Iowa in May

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Elise and the girls were in Iowa over Memorial Day Weekend. Elise’s cousin Kelly was celebrating her wedding that took place last fall. It rained A LOT the week they were there and Elise was cold! Yes, I think the desert will be fine. While it wasn’t raining they did have some fun. Elise’s parents still have a swing set and both girls couldn’t get enough. Playing outside at Grandma and Grandpa’s also means Robyn can pet cats who don’t know any better. She loved that. All of Elise’s cousins were in town during the week and she got to see all of them. (All six girls live in different states.) Of course they celebrated with Kelly at her reception. It was an afternoon of family, yummy food, and BINGO. They met another cousin and his family at the Blank Park Zoo. It was a great afternoon.

The New Backyard

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Our backyard is done! No more dirt and rocks! (Okay, rocks, but rocks we want.) The landscapers moved our water retention area across the yard, laid bricks, moved in a lot of rock, and installed artificial grass. The grass is made of plastic and therefore needs no water! The garden pots are planted with herbs, a tomato, and green beans. I need to find strawberries for the one remaining pot. The girls’ kiddie pool is filled. The water doesn’t stay as warm as you would think, but they don’t seem to mind. Finally, the patio furniture has been purchased. We have a great shaded nook to relax in our new comfy chairs. Love it!

Reagan’s “Airplane” Car

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Due to many requests, we have finally compiled a gallery containing photos of the Mustang.

As far back as last summer (2012), Reagan had been saying that Daddy’s car was too slow, and that Daddy needed a faster car – like an airplane.  Daddy needed an “Airplane Car,” in her words.  One that went Vroom Vroom.  Daddy agreed.

In February, we started shopping.  Branden has always wanted a Corvette.  He started by looking at used Corvettes, since they were in our price range.  He actually test drove one, but was not able to negotiate a satisfactory price with the dealer.

Next, we went to test drive some new Mustangs.  The first test drive was a V6. These were available new, fully loaded in the price range we had set.  On a whim, just to see what he would be missing out on, he test drove a GT (V8) and fell in love with it.  So we went home with a base GT with far fewer options, which cost roughly the same price as the tricked out V6.

So the details, for those that want them:

  • 2013 Mustang GT Coupe
  • 6 Speed Manual Transmission
  • 5.0 Liter V8, 420 HP
Branden says “it goes.”  Reagan approves.