Tuesday, April 29, 2008
So, the car fell silent and we sat there--a little stunned at our bad luck. Kate woke up and seemed to sense something bad had happened, because she didn't make a noise. I just kept saying, "Oh crap." Andrew jumped out of the car almost as soon as it died because there was a car making its way towards us. He waved his arms and the car immediately pulled over to see what was wrong. It was just one person--a young guy. He was on his way to a nearby city from SLC to visit his mother. We could not have gotten more lucky--or blessed, I should say. He knew a lot about cars and a lot about the area. He said that Richfield was just 20 miles away, and it was a pretty large city (compared with the cities we had passed by already). He determined our alternator had died. The only way to get the car moving was for him to charge up the battery and then drive as far as we could until it died again. So once charged, the car would go for a few miles, then die. Jeff (the guy helping us) drove in front of us, then when our lights would completely fade, he would pull over and charge it up again. It took quite a while before we finally made it to Richfield. And along the way, several others stopped to see if we needed help.
Maybe I was just in an emotional state, but when the third person stopped to help, I started crying. I was just struck with how mindful Heavenly Father is of all of us--through the kindness of others. I was so grateful that He heard and answered my prayers. It would have been devastating to be stuck out there all night. The other people that stopped offered cell phones, which we could have called a tow truck or something, but this guy Jeff was so kind to stay with us for as long as it took to get us to town and to a hotel. We offered him money, but he wouldn't take it. He said, "Just help out someone else when they need it." It really was just like that movie, Pay It Foward. He really went the extra mile for us.
So, we are in Richfield at a Days Inn. Right across the street is a Chevy dealership. It worked out perfectly! It still had enough juice in it this morning that Andrew was able to get it over there. The alternator will cost $150, and so will the hotel after two nights, but it is all working out. The car should be done tomorrow morning, so Andrew may even make it home in time for his first day of spring classes.
Andrew has surmised that maybe our car breaking down saved us from hitting an elk. Jeff said that just up the road there were tons of them all over the place. Who knows--but we are just glad everything will be okay (aside from the cost of it all). Kate was slap happy last night when we finally got into our room. She started jumping on the beds and giving two armed hugs over and over to Andrew. Andrew thought she was saying (after sleeping in a tent for 5 days), "See! This is what I like! Try to remember for next time."
Anyway, that's all for now. We will hopefully be home tomorrow and I can update everyone on the actual camping trip--which was very fun.
So just remember--when you have the opportunity to help someone--do it! They will be grateful! :)
P.S. The lady on duty at the front desk last night was SO nice, too. I asked if there was any milk here I could buy for Kate. She said no, but there was a grocery store up the road, and I could borrow her car. I was sort of shocked by that. I turned down her offer, but she persisted in helping me unload the car. Richfield is really sort of a country folk kind of a town--but everyone is so nice here. Strange that we're only a couple hours from home--it feels like a different state.
Also, there is the nicest outdoor pool here--but no swimming suits! Dang!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I will have an early weigh in tomorrow, and that's it. I'm a little worried about my weigh in when I get back after eating chili and hot dogs for 5 days. Hmm. Anyway, there will be LOTS to tell when we get back! So stay tuned!
Kate goes around saying "Ba!" all the time (meaning "boo"), but is not in the mood to do it for the camera. For some reason, Kate bonks her head a lot--on purpose. Even when she hits it on accident, she will follow up with a puroseful bonk. So if she knocks her head on the wall on accident, she will rub her head, pout, then bonk it again, rub head, pout, then bonk again...and again. We're not sure why she does this. And we're really not sure why she hits her head in this video.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Last year the museum got about 1,000 entries, and about 270 were accepted. I know each year it gets more competitive. There isn't a lot of photography in the show; it seems to be more focused on canvas and sculpture. Anyway, his picture will be on display there from April 27th - July 6th. If you've never been to the museum--go! Not just to see his photo, of course. It is really a neat museum and it's free! Great for a date. :)
P.S. Click here to see which picture it is.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Ha! Not sure where the "preying on people's insecurities" question was hidden...
I never watched The Office before this season. I discovered the reruns on TBS on Tuesday nights, and caught up on this season on nbc.com. I love it!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday afternoon, Kate woke up from her nap blazing hot! She was breathing irregularly, and her hearbeat was racing. I had to run some errands with her, and while we were out I decided to buy her a little piano keyboard (only $10!) to lift her spirits. She loves music and loves to play on the piano. She's been at several houses now with pianos, and she goes right to it, and tinks away. Anyway, I also just watched the movie August Rush, which is all about a kid and music...so I was in the mood.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
I've been working out every day for a week now, and I've lost two pounds! Yay! I've been doing the bike for about an hour a day on a pretty easy setting, which has translated to burning about 400-600 calories a day. Like I said before, I'm eating the same foods, but now I'm just trying to control the portions more, and I've cut out sweets (sigh).
I have felt GREAT--so much energy! Plus, when I stretch afterwards, I can touch my toes with relative ease! It's been a long time since I could do that.
The only trouble is with the scale. I don't know how accurate it is. Before I even get on it, it reads at five pounds! Yesterday when I weighed myself it said I lost four pounds, then an hour later I had only lost one...but I think I've figured out how to get a pretty accurate reading. Not only that, but the little lines representing pounds are so close together, it's hard to read from up high. So, I think the two pounds is about right (it might be 1.5-2). From the first day I started exercising, I have FELT skinnier, but didn't see results on the scale for a little while.
I'm excited, though. It's been a while since I've seen the numbers on the scale go down. So I'm headed in the right direction! Plus, I'm really enjoying the workout, which is the most important thing for me because I want this to be a serious lifestyle change--something that I will be happy to continue. I might have to change it up later for some variety, but so far I love it!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
In the last picture, she is doing her "big smile." She started doing this last week. Andrew and I would be talking or something and she would get in our face with this HUGE smile on her face. I don't know if she just does it for attention or what--but it works. We love it.