Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Excellent Adventure

My boys have headed out on their Excellent Adventure. Jeff took our little car out to school and Johnathan and Sam went with to help with the drive and hopefully make some memories. It was not a difficult goodbye because I'll see Jeff in a couple of weeks when we take Johnathan out to start his mission. It was a less than excellent adventure getting the car ready to go. In the course of some fairly routine work on the brakes, Eric, who is really good at working on cars and has done just about all of our car repairs over the years, had some trouble with broken bolts and the job went from a two-hour Saturday afternoon accomplishment to two 8 hours days with about 4 new tools purchased, and a trip to the junkyard for parts thrown in plus a morning at a brake shop to finish things up. Bless his heart. He worked so hard and was so patient in the face of frustration. It got done though, everyone stayed positive and the boys left about 24 hours later than they originally planned. They are now in Indiana with my Mother in Law and will head to the Denver area tomorrow. After that, onto Utah. Johnathan and Sam fly home on Saturday and Jeff will get settled in his house in Provo. I think they had a good day yesterday. Apparently, their biggest worry was whether or not they would be able to find a White Castle (if you don't know what that is, you must not be from the midwest) close to the Ohio Turnpike. The only call I got was from Jeff was to ask me google every WC location in Ohio. Yeah. Ah to be 21 again.


In other news, Sara made the Freshman Volleyball team and is very happy about that, I leave for Chicago tomorrow to teach at a knitting convention and we have the school supply situation in hand. In my 15 years in the public school system, I've learned to relax a little about the school supplies, plus we've built up quite a stockpile. Happily, it is much simplified in high school, so there something to look forward to. So, Evan looked through our shelf and found about 2/3 of what is on his list and that's enough to get started with.

Enjoy the last weekend of summer here in Howard County and I'll see you on Monday!

9 comments:

  1. What a fun trip for your boys. I bet they are having the time of their lives.

    Have fun on your trip to Chicago.

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  2. Oh, and congrats to Sara for making the team. That is awesome.

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  3. What a fun trip for them!! We had White Castle for the first time a few weeks ago I think in Ohio! I just had to try it because so many people love them! It was yummy!

    Great job to Sara on making the volleyball team - yay!!:)

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  4. What a fun thing for them!! Wishing them a great trip!

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  5. Good luck at the convention, I can't believe the story about the car, and would you believe that I lived in Toledo for 2 years and not once did I eat at White Castle! I know, crazy!

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  6. How fun for your boys! Great bonding experience. Have a great time!

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  7. Wow, how do you feel about that road trip? Looks scary and fun! I remember sending Jake and my brother off on their cross-country trip when we moved out here. I have pictures just like that. Oh, White Castle. It's just not the same buying them in the freezer aisle in the store.

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  8. what a long trip! definitely some memories to be had. it was funny when I first read "driving out to BYU" my brain short-circuited to the 14 hour route from Oregon to Utah that I drove so many times in late August. Then I realized, wait! their driving from the OTHER side of the country!! That is HUGE! Having a car will be a nice situation for Jeff. Definitely more dating options... hee hee he. : )

    Yay for Sara! Hope convention's been good!

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