Monday, August 20, 2007

A Bad Start

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I’m back! Let me tell you, it was a full week down in Branson. I was going to write a blog about my vacation, but I have so much to pack in, so I decided to do a week's worth of vacation blogs. Be sure to tune in each day this week for our vacation adventures with the kids!

We left on Tuesday, and I think we may have had the worst first day of vacation ever. About 1 ½ hours away from home, the air conditioner in our car stopped working. I looked at Eric and said, “It’s blowing hot air. This is not good.” It was 106 degrees on Tuesday.

We decided to locate the nearest Honda dealership, which isn’t that easy to do when you are in the midst of small towns in Southwest Missouri. We finally ended up at the Honda dealership in Springfield. We found out that my compressor went out, and that I would need a whole new air conditioning system. Apparently, a whole new air conditioning system cost $2500. Thank God, I had purchased the extended warranty, so I was only going to have to pay $50. That was the one blessing.

Unfortunately, they had to order parts, so my car wasn’t going to be ready until the next afternoon. They called Enterprise for us, and we had to move all of our stuff into a rental car, and we were finally out of the dealership by 4:00 p.m. Now, we had had a lot of things we were planning to do on Tuesday afternoon, and spending the day at the Honda dealership was not one of them.

We did manage to go to the Fish and Wildlife Museum in Springfield before it closed for the day, and then headed to Lambert’s (home of the throwed rolls) for dinner. In theory, I thought that would be a good place for kids, but Georgia was having way too much fun crawling around on the floor taking bites out of rolls that people had failed to catch.

When we got back to the hotel, the heat of the day finally caught up to Eric. Apparently riding two hours in 106 degree heat did not sit well with him, and he spent the night throwing up.

Luckily, our vacation got better after that.


Aaron said...

I freaking love lamberts, mike and I have actually made trips down there just to eat.. any restaurant where the chicken fried steak is the size of your head is worthwhile to me.. and the "pass arounds".. fan-freakin-tastic.. damn it neila, now i want lamberts.. i will see you friday @ the passion party..

tegdirb92 said...

I am so glad that the whole vacation wasn't bad. Wow, glad that your were able to turn it around with the fixed AC. I will be tuning in this week to hear all about your trip!! Welcome back.

Crazy Working Mom said...

Oh how I love Lambert's and the museum is awesome. Living in Arkansas, Branson is a frequent "quick" vacation for us. I can't wait to hear all about it.

Desert Songbird said...

Okay, you said ERIC threw up, NOT Eli? Ick.

Donna said...

First time we ate at Lamberts, we loved it. Last time, it was less than squeaky-clean, and hubby says no more. The food, however, is always great there.

Morgen said...

I thought it would be Eli tossing cookies, too! Sorry it was Eric!
After this I'm amazed you proceeded to Branson!!!

Travis said...

That does sound like a pretty sucky beginning.

Sunrunner said...

My oldest is the same way with heat. I'm ready for November... Sorry about your a/c.