Sunday, March 29, 2009

Short but Sweet

One of my best friends, Brooke drove to California with a few of her friends last week. I was so glad that I was able to see her even if it was for only two days. The last time I saw her was at my wedding over two years ago. She and I always have fun together and it is a tradition for her to do my make-up. She has always been really good at it and Kevin and I are trying to convince her to move out here and got to school to be a make-up artist. (Crossing my fingers) They were here over St. Patty's day and I took them to 2nd Street in long beach to eat at BJ's so they could try their awesome pizza and of course a Pizookie. If you don't know what a pizookie is come and visit us....we will make sure you try one ;)
Brooke, me and Kevin
We definitely have our own unique sense of humor :)
My St. Patty's day make over

Baby Joe

Our friends Rob and Emily welcomed their son, Joseph to this planet back in January. For the last 3 months of Emily's pregnancy she was on bed rest SO...she didn't get to have a shower. Her mother-in-law threw her one a couple weekends ago when baby Joe was old enough to join in on the fun. Here are a couple of pictures from that shower.
Here I am with the proud mama, Emily
Here is the man of the hour-Joseph True Gleason
Here Joe is modeling one of the present I brought....They are the cutest socks that look like high top sneakers! I'm glad they were such a hit :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lucky number 13

Last weekend was another busy week for the Shaw family, but the biggest event would have to be the Mark Hahn memorial Jet Ski race that Kevin and his associate editor, Justin participated in.

This race is a 300 mile endurance race around Lake Havasu in Arizona. The first person or team to successfully complete thirty ten miles laps around the course wins.

The start to the race is pretty fun to watch. All of the racers have their boats lined up in the water with their engines off. They have their partner or a friend hold the boat steady and in place. Then when the gun is fired the racers (who have been lined up across from their boats 20 ft in away on the beach) run and jump on their boats, start the engine, and take off.

Most of the boats can only make it around the course 5 or 6 times before the need to refuel. This is where is starts to feel like a Nascar event. When it is time to refuel you have your "pit crew" pull you out of the water using a side by side vehicle. They want to make sure that no gasoline gets in the the lake so the fueling of the boats is pretty regulated. This year Kevin and Justin had some guys that work for Side by Side Magazine come out and man their pit crew, along with Dave, PWI's sales associate and Justin's dad. It worked out great. The guys from Side by Side were excited to do a cross promotion with their magazine and everyone worked really well together to make the pit stops as quick as possible.

The weather was pretty windy in the morning and the water was pretty choppy which was not at all what they were expecting. I guess the way the race is either the first boat to make thirty laps or whoever is in the lead after 6 hours. This year was the first year it took the whole 6 hours.

Kevin and Justin haven't had the best record when it comes to races. Something either happens with the boat or their GPS breaks and they drive miles out of their way. This year everything went smoothly and I am happy to report that out of the 58 or 59 boats entered into the race Kevin and Justin came in 13th overall. They also came in 3rd out of their class. I'm so excited for them and I think they did a great job!

Here are some pictures I took at the race:
Here is Kevin talking with his pit crew before the race started
Kevin waiting for the racers to line up to start the race
Kevin waiting for the gun to go off to begin the race

And they are off

The first pit stop

Kevin gives Justin advice about the water conditions

Justin gets a nap in before his next time out
This is not the most flattering picture, but I had to include one of us together (I told you it was windy)