2019

Summer 2019 Snapshot

Life Hack: Pool Bag
This summer we went to the pool and beach. A lot. I finally kept a swim bag packed all the time with the basics: suits, towels, hats, sunblock and packaged snacks. It was handy to just be able to grab it and go.

New Product I Love: Target Plates and Utensils
We recently we on a road trip and needed to buy supplies after flying there. These Target plates and utensils were so perfect we brought them home in our suitcases to put with our camping supplies.

Last Book I Finished: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was an amazing read. Set in 1950's North Carolina, Kya is the Marsh Girl mostly self raised and occasionally interacting with the locals in the nearby town. Readers grow to love her tenacity and love of nature. When a suspicious death occurs in the marsh, the blame falls on Kya. The story is told jumping back and forth between the past and present as Kya is brought to trial. The story is engaging and the descriptions are beautifully painted. 5 stars.

Life Project: Summer of the Museums and launching a moms group for mothers of elementary aged kids called MOMSnext.