April 17, 2012

Our Weekend

Well this weekend turned out to be a bit eventful! (Yes, I'm still pregnant and everything is good there.) Saturday morning Manny & I headed out to Chloe's birthday party (though we never actually made it there - more on that in a minute. ) It was a picnic theme and I know everything was adorable! I'd seen a few sneak peeks of things Katie made, and I can't wait to see the rest. For Chloe's gift, I painted a wooden suitcase from Hobby Lobby with my favorite turquoise chalkboard paint by Martha Stewart, and put some chalk and a book she wanted inside. 

Anyway, I was driving along to the party when I noticed a sound that just sounded...off. I thought it might have been the crazy wind, but when a car pulled up next to me, and the passenger started motioning me to pull over I knew something wasn't right. So I took the next exit I could, and pulled over to check out the car. And that's when I saw this:
Turns out that little plastic piece (later to be identified as a shroud) should not be hanging down, turning my car basically into a snow plow. After a few calls, I do what any 37 week pregnant girl would do: start sobbing. I was sitting in my car waiting to hear back from my dad after I texted him this picture, when this guy knocked on my window and scared the snot out of me. I wasn't exactly in the safest of neighborhoods, so I was a little on edge. He was very nice (and animated) and told me to hold tight while he looked for some duct tape to fix me up. He managed to get it taped up, then added that it wouldn't last long, but at least long enough to get me out of the hood. So there's that. :)

I made it a little ways down the road before the duct tape gave out. However, I'd since talked to my dad and he said it'd be fine to keep driving as long as I went slow and preferably didn't get on the interstate. So I'm cruising along a 4-lane road about 20-25 mph (in a 45 mph zone) with my hazards on when a truck comes racing up behind me, laying on the horn and flipping me off. I was like, are you kidding me?! Just pass on the left already! And of course...I started crying. Again. Dang hormones. At that point, I was stopped at a stoplight, and the guy next to me starts honking trying to get my attention. I rolled down my window, and he said, "Hey, do you know you're dragging something?" And I said, "Yes, I do, but I'm just trying to get somewhere to get it taken care of and I can only go so fast and I don't know what to do and everybody's mad at me!" Keep in mind all of this was said through sobbing tears. Did I really just tell this stranger that everybody was mad at me?! Have I mentioned my hormones are raging?! This guy's eyes were huge, like saucer huge. He probably wanted to shout, "Listen lady, I'm not Dr. Phil!" and run the red light to avoid this conversation I had now engaged him in, when all he was trying to do was give me a heads up that something was wrong with my car.

I don't know if he was scared to death or a really nice guy, but he just responded (still big eyes, might I add) "Pull over up ahead and I'll see if I can help." And help he did! This Good Samaritan had some tools, and crawled under my car to remove the piece completely. I'm not typically a huge crier, so I felt SO silly that I couldn't reign it in. I don't know what came over me, but I'll definitely blame it on the pregnancy! I don't think I've ever had a (public) crying episode like that, so I figured this should be documented accordingly, embarrassing as it may be.
So yeah. By that point, the birthday party was basically over, so Manny and I headed back home. My mom had a board meeting in the city on Saturday, so my parents stayed with us and Manny had way too much fun playing cars with Papa. It's his favorite thing to do these days!
Sunday morning we went to church, and I didn't let Manny bring his fedora. Is it a problem that even the nursery workers asked where his hat was when we dropped him off? :) Well wouldn't you know when I picked him up from nursery, he'd found a plastic fireman's hat to make do. He's so goofy!
After church, we went to lunch with my parents then hung out for a bit before they had to head home. And that evening, Patrick and I went out for a belated anniversary celebration. April 8th was our 6th anniversary, but we hadn't had a chance to do anything yet. So we went to The Melting Pot, ate WAY too much, then just walked around for awhile. It was so nice and relaxing, and we're trying to get as many date nights in as we can before sweet little MB is born.
When we got home, I had to peek in on Manny. The sitter had told me he wanted to sleep in his hat and she didn't want to upset him, so she let him. Sure enough, he was still wearing it. Have I mentioned that I just LOVE this kid to PIECES?! Such a fun, spunky, unique personality. Love love love. :)

Happy Tuesday!

22 comments:

  1. Bless your sweet heart - what a trying day! So glad y'all are fine! Manny is too adorable! He's going to be a GREAT big brother!

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  2. How nice of that guy to stop and help you! I would have been crying too. Chloe's gift is too cute!

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  3. Oh my! Crying to strangers while preggo is definitely something I would do! Thank God for kind strangers :) And, I must say...your son KILLS me with that hat!

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  4. That just goes to show that there are still nice people out there and I'm so glad he helped you!! Manny and his hat just crack me up!! Jax won't keep one on for more than 2 seconds.

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  5. At least your crying paid off! How nice of that man to help you! If it makes you feel any better, I would have been crying, too! Manny and that fedora!! I love it! We need to get them together sometime. Do you ever come to Tulsa? We really never go to OKC but I could make a special trip :)

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  6. Oh Sarah, bless your heart. And I apologize for for laughing through your agony - but you tell it so well. Glad all is ok. :) Love Manny sleeping with his hat! You are one blessed mama!

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  7. Have you heard Francesca Battistelli's "This is the Stuff?" -- there should be a verse about a shroud falling off of a car. :) Glad that you found some nice guys along the way to help you out!! And, NO DOUBT, I would have been a sobbing mess and I'm not pregnant! Good for you, girl!

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  8. Having car issues isn't fun at all! At least it was just a simple piece that could be removed and fixed! I just had car issues myself! Looks like your weekend got better! Keep us posted on sweet Maeva's arrival! I just know she will be precious!

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  9. The pic of Manny sleeping is precious!! I'm glad your car issues weren't really major but I know how stressful it can be. Just think, you came across 2 really nice guys that helped! That makes me have a little more faith that there are still good people in the world.

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  10. You poor little thing! What bad timing! Glad you got it all worked out! Happy anniversary! I still remember when you were planning your wedding *tear* :))

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  11. Oh no!!! This story almost made me tear up and I'm not even pregnant!! What a nice man! And Manny, he is hilarious!!!

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  12. Oh goodness! There is nothing worse than having car problems. Especially when you have no idea what's wrong or how to fix it. I popped a tire once and immediately started crying and didn't know what to do. My husband was at work and my dad drove an hour to me to come and fix it. I'm glad the rest of your weekend got better!

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  13. What a great guy to help you out. How terrible. People can be so mean sometimes. Firefighter Manny looks so adorable.

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  14. I can totally see myself doing the same thing. Completely freaking out. Crying. Etc. etc. Poor girl, I'm glad the guy helped you!

    And Manny sleeping in that hat? My ovaries hurt. How cute is that?!?

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  15. What a crazy weekend - car problems are the worst - and throw in those wonderful pregnancy hormones....poor thing! Glad you came across some helpful people - what a breath of fresh air. And Manny is such a cutie - these boys are definitely full of personality!

    And wow - had no idea you were THAT close to having Maeva....how exciting - can't wait to see pics :) Oh and BTW...love her name!

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  16. I'm laughing _with_ you at your car story! I'm glad you were able to find some nice people to help you out.

    And I love the melting pot. my favorite thing is probably the mushroom salad, which is weird since it's a fondue restaurant ;)

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  17. I still can't believe your misfortune! I would've been crying too for sure! I hate that you had to miss out too after all that consulting you did :) Hopefully when you get your pretty basket, it will be all worth it ;)

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  18. Oh goodness...what an awful thing for you to have to go through, especially being so pregnant! Bless your heart! I would've cried too! There are still good people in this world!

    Manny is beyond cute wearing his hat to bed! :) Gosh, Easton won't keep a hat on his head to save his life!

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  19. Oh my gracious! Sorry that happened to you! :( I probably would have been crying too and I'm not even pregnant. Glad everything worked out though.

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  20. This made me LLOL so much!! I am still laughing. Still funny! {but not ;)}

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  21. Glad you are okay! Manny is seriously the cutest boy ever....ever! Loving your aviators.. Do you mind me asking what brand they are?
    chachleigh@yahoo.com

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