Friday, March 29, 2013

Flashback Friday: Car Accidents

Recently we have had a bit of car issues in our house. First I busted my side mirror on the garage door then remember about a month or so ago when Zach wrecked my car?  Well last night he and Jordan were on their way home from working in Savannah and were on some country roads when a huge BEAVER ran out and Zach ran it over in his car. Engine lights started flashing and the car broke down. Mr. Rusty was kind enough to go tow him and Big Daddy let him borrow a car. They are at the dealership now dealing with getting a rental and paying our deductible again to get it fixed. Oh the joys of car wrecks! And we're now on wreck #2 in the span of 8 weeks. Not good!!!

While I was SUPER MAD about the trailer wreck, I honestly just started LAUGHING about the beaver. C'mon, you know it's funny. We just keep having random bad luck after random bad luck and now it's at the point where we just have to toss up our hands, dig further into our pocket books, and enjoy the ride the best we can :) 

Thinking on our recent car troubles inspired today's Flashback Friday post!

My first car was a VW Beetle. I loved loved loved that car :) One night my boyfriend, Mark, and I were going out to get some pizza for dinner. The weather was SUPER bad. It was dark. Raining. BAD wind. Etc. Seriously, when we were at at a stop light the lights were spinning over and over. It was NUTS. I was in the left hand lane (if you're from the Lawrenceville area I was on Scenic Hwy turning left onto Sugarloaf) and literally couldn't see a SINGLE THING. Visibility was ZERO. It was a double left turn lane and I was in the further left lane so cars were to the right of me who were also turning left. Mark told me to stay as far left in the turn as I could so I wouldn't hit someone and they wouldn't hit me. I did that and heard a LOUD thud. I kept driving and honestly just thought I'd hit a bump or something. Like I said, I couldn't see a thing! Pretty soon I realized I was actually DRIVING ON THE MEDIAN. 

VW's are SUPER low to the ground so you KNOW that junk was doing some damage. Tons of lights were flashing in my car and it straight up quit. Thankfully some kind men came to help us, in the POURING rain.They helped us push my car to the side of the road and then Mark's parents came and picked us up (my dad was on an international business trip, I was living in my apartment at the time). Long story short, my car had to have an entirely NEW transmission put in AND they had to rebuild the engine! I remember Dad saying that it was almost enough to just total the car!
Since my mom lived 8-10 hours away from me during high school, I would also make sure to visit her every Spring Break and during the summers. Mark and I were attached to the hip (yall know you've been there with that high school romance!) so we always went together. It was the summer of 2001 and Mark had just turned 16 the March prior so he was a relatively new driver. We took his car down to Melbourne for a two week visit. I actually have HIS version of this entire story in my senior scrapbook so I'm using that to re-tell this ;) Sorry for the ghetto scanning!
We went to bed SUPER early the night before we were leaving to go back home. We got up at 2:30 in the morning and jumped in the shower so we could be awake for the drive. Around 7:15 I fell asleep. We had JUST gotten my dog Sadie and she was a tiny puppy. She was curled up sleeping at my feet. Since I was asleep Mark turned down the music and started getting tired himself. He nodded off for a split second then jolted awake realizing he was halfway off the road. Being the new driver he was he did what many unexperienced drivers would do...he jerked the wheel to the right to get us back on the road.

I remember waking up hearing the sound of us going over the edge of the road (that loud bumpy sound) and to Mark SCREAMING "We're gonna die!" over and over again. We had been in the fast lane of the highway going about 70 mph. We were spinning around and around and I remember it in slooooow motion (isn't that how stuff always is in our memories?). I just remember both of us looking at each other (I guess he gave up trying to get control of the car at that point!) and screaming. 

We had barreled into the trees and it all ended with us choking on the smoke from the air bags. Mark asked if I was okay and if Sadie was okay (we both were) and then he got TICKED. He got out of the car and was beating it and cussing and yelling at himself. Someone pulled off to help us (again, such nice strangers!) and I remember trying to dial my moms phone number but I couldn't b/c I was shaking so badly. At some point Mark called his Dad and my Dad and the two of them decided to drive down together. My back had some bruising and swelling so they decided to take me by ambulance to the nearby hospital in Lake City, Fl. You know me...before getting on the stretcher I asked to take some pictures first haha!
And I asked one of the EMT guys to snap this for me. Don't judge my amazing natural curls. This is what my hair looks like when I shower and don't blow dry/straighten hahah

I love how we are all smiles next to the car!
A police officer was also there (Mark got a reckless driving ticket...which I just think is dumb. I mean YES if you hit someone else it makes sense to get a ticket. But he was already suffering enough with his car being totaled! Kinda like kicking him when he's down, ya know?). The damage from the wreck was pretty legit. They told us we should be very thankful that it had rained so badly the night prior. The ground was muddy and it kept us from flipping over which would have resulted in a much worse outcome for sure. 

The police officer drove Mark and I rode by ambulance (Sadie went with Mark I'm assuming?). The only thing I really remember is being stuck on that stretcher and being TORN APART by ants. It was horrible. I was in so much pain on my legs and just wanted to itch them but I couldn't bend or move. I guess I had stepped in a bed when we were waiting outside? It was awful!

At the hospital I had xrays done and was fine. (Although fastforward to now and at a recent chiropractor visit they told me that wreck actually DID do damage to my back!). We waited, with Sadie, in the lobby of the hospital for a good 4 hours or so until our Dad's came to get us. Mark's car was totaled and they got him another car. I had some burns on my face and arms from the air bags (but still went to the Blink 182 concert the next night...so hardcore haha) but otherwise was fine. I KNOW we were SO blessed to be okay and I'm so thankful. I have had issues with falling asleep in the car ever since and just recently started being okay with snoozing while Zach drives. I also ALWAYS freak out when we go off the road for a second and hit those bumps. It still brings back that panic feeling! 
Another time I wrecked a car happened in college. Zach and I were dating and I was working (gasp! yes, I've had a job before haha). It was again POURING down rain. Me and driving in the rain are NOT friends. For some reason I was driving his Trailblazer and he had his old truck. He met me at work and we were going somewhere after. I went to back out of my parking spot and backed into Zach (in the truck) with HIS car. Oops. He was SO ticked! Thankfully I only busted a tail light and we got it fixed quick ;)
I know that SO many people have had such worse experiences than we have with car accidents. I'm very, very thankful that it hasn't been anything worse. After me wrecking the Trailblazer we didn't have any other accidents until Feb when Zach's trailer came unhitched and did some DAMAGE to my car (you can read about it here!). 
Zach was smart this time around and I didn't actually get to SEE his car after the wreck last night. He wasn't too happy that I posted pictures up of the damage from my car so I think he was being clever this time so that wouldn't happen. He's already taken the car up to the shop and has a rental. Have to pay yet another deductible for the insurance but at least this time he didn't get a ticket for it! Hopefully this little Beaver run-in will be our last wreck for AWHILE! 

Have you ever been in an accident? Just done something stupid (like ride over a median haha)? Or have you been fortunate enough to never know the way it feels to have an airbag deploy in your face or to have to pay that hefty deductible in order to get your car fixed? Let's trade some stories so I can feel better about this beaver... ;)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Impossible Task of Sibling Photos

Prior to having two kids I really enjoyed taking pictures of Kye. One kid. Not too difficult. I could handle the task pretty much on my own. I'd put him where I wanted him, call out his name, shake a toy, make a funny noise, and snap the picture. 

Now I have two kids.  I think it's totally important to have pictures of them each alone as often as possible. Someday they will grow up and will want old photos for their senior yearbook, their wedding day, to show their kids. And they won't want ALL their pictures from their childhood to be with their siblings. So I still take a lot of pictures of them solo and it's still pretty easy. Kye is a PRO at it and smiles on cue. Heck whenever we do anything fun he actually pauses and waits for me to take a picture ;) Britt is at that wild age where it's hard to slow her down enough to snap a picture and good luck getting her to actually sit still AND look at you AND smile! But when I'm trying to get pics of her alone it's still not too, too hard. 

Pictures of them both together, though? Pretty much impossible. I know I want four kids (at least!) so I know my days of sibling photos are just beginning. And I know they will only be getting more complicated and more headache inducing in the future. Here is how it typically goes when I attempt sibling photos:

Kye: "Come here sweet girl!"
Kye attempting to "help"
The choke/tickle move
The picture before she starts crying and we give up
Trying again...he's adorable, she's off and running
More of that wonderful preschooler helping
At least she's looking?
His eyes closed but she's looking
He looks cute, she's looking away
Change of location and Britt is already over it and just wants to be held
Kye also looks like he's getting uncomfortable

Trying standing instead? Maybe she'll stand still?
He's cute, she's trying to climb up the chair
Best one yet but of course the camera doesn't focus enough and it's blurry
You can't see her "little sister" shirt but at least they are both smiling?
Winner????
Do YOU have any tricks for getting those cute sibling shots??? I know as Britt gets older, it will get easier...but by then we'll probably have another kid to be worried about!!! I'd LOVE some fresh ideas to help me out :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kye Monthly Summary - February

Here is the summary from February for Kye! His last month being THREE! For some reason I didn't take NEARLY as many pictures as usual that month? I guess we just didn't do much? Don't worry b/c March will totally be making up for it ;)

Daddy's Helper: As usual Kye's favorite activity is helping Daddy work :) They spent a LOT of time outside (in the cold!) working on projects this month. Zach actually made a new dining room table for our back porch (post to come!) and Kye got to help. How special is that? What's even MORE special is the wood they used came from Big Daddy's farm. And was actually used as fencing around his yard many years ago...Zach's dad actually helped put the fence up. So much history!
Scissors: I had some child scissors up in the cabinet and was cleaning it out and found them so I let Kye try them out. Is it a totally bad parent thing that I have NO clue if they are using scissors at school or not?!?! I figured I'd just let him cut up some paper and he did great with it. It took him a minute or two to get into the groove of how to hold them then he was good to go. He said he was cutting up wrapping paper for us (makes logical sense b/c the only time he sees me cut stuff is when I'm wrapping gifts for people). It kept him happily entertained for a LONG time! Here's a video!



Silverware: I have mentioned this before but finally took a picture of it ;) I think having "jobs" around the house is SO important for our children. We are a family. We ALL play a role in the success of our home. Kye has many little "jobs" and we add to the list as we see fit. He always clears his stuff from the table but now I am having him get his and Britt's silverware before each meal. I moved all of their stuff into a box and put the box in a lower cabinet in the kitchen. Kye can open and shut it with ease and can pick out the silverware without any problems then shut the door again :) It has also made it easy for BOTH kids to help put the dishes away when the are clean. They both (yes, even Britt who is 16 months old!) know where the forks and spoons go and can put them away.  Kye takes SO much pride in his "jobs" and I love having the extra help!
Running: A foot update on me is on its way soon...but after the second cortisone shot I was feeling pretty good! Zach went on a golf trip with his dad for several days and I didn't want to keep the kids cooped up the entire time. So we went on a walk to the playground. A HUGE deal for me. I've had foot issues for 6 MONTHS now and have been very limited in my walking abilities. It was nice to get out, get some fresh air, and just enjoy my sweet babies. On the way back Kye said he wanted to RUN. He got out of the stroller and ended up running the ENTIRE way home. Pretty impressive! It is such a blessing to have such a well behaved child who obeys me so well. I can trust him completely! I let him run ahead of us and would yell ahead to him what his next "stop and wait" point would be. He stopped every time without question or hesitation :) 


 Stopping and waiting for us to catch up!
Playing: Of course we did a lot of playing! We always do, right? ;) Kye has started to "wise up" and realize that anything he plays with, Britt will also want to play with. He will try to make her stay away from his stuff but I have set a firm rule: we all SHARE our house. Anything he has in the living areas of our home (living room, dining room, playroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc) are COMMON property and she has equal right to play with them. If he wants to take toys into his room he can close the door and play by himself without her interruptions however he will be by himself. Sometimes he chooses to do that and that's fine. I am a firm believer in each kid having their own space that is theirs and sometimes we all need time alone to decompress. However, most of the time Kye chooses to be with the family and plays with his toys in the living areas and has figured out ways to keep Britt from messing up his set ups. He'll give her some of his toys to play with but put them in a separate area so she'll stay away or he'll just let her play with him and I may have to go help him re-fix things as she accidentally messes them up. Sometimes she gets on his nerves but I just remind him that it's HIS choice to play in the living area or he can go into his room to play. So far, it's a great system!

We also play in Britt's room a LOT and I do have to remind Kye that it is HER room. Just like his room is his place, her room is hers and if she wants to play with something he must let her in her own room. Even if it means things get "messed up." I also remind him that the toys in her room are HERS. And how nice it is of her to share all of her things with him. This month we had a LOT of "parties" in Britt's room. On this particular day it was Mickey's and Goofy's birthday party :)

This month G-Mama's dream FINALLY came true and she got a playground at her house for the grand kids! It will be used a lot more by Colt and Payton obviously since they are over there every day but Kye was still super thrilled about it! Zach and Kye went over there to help finish building it one Saturday then we all met up there that afternoon and had a big family dinner and let the kids break it in! They were SO pumped!!!

Checkers: As a kid growing up we had one of these checkers sets...I think they are from Cracker Barrel? When I saw it on sale at one of the kid's sales I go to I had to grab it! It was only $3 and actually had DOUBLE the amount of checkers with it...score :) For our game time with Kye one night we busted it out and I was surprised by how much he actually enjoyed it. Of course we did a simplified version where he got to "jump" a lot of my checkers...but it was a good way to introduce a classic game. I can't wait until he and Britt can play it together the same way my brother and I did when we were kids :) 
Tattoo: At his Valentine's Day celebration at school someone gave out tattoos as party of their Valentine's and Kye was so excited. He thought the Spiderman tattoo would turn him into Spiderman. Which is funny in itself as he's never seen anything about Spiderman before. All of his superhero knowledge comes from school and his classmates and I guess Spiderman must be a popular one? Because it's the one he will talk about the most! We let him pick a spot for the tattoo and he picked on his ribs. SO RANDOM. I kept telling him it was a FAKE tattoo and would wash away and he didn't believe me. He kept cracking up and telling me that I was kidding with him and that it would be there forever. I guess he totally forgot about it because it faded/washed away within a couple days and he's never mentioned it again!
Super Bowl: The Super Bowl always starts pretty early so this year we let Kye watch a little of the game with Zach. I'm SO thankful for DVR as we were able to skip through all the commercials. On our way home from church Zach wanted a "Super Bowl Treat" so we drove through Taco Bell. Kye shared some of Zach's tacos with him while they watched. True American Guy Time at it's finest, right? They were both completely zoned out haha
Ironing: I have NEVER been a fan of ironing. I avoid it at all costs. Zach has always done his own ironing and will often even iron my stuff for me if it really needs it. When we upgraded our washer and dryer a few years ago we purposefully bought one with a dryer setting to use to get wrinkles out of clothes. It works well so most of the time I can avoid ironing all together. It's not that I really MIND ironing, it's that it takes up SO much time AND I feel like I'm just not good at it? Like I'll get done and there will be new creases in places that aren't supposed to have creases haha. Having a boy who wears a TON of golf shirts and dress shirts means that ironing is a must. No dryer setting can make those shirt collars lay perfectly! Instead of ironing as he wears things I instead do ALL of his stuff at one time. I like to do it while watching tv and typically can get away with only doing it a couple times a year. If he wears a dress shirt and doesn't get dirty then I just hang it up and have him re-wear it again. So far it's a good system that works for me. I ironed all of these shirts during an episode of The Bachelor. Yes, there are over 40 of them. It's ridiculous how many shirts this kid owns. What's even worse is that when I took them all out of his closet to iron them it didn't even make his closet look empty! He has a LOT of clothes but I consider it an investment since we won't have to buy much of anything when we have another son someday, right? :)
 Other Stuff Kye was up to This Month:

  • Kye woke up one morning and told me all about his bad dream where spiders and their webs (hello Spiderman talks from school...) were chasing him and he had oranges in his shoes that kept falling out and then they started chasing him too (not sure why the fear of oranges? haha)
  • One night before bed Kye said his prayers and prayed "I don't like when Daddy toots" 
  • We were passing by some railroad tracks and there was a choo choo on the tracks with a tractor on top of it. I'd never seen that before and we were talking about it and Kye explained to me all about what they were doing and why the tractor was there. And he was right! We drove by again a few days later and sure enough they had put out new rocks
  • We've been in hardcore birthday party planning mode and Kye def takes after his mama with planning things. He's already decided he wants his 5th birthday party to be Lightning McQueen and his 6th to be Pirates :)
  • He learned about Cain and Able at Bible Class and says "Cainand Able" instead of Cain AND Able 
  • He says things are "slicy" instead of "spicy"
  • We passed by a cemetery and he asked what it was. I explained to him that it's where bodies go after we die b/c when we go to Heaven we don't take anything from Earth with us. He kept asking how do we put our bodies back together in Heaven? I told him God will give us new bodies that won't get sick or hurt or anything like that. I try to be as honest as I can with him when he asks questions but there are SO many things about Heaven that I don't know either so I just tell him that I've haven't been to Heaven yet but won't it be so cool to find out that stuff someday?
  • When we went to a birthday party at the park for Adia (his friend from school) he asked me "Mommy, does Adia live here?"
  • We went to the mall playground with Colt and Payton and I didn't see Kye for a bit so I went to look for him. When I found him he was sitting with a little girl and I heard him say "so...how old are you?" haha He's got game already ;)
  • He's wearing all 4t sized clothes. His 3t pants are all too short but 4t is still big in the waste. He can still wear his 3t shirts though
  • We were at Zaxby's and Kye saw a picture of a Coke and said "Mommy, that stuff is BAD for you"
  • When we were at the beach he was playing with the hotel room phone and said "Mommy you take care of the children and handle all the texting stuff." Pretty much sums up my life hahahaha
  • His favorite phrases this month have been "no way!" and "are you kidding me???"
  • He likes to ask me a lot about my childhood. He will ask me if I did such and such when I was a little girl and it's usually about the most random stuff. Like "Mommy did you roll your sleeves up when you were eating when you were a little girl?"
  • He has a reoccurring nightmare (which I used to get SO bad when I was a girl) about some itchy thing. I have NO CLUE what the itchy thing is and when I guess I'm always wrong!
  • At lunch one day he picked up his carrot stick and said "Mommy, I need to check and see if these carrots are legit"
  • He said he is stronger than me because he is a boy and boys are stronger than girls, He showed me his muscles and said he has bigger rocks in there than I do :)
  • We had a bible study with Jordan and Casey one night and we made a list of our priorities on a notecard. We included Kye in the study and he had a notecard too. The first thing we all wrote down was what we think is the most important to us. He said praying to God is his most important thing :) So precious!
  • While setting up his train track he was singing a song he made up that went "change change what a pain" I asked him where he heard that song from and he said "from 100 years ago"
  • He LOVES Britt and cheers her on in everything he does. He gives her such big hugs and says "I'm so proud of you sweet girl!"
  • He is also figuring out that being the older sibling has some advantages. He's started to teach her how to clean up his toys for him!
  • He said "your crazy dawg" and I have NO CLUE where he got that from b/c we do not say that!
  • I was out one night before he went to bed and when I went to wake him up the next morning he woke up with this HUGE grin on his face. I asked him why he was smiling so big and he said "B/c you're home!!!"
  • Kye is becoming quite the jokester...he is so proud of the "voices" he can do. Here's a video of him doing his Aflac Duck, Wall-E, and Eva voices ;) 
  • We talk a lot about Heaven and he said he is SO excited to see David when he gets to Heaven but that David's brothers will not be in Heaven b/c they made bad choices and did not say sorry for them. I asked him where they will be if they aren't in Heaven (b/c I've never talked to him about Hell...kinda waiting on that concept!) and he said they will live in sand?
  • On Feb 27th Kye told me he can no longer marry me when he grows up. He said that Kailyn told him he could only marry one person and that he wants to marry her. Sad day, but smart boy ;)
  • Also on Feb 27th he dressed himself completely from head to toe for the first time!
  • One day after nap he called out that he had to tell me something. When I went in to get him he said "I'm Kye annnnn Lightning McQueen. My new name is Kye Flash Parker Lightning McQueen"

Kye asked me to take this picture of him looking "funny"
 Cool bird on our back fence...a hawk? I know NOTHING about birds ;)
I love that Kye is at such a sweet, loving stage right now. He truly loves his mama so much and I take full advantage of it. I'm not sure how long his sweet hands will stay this chubby or how long he'll continue to let me hold his hand in mine but I'm just savoring every precious moment right now :) I can't believe my baby is getting ready to be FOUR!


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