Tuesday, June 21, 2011

When does it end?

Here's another post of me complaining. Today it rained. A lot. The yard across the street looked like a lake. The grass between the storm water ditch and the street was completely covered in water. The little stream next to my neighbor's house was so swollen that water was up over the bridge. A lot of water. We have already had a lot of water this year, but today the skies gave us more than we have ever had before.

As you probably know, we have been having some issues with our basement. It is not technically a basement, but it is the lowest level in our tri-level, and that is what we call it. Last Friday, a team came to the house and fixed the water problems in our crawlspace. They graded the dirt, created a drainage system, installed a sump pump and a back up sump pump, ran pipes out of the crawlspace through the foundation wall, and put a nifty . . . thing in our yard where the water is pumped out from the crawlspace. They then encapsulated the crawl space. It was wonderful!

We bought the vinyl flooring we had our eye on, and with the help of friends and family, we cut it to fit our floor. It looked amazing! We started filling the basement back up with its former belongings.

Some of our friends are professional painters, and they came over today to paint the room. (Finally I was going to have a room in my house with a different color of paint than all the other rooms!) Then the storm came. And the thunder. And the lightening. And the winds. And lots of water. A lot. (If you've already forgotten how much, see first paragraph above.) My friends who were going to paint came to me with the bad news that there was water in my basement.

They thought it was a lot. It was nothing compared to before, but it was a fair amount.

So, we're back to square one, and our beautiful flooring is pulled back up.

Now we're a little unsure of the problem. The water seems to have come in the same way it did before, but the sump pump was definitely working. I could hear it working; I could see the bucket filling up with water; I could see the water being expelled from the nifty thing in the yard. However, there was still water in my basement.

There was a lot less water in my basement than before—despite the fact that the heavens were releasing a lot more water than last time.

So perhaps the crawlspace was only part of the problem.

And there is another problem lurking down there. Possible?

We think it is under the stairs.

I'll keep you posted on that.

So, we've been feeling a bit stressed, but crying won't solve anything!

While Jeff was downstairs sucking up water, and I was upstairs nursing Daniel, Jill went off on her own. Left to her own devices, she had taken off her pants, put on undies over her diaper, grabbed a book, climbed on top of the tall dresser in the guest room(!), and was reading her book. She was very pleased with herself. Pretty cute. She gave us a much needed chuckle.

So despite me wondering why I ever bought a house, I do know that life is still really, really good. So, if something bad has happened to you recently and you've wondered why. Wonder no longer. It's so I could look at your house misfortune and feel better about mine. Hopefully my problems can make you feel better about yours, too!

Side note: if you've had a root canal, do you remember how long the sensitivity remained? It is getting old having to wait for the water to warm up in the tap to swish after brushing my teeth and not being able to eat or drink foods from out of the refrigerator.

(Sorry that I didn't take a picture of Jill on top of the dresser!)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What I Never Tire Of

I will never ever get my fill of this!








I miss you already.

Monday, June 6, 2011

And here is June already!

Well, I said I would have my hair cut short after the wedding, and I did! How hot it got was definitely a strong impetus as well. I am happy to say that Daniel's fingers have only been caught in my hair once since the cut.

I forgot to take a "before" picture, so you'll have to settle with a picture of me pigging on pizza. At least my hair looks good. They had to cut it in a ponytail, so I can donate it. That left the back of it pretty short, but I do have length on the sides in the front. I asked to look like Natalie Teeger from the show Monk. My hair is obviously not as blonde as hers, but they did a pretty good job mimicking one of her shorter looks (I think).

I mostly like it, but every now and then I feel like I look like a boy. And I definitely have not figured out how much shampoo to use now. Ha. (I do like it a lot better than my only other really short haircut from the summer of 2004. Ugh. I don't even like remembering that one.)

On a secondary note, I also got contacts again. I haven't had new contacts since 2006. So, you probably won't see me in glasses for a while (unless you come over early in the morning or late at night).

Jeff's youngest brother graduated from high school.
We are so proud of him!

Jill really loves her Uncle Kyle.
(And if you are small enough to fit in Jill's playhouse, please come and visit us. Because Jill is desperate to get someone in there with her, but none of us fit and Daniel can't walk yet.)

Bunny and Pappy came for a wonderful week long visit!

Jill is keeping me busy (and entertained) as usual.
Jill was looking at a picture of her and me in the hospital from her birth. She thought the picture was of Danny, and I said, "Actually, that's you Jill." When Jeff came home from work, Jill repeatedly told him "Actually, that's me, Daddy." Pretty cute! (Of course that reminds me of Danny's nickname "Shallwe.") :)

And you can never have enough sleep!

Jill woke Jeff up the other morning by walking into our room and saying "hey you" as she poked him.

Oh, and if Jill didn't already show me signs every day of how grown up she is getting, her definitely is one! She now has about ten songs memorized. Probably more. She surprises me all the time by just singing a song out of the blue. I'll try to get it on video one of these days.

Sharp Dressed Man

My Dan is a "sharp dressed man."

Ties like these are appropriate for any occasion . . .

. . . like relaxing at an outdoor concert and potluck.

. . . like looking startled in his daddy's old walker at Grandma's house.

. . . like looking so fly at the country club.

Thank you for the fabulous formal onesies, big sister!

End May with a Bang!

Summer has finally come to my part of the world, and it has come with a heat wave. I really did not get as much wonderful spring as I usually like to have. It was just rain, rain, rain and cold and now all of a sudden it's in the nineties. Hot. Humid. Muggy. Buggy. Summer is here! (We did have a few really lovely days in the middle of last week, so I can't complain too much. And one of these days I will gather the courage to go to the pool with Jill and Daniel. I think I'll need a third arm . . .)

Here is what else happened to finish up May!

I gained a sister.
Or did Jeff lose a brother? ;)

Jill got to wear a gorgeous tutu from Tangerine Tutus.

I found my twin!

Cyanne is finally officially Auntie Cy, and we all couldn't be happier! They were sealed May 28 in the Columbus Ohio Temple. Yes, the temple where I didn't get married five years ago. So many memories at that temple!!

Jill and Daniel sported some patriotic gear courtesy of Bunny.

Jill's Grandma had a birthday party at her special picnic!
(It was actually a church picnic for our ward, but my father-in-law was the ward clerk at the time and made the reservations. For whatever reason, the sign outside the pavilion said "Collett Church Picnic" instead of "Eastgate Ward" or "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." ;)

I found another twin! Am I lucky or what?