Sunday, March 29, 2009


I ordered a stroller (yes, another one) for our Disney trip. I am a bit of a stroller collector. I have had 5 now...all different kinds. I thought I had found the perfect one on eBay. The Zooper Tango. It is a side by side yet slim and seem to get good reviews. I mean if you have to have a double stroller your life is already a bit chaotic so you better have a good one. We already have a double stroller, a sit and stand and a single. Ayric says we could tote 6 or 7 kids around at any given time. Anyway, this dream stroller which retails between 300-400, was used and a few years old but looked like it had minimal wear and I won it for 95.00! Well after shipping, 145.00, but still. So I emailed the seller BEFORE bidding to make sure it could be here before we left. She said no problem and she would ship it the fastest way. I fully expected to get an email asking me to pay more shipping, etc to have it here guaranteed. There were 8 full days so I thought that could work. No contact from seller and no replies asking when she sent it, etc. Ok well SURELY since I paid a stranger money and she promised me to get it here it would arrive-Yeah, I know, I know. Anyway, I was so busy packing and running around and keeping the Disney secret from the girls that Friday passed and I hardly noticed, no stroller. I remember thinking as it was getting dark that sometimes UPS comes late. Again, I know, I know.

So we leave out Saturday with our old double stroller in tow. The wheel is a little bent or something but hey its never given us any trouble and who cares right, I'm going to the happiest place on earth. So we rush to the Princess Dinner the first night with the stroller and all of our little princesses and just before we get to the castle...yep, the wheel falls off. I always laugh at these situations, Ayric usually never does. But this time since most of Epcot noticed and asked if they could help, he did giggle a bit, probably nervous laughter. Who cares, right, we are going to have a birthday dinner with the Princesses and nothing is stopping us now! So we eat and get autographs and photos, etc, etc and go back out to claim the three wheeler and Ayric bends down to try to fix or adjust or something the stroller wheel and he literally POPS his knee out of place. Again, me laughing, him, not so much. We some how made it back to the hotel so he could ice down his knee and figure out how we were going to get these kids around Disney for 7 more days. We had luckily brought the single stroller. And as a side note, this single stroller was on sale for 19.99, 6 years ago and has been everywhere and still ticking! So we spent a whopping 120.00 to RENT a double stroller for the remainder of the trip. The kids didn't like it because it was a low seat and they couldn't see much and certainly could not lay down to rest. Brynlee had to be in the single because she would fall out of the rental. The only way to buy a new stroller was to rent a cab and find a Wal-mart, with 3 kids and a bad knee, remember. No, not happening!

So we get home and I find my stroller on the porch, it had arrived 3 days late. Ayric got it out and put it together and asked me if there were more parts somewhere? Nope,. Well this stroller that was advertised as like new, minimal wear, no damage, and I saw pics, had the back post cracked in half! Ok there was no picture of that. It was very wobbly on that side and there was a spring on the other side but missing from this side. As we looked closer, someone had tried to hold it together by screwing 2 screws on top and 2 on bottom of the broken area. How odd? I know I am naive but who would do this? So of course I emailed the girl and told her it was broken and please let me know what to do. She replied, it was not that way when I sent it to you, maybe you should claim insurance if it was damaged in shipping. I kept writing back detailed posts what was wrong, etc, I kept getting the same reply, claim on insurance. Ok the box is intact, so why would the post office believe it was damaged. Plus I guess the postal fairy put all the screws in to try and cover it up! Anyway, she just absolutely refused to reply to me so I opened up a case on paypal-item not as described. They saw the pic and took about 2 minutes to rule in my favor. She had the nerve to write to paypal and say that she thought I must have broken it in Disney-I WISH! But the catch is I have to pay almost 60.00 to send it back to her and I have nothing. Paypal will refund my 145.00 but then I spent 60.00 to learn a lesson about buying from idiots on eBay. I guarantee if I send it back to her she will go file a claim and say it was damaged on the way back to her. You have to have my receipt where I mailed it to file an insurance claim, I read, so that will never happen! Ayric and I decided to see if we can order a whole new back and if it doesn't cost 60.00, we will come out ahead. So I am going to spend the 145.00 to give her an ever so nice feedback. Happy eBaying!

Friday, March 27, 2009

ONE More Birthday

We celebrated Brynlee's first birthday the day after we returned from Disney. While I really wanted to have a party for all 3 at the same time, it just didn't work out. She still has an ear infection but was in good spirits for the party. We all laughed and laughed at this little girl eating her cake. She dove right in! Happy Birthday Brynlee!

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Birthday Girls

All my girls birthdays are within the same week. So this weekend was party time! Brooke and Blaire had a magic show at the party and Brynlee just dressed up and came along for the ride. I decided not to do her "first" birthday in all the chaos but wait until we return from the trip and have a family party. On my to-do list is to get some good pics of the girls in these outfits but the party was just not the place. I think I am going to tell them, we can go to Disney IF you agree to a photo shoot when we get back-ha. The girls helped make the tutus and thankfully wanted to wear them. Brooke had to take hers off most of the day because of all the activities, bounce house, etc. But Blaire as you can see, wanted hers ON.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Betcha can't beat this!

Ok I was doing some crazy shopping getting 3 girls coordinated for this 8 days we will be gone to Disney. Whew...Anyway, Ayric said he would watch the kids so I could get a little more done. I was zipping through the Gap and spotted a cute enough white tank, plain but even had a little rhinestone heart at the bottom. It was marked .97 so I could not pass it up. When I got to the register, I even thought would that not be funny if it were an additional % off or something. The little guy with no personality and even less brains, rings it up and looks at the register and then says, ".01." I repeated, ".01." He said , "Yes." No smile, no funny comment, nothing. I chuckled and dug out a penny and handed it to him and ran out before someone realized I was STEALING a perfectly good tank top from them. Even funnier than the top being .01, was that the guy did not think to ask anyone if this was ok that he sell a shirt for a penny, or even crack a smile when he told me the total. Oh yes, and I almost forgot, he actually said, "Do you want your receipt in the bag