Spring Has Sprung…

I have officially declared it SPRING!  And, in fact, we may have skipped Spring and gone straight to Summer…today the high was 77 degrees and tomorrow it will be 80!  🙂

Here are some pictures that prove that I have declared it Spring…



Spring Cleaning

OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit, when I say “spring cleaning”.  All I really did was clean out one room.  When you have only lived in your trailer for 5 months, hopefully there’s not too much junk to go through.

However, when we moved into the trailer 5 months ago, the 2nd bedroom became the “oh, just put that in the back room” room.  Here’s the before:

It’s pretty much looked like that since October, when we moved in.  I went through it a little bit back in January, but today, I tackled it…

Here is the after:

Yes, there are still a couple of boxes laying around, but at least you can see the carpet…That’s progress, right?

I’m SO Ready for…


I’m SO ready to…

wear flip-flops

wear short sleeves

wear shorts

have a drive-able road again

be able to have our car back in our driveway

go to Texas!

not wear rain/mud boots anymore

not drag mud/dirt into our house everytime we walk in

not have to share a truck with everyone else just to make it up the hill

have some sunshine and above 50 degree weather!

But with the all of those things comes…

busy weekends

long hours in the kitchen

long hours (for Paul) on the ropes course

spring rain! (which cancels out getting rid of wearing rain boots)

Oh, well…most of all I’m just ready to stop wearing long sleeves and fleece sweatshirts!  Bring on the 65-70 degree weather!

The Saga Continues…

Our car is fixed.

Ember’s car gets a flat.  They replace the tire with a spare and that one goes flat.  They fix that one. 

Shannon got her car stuck…tractor had to pull her out.

Jesse drove the truck into a ditch…tractor had to pull him out.

Shannon had a mouse in her bed in the cabin (thankfully Julie came to the rescue, caught it, and put it outside).

We were short on egg patties this morning because ____ (not me) didn’t label the box correctly; luckily, not all the kids liked egg patties.

It started raining this morning at 6:00AM, changed into ice pellets about 8:15AM, changed into snow at 8:30AM and it has been snowing ever since. 

Paul got the red van stuck…tractor had to pull him out.

Tyler has no water at his house (again).

The school bus got stuck…tow truck had to come and pull him out.

Guest group left two hours late b/c of the bus being stuck.

Ember’s car overheats and dies on the way home from bowling.

Shannon, Tyler, and the kids have to come over to our house to shower/bathe b/c they have no water.

Our toilet stops working (but we fixed it by ourselves).

One of Ember’s kitchen table chairs cracks and breaks.

This has ALL happened in the past 24 hours!!! 

Crazy Illinois Weather

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
Partly Cloudy
61° F | 35° F
37° F | 29° F
Chance of Snow
40° F | 27° F
49° F | 31° F
Partly Cloudy
50° F | 40° F
Partly Cloudy Snow

80% chance of precipitation
Chance of Snow

30% chance of precipitation
Clear Partly Cloudy
Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Rain likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
Rain or snow in the morning…then snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Much colder. Highs in the upper 30s. Temperature slowly falling in the afternoon. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Saturday Night
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows around 30. Northeast winds around 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain or snow. Highs around 40. Northeast winds around 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

God has to have a sense of humor…

God must have a sense of humor because our week has been very comical!!

Tyler and Shannon are down to one car.  They have  van but it is not running correctly right now, so they don’t use it.  Shannon takes the car to work everyday and Tyler stays home with the kids.  (They’ve been doing this for about 3 weeks now)

Jim and Ember only own one vehicle.  The earlier part of last week their van was not running correctly so it was out of commission for about a day.  Jim “tinkered” with it a little bit and after a day it seemed to be OK.

During this time last week the road began to get really bad, so we (everyone) were constantly getting stuck in the mud and in the ruts.  The red van (our other camp vehicle) cannot make it up the road and is too heavy to be pulled up, so it’s stuck down the hill by the office. 

We only own one vehicle, and on Sunday our car broke down, so it was not driveable.  It went into the shop on Monday.

Ember’s car started making a weird noise on Monday night.  She was afraid to use it, so she borrowed Shannon’s car to go to MOPS on Monday night.

Tuesday night the car place calls and says our car is ready (we were going to go get it on Wednesday morning).

Wednesday morning Ember and I go to Jazzercise and come out to a flat tire.  We call Paul.  No answer.  So, a lady from class brought us home (we are still using the shuttle system with the green truck to get in and out of camp).

We go pick up our car at 10:30AM.  I go on to Peoria to do some shopping at Gordon’s for this weekend.  Paul comes back to camp with the truck, so Ember can shuttle the kids to school.

Tyler and Shannon need an extra car to take the kids to the doctor today.  We said they could borrow our car, but they don’t want to.  So, we’re going to try to get the red van up the hill, so Tyler can use it.  He can’t use the green truck because we need as our shuttle system.  We’ll see if the red van can get up.  

It is truly comical to try to coordinate who has the truck, who needs the truck, where the truck is, and where the truck is going next.  It’s also funny that Tyler and Shannon’s house now looks like a used car lot with our car, Ember’s van, Jesse’s car, Nolan’s car, and Tyler’s van all parked up at the top by their driveway…

Funny, funny…Thanks, God, for the comedy, but soon we would appreciate it if you could make the ground hard so we can drive on it again.  (Especially since we have 60 people coming to camp tomorrow)…Thanks…