Let me preface this post by telling you a little story.
I started this post yesterday morning and intended to finish and post sometime yesterday, though my plans were destroyed. We are visiting the hubby's brother and sister-in-law. The hubby has a technology conference and we were planning on enjoying a short visit. My sister-in-law (from now on referred to as SIL) took off yesterday morning so we could have a little shopping trip. I transferred all the car seats to my SIL's little Lexus SUV (the hubby needed our car in order to drive to the conference).
We began our little trip. I was thinking on the way that my SIL is the most cautious driver.
We came to a 4 way stop and she came to a complete and total stop. We were in the middle of the intersection when a big Chevrolet truck (an out-of-towner) ran through the stop sign going full speed.
The truck hit on my side and apparently the truck's bumper was able to get underneath my SIL's SUV.
I couldn't believe it as we turned over on our side....then we flipped over and started sliding. We were totally suspended upside down, glass was everywhere, the girls were screaming, and my SIL and I did not know what we should do. I knew I had to get the girls out so I protected my head and unfastened my seat belt. I then climbed out of what was formerly the passenger window (I'm still pulling glass out of my hands).
There were tons of people already trying to help us. I was paranoid because I couldn't see my girls, I could only hear them. I got all turned around outside but finally was able to open the back passenger door and climb in a little so I could get Harper Jane out of her car seat. She held onto me for dear life.
There were some bystanders that were retrieving Mary Margaret. Both girls were still crying hysterically. I just wanted to sit and hold them. MM began complaining and having a little pain from where her car seat straps were.
We went on to the hospital via the ambulance just to be on the safe side. As we were riding in the ambulance, I noticed HJ's face was swelling. Apparently the side airbag popped her in the face. She is a little bruised on her right side.
I have a very sore, swollen, and bruised left side from the initial impact from the truck and my SIL has several bruises from the flipping process.
Throughout this whole ordeal, I realize what a blessing it is to have been able to walk away from this horrific accident.
I tell you this because as I started this Thursday Thirteen post, my thinking was different. I'm going to finish it, but it will have a much different perspective.
1. Our trip normal 3 hours trip to Auburn yesterday took a record 5 1/2 hours. Long story short....we had to take a detour b/c of a wreck. Try explaining that to a 15 month old.
2. We had to listen to Christmas music the entire trip. Which was fine for a little while, but Alvin and those Chipmunks almost ended up on the road squished into a million tiny pieces. The Christmas spirit was waning just a bit....
3. I need some sunshine. Seriously. Just a little, just for a little while. I don't mind the cold but give me a little sun.
4. I love Sherri Shepherd's new haircut (she's from The View). Too cute. I wish I would just step outside my hairstyle box and do it. Cut it all off. Wish I had a picture to show y'all!
5. MM loves to point out our President-elect except she calls him President Rock Obama. It is too cute!
6. I just bought my very first pair of skinny jeans (you know, the ones you can tuck into your boots) and oh-my-goodness. I adore them. I want another pair.
7. And on another fashion note...I just bought a pair of leggings. I can't help but think, "I'm 30 and I'm about to wear leggings again." They just look so cute with a long sweater and boots. Tell me it's ok. Just humor me.
8. I just bought the girls another matching Christmas outfit. It's a disease, people. Don't tell the hubby? *AHEM* Please!
9. I am so thankful that I know how to install the car seats properly. Learn, if you don't know how to do this.
10. I am so thankful for side airbags.
11. I am so thankful that I wear my seat belt religiously and put my children in their car seats EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
12. I am so thankful for our family. There were so many that helped take care of us yesterday (my sister, SIL, nephew, BIL and of course, my sweet hubby).
13. Most of all, I feel so blessed as I look at my sweet children's smiling faces this morning. Thank you Lord!