Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

4 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

Dear Jack,

We are in the middle of a snow storm; the kind that hits the South pretty hard about once a decade. While Mommy is able to work from home this week, I have no choice but to take vacation days.

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

In the attempt to drive to work, my car got stuck in the ice and snow. As soon as I pulled out of the driveway, I was unable to drive forward. I had no choice but to let me car back down further into our cul-de-sac.

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

There’s just no way around it: We’re snowed in.

I admit, this event has inspired Mommy and me to seriously consider making one of our next vehicles (whenever that time comes, down the road) a Toyota Tacoma with 4 wheel drive.

Not only have I always romanticized about them, the Toyota Tacoma is my favorite vehicle I have ever reviewed, which I di back nearly a year ago:

See Family Friendly Car Review: 2014 Tacoma Double Cab 4X4 V6.

While the main roads have been driveable, it’s been literally impossible to escape our neighborhood, which you have to drive through two others just to get to.

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

I suppose your current favorite Netflix show, The Octonauts, has taught you a lot about animals. So it’s no surprise that you decided to build a bird’s nest, using “snow eggs.”

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

While it definitely feels strange to not be working right now (and obviously your school is closed), it is nice to be able to appreciate this sort of forced week off with you and Mommy.

Right before the storm hit, we found the perfect small couch/love seat for our bonus room upstairs. We were able to buy the floor model, which gave us nearly a 50% discount.


The only problem was getting it home. I drove my Honda Element separately, and with the front seats up as far as they would go, I was able to awkwardly squeeze in for the most uncomfortable 30 minute drive of my life.

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

It’s fun to see each room of our house coming together.

Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

Hopefully the rain and above-freezing temperatures this weekend will allow us to live our normal lives again next week.

As for now, you sure are enjoying this winter wonderland!



Dear Jack: The 3rd Week Of Living In Our New House (Snowed In!)

Family Friendly Car Review: 2014 Tacoma Double Cab 4X4 V6

I’m the kind of guy you’ve heard about through a friend, but never met or have even seen in person.


There are people in America who get to test-drive a new car each week to write reviews. And I’m one of those guys…

And I will say, my most favorite vehicle so far, out of all the vehicles I’ve reviewed now, is without a doubt the 2014 Tacoma Double Cab 4X4.

For me, everything about it just came together perfectly. It fit me very well. I even had two different fellow parents tell me that, separately, when I picked up my son from daycare last week.

Getting to drive this Tacoma last week was a great 33rd birthday gift for me.

I know this may sound like a strange thing to feature, but what I loved most about the Tacoma was the cab space.


If you take away the fact the Tacoma is indeed a pick-up truck, the space inside reminded me of the Rav 4; which is another one of my most favorite vehicles I’ve driven for Toyota.

Another positive feature I want to point out about this truck is that the truck itself isn’t too big. I had no trouble parking it or keeping it in the lane, unlike other larger vehicles I have driven.

There’s my opinon, here are the stats…


Government Vehicle Safety Ratings: Out of 5 Stars

Overall Vehicle Score 4

Frontal Crash- Driver 4, Passenger 3

Side Crash- Front Seat 4, Rear Seat 5

Rollover 4

Fuel Economy: 16 city/21 highway; 18 combined

Annual Fuel Cost: $2,900

2014 Toyota Tacoma car review

Standard Equipment:

4.0L DOHC 24V WT-I 236HP Engine

5-Speed ECT-I Automatic Transmission

4WDemand: Part-Time 4X4 Sys w/2-speed

Coil-Spring Double Wishbone Front Susp

Total Price as Shown: $32,768.00

Disclaimer: The vehicle mentioned in this story was provided at the expense of Toyota, for the purpose of reviewing.

P.S. Here’s a collection of my Toyota family reviews so far; just click on title to read the full story:

2014 Toyota Tacoma: My Son Thinks Our Car Windows Are Voice-Activated

2014 Lexus LS 460: 2014 Lexus LS 460 Review, From The Dad’s PerspectiveJourney To Howard’s Chapel (The Church Built Into A Rock)Ironically Driving A Lexus To See A Dinosaur Named Junkasaurus WrecksWhat Parents Do When The Kids Are Asleep With The GrandparentsGrandma Regifts As-Seen-On-TV “Perfect Polly” To Great-GrandsonI’ve Heard Of Sleepwalking, But… Sleep-Eating And Sleep-Playing?

2014 Toyota Corolla: Surviving The Polar Vortex Of 2014, Icicles And All

2014 Scion tCLightning McQueen, Donatello, Batman, Play-Doh… Nuff Said!

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review, From The Dad’s PerspectiveA Family That Recycles Together Doesn’t Decompose

2013 Toyota Rav4: 2013 Toyota Rav4 Review, From The Dad’s Perspective

2014 Toyota Tundra: Dad Gives 3 Year-Old Son A Monster Truck For Birthday… Sort OfNashville Dad Introduces 3 Year-Old Son To Country Music3rd Birthday Monster Truck Road Trip: Build-A-Bear3rd Birthday Monster Truck Road Trip: Little River Falls, AL3rd Birthday Monster Truck Road Trip: Mountain Driving3rd Birthday Monster Truck Road Trip: Canyon Land Park3rd Birthday Monster Truck Road Trip: Canyon Mouth Park

2013 Toyota Sienna: We’re Ready For A Family Road Trip… Minivan Style!It’s Officially Cool To Drive A Minivan Now