Sunday, February 27, 2011

i saw a delorean and now i can die

we left for california at 8am eastern standard time. after driving about 10 minutes scarlett announces that she needs to go to the bathroom. that was an omen for the rest of the day.
poor reagan woke up sick:

scarlett woke up crazy:
we drove 2 hours to the charlotte airport
we took a 2 hour flight to memphis
there was a 1 hour layover with $12 in cinnabon and burger king(it would have been cheaper to go ahead and throw up in my mouth than buy junk food)
then a 4 1/2 hour flight to los angeles
an additional 1 hour trying to find my poor, indecipherable shuttle driver; i was on level 2, he was on level 1
finally, 2 hours to anaheim
i was in bed by 830pm california time
 can i get an amen?
there was a point when i didn't think i was going to make it. i was tempted to fall down on the side of the road and let birds peck my eyes out. we were nearly to anaheim when the shuttle bus broke down on the highway. it was just the kids and me and the driver. i generally try to keep my demands in my prayers to a minimum. i am already greatly blessed. but at that moment and after the day i had experienced with my ears clogged from the flight and my jaw locked up from gum chewing so that my ears wouldn't explode with pain on the flight, plus my dead cell phone battery, i needed a miracle right then and there. i would have cried(more regular problem remedy) but i was too dehydrated to produce tears. i prayed for help to get our van moving. not a minute later a department of transportation truck stopped and filled up our gas tank, enough to get us to a gas station just a few miles from our rental house. praise the Lord, miracles still happen everyday.

it was refreshing to be with my elegant and refined siblings.



we tooled around orange county in a gigantic van. we definitely blended. no one would have guessed this automotive monstrosity transported people from 6 different states, south carolina, missouri, north dakota, utah, idaho and nevada.

action shot, scary but adorable.

scarlett expressed her usual distate for costumed characters, but reagan pushed forward with uncharacteristic aplomb. but there should definitely be a rule that if you waited in line for 30 minutes to get your picture taken with woody and you are the next person in line and woody leaves the second jesse shows up, the kids in line receive a gigantic cookie and the moms who waited and cajoled that entire time receive a louis vuitton bag. i only believe in doing what is just for moms and kids everywhere. 

and for realz, how cute is this little boy?

any post with uncle bonecrusher in it, i ask this question: why is this man still single?

our buffet dinner, reagan immediately checked out. he takes after his mother in the "let's fall asleep anywhere" department.

on the sabbath we greatly appreciated the beautiful weather and the orange tree growing in the backyard. that just seems too surreal to me. if only we could have a tree in the backyard that produced cheese grits, then we'd be cooking with gas.


the newport beach temple was glorious, the weather fantastic, the company incomparable.

i must say that sunday was the day that i missed my dad the most. church and our family picnic seemed odd without him. there was no one there who could adequately quiz us on the message from church and early church history trivia.

the beach started out great.



but then deteriorated quickly...
and went completely downhill from there:



and something creepy:
2 men and a baby.


they kill me. they fight about inconsequential things all day and then fall asleep like this:
and i really did see a delorean driving down the highway. it was pretty beat up but it still resembled the best thing to come out of 1985. that and the 1985 world series champions, the kansas city royals.

13 comments:

Emily Curfew said...

i never thought i'd think that orange county was "home". but seeing these pictures makes me "home sick". i loved the newport temple - obviously b/c that is where jeremy and i were married, but also b/c i just love it b/c we were part of the dedication stuff too. and the rocky place where yall took pictures is where we took our engagement pics.and i miss our annual passes at dland. looks like yall had a big fun family vacation. wish i could have met up with yall. miss you !

Ryan said...

Laughing a whole lot and I have one thing to say: I LOVE THE BECK FAMILY!

Ryan said...

Whoops...me here, Julianne...

Carie said...

Funniest post in the history of the Internet. Laughed out loud several times.

When I was out of town I didn't see a delorean but I did see Spike Lee. I am going to say that's just as cool.

Jenna said...

Sounds like a great vacation - the inspiration point picture is my favorite.

Jessica said...

"vacationing" solo with small children?? you win mom of the year award right there JUST for that. i love your family, and i've only met some of them a handful of times! and why is uncle bonecrusher still single?? there's got to be something we can do about this. :)

MissRochelle said...

haha, love it.

I laughed out loud several times. thanks.

The Stimpson Family said...

So Funny! And so fun to see all the Beck's in pictures! I miss your wonderful family...and your dad! I was at my parents house this last week and we were talking about him and how we miss him. We love you guys!

Lindsey said...

LOVE this post.

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

Ok the beginning of the post made this seem like a horror story but it looks like you had a lot of fun with your "refined" family. LOL.

DMC Studios said...

I laughed out loud like 4 times, but now am coughing my guts out bc I was trying to muffle it to not wake up my sleeping husband. Too late. The detioration sequence is what got me. The plumber to just undies. Awesome. I agree with Jan! I love the Beck family too! Looks like it was a fun trip. Oh and your son asleep on the table. Hilarious.

JKGROSS said...

Those are such cute pictures!

The High Family- said...

Gotta love DIsney! Lovin the van. Remember when my mom used to drive one that big. She has 7 kids not 15, but might as well rock the huge van. The pics you took are hilarious. Wish we lived closer to ya. The comic relief alone would be totally worth it.