Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wonderful, Just Wonderful.


The transmission on my vehicle (a 2003 Ford Explorer) just died. This was our "family" car, meaning that it was what we drove whenever we took Abigail out. Since I'm with Abbey most often, it was mainly "my" vehicle. Now, I'm stuck at home, with cabin fever nonetheless, and without a vehicle until we can figure out what to do from here.

Mike and I had known that it was starting to have some transmission problems for awhile now and it does have slightly high miles (approximately 109,000), but I'm still upset that it happened. We bought the vehicle used in 2007 and had it paid off shortly thereafter. I was really hoping to get more miles out of it, but at least I can say that I really did run it into the ground.

Mike is hesitant to fix it because of a few other issues it has. (I wish I could tell you exactly what the problems are, but I'm hopeless when it comes to this sort of thing. It has to do with the rear suspension....or something.) He's worried that we'll dump the money into the transmission only to have something else major go. At that point, we'd end up dumping more money into the Explorer than it's worth.

Luckily, we do have three other vehicles that we can use to get by: one is Mike's Pontiac Firebird that is currently in storage for the winter, a plow truck, and a Saturn something-or-other that Mike uses to drive to work since it gets fabulous gas mileage and he has a long commute. Since the Firebird can't be driven in the winter (and it's a standard so I can't drive it even if I wanted to) and Mike needs the Saturn, it looks like I'll be driving the plow truck - with the plow itself taken off, thank goodness, or I'd never be able to park it - for the time being.

Since his dad owns several car businesses, Mike will most likely attempt to sell the Explorer as-is at a dealer auction that his dad often frequents. At least then we should be able to get some money for the darned thing without having to put more money into it. We'll probably start looking for another "family" vehicle shortly afterwards as well.

Ugh. This is so NOT the way I wanted to go about buying a new car.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A "Hoot" of a Good Time!

This past Saturday, Mike and I celebrated Abigail's 1st Birthday with our closest friends and family. It went off without a hitch and we all had a blast! I'll be completely honest here and admit that getting things ready for her party was the most fun I've had in quite awhile.

As you may have guessed from the preview of her party invitations that I posted last month, the theme was, " Look WHOOO's turning one!" (think, lots of cute little owls). Now that the party's over, I can't seem to part with all of the adorable decorations so I plan on packing them away in Abbey's memory box for her to look at in the future.

You should probably know going foward that this post will be extremely picture/video heavy. Consider yourself warned!

(P.S. I apologize for the crappy quality of some of the pictures. It appears that our camera may be on it's last legs. Le sigh. )

First, the decorations:

A very happy Abigail with Mike:

She played with her toys while waiting for all of her guests to arrive. I attempted several times to get a decent picture of her entire outfit, but I failed miserably.

She was NOT happy about having to wear her hat.

She was MUCH happier about eating her cake, however.

The finished product...

And now, for the videos!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Abigail!

Exactly one year ago today, our daughter, Abigail Grace, was born at 2:18 pm and changed our lives forever.

Happy 1st Birthday, my big girl! Mommy and daddy love you to the moon and back!

P.S. Her party is on Saturday, so stay tuned for lots of pictures!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Welcome to 2011!

Reflecting back on 2010, it becomes clear that it was quite the year for our family. We had our first child in January, Mike received a promotion at work in May, I made the decision to quit my job to become a SAHM in June, we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary in July, and we found out in November that we're expecting our second child. So much has changed that it seems infinitely hard to believe that only a few years ago we were newlyweds who were just starting out. We've been extremely blessed and continue to be blessed each and every day.

On that note, I'm greatly looking foward to the new year and all of the surprises, good or bad, that it may hold for us.

Here's to a fabulous 2011!