Due Date and Baby!

Everyone,

Today is my due date for the baby. Whew, I made it! And guess what? I had the baby almost 2 weeks ago. Yup. Blogging in real time people.

No honestly, 4 is harder than 3. I think because I had SO MUCH HELP when the boys were born that I was able to adjust slowly to having 3. This time, not as much help. My parents were here for a few days, and Juice has taken a few days off. It’s an adjustment for us all, and we’re all coping. Some better than most.

PLUS, our first floor is still in the messy throws of being of being re-floored. Which we’ve had our friends help with, and our family. But still, it’s all torn up and that is what Juice is taking time off to do. Oh sure, he helps some with the kids. He’s actually been very helpful. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like he’s ignoring me and our three (!!) boys completely. But the floor does take up a lot of our time.

PLUS, we found mold in our downstairs wall.

Seriously, the fun never stops here!

Here are a few pictures of the babe, and then the birth story will follow in a few days.

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You can see our new floor in this picture.

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So. Tired.

Everyone,

We have house guests. My cousin and his wife and 2 girls (5 and 3) are visiting our place for the weekend. So that makes 10 people we’ve crammed into our little house. And you know what? It seems to be working. Yay!

They didn’t get in until about 1am yesterday. And today we went to Mt. Vernon and walked all over. It was a great day but my camera battery died (again!) so I have very little pictures to show for it. We had personal pizzas for dinner, went out for awesome ice cream for a treat, and played a tiny bit on the Wii.

Okay, I just fell asleep typing that sentence. Had to erase a whole bunch of f’s. Must sleep.

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Home Times

Everyone,

Today our short window of outing time was filled with going to the hardware store. I was kind of hoping to go out and do some kind of family outing this weekend. Juice had Thursday afternoon off, along with all day Friday this week. It has been wonderful to have him home. We were able to get all of our normal Saturday chores done on Friday and so I thought we could have a play day on Saturday.

Then I thought, it’s going to be Thanksgiving next week and I don’t want to go to the hardware store by myself/on black Friday. So we went today and will plan on doing something fun next weekend.

We left the hardware store with some no see no touch mouse traps for when he goes away next week. We also got some hooks for various art projects that are going on in my house and for stockings. I never know where to put Butterfly’s stocking. I think last year we hung it from the corner of the blinds next to the Christmas lights in our window. That’s not going to work this year since there are only 2 corners. So I bought some sticky hooks and we will hang them from the wall in our dining room.

On Friday, I was able to go to hang out with the ladies at my church and learn about vinyl lettering. This is a lot of fun! I even made something. I’m not terribly crafty so this is big for me. See, isn’t it cute?
I put the letters on the board, and Juice hung the hooks and the wire for me. Originally I thought I would get more vinyl letters and make name tags to put up for everyone on the hooks. But then I thought I would do pictures instead. I’ve spend the evening browsing a bunch of sights for some small reusable picture frames and I think I found some on etsy. No matter that there are more things there than we have members of our family. We will just pick the most important ones…prayer, song, lesson, treat, prayer. It’s what we do right now anyway. As the kids get older, we’ll rotate through some things. Anyway, this is one of 2 home decorating projects I have in my head with vinyl lettering. The next one to come later.

Butterfly saw Juice making the marks for the hooks and asked if she could too. I said sure, it was just pencil and Juice would know his own marks. I went to do a baby related thing and came back to find her tracing the letters with her pencil. Good thing pencil erases or she’d be in bigger trouble.

Still no sign of mice. It’s been almost a week now. Juice is convinced we have them but they have stored away enough food to sustain them for awhile. I kind of agree with that. I mean, the mouse I saw was not the first one I saw in the house (I thought I saw one in the kitchen about a week before I saw this one in the living room.) Soot periodically goes nuts at our heat vent in the corner so I’m pretty sure there is something in there. Also, we randomly get dog food under the couch. Hmm…all signs point to a mouse but not very active ones here. I am still banking on the fact that we have several. Hopefully when Juice gets back from his traveling he can plug up the numerous holes we have in our house. One can only dream.

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Drained

Everyone,

One super cross, super bossy, super attitude pre-schooler.
Check.
One very needy boy.
Check.
One very sad boy today (also pretty needy…lots of crying from the boys today.)
Check.
One very long outing.
Check.
Three very short naps.
Check.
One mouse in my living room.
Check.
One scream from me. (which is why they were short naps)
Check.
One hysterical call to Juice to come home and deal with it.
Check.
One very nice Juice who did.
Check.
One very cocky dog who caught and killed mouse.
Check.
One afternoon spent in my bedroom with the door shut.
Check.
One total clean of the living room.
Check.
One half done clean of the kitchen.
Check.
Seven traps set out for tonight.
Check.
Six websites read before freaking out over what they said and stopping.
Check.
One very stressed, very tired, very creeped out mommy.
Check.

Send help.

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Questions and a New Roof

Everyone,

They are re-doing our roof today. Actually, they were supposed to do it yesterday. They kept telling me this was going to be a one day job. Well, when you don’t show up to your job until 11am, it’s probably going to take 2 days. They worked until almost 8pm last night, and didn’t show up until 11am again today. Maybe those are their hours? In any case, the pounding has stopped so I assume they are out to lunch. They better not have left because the yard is a wreck and there are nails everywhere. I just can’t wait till they are done. Having a small amount of buyer’s remorse as well. Oh well.

My friend Aimee as asked a few questions so I thought I’d answer them. Thanks Aimee! This is fun.

1. Who is the person you admire most in your life and why? Probably my mom because she has an amazing memory and she would do anything for us. That’s pretty amazing. :)

2. If you were presented a Tree in a pot or a piece of chocolate cake on a plate, which would you choose and why? A tree in a pot because I am not a cake eater. I would plant the tree (this is assuming when I am given the tree I actually have a place to plant it) and watch it grow. Would be better than 5 minutes eating cake!

3. Tell me a story from your childhood. One year for Christmas I got a fish tank. I loved that tank. It was so much fun to set up, and to have the filter bubbling and the light softly glowing in my room at night. A few days later, we were able to pick out 6 fish at the pet store. I think I got 2 guppies, 2 black mollies, and a couple gold fish. Within a week, everything but the black mollies had died, and the black mollies had ick. (White spots all over them, poor things.) I kept getting more fish like neon tetras, the fish that you can see through, and a beta here and there. Some lived a long time, some died right away. At the time, I was keeping a very small journal with a lock and a key. Most of my entries around this time are about my fish. What I named them, and how sad I was when they died. I even drew a big picture of the fish tank in there and said good bye to each of the fish as they died. “Good bye Lemon, Lime, and Lemon Drop! You were good pet fish. I will love you forever!” Funny, those are the only fish’s names I can remember. When we moved from Colorado to Utah, I decided against putting up the fish tank again. I think it is still in my parent’s garage though. It has gone through about 5 moves and 3 different houses. But I never set it up after Colorado. I still love to look at the fish at the pet store. Maybe if we ever move back to Colorado, I will set it up again. I’m sure my parents will be happy to see it go from their garage.

4. What is your favorite thing to do by yourself? My all time favorite thing to do by myself is to read with a huge bowl of popcorn. Most days though, I don’t have a moment to myself or a good book to read.

5. Describe yourself in 4 words. Hmm, this is a hard one. Loyal, thoughtful, quiet, nice.

If anyone wants me to interview them, just leave me a comment.

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Phone Woes

Everyone,

Do you see that wire that is sitting out all bare and exposed? That is our brand new, less than a month old phone line.

Off and on since we moved to the house, we have been getting a horrible buzz in the background of the phone. It used to come and go. We’ve had the phone company out several times to check it and hopefully fix it. They always managed to get it right, if only for a few more months. Finally, this time it was worse than ever. I couldn’t even talk on the phone because I couldn’t hear anything. And since we get no cell phone reception, we were without a phone.

The phone company (PC) sent out tech #1. She tells me it’s time to replace the line. Yay! PC sends out tech #2 and he cancelled the ticket without even setting foot inside the house. He stated that it was an indoor problem. Lots of talking between Juice and the PC brought about tech #3. He also said that the line needs to be replaced. (By the way, this tech showed up in horribly baggy clothes with huge ketchup stains on them and his boxers were plaid. I do not want to see my repair guy’s boxers! Where is the PC’s dress code??) Nothing happened for weeks. Almost daily, Juice would call them and complain that the phone is awful. (A lot of, “I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. The phone connection is awful!” on his part.) Tech #4 came out, phone line needs to be replaced. He at least mapped out where our hubs for the neighborhood are and tried to figure out where our lines went. (We have 2.) Tech #5 comes out. Finally, action is made. He called the utility people right then and there to get them to come and paint some lines so they can dig. He gave me his personal number. If we are going to get anywhere, he is going to do it.

Within days they marked the utility lines. (Butterfly said, “Oh! Someone colored on our grass!”) About a week later, guys showed up with big digging equipment. Our new line was in! But the buzz was still awful. 2 days after the new line went in, tech #5 came and spliced it all together and we had crystal clear phone reception! Yay!

Then our neighbors decided to put in a new fence. They had to dig up our phone line to put the fence posts in. Bye bye crystal clear sound. Hello slight buzz. Arg!!!

Since I took the pictures, they have finished their fence, re-buried the line, and it’s back to being clear. The only bad this is that the buzz is gone. We used the buzz as an indicator that the phone was on. Now, when we pick up the phone, it’s silent. It’s a little weird!

And it’s a little weird that we got used to the buzz!

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I just spent 5000 dollars.

Everyone,

You heard me right. I just spent 5,000 dollars in one day. Yes, one day. Doing what, you may ask? Well, it’s pretty big. No, it’s not a new car. (It was my car money I spent, but I didn’t spend it on the new car.) No, not a new boat or house or whatnot…we are far to practical for that. It’s a new roof.

See, I started noticing small black streaks on our roof and thought, “Great. We are going to have to put a new roof on this house.” So I started saving. And boy did I save! And boy did I watch our roof deteriorate. Soon those little black streaks were big black swathes and I could see some of the shingles starting to pull up. So I had someone come out and look at it in Feb. He agreed that it probably needed to be done, gave me a number and told me to call. I never did. I never got around to it.

But when we were at the county fair I signed up for a free roof estimate. They came, they saw, they confirmed what a shabby house we bought. There is extensive rotting in the attic, mold and mushrooms growing on our roof, and a few small holes in the caulk that you can see into our attic from outside. Great. There are also 3 layers of shingles up there. And since the drainage is poor, the water seeps under the first layer and swells the second and third layer. Which is buckling our roof. And you can see that from the ground.

After a lot of talking, looking at pictures, going over shingle samples and the dangers of hiring a bad contractor, we bit the bullet. I liked this company. I liked that they were professional and a family owned business. I like that they can take away our 3 useless roofs and put in a nice, new, 25 year warranty roof. I like that they have huge amounts of insurance for their workers and any damage they may do to the building. I liked the sale guy. He was willing to work with our budget and has already emailed me with a few color options (even though we spoke yesterday!).

Whoever buys our house will be getting a bargain. We have updated the following: power (it’s called a heavy up), furnace (ours died Christmas week when I was pregnant with Butterfly. The repair guy called the company and they said they haven’t made that model for over 30 years. Time for a new one!), doors and windows, new paint, and all new light fixtures. We’ve also had a new phone line put it. So the guts of the house will be redone. Now they can take care of the old outdated kitchen and baths. I’m almost done!

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Scrub a dub dub

Everyone,

My brother is coming to visit on Tuesday. And my sister in law. I really should make up cool names for him and her like I did for us. And since they haven’t made up online names for themselves, I get to pick. Let’s see…let’s call him MusicMan and her Angel. (Nothing like the Angel in Buffy). :)

I digress. They are coming on Tuesday. Right, already said that. So, because company is coming to stay, the house must be clean. If I learned anything from my childhood, it’s the fact that the house must be clean. That and “You spill, you die.” Just a family motto for the car.

Today being Saturday and we don’t have any plans, we spent the day cleaning. Butterfly woke up at 6:45am! Thank you whoever is in charge of sleep habits for toddlers. It’s better than the 5am that has been plaguing us for months. Juice got up with her, vacuumed, and I got up about half an hour later.

He swept, straightened, moved, packed away, went into the attic 4 or 5 times, and played with Butterfly. I sat at the kitchen table, eating my cereal and going through the 6 inch high stack of catalogues I have. I may have looked like I was enjoying myself, but really, I was cleaning.

Let’s see, we have also cleaned off the top of our tv (a big deal, I don’t think it’s been clean since Butterfly’s first birthday), did 2 loads of dishes, cleared the clutter from my scrap booking desk, got the guest bed half way set up, and cleaned all bathrooms. Plus, we went for a walk to the post office about a mile from here to get holiday stamps. And to give Soot some exercise.

I still have a few places to straighten up. Like the computer desks and the other table in our kitchen. But it’s coming together. Thanks bro, for giving me an excuse to get my house picked up before the holiday season. :)

Please excuse me while I go scrub my kitchen floors. Thank you.

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Service call

Everyone,

It doesn’t seem like a normal month unless someone comes by to check up on some appliance of ours. The dryer, being our biggest epic service call. Don’t even get me started on that one or I start to get mad.

2 years ago, while I was pregnant with Butterfly, Juice and I went to a holiday party at a friend’s house. When we got home, our house smelled a little funny but it was late and we went to bed. Got up, went to work, and came home to a freezing house. The heater bit the dust. Great. It was a week before Christmas and we were leaving the day after Christmas for Utah. A very nice guy rushed out to see us, proclaimed the thing dead (it was 30+ years old…I was surprised it was still working at all) and ordered us a new one. We spent a week in a freezing house (not unpleasant to the pregnant me) and a week in Utah. And then we had a heater a few days after we got back. Bliss ensued.

So the other day when I got a little postcard in the mail asking if I wanted a pre-season check on my heater, I thought sure! Let’s catch any problems before we go another 3 weeks without heat in the house.

Service call made, a gold star was given to the heater, and they went. Ahhh…I love those types of service calls.

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