Great news! Zach and I are finally back in Nashville!! Who knew when we left last week for Thanksgiving that we would be coming home 9 days later instead of 4! Yes, it was a slight inconvenience, but we cannot complain! We had such a relaxing and fun time! My aunt and uncle were so great to us and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, had great food, drinks we like, and even rearranged their work schedules to let us have a car for a day, and not to mention Uncle Rich driving 2 times to pick us up and then drop us off 1.5 hours away from their house. They were so wonderful and if they lived closer I think we’d be over there every week :) Thank-you Aunt Julie and Uncle Rich!
That being said since arriving back home I have realized just how desperately we need to get things moving with our home improvement projects! Although our living room is finally starting to take shape, we really need to sort out a brand new alarm system. Aunt Julie and Uncle Rich have an amazing wireless home security system that includes motion detectors and hidden surveillance cameras so I think we are going to have to invest in something similar. If there is one thing that I am not prepared to compromise on it is our home security system, so I am excited to finally start shopping around to find the equipment we need to protect our home. You can never be too safe after all!
That is not all though! We are also in the process of remodeling our garage. You see our old garage door has been well overdue an upgrade for some time now. To be honest, I cannot remember the last time that it opened properly as it keeps getting stuck. With this in mind, we have been busy researching garage door experts like Lewis River Doors – garage door services online to see if it can be repaired. I have a feeling our garage door keeps getting caught on something as it tries to open fully. Ultimately, if our garage door cannot be repaired, we can always get a new one I suppose!
Anyway, home improvement projects to one side, once we got home, we went by the shop to pick up our car… the great mechanic James replaced our water pump, head gasket, and thermostat, and our car doesn’t overheat anymore! Woo hoo! Luckily our insurance paid for the car to be fixed, although our excess fee was quite expensive! When our policy runs out, we’re going to take a look at some car insurance comparison sites to get a better deal and save some money. However, after the lovely James managed to fix our car, I wanted to just do a little research online to see if there was anything I could do to prevent the car from overheating again and I actually learned some interesting information! Apparently there are some cars which are called lemons and that basically means the car is always going to give you trouble. No matter how many times a great mechanic works on it, something is always going to go wrong, annoying I know. However, I did come across a buy-back scheme which is run by Hyundai. I had never even heard of such a scheme so I decided to learn how a Hyundai buyback works and well, I think it’s a great idea. If you have a ‘lemon’, you can contact Hyundai to replace or repair it or negotiate a cash settlement so you can buy a new car. Thankfully, our car seems to be running smoothly now but this is great information to know!
This is the outside of Jame’s garage taken with the ‘ol point and shoot (Zach wanted me to direct you guys to check out the “sweet” slogan on his business card below!).
This is our busted water pump. See the fin that I am holding on the pump? Yeah, there are supposed to be like 7 more of those helping the water cool the engine…
So between sleeping in, eating great food, watching TLC, and playing Wii, we actually did some work! We did a Lifestyle Session with the Fischbeins – neighbors of my aunt and uncle. They were such nice people and we are so glad we were able to shoot their family!
Aren’t they cute together??
It was nice to be somewhere different for a few days and it was great to be with all the family, but are definitely glad to be home! As Dorothy said… “There’s no place like home.”