If you knew Richard Vanderpool, Jr., ...you would know he loves making whirligigs to be enjoyed by all. It's so nice to see his passion for them and helped to inspire a trip we ended up taking last year to his hometown of Wilson, NC. He also helped us become more aware about these fun pieces of art for yards, museums and more.
We were able to take a trip with him in January 2017 along with some other family members, including my children. We went to Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park, although when we were there we saw only the warehouse, sort of where the magic was happening in restoring these contraptions and learned all about the story through various newspaper clippings on a bulletin board and fell in love with saving the town and the art all at once to help revitalize the town! Very inspiring to see this in Wilson, NC!
I hope to go back one day soon with the family to see the Park as it's there now. We got to the see the plan...now to go back and see those ideas brought to life. There's an annual Whirligig Festival the first weekend in November, learn more here: WHIRLIGIG FESTIVAL. If you are interested in learning more about the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, here's some quick access links:
I don't know how many of you reading this are from North Carolina, but if you are, I wonder if you knew that the official North Carolina State Folk Art are "whirligigs"? Thought it was quite fitting that this is in North Carolina.
North Carolina State Folk Art
We aren't sure of the origin of the whirligig, but think it may have come from either farmers and/or sailors because they both regularly use weathervanes. They aren't just yard decor, but also can be very useful and and are known by many names.
"They can be designed to transmit sound and/or vibration to repel burrowing rodents to keep them away from your house, garden, flowers, etc. There are also different ways they can be powered including by hand, friction or motor powered. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijigs, whirlyjigs, whirlybirds or plain whirly."
I think these are pretty great...and these are just a few. Grandpa Vanderpool has made a bird whirligig for our daughter to paint and when she finishes, hope to have it in the front yard.
I had seen them many times, but until I heard about them from someone with a passion for them, I just didn't know much about them. We have grown to appreciate these works of art because of Grandpa and his passion and love for making "whirligigs"! Ever since our trip to Wilson, NC we notice them everywhere: in yards, museums, movies, even in shops.
Have you heard of "whirligigs" before this article, or seen them and just didn't know quite what they were called? Let me know in the comments below. If you've been to the park or have some whirligigs, share a picture, would love to see them!
I wanted to share ten ways you could celebrate Dad on Father's Day and to show him just how much you really do care about him and all he does for the children. For me personally, I have a husband who loves to be silly, loves disc golf, coding on his computer and puns...LOTS OF PUNS! So my perspective is inspired a lot by him. And then, my Dad, who was a Spanish teacher and is retiring this year: He loves telling stories, pens, gadgets, swimming, and watching movies. He's a big "Back to the Future" and "Rocky" fan! Then my father-in-law, who used to deliver newspapers for a long time and loves stripping copper and repurposing what people have thrown away into something useful again. He also loves making whirl-a-gigs (whirl-a-gigs will be a in a future post). Both my Dad and Father-in-law love playing with my kids too and just having a good time. They all like vacations to either the beach or mountains.
So based on these three men in my life, it has a lot to do with my top ten list, so yours may differ for those you are celebrating in your life!
1. Get them a card to show you care.
Let them know in a card how much they mean to you. Now it's up to you to pick out the card you know will match their personality that lets them know you know what they like as well!
2. Quality time.
Listening to him talk about his day and just listening unless he asks your opinion on something. Playing board games that he likes, charades or pictionary or another game he likes. Maybe even build legos together or something else he likes to do while still getting to talk. Does he like science? Maybe do a fun science experiment together.
3. Going out to eat to their favorite restaurant.
Let them pick where they want to go and you order the food, bring it to the table and get it ready and let him be served. Go around while eating say why you are thankful for him.
4. Surprise them with a clean car inside and out.
Get up early and go get the car washed, cleaned out and vacuumed and don't forget the fragrance! It will be a nice surprise for Dad to know he's loved and have a nice clean car to drive.
5. Take the kids out one weekend.
Plan a weekend trip getaway for him to somewhere you know he's been wanting to go with some friends, work out all the logistics and keep it a surprise!
6. Making him lunch with a different reason you love him each day.
He will love knowing he's being thought of each morning and it doesn't have to be an extravagant lunch, sandwiches are fine. Anything he loves. Also write a little note each day with a different reason you love him each day. (I try to think of "puns" for this one)
7. Go see a movie that he picks out and then go out afterwards so you can discuss it.
Preplan and preorder the tickets. Go to a movie you know he's been wanting to see, include the kids if age appropriate, if not, then get a sitter and plan it all out so it's just done. Then get a snack or meal afterwards why you discuss the movie with him. If you can set up the theme of the movie afterwards that would be fantastic!
8. A thoughtful handmade gift.
You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest or a simple google search for handmade gift ideas using the children's handprints and/or footprints to personalize the gift. Or look for a nice monogrammable gift of something you know he will love. Etsy is a great store to get personalized unique gifts for any occasion, including Father's Day.
Check out my Pinterest Board on Father's Day to get you started.
9. Having dinner ready when he gets home.
Have a plan for dinner each day so it will be ready when he gets home each day and it's just done. Then all he has to do is sit down to enjoy it.
10. Having the house cleaned.
Have a plan for getting a little bit of the house cleaned each day and stick to it so you can stay on task and always have it clean when he gets home to show him you care.
What are some things you have done in the past to celebrate the special fathers in your life? Share them below, would love to know. Feel free to share your own blog posts if they relate to Father's Day in anyway and are family/homeschool friendly. Would love to get some inspiration from you as well.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday and am so thankful for my mother and my mother-in-law as well as the various women in my life who have played a role as mother to me in times of need. I am so thankful for each one of you and you have helped me to become who I am today as a mother.
It was wonderful to see some of my aunts and cousins as well yesterday and visit with them. So thankful for family. We were able to have a dinner back in my hometown yesterday and just have a time together to visit and slow down for a bit and just enjoy other people. The kids and my husband had fun with "Nerf Wars!" I'm always so thankful for quality time with those you love.
I also want to put my heart on here for those who yesterday was a hard day for and to let you know you are not forgotten. To remind you that you're not alone although I know it can feel like you are. You are loved.