Saturday, June 21, 2008

11 States in 12 Days

We're back! Randey, Kaleb, Jacob and I went on a vacation across America! Okay, so actually it was only part of America, but we managed to cross through 11 states in only 12 days. Talk about some heavy duty driving! In total, we traveled 3931.2 miles. Whew! I wrote a few posts before we left and scheduled them to post at certain times, though I really thought I'd be able to blog a bit while we were on our trip. But the internet service wasn't all it could have been so, alas, I've been suffering from blog withdrawal all this time. And while this vacation was all kinds of fun (I literally took over 1,000 pictures to show how much fun it was!), I must say it's good to be home. This is how I feel about now, though. lol
We've been home less than 24 hours and I can already tell for sure that the vacation is over. At 4:22 this morning, the downstairs air conditioning unit fan motor blew in spectacular form. What a racket! Randey and I both woke up and didn't know what the heck was going on. The repair man came out and said we'd have to replace that motor - for the low, low cost of approximately $500. Yippee. (This house is only 4 years old, mind you. And, naturally, the fan motor was only covered for a year. Great.) To add insult to injury, the blown motor apparently affected the blades on the fan, too, so those will have to be replaced as well. The guy couldn't say how much that would's a "rare" situation and he hasn't had to replace too many blades. Lucky us, eh? Glad I shopped my brains out while we were gone. If I'd known how much I was going to have to pay when we got back, I might have been a little more thrifty. ha!
I can't wait to show some of our pictures from the trip and will start doing that over the next few days - as soon as I catch up on some sleep (lol) - and I'm also working on a giveaway. Can you believe I've been blogging for over a year now? I have to celebrate! But first I need to figure out what the giveaway should much thinking on such a tired brain. Who knows what I'll come up with. :)
Hope to visit all of your blogs soon, though. I can't wait to get back into visiting everybody!!


  1. Sounds like you had a grand time,and I am so sorry for you that you had to come home to a broken AC, that's not pleasant.
    Take care,

  2. Missed ya!
    Glad you're home.
    Sorry about the ac!

  3. Glad to hear that the vacation was fun,glad you got home safe.sorr about the A/C.they do have a way of getting our attention when they decide to go.

  4. Yeah! You're back. You've been missed girlfriend. Glad you're home. Now get some rest and then tell us all about it, with pictures, of course.


  5. I am so happy you got back all safe and sound! I can not wait to hear all about it and see the photos! And you did NOT come by here?? Oh, we were probab;y in DC anyway but maybe not! You still HAVE to come here girlfriend! We will go shoppin'!!!

    We were gone for 8 days and I think I just finally caught up on the laundry! And cleaning! ACK!

    Did that sweet puppy go with you?? Kipper was so mad 'cause he had to stay here. His big brother was here for him but he so likes to go!!

    MISSED YA!!!


  6. What? 11 states and you didn't stop in? Can't wait to hear more and see your pictures. Missed you!

  7. Welcome home, travelers! Acckkkk about the A/C...not good at all. I hate these "unusual" events, these this. rarely. happens. stuff. Right.

  8. Great you had a good time Hope you got the giveaway parcel mary

  9. Good morning Kari...I can't wait to hear about your vacation. Sounds like one of our road trips.

    Our home is only just over 4 years old and we just spent a tad bit of money, recently, on the AC!!!! We lived out there in the back pasture for over twenty years and the only problem we ever had with the AC is when lightning struck it and it was already elderly when that happened. I hate spending money on "new stuff" that should still be working in fine order!

    Have a wonderful week!:-)

  10. Oh, I can't wait to get more details about your trip!! Traveling is one of my very favorite things and I love to travel vicariously through other people!!

    That kitty cat picture is so funny!!!

  11. sounds like it was a whirwind trip!

  12. Hey good to have you back in blogland!!!

    Sounds like you did your part to spur on the gasoline industry. I know they have been afraid too many people would forsake vacation afar, and, therefore, there would be a surplus of gasoline!!

    We're going to do our part too in July as we sojourn from near Tulsa OK to near Gunnison CO.

    I don't want the oil barons to have to give up any of their amenities!!! ha ha ha

  13. Hi Kari,

    Yea, your back!! Can't wait to see your photos. Love the cat photo. Hey isn't it like crazy hot in Texas? How are you sleeping in the heat? Our's went out a few years ago, during a heat wave and we ended up sleeping in the basement becaue it was cooler. Glad you are back girlfriend!

  14. HA! Its always a rare situation when they can't tell you the price till they serve your butt (or butte) up on the platter! Hope you're cooled down you missed that snow!
    Aunt Sandi

  15. 1000 pictures! (I love you)
    The kitty asleep in the food dish-- how cute is that?!
    Glad you're back, have a great time getting those photos sorted.

  16. ack, a/c issues! That really stinks. :( We need to have ours serviced. We've lived here for 4 years(brand new). And never have had it done. Aren't we just asking for problems...LOL We can tell that one side of the house doesn't have strong air blowing, compaired to the other side. Fingers crossed that it's nothing serious. :)


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