Saturday, March 4, 2017

Paper. Snow. a Ghost!!!

so, about 2 weeks ago, the time came that we needed to say good bye to old blue…

she was coming down with something, and i’m pretty sure it was terminal. basically, she was old. she was dented. she smelled funny. and she was starting to demand a lot of money in order to keep running. with a quickly approaching 1600 mile road trip, we decided it was time to pull the plug.029

old blue served us well. she was our main squeeze for almost 11 years. she was 3 years old when we bought her, with roughly 40k miles or so. her odometer read 217k when we said goodbye. that’s a lot of miles. countless trips to california, 2 and a half weeks through the midwest a couple summers ago, school drop offs, carpools, soccer practices, baseball practices, ballet, gymnastics, track meets, playgroups, scout meetings, work, church, doctors appointments, urgent care, ER, date nights, weddings, funerals, drive-thrus, and all those things that have made up our lives for the last 11 years. she brought a newborn micah home safely, took two dogs to the vet for the last time, carried thousands of grocery bags, has parked outside of 3 of our homes, and truly, has been beat all to heck.

there were scratches on her front bumper from scraping against the rocks on the side of angie’s driveway, when i was parked in at a playgroup and attempted to get out to no avail. there’s a dent in the fender on that same side where my dad once backed his car into me, and didn’t realize he’d done any damage until i tried to leave and couldn’t open the passenger door. there are dents, scrapes, and rust where dave backed into his aunt and uncle’s mailbox (the tail light got replaced for that one). there are scratches at “handlebar level” on both sides from shane repeatedly riding his bike between our two cars, even though he’d been told not to. there was white paint over the rear wheel where i got a little to cozy with a pillar in the parking garage at lakeshore. and then there’s the inside… i don’t even want to begin to tally all the disgusting things that have been spilled inside this vehicle. most notable are the box of crayons that shane left in a cupholder on a warm day, which then melted and “sloshed” when we opened the slider, not knowing there was half a cup of molten crayon wax sitting there, and the ice cream from sonic that layla fell asleep while eating, and then dumped all over the floor. in the summer. in california. it never smelled the same in there after that…030

but really, there’s not a lot to complain about. she only ever left me stranded on the side of the road once.

but, it was time for something new. after toying with the idea of graduating from being a minivan family and looking into some full- and mid-size SUVs (for the 4wd), we got pulled back in by the cargo space. you really can’t argue with that factor, and you can’t find it in an SUV unless you’re driving a suburban. and so we found ourselves another 3 year old van with roughly 40k miles on it. we’re hoping this one will last for the next 11 years. 031

due to her “things that are white” color, we’ve taken to calling her Paper. Snow. a Ghost!! (friends reference), and we LOVE her!!! automatic doors, people!!!! back up camera! stow n go! i have seriously spent the last 11 years living in the dark ages. it was like rubbing sticks together to make a fire, and now i have an aim & flame!032

it’s interesting to think about driving this van for 11 years. she’s already taken us to california and back once, and will, no doubt, make that trip many more times. she’s been to baseball and gymnastics, work and church, hauled groceries and library books. we’ll see where else she takes us.

in 11 years, i could be driving around grandbabies!!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

attempts and frustrations

happy, happy news! my genius IT hero husband sorted it all out for me, found a new venue from which to write my posts that interfaces properly with blogger after some tweaking. I am back in business!!!
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i'm going to attempt to get back to doing weekly posts, like I always used to. i'm still trying to find a good posting option, though. windows live writer, which I always used to use for all my posts (and loved), apparently no longer exists. posting directly within blogger is fine, so long as you have no pictures. add a picture and you will be hating life with the fire of many suns. this is my situation right now. and until someone gets off their butt and makes an update for the app, it is useless to me, as it just crashes every time you use it. SO, I will attempt to post, but no promises, since I nearly threw my computer out the window attempting to create the post I just published from last week.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017–week 8

sunday: random cousin fun. gramma laurie had glow sticks. the girls were using them as bun accessories.045

also sunday: Christie's bum foot in its gigantic boot.046

Monday: on our way out of sacramento, the railroad tracks barely above the flooding.047

Tuesday: back home and enjoying my morning coffee in my souvenir black bear diner mug.048

Wednesday: my dad is cleaning out his garage and bringing me boxes to go through... this one had easter grass. I wanted to scream. I hate easter grass. hate it hate it hate it.049

Thursday: Layla has been having some jaw pain, but Thursday was bad. she called me from school in so much pain she was almost in tears. we got in to see the dentist in the afternoon, and she referred us to a specialist we will see next week. could be molars, could be arthritis, we shall see. 052

also Thursday: neighbors are out of town which means some pet-sitting. Bonez gets to accompany me to visit Gretzkie. happy pups.054

Friday: I have been trying to come up with the best (least ugly), functional method of keeping track of the kids' chores. came up with this. They will go in frames on the wall to be marked off.001

Saturday: Micah is learning checkers strategy.002

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017–week 7

Sunday: After much stress and prep and planning, we pulled off our “fish pong” carnival game for the blue and gold banquet. the kids all seemed to have fun with the game and enjoyed our “pond scum” swedish fish jello prizes.023

monday: say hello to the new dapelo family van! fondly named “paper, snow, a ghost!” she’s a 2014 chrysler town and country.032

also monday: of course, it’s last minute valentine addressing.033

Tuesday: i love dave’s beard, i really do, but i HATE the trimming and all the little hairs that get all over the place. makes me crazy. they make these awesome contraptions called “beard bibs” that have suction cup thingies on them that fasten to the mirror so the bib catches all the hairs… i’ve been telling dave he needs one. and then he showed up with a trash bag and some scotch tape. it mostly worked…034

thursday: after driving as far as Weed on wednesday, we stayed the night in a marginally ghetto motel 6 with 2 full-sized beds for the 5 of us, and got up the next morning to make the rest of the drive to EG. first stop was breakfast at the original black bear diner! 039040

friday: girls all out for nails before the wedding. this was layla’s first gel manicure. hoping it lasts!041

also friday: some odd (but totally typical) family shenanigans… attempting to trade places on the beam without falling off. it was quite amusing.042

saturday: late in the evening after much post-wedding partying. 044

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017–week 6

sunday: so it begins… that fun evening game where you’re keeping one eye out the window at the falling snow, and the other eye on your phone, bouncing back and forth between the forecast and the news source for school closures that may have been already announced. i may or may not have yelped in glee and thrown my phone in the air when i refreshed it for the millionth time and saw BELLEVUE listed as closed! no work for me!IMG_2813IMG_2812

monday: most of these will go into a separate “snow day” insert in the book. school was cancelled for pretty much the entire western half of the state, so much fun was had, playing in the snow.

i took a picture of shane taking a picture of his measurements of snow on the fence. lol.IMG_2815

a “new and improved” way to do dog sledding… i think they’re both confused.IMG_2817

layla seemed to think this was the best way to get micah across the ditch full of frigid water…IMG_2826

somehow, he made it, and then they decided it would be a good idea to jump it. i’m pleased to report that no one fell in.IMG_2829

happy, happy husky.IMG_2832

this time layla is the one mushing.IMG_2833

at some point that morning, we wound up with most of the neighborhood in our yard, so i mommed them all and made hot chocolate.IMG_2836IMG_2837

how shane and grant “played” in the snow… they went up the road to test out their 4wd and do donuts and all that obnoxious stuff that big boys with big toys do in the snow… and then grant got stuck in the ditch in front of our house and shane had to tow him out… again.IMG_2844

also monday: since layla inherited daddy’s lack of flexibility, he gets to help her stretch. IMG_2841

tuesday: never thought i’d see this! a snow plow on our dead end road! IMG_2843

also tuesday: silly dog.IMG_2848

wednesday: funny texts from layla. can’t even blame autocorrect.IMG_2867

thursday: 3rd grade music concert.004

saturday: the creation of the swedish fish aquarium cups as prizes for tomorrows “fish pong” carnival game for the blue and gold banquet. 001

also saturday: another meet, this time hosted by our gym. layla’s team took second.020

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017–week 5

sunday: another meet. layla’s team took 3rd.IMG_2770

also sunday: micah’s cub scout den at the police department.IMG_2778

and attempting to get out of a jail cell.IMG_2774

monday: shane is taking a cooking class this semester, and one of his assignments was to cook dinner. he made us homemade mac&cheese with peas and carrots. it was good! then he made some muffins that were not so good. and he learned that there is a difference between baking soda and baking powderIMG_2791

bonez being particularly helpful… pretty sure something was dropped.IMG_2789

wednesday: layla came home from school all excited that she had learned to play la bamba on the flute.IMG_2802

also wednesday: business expo at the school. as a project for language arts, the kids had to create a business proposal, logo, brochures, and a model of their business. then they had to present them to families at the school that evening. big surprise, layla’s was a gym.IMG_2803IMG_2804

thursday: trying out the game Farkle, that gramma laurie gave us for christmas. we found it to be very fun!IMG_2806

also thursday: after shane’s JROTC promotion ceremony.IMG_2808


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