Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What a fun trip to "California"!

We were headed to california last week to go and visit my sisters and nieces and nephews. The kids were sooo excited. The morning we we going to leave we took our car in for an oil change and to have things checked out. We were told we needed a new AC belt. Of course they didn't have any here or in Jackson (which surprised me because our car is a volvo, you would think they would keep parts for those in Jackson). We then made the worst decision of our lives. We called Orem and they had the part we needed there. So we thought we will probably make it there, if not so what if the AC goes out. So we loaded up and we went. Well, needless to say we didn't make it there. We had just made it around the reservoir in Provo canyon when we heard a big clunk and our car quit. We figured it was just the AC belt and called the auto parts store to send the part to a mechanic who called a tow truck for us. We thought it would be like ten minutes to fix, no big deal.
The tow truck shows up and just as I had suspected, there is only room for one other person in his truck. So I thought, I can wait here until the car is fixed it won't take long. So the kids and I hike up this hillside and hang out by these thorny bushes where the kids found fun things to play with like sticks, glass, and rusty barbed wire. (See above picture) While I'm sitting there I called Justin and he said it might take a while so I thought "I'll call my friend Bridgett who lives in Provo she can come save us." Bridgett was more than willing to come and help so I called Justin and he said "call her back and tell her never mind we'll have this fixed in a few minutes" So I call Bridgett and say never mind. Well of course Justin calls back and says "call Bridgett back this might take a while." So I call her back and she says she would be there as fast as she can. Meanwhile the kids and I are still "hiding" up in the bushes because I was a little scared that people would stop and ask questions and I didn't want to talk to strangers. Bridgett did hurry up there I'm still impressed at how fast she made it. So after 1 1/2 hours of the kids and I playing with sticks, glass, and rusty metal (BTW there was a potty incident in there as well) we got in Bridgett's car and headed to the mechanic. When I got there it was BAD news. The guy wouldn't be able to get it fixed that night, so poor Bridgett had to take our family to her house and let us stay the night.
DAY 2: We waited until about noon when we called the shop and they were still working on getting parts, yes PARTS the belt wrapped around a bunch of things (so we thought) and ruined them. So we went to the park with Bridgett, had some pizza and went to Jumping Jacks to play in the bounce house things. The kids were sooo good the whole time. I am so glad we
we had Bridgett and her kids to save us. Well while we were at Jumping Jacks (this is about 5:00 pm) we get a call from the mechanic. BAD NEWS the engine is shot!! What? This was why we bought a brand new car in the first place so we wouldn't have crazy things like this happen . Our car is a 2007 and your telling me the engine is gone? Apparently it wasn't just the AC belt. The timing tensinor(sp?) decided to go out on us at the same time as the AC belt. This threw the whole timing off on our engine or something (blah blah blah car talk I don't understand) all I know is that we didn't make it to California, and we had to rely on another friend to haul a trailer down to load our car up and take it home. So, thanks to Lee Aullman for driving all night in horrible rain to get to Provo to pick us up and a Big thanks to Bridgett for saving me and my kids in the canyon and letting us mooch off of you for a couple of days :) We still don't know the full extent of the damage to our car, but the mechanics don't think we need a whole new engine just more parts. I am very scared of what this going to cost!!!