Thursday, June 08, 2006

Does ANYONE miss me?

OK....since I have no idea of the readership of this blog, I assume that the only person who noticed my absence was myself. Kind of sad. I feel like I'm talking to space, but some times, there is a "point of light" that makes a comment. I love those.

Friday, we left for vacation. We will be gone for about 18 days. Kind of hard to leave for that long. We are currently in southern California. The trip has not been without it's issues. (all of our vacations have had one snafu or another....We have a precedent to uphold.)

Our first overnight on the road found us in west Texas...home of Taco Villa. Despite the fact that we had already eaten, and despite the fact that we weren't hungry, we decided that just one burrito (each) was warranted. YUM YUM!

We had a great time in NM with my best friend, Miss K. (love ya, girl! miss you already.) Then we headed to Yuma, AZ. HOT! OMG! Of course, it IS a dry heat, but sometimes it doesn't matter...it's just plain hot. It was so hot that the hot tub was the same as the ambient temp. BLECH! BUT, kids were happy, swimming was great, the pizza....eh....so-so, but with happiness in our steps, we went to our FTU (family-transport unit...a.k.a. "purple van") and went for some ice cream. We drove 1/2 block before we realized we had big troubles. Our transmission is SHOT. So...we had to leave said FTU in AZ, rent another FTU and spend $3000 for a new transmission. GULP! Hope you kids didn't want any souvenirs.

BUT, with all that said, we are so VERY thankful to God for his obvious hand on us and our adventure! A big difference 10 miles or 10 minutes would have made. If you have never been that FAR OUT (west, I mean) you need to understand that there is a stretch of highway for around 75 miles of NOTHING! Even the dust devils are trying to escape. We could have been one of the countless vehicles stranded on the side of the road in 100+ degree heat with 4 kids.

Speaking of kids...my baby turned 1 today. I'm beside myself! How in the world can this baby be 1? We did the obligatory chocolate cupcake with thick frosting. (thanks, mom-in-law)...and he would have NOTHING to do with it. The only mess he made was on his leg by crawling to his father as he tried to get the camera.

In my hometown, it is now tomorrow. I guess that is my cue to leave. I will try to be back in a few days. It will probably be Tuesday. Tomorrow will find us at the zoo. (granted...we live IN a zoo, but I mean the kind with animals....real ones.) On Friday, I'm flying out to the east coast to meet (IRL) some great gals! Pray for all of us as we will be traveling from various states. Not only do we want safety, but we would like to like each other in person. LOL.

Finally...if you are the praying type, please pray for some friends of mine. I can't reveal names, but I have 3 dear friends who are struggling with various "mother" type things.
To misses B, E, and L, you know who you are, I'm praying for you! I love you!

I shall return soon.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

LL~
Glad to hear you are surviving the vacation...even with the car problems. Looking forward to seeing you next weekend. And yes, someone is actually reading your cyber thoughts(and even agreeing with them). Scary, huh?
See you soon! Gina

dk said...

LL- I am loving the blog. Glad you are mostly enjoying your vacation. SORRY about the car troubles. WOW...Gabriel is one. AWWWWW...can't wait to see vacation pics!
-DK

Melanie said...

LL- I miss you. I was hoping that we could get all the kids together since I'm off for the summer. Let me know when you guys get back into town. We're going to try to come back to church on Wednesday nights. I read that MOPS is starting a new class soon. I hope that your drive back is less eventful than your drive there.

justdawn said...

I read...but am a slacker at posting;)

I hope you are enjoying your vacation despite the FTU taking a header on ya...and I hope that you and the 2003 Mommas had a fantastic time. Wish I coulda been there:(

Pieces of Me said...

I hope that the rest of the vacation is uneventful!

Carina said...

I hope the rest of your vacation goes well! Had a blast meeting you! And I guess more people are reading your blog than you thought!