A Thelma & Louise adventure!

If you remember a few weeks back I stated that our trip across the country may not be a Thelma & Louise scene, however Russ and I never do anything half a$$!  HERE is the link to refresh your memory!  We started our trip across the United States last night.  Boy did we make memories!  We didn't get on the road until late as we finished up last minute things around the house getting it ready for our lovely renter.  Once we were on the road it was a great feeling of accomplishment from the last week.  Dealing with movers is never easy.  Especially when they show up and they're fighting.  That's always a nice start.  We stopped for dinner and the kids were so happy.  About an hour later we passed the exit where we had first planned on staying.  Not TWO seconds after passing the exit the gas low light came on.  Russ said in his calm voice, "Can you check the GPS for the next gas station?"  Once I checked I told him we had about 13 miles until the next gas station.  About 5 minutes later I noticed Russ (aka Thelma) had a funny look on his face and the Van was slowing down on an interstate that you can go 75mph on.  NOT good.  We just ran out of GAS!  Now it's about 1030pm and the kids are a little freaked out.  I immediately start laughing hysterically because I couldn't believe this was actually happening.  WE ran out of GAS?  We pulled over and called for help.  Brandon tells us this has to be the worst day in the car ever.  I calmly told him that the day could only get worse if a storm came.  Guess what?  YEP! A big storm came with lightning, hail and HUGE rain.  Brandon was right.  This was turning out to be a crazy car ride.  It took 45 minutes for the tow truck to come save us with gas.  He brought us 6 gallons to the tune of $45!  OUCH!  We got to the gas station and filled the van quickly still in disbelief that we actually ran out of gas.  Remember, typically my husband co-pilots a plane.  <insert scary face>  He will never live this one down! We ended our night at 1230am in a fine hotel still laughing.

Today, my co-pilot husband redeemed his manhood.  We noticed that the gas gauge was not moving at ALL after traveling about 150 miles.  The gas gauge is officially BROKEN!  He did mention last night that after he put the 6 gallons of gas in the tank the gauge said we had a half tank which just wasn't right.  Anyways, this means we have to do a little math along the way so we know when we're running out of gas.  So much for relaxing. The rest of our trip has been uneventful.  Kids are doing great and we are in Iowa for a few days chillin'.  Friday we start the journey again. 

After reading this novel story I better leave you with something fun.  ๐Ÿ™‚  More new stuff.  This time it's a new Hostess set coming.  Customers, you will want to host a workshop to receive this amazing hostess set. It's a Level 2 set called Apple Blossoms.  Such a FUN stamp set. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


I love how White Craft ink looks on Crumb Cake cardstock. It's so pretty.  It won't be long and this set could be yours for any workshop over $300.  Whoo Hoo!

Don't forget, just a week left of the Last Chance list.  Also check out the Clearance Rack in my Online Store.  GREAT savings up to 70% off.  WOW. 

I'll keep you updated on more of Thelma's antics as the adventure continues. Thank you for all the sweet comments you have been leaving.  You are giving me warm fuzzies during this entire process….AGAIN.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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19 thoughts on “A Thelma & Louise adventure!”

  1. Stunning card! I am praying that the rest of your journey is a little less eventful and you don't run out of gas again.

  2. Okay, I admit I was laughing hysterically and then worrying a bit because he IS a pilot (eek!!) so I am happy to hear that the gas gauge is broken and not Russ, lol!!  I hope the rest of your trip is a little less exciting, my friend!! And, your card is pure YUMMINESS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚  Love ya!!

  3. Too stinkin funny….then again, it wasn't me in the car on the side of the road in the rain!  Here's hoping for a little less drama on the next leg of your journey!!  (Do you see a scrapbook page in all this??)

  4. Wow….that is a story you can't even make up!!! Makes me giggle a lot b/c I  can just hear Brandon ๐Ÿ™‚  Colorado won't be the same without you!! Best wishes as you continue your amazing adventure.  Love the card too!! You always make me want EVERY stamp set!

  5. Oh my that is quite the story and just on day 1!  Hopefully the rest of your journey will go smoothly.  Safe travels on your way to VA.  We too are a Navy family and it is so nice to be done with movers and hit the road on to the next adventure.

  6. LOL … that happened to us once!!  It's such a "this isn't happening" moment.  Our first long trip in our minivan, the gas tank said it has 1/4 tank left.  Well, it didn't.  Do you know how many miles there are between towns in the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico?  Makes for a good story, though, just like yours!!

  7. Hi Kimberley! Just checking in on you and holy cow you are moving cross country!!! I lived in Virginia for a few years and loved every minute so hopefully you will too. Good luck with everything…I hope you will still be able to make it to Convention. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. You can make anything seem fun! What an adventure your kids are having — they will remember this forever. Have a great trip — can't wait to follow along and see you at convention!!

  9. I just had to comment, Kimberly.  I am an Ohio girl transplanted 5 years ago and living in IOWA (north central Iowa, 2 hours south of Minneapolis)  because my husband is an Iowa boy.  We moved from Ohio 5 years ago on my birthday because my husband didn't think it would be a big deal to do so on my birthday…I mean really – what could be better than traveling with 3 children in a packed mini van following my father in law in a huge moving van and leaving all of my family and friends – doesn't that just sound like a birthday celebration?  We didn't run out of gas but like you got caught in a HUGE and awful storm so I could relate.  I am a regular follower of your blog as I am a demo too and have moved 4 times in the last 12 years as a wife and demo and we are not military!!  I've cried reading your blog as you have had to say good bye as I have done the same – so bittersweet.  So I just wanted to say I wish you many blessings on the rest of the journey and much love and joy in your new home.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all you do and the Apple Blossoms card is no exception – will be CASEing that for sure.  I love that new set!
    Mary Lou

  10. I have tears rolling down my cheeks reading this.  What great memories you will have! Good thing you can laugh about it now…that always helps! 

  11. Oh, Kimberly!  Thank you for sharing your funny story!  It was good that you could laugh…sometimes that makes the struggles not seem so bad.  I hope you continue to have a safe journey. 

  12. Sherri Mallory

    You're actually on your way to VA!!  Woo Hoo!!  Hope things get smoother and the math calculations are right-on!  So happy we can "share" the journey with you!  sherristampsalot

  13. Wow!  Way cute card!  I'm diggin' it big time.  I wish I had this stamp set now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sounds like you're having quite the moving experience! 
    Good luck tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Extroadinarily relieved to hear is was pilot Russ's gauge and not Pilot Russ doing the dodgy! You have such a good sense of humour – I think I would have gone nuts by now! Safe and fun travels!

  15. Wow!  I LOVE that you busted out laughing at this!  I'll keep that in mind next time I have "one of those days".  I remember some crazy traveling adventures growing up in the Army myself.  Hats off to you for pulling it off so incredibly well!

  16. I'm so sorry you ran out of gas and got stranded on the side of the road! Glad to read that you got rescued and managed to laugh it off at the hotel later.
    My sister kept waiting until there were only fumes left in the tank to stop for gas the summer we drove to Florida together. It was driving me insane!!

  17. I love the way your punches are hung on the wall.  How did you get them so neat and orderly?  How do I order the mini catalogs to send directly to customers at their address?  How do I obtain permission to enter the demonstrator sharing site?
    I sure miss your not being here :(((

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