It feels like it has been an overwhelming few weeks. There has been so much that needed to be done before we go to Vegas that we have been working nonstop. Along with our normal visits to Seattle to see McKailen we have had a lot going on. Right now as I write this Terry is boarding a plane to come home, he will fly all night and then will work all day tomorrow to finish the final details on the car. He doesn’t even want to load it in the trailer if everything is not perfect.
As I have said before this year is going to be very different for us. We have the ability to be more prepared than ever. With this we now have two cars, two bodies, plenty of spare motors, and other parts. Now there are the usual pieces that you replace all the time on these cars and then there are the items that don’t always have to be replaced. Well I am pretty sure that this new car has everything new you could have. It feels like Christmas every day that I walk into the shop. There is always a Fed Ex or UPS package being delivered. As a woman, gifts and opening packages appeal to me, so Terry always lets me open all of the new stuff.
As many of you have probably read we are trying to have the Toyota body ready for Las Vegas. The final decision will be made tomorrow. The Impala came back from paint and now its wing is going on and the vinyl is getting ready. This way either body is ready for the race. We are so excited about going to Vegas. It is my birthday, and I am looking forward to a good weekend with a great group of people. It is also Ben’s birthday so I am sure it will be interesting. Ben is one of our crew members and has been with us since last year.
Terry will be participating in the autograph signing that is being hosted at NY NY! I always love when he gets to do them. It is time for him to get to talk to the fans. He usually is under the car or in the trailer tuning so this is a good way for him to get to talk to some of the fans.
Along with everything that has been happening on the racing end, we of course are busy getting customers items shipped out. We have customers all over the world, and it is really great to get to talk to them. They are very supportive and understanding of our race schedule.
Since getting engaged we have planned a lot of the details for the wedding, and I am getting so excited. This week we went and had our engagement photos done! They are beautiful. Our photographer does amazing work and has become a really good friend of mine… I am so glad that I get to work with her. Terry always does really well with taking pictures with me, but he was so awesome at the shoot. We had a lot of fun and this is the best part about being engaged!
A few more things that have been keeping me from writing is the fact that I had been looking for a new car for almost 3 weeks. Right after I wrote the last blog, Terry was in an accident and totaled my car. He had never been in an accident so when he called it was very unreal. He was hit by a little old woman who had to go to the E.R. and was telling him that she was sorry and that she wasn’t going to drive anymore. He said she was so nice. He said that as the airbag came out he watched in slow motion and tried to stop it. He felt so bad and kept apologizing and I told him not to worry. We then searched for a car for what felt like forever! We are finally settled into our car and back on track.
Lastly, on the same day as our engagement photos one of my dogs had to be put down. This is only the second dog I have ever lost and the first time I wasn’t expecting it. This time was different. When I first got this dog I was 17 and he was awesome. He was a golden retriever and he was my dog for sure. I then went to college and he stayed with my parents. He has been with them for 11 and ½ years. He is definitely the hardest to lose because he is what started the trend of our type of dog. The last three days of his life had to have been hard and we all decided it was better for him to go. I miss him a lot and it’s been really hard on our family. So for all the other animal lovers, they really are part of the family and it just stinks. I know he is better now but I still would rather be selfish and have him here. Braiden isn’t quite sure what happened. He knows that “Cin-cin” is gone and that he had a “boo-boo” but he doesn’t understand why everyone was sad. I am sure that it is better that he doesn’t get it yet but now he talks about him every day and it’s hard.
Well I hope that everyone has a great week and can’t wait until Vegas! Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/T_HaddockRacing and on FB....