At my folks house after a very hectic couple of days. We got about an hour and a half into our trip Friday, and our transmission EX PLO DED.

What followed is something I’d rather not re-live. Stranded on the side of the road with four kids, in the cold, waiting on a tow truck. More than one of us had to make a potty visit to the woods. Then, a night in a hotel with a 7, 4, and 2 year old, and an 8 month old. And yes, somebody slept in the bathtub, but I won’t say who. Okay, not that bad. The playpen in the bathroom, but still. The kids thought it was a grand adventure, which is a much better perspective than the panicky, what-on-God’s-green-earth-are-we-gonna-do state that King Pen and I were in.

Ya know when it all hits the fan? Yeah, that’s where we were. But we managed. Fortunately, we were able to rent a minivan the next morning, reschedule our meeting in Alexandria, and get on the road.

So, the job is nailed down now. He’ll start Feb. 1st, which means we will not move until after Christmas. That’ll be much easier than our original plan to move over the holidays, so I’m glad for it. This way we can decorate a tree and all that. Assuming that we can talk our landlord into letting us stay the extra month, because our lease actually expires Dec. 31st. We’ll see.

Don’t know the status of the van yet, but we’re predicting doom. The transmission is a goner. Which means, sadly, so is our Christmas budget. Not that there was much of a budget to begin with, but what was there is definitely gone now. That’s a bummer, but there’s no sense in dwelling on it. C’est le vie.

Anyway, just wanted to give an update. I’m here with WonderMom, planning the Thanksgiving menu and just enjoying the pleasures of home. I’ll blog off and on this week, but for the most part, consider me on vacation. I’m clocked out, y’all!! Literally, and figuratively.

Have a loverly day!