Peach Mac Sucks!

11 Feb

Today, Dawn came up to the hospital to relieve me for a bit so I could get some fresh air.

I decided to go hunt down some cases for our iPhones I bought us yesterday.

I started with Target because we needed something else from there. Didn’t see anything too appealing. Off to Best Buy. Tried out the Otter Defender and liked it at first but after wearing it around the store I decided it was just too bulky for me. So I put it back and moved on.

My next stop was the Apple Store. Again, nothing to appealing so I decide to drive across town to Peach Mac. I buy a case for my wife, the Otter Commuter for me and some anti glare screen protectors.

Prior to buying the Commuter, I asked if I could try it on my phone as they were making a big deal of the buttons not aligning up. He said he couldn’t let me do that because it was packaged up too good. I said ok and decided to get it knowing the buttons wouldn’t be an issue since the Defender worked fine.

Upon getting back to the hospital, I put my wife’s case and screen protector on and she is satisfied. I then put on my screen protector but lint always finds my screen protectors. You should see my iPad lol. After scrapping the screen protector I try the case out. There was a sharp plastic edge up top that was uncomfortable on my ear when I talked. So I packaged it back up, keep in mind, there was no extreme packaging going on, not even a sticker to secure the box closed. After getting it back into the packaging I head back to Peach Mac.

I got back to Peach Mac about an hour and a half after I was first there buying my cases. I go to return it and he says he has to check with the manager. I guess he wasn’t sure if I was allowed? They say ok, I can return it but it’s a 10% restocking fee. Are you serious? My packaging looked absolutely no different than any other package on the shelf but you’re gonna charge me 10% to walk your fat ass three steps to the shelf to your left?

So, needless to say, I will never shop at Peach Mac again. It was only about a $4.00 fee or so, which isn’t entirely a big deal. It boils down to the concept of it though. I can understand charging 10% in something where the packaging is messed up or on a larger item like a computer or something but a flawless package that has been out of the store an hour?

Give me a break.


Lots of Updates

10 Feb

Hey all, it’s been a long time since I’ve written on here. Things have been especially hectic since we gave birth to our beautiful baby Kynlee.

For starters, as soon as she came home, Kyndell and I caught strep throat which caused Dawn and Kynlee to be locked in our bedroom for almost two weeks without being able to come out. This left me sleeping in Kyndell’s room with her. She didn’t like it too much when I moved out and went back to my room. She got pretty used to someone being in there with her, but she’s a big girl and got used to being in there by herself again, pretty quickly.

My back also went completely out just after Kynlee was born. I couldn’t hardly move, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t stand erect, it hurt to stand. It just all hurt. The pain finally subsided though and my back has been feeling pretty good until recently which I’ll touch more on when I get to that point.

Christmas was ok, nothing too exciting, we were fairly broke with Dawn being out of work and me covering all the bills. We gave the older kids cash and Kyndell got toys. Kyla spent her money on a 32″ Flat Screen TV and Christian, spent all of his money on Legos.

January was a long month for me. I had to get ready for an inspection at work, was working long hours. And then, baby Kynlee got really sick to top it off. So sick, she had to be admitted to the hospital. We spent 6 days in the hospital, Jan 22-27. There was never a diagnosis of why she was in the hospital. All the test for things like RSV, Flu, etc. came back negative. They released her on that Thursday, she still wasn’t completely better. She had a cough still but they said that would be 2-3 weeks long and would go away after that. Well for the next week and a half she seemed to be getting better. She still had her cough but that didn’t seem to be a huge issue as it sounded like it was getting better.

Then came our MCAAT inspection which was held on Feb 1-2. We knocked it out of the park. We got a 96.21% and are getting a certificate of excellence! I’m very excited about the outcome of this inspection. Being so critical of myself, it’s nice to see that I’m just being anal, instead of being really jacked up.

Well this last weekend, Kynlee’s sickness seemed to deteriorate. Saturday morning she sounded a little congested and then on Sunday, it was back to sounding like it did prior to her going into the hospital the first time. We called the doctors office first thing Monday morning and got the first appointment of the day which was right at 10 am when the doctor gets in. Dr Thompson takes a look at Kynlee and admits her back into the hospital. This time, however, we have a diagnosis. She has RSV (which is a bad flu for babies) and Bronchitis. We’ve been here since Monday, Feb 8th and it should be a 4-5 day stay.

Since Dawn was the one to stay with her day and night during the last hospital stay due to my inspection and stuff, I told her I’m staying this time. Although I did stay the night with her last time and came during lunch, I want her to get some rest and relax. She’s crazy stressed out. This comes at no small price. It’s making my back start to hurt again. It probably flared up from my MRI I had done yesterday. I hate MRI’s. My back gets so stiff that I can’t even get up off the MRI table, I have to roll off.

So anyways, that’s whats been going on here for the most part.

Till next time,
Be safe and take care!


Day 5 of Baby Kynlee

19 Dec

Baby Kynlee has been with us 5 days now! It’s an exciting time in our lives. Unfortunately, I’ve been showing signs of illness and therefore I’ve had to basically quaranteen myself from her and my beautiful wife, Dawn. It sucks. I miss them and yet, they’re only one room over…

I should be feeling better soon though and then hopefully I can move back into our room and I can take some of the burden off of Dawns shoulders. But since Kynlee is being breast fed, there will only be so much that I can do.

I took the 3 older kids to see Yogi Bear in 3d. It was a great movie but I don’t think it will do too well since it’s mostly a cartoon of the current adult population. My 11 year old, and my friends 6 year old, didn’t even know who Yogi Bear is! It’s because they play all these crappy cartoons now a days.


Baby Kynlee Finally Born!

16 Dec

Yesterday, Dawn and I woke up at 0325 to get ready and head out to the hospital for her scheduled C-Section. We were both dragging ass, but we made it on time.

We got there and they put us in our temporary room. Dawn got her gown on and I immediately started clicking away with the camera. It drove her crazy, but she didn’t have much say so lol. To view the pictures I have online, visit my Facebook Page.

I’ll tell you this though, there is not a happier father in the world.  I was unable to be at my first daughters birth due to being in Boot Camp, and in fact, didn’t even get to meet her until she was two weeks old.  It’s something I’ve regretted this whole time, even though I had no choice in the matter and did what I had to do to ensure she was properly taken care of.  But this time, I made sure I was there and nothing, except death was going to stop me from being there.  This came as no easy test.  I was in the emergency room the day prior because my back is severely jacked up.  They gave me a shot and some meds.  I got sick from the narcotics and threw up twice the night before Kynlee was born.  But I suffered through the pain and sickness and I was there.  Granted, I was walking around like some crippled old man, but like I said, NOTHING was going to stop me from missing another birth of my children.

And boy am I glad I was there.  It is just an amazing process and I am glowing like some super hero with special abilities or something.  Baby Kynlee is perfect.  And now, I have four of the most perfect children in the world.

And here she is, Baby Kynlee:

Baby Kynlee


Baby Kynlee Almost Here!

12 Dec

Friday night, Kyndell and I set off for Florida. We drove down to grandpas house and picked up his trailer and then headed for Nanas house. We crashed as soon as we got there.

Woke up the next morning and Kyndell and I went up to Burger King for breakfast. She got three pancakes and I got the usual #1. Amazingly, she finished almost all three pancakes. We went back to Nanas house and I started loading the stuff on the trailer that we were bringing back home.

Once we got packed up, we waiting for Nana to get home so we could take off. Nana had to finish a couple jobs before we could head out.

After Nana got there, we set off. We stopped at Boston Market in Port Orange. I love me some Boston Market and it’s been a while since I had it. It was yummy! I got the Half Chicken meal with loaded mashed potatos and mac n cheese.

Something must not have set well with Kyndell however and shortly after the Brunswick exit (Exit 29) in Georgia, I heard Kyndell cough and looked back and she was covering her mouth. I immediately whipped the car over and jumped out and got to the other side and got her out just in time for her to puke her brains out. Poor baby. She was such a trooper though!

So anyways, we got home, me, Nana, and Kyndell, all in tact.

And this can only mean one thing, IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR KYNLEE TO BE HERE!!! That’s right, Kynlee will be here Wednesday!! Can you believe it? It’s come so fast!! We’re doing some last minute things to prepare for our new addition to the family. We are already blessed with the three most beautiful children in the world, and now we’ll be blessed with a fourth!

I love my kids with all my heart!


Family Trip: Lights of the South

28 Nov

Tonight we headed out to Lights of the South. We gone every year for the past three years.

It’s a really neat experience. Basically, it’s a hay ride through a forest full of christmas lights. They have various charachters out there to include Dora, Hello Kitty (Kyndell’s favorite), Spiderman, Batman, etc.

This year we also did the maze. It’s fairly big. It does cost an extra $3 per person to do the maze, but the kids wanted to do it so we went for it. Kyndell led the way through the maze and we successfully found our way through. With one exception. We went in the out and out the in. lol.

And what Christmas experience would be complete without Santa Clause? Lights of the South has the most realistic looking Santa Clause ever and plays the roll great! Here is a picture of Santa & Kyndell:

So, if you’re ever in the Augusta area, head down to Grovetown and check out Lights of the South, I’m confident you won’t regret the experience.

Hours of Operation are 7 nights a week, from 6pm to 10pm, November 20th through December 30th. They are however, closed on Christmas day. One other note from experience, get there as close to if not a little before 6pm otherwise you will have a fairly long wait in line as it quickly gets packed.


Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Today is the day to give thanks to everything that is important in your life. I am thankful for my wife, for my three beautiful children and thankful for the baby girl we have in the oven who I am excited to meet in a few short weeks.

I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes to keep me warm. I might not have any money in the bank lol. But I am thankful that God seems to continue to provide for me, especially when I need it most.

Dawn has to work today, so the kids and I will be spending thanksgiving of at Chef Jesson’s house. The kids are excited. I think they’re just really hungry lol. I’m not letting them eat. Well, that’s not entirely true. They had breakfast and I finally just gave in and let them have a snack.

Well, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Make sure you don’t drink and drive. Don’t overeat and drive. Seriously lol. That damn turkey will knock you out quick!


If It’s Going To Rain, Don’t Forget To Look Up!

16 Nov

I recently bought a 2004 Lincoln Navigator. One of the main selling points I was looking for was a sunroof. I found plenty of viable vehicles, that had everything I wanted, except a sunroof and I just kept looking until I found the right vehicle that had everything I wanted, to include a sunroof.

I almost always have my sunroof open in one of the variations in which it opens. It’s just one of those things that I love in life. Driving down the road with the windows down and the sunroof open! The sun glistening off my bald head, which is probably a driving hazard to passer-by’s but never-the-less, I love it!

You’re probably wondering by now, what does the post title have to do with what I’ve shared so far. Or maybe you’ve even figured it out.

Last night I ran up to pick up some pizza from pizza hut. We haven’t had pizza in a while so we splurged. When I pulled up into the drive way, I made sure to shut all the windows before getting out because I knew it was going to rain all day today and tomorrow and wasn’t quite sure when it was going to start raining.

This morning, I get the kids up and ready to go to school. Everyone is ready and so we venture out to the car to get in and head to school. I key in my door code to unlock and it and open the door. When I sit down I immediately notice a bunch of water in my car and think to myself, “what the heck?”. So, I look up and what d’ya know, my darn sunroof is open and I’m getting rained on!

So, if you have a sunroof and love it as much as I love mine and it’s always open, make sure you look up if it’s going to rain so you shut your sunroof!


Thought Kynlee Was Coming Last Night

16 Nov

The ladies from Doctors Hospital that Dawn works with threw her a baby shower last night. Apparently Dawn got overexcited and her water broke. So I rushed over there and grabbed her and rushed her to the hospital and one of the ladies that she works with followed us over as well.

They did a series of test and after the first one, it came back positive. However, after conducting a few more test that were more precise, it revealed that she had not in fact broke her water. So we lucked out. Kynlee didn’t come early. One of the many things that I thought about that wasn’t done was that I didn’t have her crib setup.

So, to mark the crib off of the honey do list, I knocked that out tonight. It took me a couple hours to build, but I got it built. Only had two screws left over and one wooden peg. Not bad for me if I say so myself.

Kynlees Crib

Kynlees Crib

I called my friend David to come over and help me move it from the garage into the Office slash Nursey (office is slowing moving out as we move Kynlee in). We pick it up and carry it to the front door to find out that it won’t fit. We take it to the garage and evaluate how we’re going to get it through the door. The consensus was that we were going to have to take it apart again lol.

We start taking it apart and I notice where the two screws were missing from so I was able to get those put in once it was all said and done. Once we got it apart we carried it into the office and got it all setup. Now I just need to get all the other stuff out of the office so that Kynlee can have her own room!


Toys for Tots Standup @ Columbia County Fair

13 Nov

Well, Christmas is nearing, so that can only mean one thing. Toys for Tots!

Wednesday night I went out and did a stand up for the Toys for Tots foundation. We do this yearly as a reserve unit. I was out there for about 5.5 hours and we raised $624 in just bills (didn’t count the change), and over 1600 toys.

It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m helping out those families that are in need.

While out there, the volunteers that put on the fair, invited us into eat with them. They had an excellent home cooked meal prepared. And when I say invited us in, I mean, they would not start eating until we came in and got our plates first. They were very hospitable and an extremely great group of people.