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The Wilson's

Sunday, August 29, 2010


It's been awhile since my last blog. Lots of exciting things have been happening around here!! If you've seen my profile picture of Facebook you've probably noticed I've been "boasting" my brand new 2010 Ford Edge. Yes, I did say Ford! I know what you may be thinking..."Seriously, Krista?" But, Scism made us a deal (to shut us up...they received their second letter from the BBB...he he he) So, I'm pretty excited. I have to say all of the prayers worked. Thank you, LORD!!

I had my first full week of school last week. All I have to say is that I am the luckiest teacher alive! My class is GREAT!! Thank you again, God, for taking care of me!!;)

So, on to what has been on my mind lately! As you may have been noticing in my status updates on FB, I have been working on getting back into shape and losing weight. I have my ten year class reunion coming up in a little over two weeks so that has been a little inspiration behind everything. So far I am down 10 lbs. since May. I am surrounded by people who are constantly dieting and excercising...which is great for the support...but after listening to some conversations I took a step back and evaluated some things. It seems to me for some people all that matters in life is to be a certain number on the scale...or wearing a certain size. I guess I just don't get it. I mean, yes, it feels great to lose a pound or two. I'm the first to admit I love to report back to Jake and tell him my accomplishments...and I'm glad that I have a great friend at school that I can tell anything and everything to!! But, why does it have to be your ENTIRE life? Why does how much you've lost or how much you've gained have to be the essence of every conversation? Maybe because that is what we are surrounded by in the media? Beautiful, skinny girls? I just think that is crazy!! I think if you feel good about yourself and your a healthy...that is ALL that matters!!

I tried out Weight Watchers for a month. I lost 5 lbs. It has worked for A LOT of people that I know. They all look AWESOME and I am so very proud of them. I stopped going simply because I couldn't see myself counting points for the rest of my life. To me, that is just not life and to be honest it was quite costly...$40 a month. So, when I stopped going I joined the gym...$25.00 a month. Money well spent in my opinion. Now, THAT is a life change. I watch what I eat but more importantly I am exercising and working on the fitness side of things. I think when you have a good balance between diet and exercise you will have the best results!!

In no way am I bashing Weight Watchers...it is a great program (although they say they are not a "program")...it just didn't work for me. Maybe it is lack of self control on my part...I don't know. I'm just glad I found something that does work for me and fits into my lifestyle!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mission Impossible

First of all, I have to say that I love my husband dearly. There is a reason God brought us together. I'm almost certain it was so that I could ALWAYS find laughter in my life...even in the darkest hour! LOL Because "ALL that I'm after is a life full of laughter...blah, blah, blah!

Last night, Halle came into our bedroom around 1:30 a.m. Jake put her in between us and we all fell fast asleep. An hour later Jake came over to my side of the bed and told me he "thought" someone was in our house. Naturally, I panic as any girl would. My heart started frantically beating uncontrollably. I asked him if he had his gun. Afterall we sleep with it right by our heads. Keep in mind this isn't just any gun this is a shotgun!! So we quietly walked out of our room and walked down the extremely long hallway. As we came to each room we flipped on the lights as he pointed his gun into the EMPTY room. I am sure you are envisioning those CSI shows or cop movies where they have their backs against the wall...Yep, it was exactly like that. Only he in his boxers and me in my T-Shirt...LOL!! We made it to the living room when all of a sudden we heard a door slam shut. He pointed his gun at the front door where he thought he heard the door slam shut. We have a bathroom right by the front door. He whispered, "Go get the phone." So I ran into the kitchen and grabbed the phone. I came back and he said, "Call 911!" In my mind I'm thinking "Is he serious? OMG, what do I say when I get an operator on the phone" "Um, I think we have an intruder in our house?" "What if there is not an intruder and the cops come to our house? We would look like total idiots." So, I said outloud, "Are you serious?" He said, "Well, someone just heard me cock my gun...and I'm sure about now they have pee running down both legs...if they step out they are going to have a hole blown through them." I decided not to call. If you know my husband at all..he tends to be a little dramatic...ok, ok, A LOT dramatic!! He got brave somewhere in between me calling 911 and him cocking his gun and he walked toward the front door. He flipped on the bathroom light...nobody there...he went to the dining room...nobody there. We went back through the kitchen...nobody there...through to the mud room...nobody there...I think you get the idea. NOBODY THERE!! LOL!!

I know it certainly would not be funny had there been someone in our house. Better safe than sorry, they say...But, I couldn't help but wake up with a smile on my face!! That boy keeps me smiling!! :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

That's All Folks...

It is so hard to believe this summer is over. Eventhough it hasn't been the best summer I've ever had...it has been a memorable one!! I know one day I'll say, "Remember that summer I didn't have a car?" I've always heard that "One day you'll look back and laugh at this." I'm thinking it will never be funny to me.

Halle and I have had a great time together. Somedays I wondered how a two year old could be so difficult...you just can't reason with a two year old. It's funny how one minute kids drive you insane and then the very next minute they can be so sweet and you remember you weren't completely nuts when you decided to have children.

We accomplished quite a bit this summer without a vehicle. We ventured to the Zoo and Six Flags (first time for Halle), we also went to the Water Park (which Halle LOVED!! That kid has no fear of water or HUGE slides) We went shopping several times and swam at "Nina's" house...a LOT!! I guess when I type it all down it doesn't seem like we accomplished much in 3 months...but "Hey, what would you do without a car?"

Next week is going to be very different for us. We will be getting back into a routine. Which I can't wait for!! But with routine that means spending less time with my baby and at home, early bedtime and early wake ups!! An extra $260 a month in daycare...UGH!! (If they consider her potty trained) I think they will! ;)

I always look forward to a new school year. I've been working in my room for a few weeks now. I always think I'm done and then I think of other things to do. Or I discover that my two year old colored all over my bulletin board. It never seems to get done...but I told a few people yesterday if they see me in there before Monday, "Shoot me!" I am as "done" as I can be!

So my plan for the next four days is to focus on Halle and get my house in order before the craziness begins!! Four more days, teachers!! Make the most of it!! ;)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

To Whom it May Concern:

To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing this letter to inform you of my dissatisfaction with my 2003 Lincoln Aviator. My vehicle was brought in to be serviced on May 26, 2010. It is now August 10, 2010 and I am still without a vehicle. 75 days and counting. I have now made three car payments and have not had this car in my possession. I am an elementary school teacher who looks forward to a summer vacation of traveling and relaxing. Unfortunately, this summer has been far from enjoyable. It has been a time of emotional stress as I’ve been without my vehicle for the entire summer break. I will return to school in less than one week. I guarantee the Ford company in my area will be tremendously affected by my dissatisfaction as everyone in my community knows what I have been through.

I come from a family who have always purchased Ford products. My husband and I have owned several Fords and honestly after this experience I’m not sure I will ever own a Ford product again. I have taken my vehicle now to four different mechanics. The first mechanic we took our Aviator to was Sam Scism Ford in Farmington, MO where it sat for 8 weeks straight.
We were told the problem required 9 hours of labor. There were issues with two coil packs, a burned valve, oil seals, a cam sensor, and timing gears. Our brake pedal sensor had to be replaced as well as our back latch. We also had to replace the Catalytic Converter. All of these things had to be replaced on a vehicle that only has 68,800 miles on it. We have now paid hundreds of dollars out of our pocket and my vehicle is still sitting in the service department.

After Scism said our vehicle was fixed we drove it for approximately 30 miles and the check engine light came back on. It ran worse than when we brought it to them. They told us the issue was with the Catalytic Converter so we took it to S&S Muffler and had that repaired. After about another 30 miles the check engine light came back on. This time the vehicle missed as you accelerated. We took it to an independent mechanic and we were advised to take it to a different Ford mechanic (Not Scism) as the issues were too serious for them to touch. We reluctantly drove our vehicle 45 miles away to the next closest Ford dealership, Festus Ford, where it now resides. On August 5, they called us and said they thought they had the issues resolved. They told us that the coil packs that Scism replaced was part of the problem as well as melted wiring. They informed us that it is was a “wiring mess.” I made it home and the check engine light came right back on. I drove it back up on August 6 to have them look at it again. They replaced parts that we already paid Sam Scism for. We have now paid over 1,200 out of our pocket, not counting what our warranty company has paid out. On August 9, Festus Ford called us back again and said our vehicle was ready to go. This time we were smart and decided to drive it around close to the dealer so that when the check engine light came back on we could take it right back in. As you can see we have little faith in Ford. Sure enough within 10 miles it was back on. It is so hard for me to believe that all of these things could be issues (and I'm certain more to come) with only 68,800 miles. I truly believe this is a Lincoln issue. I believe we were sold a lemon. Unfortunately, we were not the first owner of this vehicle or I'm sure we would qualify under the Lemon Law. We had planned on trading this vehicle in on a new Ford Edge. However, after this incident we may never buy a Ford product again.

To this date, Festus Ford has not figured out what the issue is. It is frightening to my husband and I what they may call and tell us the “real” problem is. We have no idea what is in store for us financially with this vehicle. All we have done this summer is put money into it and it still isn't running properly. As you can see we are beyond frustrated. I'm completely stressed out. This is our primary vehicle. I've had to borrow my father's primary vehicle most of this time. This has not only affected me directly but also my entire family.

My point in writing this letter is to try to get this issue resolved in one way or another. I believe I have a great case with all of the documentation I have. I have always loved Ford products. Up until this emotionally, stressful ordeal I’ve believed in Ford products. I am begging that someone change my mind about Ford. I want to be a longtime customer. In this industry, I think it is vital to keep customers satisfied, as the market is extremely competitive. Unfortunately, if something is not done, I will never purchase another Ford product again and my attorney will be contacted. I do not want to take it that far.

Thank you so much for your time.


Krista Wilson

Monday, August 2, 2010

...and the pool clears :)

Jake comes from a HUGE family. He has five brothers and sisters. All together there are 18 grandchildren between all of them. Crazy big!! We all went to Salem for the funeral services for Jake's grandmother. We decided it would be better for all of us if we stayed in a hotel since we had visitation on Sunday evening and funeral on Monday. All six "Wilson kids" and their families stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Salem. Between all of us we had 11 children. At times 11 children can be overwhelming...embarrassing, loud, and obnoxious!! But, lastnight I got a little enjoyment out of having such a huge family.

Jake, Halle and I were enjoying the hot tub with Jake's sister and her boyfriend. The pool area was pretty small and there were at least 6 boys playing pretty rough in the pool while there mothers were all sitting enjoying their alcholoic beverages. Everything was fine until Halle decided she was finished with the hot tub. She wanted to walk around. The boys were throwing balls at eachother and getting really close to Halle. They could have turned their game the other direction to keep it safe for her...but they kept on. And their Mothers were not paying a bit of attention to what was going on.

So, I told Jake's sister how it would be hilarious once our crew made it down to the pool. I was pretty certain we could run anybody out of ANYPLACE! Ha ha...so his sister says, "I'll go tell them to hurry up and get down here." So, she does...and about 2 minutes later the first kid entered the pool area. He took off running and jumped right in the middle of the pool...totally cleared the rope!! Soon after the rest of them trickled in...It wasn't 10 seconds...literally...and we cleared the entire pool area! I couldn't help but get a little enjoyment out of it...

Big families may be a bit overwhelming at times...but in times like these they come in awful handy!! ;)