we went down south this weekend to buy a new car (see pic above). it also worked out great for us to surprise sean’s twin nieces at their 16th birthday party. they were totally surprised and so happy to see us (and they loved the necklaces, lisa!). sean was able to get a very long mountain bike ride in all day saturday with a great family friend, ryan, and the kids and i spent the day running errands with kim, ryan’s wife (also a wonderful friend – she’s known sean since early childhood), and their 2 kids.
sunday we went down to san clemente (where we used to live) for breakfast at our favorite place, and decided to spend the day down at the beach. the girls were a ton of fun, we totally relaxed, sean and lily got a little nap together, and we realized that we needed to do this sort of thing more often.
we had initially planned on staying at the beach for about an hour, then were having such a great time we wanted to stay longer. we slathered the girls up with sunscreen as soon as we got there, but only put a little on our faces and shoulders, thinking we’d only be there for a short time. well……. sean and i look like a couple of lobsters! painfully red and sunburned! i feel so stupid, i should know better. but i’m paying for my stupidity – this is seriously painful, even clothes hurt! sean said it was a “tourist” thing to do!
sean left monday morning at about3:30 am in order to make it home for work commitments. the girls and i left later that morning, taking our time getting home and running errands. when we were just a couple miles from home i got into a car accident. yes, in my new car! i was on the freeway in the fast lane when a semi-truck / dirt hauler started moving into my lane. i had no choice but to move into the center section and since he had taken up the whole lane i ended up hitting the center guardrail to avoid getting hit by him. i didn’t hit it very hard, but it sent me bouncing and swerving across the freeway. i remember looking into my rear view mirror and seeing all the cars behind me slowing way down, so i knew there was no one that i was going to hit. after i regained control, i pulled off to the right, and thankfully, so did the truck driver, along with a half dozen other cars to check on us. i quickly got out a had a few choice words for the truck driver, then got back into my car. a couple of the other drivers were so helpful in checking on the girls and comforting them as they had to stay buckled in their carseats. one woman came and gave me a big hug as i fell apart on her shoulder. i was able to call sean and he got there soon after the police officer. we were all fine. no one was hurt, we were/are just a bit shook up. the car doesn’t look all that bad, and definitely could have been much worse (i thought for sure we were going to roll), but sean’s afraid the damage may be so costly that the insurance company may decide its not worth it and total the car! i hope not, but we’ll see. i’m so thankful God had his hand upon us and kept us safe. a car is just a car, although i am very thankful we were in that big one for the extra protection. i’m also very thankful for super safe carseats (we love britax!) and the belts all working properly.