Fire Trucks, Church, Farms and Wooded Walks

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What a weekend! We did so much, yet had some relaxation as well. It seemed the leaves changed color overnight as well. They definitely weren’t colorful last weekend!

What all went down? Well, what didn’t? It started with me finding out that in order to trade in my vehicle, we’ll have to wait another year or so (or have someone take over the lease – the car is currently on swapalease.com and has been for almost 5 months). That was a bummer, but I will trust in the Lord! He has everything in His hands, especially our finances. 🙂 It was a little frustrating to talk to a local dealership and discover that she “ran numbers” and could put me in a Kia Optima (a HUGE no-no, as we’re a GM family and under no circumstances will we buy a foreign vehicle). That wasn’t even the biggest upset for me – it was when she told me my monthly payment would be at least $75 more than what we’re paying now. WHAT? I had told her I wanted to get rid of my car to LOWER our monthly payment. I literally laughed at her (not meanly) when she suggested the Kia and then said it would be that much higher. She was nice and said if she had a better deal come through, she’d keep me in mind. I followed up with an email to my contact at swapalease.com to see what we can be doing to better our chances of someone wanting to take over our lease.

Saturday morning we got up and had a nice slow morning at home – we headed to a nearby fire department where they were holding an Open House and Z had a blast exploring the fire house and the trucks. His favorite was the Ambulance. Not sure why – but he loved it! He also loved all the buttons, levers and gadgets on the trucks. What boy wouldn’t? 🙂

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From there, we visited a local playground and then home for lunch and nap time! Our little man was nice and exhausted from his morning exploring and playing. 🙂

We had a fast paced evening (read about my dinner plans here) as it was our very first time serving at our church in the children’s ministry. My husband and I were the only ones in the 3 & 4 year old’s room. We only had 5 children, but one young lady was not happy when her parents dropped her off. The parents were there for the ESL (English as a Second Language) class and she seemed to have a rough time understanding what I was explaining to her the entire evening. Her near-hysterics didn’t help either – she was crying so hard a few times that I feared she was going to vomit! I ended up having to walk around, holding her (she was literally clinging to me) for the first 45 minutes. She finally sat down and played for the last 25-30 minutes, but wouldn’t talk at all. My heart went out to her as I was like her, as a young child. I remember not liking it when my parents left. Even when they left us with our favorite babysitter, or with an aunt and uncle! I just liked to be with my parents. It was that security of having your mommy and daddy there. I was happy to be there, showing her that she was safe and cared for, even if it wasn’t by her mom and dad. I was also extremely happy that, when her parents did come to get her, she was calm. I didn’t want them to be nervous about dropping her off the next time, knowing she would be crying the whole time.

Sunday morning I went to church and then we went to visit a local university supported farm for some gorgeous outdoor adventures.

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Z enjoyed the horses, llamas, goats, chickens and geese. We walked around the lake that’s there and had some nice family time. I am so very blessed – we have so many opportunities around our area to take Z to see farms and lakes and so much more – all for free! We’re also blessed that we have a son that enjoys the great outdoors as much as his mommy and daddy. 🙂

After the farm, we went home and enjoyed lunch and nap time for Z. It was so gorgeous out, that I was able to sit out back and sun bathe! Probably for the last time this year, but I’ll take it. October 11, and I was able to sit outside in the sun!

After nap time, we headed to my brother-in-law’s house. We had some wonderful playtime with the cousins, dinner and then took a nice long walk in the woods behind his house.

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The only hitch in the whole weekend is our canine child – Roxy. She’s been puking almost every morning for about a month and for the last few mornings – she’s been waking us up between 3:30 – 4:30 am by pooping in the house. It’s been exhausting. I don’t know what is going on. The only thing we can think of right now is to change her food. We changed her to “senior” dog food about 2 months ago. So I’m going to go grab a small bag of “adult” dog food this morning and see if that helps. If not, then we know it’s not diet and it’s something else. It’s hard, because she doesn’t seem to be in pain.

All in all – it was a great weekend – filled with gorgeous weather and lots of outdoor time and family time. We loved it. I treasured it all. We have a great life. Is it stressful at times? Yes. But God is good, all the time. He provides all our needs and more than we could ever ask for. The weekend was over too quickly, which is always the number one complaint of weekends, but we filled ours to the max with family time. I can’t complain. 🙂

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