It seems like our mini-vacay was ages ago. Stuff that annoyed me then....well, time heals those wounds. Like the whirlpool not working at the hotel....annoying at the time....now it is "whatever."
We hit a wall of traffic driving there, so our 3 hr drive was closer to 5.5 hrs. Good times.
The day at the park was a beautiful day! Other than kids being....well, siblings (OMG, anyone who has more than one child will relate to this....how can 2 people bicker SO MUCH????). Everyone got to go on the stuff they wanted. We saw 2 shows plus the parade. Everyone was exhausted at the end of the day.
The ride home...that is where it fell apart. It was raining the whole way home (it did the same thing last year). About 30 minutes into the trip....the car (G-man's, not mine) started "beeping" at us: Check Electrical System. He hit the reset button and we kept trucking.
Did it again. And Again. AND AGAIN. Ok...now you have our attention.
We unplugged everything we could (DVD players, GPS). Shut off the radio and turned the interior dash lights way down. Anything that could draw from the battery. It just kept beeping. And do you know how annoying it is to listen to the beeping....in the rain....when you are tired....and there is no radio....and the kids DVD players are running low?
The battery gauge just continue to go down, down, DOWN. Eventually ALL the gauges died, so we had no speedometer. The windshield wipers stopped working (did I mention it was pouring rain???). We limped into an AutoZone about an hour from home, and determined it was the alternator. We bought a new one ($170 later). Hoped we could get home, and G-man would replace it when we got home.
About 20 minutes later, the gas light came on (remember, the gauges weren't working). Great. We HAD to stop for gas, so we stopped near G-man's office, and the "new" plan was that he would replace the part in the garage (at least he would be dry). Well, that didn't work out so well....as the car was DEAD at the gas station.
We had to push it into a spot, and someone gave us a jump. We hoped it would be enough to get us to his office. But no....it died again moments later.
Luckily...we were near a home improvement store. G-man ran into the store and bought tools, and proceeded to repair the car....in the parking lot....in the rain. Seriously. This stuff only happens to us. At least I have a husband who can actually do that....even though the part was the wrong part (another story, but short version is he had to take it off again when we got home, exchange it for the right one, and reinstall it....again, in the rain).
The kids were PHENOMENAL. I couldn't have asked for them to be any better behaved during this. Never mind that I fed them crackers and Chex mix for lunch. Or that they didn't have much in the way of entertainment. Or that it took us 7 hrs to get home. Bravo Kidlets!
All in all, the repair was about $200 with tools. We had $205 in our "car maintenance" fund, so no new debt. But of course, that account is drained now.
Sometimes you just gotta laugh.....