Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Tony Contest" reunion of sorts.

Last Saturday night was an awesome night of celebrating the community that has been such a special part of Tony Mezzadri's life. This September 1st will be 20 years since Tony's accident. The "Surf for a Cure" aka "Tony Contest" raised tens of thousands of dollars for Spinal Cord Injury research, resurrected the Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association, and raised awareness for Spinal Cord Injury and it is because of these hard working people (and many more who couldn't make it to the celebration)! We  have not put on "The Tony contest" in five years, as a result we rally get this gang together. We figured that side this year marked the 20th year since the Surf contest was started, it deserved a reunion of sorts. So a special night! 

Darryl, Lee, Rob, Pat, Susan, Joanne, Jamie
Mike, Henry, Scott, Carole, Mouse, Drew, Suzanne, Mr. & Mrs. Lockwood
Kathy, Tracy, Mary, Stacie, Lola, Tony, Ellie

Some of the old relic decorations and signs were set up... nostalgic...

Everyone planned on wearing their favorite "Tony Contest" tee-shirt. The girls were just 9 months at the last contest, so I busted out these "onies" from then and made them wear them as tee-shirts. 

 The blond Committee... aka the  hard working crew. 
 ... a lot going on in this shot... 

 Mouse, Carole, Craig, and Julie gifted Tony some killer college football tickets to commemorate the 20 years. 

 Tracy and Susan

 One of the old-old shirts! 
 Carole, Lee, and Mouse

 Rob and Mary
 Mouse and me! 

It really is amazing how something like a tragic accident can bring together people from all walks of life and connect them together for the good of someone else. Tony and I feel so blessed to have such solid, loyal people in our lives. Cheers to another 20 years of making things happen! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

non-stop summer fun

We had another super fun-filled week! 

We started off the week with a hike up Cowles Mountain, just me and the girls.  I am impressed yet again that these ladies made it to the top on their own, I did promise them donuts afterward- so there was some motivation!

Break time... in their "cave"

Love this shot from the top... where ever they are these girls are two-peas-in-a-pod

At the donut shop after the hike, Ellie decided to loose her fourth tooth... CRAZY!!

We got to spend another amazing day at the BAY with Lindsay, Declan, and Lexi, and this time my brother Mark and Liam and Aiden came along for the fun! We kayaked, paddled boarded, built sand castles, and even found one sand dollar. 

Uncles.. have to give their nieces a hard time... 
the boys, so fun
The kiddos are getting pretty independent with the Kayak these days
 and it just makes for some fun adventures on the water. 

Liam and Lexi made a "hot tub"
Mark and I, love hanging out with this guy!

Okay so if you don't know my brother, he is a speed seeker. Though he had fun leisurely paddling on the bay, it was not quite enough to fulfill his need for a thrill. So on a whim, he had what turned out to be a fantastic idea, to rent a boat and take the kids for a thrill ride on the water! 

Cute Cousins! 
Liam, Ellie, Lola, and Aiden

This boat adventure was incredibly fun for all of us! I didn't stop smiling the whole time, because it was so fun to watch the kids experience such a thrill. I really can't put it into words, but Ellie said it best when we were on the boat. "Mom, this is better than Disney Land" Just check out the video. 

Mark the boat captain.

Liam and Auntie
Ellie had this smile on her face the whole time!

We gave all the kids a turn at driving the boat. 

The last few Wednesdays we have met Renee, Xavier, and Leo at Kellogg beach for an evening of paddle boarding and playing in the water. The girls have latched onto Delany the boys' cousin and now she is their big-kid buddy. 

 Library time! 
The girls joined the Summer reading program at the library. They get prizes for every 10 books they read. The library also has events that go along with the summer reading program. This day it was a sing along. 

Bailey spent a whole day with us. These three ladies spent the day summing, playing, and painting. 
Lola, Bailey, and Ellie

 We played beauty Salon too...Matching Braids. 

And sometimes it just feels good to stay HOME and enjoy some down time, like....
puzzle building.
 baby doll walking.
 putting on dance shows for your mom.

 and simply walking in the summer rain. 

this summer just keeps getting better week by week

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