We'll be moving to Ashburn here in a few weeks, so there's a lot going on. Dad, Wesley and the boys rebuilt the main back porch Saturday a week ago, and I got the underpinning mostly rebuilt w/ concrete this last Saturday. New skill for me -- first time I've ever laid block and brick. Fun...
We hope to acquire a little commuter car sometime in the next week or so, which will help with all the running back and forth over the next year.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Monday, November 11, 2013
Alas, what options are there for a family with 5+ kids, other than the illustrious but oh-so-expensive diesel Sprinters? After much prayer and study, we decided there isn't anything readily available and cost-effective here in the US. Naturally, this means we decided to build our own. What say you, but that Alan knows not how to so much as change out a radiator, much less an engine? Never fear, gentle reader, the Lord will provide... [grin]
Ok, so we started off in this process with 7 passengers total, so this meant we had options while waiting for the ultimate kid-mobile to be assembled. I'm not 100% sure I would have done the same thing retrospectively, but having been very unimpressed with the cost-effectiveness of my brothers' minivans, I decided to acquire a 1984 Mercedes 300td diesel station wagon. After 2 suspension component replacements and a valve-adjustment, we got about 28 mpg loaded for bear with a car-top carrier. Not too bad, actually. Definitely a lot of fun to drive.