Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
These are my Girl's Night Out peeps! Wenda, Cherri, Anita and Sharon. They all work for the City and it's great to have fun outside of work. We did a ghost tour. Lemme just tell you, this is really one of the first tourist tours I've ever done in Charleston. It was amazing! I'm so glad I went. I learned so much history and I did "The Charleston" with the Poogan's Porch ghost. ;) Charleston has such a rich history and spiritual history. I got some really cool B&W photos, I had to post.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I just can't resist the seriously cheese ball titles! Our new Sherman/Soler family tradition for 3 years now is to carve pumpkins together. This year it was even more fun when our sweet friends the Van Houtens (Uncle David, Aunt Beth, Jackson and Luke) came and joined into the fun! Judah and Jackson were so brave to pull out the pumpkin "brains" as my Dad kept calling it. Judah tried to put the pulp back in the pumpkin after he had helped clean it out! There are some master carvers here! My Dad did the Jesus face, Beth did the Happy Jack O' Lantern, David did the Cookie Monster and Guillermo did the bird in flight!
It felt like an awesome holiday, after we carved pumpkins, we had a awesome dinner - where let me just brag about my husband's cooking skeelz for a minute- he is an awesome cook, but his meat-cooking skills are the best I know, other than his dad- Jose Vicens.
I guess they have magical Puerto Rican meat cooking skills.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Guess no A-team van for us!Despite the repair shop recommending total loss since last week, I Finally got the call from the adjuster today they are going to repair it instead because the total cost to fix it is a little bit lower than the 75% value of the car (their threshhold to repair vs call it a total loss). I told them the car better be EXACTLY the same way it was before the accident for me to be ok with that (if I even have a choice).... and I also found out that we need to pay for the tires on top of the deductible, since they do not pay for the mechanical damage that caused the accident, just the damage the accident cost! Guess I'd better go buy some miracle grow for the money tree, cause I need it to sprout another branch!! I guess in the end, or at two years from now, when the car is paid off we'll be happy to not have had to start over with a new car payment, or search for that perfect car again. Despite the flack I get about driving a minivan, I love that car. It is the perfect car for us. I guess my biggest worry at this point is Judah being scared to be in the van. He says every day when we're driving "mama's car crashed" "mama's car bo-can (broken)" and puts his little cars on the back of a dump truck and says, car being towed like mama's car......... he didn't want to drive back to Charleston in it crying that it was broken. Some people might think I'm making a moutain out of a mole hill with him and anxiety about my car, but I was in a bad accident in high school and it took me about 12 years to not be a nervous wreck when someone else was driving in the rain. And now driving, if I drive over a rough patch, I start to panic thinking my tire is about to blow out. Then I am reminded that God is in charge, He protected us, He protects us and I get over it.
In some ways I am soooo thankful it's a total loss- to not be driving my precious cargo in a majorly repaired car.... but then I get very, very sad that we're starting over with car payments, when we were half way finished paying off the van. But - on the bright side, we get to purchase a new vehicle... and thankfully this is happening before Guillermo goes down to working part time.... so our credit will be better. Please pray that they give us a fair and good pay off and that we find the perfect car at the perfect price. These are my top choices.........
But ONLY if the car comes with Mr. T "I pity tha foo"
You know we'll need it for our 25 kids!!!! (Plus 7 nannies)..........
Oh, come on- this would be so smart!! We could strap the kids to the roof!
Now this is freaking amazing! I seriously need this vespa!!!