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Ketchup…

Hey gang,

It me! 3D! Coming to you live and in color…again. Gosh, its been over an entire month since we have last talked. Forgive me, for I am such a slacker!

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That was some moving and unforgettable Spring Break though! I didn’t hit PUBLISH the entire month of April! Well, not at least on WordPress. I wish I had a good reason other than life took over. There has been some extremely busy weeks; a lot of highs and a lot of lows as well.

Frankly, I just have just been too distracted to write with everything going on. You know if I skip one of my girl’s birthdays some thing is up! Well I skipped telling you about both of them!

Dylan’s came and went at the end of March. By the time I finally had her birthday picks loaded into WordPress it was Skylar’s birthday. If anyone wants to get a glimpse of their birthday’s here is a brief one:

birthday at work III

One of Dylan’s birthday wishes was for Daddy to pick her up from school and spend the rest of the day with Daddy at work. She knows that’s where the snacks hide. As you can see, she had an OK time with the Snack Man and even scored a big bag of Pirates Booty for her birthday…along with some crackers and cookies and chips…

birthday gift opening

She had a great time opening some super generous gifts from all her five grandmothers, family and friends. She always gets some of the best clothes from her grandmothers! Here are a few pics that I recorded:

she looks entirely too old in this outfit for Kindergarten

she looks entirely too old in this outfit for Kindergarten

birthday friend

Skylar’s Birthday came upon us and she made out OK too. Each girl had a very special time and didn’t lack for anything; especially attention.

birthday gifts

We’ve had our share of woe’s as well as celebrations this past month t0o which rocked my focus.

For example, our mortgage company paid out county taxes 2% too high for our property taxes which is going to raise our mortgage $500 per month!

Ouch!

So I had to work with my county to get a rebate (they were not going to tell me!) and then send that rebate back to the mortgage company to bring the payment back down.

While my health continues to be quite good (Yay!!!!) My doctors could care less. They just want their money.

My insurance company was denying a payment to one outfit. To my insurance company, they felt three procedures done to me were not necessary.

What??

Each month I would get a bill for $1750. I would then consult the insurance company (everyone knows what a treat that is) on what the issue was. Well a few weeks ago the doctor’s invoice came in red ink saying my account was being turned over to collections.

Excuse me a second, parents turn your kids away but,

WTF?

My credit was going to be put at risk due to a tardy insurance company?

Just the day before the receipt of the scarlet letter I received one of those ‘Explanations of Benefits’ page from my insurance company stating only $1650 were valid charges, that I owed something closer to $700.

So I had to take that statement and present it to the doctor and told them its $700 or nothing.

They took it! With luck now, with luck….ALL my doctor’s bills are paid off from the itty bitty procedure way back in September.  (knock wood)

Ohhhhh, also on that same day I received the letter of collections from my doctors I hit my wife.

Woe! Woe! Woe! With my car!

NO wait! I hit her car with my car. We had just finished lunch at a local restaurant. We were at a stop light. I thought she went. I hit the gas. I reached down to turn up Jimmy Buffet (it was a gorgeous day and my sunroof was already cranked), I looked up and she was still stopped!

Apparently the guy in front of her didn’t move to fast.  I saw the hood of my car just scrunch up in front of me before I could stop, as the bumper of my car went beneath the spare tire on the back of her CRV.

The cops were there in not time but didn’t write a ticket since the accident was ‘in house’. Her car was relatively fine. The worse part was that our girls were in her car. So that scared me. I was able to drive the car home and then to a local body shop. ~~which was closed for the day, as was the rental car place beside it….after I drove my debilitated vehicle up there with no back up on a Saturday.

One thousand dollar deductible met with the Lexus! Cha-Ching!

But I did score a cute little toy from the rental car place on behalf of my ‘good-guy’ auto insurance company (shhhh..State Farm) to be able to take Dylan to school….complete with a CD player where we can listen to Princess Ana sing our her favorite song from Dylan’s favorite Frozen CD.

my new Matchbox carThey told me air conditioning was extra!

I felt a little like Fred Flintstone when it came time to stop this vehicle! But it is a fun little Fiat and we are enjoying the break. Dylan is enjoying sitting up front because the apparent back seat is for ornamental purposes only. You can’t really sit back there. That Godzilla commercial is lying!

And that ruthless, Bad Bart, monopoly of a cable provider, who I can’t really (com) say their name here (cast) wants to gouge me with higher rates now that my first year ‘honeymoon period’ is over at our new house. So I have been spending hours on hold with there ‘world-class’ customer service department trying to come to an understanding with them.

So folks, if this blog disappears again, well, we sacrificed the Internet with this company of crooks in order to prove a point.

I can’t sacrifice the cable as we just got a new, bigger, bolder, louder TV! Yes, going back to the beginning of this long ketchup catching up, there has been some rocky lows and some super highs! God is good!

And He works in mysterious ways!

Last week we had a guest Pastor at my church. He did a great job and (sorry to say for our incumbent) a hard act to follow. And he is now semi retired with preaching being his part time job.

He spends most of his time as an ambassador  for Feed The Hungry, a charitable Christian organization that tries to feed the malnourished in the Caribbean. He talked to us at Sunday school and then touched on it again in our service. Right now, Feed The Hungry is trying to feed the people of Haiti, which is still trying to survive from those earthquakes years ago.

0912banner-b3_s2We had our two girls listen good as he talked about how the children have to suffer live in these areas. Yes, many of us throw out more food in a day than these kids can eat in a week.

Dylan listened intently and we talked to her later about her thoughts on the Pastor’s presentation.  We talked it over and decided we could contribute enough money to buy a new water pump in a village some where in Haiti (no new financial tragedies with standing). Dylan wanted to help write the check. Yes, God is good. He does things! He stirs in all of us when we open our hearts to the possibilities. Dylan and Skylar are our prime examples.

And let me give a special shout out to all you Mothers out there!

Happy Mother’s Day .

…to the hardest working people out there! You are the Best! Thank you for all you do. You are loved, needed, invaluable and always a musing! We love ya!

Have a great day!

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14 thoughts on “Ketchup…

  1. Hi Andy!!!! So good to hear from you again! Sounds like you’ve been very busy, I hope you get some well-deserved R&R soon. 🙂
    Diana xo

    • Me too Diana! its been one of those cycles of life we got through. I am ready for an UP. its coming soon I think, a b-day and fathers day. Speaking of…HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to a great Mom! thanks for dropping by Diana! Always great to hear from you!

  2. You’ve been missed, Mr. 3D. – welcome back to blogsville! Sounds like you need a break from the bloody battle on a nice beach somewhere. Hats off to Miss Dylan for her charitable heart. Yes, God does things. Amazing things! Never stop hitting that “PUBLISH” button…

  3. yay, so good to hear from you again!! : )

  4. Good to see you back, and see that the girls are doing fine.
    I thought you took a vacation at the caribbean again to relax after the sickness, or that you had given up posting.

    “the apparent back seat is for ornamental purposes only. You can’t really sit back there”, so funny.

    • yes the girls are doing great! Spoiled rotten! I wish I could tell you I took a trip to the Caribbean but that would be as false as my new back seat. I hope you are doing well Ms. aurora. I want to check out your video. You are expanding?

  5. So nice to hear from my face 3D family! You have been busy with life, after all! Glad some of it has been good and sorry the rest has been “caca”. 🙂

  6. I am sure all these troubles are nothing new to you Maria but they sure are trying! Like the old line, I know I am a survivor, I am just tired of proving it all the time” . I hope you are doing great! Happy Mothers Day to ya! Enjoy your day! Thanks for dropping by

  7. That was a great ketchup! And, I’m sorry, I laughed at your auto misfortune. :p

    • Hey Ms. Sandy! Yes so much was a comedy of errors, just not feeling like it at the time. It can only get better, right? And I believe it has. I hope you survived the great winter of 2013! And Congrats on your new Certification! I am so envious! Thanks for dropping by Sandy! Yes, time to ketchup! 🙂

  8. Welcome back!

    We sure missed you. Sounds like you have been busy though. I’m so glad to hear that you and your family are well.

    Too bad about the insurance fiasco. Sadly, your story is not uncommon. I hope it is all cleared up now.

    Are you ready for summer?

    Nancy

  9. Hey Ms. Nancy! So great to hear from you again! Yes, we continue to stay busy. It was a birthday every two weeks since march> Now we have 3 or 4 alone this week. How about you? If you are ready to sell your old computer we need one of them too.

    Yes we are getting ready for summer, taking care of the beach passes and pool passes this week. ..getting ready for the heat! But it sure is good to have that cruel winter behind us. Any good summer trips planned?

    thanks for dropping by Ms. Nancy. Always nice to hear from you..

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