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I’ll take 5 bikes and a happy meal, please

I’m glad to report that Nathaniel found his lunchbox before school and was able to make the food transfer without any of his classmates any wiser. I think that he GETS it now and there will probably be no more issues with forgetting that. Now, I guess if I have to put him in one of Rachael’s plaid shirts to get him to bring home his clothing….that may be too mean for even me.

I would also like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support in the building of my nail salon clientele. It would appear that if I chose to open a shop I’d have plenty of business. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

Peyton didn’t go to school today. She was up and down all night last night, I could tell she was achy because she tossed and turned in her sleep. And that was after I dosed her with pain meds, still hurting. She woke up crying that her legs hurt, so I didn’t even bother to make her try to go to school. She was a little weepy and clingy all day long, but overall she’s ok. She had a lot of fun at the CCC tonight for group, but she did a lot of climbing in my lap for a snuggle. That’s actually sort of nice because normally she’s off and running the whole time and I don’t see her until I have to pry her out the door.

One big thing we had to do today was take the truck to the shop. I HAD to get that driver’s side interior door handle fixed, get the speakers checked out, have an oil change and check for odds and ends involved when preparing to take a trip cross country. I am getting ready to take off for Indiana to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday. I’m picking up my sister and three of her girls to drive up with us and I need to make sure everything’s good for the road.

Yeahhhh, it’s not all good.

I thought it would be an extra tire issue or a tune up.

I have a natural knack for underestimating apparently.

Check out this grocery list of vehicular issues:

Door handle
Oil change

and THIS is where it all goes crazy!

Oxygen sensors (which make the check engine light come on periodically)
Radiator leak
Cooling system flush
Oil pan leak
Alignment and rotation of the tires


The guys says to me “Your engine mounts are sagging”…really? I’m 34, I have 3 kids, everything sags a bit, why should my vehicle be any different? Is it possible that if I stick some Victoria’s Secret bra straps around the edges it’ll be ok? Or at least give it nice push up and cleavage? No, it apparently requires giving the truck engine a full lift.

So, Peter and I have been tossing around whether it’s a better idea to repair the issues or to just purchase a newer vehicle. But with the upcoming move and all the uncertainty that surrounds that, I can’t see now being the time to get into a new car payment.

However, the kids are getting inappropriately attached to the rental mini-van we got.

Cranky steroid-ridden preschooler…truck trying to croak on me….what a day.


6 Comments on “I’ll take 5 bikes and a happy meal, please”

  1. #1 Karalyn
    on Feb 21st, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Feel better Peyton! Anissa-I'm sorry that your vehicle needs a boob job. Love, Karalyn

  2. #2 Stephanie
    on Feb 21st, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Nathaniel, isn't karma a wonderful thing?

  3. #3 Marie
    on Feb 22nd, 2008 at 12:20 am

    If you ever put Nathaniel in that plaid dress – MAKE SURE YOU VIDEOTAPE IT AND PUT ON THIS SITE!!!!

    Oh, and You Tube and if he ever gets a My Space, put it on there too.

  4. #4 Julie V.
    on Feb 22nd, 2008 at 11:40 am


    Anissa- Did you ever think about being a writer of some kind? Your posts just crack me up BIG time and one of the highlights of my day. I pray for brighter days for Peyton (and you) and engine mounts that' aren't sagging anymore!!

    Have a great time celebrating your Grandfather's 90th birthday.


  5. #5 penny Hawkins
    on Feb 22nd, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    You know what is so funny is – I SWARE I had the same conversation with Jared. I threatened to send him to 4th grade with a BACKYARDAGANS lunch box. It was amazing how fast his lunch box was returned to the house and along with it a missing thermos. It was great to see you guys last night. SORRY you almost lost it on the floor. I still am bruised from the elbow flung back. Looking forward to MOMS NIGHT OUT…… I will do my best to keep my PRINCE dancing skills to a minimuim. YES I AM WHITE AND NERDY!!!! But hey – will you do my nails? Penny


  6. #6 Heather
    on Feb 22nd, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    You are cracking me up as usual! And I loved your "Mean Momma" post. I am seriously going to have to try that approach because I've got one that loses EVERYTHING! Of course . . . I'll have to go find me a pink lunchbox! 🙂

    Hope Peyton . . . and your car are feeling better! Have fun this weekend!
    Love & FROG,