Marina Skate Park

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Last month we took a little trip to Marina Skate Park, which is about an hour away from us. Our friend Tony, with Misiano Skateparks built it a few years ago and we wanted Cadell to check it out. As usual, we had a blast. Cadell loved it, and I had fun shooting photos at a different location. The atmosphere was pretty nice because it was right on the river. I’m looking forward to our next adventure!

Summer Fun // Part 1

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We are less than a month into our summer break, and we’re having a blast! On the last day of school, I took Cadell to the skate park and they were having tryouts for a local skate team. He wanted to give it a shot, so he competed for a spot and made it! It was a great way to kick off the summer.

Aside from working, we’ve been thrifting, going to the beach, and getting together with friends for skate sessions and BBQs. I love this time with my little family!

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VW Bus sighting // Cadell at the beach // a day of thrifting on the Space Coast // a friend’s VW // Cadell after he made the skate team // Cadell testing out a new skate park // hot tub fun // Kelly the grill master // skate sessions // me, taking a dip in our beautiful ocean

Summertime fun!

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Our first month of summer vacation has been great! We’ve been doing lots of fun and thrifty things so far. It has been way easier than I anticipated and it’s so nice to just enjoy my time with Cadell and Kelly. We’ve also had some cookouts and friends over, and it’s really nice to finally enjoy our home and yard. I hope your summer is off to a good start!

Grind For Life

Last weekend we went to the Grind For Life benefit at our local skate park. This organization assists families who are suffering from the effects of cancer, by assisting with travel and hotel expenses, and medical costs. This is made possible through donations that largely come from the skateboarding community. It was started by Mike Rogers, a lifelong skateboarder who is a cancer survivor. We are proud to have these events at our local skatepark and Kelly participates in the contests held by Mike and his organization.

Kelly, skating during his heat. Speaking of heat, it was roasting that day.. But it was great to be outside in the Florida sunshine.

Kelly, with Martin Ramos, owner of Kona Skate Park in Jacksonville. Photo by Mike Rogers.

New Smyrna Beach Skate Park bowl. Photo by Mike Rogers.

Kelly’s deck and trucks, perfectly worn…  Later that day we were invited to a BBQ out in the middle of nowhere, with a concrete bowl (a very large one) built by some of the guys from Team Pain, and there are some other homemade skate areas that are perfect for the kiddies. We had a blast!

This is the view from the deep end of the bowl. Some of the Grind For Life competitors started showing up to skate.

This kid had some great artwork on his deck.

Alex Sorgente always puts on a great show.

The “FiberRider”.

The kids were great..

What a great day!

Day trip.

We decided to do some thrifting today, so we took a day trip to Cocoa, and Kelly also wanted to check out a new skate park in the area. The day was a success! We found a great Paul McCobb chair and some other goodies for my shop, and then we ended our day at one of my favorite restaurants, Thai Mango. Take a peek at some bits of our day!


Today was the perfect ending to my mini vacation from school. Tomorrow I’ll be starting a new semester that will last for another 10 weeks before we get our actual summer break. I’m starting the countdown! In the meantime, my life will be filled with school, work and listing things in my Etsy shop. Luckily, we’ve got a few fun things planned, including a couple weekend trips to break things up. I’ll be posting shop updates and other random things here and there..

Skateboarding Hall of Fame Weekend

I’ve been overwhelmed with school lately, but I’m still here! After today, I can finally see some light at the end of the school tunnel, so I wanted to take some time to post something. Here’s a little update about our latest adventure…

Last week, we took a little break and got away for the weekend for the 2011 Skateboard Hall of Fame. Kelly was inducted around 2003, and the events are held every 2 years, and new members are inducted each time. This year, it was held at Kona Skate Park in Jacksonville. After years of hearing about it, I was glad to see it in person for the first time. It was definitely like stepping back into the 70s; really great!

Kelly, going down the snake run. He currently holds a 1st place position for this race.

Our good friend Garr Poe, with Kelly in the background.

Chuck Dinkins and Kelly by the bowl.

A nice lineup of some amazing old school skaters.

Dan Murray managed to sneak a couple shots of  us! Thanks, Dan!

Our friend Chris Baucom, who was nice enough to take us to some fun skate spots in Gainesville. Here are some shots from the next day…

Chris doing his thing at his local park.

Next up, was a private bowl that was built on an amazing piece of property. We were super thankful to go check it out. Kelly had a blast skating it, and I had fun getting some shots. The owners were really cool, and I can’t wait to go back.

Chris’ son, Alex. He’s basically been skating all his life and it shows!

Our good friend, Bob!

The lineup for this session. The legendary Paul Schmitt even made it out!

I fell in love with their pet Donkey, “Peanut”. So cute!

We had so  much fun, I hated to go home. I’m really looking forward to our next trip out! It was great to catch up with some old friends..

My Weekend

 

I had an incredibly busy week that continued into the weekend. School was hectic and stressful because I had to meet with one of my professors about my portfolio project. You have to submit your idea and hope he goes along with it, or you have to come up with a new idea. I completely drove myself crazy with an idea that would work for me. I wanted it to be something that I enjoy shooting, so I chose to do it on vintage signs, old neon, etc. To mix it up, I’m doing a lot of night shots, which will be a new challenge for me. I’m actually really looking forward to getting some shots. I’ve got some locations in mind, and I have a few shots already. My professor was pleased and gave me some tips on night shooting, as well. I also had two critiques that went really well, so my week was pretty good. On Friday, I made plans to go to Deland for a VW car show so I could get some shots for my next assignment in digital imaging. We decided to get up early and go thrifting all day in Cocoa and then head over to the car show. We were pretty successful and managed to get some things for our shop inventory and I found a few goodies for myself, like an amazing Jonathan Adler vase! When we got to the car show, it was nice and low-key, not too crowded. I managed to get plenty of shots to work with, as well as an unexpected shot for my portfolio project. It was a fun day, and we were super beat when we got home..

On Saturday, we had plans to go to the NSB Skate Park 2 year anniversary party. So I picked up my grandson and we headed over there. We all had a great time, and I managed to get lots of shots. There were lots of kids there that were Cadell’s age, so it worked out perfectly. I kept Cadell over for the night, so we ended our day with some beach time. I cherish these moments!

Have a great week, everyone! It’s time for me to get back into work mode…

Skate Day

We had a great day yesterday! One of Kelly’s friends had a backyard skate session and there was a pretty good turnout. These guys are aged 20-something to about 50. I decided to practice my skate photography skills…not easy. But here goes.

What a great day! There will be several skateboarding events here in Florida this year, so I’ll be sure to get shots of those, too. I’ve got lots of homework to do now, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some shop updates.

Sunday bits.

We had a great weekend, starting out on Friday with a little (ok, a lot) of treasure hunting at Renninger’s, then we managed to get a lot of organizing and cleaning done around the house on Saturday. My grandson stayed over that night, so I didn’t get anything done since I like to devote my time just to him. So we played with Lincoln Logs and cars, watched old episodes of Scooby Doo, and he even got a lesson from Kelly on changing skateboard wheels. We went to the local skate park this morning for a few hours, and he had a blast!

I decided to get some abstracts of the skate rails with my Hipstamatic today. I didn’t have my digital Canon, but I managed to get a couple shots with the Canon AE-1. I can’t wait to get that roll developed.

This week will be a busy one! We’re going to do a little thrifting in the morning while our car is getting repaired, so I’m happy about that. Then school starts back on Tuesday, so that will be in full swing soon. I’m going to do my best to maintain school/work/etsy shop/blogging/family time. I guess I like challenges.