Yesterday I had a Stake YW meeting out at Dunorlan, so I organised with Mum for Kobe to have a play for a couple of hours at their house. Mum and Dad recently got a new kitten which is very cute, and Tracey has lots of fun licking all day.
Kobe isn't used to being around animals at all, so he wasn't very keen on getting close to the kitten and would make these funny 'oo, oo, oo' noises whenever Mum would put it next to him!
Everything was running smoothly until I got into the van to go to my meeting and it wouldn't turn over. I tried for a few minutes and realised that it was pretty much dead and rang RACT to come out. Not long afterwards I had to leave my meeting for the RACT guy to tell me he thought it needed a new fuel pump and he would have to tow it to Deloraine. Mum rang their mechanic and we told him my sob story that it is our only vehicle and we need it to transport Noah in his wheelchair, hoping he would do it as fast as he can. He said he would see what he could do, but it may not happen until Tuesday depending on whether he could get parts.
I went back to my meeting telling the girls that I was trying to think of the positives about it all, and said how it was really a blessing in disguise as it could've broken down in town which would've meant we were stuck with no van until a mechanic could fix it and knowing places in town none of them would be able to do it until early next week.
Luckily Dad was visiting Nan so I quickly rang him to see if we could borrow Nan's van that Nan and pop got about six months ago. It has a wheelchair lift (luxury compared to having to push Noah up our ramps!) so it was the perfect solution, until our van was fixed. I had to go and pick up the boys from school at 3pm, but luckily our van was going to be fixed by 5pm so Kobe and I made the trip back in Nan's van into town to get the boys, and back out to Deloraine to pick up our van and return Nan's van. Kobe was very good considering he had 4 trips back and forth all day. He LOVED sitting right next to Noah and kept rubbing his leg the whole way out.
If the day wasn't bad enough I had planned on picking up Noah's meds and feeds from the hospital pharmacy before the long weekend and also to run into a shop in town to grab him some nappies as we were down to our last three. The shop was OUT of nappies!!!! I started freaking out thinking the day couldn't get any worse and didn't know what we could do as no where else sells Noah sized nappies in town. We quickly rang both schools to see if we could grab his nappies from school before the weekend.
We then got to the pharmacy and they were out of feeds and only had enough for half a week! Would've been an interesting weekend for Noah with no nappies and no feeds!
We were starting to run late to be able to pick up our van by 5pm so we couldn't believe our luck (or lack of it!) when we got near Exton and there was a massive line up of cars waiting to be drug and alcohol tested.
Finally we got to Deloraine (alcohol and drug free of course!) and got our van, paid the huge bill and went to drop off Nan's van and to visit Nan. She was so happy to see us. I told her we borrowed her van for the afternoon as ours had broken down and she actually spoke and said 'yeah!?'.
After visiting Nan we met Mum and Dad at the train park for fish and chips for tea.
It was such a beautiful night so we decided to spend some time playing, feeding the ducks and going for a walk.
What started out as a very frustrating day turned out to be lots of fun by the end of it. It's just frustrating that just as I get my new camera paid off we have another huge bill to pay. I'm trying to think about the positives and am very grateful that we just have a working van.