Sunday, September 30, 2012

Around the Corner

Every year I get crafty at Christmas.  I usually start way ahead of time.  I was just looking at old pictures to get inspiration for this year.  I love gifts that are hand made.  Also, it works with a tight budget....I think I have it figured out.  Can't wait to start.

I was laying in bed last night, thinking of all the fun holidays and celebrations around the corner...

  • Halloween...thinking we'll do a Halloween party before trick-or-treating this year since it's on a Wednesday.
  • October 28th:  6th wedding anniversary!!..I already asked for the 29th off work so Robby and I can have the day off to surf, go out to eat, maybe play pool or go for a bike ride.
  • November 2nd:  Ashley and Adam's wedding.
  • November 24th:  My 34th Birthday!!  I bought a groupon for a facial and a massage and I need to get a babysitter for a date night.
  • November 22nd:  Thanksgiving...we'll probably have it at our house with friends..but, debating on going to Robby's family's house...
  • December 25th:  Christmas
So much to think about and so fun.  Love the holidays, but I want to soak up this warm weather while it lasts...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dream Surf at Blackies

Isaac, my buddy, headed home after a surf mama day Thursday.  Maria and Bailey.  Ashley had Finny and Declin.  Christina with Noah and Kira.  Karen and Colbi.
Isaac and Shane at the park.  These two are sooo cute together.  They will hang out on this bench or walk the path side by side and just talk like two old men.
  My Monet.
This week flew by.  After working my 3 day weekend, Tuesday I hit the gym hard.  So hard, my legs were hurting until Thursday.  I was craving some squats and a serious sweat session after sitting for three days strait.  The rest of the week consisted of sunshine and glassy surf conditions with 3-4 foot rollers at Blackies.  The water was so clear, it was like an aquarium.  A wave would roll through and through the back was like a liquid wall of glass.  I'd be on a wave, gliding down the face and you could see a school of fish swimming through the water.  Amazing.  This earth is so beautiful. 

It's crazy how life is such an ebb and flow.  Hard times, then good.  Last week had some moments of stress for sure and I think it made this week even more appreciated.  Robby did some work, okay a lot of work, he ended up not getting paid for.  I completely blame him because he chooses to put his "friends" above all else and he doesn't think about the consequences.  He's so generous and he doesn't think, "Maybe if I spend an entire week trying to help my friend with his complicated electrical problem that I have no idea how to fix just so he can save thousands of dollars, maybe he will pay me my small hourly rate, so I can pay MY bills."  He expects his friends to do the right thing, but they don't.  Then, I have to pay his bills with my 3 days a week of income.  I start getting resentful  because it's already hard to afford the basics and I feel like maybe my parents could at least offer to help in some way.  I imagine my mom calling and saying, " Hey Chelsea, since we only see you once a year, maybe we could give you some money for a babysitter so you and Robby can have some time alone."  But, that would require us to have a relationship.  And we kind of do.... a very long distance, disconnected one.  Robby did get paid this week, so everything is back to normal.

The rest of this week was spent with afternoons at the park or at home, making dinner, soccer practice, walking downtown for Tuesday night market and homework.  Monet had some melt downs in the evening.  She's still adjusting to the long days at school.  Poor girl.  I try to take her to the park after school so she can have some fun, but I think it's too much.  I need to spend some alone time with her.  She has a soccer game today and a sleepover planned.  She is so excited.  I hope she has fun. 
Friday was heaven.  After I dropped the kids at school, I headed over to Blackies since it was so good all week.  My best friend, Chris, had a furlough day at school.  Her and our buddy, Billy, met me there.  We were suiting up, just so excited like kids at Christmas.  We couldn't remember how long it had been since we surfed together without kids.  Maybe 8 plus years.  Billy and I caught a wave together and high fived each other while we were on it.  It was one of those days you always remember.   

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dance Moves & Bolsa Chica Superheroes

We were downtown at the street fair and a country band starts playing some fun covers.  Isaac looks at me and begs me, "Let's dance mom!!"
So, I take him out to dance and he starts doing these funny poses.  Then, he lies on the ground, crosses his arms behind his head and kicks his leg up right in front of the band.  Love this kid.

I've been surfing alone on my two off days when Isaac has preschool.  But, I was missing my surf mom friends, so we ended up going to Bolsa with them last week.  The waves were 4ft+.  Some were smaller, but it was super high tide and Bolsa does not take a high tide well.  You're in the line up and there's so much water pushing the waves in, but then it pushes them back out.  You can be on a wave and the back wash is so huge, you get tossed off your board.  So, when it was my turn to surf, I waited for the tide to go down.  I caught 3 amazing, fun, racy waves.  Before I went out, the boys asked me to tie their towels on like capes.  I thought that was a fabulous idea.

A couple days ago, Robby and I watched the documentary "Marley."  About the life of Bob Marley.  It was amazing.   I've always loved him, but it made me love him even more.  I love the message of his music.  He was a poet who lived and breathed music.  He wasn't perfect.  He wasn't there for his kids.  But what an amazing life.  It is truly inspiring to see him on stage singing with such passion and the way he lived without fear.  To create something so beautiful.  In the end, we all know what happens; he dies young.  A legend.  I hope I run into him in the next life. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Do What You Love

found HERE

This past week was magical.  A little too busy at times.  But, there were some amazing moments in the water and on land.  The surf was glassy and the waves were clean.  The kids boogie boarding until their little bodies were sore and rashed.  Spending time at home, relaxing.  Then to soccer where Isaac jogged back and forth on the court, following the herd.  I'm pretty sure he has no clue he's supposed to be chasing the ball.  We played with our friends at their pool and sipped on drinks and laughed.  We danced and laughed again watching a movie at the discount theater by our house.  Summer will officially be over in our book when school starts on Wednesday. 

I have plans almost cemented for yoga teacher training.  Things take so long to just get started when you're a working mom. I tend to lose steam and forget why I was even starting something new in the first place.  I need to remember the feelings I had when I first wanted to make this change.  I come from a long line of practicals...and I am one.  Doing something like teaching yoga and entering a field that is somewhat entrepreneur-ish is completely out of my comfort zone.  I'm dreaming of something along the lines of holistic health that encompasses everything: personal trainer, nutritionist, massage therapy, spirituality...and yoga is the first step.