Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer Fun!

How about a random post with a bunch of pictures that totally don't match? OK! 

Josh celebrated a birthday, and Gray picked out the cake. There were so many dirt movers on the cake, we almost didn't have enough room for all of the candles. Gray still talks about this cake! 

We stopped by the Pacific Beach firehouse because Gray saw a firetruck come back and was dying to check it out. The firemen were so nice, they let Gray get on one of the trucks and try on one of their super heavy hats! 

Gray got a new hat from the Padre's store, and he wore it constantly until he lost it. Luckily they had not sold out of them before the next game we went to and he got a replacement (that I quickly tagged with my phone number)! He is very serious about coloring in this picture. Or returning crayons to the box.

Fun times at the Safari Park!
Gray lined his boots up by his Daddy's. Awww.
Had to get a shot of that! 
Gray is officially a big boy. No more crib in his room! 
Leaving a Padre's game with Daddy! 
He is so cute, but I'm so scared this is going to end in the ER. 
He is getting TOO big! 
Babysitting two big girls. Fletch is dating both sisters on the sly.  
Skateboarding in the neighborhood! 
Josh taught him how to ride on his bottom. Much less scary for me! 
Sprinkler time! 
Rinse off after playing at the beach! 
Walking Fletch in the neighborhood.  
Beach Day! 
Fletch recovering from a walk. 
Gray gets a hideous hair cut/style.
He looks in the mirror and says 'My hair looks stupid.' 
Bike rides to dinner in Pacific Beach. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Venice Beach and Santa Monica

We drove up to Venice Beach and Santa Monica recently because I've been dying to see it. The two places are so close, yet so totally different! Venice Beach is full of hippies and places to get medical marijuana. Definitely not like anywhere else I've ever been! Santa Monica is super nice with boutiques and fancy hotels and restaurants. 

There was a Hare Krishna gathering in Venice that weekend. It was full of people in saris and lots of chanting was happening. They believe in reincarnation and a whole slew of other things that are totally foreign to us; however it was interesting to see. I got a pamphlet and read some about them on the way home. Totally crazy town, but interesting. 

Skate park. 

People painting concrete structures everywhere. 
A little bit of the Hare Krishna festival.
They asked Josh if he was interested in a prescription.
They didn't look twice at me. Rude?
Muscle beach!
This guy was posing in front of tons of people, I couldn't stop snickering.
Real mature, right?

It was getting late-ish and I had a major sun burn on half of my body, so we drove a couple of miles down the beach into Santa Monica. I'm not going to pretend that I didn't want to see the pier because I was dying to see it. I mean, what if we rode in the same seats as Spidey when they got engaged!!! You liked the Hills too, don't try to deny it. 
Just outside of the Santa Monica pier. 

Waiting to ride the Ferris wheel. 

Family self portraits in line! Check out the sun burn!  

He loved it!!
Bumper cars!
California beaches are always SO busy! 
Reminded me of Despicable Me...
And they won a minion! 

I'm not sure I would want to live in the area because of all the tourists (and people smoking weed in Venice), but it was a fun place to visit after church on a Sunday afternoon. I'm glad we finally made it up there to see the sights, and we found a fun English restaurant/store in Santa Monica where we had some traditional English fare and I got some fancy English lotion!