Friday, June 1, 2012

Highs and Lows

There is a scene in the movie "Notting Hill?" I believe, where the family is at the dinner table and they go around and each say the best and the worst thing of the day or the "high and low."  We've been consistently inconsistent doing that at our house but when we do it's always interesting...
Here are the highs and lows of our week

HIGH: We went to visit our awesome cousins and experience Dinosaurland. Upon seeing the giant Pteranodon sculpture from the parking lot, Cannon exclaimed, "I WANT TO LIVE HERE FOREVER!!!"  He almost got his wish when our car broke down....but we'll save that for the low...

Cannon's alter ego

This is what you do in heaven all day, according to the 4-yr. old
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 HIGH: Escaping a verrrry windy day and spending it indoors swimming at the rec. center.
They can't get enough of dinosaurs in these here parts

LOW: Our van died! It started making this awful clanking sound so we thought we better get it checked out. The mechanic told us we weren't to drive it a minute more. Diagnosis: Major engine problem   It gets lower--the Repair: $5500.  That's just enough to make you think about getting a new car. 
The nice part of this is that the mechanic (and neighbor of cousins) had a van he wasn't using and brought us the keys so we could borrow it to get home and use until we got a new one?!  How is that for generosity and kindness?!! 

 Other HIGHS:
We visited the house where my Dad was born and raised. Well, almost--he was actually born across the street in his cousin's house that no longer exists. But this is the home he was raised in.  The girls climbed all the trees on the property--with permission from my mom's "adopted" sister who lives there now.
 She showed us the bricks where my Dad carved his name and the year 1947

 The girls had their end-of-school hoopla and merry-making
 Kate's patriotic program: She bet me a dollar that I would get emotional and cry.  I must have had a stone cold heart that day because not even the slideshow of the wounded soldiers and weeping widows got to me but the soldier who just returned and surprised his daughter at the assembly almost did.   Kate also participated in the 5th grade Spelling Bee because she figured that would be more exciting than just watching it. She didn't study darn it so she was pleased to end up around 13th place.
 Brynn had State gymnastics competition.  She played "Arkansas Traveler" on her fiddle for the 3rd grade talent show.
I helped out with Adrie's 1st grade Field Day as well as tag-along Cannon. I got to be the "parachute mom" which was the most exciting event there in my opinion. We had tons-o-fun but after doing it 6 times in a row with each class I had no voice left...or energy.

I guess the only low would be that all these school events were packed in the same 3 days!
Welcome summer!  What is your high low?


cold cocoa said...

Looks like a good start to summer! So sorry about your van. What will you do?? That is an amount that is the worst for making a decision.

Dino Land looks way better than I remember it. Maybe we'll have to take a journey up there sometime.

Sher said...

I'm glad the neighbor mechanic had a loaner for you! That was nice. You have to hate big expensive car break downs, but they can be made a little better by nice people.

Our highs include going to Trafalga with cousins, swimming at the local hotel pool, and Kayli painting her room fun colors.

My highs include a hike with Derek and having good kids. The lows are just the usual "ouch" my neck hurts, or the occasional headache. But it could have been worse and sleep helps.

stephanie said...

sorry about the car breaking down. That stinks!
the dino place looks like a little boys heaven.
That is cool to see where your dad grew up and see his name in the brick.

Megan said...

Cars expenses are like having a sucking chest wound. Sorry about the miserable repair bill. We are about to drop a boatload of cash to fix my brakes, which work fine, but which squeal like a subway train every time I press them. It's like a loud, embarrassing introduction whenever we arrive places. Keep the highlights (and lowlights) coming! I just love hearing about your darling family, Laur.