Monthly Archives: October 2008

Big Ben Possessed?

Can a truck be possessed?  As in, possessed by a demon?  Ok, maybe not really possessed but certainly messed with…  We have had so many random issues with our Suburban all within the last week.

First, our radiator completely died.  (please keep in mind i am a girl that knows nothing about car stuff so this is my take on the whole thing)  Ok.  So the radiator died.  Luckily we had a lifetime waranty on it and our friend was available to help my hubby with under the truck greasemonkey type stuff. 

After the radiator came the temperature gauge thingy.  Don’t know that ever really got resolved as we still don’t have hot air coming out of the heater.  

Next came the scariest mystery.  While at church in Lynchburg all EIGHT of our lugnuts became loose and the tire was just hanging on there.  Tire was fine on the way there, fine around town…. stop for church and BAM – loose lugnuts. 

Then came the loss of “oompf” while driving and the crazy temperature gauge (again?  still?).  The hubby suspected an airbubble in the radiator/cooling system but quickly discovered that the ‘burb didn’t have any water in it because of a leaking hose.  Simple fix.  Whew.

And finally…. tonight….  My hubby was driving to Lynchburg to pick up my parents from the airport when the ball bearings (the things inside the rotor) BLEW UP – yes… EXPLODED.  He is now sitting in the middle of freaking nowhere Bedford waiting for the tow truck to find him.  My parents weren’t able to get a rental car so they are at a motel until tomorrow morning.

And we’re supposed to be driving to Tennessee this weekened?!  HA.  Hello Budget Rental??

So how does one go about doing an exorcism on a vehicle?!


Rip Van Winkle

I think I must have fallen asleep for a bit because I cannot believe this is the end of October already.  I thought September flew by but that was just practice compared to this month.  This month has been the sprint!  I have so much packed into the next two weeks that I’m afraid I’m going to usher in November with a whirlwind. 

My parents are coming in on Tuesday evening to spend a week with us.  They arrive late in the evening – way after the kids’ bedtime.  Wednesday we have our church’s Trunk-or-Treat.  Thursday is my staff retreat.  Friday is Halloween.  Saturday, Sunday and Monday my hubby and I will be in Pigeon Forge, TN on a couples getaway!  I am so very much looking forward to that weekend!  Monday evening I have a church council meeting.  Tuesday my parents leave and I have another church meeting.  And somewhere in all of that is Bean’s 5th birthday.  (FIVE.  She’s turning FIVE folks.) 

Shortly after all of this activity my hubby and I will celebrate our 10th Anniversary.  I can hardly believe…. in some respects I think “10 years?  Already?  Has it been that long?”  and other times I think “We’ve packed a lifetime into these 10 years… it’s been much longer than that!”  I remember on our first anniversary (where we ate at The Compass Room 🙂  that we talked about having a big reception on our 10th.  Kind of a do-over from our lame DJ fiasco at our wedding.  Whatever.  Not bitter.  So I guess the big reception is out unless everyone is coming here to surprise us.  I know that my hubby has something in the works but I have absolutely no idea what it is.  It’s really hard letting him surprise me.  I’m so focused on the next two weeks that I really haven’t thought much as to what I’m going to do for him for our anniversary.  Any ideas would be appreciated.  (just email them… in the off chance he decides to randomly read my blog today) 

Anyone dressing up for Halloween?  What are you going to be?  The only costume we have nailed down is Chickie’s…. a black cat.  I’m on the hunt tomorrow for a duck for Beans and a surprise for The Boy.


This guy’s blog almost never fails to make me chuckle.  This post was no exception:  (especially since it ties in so nicely with what’s going on at my church)

Not much time

I am in the midst of painting The Boy’s bedroom.  It was a surprise for him and he was so excited.  Until he saw the paint colors.  He never said a word but you could see it in his face that he was crushed.  Because his bedroom walls are a dark wood we chose to have the primer tinted.  They don’t truly color the primer – it is just a tint in the right direction.  So the colors he saw were baby blue and peach.  The poor boy thought we were painting his room peach!  His grin spread ear to ear when he saw the true paint colors: Bouncy Bouncy and Galactic Sky.

Fine lines

There is such a fine line when teaching children about dangerous things.  If you don’t tell them enough then they aren’t prepared and can be at-risk.  But if you tell them too much then you can overload them and scare them.

Such was the case with my son tonight.

It’s been fire prevention week at school.  Great!  Kids need to learn all the safety precautions and be well prepared should there be a fire or emergency in the home.  I didn’t realize how much all of this was weighing on his mind until tonight.

He recently purchased a fish tank and my hubby and I stocked it with fish for him.  The tank sits on his dresser in his room.  He adores his fish and loves being the one responsible for feeding them.  Usually he feeds them before he gets ready for bed so that by the time he’s ready for lights out so are the fish.  Tonight they didn’t get fed until he was in bed so I left the tank light on for a bit.  I figured I’d turn it off after my bedtime check-in.  All that to say, tonight was his first night going to sleep with the tank light on. 

I was on the phone when he came running into the room crying that he saw smoke in his room.  He quickly escalated from crying to full on panic.  We stood in his doorway as he pointed to a picture on the wall and said “It’s coming from behind there.” – right below the picture is an outlet with all of the fishtank gear plugged into it.  My first thought was that the outlet was overloaded and smoking or possibly on fire.  But after glancing up the wall I didn’t see anything.  Then my son said that you can only see it with the overhead light off.  It only took a second for me to realize that what he thought was smoke was light reflecting off of the water in his fishtank.  It was dancing up the wall – much like smoke.  In fact, it really did look a lot like smoke.  Especially to a 7 year old boy who’s just had a week of “FIRE – FIRE – FIRE”  at school.

It breaks my heart to think of how his adrenaline must have been racing as he tried to figure out what to do…. what it could be…. how to get out of his room…. I am so proud that the training kicked in…. he got out of his room ASAP and didn’t try to hide or stay immobilized by fear.  He’s sleeping on the couch tonight.  In the morning light his room won’t be so scary.  At least I hope so.


I happened to glance at my stats today and was surprised to learn that I have 200 posts! Well, now it’s 201. Wow. I had no idea that I had written that much.

Some other fun stats:

Most views in one day: 86 on 08/26/08 (seriously???  86??  wow.)
Recent search engine terms that have landed guests on my blog: modern conveniences, 1950’s and me my kids.
Which post has been viewed the most? This one:
How many times? 239!! Again, wow!

I am amazed that anyone comes by to read so these stats are surprising to me.  And then there are those of you that comment – you’re very pretty and you get a gold star!

In other exciting news… my parents are coming to visit at the end of this month.  Actually, they’re not just coming to visit.  They’re also going to babysit for a long weekend so that the hubby and I can go to Pigeon Forge, TN.  Woot, woot!  I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about that.

My brother should also be popping in sometime this fall.  It will be his first trip out here.  Also very excited about that.  He’s been busy building his new custom home out on his land in north, north, north Scottsdale.  He broke ground not too long ago and he already has the basement completed.  (basement – smart boy that one) 

If anyone else should decide they’d like to experience the wonderful fall we’re having feel free to pop on over!  Does anyone know where you can experience fall year-round?  I’ll buy a one-way ticket!  I absolutely love the colored leaves, the crisp mornings and warm afternoons, the decline in mosquitos is great too.  Fall puts a smile on my face.

Shake it up

Now that we’ve settled into this routine I don’t know that I like it all that much. Bah.

My hubby and I have been working on parenting on purpose – planning activities and moments to have an impact on our kids. This new schedule has been pretty passive… school, homework, dinner, more homework, bed.

We need to re-evaluate what we want our days and evenings to look like and then make the necessary changes. One of the upcoming changes will be basketball season!! The Boy loves to play basketball and there’s a “league” here called Upwards. It’s hosted in churches and includes prayer and some Biblical teaching in addition to teaching the game and allows for all members of the team to play. Perfect for him. And because we like to live life on the edge… we’re enrolling Chickie in basketball too. We’ll be sure that the pre-game prayer includes that she doesn’t get hit in the face with a ball! Finally, we’ll enroll Beans in the Upwards Cheerleading. So girlie – so her!