Sunday, December 28, 2008

It Could ALWAYS Be Worse....

Today, Saturday, didn't exactly go according to my plans. Here's why...

This morning Tatum woke up around 7am (we got to sleep in a bit). We all got up and were watching TV and I asked Antonio to run and get breakfast somewhere(either donuts or McDonalds). He finally agreed and headed out the door, but turned around and asked me where my car was. Of course, I thought this was his way of putting off going to get breakfast, so we did the whole "that's not funny Antonio" and he would respond "I'm not kidding!" Well I finally believed him and got up and looked. Sure enough, my car was NOT in the carport where we parked it last night.

So, Antonio called the police and I made some calls to get some car information (license plate #, VIN #, etc). Two officers showed up about 10 minutes later and Antonio went out since I was still on the phone. He told them that my car had been stolen to which one officer replied..."Sir, have you been making your car payments and are you up to date with them??" Only in Memphis would they ask this first, but it gave Antonio a laugh at the time and me a laugh later. Anyway, we filed a report and they left.

Later, Antonio decided to take HIS car and go get breakfast. He then discovered they had been in his car too because everything in his center console was out in the seat and his fishing tackle box was in front of our neighbor's house. They stole some things, but nothing notable.

I was very upset about my car being stolen, but MORE upset because my hospital bag that I had packed for baby and me was in my car. It contained LOTS of new stuff (nursing bras, PJs for the hospital, baby's take home outfit, a VERY expensive blanket for the baby, my crocs, etc...just lots of stuff that we needed for the hospital). This meant that all of it needed to be packed again. Luckily I made a list of things when I packed them, so we took that list and headed out for the day to go replace things. We made a few stops and I picked up a rental car and we headed home to regroup.

When we got home, Antonio and I decided Tatum needed a nap, so he stayed with her and I ran to Babies R Us and Baby Gap. While at BRU, I 'saw the light' and realized that I have onStar in my car with free service for a year (which i am still under) and I was SURE they could track my car since they knew where I was when I had my car wreck earlier this year. Anyway, i rushed home and made several calls and long story short, onStar started tracking my car and said they would contact the local police to release the information to them.

About 20-30 minutes later, we got a call from the police that they had located my car and i could come pick it up. It was about 2 miles from our house parked at an apartment complex, so of course we have no clue who stole my car. I peaked in the back and Tatum's car seat was still in the car (Praise GOD!), but my suitcase that I had been stressing over all day was GONE. (BOO!)

The officers said thanks to onStar they located the car. It was the same officers that filed the police report that morning. We were very thankful they called us instead of towing it to the impound lot....that saved us a few weeks and lots of $$$$ in towing and storage fees. The officer asked me to look inside and tell them what was missing, so I opened the door and told them that I didn't know what was missing but THIS (I held up a stolen CD player) was not mine. They kind of smirked and took it. A few things here and there were missing (phone charger, change, ipod cord, hospital paper work to get induced, fleet gas card, etc) but nothing big other than my suitcase. There was also a VERY strong smell in the car and lots of 'stuff' in the floor on the passenger side. I asked the officer if it was tobacco or weed. After he got done giggling inside, he assured me that it was just tobacco.

The people that took my car DID go joy riding in it. They managed to drive about 50 miles and scratch up the front right side of the car and the back left of the car. Nothing major, it's drivable, but will need to be fixed. Antonio will have to take it to a body shop Monday or Tuesday and let them take pics and do an estimate to send to my company.

So, we THINK we know how they got my car. The spare key for my car was in Antonio's car (we are pretty sure). And we are thinking that Antonio may have left his car unlocked. SO, they probably got into his car, found the keys to MY car and took my car. That is the only thing we can came up with because there is no broken glass and no signs that they hot wired my car. This brings up more worry because if this is the case, then this means that this person (people) still have keys to my car and can come back again. So we parked my car up against our storage shed and Antonio's car is inches from my car. There is no way they can get it out without doing some major damage and hopefully that is more hassle to them than it is worth. Anyway, we will also be getting my car rekeyed next week too.

Needless to say, this pretty much took up most of our day. However, we never got overly stressed out about it. While it was a hassle and a major inconvience, it could have been much worse. No one got hurt, they didnt' break into our house, and we did get my car back. No tears were cried (except for Tatum's dislike of shopping all day) and while we still have TONS of stuff that I want to get done before the baby comes, it will still be okay if they don't get done. The clothes will still need to be washed, the house will always need to be cleaner, but that's okay.

We are about 25 hours (right now) from going in to be induced and I am getting so excited to meet Mateo! All of this other stuff can wait.

If I don't have a chance to blog again tomorrow, I will try to later on in the week with lots of pictures. I hope everyone has a great and safe New Years!

Please keep us in your prayers that all goes well with the induction Monday, the epidural works great, and Mateo comes quickly!


Jenny R. said...

I know this is silly but I am crying reading this blog. You have such a great attitude which is contagious so thanks. Good luck tomorrow and I will say a prayer for you two!! You both are in God's hands!!!!

tpillstrom said...

I can't believe tomorrow's the big day! I know it's going to go wonderfully and he is just going to be adorable! We are praying for you guys and can't wait to hear all about him!

JRH said...

oh my goodness! i am glad you all are okay. i hate that happened to you guys! gosh, you just never know. hope everything works out okay :)

Melissa and Matt said...

Wow... it sure sounds like you and Antonio handled this much better than I would! What a crappy thing to have to deal with at this time! I'm so glad to hear you got your car back!!!