Tuesday, March 27, 2012

See You In Another Life, Graycie

I mourned a loss this weekend, one I didn't think I'd have to face until later years. One that brought back memories and sadness but also hope. This weekend we traded in my Neon, Graycie.

Yeah, it seems silly to lament and document the loss of a car- but not so silly once you know the history behind this cute gray car I used to own.

I bought my car after years of hard work through high school and it was Mine. Even though it was restored salvaged and annoyingly difficult to get the title, inspection, and everything else- I loved it! I loved the way it smelled, looked, drove, everything! For 5 grand I had bought myself a ticket to college, singles wards, jobs, socializing and a potential husband. Life was looking great! Then Graycie completely went kaput.

So, since I'd spent everything I owned into buying the car, my parents helped out in restoring my "new" car into something even newer......like $4,000 dollars newer. Well what a let down- it was only three years old in 2007. Whatever! My love went on!

Then we had more problems with it....$400 here, 50 bucks there- it's gotta be good now, right??? Not exactly, but maybe for a short time....maybe. Then Jared and were engaged, I don't think he had any animosity towards Graycie until after our vows of matrimony. And then shortly after we said our "I Do's" he realized real quick how expensive my not-so-expensive, no-payment car truly was. Problem after problem, issue after issue, and 5 years of many trips (or tows) to the car shop later, Jared found an opportunity to rid us of the money waster once an for all. 

At the car shop, we switched out (sort of....even the mechanic knew it wouldn't have been a fair trade) Graycie my 2004 gray Dodge Neon for a 2000 green Honda Passport. I made the decision, knowing full well, it was time to let go. What should have been a good vehicle from all the money we'd invested into it, simply wasn't. And although I was sad driving my Graycie for the last time, I am surprisingly very satisfied and happy in the replacement! Graycie, we had a good run together- have a good life wherever you may be, even if that's in a junkyard.

Now, to make the transition complete, I am searching for an appropriate name for this new vehicle that will drive us through a new chapter in our lives! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

While I am Waiting....

~Well, I am sitting at my computer catching up on everyone else's adventurous, funny, and interesting blogs while I not-so-patiently am waiting for pictures to upload to Shutterfly for my free photo book. I've been off and on doing this (waiting) for over an hour now, and thus had a lot of time to think of something adventurous, funny, and interesting to blog about. I came up with nothing. So here is my random, unorganized post about whatever I feel like typing at this moment.

~We went to the Children's museum (finally) last weekend and had such a good time! I couldn't believe all the creative yet simple decorations they had up! A lot of it was around-the-house materials, and therefore got my creative juices flowing.....okay, more like my copying juices. Unlike all the friends and family I surround myself with, I lack some serious creativity and therefore lean on everyone else's ideas. So there you have it: if you see something cute in our home- you'll know it was in no way something I came up with! Anyway, we really had a good time, and hope that we can get passes again (or our good friends, the Johnsons, feel generous again lol...thanks guys!).

~Here is conversation I had with Addie the other day while I was making Colby Pizza and she was eating a snack.

Me: "You guys are doing such a good job today! You used your new big girl stool to go potty all by yourself. Then you did a good job putting on your panties and pants all by yourself! And Dallin is doing a good job eating his food, being a big boy eating crackers!.....

Addie: "And Mommy is doing a good job making dinner!"

hahaha what a great daughter to already notice (and comment on) her hard working mother who makes dinner every day! I will cherish that comment probably forever, since I know that may be the last, or rarest compliment I'll receive for a long time- coming from a 2 year old at least! :D

~And last but not least for the random post, Dallin is trouble, trouble! I almost feel like we are playing a real life version of "Where's Waldo" whenever he is awake! I told Jared he is the biggest energy saving plan Jared could ever ask for! Jared is convinced that by unplugging our nightlights and radios, and other "energy users" we save a lot of money on our electric bill. I beg to differ and so I hardly unplug them. Dallin seems to feel the need to have a job in our home, and has assumed the role of our energy saver! All day long he crawls to every low nightlight in the house and unplugs all the ones he can reach! Problem solved!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mischief Managed & Fraulein Maria

Dallin has hit that sudden age of curiosity and trouble! At 7 months old he can crawl, stand supported, go after the toys Addie is playing with, put everything he finds in his mouth, and knock over the cat's water dish more times than I can count each day! But who could ever get annoyed at his charming smile?? If you've ever wanted a photographic baby- search no more! I've found him! 

Here are the kids new beds: I never wanted my kids to have bedding with characters on it- but anything to get Addie to be excited about sleeping in it was our goal. Maybe I can avoid a character set with Dallin??? 

 And, if you are thinking about trying to find tickets for the play "Sound of Music", guess what I've got for you?! A cheaper, and much cuter version! Addie (Fraulein Maria) has the Lonely Goatheard, Do-Re-Mi, and So Long Farewell memorized. I'll save you the money...

Oh, and here's a picture of our cat, Toodles, who thinks he owns the house...maybe he does.