We love to take trips in the summer time, especially to visit family. But this year as family members called to invite us for a visit, we knew that with McKinley's surgery happening (and the bills resulting from it) as well as gas prices as they were in June, we'd probably need to stay home. I had no idea that my idea of being "stranded" was about to become much more literal at the beginning of July.
I'm the one who is punished when a vehicle breaks down or is stolen. If I play my cards right and Tim's schedule works out, I may get one or possibly two days a week that I get the car after dropping him off at work. Those days I run around town like mad, trying to get all of my errands run and stock up the house with food. And if you are out and about in the evenings, you may see me on any of a series of late night Target runs where I've just got to get out and have some time by myself.
This was not a good time to lose Tim's truck. We've been looking for a replacement vehicle, but haven't secured anything yet. It has been hard to find a reliable vehicle in our low price range. So, subsequently, I have been a grouch for the past month. I haven't worked on any projects, blogged, or felt like being creative at all. I just feel trapped and I'm mad! I've read two novels in the past few weeks and only just now been hit with the parallels there. One is The Grapes of Wrath and the other is Room, a story about a woman and her child who are kidnapped and live in one room for seven years. Isn't that funny?
So, here is my sad log of the activities we have done this summer. And sorry about the negativity! This is why I haven't blogged about it! It's depressing!
We went to a Fresno Grizzlies game for Tim's work picnic. Owen got a spider painted on his hand and Henry got his face painted like a dog. It was the cutest thing ever!
We did a million, zillion kids crafts. Seriously. After this summer I've got the recipe for homemade playdough completely memorized!
The kids played outside in the backyard a lot!