Thursday, July 21, 2011


One last post and then we're off!  L.A. tomorrow after surf camp and then we fly out Saturday morning.

Today is crazy hair day at VBS and yesterday was PJ day.  Jack wasn't interested in participating ("Dat's dumb!"), but Lainey and Jessie sure were!

Kelly and I took Carter to camp on Wednesday.

It is SO fun.  Carter is already sad it only lasts a week.  Caroline treated him to this fun camp and we will be back again and again. 

Thank you, again, Carowine.

Sometimes I can't believe my 10 year old can do what he does. 

A little surfing info for you.  The longer the board, the easier it is to surf (typically).  We currently have a 9 foot soft board at home.  Instructors said he should be using a 7.  Which means, Carter wants a 4-5 foot one.

Shorter boards enable you to do the fun stuff you see the pros do......cutting into the waves and 'shredding'.

He tried it.  Too early. 

Surf camp doesn't mean there isn't a lot of play time, too. 

His main instructor is Kellen, whom you see here in the blue.  He insists all the kids say something along the ways of "Teach me, Master Surfer.  Show me the way to be as good as you." before he'll give them a push.


Break time.

OK, this is funny.

Although this first pic is fuzzy........try to get a feel for Carter's face and his show off attitude toward this girl surfing next to him.  Behind him currently.

"Whuuuuuuuuttttt?  How did that happen?"


A little humility is always good for a kid like Carter.

Sand castle tournament in progress.

What ARE they making??????????

Kelly and me on the pier.  We were Delta Gamma pledge sisters 17 years ago.  Love her.

Yesterday was the perfect California day.  70's......sunny.....with a breeze. 

God, I love this place.

There's the final product, taken from a different angle. 

Get your mind out of the gutter, ladies.  It's a lobster.

Back yesterday afternoon for some fun, beach side.

Oh, yes, we did.

Pardon me, sirs.  I'm not so sure about this.

Baby girl loved this cruiser.

We rode up and down the strand and saw parts we had not seen before.  We typically camp out north of the pier.......but south has some fun stuff, too.

Left to do:

*my haircut and color  (blonder, blonder!)

*finish packing

*several errands

*organize house sitters


Next post from the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of Destin, Florida!


Dee Stephens said...

So fun! You guys are beach hos!! Thought of you this morning when I heard of that terrible story off Coronado Island. :(
Have fun in Destin!

Pam Bowers said...

bwahahahaha...sure it's a lobster!

You would never know your family was a recent transplant. Those kids look 100% CA native! Go Carter. Great surfing.

donatelli98 said...

Have fun ... can't wait to hear all about it!!

Momma to the A's said...

Have a great trip! Can't wait to see what cool things you guys do in FL!

I am really jealous of that weather you have! Being almost 9 months preggo in 100 degree weather is kicking my butt! I really am missing my Canadian summer!

The Soladay Family said...

Have I mentioned lately that I hate you? You live in effing paradise. I hope you won't be too disappointed in Destin. Ha!

Yáll are going to have such a blast! T CANNOT wait to see yáll. We've been doing a little countdown on the chalkboard here for him!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

You are seriously the coolest, and you have the coolest family! I love Lainey's sparkly TOMS! Carter is getting really good at surfing! We did that in Hawaii and it is so hard!

The Lenzers said...

have i told you yet today how jealous i am???? especially when it's 105 here?

Kim said...

Surf camp! How fun! I loved the picture sequence! Have a great time in FL!

aunt caroline said...

So glad Lainey loves her Tom's!!!!

Thanks for the Surf Camp pics. Can't wait to see them again next year! :-)

Kelly Beatty said...

A) Shut the front door. It has not been 17 years! B) I was never initiated into Delta Gamma. But, yes we did pledge :). See you in Destin!

Jodee said...

Just another day in paradise for The Starnes Family! Can you tell we are just a little bit jealous?! HA HA!

Enjoy your time away! Can't wait for the next post!

Monica said...

From one awesome beach to another! Have a BLAST in Destin! Hope you guys are pontooning out to Crab Island. Take tons of pics for me!

Merry Mack said...

Caroline wins best Aunt ever. Seriously.

Your life rocks. Carter's life rocks. I am glad he is having opportunity for humility.

Have fun in Florida!

Darcy said...

oh my gosh, those surfing pics = awesome!

Kristen said...

1) I would like to have PJ day as an adult. I am on Team Lainey on this one. Unlike Jack, I don't like "Dat's dumb." Wearing PJs to school/camp/work? Rock on.
2) Um hello. Carter looks like a young man in those surfing pics. Like pretty much an adult. Woah.
3) I think I might need to California. You have fun every single day.

timmonstimes said...

So fun to get caught up on you blog!

Did you really say, "70's, sunny, with a breeze"?!? We won't see those temps til Christmas Day here in Tejas. That is just ridiculously wonderful!!! :)