Sunday, February 28, 2010

Money for Nuthin' and Your Clips for Free!

Wednesday night Wes got a call from his friend Ryan inviting us to a Clipper game with him and a few members of his fam.

Apparently, Ryan (who is a season ticket holder for the team, and somewhat of a Ferris Bueller) had entered a drawing a few weeks ago to go on the court and shoot a few baskets for some cash. Of course he won the drawing, so of course we were in to watch!

He got 4 great seats (which we were lucky enough to occupy) and he went out at the end of the first quarter during a time out to shoot.

He made 3 of 8 in 30 seconds. The cheerleaders held up money signs around the court, and he could shoot from any of them until he made the shot. So he started at the 3 pointer for $600 (made it in 2) went to a 15 foot jumper for $100 (made it in 3) then ended with a free throw for $75 (buzzer beater in 3).




Besides that the game was awesome!!!! The Clippers won, but we had an intense 4th quarter and the last few seconds were close!

It was a blast!

Our awesome seats




Watching intently the last moments of the game... hoping for the win!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chinese New Year 2010


To celebrate the Year of the Tiger (2010), my family headed out to L.A. to enjoy the cultural experience of China Town for the Chinese New Year!!!

We took the train from Fontana to Union Station... best way to travel, except when the kids are antsy and the train is full. :)

We got there and walked down Olvera Street towards China Town where the "parade" was to take place. Of course when one is on Olvera Street one cannot disregard the incredible taquitos... thus, we indulged.



After walking for only about 5 min. we got to the place of the parade and walked around and enjoyed some of the booths and people the area had to offer.




Ned and I were even interviewed for channel 18 something or another. We both looked like idiots... it was hilarious!!!



After waiting for about 2 hours, the world's worst parade with the world's pushiest crowd started. I'm not going to lie, the parade basically blew... but it was still fun cheering and watching the kids. Though I don't think Major Tony Villar liked the crowd much... we def. didn't like him. Seriously, who votes for that idiot?




After an hour or so, we left the parade and ventured farther into China Town where Nanna bought the little kids their own little turtles... I'm surprised none died before getting home the way those cages were handled. Poor little turtles.

After walking a bit, we made our way to Phillipe's, where I have been dying to go after it was featured on "Man vs. Food" one of Wes' and my new favorite shows... ok maybe it is a little of a guilty pleasure watching it. I loved my food and loved the scenery! The whole place is just so cool... who cares that last week it was closed due to cockroaches? :)



We enjoyed our sandwiches and began heading back up Olvera St towards Union Station. Of course now we needed dessert, so we stopped at Mr. Churro and enjoyed a delicious snack!

Overall, it was such a fun day doing something different!

On the train ride home... we were lucky to have the car pretty much to ourselves. On the trip into LA we were all split up because the train was so crowded.




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Question...

Has anyone printed their blog?

I want to, but don't know where to do it.

Also, is it a lot of work? And expensive?

Let a sista' know!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Joy of Being a Homeowner

So... we live in a pink house (dubbed the pink palace) with an old school garage. About 60 different species of grass grows in our front yard (at least they are all usually a shade of green) and the ugliest red roof around. But, we own a house.

Oh the joys of being a home owner.

We are pretty sure we have a water/pipe break under our slab... warm spots in our bathroom and laundry room.

And, we know we have a broken pipe in the yard... thus the constant flood at the side of the house.

Not to mention all the other "little" things that need to be fixed inside and out... our back door with the ginormous hole, the fridge that has water constantly leaking out at the bottom, grass in the backyard period, our fence, etc. Oh yeah and we still need a nice car.

Only problem is... when you pay to own a house, where do you find the money to fix EVERYTHING?!?!?!?!?

Sometime I feel like we are living the movie, "The Money Pit."

Best part is... we now have to find a space in our house for storage now that our "storage room... aka room #2" will be a nursery.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Only in Perris...

Last night Wes and I were heading to Chili's to use our Christmas gift card for a Valentine's Night together.

We were driving down Perris Blvd. just north of our house and were heading towards the freeway, when we saw what we thought were protesters.

A bunch of Hispanic people with signs and flashing lights, flashlights, etc. There were probably about 25 people spread out down the street getting every one's attention.

Well... I couldn't read the signs (Spanish) but saw the word "Policia". We soon understood, that these people were wasting their Saturday night warning all the other Hispanic people in the area that the police were doing license/sobriety checks right down the street and to head a different direction.

FYI: The police do a minimum of at least 1 of these a month in the exact same area.

We always go down a side street to get the freeway and bi pass the check... but apparently because of the sign holders the police were covering all exits... so we turn and see a cop who instantly pulls us over. Come on, have you seen our Sentra, Mr. T.... we knew this would happen.

He comes up to the car, takes a look at us, and makes sure Wes has his license and we are on our way again.

Seriously... only in Perris.


Happy Balentimes Day!!!

I'm grateful to know who my valentine will be every year for this life and beyond!

I Love You Weston B.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Have I mentioned...

How much I hate car shopping. It' been almost a week and the process just keeps going. When I was young I always wanted to buy a car... it would be fun I was sure of it. Now I have the opportunity and I HATE it!!!!!!!

Will this madness never end?

Oh, and just a byword: our dishwasher started making funny noises out of no where today... yippeee!!!!

P.P.S.: I will have to blog about the used car salesman we had our first experience with... classic.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

5 years ago Feb 7th

Wes and I had our first kiss!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Car Accident and Lessons Learned

So, as many of you have probably heard Wes and I totaled our car Wednesday. :(

Now we are stuck with the Sentra, which looks pretty tore up. Not to mention I have been driving it since I was 16---- sheesh. (Actually, we are SUPER lucky we still have it).

Even if it doesn't have a bumper anymore... another accident from another time.


The plan was to go something like this on Wednesday.

Wake up, head to L.A. for some fun, go have dinner with Ryan and Taryn and watch LOST, then head to "3 Clubs" in Hollywood to watch a mission friend of Wes' play in a band. They are really good... look them up... their name is Fictionist.

Anywho... that plan did not happen. Instead:
We woke up and had some work that needed to be done. So, we did that. Then it was like 1:00pm, and we decided we did not want to pay $15 for just parking, to go where we had initially planned... so instead we decided we would try Sprinkles Cupcakes in Santa Monica. So, we headed there and got a few different kinds of cupcakes. (Good, but not worth $3.50 each or the hype).

Then, I had to pee... and like any big city, finding a bathroom is hard! So, we wandered around for about 10-15 minutes looking and asking, and finally ended up in a funny, stinky basement in a Rite Aid.



We then began our drive to the McCook's... taking a few detours to look at amazing houses, and fun streets.

***Finally, about 7 miles from their place and about 2 blocks from the L.A. temple we were driving down Santa Monica Blvd. Some idiot in a BMW cut us off, and got into an argument with a Honda in front of us. At this point I pointed out a billboard with my beau Lebron James on it to Wes who glanced up for 1 sec. literally.

Traffic was stop and go, and the cars in front of us started moving, so Wes slowly moved forward (maybe going 10 mph). I looked down in the 1 sec. Wes looked up, and saw traffic stop. I warned Wes to look out, but it was too late. We rear ended that Honda in front of us, the one that had been in the argument with jerky BMW guy.

Well, jerky BMW guy somehow turned around on this busy busy street, made 2 U-turns and came around behind us and called Wes over. He then said, "Hey take down my info. I saw that guy back into you." Wes was confused and said, "What?" And the guy repeated that he would attest to that guy hitting us. Are you kidding me? He was such a jerk and was mad that the guy didn't see him when he was trying to cut him off, he wanted revenge and was willing to lie for us to get back at him. We couldn't believe it... what an idiot!

Somehow, our car went under the '94 Honda Accord, and we got jacked!!! His car had slight scratches, no dents, and his muffler came off. He was super prepared and had his car fixed and was off in about 10 minutes. We stood on the road like idiots trying to figure out what to do. We had liability only on the car and no AAA. Towing was not an option and we were afraid to drive it because of a funny noise we heard. We started the car again and it sounded like a fan, so we turned the air off and the noise stopped.

His car:

Our Car:


So, after about 1 hour we ended up driving to the McCooks and just spent the rest of the night there... where we did enjoy our smorgasbord of cupcakes, fajitas and LOST. On Thursday morning, we decided we would just drive it home. :) Luckily we are still alive and well, and did not blow up in the process. Now we are just in the hunt for a new car. Please let us know if you are aware of any good deals on new or used cars.



***Lessons learned in the process and over the last few years, months and weeks.

I had a seminary in service meeting on Wed. morning. Something that I have thought a lot about the past while and it stood out to me that morning, and stuck with me through all of this car trouble crap, was that we are asked to be long-suffering. But, what does that even mean? Many times through trials, I whine complain and have a hard time understanding why? But, through talking with family and friends I have come to understand that it doesn't mean just suffering a long time, or being asked to just endure. We need to have the right attitude through our trials. That is truly the only way we learn and are truly long-suffering as the Lord requires. Our attitude makes all of the difference.

So, when I saw that hood come flying up to the windshield and knew our car was toast, I knew we were in for some more trials. (Yes, this will be another thing we need to endure and make it through... just one of the many).

I also recognized at that very point I could react in a number of ways. 1. Be angry and mad, and say mean things to my hubby who already felt awful. 2. Woe is me, woe is me. More money problems, car problems, trials, etc. and I could be sad about it all. or 3. Take it for what it is, because "it happens". Look at the bright side, a new car, and no one was hurt, and luckily we had some insurance.

So, I will not complain about this! I am not joyful it happened, but I will not pretend that it is the worst thing that could have been.

***Lesson 2: My discussion with Wes

So, while I had that Epiphany, Wes had one of his own that was also a nice reminder.

He thought about how small all of our problems here on Earth are. How a car breaking down just doesn't matter. That this time is a spark of time in comparison to the long haul.

If we can remember that always, our problems will seem insignificant, and our decisions here on Earth would all be a little easier. This time is the time to prepare to meet God. We will have an eternity to be there, and this is a second of that time. If we are mindful of the big picture we can endure all trials with happiness in our hearts.