Friday, July 19, 2013

Out With the Old, In With the New

Yesterday, my family and I paid a visit to town. Our first stop was to drop off recyclables at a recycling plant. I was amazed at the amount of recyclables there. We cashed in a lot of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass bottles. (My sister and I are saving up for: me—a horse, and my sister—a surfboard.) We were very pleased with what we made. Thank you to everyone who helped us by giving us your plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans.

Sorting out recyclables for first ever turn in.
After cashing in our recyclables, we ran some errands before going to Avila Beach to boogie board. When we arrived, we “wave watched” for a bit. Deciding the waves were too small, we drove over to Pismo Beach where we pulled on our wet suits. We had trouble getting onto the actual beach though, because the “beach access” sign was misleading. We had to hike down, in flip-flops, steep dirt stairs and cross a field to get there. However, once we got there we knew it would be worth it. Quickly, we hopped into the water and my sister and I began to boogie board with the help of our dad. After my first few waves I needed a minute to calm myself down because I had been completely submerged once and kept slipping off the board and sliding against the sand. So for a while, I sat and played in the sand with the water rushing over me. Eventually, I began to boogie board again. We had a lot of fun. Toward the end of our time at the beach, I took off too soon and the wave crashed onto me! My mom said that I looked like part of the wave! I went head over heels-or . . . heels over head? I did a total somersault in the wave. It felt weird and my nose was stinging but at the same time I felt like I was flying in mid-air. Afterward, I just sat there, sort of stunned before recovering and boogie boarding some more. Then we had to leave. We decided to hike up a different, easier, path that we found. When we arrived at the car hot and tired but happy, we tried our best to wash off but still looked like we were covered in half the beach! Lastly, we went to Costco and after shopping we bought a pizza, and came home.
Posing with boogie board at Pismo Beach.

We had a fun filled, wonderful day and, although I'm still sore all over, I can't wait to do it again. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for making it such a great day! (And Dad for braving the cold water without a wetsuit!) Thanks, God, for protecting us and helping us to have fun despite a couple face-plants!

21 comments:

  1. I love your banner, Bethany! Where is Pismo Beach?
    Anyway, I signed up to follow your blog. Here is the comment I posted under YOUR comment over on Andi's blog. I'm never sure how anyone figures out when I've commented on a comment. Do you get a notification?

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    Oh, boy! Those are your grandparents? The Ghost Town folks? I remember them! This will be so fun! What booth are you and they in? I'm in Booth #24, right at the entrance. You can't miss me. Part of me hopes it will be "busy" (since that means good sales) but part of me hopes we do have time to visit a bit. Can I take a picture of you at my booth? I bet everybody over here on the blog would love to see one! :-)

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    1. Pismo Beach is about 15 minutes south of San Luis Obispo.
      I DO NOT get a notification unless I sign up for one. You just have to check in often.
      I commented on your blog about the comment.
      By the way, on my blog my comments are listed as "Bethany" not "horse crazy gal" as it is on your blog. See you at the conference!!!

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    2. I did sign up to follow you, Bethany. I got this post this morning. :-)
      I had a map of the VHE convention hall, so I could see where everybody is, but I can't find it any longer. Oh, well. See you soon.

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    3. Oh well. Thanks anyway. Glad you could follow!

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  2. Hi Bethany! I loved reading your two main entries so far and am very excited to keep up on what you are doing and thinking as you continue to write.

    When I was 8 and 9, I lived in Orange, CA, and had cousins who lived in Huntington Beach -- just a block from the sand! We visited them often, so I spent a lot of time "body surfing" in that wonderful ocean. No wet suit or boogie board, just lots of cold and sandy fun! I remember being caught in waves just as you described -- head over heels or is it heels over head? Kinda like being a load of clothes in the dryer!

    Keep writing! I'll see you next month, Lord willing! I already made my train reservation, so I hope He's willing! I LOVE YOU!

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    1. Can't wait to see you Auntie Amy! Sounds like a lot of fun, but freezing! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I'll bet my face went deeper into the sand than yours! Love you!

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    1. Hmm, I don't know. I guess we'll see which imprint is deeper when we visit again!

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  4. Learning to save is great and is one of the best lessons to learn! Learn it young and learn it well!!! :)

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  5. Wow, sounds like you had fun!!! How much longer before you can buy your horse??? I hope you can get one soon.
    Alicia
    P.S. I came here from Andi's Blog

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    1. So glad you found out off Andi's Blog! Thanks for visiting! I hope you can follow. It'll take quite a while before I can buy a horse because I need feed too!
      P.S. I left a comment for you on Andi's Blog under "Virginia's Riding Lesson: part 4" under your comment

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    2. I know that it takes quite a bit of money before you can buy one, I guess I kinda meant if you had been saving for a while and are close to getting one. If that makes any sense. Oh, and thanks for the comment, I think I will follow your blog!!!

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    3. I noticed that on your profile you like the "Winnie the Horse Gentler" series, aren't they awesome!!! Have you read the "Golden Filly" series, they are FANTASTIC!!!

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    4. I'm sooo glad that you are going to follow! Yes, the "Winnie the Horse Gentler" series is so cool! No, I've not read the "Golden Filly" series. . . yet! Thanks for the recommend!

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  6. You sure did look like the wave! I did some face plants too . . . but not like your flip! I love you, Diti.

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    1. Thanks Surfer Gal! I love you too!

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  7. Wow - it sounds like a great time was had by all. I sure wish I could have been there with you. You girls have a great mommy and daddy and their hearts are so filled with love for you - you are truly blessed to have parents who not only love you but want to spend quality time with you and enjoy being with you - not a lot of children could say that. My prayers are always for all of you, your protection, your happiness and hearts filled with love. Love you lots and lots, Grandma

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  8. Thank you so much Grandma! Love you!

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  9. Looks like your summer has been kept pretty full, m'dear! So good to see you start your own little corner of the blogging world. ;)
    Hope you have a blessed summer and to see you very soon.

    *hugs*
    Grace

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    1. Thanks Grace! I hope to have you follow my blog! I also hope you can give me hints to make my blog even better.
      Thanks again!

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