Monday, December 07, 2009

Fortunately, Unfortunately



Do you remember that kids' story Fortunately ? It was this huge see-saw of a picture book where things were good, and then went horribly wrong.  That pretty much describes this years tree hunt.


Fortunately, we were on our way to our annual super fun tree hunt.
Unfortunately, we were in a serious car accident.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Unfortunately, the car wasn't going anywhere, we were on a busy scary hiway, and we had the dog with us.
Fortunately, my sister was meeting us nearby and could pick me and the dog and the boy up so I could go with her husband to get our other car, and boy could get lunch and hang out with his cousins.

Unfortunately, the Holiday Parade was that day, and traffic was insane.
Fortunately, we made it back to my car and put the dog safely and happily in the house.
(Dogs who already hate the car, really hate to be in accidents. He's all A-OK except the stress.)

Unfortunately, it's 30 minutes back to the rest of the family and now MY husband is at the tow yard in a different location, different town.
Fortunately, we have two cars, so we divide and conquer.
Unfortunately, everyone is very low on fuel.
Fortunately, we pick up family members, find gas stations and head up the hill.


Unfortunately, Sister's car breaks down on winding one lane mountain road and is not drive-able and must be towed. And she and her husband have all the kids.
Fortunately, we were right behind them and took the kids back to our place so we could wait to find out where they would be towed.


Unfortunately, it looked like it would be expensive. And we still had no trees.
Fortunately, it was free if they were towed back toward our house, to our favorite local mechanic.

Unfortunately, no rental cars until the next day means they are stranded.
Fortunately, that meant a sleepover... with cocktails.

Unfortunately, that meant after a trip to the drugstore, sister Sarah had to leave her contacts in saline solution in little pudding dishes and we are pretty sure the cats drank one of them.
Fortunately, she was fine with one and we got the rental car and it was upgraded to a hybrid and we were on our way to the tree hunt.


Unfortunately, it started to rain.
Fortunately, we were beyond caring.

30 comments:

Madre Adoptiva said...

Oh my goodness!! I sat here laughing and shaking my head through the entire post. I'm so glad you guys are all ok after alllllll of that. Whew... I need a nap now.

Coppersangel said...

oh my! What an Adventure. ")
and when You find Your Perfect Tree, it will say "What tOOk You so long?"

maplesyrup said...

Bethany!!! OMG! I was laughing so hard...so many times I have been there...I hope it wasn't your new car that was in the accident. I am SO glad that all of you are okay! First time I have seen a picture of your hubby...so handsome! Sure do miss seeing you,
happy holidays!
~Amber

aimeewrites said...

Holy cow, what an adventure!!! The photographs just make it. Congrats on your Fortunate weekend!

quinn said...

I hope the cat is alright!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Wow! I guess that yesterday just wasn't a good day for cars. Fortunately it worked out well for everyone in the end. :-)

Sara said...

Wow, that's insane! I'm so glad everyone is fine, and with a dash of good humor, it sounds like. Love the jumping pix!

sulu-design said...

It is mean that I laughed out loud at all of your unfortunatelies (especially the one about the contacts and the cat, 'cause I have SO been there)? I totally remember the book. You and your clan sure know how to make the best of things - cocktails always help.

iamerica said...

Fortunately that was the greatest post ever! Love the jumping up and down.

Shelley Noble said...

OMG! You have GOT to be kidding us, Bethany!? The story was harrowing enough until your sister's car was towed too! No way!

That's the absolute craziest see-saw story ever! And the photos with it illustrating the beyond caring is an absolute riot!

Curupisa said...

Fortunately, real life always beats fiction!

suesueb said...

totally hilarious!

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

Even though I'm really, really sorry about the accident and all that comes with it, I loved this post so much. The pictures put it right over the top.

Annette said...

LMAO - the pictures are perfect!

Lisa said...

Holy Moly! You had me laughing and holding my breath to see what the next unfortunate circumstance might be. lol I'm glad everyone is alright and that you have such awesome attitudes about it.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

LOL totally snorted on the cat drinking the contact!

Lori said...

WOW! Best Fortunately/unfortunately story (and pics) ever! I'm glad you're all alright. Looks like everyone had fun after all that. Yeesh!

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Blaize said...

That was The Awesome.

Maddie said...

oh girl... glad you all are well, and I am assuming some where in there you actually got a tree.. it can only get better from there! :)

maddie

ambika said...

Good Lord, what an eventful day! I'm glad everyone was ultimately alright with all of the car trouble.

& can I just say I envy that your tree hunt was not as cold as mine--no snow to be seen!

Mary-Laure said...

Love those jumps! Are you guys part kangaroo?

Elise said...

that is awesome! What a story, fotunately i was able to read and enjoy the story, Unfortunately i felt the day ended too soon as there must heve been all sorts of interesting conversation going on at that sleep over!!

zoe krylova said...

oh my! i was holding it together until the cat drank the contact lens. what an unbelievable day and more unbelievable is your sense of humor. i love the jumping photos. i hope your holidays are nothing but fortunate from here on out!

woolywoman said...

Oh, my! Glad it all ended ok. The pictures were very reassuring, for those of us following along at home.

francie pants said...

good god that was the funniest thing I've read all week.

Angelina said...

That is the perfect fireside story to tell every single year by the fire, on Christmas Eve, with a bottle of scotch handy.

I'm very happy to know that none of you was hurt!!

Betty Jo said...

For some odd reason your blog popped up in my google reader! Maybe it's a Betty thing (my Biz is Betty Jo designs),or something unexplained??
I'm sorry to read that your Tree Hunt day was stressful at the time, but I loved the way you unfolded the events and balanced the bad with the good....will you ever know if the cat drank the contacts?

Yarni Gras! said...

omgoodness, that must have been exhausting! (except for the cocktails...)
as for the contact story....I had a friend who put her contacts in her mouth while in the shower...yep, she swallowed them. This was in 1977, back when contacts cost a small fortune and weren't worn in the shower!

Ulla said...

This is priceless! Fortunately for unfortunes!

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