Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Derby

We won't talk about the money spent.
(new tools, magazines, supplies, etc.)

Or how the car was completed an hour before the Pinewood Derby started.

Instead, we'll focus on the positives.

Like Owen's solid 6th place finish.
Out of 20ish boys.
He was totally fine w/that.
His car started winning all the unofficial races after the competition was over.
So in his head he got 2nd.

And his "Best Military Vehicle" award.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oside 2012

First visitors arrived and we helped ourselves to The Palisades pool.

They were arriving for our big Martindale family reunion
to celebrate my grandpa's 80th birthday.

That night those first visitors got engaged.

Derek (my brother) and Loren.
(Brent & I got to help w/set-up and pictures of the proposal on the Oceanside Pier)

Drew got some fans.

And Owen did, too.

Jones plugged his ears during Owen's entire game.
And I got way too excited about his base hits
(after striking out every time last game).

Saturday Night pretty much everyone was here (40ish people).
Had a big bonfire.

Talent show practice on Sunday:

Our kids are so talented.
My dad taped up every hole but one so they could each play their note and no others.
This was for my grandpa's birthday party the next night.

Sally had a birthday.

I like that she requested strawberry pancakes (in comparison to Drew's donuts).

And strawberry ice cream cake.
She celebrated by shopping with Grandma, having Jones over,
and going to my grandpa's birthday party.

Then Drew had a birthday.

I impressed Justin with my artistic abilities.

Birthday dinner.

His day also consisted of shopping with Grandma and Legoland with Justin.

They made some progress on the Jeep.

We visited everyone at the beach while Justin/Drew were at Legoland.

Then a day at Disneyland.
I mean Disneyland!

Loved that my mom and Rachel got to go w/us.

Awesome day, but they are always so ready to go home at the end of it.
(Owen was bribed to smile...with going home)

Invaded the Oceanside Street Market

Tide Pools

The sea stars were plentiful.

And lots more.

I did so horrible at taking pictures.
My excuse is that in my lazy/tired pregnant state my camera feels like it weighs 20 pounds.

But it was a lovely week and we felt way too lucky that we didn't have to travel for the reunion.

So thanks everyone for coming to us!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


A couple birthdays and a family reunion.

Be back soon.

Sunday, March 04, 2012


Those ladybugs are now enjoying their freedom.
Well except for the one that Jones ate for $2.
Oh and also the one Ellis ate for free.