Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men...


Okay, so my week long break for vacation turned into a much longer blogging break…whoooops!  Let’s just say life has been pretty hectic lately.

For example…on our drive down to North Carolina the hubby got a speeding ticket, then we sat in 2 hours of traffic due to the Roanoke Rapids overflowing and shutting down I-95 and thennnnn we got in a car accident.  Whaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!  Thankfully, the accident was what I’d like to call best case scenario.  No one was injured…it wasn’t our fault…the people who smashed into the back of our car {while we were completely stopped waiting to turn into a gas station} were very apologetic and accepted 100% of the blame…and our car was still drivable.  That last piece of the puzzle was crucial since we still had, oh I don’t know, THREE HOURS left to get to my parent’s house.  Basically, our 11ish hour drive turned into a 15 hour adventure that I would never like to go through again.

But wouldn’t you know, just two days later, we were on the road again…with my parents this time…heading back to Jersey.  Because of our banged up car and a whole lot of rain that was heading to the Carolinas from Hurricane Isaac, we decided the best way to use our time off was having a staycation at home.

It turns out that this really was the best way to spend our vacation, and things totally happen for a reason {a saying I 100% live by}.  If we didn’t run into so many issues on the way to NC, my parents would not have returned to New Jersey until September 15th.  They were planning the trip because my sister was due to have her second baby on the 21st, and they are also in the process of selling their house and buying a new one.  My parents planned on being there to help with both exciting adventures for my sister's family.

Around 5AM on the 6th, I woke up to my parent’s cell phone ringing out in my living room.  I ran out to pick it up because I wasn't sure my parents heard it.  It was my sister.  She was in labor and heading to the hospital.  Just a couple hours later, my niece Blake Violet was born.  And since my parents were already in Jersey, they were able to make it to Connecticut in time. :)

Then late that night/early the next morning, my parents got a call that my Gram {my Mom’s mom} passed away.  The service was this past weekend, so they needed to be up here for it.

All I can say is, thank gosh that things worked out the way they did.  God knew what was going to happen, and he made sure my parents were where they needed to be, when they needed to be there.

Here is the beautiful addition to our family.  Meet my niece, Blake Violet.  Her big brother, Carter, really loves her! :)




Oh, and to top off all of that craziness...we've been in the middle of a merger at work.  Ahhhhhh!!!  So pardon my craziness! {Pretty please?}

PS - Clearly I didn't have time to do a proper house crash of my parent's pad, but I do have some pictures that I took years ago when they first moved in.  I'll be sharing them soon! :)

24 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Gram. I'm sure the arrival of sweet Blake has been a welcomed distraction for your mom!

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  2. Wow! That is crazy. Sorry to hear about your Gram. Love the name Blake for a girl, she's adorable and will definitely help the family heal after a loss.

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    1. Thanks Megan! I love the name too. She definitely helps a ton! :)

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  3. Wow that does sound crazy! I'm sorry about your Gram, but what a blessing to get a new niece around the same time! Sounds like you need another vacation from your vacation!

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    1. Yea, it was nuts! Thank you, Ashley! Another vacation would be fantastic haha. :)

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  4. Gabbi I'm so so so sorry for the loss of your Gram and to hear that your vacation didn't go as planned. But I live by that quote too, so it all worked out. Congrats on your new baby niece!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Whitney! It really did...that quote is my sanity sometimes!

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  5. Wow, what a whirlwind of emotions for you all. I am so sorry about the loss of your Gram...but man...your niece is super cute!! Love her name!

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    1. For sure...a whirlwind is the perfect way to describe it! Thank you!! And she really is so precious. :)

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  6. Sorry to hear about your Gram, Gabbi. At least there was the blessing of a new niece to help offset some of the sadness. I definitely believe things happen for a reason too!

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    1. Thank you, Christine!! Definitely, she is quite the little blessing. :)

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  7. I remember seeing the picture of your grandmother on instagram. Sorry for your loss. Beautiful baby!

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  8. Oh wow. That is quite a week! I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother.
    Your niece is adorable!! And I absolutely love her name =)

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    1. Yea, definitely a crazy week!! Thank you...I do too. My sister did a great job.

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  9. Wow - a lot happening all at once. BUT, like you said, and even though it's such a cliche... everything happens for a reason. :)

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  10. Wow!!! You really had your hands full. Glad you were ok. Reminds me when we got rear ended on a stop sign. The lady claims her foot slipped....yeah sure. Most likely she was on her phone. BTW your niece is precious!!!

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    1. Thanks Mandy! Car accidents are definitely no fun! Aw, thank you...she's the best! :)

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  11. Congrats to your sister! LOVE the name Blake.

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    1. Thanks Lindsay! :) I love her name too...it's perfect!

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