Painted Sand Dollars

I went into this year of homeschooling our son and daughter-my first with both of them-thinking we would make this the EPIC YEAR OF HOMESCHOOLING!!!! I figured as my son healed we may never do this again so should take advantage of things like not being tied to a location. Wanderlust, it’s never far from my surface.

How ’bout that view? Fort Morgan, Alabama

So, I planned a month at the beach in Alabama near my family. Of course, this year didn’t go exactly as planned, but, man…. am I glad I made those beach plans! It was so lovely to spend so much time with my mother and our family. Not to mention spending February on the beach during an outrageously warm winter!

We played and walked and learned. It made me realize how true it is that kids can learn anywhere! We found more dead sand dollars on the beach than I have ever seen! We had so many and so much time we started painting them with water colors. It’s such an easy craft and we loved watching the ways they just soak up the paint, I thought I’d share the idea. Maybe you’ll find it rather summery and zen, too.

And a quick PSA for sand dollars, please buy your sand dollars at a shell shop if you’re not finding dead ones! If it looks greenish-yellow and furry, put it back in the water, that one might still be alive. If they are white to light gray (put it in the sun on a porch and it will bleach white quickly) those are already dead so no murdering guilt for you!

Click here if you’re still not sure how to tell. 

And now we have a sand dollar tree center piece!



2 Comments on Painted Sand Dollars

  1. Don
    May 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm (9 months ago)

    Sometimes we have to sit back and do a rewind of time spent with our children. I always tried to look back, especially on either amazing times or very difficult times with my children who for me were very lucky to be healthy normal kids. That said I would wonder sometimes, who learned more, who had more fun, who enjoyed each other’s company more. Me or them.
    Your blogs are amazing to read Ali. Your children are most fortunate to have you as their mom.

    • Ali
      May 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks, Don. Our experience with B and the way it has changed all of our lives has us really reflecting on how we’re living and why. Some big changes coming soon. Nothing like a dose of reality to make you question your own reality!


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