Thursday, February 28, 2013


Well, this was a bad day.  Sit back and let me tell you about it.

Last night on the way to church, I heard a funny vibrating sound in the engine of the van.  I mentioned it to one of the men at our table and decided I should take it somewhere the next day to have it looked at.

Today, I decided to wait until after Katie's piano lesson to take it anywhere because I figured if they had to keep it for a while, I'd rather not be scrambling around trying to find a way to get her there.

So at the appointed time, I dropped Emily off at the library and then took Katie to her lesson and then ran back to the library to get Emily.

The car vibrated off and on the entire way, but just before arriving back at the library it got remarkably worse and every light on the dash came on.  I couldn't just abandon Emily, but I told Katie we would be heading to the auto place immediately after picking her up.

We ran inside to get Emily and when we came back out......the van wouldn't start.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.

I called our insurance agent and they sent someone to come check it out.  The guys who arrived said they were told I needed a jump.  I told them I didn't know what I needed but I didn't think a jump was going to cut it.  Once they opened the hood, they discovered oil everywhere.  Apparently something burst and oil had spewed out rather than staying in the engine where it was needed.

Then a tow truck was called.  And we sat in the car until it got there.  Twenty-seven degrees.

Then a rental car agency was called and they came and picked us up.

Then we headed home and I realized the garage door opener was in the van still and I couldn't get in the house without it.

Then I remembered that I had actually saved the code to the keypad to the garage in my phone so I didn't need the opener anyway.

Then we got home and I discovered that the code didn't work.

ThenI had to find out where the van had been towed and go there and get the garage door opener so we could get back in the house.

Then Katie said she was hungry.

Then it started to snow.

When we got home, I discovered oil all over the garage floor.  (Wish I had seen that before we left the house.)

Then I took one bite of dinner then ate three cinnamon rolls and had three cups of coffee.

The End

Monday, February 25, 2013

Winter Jam!

Yesterday we were fortunate enough to attend Winter Jam 2013, a giant Christian worship concert.  Because we attended with the base chapel, we were able to go in early before the general crowd, attend   a "meet and greet" with some of the singers before the concert started, get seats right down on the floor instead of up in the bleachers.....

 .....and we were given free tee shirts!

Normally tickets are only $10 per person but they aren't sold ahead of time and the seating is not assigned.  In order to get in, you have to go stand in line for hours and hope to get a ticket.  If you aren't near the front of the line, you take your chances about where you sit.  We were very blessed through the military to get in so early and get good seats.  We were getting some burgers before they allowed the general public in and they announced to the folks outside that it was almost time to enter and the roar that erupted, shook the whole building.  We scampered back to our seats before they opened the door so as not to get trampled as people raced to get good seats.  

I heard later that there were 20,000 people in the audience!

 We weren't terribly close to the stage, be we were fortunate enough to be almost in the center of the arena.  What we didn't know was that several acts performed right in the center, so we were just a few rows away from some of the performers.

Capital Kings performed first and we were THIS CLOSE to them!  They started the show off right.  We were jumping and singing and ready to have a blast!

We also wound up seeing Jason Castro and Toby Mac from this same vantage point!  One of the girls with us was very much agog over Jason Castro!

 OBB was up next, good Georgia boys like me.  Except I'm not a boy. 

The kids especially enjoyed Jamie Grace.  They asked me to buy her CD before we left. 

I also bought CD's for Matthew West and Newsong because they were just so fabulous and we love their music!

The concert also featured Sidewalk Prophets (loved them!), Royal Tailor (love, love, love!),  and RED.
Okay, so let me just say, RED is totally not my kind of music, but I'm glad that for people who love hard loud music, there is a Christian alternative.  Their portion of the show was really exiting with flames bursting up all over the stage.  We could feel the heat where we were sitting, I'm surprised the people nearer the stage weren't singed.

The whole concert was amazing with light shows, disco balls, confetti, flames, and just wonderful singing.  Most of my photos turned out blurry and overly bright, but we'll always have the memories!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Every move you make,
Every bite you take,
I'll be watching you....

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Girls

I have a couple of happy girls.

Emily is particularly happy because for the first time EVER in the history of her dairy allergy, I managed to find a plethora of dairy-free candy bars for her.  In the past, we've only ever found two and she only liked one of them.

A few weeks ago, I ran by Whole Foods while I was in St Louis and I couldn't find her one candy bar. I asked a sales clerk where they had put the dairy-free candy bars and he led me to a whole row of dairy free chocolate.  I was in shock as he picked up each one and told me, "This one is like an Almond Joy, this one is like a Reece Cup, this one is like a Milky Way, etc."  Some of them, I figured she still wouldn't like as she is not a fan of peanut butter or coconut, but I bought one of each anyway just so she could try them.  You never know.

Rigger was not as happy.  He wanted some chocolate too, but of course, it's bad for dogs.

He does know how to make a person feel guilty.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Emily's Fancy Gee-tar

What's a girl to do when she has all this cool duct tape and a plain old boring guitar?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Performance Anxiety

Katie can play this song perfectly - until I point a camera at her.  She's been laughing all morning about how well she can play it until she knows it's being recorded.