Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday was Memorial Day, our 7th anniversary and the day after this. We had no idea what was going to become of our van--we figured it was trash since we thought the trans had blown and we were not going to put a third, yes third, transmission in it. I was so glad that it was a holiday and Jon was home to spend it with us...especially after going away for the weekend it really made it seem like the longest weekend ever. It was great having him home. We decided to drive around and look through some used car lots to see if we could find a good deal on a new used van. Lawson was so sweet while we were driving around and looking. He just kept telling me that he wanted to buy me a new car. He was just so worried that my car didn't work anymore!
We've been through a lot in our seven years...and every time we make it over a rough spot my favorite time is when we are able to reconnect and reconfirm our commitment to each other and to our family. Happy Anniversary, my Juan...here's to 70 more! :)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
After this fun day, getting back to the hotel, going swimming, getting a late dinner and getting to bed too late, I woke up early Sunday morning to start getting ready for church and to start getting our stuff all packed up. This is how I found the kids when I woke up...just loved seeing them sound asleep on the same bed.
We ate a yummy breakfast, got the van loaded up and headed out to worship with a local congregation. We decided to leave after worship and not go to class because we needed to be back by noon for a meeting for our Honduras trip. We ran through Sonic, got slushes and hit the road.
I put a movie on for the kids, then I kicked my feet up on the dash and started reading a magazine. About 25 minutes down the road, I hear Jon say, "You've got to be kidding me. I think the transmission just blew!" We slowed to a crawl, turned on the county road that just happened to be right there, and conveniently rolled into...
FUNERAL HOME!!! Can you believe this? Here is the rainbow trail of transmission fluid we leaked as we rolled into a parking spot...
Jon got out and started checking everything out. The transmission dipstick had NO fluid on it. We were in the middle of nowhere. Jon got on the phone to our Roadside Assistance Club. I got the kids out of their seats, figuring that we'd be there a while....
Thankfully it had stopped raining. Pretty sure we weren't gonna make the meeting, the next course of action was to figure out how the kids and I were going to get back home--we couldn't all fit in the wrecker that was coming to get the van! A quick call to some great friends solved that, and in less than 30 minutes Philip was headed our way.
Jon and I were on the phones for a good bit of time trying to make arrangements. The kids spent most of that time splashing in the puddles and picking clovers...
Then we decided to go for a walk around the building and see what we could discover. We walked out to the long grassy meadow and picked some wild daisies...
Then we played in the tunnel (that I'm guessing is where the hearses park). This tunnel was very echo-ey and fun. Also, there was a good breeze blowing through, making it much cooler than the parking lot.
The kids both loved this creepy sort of owl that was in the tunnel. His head bobbled this way and that...they kept touching him and making his head spin.
Then we found our way around the building and saw a line of worker ants. We were fascinated with watching them march in their line...it really was quite a long line!!
Definitely not how we planned for our Sunday to go either, but I am so thankful that our breakdown was safe and didn't involve an accident! The future of the van is still to be determined. It is currently being looked at in a shop.
Thankfully it was a holiday weekend, so Jon got to be off Monday, which was also our 7th anniversary. I will post about our Monday tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Last week Jordan and I took turns being sick...it was a long, cooped-up-in-the-house week! By the time Friday came along, we were all feeling better, and I was just dying to get out of the house. I realized that afternoon that it was a long weekend, and I started wondering if we could go somewhere close just for one night to get away. I started looking online, then called Jon to see what he thought about going to Chattanooga for a night to swim at the hotel and maybe go to the aquarium. He said, "Let's do it!"
I started to get so excited! We NEVER do anything like this...the only time we ever go on a trip is to see our parents. I was excited to do something just for our family. The kids were SO excited about going swimming. We didn't even say anything about the aquarium until Saturday morning. They loved eating breakfast at the hotel...notice I packed Lawson's shark jammies--especially for the occasion!!
We went downtown and went to the aquarium. Jon and I had been to a couple aquariums before we had kids, but this was their first time. I knew they were going to love it!!
I feel like this stingray is flashing us!!! :)
I love this picture of Jordan because it just shows how interested, excited and amazed she is at the fish and sharks she's looking at!!
There is a whole Diego episode about the Blue Morpho. The kids are fascinated by this butterfly--we've even looked it up on YouTube to watch videos of it. Right when we were getting ready to walk out, Jon saw one on the screen of the window. He got it on his finger and transferred it to Lawson's finger!
Then they transferred it to J's finger so she could have a turn too. I had been trying to get a picture of the bright blue of the inside of the wings the whole time we were in there...And while Jordan was holding it I got it:
This picture of Jordan makes me laugh. Even though it's a little bit fuzzy it shows just how goofy she was being!
After leaving the aquarium we let the kids play in the water outside a little more. Then we headed back to the hotel for some more swimming (because we decided to stay another night!!!)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Due to the inordinate number of trees in our yard, we have a large number of birds that fly in and out of the yard on any given day. To add to the menagerie we've put out a birdfeeder this year, and both of the kids delight in letting me know when a bird is on it and eating, when it becomes empty and helping me fill it back up. Lawson has become able to spot and identify bluebirds, cardinals, blackbirds, robins, doves, sparrows, woodpeckers, and mockingbirds because they regularly partake of the feast we put out for them.
This spring I noticed a male and female cardinal who were 'regulars' in the yard. One day I spotted the female flying into a bush near our back door. I peeked in (trying to be as 'non-threatening' as I could be) and noticed that this red couple decided that our bush would be a perfect place to call home for the spring!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here's Lawson taking off!! He forgot his helmet at first...but later we remembered!!