Saturday, March 26, 2011

The New Van in the Walmart Parking Lot

We picked up our van on Thursday.  For the last week we believed the sale wouldn't be able to go through, but we were excited when we got the call Wednesday that the deal was ready to close.  We made the road trip on Thursday and are enjoying a new van.  I am reading the manual trying to figure the thing out.  Who knew you'd have to read a book to operate a vehicle the same make as the one you already own.

On Friday the kids and I had to make a stop at Walmart.  I came out all ready to test the power rear hatch.  To my dismay as I walked toward the van and pressed the button it is wasn't working.  As I got closer I saw a large scratch on the rear quarter panel.  I thought how in the world did we miss this yesterday??  A few more steps and I saw the entire side has scrapes and there's a large dent behind the driver's door.  I literally screamed "MY VAN!!!"  I cannot believe it has been hit.  Meanwhile I continued to push buttons to open and unlock things and nothing was happening.  As the kids and I stood looking at it I noticed...rust.  Okay, I know it takes us awhile in Walmart, but not that long.  It dawns on me.  This is not my van.  I look over a row and see the new van.  Lights flashing, side doors open, and the rear door raised.  I explained myself to the lady who had stopped a few feet away wondering what was going on.  Then we walked one aisle over and loaded up.  Despite being a very rare color apparently there is another Ocean Mist Odyssey in Murray and it needs some body work.  Really funny now, but in the moment as I was thinking I had to call my husband to tell him our day old van had been hit it was not funny and it was NOT a good feeling.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hiking Hematite

We took advantage of the beautiful spring weather to head out the Hematite Lake and hike today.  We wanted to see how Annie would handle being out in nature.  She loved it.  We joked as she ran ahead of us down the trail at the beginning that we'd be packing her at the end, but she lead the entire loop.  She even wanted more play time after getting back home.  Clearly she is feeling better and her puppy energy level has returned.  We are looking forward to camping and would be out this weekend if the campgrounds had water service.  April 1 starts the season so we are hoping for another pretty weekend soon.  Here are some pics:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Annie gets a haircut

Annie has finally healed from her surgery.  She was able to visit the groomer for the first time.  Here are before and after pics.  Its amazing how much she is playing and enjoying life again now that she feels better and can see!!



Upward Basketball

The kids played Upward Basketball at Hardin Baptist again this year.  They had a lot of fun and learned a lot.   The Murray State Racers came to the closing program and Coach Kennedy shared a good message with the kids.  Here is a pic of Laurel on stage with the Racer players.  Carter went up on stage as well, but the pic of him was blurry.

They had a lot of fun playing ball this year and we were again blessed by the Upward mentality and the care shown for our kids by all the volunteers.