Saturday, December 31, 2011

Surfs Up Santa

This is our friend Dennis on Christmas Day. My best friend Chris was wearing her Santa hat too. Last Christmas I got to surf. But this year it was a little big, so I decided rather than loading the kids up and driving to my smaller/safe spot, I would spend the day with them and let it be their day. We played all day and had dinner with some friends on our street in the evening. So nice.

Tuesday, I surfed Blackies in the fog with the swell that has been here for about a week now. It was so fun. Perfect, long 3-4 foot glassy set waves. The water has been crystal clear lately. As far out as you paddle, you can see the ripples of the sand under the water and little seashells. I've been wanting to take my goPro camera out just to get some shots under water, but haven't remembered yet...I have some new year's resolutions floating in my head. Just being healthy ones and setting some goals for learning new things and practicing other things more often...

Dennis, the surfing Santa, is so nice and fun. I've been to his beach house in Sunset. It's on 5th Street; the street where we got married on the beach. He said he remembers seeing our wedding from his window. His house is preserved in it's original 50's decor down to the shag carpets. The walls and ceiling are covered in wood. He has yellow counter tops and yellow and teal tile in his bathroom, a dancing hula girl lamp and a stained glass window above his kitchen sink. He collects all things vintage including surfboards and even has a wooden telephone booth in his garage. He has a consta-smile and you can't help but smile back when you see him.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's Christmas time again...

Some shots with my mom-in-laws awesome camera. I am jealous. I sold my crappy camera though, so I'm one small step closer to getting a decent small step. Seriously though, it was so nice of them to come. The kids loved it and loved torturing their dog too.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Surf Moms & Christmas stuff

We had a super fun Chritmas-y/going away party for one of our Surf Moms, Kindra and her fam. What a fun group of ladies. I'm so lucky to be friends with them. There's something extremely comforting about having friends that share common interests and values with you.
In other news, I don't think we are moving after all. James told Robby, if we didn't find a roommate by January 1st, he wouldn't make us pay for their part of the rent for a month. I also think we found a roommate. He lives in Santa Barbara and his wife goes to UCSB, so he says. He turned in his app and we are just waiting for James to give the go ahead.
We've passed out almost all of our Christmas treats and I started wrapping presents today. This year, I made decorated sugar cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies, candy cane red and white twisty cookies and peanut butter/hershey cookies. Isaac helped me and now he is a pro at cracking eggs. We also got our family picture with Santa thanks to Robby's mom who shot it with her awesome camera. His parents came to visit this week. The kids were in heaven. Today, I took out all the gifts I've stashed throughout the year and realized I have two gifts for Isaac and a ton for Monet. Not sure how that happened...I can't wait to see their faces on Christmas morning. So fun.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Monet loves Santa

Monet loves to remind me that she believes in "God and Santa." Isaac wants nothing to do with the latter. We're going to try to bribe him for a family photo with Santa...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

zen and surfing

Life has been a little crazy lately...with the business of the holidays and now pretty sure we are moving. I have loved living a block from the ocean. It has been so nice to look out the window and see the blue sea and sunshine. It's funny how some things lay down in your life. I remember walking through the house we live in now several yrs ago when Robby was fixing it up. I told him, I couldn't believe anyone would want to live there. It's super fabulously 80's with mirrored walls and stark white carpet. Huge yellowed intercoms in many of the rooms. Then, one day when James and Robby were surfing. James asked Robby if we would like to stay there and if we could get subleasers we could pay pretty cheap rent. It was a risk, but be took it and have enjoyed the ride for almost 3 yrs now. We have grown to love our roommates like family and will miss them the most. I've been saying that I want a smaller place for a long time. One that we could make cozy and call it our own. I think there is some truth to putting your desires out there in the universe and sometimes they come find you.

Thanksgiving was nice. The food turned out amazing, but it was a little crazy too. All the kids running around. Being with people I don't know totally well. It takes me a little while to warm up to people. I think I'm just stressed subconsciously and don't totally realize it. I think I'm missing my family...

We surfed twice last week at one of my favorite spots: Blackies. The kids love it there. There was a small swell and the water was crystal clear like an aquarium. Just thinking about it makes me calm. Yoga has helped a lot too. I found these gems while I was thinking things over:

for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

it's always ourselves we find in the sea

e.e. cummings

radical photography found heHERE