Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm Baaaa-ck

My mom and I returned from a fabulous trip to New York late Saturday night. We did just about everything we wanted to plus some. I took tons of photos, and now have to decide which ones to blog... so it might take me a few days to do an actual blog about my trip.

But, it's nice to be home with my husband, whom I missed. But, rather than coming back to gay Perris to see him, I wish instead to have just transported him to be with me in New York City.

And, let me just tell you Wes did not miss me so much as you might think. He had a grand time being a bachelor, and playing sports just about everyday of the week... but I think I'll let him blog about his fun time. :)

Anywho... we are back and missing New York.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Flashback Friday

Girls Weekend: Catalina 2002

I thought I would stick to the travel theme, as I leave for N.Y. today... hip hip hooray!

Every year the girls try to go somewhere for at least a day- without kids/husbands/distractions. In 2002 (before husbands and kids) my mom and sisters went to Catalina Island for a weekend. It was super fun! I believe this day we had rented golf carts and saw the majority of the island. We picked these obscenely large hibiscuses just for kicks, as they were the size of our heads, and then went to dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday. That same weekend, we also snorkeled, saw the world's worst movie (A.I.), walked around, ate lots of ice-cream and did a lot of other fun things.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Flashback Friday

5 years ago (2004) this month (March) I was here:
Prague, the Czech Republic: with my mom and Heidi

Seeing this...
On the world's famous
Eating and enjoying

One week from today (March 20th), my mom and I will be headed here:

New York, NY

Staying Here

The Roosevelt Hotel, Manhattan

Being part of this
Seeing this for the first time
And walking through here

And, I can't wait!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Need Advice???

This Saturday Wes and I will be at the Grand Car Wash off of Peyton and Grand in Chino Hills from 10-3:00pm.

Why you may ask??? No, we will not be getting a oil change and car wash - we did that last week.

We will be hosting a real estate and financial booth for those who are in need of advise or have questions during these crazy economic times.

So, if you know anyone who is considering: credit score repair, short selling, refinancing, a note modification, life lock, wills or trusts, or even filing bankruptcy, we can help!!!

Or, if you just want to come by and get an oil change/car wash and visit, we would love to see you!!!


Hopefully, we will be able to help you! :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Anza Borrego State Park

So, as I mentioned earlier, Saturday the Todd family headed over to one of the many California State Parks. Apparently, this was the week of the wild flowers... and I'll tell you what, people were flocking there. I was shocked at the amount of people walking, hiking, and just looking around.

Well, what I had envisioned, and what was actually there was very different. I had envisioned massive field of flowers, somewhat like Dorthy on the Wizard of Oz, when she enters the poppie fields. Contrary to my thoughts, we were in a big desert. The flowers were sparse, or bushes, or I guess just not what I had imagined.

Don't get me wrong, it was still pretty and a fun hike, just not what I expected.

Saturday, lucky for us, was BEAUTIFUL. It was sunny with a nice breeze, basically a perfect day for a hike. Thus, we began.

We hiked in between 2 big desert canyons I guess. Big rocky hills on both sides of us, the wild desert flowers a-bloomin', cacti reaching for us (as Hayley emphasized seriously... just remember she baked her Ipod... for that story see here http://nedandheidibroberg.blogspot.com/2009/02/for-everyone-who-makes-fun-of-me.html). We hiked, took photos, had fun.

Then we saw something I didn't even know existed outside of cartoons and novels. We saw a real Oasis. In the middle of the desert these big palm trees were all bunch together and water was running out of it. It was spectacular. Once we got closer and went inside it was about 10-15 degrees cooler, darker and just fun!

We brought and ate our lunch inside the OASIS, were entertained by Hiro Nakamura (from the show Heroes) who popped out right in front of us from a big hole, and enjoyed being outside.

The plan was to continue on about another mile (we had only gone 2) to see a waterfall, but with a 6 month old, and 5 year old the on-coming hike was just too much. Wes and I had gone ahead and were climbing over rocks, using our legs and backs to move up... no place to walk or use our hands) and jumped boulders... so it was probably smart not to try with the 2 children we had with us.

Overall, we had such a fun time, but were happy to come home, eat and rest (OK, and play some Wii fit) at night.

***WARNING PICTURE OVERLOAD!***

Buddy-boy got a nice ride/nap on top of daddy's shoulders the whole time.

To give you an idea of the wild flowers we were able to see.



Now tell me you didn't see this exact Oasis on a Goofy cartoon?



Random hiking shots and lunch in the Oasis.












This is where Wes and I made it to on our own... have I mentioned how I hate taking photos alone... what the devil do you do with yourself? :)

We found some AWESOME caves... they connected ran deep down. Yup, we had some fun!

My favorite picture of the day.... OK maybe EVER! Tell me that this is not the sweetest little face you ever did see. Just like a kid in a candy store.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Flashback Friday

The plan for the morrow is to do a big day hike out in one of the State Parks... though I cannot remember off hand which one. Apparently, the wild flowers are supposed to be a-blooming this week.

So, I thought I would share other fun hikes we did growing up.

Most of the time growing up we would go on long "walks" or drives Sundays after church. My mom has always been a walker and I think this was her idea. We would pack a little picnic, hike, and then eat as a family somewhere outside. Most of the time catching frogs, poly wogs, Danny would catch snakes, basically we would do some sort of shenanigans . (I can't imagine why I am semi-tom-boy) :)


This was good ole- fish on a stick day.

And, this time I remember coming home with about 100 tadpoles for mom's pond in the backyard.

More recently Wes and I (and other friends and family members) have done little hikes in Zion, Moab, Mt. Rubidoux, etc.


Wes and I in Zion at Emerald Pools in 2006.

His friend Jason joined us that day, and the two had a blast together... in case you couldn't tell.


In Snow Canyon, near Wes' parent's St George house in 2006.


Hiking the narrows last summer.

Rubidoux a few months ago.

I know there has been a lot more... but for now that is all. And, hopefully, I will have some more of our next trip soon!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Disneyland Vent

So, I need to vent because no one else seems to see the flaw in the big altruistic plan Disneyland has for the Birthday kids!

Everyone keeps talking about how excited they are since on their birthdays they get to get in for free, or if they have passes they are so excited to get a gift card.

Well, what about us who have passes, but our Birthdays are on black-out dates.

Gee, I love going to Disneyland alone since everyone else I know can't come along on that special day with me since their passes are blacked out and it's not their birthdays. Maybe I can convince someone I know to spend $40 at the least to hang out with me.

Like I said... FLAWED!!!