Monday, November 02, 2009

Our Scary Halloween

(I had to post something happy. This is from our mostly-annual King family Halloween Hoorah)

I find it so ironic that the morning of Halloween I told Brandon that I wanted it to be a memorable day that we spent together. That it was. And so I have learned my lesson that I will never want a day to be memorable again...let me explain.

Around 1:30 we left our house and picked up Sarah to go up to Kaysville to hang out with my dad and little brother. We were having a great old time when about 3300 south, a red jeep cut us off, causing us to swerve to miss hitting it. It caused us to lose control and spin 3 circles, finally being stopped by the cement barricade in the median of I-15 and facing oncoming traffic . It happened all too fast and is such a blur, except remembering that all I kept saying was "Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh" as we were spinning. I just kept waiting for another car to run into us or for us to crash head-on into the median. You know how you always hear people say that there whole life flashed before their eyes? Well, I think I experienced that. All I could think about was not having Brandon or Sarah in my life and that there was nothing I could do about it. It was the most difficult feeling to not be able to stop the car or rewind time to make all of this not happen.

When we finally did stop, I saw Sarah sit up from the back seat (she had been covering her face to not see what was happening) and Brandon still sitting next to me. I asked if everyone was okay and we were. Our car looked terrible and had to be towed away. However, all of us walked away from the accident without one single scratch or bruise.

We are afraid the driver of the jeep did not even know what he caused. He just kept on going. But two very nice people stopped immediately after witnessing the entire event and waited with us to make sure they could make statements on our behalf. One man even collected all the dirty laundry that had toppled out of our trunk. We were all shaken up pretty bad from it, but they waited until we were calm and the highway patrol showed up.

Brandon said he always wanted to ride in a cop car and he got his chance as the patrolman drove us to the next exit where my dad picked us up:)

I have replayed this over and over in my head and all I can say is that I think that we definitely had angels protecting us. I know that our work is not over here and we still have great things to do. I am so grateful that we are all safe and alive. I am grateful for the fresh perspective I have on life and to be reminded of the things that really matter. Life can change in a second. I hope I can always treat others kindly so that if something ever did happen, I would never regret how I treated them.

Our Halloween did have a happy ending. We chilled with my Dad and Michael and even did some inverse trick-or-treating where we took candy to people. And we had a very fun and successful Spudnut Party yesterday. I'll post pictures soon.

For now, we are in desperate need of car buying tips. Yep, our car is not-salvageable. Where do we even start looking??
We are clueless when it comes to car buying.

12 comments:

Dean, Andrea, and Tanner said...

AHHH! Thank heavens everyone was ok! Things like that scare me SO bad. Life really is precious and we tend to forget that. Good luck with car shopping. I always hate it, but it's fun when it's done and you have a new ride.

Jana and Christopher said...

Happy to hear you are all safe. Accidents are so scary. We had to do the car shopping thing last year due to our car being totaled. We love Rands Auto in North Salt Lake. Good Luck!

Tadd said...

You never told me the exciting adventures of your weekend! I'm glad you're okay. Sorry about the car

♥cheri said...

I'm so glad you all are okay. What a scary experience, but you definitely had angels watching over you.

Mike and Shaina said...

I'm so relieved that everyone is ok! What an experience! Good luck with buying a new one. That is never fun. I wish I had some good advice. Just make sure you like the color :)!

Leslie said...

I am soooo glad that everyone was okay!! You must have been doing something right to have the protection you had. I'm glad the day ended well. We love you!

Adrienne said...

glad you're okay. so scary

Scott and Nicole albertson said...

How scary!! I'm so glad that you are all safe!

Jenny said...

Oh, how scary!!! I'm seriously glad that you were all okay, and what a miracle that none of you even had the slightest injuries. I totally agree with you that life can change in a second so you just have to appreciate it and do your best. In a way, it's nice to be reminded of that, but it's never fun to receive the reminder. My only car buying advice is: if you buy from a dealership, you have to be pretty firm (they'll try to jerk you around, especially because you're young), and don't be afraid to walk away- you can always find something else you like somewhere else, and the dealerships know that too!

Christensen family said...

Holy Cow. I am so glad everything work out. I can't even think of what that would have been like. I am sure you did have angels watching over you. And for the record I don't think you could ever be mean to anyone. So I wouldn't worry about not being nice. Nice is what you do. As for the car go for a toyota they may cost a little more but last forever. We have two toyotas and love them. corollas are nice and Squoia, tacomas these have all be great to us. Plus my husband specilizes in Toyota. Let us know what you decide and good luck

Michal Thompson said...

I am just glad you guys are okay. Car buying tips- it sucks, no way out of it! Just get a mini van now, they you can enjoy it for longer, just kidding. Connor will kill you if you go with anything other than a honda or a toyota.

Mandy Cox said...

I'm glad that you're ok. How scary!