Monet and Gator Coach Alec
Yes, my mom put mascara on Monet. Awesome.
Monet in her birthday bikini. She's an 8 year old now.
Our mermaid friend, Julianna
Good times at one of the US Open events at the Shorebreak hotel on the Strand downtown. They played a surf documentary on the street. We could see it from the balcony. We convinced Pete the be in the center of the picture with us ladies.
This past week and month have been great fun filled with good times, surf days, friends...Between work and playing our summer is flying by. I can't believe school starts in less than one month. When the kids are driving me crazy, which hasn't been too often, I try to remember how much I miss them when they're in school. We had Monet's birthday party at the park this year. I made a Sponge Bob pinata and we played games and had lunch. I did some face painting. The next day, on Monet's actual birthday, we played at Soak City. Monet loves the big water slides and has to swim to the deepest part of the wave pool where it is so crowded that I lose her, giving me a heart attack. We left exhausted with cotton candy stuck to our teeth and a sunburn on our cheeks.
Wednesday nights we've been going down to San Onofre for our evening surf/bonfire session. It's been so relaxing and I guess it could be considered a stay-cation. This past Wednesday the atmosphere was breathtaking. The water was 70 degrees, the sunset was so bright and orange and when the stars came out they lit up the sky. One of these times, I'll remember to bring my guitar with.
My job has been on the fritz. My supervisor of the past 9 years got laid off last week. She called me Friday night and I had a split second thought that something was wrong. She proceeded to tell me she had gotten laid off. She hired me and she's had my back. She is one of the only people who knew what kind of job I do. As a social worker, a lot of work you do goes unnoticed. We might refer a patient to 10 places before they get accepted to one. Anyway, there is a rumor that our hospital has been bought by another one, however no one has told us anything. All middle management was let go. So, I'm enjoying my job while it's here.
Yesterday, we spent the day at Bolsa Jetty with the surf moms. The morning was chilly and gray as it has been almost all summer and the waves were glassy and small. Isaac boogie boarded with the older boys and Monet played with the babies on the beach. We surfed, then took the kids to explore the rocks that make-up the jetty. The sun came out around noon so we decided to go in for a second surf session. The water was so glassy. Amber and I were the only mom's left. She switched off with me and all the kids went back in the water to boogie board and swim. I love days like that. On the way home, we stopped at Fiesta Grill for fish tacos and floutas. Love summer time.
Happy day at San O. Eating hot dogs and resting on the beach.
Our crew at the Modest Mouse concert at the US Open. Matt Costa opened.
Such cute little beach bums.
Some of the girls at Monet's birthday party.
This last Tuesday at 9th Street. The waves were super slow and the water was glassy. I caught this one that reformed on the inside and I was about to launch over it here.
Inside the Shorebreak with my man and my girls. Such a fun night. The DJ was playing all these 80's and 90's jams. We would be dancing and laughing at the same time. We don't go out often, so this was extra fun.