This one is from so long ago, at Rancho's in North Park getting fruit smoothies.
I think this is when Ella turned four and Derrik brought a giant Hello Kitty pinata. When I turned three or four, I also got a life sized pinata at this exact house. So it's a special picture for me.
Here is the time Ella put stickers on her face and then wanted me to take a picture to send to Matt. But I caught her looking all sick and tired and we told Matt she had the Chicken Pox and he believed it.
Matt doesn't like the kids to eat cotton candy but one time we went to a baseball game without him and this happened.
This is the kindergarten field trip, but when I see this photo of Marina and her friend, my mind fast forwards 12 years and I can totally see this in her senior yearbook.
Did you know Ella talks like a baby most of the time? This is the preschool friend who she speaks baby language with. It annoys some parents, but look how happy they are. Who cares.
Oh, this one? It's just Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. We were in a room together for a ridiculous amount of time. But I mean ridiculous in a bad way. Six minutes, I think? They gave three reporters six minutes to do an interview, all of us at the same time. Six minutes. We each got to ask one question.
The day I bought Ponyo for Ella at Comic-Con. I love this picture because Marina looks so confident and sassy.
Sisters being sisters before bedtime.
One Sunday, the farmer's market by our house had a petting zoo and Ella was brave enough to hold a chicken on her lap. Me and Marina, not so much.
This was a closed storefront I saw in Ensenada. Ensenada is where my dad and most of his family live, and it's also where we go on vacation every summer. And Tijuana is where I spent many of my formative teen years and where I've had some amazing times as a grown up, too.
One day at Sea World, we found one of Ella's best friends and had a dance party with fuzzy Sesame Street pals.