Thursday, August 13, 2009

40 days and 40 nights? Took us 2 hours!

Well, when it rains, check the toilet! I took the kids school shopping yesterday and when I returned it was to a small flood. Apparently the toilet overflowed while we were gone and was stuck running. I managed to get the toilet to stop running and started throwing every towel we had on hand on the floor. We used them all up and ran for the neighboors shop vac to no avail. Our bedroom carpet was soaked the laminate in the hallway had water running under it. The water had made it's way into the kitchen and it was raining toilet water into the basement. Part of the carpet was soaked the insullation all had to be pulled and the air conditioner shut off so it wouldn' t short out. So, it was 7pm by this time. I called our homeowners insurance and they sent over a 24 hour disaster clean up crew, thank goodness they came out last night. They managed to pull up the floor in the hall, the tile in the bathroom is cracking and the floor is bending, the bedroom carpet was pulled partially up and the pad removed. The insullation was pulled out of the celing in the basement and about 45 high intensity dehumidifiers/dryers were put in the house. We set up a tent in the backyard and camped for the night. Lisa, bless her heart, is going to take Haley and Mark for me today while I supervise the demolition of my house. They are going to have to take 4 inches up the wall board, and all my baseboards off. So, it will take 3-5 days to dry, then Monday the adjuster comes to estimate damages. Life just got a little more complicated, but then as Mark said last night, "It's just stuff. It can be replaced. It could have been worse. We could have been sleeping and a fire broke out." So, I guess there is always a bright side! We'll be moving into my Grandma's house for the time being. So you can reach me on my cell 801-678-2916. Love ya all! Check your toilets before you walk out the door!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

More pictures.....again

Marky's Cool dude face....
Shawn played frisbee with us

Haley and Kara being swallowed by a shark.

Shawn loved to suck on this rock for some reason.

Sandcastles are hours of fun.

More Pictures

Swimming and Boating at Cullaby. I wish I had a picture of the Sail boat.
Tara and Shawn

Oops! This was supposed to be tilted the other way. Tilt your head to the right.... :)

Hug Point. Greatest Beach for kids to play on with a little water fall. Marky and Dad built a huge sand castle complete with tanks and had a huge battle.

Cutie kiddies!

Pictures from Oregon

Mark playing with Shawn

Haley Loved this Dress up.

We call this her Diva Pose.

Short Sands Beach

Here are some pictures from our trip. I have a lot. I'll post a couple postings of them. The foresty ones are from Short Sands beach. the best Surfing in Oregon, I think. But also great ocean kayaking and boogie boarding. We had a great time, even little mark let me put him on a boogie board!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Squishin' the Squash Bug's

So, I came back from a long trip to Oregon to see my family. It was great! I'll post some pictures later. I got to see all my brothers and sisters, some I havent' seen in over a year! And we spent a week on a kitchen improvement project for my mom while she was at Girls' camp. She had no idea and broke into tears when she came back. I think I have a picture of that too! Priceless! Anyway, I came home to 3 ravaged zuccini plants and 2 relatively healthy ones. To my horror they have squash bugs, anyone who'se had them knows the best way to get rid of them is to squish them! they don't respond to pesticide. So, I told little mark I'd pay him a nickle for every bug he squished. I'm already up to 5.00! I'm going to be broke soon! I've been removing the eggs as well, hopefully they'll leave my butternut alone. We'll have to take care that they don't winter over in the soil! I know I know I promised pictures, but unfortunatly my camera broke the last day we were in Oregon. So, maybe I'll take the laptop out and get the webcam to take a video for you!