Friday, August 31, 2012

You and Your Heart Jack Johnson

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Until last night, I had never seen this video. Thanks Huz! If anyone knows how to capture the spirit of surfing and singing at the same time it's Jack Johnson. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2012


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It's not the sun, but the moon. Which reminds me, avoid moonshine at all costs.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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The beach was beautiful tonight!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


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"I'm so lucky Nana lives near me," says Gio.  "A lot of kids' grandparents are gone."

"And by gone I mean they're either dead or they live really far away," explains Gio.

Monday, August 27, 2012

3 Bear Cubs Rescued From Dumpster

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This is awesome for so many reasons!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Goat Named Chuck

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"Is that goat or a dog?" asks Gio

The next question, of course, was, "can we get a goat?"

"No, we cannot get a goat," I say to Hubby. "Like we need one more thing to take care of."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

An Egg Between Them

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Internet, this is the craziness I wake up to on a daily basis.

What are they even doing?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Science Class

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"Mommy, are you going to volunteer in science class this year?" asks Gio.

"Sure," I say.

The first science class involved seventeen 2nd graders vigorously banging 17 tuning forks on their desks.

Shoving ice picks into my ears would have felt better.

Note to self: BRING EARPLUGS to science class!

Thursday, August 23, 2012


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Internet, I'm ordering one Face-kini in purple, and one in yellow. And with all the money I'll save in sunscreen I can buy a new surfboard. Or wetsuit. Or both.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Share It Maybe

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Internet, Cookie Monster has his own version of pop song sensation, "Call Me, Maybe."

Cookie's song is all about cookies, of course.

 "You've got cookies, so share it maybe," sings Cookie Monster.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Laundry Basket Envy

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Lego Play

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Okay, so I'm probably going to need a 12-step program to get over my obsession with GIFs, animated pictures...... Until then, there will be GIFs!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Santa Cruzin'

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Saturday, August 18, 2012


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Internet, you may see a lot of animated GIFs on the blog in the following days.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Call Me Maybe Capitola Jr Lifeguards

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I love this!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Surfing With Mama

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All Photos by the Sensational Sunny Smith

Vinny taking off.

School is back in session, and I miss my surf buddy.

Does his head make my butt look big?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trader Joes

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I picked up a few things at Trader Joe's today. There are two Trader Joe's locations within 9 miles of my house.

However, I chose the Trader Joe's inconveniently located 31 miles away from where I live.

"Why?" wonders the Internet.

Because it was the one with the best waves, of course.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daddy's Boy

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Monday, August 13, 2012


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Ever since the 2012 London Olympics began Gio has taken up all kinds of new sports, including archery. This could get expensive.........

Sunday, August 12, 2012


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Saturday, August 11, 2012


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When life gives you lemons clean the coffee pot.

Friday, August 10, 2012


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I have the best neighbor.  And I'm not just saying that because she helps me clean.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Gold

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Internet, I upgraded my cable package this morning so I could watch the U.S Women's Soccer team win Olympic gold against Japan in a nail biting 2-1 victory.

What an exciting game! I have not really watched any of the Olympic Games, but I'm glad I saw the U.S. Women's Soccer Team win their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Goalie Hope Solo had many amazing saves.

As my Mom says, "She's (Hope Solo) the best. She isn't wearing #1 for nothing!"

GIF: It's the Hopo Solo Save Hear 'Round The World on Twitpic

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

First Day of School

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Internet, it's the first day of school and Mommy is so happy to have some quiet time and a tiny bit sad to be losing her Summer playmates.

Ah, life is such a contradiction. Good luck boys and happy learning!

6th Grader!

2nd Grader!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back To School Eve

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Everyone is going back to school tomorrow.


Miraculously, everyone is also asleep, which is a great thing since we'll be rising at the butt crack of dawn.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Walking The Human

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If I don't walk my human a few times a day she gets cranky AND constipated. Especially if she misses her daily dose of salt water therapy.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lazy Sunday

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Saturday, August 4, 2012


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"Hey look!" exclaims Gio. "There's a REAL snake!"

Hoping for a stick looking like a snake, I turn around, and look where Gio is pointing. There, in the weeds lies a snake.

"I wonder if it's alive?" I ask.

Vinny walks over to the snake to investigate whether it's alive.

"It's blinking so it's alive," reports Vinny.

We got out of there in a hurry, since at the time we didn't know it was a harmless Gopher snake. Or that snakes don't have eyelids so they can't blink.

Though snakes must have an easier time putting in their contact lenses, except, of course, for the no hands part. That would be hard.

The rest of the way home, all I heard was, "Oh look there's another snake!" Proving that frightening your Brother, and Mother, are as entertaining as seeing a snake in real life.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Jelly Belly Surfs Too

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While we were in Napa this past June we toured the Jelly Belly factory, which is actually in Fairfield.

As much as I appreciated the Jelly Belly surf art hanging on the wall, I can safely say I will never eat another Jelly Belly again.

The mistake I made was trying each of the five trillion samples the Jelly staff offered me.

Internet, Jelly Belly makes an accurate tasting mojito, though eating the entire box did NOT get me drunk.

Unfortunately, I tried other flavors like Pina Colada and Margarita.

Jelly Belly flavors are like alcohol.   They should NOT be mixed. Ever. Unless, of course, you're going for that "nauseated on the verge of puking" feeling.

Anyways, if you ever take a tour of the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California stick with one Jelly Belly flavor. And remember it's okay to say "No," to the Jelly Belly bean pushers. As cute and nice as the jelly bean pushers are, this might be challenging for some folks. Good luck!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tennis Pro

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Despite living with a bunch of surfers, Gio has managed to enroll himself in a Summer tennis camp. He's loving it.

And it's a fun reminder me of my days on the tennis courts, before skateboards and surfboards dominated my life..............

Who knows, I might even start playing again? You know for my son's sake and all.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Naked Ladies

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It's that time of year, again. Naked Ladies are everywhere!
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