Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Truck Hunt is Over!!

Click above for a video of Emma getting her truck!

We've been looking for about 3 months now for Emma's "first" vehicle.  She had some things she wanted - older, big, 4x4.  It didn't need to be fancy, or even pretty, just able to go anywhere and big enough that she would feel safe in it as a young first time driver.
She for sure wanted either a truck, bronco, or older Jeep. Other than that, she just wanted us to pick it out.  Making decisions totally freaks her out, especially big ones, and spending money causes her to break down in tears, so she really just wanted us to surprise her.  That said, we both spent time on line with her looking at rigs so we would have a good idea of what she was wanting, and what her expectations, combined with our budget, could come up with.
There was a common theme that developed that is my pet peeve.  The first truck she looked at, the guy said it's really not a "girls first vehicle" truck.  Later, the owner of a 89 Bronco with a 4inch lift responded to our inquiry by saying "this isn't for your daughter, you realize it has a 4 inch lift, right?"
Grrr. Don't even get me started.
Yesterday, Saturday, on my second Craigslist check of the morning (I had been checking it a few times a day), I caught a fresh listing and we jumped on it. Emma was with friends and had no idea we had taken off to check out a truck.
Super nice guy, super nice truck, very well taken care of. He listed off all the work he'd done on it, how he had taken care of it, all the stuff it's just pretty awesome.  We followed him over to a shop and had it smogged, which it passed no problem. 
And just like that, we had bought Emma her first truck!
She was totally shocked, and totally grateful. 

 Above is my view following Brian home in the truck.

 Below, her truck makes my truck look a tad small, lol.

It's a beauty! She's a 98 Chevy Silverado, 4x4, power everything, towing package, kc lights, running boards, 6 inch lift (take that, bronco guy), lots of other extra stuff.  The interior, which for some reason i don't have pictures of....but it's super clean, no tears or anything. The owner took really good care of it. Oh, it also had dual exhaust and is super loud!  Like sets off car alarms loud. I totally love it and will drive it as much as I can in the next 2 weeks before she gets her permit!
I found an interior picture. That's her friend Kyle, who actually sat in it before Emma knew she even had a truck.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Exciting Times!

 Man you guys, so many of my pictures now have a dog in them! Hopefully that's not annoying. They sure have become part of the family. Duke adores his mom, and we recently discovered he will protect her at any cost. Scary, but ultimately a good thing I guess.

Sophie and Sam are quite the pair. He just wants to be loved and cuddled...or rough house with Duke.

 ....or sleep. We aren't sure how old he is. He moans a lot when he gets up or down, and in his sleep. He looks like a wise old man...but he plays like a pup.

 Above is a super exciting project I'm about to undertake. I can't wait to fill you guys in as it takes shape! I know it says Shed Base, so that takes away some mystery, but it's not really a shed at all.
 I predict they will be of no help.
 Myles has uncovered an obsession with puzzles.
 Sophie is going into an exciting time of High School prep. She's all registered for her classes next year. A year when her sister will be driving her to school!!

 Mama got a new sign and table. Exciting for her. Me.

 He hates seeing her leave in the morning, and can't wait for her to walk down the school sidewalk after school. He keeps his eyes peeled for her and gets a bad case of the wiggles when he sees her coming.
 This guys just sleeps all day.
 Teenage girls sleep over.
 Truck shopping is in full swing still and getting really serious.
 Sophie has taken on a new  thing at school.

 That's a pretty thick binder she has to memorize to go into classes and teach it.
Handsome boy.

So exciting times indeed around here. Brian and Sophie are planning a New York trip.  I'm about to start a building project. Emma is going to her HOSA conference next month and will fly for the first time....and will also be getting her truck next month. So much excitement!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Latham Life

 My girls
 My boys
 Our furry boys
 Duke hugging his boy
 Duke is unsure of creek crossings, he's sure he doesn't like them, though.

 Super green ferns
 Super pretty sunset on the mountain
 Super proud of this boy
 Super fruity counter top. The eaten one was one Duke grabbed off the counter.
 Super pillow making glittery walls
 Handsome Sam
 Silly Duke
 When you wait 6 years to trim back your Mulberry Tree and it takes 4 weekends in a row.
 Super us
 Super long Duke and Sophie
 Homemade bread
 Emma and mama, braids for days
 Seriously, 4 weekends. 5 truck loads to the dump.
 Duke is growing in to one handsome dog. He's 8 months old.
Emma had to give us an assist from the roof for a branch. She couldn't figure out how to get down, so she pencil dived into a bush. It has a permanent hole through the middle now.

Big news this month - Sophie got into the same high school as Emma. We are super excited about that. Emma's been backing out of the driveway and driving around the block. I'm super excited for her to be driving, her papa...not so much.  Brian and Sophie are planning a New York trip.  They plan on visiting Patterson and Wallkill, as well as famous Hamilton sites from history, Monticello, and seeing a Broadway show. Possibly Hamilton. Probably Hamilton. On Broadway. We are still truck shopping for Emma. She has a school trip down to Anaheim over Spring Break and we hope to find something while she's away and have it here when she gets back.

That's about it!!