Friday, October 23, 2009

Account ending in 5394

This week Ryan and I had a first...we became the victims of identity theft. Someone used my debit card number to make a fake card (b/c I still have mine) and spend almost $6,000 at Saks 5th Avenue here in Dallas - at least they have good taste. :o)

Fortunately, if we had to have something bad happen, this is the best bad thing. The thief/thieves don't have any of my personal information like my SS#, DOB, etc. - they just had my debit card number. So while they can't steal my identity and open fraudulent accounts in my name, they still have caused me to lose a lot of patience and a couple nights of good sleep.

We also have total consumer protection from Bank of America so (eventually) all the money and any overdraft fees we've incurred will be put back in our account...but there are lots of hoops to jump through and many, many, many phone calls to make before it's a done deal.

I've spent the last couple of days with a phone in one hand and something to entertain Camden while I am on said phone in the other. Most of the places I've had to call just took my initial info and then said they'd call me back...but usually NOT during nap time b/c that would be too convenient. :o)

So after speaking to about four different departments at the bank, all three credit reporting bureaus, and several departments within the Dallas Police Department, I think I am all done with my calls. Hopefully we'll get our money back sometime early next week.

On a side note...we've been to the pumpkin patch and we'll hit the fall festival at church next week so we'll have some cute pics of Camden for you as soon as we can get them uploaded.

Have a Happy Halloween!!!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

My sincerest apologies...

I must apologize...of late, I have become a horrible blogger. My posts are few and far between and they almost always promise an uploading of pictures or videos "to follow soon" and yet I never seem to get around to it.

In my defense, I am exhausted from chasing Camden around and growing another person...but really, that's no excuse. Granted, Camden only has one speed...which is run...but still, I need to do a better job of keeping you all updated. So, here's a rundown of all that's been going on with us.

If you read the last post, you know that Ryan and I spent a Camden-free week in Germany at the beginning of September. Here's a link to the Picasa album of those pictures. I haven't had the chance to go in and write a description for each picture...but they basically follow this timeline - trip to Neuschwanstein, pictures from around Germany - including our bike ride through the city, the day trip to Austria where I got to see the gardens and the cemetery used in "The Sound of Music", and our very emotional morning spend at Dachau - the concentration camp used to train Nazi soldiers and others working at various concentration camps throughout during WWII.


After returning from Germany, but not before recuperating, we headed to LasVegas. This time Camden went along for the trip. It was a lot of fun. He really enjoyed all of the animitronic statues at Caesar's Palace and the animals in Sigfried and Roy's Secret Garden at the Mirage. It's where the white tigers and other animals "live" when they aren't performing. He liked the tigers, but he was much more interested in the emus...which he kept calling doggies. :o) Actually, one of his most favorite parts of the trip was waiting for Daddy to get done with his training classes...b/c the training center was right next door to the airport and we sat and watched the planes take off and land less than 100 yards from the car. The other favorite part was pushing the elevator button and riding it to hear it beep at every level. Both of these things we could've done here in Dallas...oh, well. Here's a link to see the handful of pictures we took during that trip.


In addition to traveling, Camden and I are also staying busy with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) where I am serving as Hospitality Coordinator this year. We've also got play dates for everything from going to the Pumpkin Patch to playing at the play place at the mall. I'm also involved in a Bible Study and I have launched my own Southern Living at Home business which has done well in it's first month or so. Ryan's busy researching, working on treatment plans for patients and writing a grant.

On top of everything else, we're also preparing for the arrival of our new little one. Camden loves to be around the babies at MOPS and at church so hopefully he'll adjust well to the addition. Millie still doesn't know what to think about Camden so I'm not sure how she'll do with another one around. She's not a big fan of him when he's trying to use her as a pillow to lay on the floor, but she loves him to pieces when he's eating b/c if there's something he doesn't like, he knows she'll eat it for him. They're sneaky those two...gotta watch 'em.

Here's the first picture we have of the new baby. We'll find out the gender at my next ultrasound on November 13th. I promise to post things between now and then, but you'll definitely want to check back then to find out the big news.

We don't have much in the way of travel for a while, but we'll be entertaining guests throughout the month of October and then I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days during the first weekend of I'm sure there'll be lots of things to post and I PROMISE, I'll do that sooner rather than later.