Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Things You Should Know About Body Surfing

  • Usually your local beach break will offer up some fun body surfing waves.
  • Put your fins on near the shore or in the ocean to avoid looking like a fish out of water! 
  • After you have your fins on, kick hard with your legs to propel yourself through the water. This swimming will help work your quadriceps, calf muscles, abs, biceps, triceps and deltoids. To get past the waves, always go under them, not over.
  • As the wave approaches, swim into position, placing yourself as near to the peak as possible.
  • Put your head down and swim hard using freestyle strokes with your arms and kicking powerfully with your legs.
  • For starters, once you feel the wave pushing you, you can practice riding straight towards the beach on your belly, arching your back to keep your head up out of the water and kicking your legs in the wave. Once you feel more comfortable, you can ride onto the wave’s open face, extending your leading arm out in front of you and into the shoulder.
  • Feel how the wave is pushing you to decide if you need to speed up or slow down. The more drag you create by trailing your hands behind you or plowing your hands through the water in front of you, the slower you will go. The more you can plane onto of the wave by streamlining and planking your body, the faster you will go.
  • Picture your body like the rail of a surfboard; set it in the wave’s face.
  • As you continue to do this workout out you will see noticeable differences in your overall strength.
  • Have fun out there and be safe! Don’t forget to protect your head and neck in shallow waters.
Some good gear: the On Shore swim top and bottoms and the Beach Fever Swim top and bottoms. Good fins.  

Do you like to body surf and swim in the ocean when you're at the beach?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dot and Army Cloth Napkin Giveaway!

     Hey guys, while we're on our way home from the lake, I wanted to offer this rad giveaway from Dot and Army. I have been a big fan of Jennifer's store ever since I first heard of it. We stopped using paper napkins and towels a few years ago and haven't missed them one bit. We use cloth napkins at meals and sponges and rags for big messes (since you asked :). I love how the Dot and Army napkins aren't just for fancy occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving (although she makes some for those too). They're for everyday use and they make meals seem special and fun. 

     I think sometimes people worry using cloth napkins might be a hassle, but it really isn't. A lot of times I use them for a few meals at a time if we aren't being too sloppy and once they get dirty (taco tuesday), I just toss them in the wash with the clothes and they come clean. Obviously a main perk of using them is that they are way better for the earth than paper which is always good in my book. 

     Today's giveaway is for an eco friendly kitchen starter set of your choice and color! This is a set of 24 cloth napkins in a mix of prints all in one color (worth about $75). 

Also, Dot and Army is having a Christmas in July sale, 20% all orders through July 31st. Enter code: MERRYSUMMER20 at checkout.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Being Waldo

Greetings Waldo-watchers! Friday was a beautiful beach day at the U.S. Open of Surfing. I saw a purple and white striped umbrella, a lady in a bright blue dress and got interviewed for Nylon Magazine's fashion episode (or more likely, What Not to Wear!) then I caught some waves. Anyways, I'll see you when you see me!

Did you find me? 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Kayaking on

     Thank you all for the sweet notes the other day on our anniversary! They made us feel so happy :) We're off to the U.S. Open of Surfing today and Lake Nacimiento for the weekend to hang with Scott's side of the family. There will probably be a few pictures on my Instagram. There usually are.

    In the meantime, I wrote something for Roxy's blog about kayaking if you'd like to check it out. Scott shot these photos while we were in the Seychelles (hopefully you aren't sick of looking at the photos from there yet!). 

I hope you all have an awesome weekend! What are your plans? Also, how is your weather? (you know I love knowing the answer to that question).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our 2nd Wedding Anniversary

I can't believe it's our 2nd anniversary. In so many ways I feel like we're little kids and in so many others I feel we're almost ready to have little kids (although I'm not sure you can ever be "ready"). But I'm happy in the place we're in now, I'm grateful for this day and the day two years ago that made us married. I'm Scott's wife, and that is such a wonderful feeling.  

You are my favorite adventure. Thank you for being you and thank you for always loving me. I love you the most I could ever love anything.

Monday, July 22, 2013


1. what year is it?
2. Scott flying
3. This guy actually dropped in on Scott, but Scott got around him. He didn't have the best morning session.
4. I'm stoked on my new Firewire! It's the Dominator model.
6. I'm riding it here as a quad. Did I mention I love it?
8. Snooze button
9. Fins
10. High tide
11. Fire and water, he loves that.
12. Dinner was easy
13. I'm not this kid, but I am. 

     We spent Friday camping out at San-O as a pre anniversary celebration. It's where we got engaged over 3 years ago (feels weird writing that).

    I was sitting at camp, sun half in the clouds, half in the blue sky, listening to a Jack Johnson cover of a Slightly Stoopid song and thinking all the most random things... About how some of my teachers never really meant to label me as anything, they just meant to guide me. At least that's how it seems now. I was thinking what a weird thing surfing is. I've never really realized that before. It just seems like something that has always been there, but I never really examined it as if I were an onlooker beholding it for the first time. What a crazy thing riding on water is. I'm so glad it is a part of my life. 

     Scott was in the tent sleeping while all of this day dreaming was going on. I thought about telling him "You should come out here," but then I thought I shouldn't. We should both just do whatever it is we want. And that's kind of how the mid afternoon went. And that's kind of exactly what we needed then.

     In the late afternoon, we surfed right in front of the camp. Longboarders were everywhere. In fact, Scott was one of them. But I got a few and Scott got a few I figured he might always remember. They were real memorable; tall waves with big open faces and a gradually falling white wash that trailed behind him like a side kick. I focused on making the fat sections, sliding my tail on the end sections and avoiding impaling any of the beginners practicing their own things on the inside. We planned to catch only two waves, but we ended up staying out for an hour and a half. 

     In the evening, as the sunset seemed to light the sky on fire, we made soup and potatoes as the ocean arranged herself around us on the high tide, forcing us to eat with our feet up on the firepit. And that's kind of how the evening went. And that's kind of exactly what we needed too. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Windward Spirits, IV

     In so many ways I can't believe it's over, but I think it's about time to wrap these tales up; to get back to the present, to make new adventures. I've really enjoyed sharing this these with you, this wonderful little community on the web. It makes me feel like I get to bring you with me in a some way. Here's my last journal entry. Hopefully you enjoyed our little journey. 


Two weeks isn't much time really, but cuts and scabs healed in this time, the moon waxed and waned and I was changed, even if only ever so slightly. 

I thought about this now as I watched the clouds pour over the cliffs surrounding the harbor on our last night. If anything, I know now that I'm more capable of patience in times of frustration and stress than I ever thought I could be as a child laying in my room crying hysterically over some tiff with my parents or fight with my sisters; breaking the shoe phone I earned from selling gift wrap because of my bad temper. I know more of what my family members need and have more clues that show me how I can help them to be their best. 

The most important lesson from this trip? Be willing to help, be capable of letting things go. 

Sometimes I wanted to sleep in later, eat dinner earlier, not hike to the next beach over.

One morning Scott and I lay half asleep in each other's arms talking about the details of our dreams. Next thing I know, my dad needs help with the kayak and Scott leaves our sleep soaked state to assist him. Then the engine's on and diesel fumes are climbing into my lungs like hungry monsters. While I'm in the bathroom shaving the boat flies and dives over the waves on gusts of air like a tern hungry for her next meal. There's a squall and huge swells and other boat words for rough barf-a-licious seas. I cut my armpit and want to throw up everywhere. I don't. I go upstairs. I want to complain, so I do. But not in a this is everyone else's fault, I want to go home kind of way, but in a this is a funny adventure, we will always talk about these trips, kind of way.

I've tried to learn that you have to look at it this way. You have to laugh when you can. And not just because my family members aren't immortal vampires who have all the time in the world to be together like I sometimes wish, but because it helps us grow as individuals. And while we're doing that, we're growing together.

So you mostly don't say "You cleat this!" or "I want my playlist!" or our personal family favorite "Sucks to suck!" or maybe sometimes you do, but you smile and you hug and you remember to say sorry and then you write it all down so you can remember what makes you a family. 

p.s. my clothes and suits are courtesy of Roxy in case you like 'em :)
I love this suit and this one too

p.p.s. most of these photos were taken by Scott. I'm trying to encourage him to get a public instagram or photography site, but so far it's been pretty slow going. Not sure he's as into being in the public eye as his wife :)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013



I love you.
I fight with you.
I tell you the truth.
I go to school with you.
I climb trees with you.
I share friends with you.
I ride bikes with you.
I laugh with you.
I use your clothes.
I like your music.
I make you mad.
I need you.
I try to influence you.
I travel with you.
I do art with you.
I listen to you.
I make you cry.
I think you are interesting.
I ride roller coasters with you.
I have the same home as you.
I become better because of you.
I don't want you to be sad.
I think you have good ideas.
I make you do my makeup.
I respect your opinions. 
I go surfing with you.
I try to help you.
I party with you.
I tell on you.
I miss you.
I like you.
I love you.