July 30, 2012

Lazy Weekend

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!

Happy Monday,


Farm Girl said...

Wheww!!! I am so glad you had a electrician out. I am glad you got that fixed. Your camping trip sounds delightful. I am sure it was so nice to do and good for the boys.
The baby looks so cute in the high chair and wow I can't believe he is already looks so much like a big boy. It just makes me happy. I should have tomatoes for you on Wednesday. :)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Wow! First, let me say that your boys are just the most adorable little guys ever! I cannot believe how big baby Corbin is. Now on to the scary stuff. I'm happy to hear Ben is ok from his accident and even more happy to hear you had a pre-warning, and listened to it, about the electrical. That is very scary! We had that happen when we moved in with one of our lights. Jay took it out of the wall, pulled up the wire and lo-and-behold the wire was nearly gone. Yikes! It certainly does send a small panic through you for a while.
I'm with you on the puttin' up of food. I just went over my list last night of what I am hoping to get in the freezer and in the pantry. I have a TON of green tomatoes and 1 red. :) When they all ripen I will be a busy girl! Happy Monday!

Kessie said...

Oh man, that's frightening! God was looking out for you. I'm glad you got it fixed before there was a house fire.
Your camping trip sounds like a blast! And cute little C sitting in his high chair like a big boy. :-D

Kim said...

That electrical situation was scary. You got lucky!! I bet the kids had a great time camping. Looks like fun.

Lynn said...

Wow, Meg, you certainly have had your share of unfortunate things going on lately. But thank the Lord that your wiring problem was discovered before any fires broke out! God was certainly watching out for you there. It reminds me of when we remodeled our bathroom a couple years ago, and my husband discovered all kinds of "live" wiring right behind the shower tiles, installed by the previous owners of our house. Yikes, we coulda been electrocuted! ;o

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Wow Meg, that is so scary to think about. Fires are so fast moving. Thank God nothing happened. I know what it feels like to have huge cars bills. We just paid $2500.00 for a new engine for my son's car last month. In March my other son's car needed a new transmission. I think that was over $1500.00 We hate cars at my house!! I hope you have better news about the family car.

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