Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
We had a great Thanksgiving Day in Twin with the fam. We got in the car (Shane's car...1st freeway debut) at a time that would get us back to Boise at a decent hour. But it was still dark. Half way through the drive, around Bliss, we hit a deer. Seriously. In Shane's new car. Seriously??? It was actually a blessing to be in the Mazda. Had we been in our Jeep, we probably would have creamed that deer. The Mazda slows down to a stop much quicker. But still, we were going average freeway speed. There was a truck in the lane next to us which forced us to just stay in our lane. Amazingly enough, Shane literally stood on the brakes (thank goodness there was not a car behind us) and we were able to almost come to a complete stop on the freeway before hitting it. But we still hit it. It was scary. And it could have been so much worse. Hitting it at full speed would have been horrible.
It got our headlight only. Too bad the headlights on this beloved car are around $400 each to replace! Shane is really bummed, as you can imagine. But life happens. And it really was a blessing to be driving that car. Just another lesson that it is not "stuff" that is important. In the end, it is just "stuff." I'm just happy we weren't hurt. And for those of you concerned about the deer. We hit it's bum and legs, but it was able to walk off the road. We think he's OK.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 3:44 PM
Monday, November 23, 2009
This is the Twin's birthday week. They will be turning TWO in a few days. How can that be? I honestly cannot wrap my brain around that. At the same time, their delivery & newborn stage almost feels like a dream...still surreal. Time is a weird thing. Looking at these pictures makes me get all choked up. We have been so blessed. I have no idea what the future holds for our little family but I couldn't be happier with what we have. I have two healthy and beautiful little boys. They are still our miracle babies. We will never forget that. I feel content and grateful.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 12:32 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This is Shane posting. It has been a very eventful week in our family. We lost a loved one and picked up a new family member all in the same day.
We sold our 1990 VW Jetta 16v. I say "our", but it was really my car and Amy would hardly touch it because it was so old, loud and obnoxious (to her, not me). Anyone who truly appreciates cars knows that mk2 VW's particularly those with 16v motors were fun little hot rods in their day. I loved the car and it was very fun to drive. I bought the car because it was old and simple enough that I would be able to do most of the mechanical work on the car. Well, it worked out that way except that it ended up being more mechanical work than I had anticipated. Lately I have not had enough time to keep on top of all the repairs and my commute is longer now that I am working in Nampa. Finally, we decided that it was time to say our good byes and move on to a new chapter in vehicles.
Anyone who attended our wedding luncheon or reception will recall that I (along with many members of my families - yes Chandlers too) have unhealthy emotional attachments to our cars. This is my tribute to my Jetta.
Thank you Calypso green Jetta for years of semi-reliable, fun service. We have shared many great memories together, some were sweaty (no a/c), some were very cold (one winter without a heater), but we always had fun and we were hardly ever late (except when you gave up a cv axle on the freeway). I hope you find your way to an autocross track soon.
The only way I could give up my Jetta without emotional anguish was by distracting myself with the purcharse of another exciting car. I present for your approval, the newest addition to our fleet, the Mazda 3. If you know me well, you know that I love cars. My head is filled with useless facts about cars of every year, make and model. If there was a car Jeopardy I'd be all over it. Despite my love for all things wheeled I am a very frugal person. It's not that I have to have the rock-bottom price on everything I buy, it's more of a desire to obtain the most of my wants and needs for the lowest possible cost. A value shopper if you will. Needless to say, buying a car is not an easy task for me.
Here were my requirements:
30mpg or better on the highway
At least a driver's side airbag (I know some people aren't sold on airbags - I think they work)
Manual transmission (more efficient, longer life and more fun)
60mph in less than 9 seconds (this was a low hurdle mostly due to my budget)
Functioning cruise control
These were my "wants" on top of the requirements:
side curtain airbags
steering wheel stereo controls
rear wheel drive
Ipod adapter built in
I'm happy to report that I got all the requirements and most of the wants. I feel like I'm riding in complete luxury with functioning cruise control and a highway decibel level below 100. Life is good. If you were patient enough to read this whole post, I'm sorry on many levels. Here are some more pictures:
To our new addition, we hope to share many years and miles together.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 2:13 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It's a race! I hope I win! This is their new thing. It is only cute for so long. So to remedy the problem, we've faced them together (as seen in other videos) and then they don't really have anywhere to go. But then they both eventually end up in tears because of the poking and prodding that always takes place. Any other suggestions?
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 5:11 PM
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 3:07 PM
Here is a little taste of the two of them feeding off each other. They can't help but to influence each other. They are good little buddies and definitely keep things exciting. They are playing and fighting together more and more everyday. Yesterday they played for an hour together without any assistance from me. It was weird. Most days, I feel more like a referee!!!
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 11:16 AM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I'm still on Cloud 9 from the trip that we pulled off in honor of my dear mother! The week before Halloween, we celebrated my Mom's milestone 50th Birthday. We started planning the surprise in August. We told her 3 days before leaving that most of the family would be leaving for a fun-filled trip to CHICAGO!!! If you know my family at all, you would know that we just don't do things like this. Just to all get on a plane together was weird! We were giddy and it made it extra special! Aaron and Nan have been there for awhile now and it was time that we all made a visit! We were missing Luke terribly, who is working hard as a Missionary in Washington D.C., but he was there in spirit! And sadly, Shane & Wynn weren't able to get the time off of work. That was a big bummer. Lindsay and I arranged for our boys to be taken care of while we were away. To be together without the little babies was...well...a slice of heaven! Were they missed? Of course they were! But we definitely enjoyed the break! So we set off to the see the city! We also had some broadway and opera tickets that we were anxious to use!
Blowing out the birthday candles. Lindsay's birthday was three days later!
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 1:18 PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
These two were hilarious on Halloween. Cade was full of excitement and caught on quickly to the trick-or-treat game! He would grab the candy and put it in his bag and would then giggle with excitement as we moved onto the next in line! He was all smiles!
I took tons of pictures of Carson hoping to get ONE of him looking at the camera. As you can see, I was not successful. Carson-Penguin on the run!!!
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 10:14 AM