July 30, 2012
Posted in Journal
This weekend we went camping! In our backyard!
We found out Thursday that Ben would be getting Saturday off (Hallelujah!) so we made the most of the weekend.
Shopping Saturday morning was the only strenuous activity for the whole weekend.
Saturday afternoon we set up Faux Camp and had a wonderful evening sitting around, watching the kids play, eating hamburgers cooked on the burn barrel and roasting marshmallows to eat on s'mores. It wasn't to terribly hot, and by the time the sun went down it was pleasantly cool. We even got a little chilly during the night because I only grabbed a light blanket for Ben and I since I figured it would be too hot for anything else.
We got up Sunday morning and had felt like we really did go camping. It was wonderful. That day Ben smoked a pork butt, and it was absolutely delicious. I have been completely ruined on BBQ. I can hardly eat it from anyone/where else because it just doesn't live up to Ben's. :)
Mr. Munchie has been hitting milestone after milestone lately - He's up to 14.6 pounds. He rolled over for the first time last Thursday, and Saturday - on his 5 month birthday no less - he started eating cereal. And he loves it! He took to it like candy. He ate the whole tablespoon that I made for him, both Saturday and Sunday night. I can't believe he is already so big and is now eating dinner with us. It blows my mind.
And now, it's back to reality. We have a few problems to deal with lately and I'm so frustrated. Ben was in a minor accident two weeks ago, and that meant his truck being in the shop for a week. Thankfully, insurance covered everything.
Then Friday we had an electrician come out to fix our main breaker. We had been having problems with our lights flickering and dimming for awhile, but didn't think much of it since every now and then the whole neighborhood will go out. Well I got back home from my Mom-in-Loves on Wednesday and our garage wouldn't open. I walked in the front door and the kitchen and garage power was out (although the rest of the house was fine). A few visits from PG&E (and a few more outages) and they found that our main breaker was burned and toasting and not connecting well.
Scary as this is to say, we were probably a few more power flickers away from a house fire. The Electrician came Friday afternoon and thank goodness, it is all fixed. He brought me the old breaker and showed me where it had just fallen apart in his hands while he took it out. I felt a little weird after that, thinking what could have happened. I am so glad it's fixed now.
And on top of all that, we are pretty sure the transmission in our family car is about to go out. Ben will be taking it into the shop to have it checked out. Ugh.
So many unexpected expenses! That's why we have an emergency fund, and why we budget but it's so frustrating when we are trying to pay off our house to only be able to put a tiny little bit extra because of all this other stuff going on. Oh well.
Today - Laundry and getting veggies ready to make another batch of relish! My tomatoes better get to it, because I have so many plans for puttin' up food this year!