Wednesday, March 31, 2010

On the Bright Side...

Many of you have read about our fun water experience.

So this is the haps...

-Pipe burst... bummer!
-Insurance was called- $1100 from deductible we would have to pay; they will pay for the damage, we have to pay the repairs (plumber, pipes, etc).
-No water for 5 days- we lasted 48 hours :)
-Flooring needed to be torn out, vanity destroyed, dry wall taken out, machines in the room making it hotter than hell, multiple companies giving us bids, damage reports, and insurance guys coming in with quotes on what we will get and the cost.

(After the work was done... did not get a picture of the pipes exposed, flooring torn up, etc. But, you get the idea)

BUT, on the bright side...
-Andy (Ashleigh's beau) is a handy man... aka: Handy Mandy.
-He must really like her because he spent 2 pretty long days doing all the work that would've cost us, saving us about $1000 (Have we mentioned we love him) THANKS ANDY!!!!!
-Wes watched like a chump quite unable to help (pretty much a 1 man job)
-Pipe is now fixed, still a little work in the room that needs to be done (Wes can probably do all of it on his own, like cementing over the hole in the floor, dry wall repair, relaying the tile, vanity installation, etc.).
-AND... the insurance company is sending us a $1200 check to pay for the damage... new vanity... I think so. :)

Our hero Andy!!!!!!!!!!

(Photos will come when said work is done)

So, after all is said and done...
it was a hassle. Glad it was just Wes and I when it happened (we are pretty easy to relocated and live where we need without a lot). And, thanks to family (and friends) we came out on top in it all!!!!!!!!! Plus, I despised that vanity. It was hideous, had cigarette burns over the top of it from the previous owners, and smelled.

Monday, March 29, 2010

All the "Elements" of a Fun Evening

On Saturday, I was able to attend an Earth, Wind and Fire/Chicago concert with my mom and sisters. (Well, except for new mama Sarah, who we knew couldn't leave her brand new baby for a whole night).

And a long night it was!!!

We started the night by eating at the new Cafe Rio in Thousand Oaks... yummy. Then, we were cool and headed to the concert at the Irvine Amphitheater with our VIP tickets and parking a little late. (Adam helped move some friends of his and Hayley's and they gave them 4 tickets to the concert as payment... Adam didn't want to go, so Hayley invited us).

We got there after the show had technically started at about 6:45, and heard the end of the 1st opening act... followed by 3 or 4 other opening acts. The actual show (E,W & F/Chicago) didn't even start till like 10 or 10:30 pm... holy moly. I mean I am a pregnant seminary teacher, you think I can stay up that late anymore?!

We loved E, W, & F... they were so dang entertaining. Their outfits (red velvet pants with fringe and lots of sparkles) were to die for! We danced, and sang and got a second hand high... it was great!!!! I have a new love for them.

Chicago (who I was more excited for) was kind of a let-down. They played songs we had never heard, talked a lot more, and were semi-dull.

The real entertainment however, definitely came from the people sitting around us...3 in particular!

1. Queen Cougar: an older bleach blond, with a very low halter top and dance moves that just didn't quit. Slow and seductive the entire concert... my personal favorite was when she started doing the point dance to the older Hispanic men in front of her. No, maybe my favorite was when she feel over the bar in front of her onto those same men, and turned it into a lap dance and security had to come escort her back to her seat. Ahh queen cougar, never a dull moment.

2. The drunk woman who came into the concert completely smashed and couldn't walk without a lot of effort and leaning/being carried by her b.f. She was ridiculous. But, not only could she not walk, she continuously went up and down the stairs the entire concert.

3. The middle aged group getting high in front of us. There was a group and people about my mom's age, that kept passing the smallest joint down their row. (Reminded me of Michael Scott at the Alicia Keys concert). Well, towards the end of the concert, one woman from that group totally fell over the chair in front of her and landed on the gentleman sitting there.

I mean, honestly, the list of crazies goes on... those were just some of our favorites.

(photos to come... I didn't take any photos, but Hayley did. Although, I must admit... I am not too sad not to have any photos of myself from that night. Yikes!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Water water everywhere... but not a drop to drink

Or use, or bath with, or wash clothes with, etc... etc... etc.

So, as many of you have heard we had a pipe crack and slab leak in our master bath last week. Actually, it's been going on for a while now, but we realized what was going on a little late, and by the time we realized it got bad.

I mean the sound of water rushing under our floor- Hot spots throughout the house, under the tile, under the carpet- Pools of water gushing out from our driveway, bad.

Anyways, we had to shut our water off... totally. So, no water to shower, do laundry, wash dishes, etc. It was HARD!!!!

We drank from our small supply of water we had in storage and used what we had to for the necessities. We would go to my families house to refill the bottles, etc.

And, (gross out right here)... we only flushed the toilet in necessity. Wes would go to Jack in the Box or WalMart to use the bathroom for #2- I would go to Heidi and Ned's house. :) I knew you would all enjoy it... but these are things you don't even think about when you think of how you use water.

I have a new-found desire to stock up on our water storage, because we are SCREWED if for any reason we can't access the water supply. Especially with all the earthquakes, etc. I recommend you try not using any water for 48 hours and see how you feel.

BTW: We decided to abandon ship after 2 days and spent the rest of the week at my parents house.

I will explain more of the problem/solution later in terms of what the devil happened with the leak, fixing it, etc.

Monday, March 22, 2010

You Know What They Say About Big Feet... Right?

Me either... because I still don't know what this baby is!

But, I do know that baby has it's daddy's ridiculously large feet. Check out the 2nd toe... I'm pretty sure it's longer than the first, which is an Aleman trait and one Wes has- big time!

On St. Patrick's day (night really, being as it was 8:30 pm) Wes and I headed to our ultra sound apt. It was nice going so late as we were the only people there and got done with everything in 15-20 minutes.

Got in, stripped down and had that ultra sound. It was soooooo hard not to find out, as the technician was positive she knew what the baby was and kept asking and questioning whether or not we were sure we didn't want to know. Yes, of course we have speculated what her being positive means... but it means we are having either a girl or a boy and she knows it one way or another. (I'm beginning to lead more towards a boy now.... whereas before I was positive it was a girl). Man, it would be nice to know. :) j/k

Um.... I must admit though, I was tempted to find tempted. Even more so, Wes was tempted. But, we stayed strong and didn't give in.

It was soooo fun seeing the baby. We saw femur bones, heart chambers, kidneys, face, legs, arms, etc. Unfortunately, this baby takes after both mama and dadda as it was not going to wake up. It slept the majority of the ultra sound (boo) and woke up and moved for us for maybe the last 3-4 minutes. Best minutes ever btw!!!

I cannot believe how much it excites me to feel the baby and know something is growing in me. I get full on kicks, bumps, running on the bladder now. Wes feels the baby almost every night too. I always thought it would be weird, uncomfortable and honestly I thought we girls got shafted having to do everything... but my mind grapes (30 Rock quote) have changed completely. I feel so blessed and special being able to do something so important and precious.

On another note... I am getting big (at least I feel like). People are now asking when I am due, and in the last 2 weeks or so I have just POPPED out. Kinda hard to adjust actually.

I love talking to little kids about the baby in my belly and they are all so funny. My nephew, Ryan thinks preggo bellies are like balloons and can be popped if you don't want the baby. Ella wants it only to be a girl and to name her Calissa/Salissa (don't know how she wants me to spell it though), last night Brinley told me she was positive it was a boy and should be named Porter. Carter and Claire know a little more as baby William was born just last week... but they have some ca-razy names for this baby and would like it to be a boy.

So at about 23 weeks things are still super good and fun, and I am enjoying every minute of this pregnancy. Here's to high hopes that things don't change for me too much in the last 17 weeks.

21 weeks pregnant... so far the only "belly" photo I've taken.

And here is our wee one. The technician said it weighs about 1 lb 1 oz right now. And, seriously, check out the size of that foot!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Only in Perris...

Do the J-Dubs (Jehovah Witnesses) deny speaking to me because I don't speak Spanish. I am never afraid to answer the door because I say "hello" and they say "buenos dias"... they then ask if I speak Spanish. I say no. So, they say good-bye. Apparently, they don't want my kind at their church.

Only in Perris do you see signs like this

on a display case at Burger King (nastiest Burger King ever btw... but the kids love the play place). And, if you saw the toys, you would realize the nobody wants to buy those anyway.

Only in Perris can you go into WalMart on a busy night and hear nothing but Spanish around you. I actually starting counting the number of people I walked by that were speaking English. Out of about 16-20 groups, 4 were speaking English.


Gotta love it!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Time to Celebrate

For 2 very important reasons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Chuck Norris celebrates his 70th b-day today.

So, to celebrate, I thought I would give some facts about him.

Chuck Norris puts the laughter in manslaughter. (my fav)

Chuck Norris counted to infinity ---- twice!

Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

Under Chuck Norris' beard is another fist.

When Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

When Chuck Norris does division, there are no remainders.

I also recommend going to and typing in "find Chuck Norris" then hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. Read what it says.

Continuing with reasons to celebrate... the newest member of the Todd family was added yesterday by Danny and Sarah.

William Antonio Todd was born March 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm. Weighing a whopping
9 lbs 7 oz and was 21 in long.

Haven't had the chance to meet him yet... we watched Carter and Claire while Danny and Sarah were at the hospital. But, from the pictures we've seen he's a doll! Plus, he will have to be my babies bff since they will only be 4 months apart! :)

Therefore, you can see we all have reason to celebrate!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

20 Weeks and...

HALFWAY done with this pregnancy!!!!!!

I have a 1o inch (about the size of a banana from head to toe) and 10 oz being growing in me and finally making itself known. :) I have started to feel little Pat (as my mom and Hayley call it) move around, and I like the feeling. It is kinda weird but fun!

I honestly can't believe I am halfway done already. The time has honestly flown by!

Best part about it is (and I know a lot of woman will hate me for saying this) I love being pregnant! I haven't been sick at all, no food aversions, no smells get to me, I feel GREAT (okay, still really tired, but even that has lessened- and I am in the awkward fat but not really pregnant stage which is NOT nice). Honestly, being preggos has been... do I dare say it?... FUN!

I am starting to get a little uncomfortable when my bladder is full... and I wake up already 1-2 times in the night (which stinks having to wake up for seminary), but my hubby is so good and let's me nap and helps all the time, so it is nice to be pampered and not feel bad sleeping in the day.

Yes, we are still waiting to find out what we are having and it is getting more and more exciting as the time gets nearer and nearer. We still haven't done 1 lick of shopping or preparing... ha ha.

I know I may not feel the same way in the last half of my pregnancy, but I feel so blessed to feel this way now.