Monday, October 11, 2010

California Dreamin'?

I am DYING to get someone in my family to move to California. What I would GIVE to have family close by. Ugh. My sister, Jen, has six kids and lives in Texas. My brother, Jeremy, has six kids and one on the way. They live in Arizona. My other sister, Liz, has three kids and lives in Illinois and my parents are in Texas. Considering all this, my best bet for success would be uprooting my parents or Liz.

In an effort to "woo" Liz, we had them come stay with us for a little California visit last fall with their two kids Sam and Josh (she just had her third, a little girl). Anyway, they got the works! Disneyland, a cottage a few blocks from the beach, Halloween in downtown Huntington Beach, the list goes on... We thought for sure we could win them over.



As luck would have it...when they went to pick up their Disneyland tickets they got for a "deal" on ebay, the cops were investigating the place for fraud and they almost lost their tickets. Halloween consisted of skanky moms dressed in bunny ears and lingerie, dragging their kids from store to store along Main street. The short walk to the beach, turned into a few hours as we gave bad directions and they got lost...To top it off, when we got home one evening our street was lined with forensic police vans and red tape. Turns out our next door neighbor had a meth lab going on in the garage.

Dang you, California.

Needless to say, they still live in the midwest. Maybe we'll try again in a few years...

P.S. I was driving along the freeway today when that memory came flashing back and I had to laugh and knew it needed to be blogged for memory :)

6 comments:

JenJ said...

Ha! None of those things would be even remotely acceptable to Liz!! :)

Kali said...

I seriously can't believe all that went wrong on their trip visiting you! Funny as you look back but probably frustrating during. I sent you a quick email the other day;) Hope your pregnancy is going well!

diana said...

She is so cute. And looks EXACTLY like you!

I can totally empathize about trying to woo your family closer to you. I am the 6th of 7 kids. The rest of whom live in Utah with one in Iowa.

You would think Hawaii would be an easy sell....

But I've been here a year.

Jamie Johnson-Andrews said...

I know I'm not "family" but I'd be more than happy to try to be won over to move to Cali..when can we come visit?! lol

Kali said...

where are you??? miss you.

Liz said...

Lol! Yes that was quite the trip:) Maybe this next one will be more convincing. Perhaps it was divine intervention because there's still more to do here. Oh to be next door neighbors:)