Sunday, January 31, 2010

1/12 Done!

Fare thee well January.

I can't believe we are 1/12th of the way done with 2010! Time sure does fly when you are having fun... or old... or bored... or looking forward to a baby... or looking forward to not waking up for seminary. hmmm, I guess it just flies. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My husband can read my mind!!!!

Last night, I had this song in my head all day/night.

At one point I turned to Wes (we do this all the time) and I said:

"Guess what song I have in my head right now."

Without hesitation he says, 'I like sandwiches'.

Ironically, that was it. (It's a song from the super music friend show from Yo Gabba Gabba). Apparently, he had been singing it to himself too.

We both thought long and hard if one of us had been singing/humming it to ourselves, only to come to the conclusion that we hadn't. And, we just now share 1 brain.

Maybe we will be able to talk to each other solely through mind power in the future. We will laugh and make jokes that no one else will be able to hear! Oh the possibilities!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Up and Coming........... Kori Jean Olsen and........

Country Robb.

Wes' brother Robb is a super talented musician.

His family moved to Texas and few years ago and Robb has embraced their new lifestyle in a way no one could have foreseen.

He has always been a very "rock and roll" kinda guy. Long hair , and beards at 18 years old to the style of clothes he has always worn.

However, Robb in the last few years has been playing lead guitar for a country singer named Kori Jean Olsen. They are a great new country band and the potential is definitely there to make it big. He has been a new addition and like I said, adds a lot of talent to the group!

They were recently on the radio out in Texas playing live and acoustic, they have been touring and playing a few gigs and they have a new album out.

Take a listen and support their band!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here they are playing an acoustic on air performance.

Their website is...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

Wes and I were watching my sister's kids on Tuesday and we were all driving in the car during a nice rain storm.

Of course, with the rain and a three year old we started singing the popular nursery rhyme, "It's Raining, it's pouring...."

Here however, Wes and I came to a difference of opinion as to how the song ends.

I have always sung:

"It's Raining it's pouring,
The old man is snoring,
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And couldn't get up in the morning."

Wes said it went like this:

"It's Raining it's pouring,
The old man is snoring,
He fell out of bed and bumped his head,
And couldn't get up in the morning."

However, the best is when Ella joined the conversation and informed us it went like this:

"It's Raining it's pouring,
The old man is snoring,
He went to bed and peed the bed,
And couldn't get up in the morning."

She finished with, "That's really how it goes, really!"

Well, after looking it up we were all wrong because it goes like this:

"It's Raining it's pouring,
The old man is snoring,
He bumped his head and went to bed,
And couldn't get up in the morning."

I absolutely love the rain, even if it floods the entire city of Perris. We stopped to watch "the wash" this afternoon, which was a ragging river, and almost over flowing. The rain is exhilarating!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Living the Dream- MLK Day

We celebrated the dream today with my family at the Moreno Valley Brunswick Bowling Alley, followed by sloppy joe's and wii at my parentals.

(I had to include this photo cuz' he is hot!)

The whole Todd fam. minus my dad, Hayley and Adam, with the addition of my cousin Mark, his wife Louise, and their kids Alfred, Alaina, and Lafe.

My mom smoked us all in bowling btw.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

O Happy Days....

So... as I mentioned before Wes and I had an absolutely fantastic 4th anniversary.

Like we do every year we had a delicious dinner at Benihana on our actual anniversary. Too bad our chef was bo-ring!
Then on Friday we left for our cruise... technically.

Since we had to find a ride to San Diego to depart, Heidi and Ned graciously offered, if we would join them at the zoo in the morning... well, I guess we could do that. So Friday we had a perfect day at the zoo.

Then it took all of 3 minutes to board the ship.

We spent a fantastic, lazy, filling 3 days on board the Carnival Elation and at "beautiful" Ensenada. Really we didn't do much on the boat, besides sleep, eat... including a lot of room service, and watch a lot of movies. Thus, the lack of photos... we just didn't do much.
Laughing our butts off at the flamboyant dancers at the terrible night show.
All you can eat pizza and soft serve ice cream all times of the day!Check out the window in the back ground... it was big and really nice to have.

Long story so I will try to make it short.

We are idiots... we forgot cash. So we only had $40, and realized too late no one in Mexico takes card and there are No ATMs.

So we spent $6 to get to downtown.
Then we looked for the best deal to get to "La Bufadora", or "the blowhole". A beach where the water shoots way up in the air.

After talking to a number of people we find what we think is the best deal (I should say Wes did because he did it all in espanol). We drive for like 30-40 minutes and get there and the taxi lady then says $40 instead of $4... communication difference with the money exchange. What!? Everyone else charged $10-$15. Wes argues, I sit quietly. We pay $20. Leaving us $14 to get back for both of us.

We enjoy the blowhole and lunch (they took card) to the best of our ability... both of us a little anxious how exactly we would get back.

We find a bus taxi guy who agrees to take us back for $10 total if the people he took there agree to let us ride with them. Luckily they were 4 nice people about our age. So everything worked out.

Moral of the story... always bring plenty-o-cash to Mexico.
At the restaurantYou can see where we ate in the back ground at the end of the hill/cliff

La Bufadora/The blowholeCheck out the big blowhole.

And now, I must admit that I am not happy to be home. :) Bring on the next vaca!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pregnancy Update #1

So... many of you have asked me questions in regards to "the big announcement."

First of all, I feel fantastic. Okay, tired and a little emotional, and I do get headaches almost on the daily. But, with a little Tylenol and a nap I am good to go. I haven't thrown up or even felt close to it. I felt better on the cruise than on any other cruise we have taken. I do have to say, that I blame this pregnancy on the day I totally slept through seminary though. It was the day we found out... I couldn't sleep that night, and didn't fall asleep until 4:45 am. It's no surprise I never, ever heard my alarm go off, and Wes never, ever hears anything before 7 or so. :)

Secondly, I don't think we are going to find out what we are having. Wes really doesn't want to know until the baby is born, and I am on the fence and can go either way. So, odds are he will get his way and I am okay with that. We probably won't tell names either, just because everyone has an opinion and I really don't care what you think about what I like... let's just be honest. But, we also don't have a boy name we love, and I am open to ideas. Not too common please, but not weird where people will be like, "really?"

So, with these things said.. I have posted our first ultra sound. You probably can't tell what you are looking at, so I posted the same photo again with labels.

I loved seeing the heart beat and it made everything feel much more real and exciting. I know I never really cared as much about other people's ultrasounds, but I can totally understand why they were so excited now! :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Welcome 2010

This year Wes and I had a pretty low key New Years Eve. I am so done driving everywhere is what it comes down to.

So, the 2 of us headed over to Re-Ro (Red Robin, yum)! And, used a gift card I got from Patrick for Christmas. The real reason we headed there was to go over to Victory Gardens to do some Christmas exchanges afterward, except for the fact that the whole place closed down at 6... what the what!?

On our way home, we stopped by my parents. It so happened that Heidi, Ned and the kids were going to be there with their friend's (and ours) the Jones'. So we stayed.

We ended up eating, talking and playing Cranium all night... then sadly watched Dick Clark's New Years Eve festivities. When that became unbearable we switched over to Carson Daley's and laughed at J-Lo's terriblehorribleretched ensemble. We even stayed an extra hour watching other people party of t.v.

Yes, let the partay begin.

Brobergs and us

Our 5th New Years Eve kiss together.

For what we planned on being a low key movie night ended up a fun party.

New Years Day we headed to the Ontario Arena for Disney on Ice with the little kids and their parents. It was a fun day too.

The little girls loved it... well Claire was lured to sleep.

My sisters and madre.

I love the fact that in this photo, Wes sprouted a unicorn horn.

I so look forward to all the fun 2010 will bring, and to meeting the newest and mos' def. sweetest member of our family!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

4 Years and 3 Months

So, today Wes and I celebrate our 4 year anniversary... can you believe it? I can't!

We will celebrate this weekend by going on a 3 day cruise... just the 3 of us.

Oh, didn't I mention that Wes and I are expecting our first baby in July? Yes, I am a little over 12 weeks, but 13 weeks and 1 day (according to how the baby is measuring) pregnant, feeling fantastic and we're both super excited!

This was the third test... so by this time, we finally let it feel official and picture worthy. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Christmas Miracle!!!

Last year our lovely neighbors (who really are quite nice) kept their Christmas lights up ALL YEAR LONG! Not on, but up. And they don't match each other or blend into the house. It was quite the eye sore.

At one point Wes (at my prompting) even tore down a single section over the garage in hopes that it would just encourage them to take them all down. Rather, they stapled them back up the next day.

This year... their Christmas lights are already down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooo happy! It's a true Christmas miracle.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Feliz Navidad!

So for those of you who don't remember... last year 2008, my mom began a new family tradition of having a themed Christmas Eve Party.

Last year was the 1st annual Todd Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.

This year we decided to celebrate Christmas with our brothers who live south of the border.

So... welcome to Christmas Eve 2009: Christmas South of the Border

We had a true fiesta!

With many of the same games from last year, like: throw the Christmas card into the laundry basket, a pinata, trivia, white elephant, gift exchange with name swapping, a sweet nativity scene with the kids and of course a costume contest. Costumes were a real hit this year as we all took a different approach to the theme.

The Hamilton's looked authentic Pancho Villa style...
While Wes and I took a "Raider fans" approach.
The Todd's: luchadores/Nacho Libre wrestler and fans, and Heidi and Ned were gauchos and quincenera girls.
Dirty Sanchez Ryan was mis favorita.
The kids all did a great job with the nativity. Ella reviled in her part as Mary, and continued in costume long after the other kids were done. Claire on the other hand only wanted in if she could be Joseph- though with her costume and eating a loaf of bread off to the side, she looked more like a leper.

The kids were very excited about the loot they received.
We also all brought some sort of food to match the evening such as: tamales, enchiladas, 7 layer dip, chips and salsa, taco salad, flan, etc.

I must also give big props to my madre y padre who went ALL out decorating. Including, huge Spanish rugs, Mexican ruler statues, a mariachi band full sized cutouts, hanging decorations, and even hanging the Mexican flag on the full sized flag pole out front. Let's just say, it was a good party!!!

Chickity Check the awesome decorations:

This is my favorite part...
A closer look... yes, those are homies we've collected over the years. :)Wes and I then spent the night at my parents house, but couldn't wait to open gifts til the morning, so we opened them in bed at about midnight... only opening Santa's gifts downstairs with the family.

We are going on a little 3 day cruise next week, and that was my big gift to Wes... but since it is for us both, we were only supposed to buy little things for each other.

Let's say I got Wes socks and a snuggie and a few movies, and Wes did not abide by the "no buying big gifts" rule. I was very upset. :] ok... not really.

Here is Wes ready for his clan meeting.
We then headed over to the Aleman house on Christmas for the fun day Sandie had planned there. She always does the funniest games, and the best food.

We actually couldn't get to all the games on Christmas so we finished them up tonight. We played a fun memory game where what we matched came with a prize... Wes and I came home with 2 $25 gift cards, a yo-yo, nurf gun, and grow dinosaurs! :)

We finished the night with a root beer taste test... the toasts and experience was fun in and of itself.
Another game we did on Christmas was a dance party/musical chair game we did wearing googly eye masks. Public humiliation is always funny, right? :) Patrick's dance moves still make Wes and I laugh out loud just thinking about them.

The Huefner's also got a Wii for Christmas, so you know what we all did all day.

Delanie has this intense face she does... and I was lucky enough to capture it on film a few times.

Loved this photo of Jaime showing off the loot from the 'kids". :)
Saturday we also went with most of Wes' fam. to see Sherlock Holmes... which was quite good.

Of course my lame-o camera was out of batteries all weekend, so I only have pictures from people who sent them to me.

Anyways, I wouldn't exactly call the holidays relaxing, but they are ALWAYS enjoyable.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Pet Peeve #2

Ok... another vent session please.

Wes and I and a friend went and saw Avatar in 3D earlier this week. (Must admit I really didn't care to... the boys really did. Saw it. Liked it. Thought it was long and had a little too much hype, but was well worth seeing in the theaters). With that said, I must complain.

We sat in world's worst seats, for the following reasons.

A. A person behind me, was miraculously transforming into some sort of swine creature and kept snorting... REALLY LOUDLY, the entire time. On top of that... the person and their high school friends kept annoyingly giggling throughout it. (Yes, I am the kind of person who will remind you that you are not at home and ask that you stop... if you don't I will tattle).

B. And MORE annoyingly was the children directly behind us. People invest in a babysitter, especially at an 8:00 PM showing. Don't bring children under 8 to a PG-13 movie. And REALLY REALLY don't bring a 1 1/2 year old who kicks seats and whines. And if they can't read the subtitles... don't read it loudly to them... they still won't understand, I guarantee it!

So, if you are one of those people... STOP! Seriously, no one likes you, I promise! It isn't cute, it's obnoxious.

Thanks for listening/reading/browsing.

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR. Hopefully in the next few days I will have my Christmas post up, my New Years Eve and New Years Day post done.