Saturday, April 09, 2011

A Note To Southern California

Don't sit by us on the beach. 

In fact, memorize these faces:

Jack-a-roo. (Yes, he will almost always be looking at you like you're an idiot.)

Carter. (No skinny jeans on the beach, so you might not recognize him).

And, you all know this little bit of trouble.  Lainey Caroline.

What may look like a normal set up is in fact, far from it.

You brought a kite, did you?  To enjoy with your children? 

Such optimism.

Jack will be there soon enough.

Oh, there he is, asking for another turn.  Notice what is missing from this picture?

Didn't think so.

It's our blue beach chair.  There it is, on the right.  With our child in it.  Moved over to set up with your family.  Could you pass him a cold drink, please?

Paddle ball?  Yes, indeed!

And, it's not only Jack who is constantly in search of a buddy.  Lainey's never met a stranger.  If you are a "grurl", she will be-friend you.  Like it or not.

We are not normal, people.
"Normal" has never been our thing.

We are loud.  And, we cheat when we play football.

This makes Carter mad.  Which typically ends in a wrestling match on the beach until he stops crying and starts laughing instead.

We play a lot.

And, occasionally we fight.

Sometimes our antics will make your heart skip a beat. 

And, every now and then, this wacky little group of people will make your heart melt.  Promise we didn't mean to.

You've been warned, Californians.  The Starnes family is here to stay.



Pam Bowers said...

Love the last picture!!! What you described here actually sounds pretty normal. Thankfully, us Californians are an easy going group of peeps.

Allyson and Dave said...

Great pictures!!!

Kelly Beatty said...

I love Jack. It seems like he's really come out of his shell :).

The Lenzers said...

normal is in the eye of the mom...or something like that! your life is a vacation-awesome! can't wait to hear about the new board! so exciting

Momma to the A's said...

That's the life girlfriend!! Love all the pictures!

merrilee said...

Those last two pictures are so darn sweet! The picture of Jack with another family completely cracks me up.....could you hand him a. drink? HILARIOUS!!!!!

Dee Stephens said...

Great post! Jack cracks me up!

Rachel Brown said...

Awesome as always. Spencer said "who's that?" (photo of LC)I said her name is Lainey and she lives in California. his reply "She's kinda cute, can I meet her?" :-)

The Soladay Family said...

Casey. Those pics are fantastic. For real. I just got a new camera and feel like I will never figure it out.

That pic of Blake throwing lainey up is my fav. The grurl has a 6 pack already! Kids are so damn lucky.

The Rand's said...

I love Jack!!

The last picture is amazing. Sweet LC and her daddy. So precious!

Jodee said...

I love, love, love this post -- every single part of it! California is the perfect home for you! So glad you made the move!

P.S. Cute pictures of your beach bums!

Sara said...

Cute post, Case!!

Jack and Austin remind me of each other. Don't take that the wrong way :) Just the fact that Austin ALWAYS joined other families wherever we were and he's never met a stranger in his life. Love it!

Pics of Lainey Lou and Blake are adorable.

Monica said...

Adorable family.

Kim said...

LOVE IT! So happy I am able to follow along on your adventure from the midwest to the beach!

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