Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bucket List Friday

     Bucket List Friday consisted of Me, Seth, Russell and Jen doing as many things as we could within a six hour time frame.  We started the morning off with each listing a few things we wanted to accomplish during the day and then set off to do them.  We started with driving to Mare Island, at the old naval shipyard, to do some exploring and take some sweet pictures, we had no idea that we would end up exploring an old naval officers house.  Then we got home and canoed out to a small island in the bay, saw a seal and a lot of seagulls, skipped some rocks and raced home (Grishams won).  Then we had to go park hopping and slide down as many slides as we could in Benicia.  Jen, the only native to the town, was our tour guide. With a few other small things thrown in there we were all pretty tired at the end of the day.  Bucket List Friday was definitely a success.

This is the house on wheels that we are about to explore... and we looked but there was no sign saying that we couldn't go exploring

Russell was the only one brave enough to stand on the rotting floor boards

The paint was peeling everywhere, but it makes for a cool photo

This is the road that can take you to more old houses on wheels or up to the Regional Headquarters for the Forest Service... depends which way you go

This is what we called the master bathroom... it was the only one with a window and a tub... 

Not going to lie, this house was creepy and smelled like creepy old houses

Train track model shot... I'm pretty sure we weren't allowed to do this either, but everyone that drove by just stared at us, so we figured it was okay

The slide was blocked off at the top, so after trying to crawl inside and failing with every attempt, they decided to sit on top of the slide

I have always wanted to ride on the back of a purple dinosaur, lucky for us we found one in just my size

Sliding the slide at one of the many parks we hopped to, this was the first one on the list

Jen and Russell patrolling the slide

Largest playground slide I have ever seen! 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Good Ol' Days

     This is us.  And for those of you who don't know who we were before we became "us" I decided to post a little something something about us growing up.  Now, we were both born and raised in the city of Federal Way but we just never met until the time was right I guess.

Seth and I both ran cross country, even made it to the State meet, but we ran different years.  This is one of his XC pics, and notice that at this time, it was cool to have one pant leg up and one pant leg down.

Seth and Ken Nichols, when Seth was given his Eagle Scout Award.

Seth and Marty on one of the family road trips... I believe Seth had just gone to the bathroom...

This is in the Beehive House in Salt Lake City and notice the stunning outfit Seth is wearing

Still to this day he is getting into things that are supposed to be left alone

First of all, his hair is parted down the middle and he has marker on his face, but still somewhat adorable

Gotta love the suit and the bow tie

Wakesurfing in the summer

This is my XC picture, but for some reason I thought it was cool to wear my sunglasses ALL the time

Samuel, Me, and Cristina playing in a cardboard box... but at the time I'm sure it was a fort... If my brother sees this picture I'm sure he'll be embarrassed but he was just a very happy kid

First day of Kindergarten, with my yellow keds and fluffy bangs

I felt the need to put a picture of me holding a gun (doesn't matter what kind of gun it is) above the picture of me in a tutu

I was a ballerina for two years in elementary school and I still have that tutu, its in the dress up box under the stairs at my parents house

This is my model shot, and I hated that big collared shirt

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mt. Helena Hiking and Spring Rolls

     This weekend Seth and I went hiking with some friends on Mt. Helena.  It was a killer 5 miler and once we got to the top it was freezing and windy. Poor Seth was just in shorts and a t-shirt.  We had to run halfway down the trail just to warm up.  But it was a gorgeous view and we had quite the adventure looking for caves and doing some free climbing.  Of course I made Seth carry the girly looking pack but that is only because he is the man of the family.  

Seth on one of the rocks we climbed.  It looks like its not high up at all, but the camera was zoomed in, I promise

This is the hiking group at the top.  Notice how cold everyone looks... or at least how cold I look

A panoramic view from the top... Seth loves taking these shots

We found an old outhouse at the top of the mountain

He is only posing, don't worry

Jill took this shot of us climbing down, its a lot steeper than it looks

If you look close you can see Seth's foot had slipped and he is about to take a spill

     Then later Seth and I made some delicious spring rolls.  We put celery, green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, carrots, cucumbers and cilantro into a delicious combination.  Surprisingly, Seth was not so bad and wrapping.  He said that everything he learned at taco time can still sometimes come in handy.  Spring rolls are definitely one of our new favorites.  Just give us a few more tries to perfect it and then we will be professionals.

These are a few of our first time attempts... not so bad

Seth is working the magic of the spring roll

Monday, February 9, 2009

San Franscico with the Weavers

Thats right... Alyssa and Matt love us so much that they flew in for a visit. They found a killer deal on plane tickets and informed us only three days in advance that they were coming, but we had a GREAT weekend with them.  On Friday after they flew in, Seth and I took them out to Sushi at one of our favorite new places in Benicia.  Saturday morning we woke up somewhat early to go to the Jelly Belly Factory.  Everyone was excited about getting sugar high and cavities.  Then we explored San Fran and took some great pics.  Alyssa and Matt also bought us a mini grill and Matt used his culinary skills to cook us up a steak dinner. Delicious. Thanks for visiting us!!! Anyone else that feels so inclined to come kick it, you are more than welcome.

We had to pose like this because our official Jelly Belly tour hats looked like one of Keaton's Official Marine hats... Consider us Jelly Belly Marines

Grishams + Jelly Belly Spoils = Stomach Aches

Weavers + Jelly Bellys = Worse Stomach Aches

This guy on the street said he's do a caricature of us for $6 total...

Let's be honest... you can tell it's a $6 job (notice Seth's heart necklace... but he wasn't even wearing one that day)