Thursday, July 2, 2009


So we went to Californ-I-A last week. It seriously rocked my pants off. It was EXACTLY what we needed. A whole week of nothing but doing whatever we wanted, and as little or as much of it as we pleased...Typically every year we go to Newport and stay at a beach house, but this year we got crazy adventurous and went a few miles south to Oceanside.

Once again, get ready for an unnecessary amount of pictures. Infact, it's not just an unnecessary amount, it's a highly inappropriate amount. Like, the kind where you'd rather stab your own eyes out than look at THAT many pictures of someone ELSE'S vacation....By the end of this, I'm positive you'll be asking yourself why. WHY???? And because I'd like to torture you further, I'll tell you about EACH. INDIVIDUAL. picture. It's how I roll.

And so it begins......

This is our (my dad and Shelene's) condo we stayed in. Everyone had their own rooms and bathrooms. It was HEAVENLY. And off to the left was a full kitchen. This place make-a me happy.

Lil' Lady, as Kevin calls her, with my sunglasses on (how do children always end up with my glasses? And more importantly,why do I always take a picture?) Now, I'll have you know, I spent WAAAAAY more than I would normally lay down for a pair of shades. Like, they might as well be Versace or something (that one's for you Al). Are you ready...$24. I know right? Normally my limit is $10 tops, but I went all out for these suckas. I don't know, I was feeling reckless.

Us eating lunch at the cute little Fish 'N Chips place at the Harbor that was right across the street from our condo. Don't ask me what my arm is doing in this picture...

Mmmmm. The plate: Alaskan Cod, Bay Shrimp, Pirate Stew, and fried zucchini. I'm pretty positive this was on my diet. Grease is TOTALLY good for you.

Sis gettin ready for the beach. She calls this her "mommy swimsuit". She's cute like that.

Walkin to the beach. My daddy-O, Ethan, Ivy, and Kevin. We walked from our parking lot under a tunnel of train tracks, through the Harbor, and to the beach. About a 7 minute walk. (just, uh, in case you were curious)

Still walkin to the beach. Dad and Ivy. She was lovin her polka dot shades.

In the harbor, at a restaurant with live music. This guy was so good it was redonkulous. Seriously, I wish I had video.

The Joe's Crab Shack in the harbor. How cool is that, all floaty and whatnot...

The old folk, loungin at the beach. :)

Just in case it wasn't clear, this is Ethan. He's super awesome.

These two are straight up hooligans, just hangin in the shade. And BOY do I love em.

Racin to fill the buckets with water.

Playing in the sand. Ethan is a funny one, he loves to be clean, so he had to have a bucket to wash his hands when they got dirty like this....Ivy on the other hand would literally lay and make sand angels.

Kevin in his beloved Sanuk's. Stylin or not, this man is comfortable peeps. He LOVES these shoes.

How fun is this picture??? Super fun, I say.

Somehow Kevin's shoulders just collect never fails.

Just chillaxin at the pool (pretty sure that's cool people talk) Ethan is Kevin's little shadow, and he was DYING for Kevin to come swim with him, so Kev told him he needed to 'warm his turtle shell' for a minute. Ethan said that constantly from then on "I just need to warm my turtle shell mom". SO cute that kid.

Would you just LOOK at those faces? No seriously, look. I wanna maul them

Ivy just a swimmin away. You have to spend just 5 minutes with this girl to really appreciate her. She is somethin else, people. LOVE her :)

Dad and Ethan shwimmin.

Kevin and Ivy. Seriously, I'm so excited to one day have kids with this dude. I mean really.

Ivy and I. Now enjoy our silly faces. Oh you know, cuz they're fun.

We also went to Sea World - which I love. Dolphins make me want to cry - in a good way. Yep.

As do pilot whales. They are just so friggin CUTE, dang it.

Look at us bein all cute takin a couples picture. And have no doubt, if I knew photoshop, peace out to half my arm... that's right, I said it.

Petting the sting rays. You can actually feed them, but I was all, uh, I only feed things that dont suck your hand off in the process. Kind of a rule of mine.

So I fed HIM instead. And those A hole seagulls took half my lot. Who do they think they are anyway?

So how gnarly is this picture! Isn't that just FREAKY? Sharks....geh. They scare the S outta me, but I can't NOT look.

And I dig this picture more than it probably deserves. I just like it, okay?

Not quite as cool as the other shark picture, but there IS one back there.....

Didn't even mean for this to be in here...AND it won't rotate.

At the Shamu Rocks show. LA-HUV this show. I mean let's talk about do they get them to DO stuff? HOW????

I'm going out on a limb here, but I think Ethan was excited...

I guess not...Kevin had to MAKE him smile.

I'M SORRY. So I like silly faces....

I'm a beaut in this one....

The pier that holds my FAV place to go...Ruby's Diner. It's this cute little 50's diner with the best shakes ever at the end of the pier and you can eat out on the roof too. We watched dolphins play and the sun set. Much love for this place.

Dark pic of me and the kids while waiting to be seated. Everyone comes to fish here and we went around seeing everything people caught. From small sharks to slimy squid. Mmmm, who's hungry?

Kevin and his buddy deciding what to order...I just thought husband looked cute.

At the Oceanside flea market. Kevin is in HEAVEN at these things. LOVES EM. I almost got this hideously awesome ring. Oh you know, the kind that SO ugly it's fabulous. NO? Just me that likes those things??? oh.

Random pic of us at our

We were so sad to leave. We kept asking each other, how do we MOVE here? But we say this with every vacation we are on. Kevin especially. I would be happy living in RAIN central, but I'm a weirdy like that. We slept in, we layed by the pool, we swam, ate good food, went deep sea fishing, Sea World, watched movies, went to the beach, caught crabs - I mean WOAH - caught A crab, went just doesn't get much better than that.

So I hope you made it through with both eyeballs intact. I'd hate to feel responsible for any self inflicted injury of yours due to my inability to be selective in my photo extravaganzas. But look on the bright side, we are INSANELY beautiful people, so I practically did you a favor...
Oh ho ho, I'm hilarious...