Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monster Trucks

This week, Gav was keeping himself occupied by building monster trucks out of legos. Soon that wasn't enough, he had to crash and bang them. Even then, that wasn't enough. A theme song was born for his monster truck rally. After about 5 minutes of listening to him and giggling to myself, I grabbed the camera and recorded him from behind the couch. He didn't know that I was back there, you can see his surprise when he realizes that I'm recording:)


Each time I play this, he gives me an embarrassed grin and then walks off humming:) Love him!

Sunshine, snakes and the sea shore

After checking the weather report, we piled into the Subaru and headed West. Once we hit Newport, we had a classy picnic in the back of the car and then headed out to explore the Oregon Aquarium.

We saw snakes and other scaly creatures in their swamp exhibit and then enjoyed other fishy things throughout. We lounged about in the shark tunnel and gazed in wonder at the jelly fish.

Since the sun was shinning and the rain was far away, the kids got to play and we were able to enjoy beautiful views of the bay. (Ha, that rhymes. I'm a poet)

As we were leaving, the fog rolled in so quickly and thickly that we couldn't see parts of the bridge as we crossed it. It was amazing and kind of creepy:)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Triple A Saves the Day!

Chad and the kids took a trip to Seattle for the Bric Con (lego convention) and on their way home, had an unplanned adventure...on the side of the freeway. The Honda (which has been our family car for many years and has just recently down graded to be Chad's car) decided that it was tired. So it took a rest, on the side of I-5 South, just South of Olympia. Many, many, many miles from home.

Chad called AAA and found that they were very willing to help - tow the car one hundred miles. Yeah, that would get them half way home. After searching for a long haul tow truck that was big enough to hold car seats and children, a tow truck pulled up and hooked up our refreshed but now busted car. 

A three hour ride home gave the kids a chance to take the tow truck glory in and even take a nap, much to the delight of the driver who had three young ones of his own at home.

 So the kids, the husband, and the car all safely made it home and the battle to resuscitate the car began.  A new timing belt, water pump, radiator, seals, and other random belts later, we have a car that runs again.

 Hurray for Triple A!