Monday, August 31, 2009


Ugh making claims on the house stinks, first we had a huge hail storm a few months ago that damaged our home, our roof, our siding, our window wraps and gutters. So we of course put in a claim and are getting some things fixed, it's a long process but hopefully before the first snow flake falls we will be getting some of this done. Also we have been working our tails off trying to keep water from getting into the basement, we found out last winter that we were in fact getting water in the foundation as there is a crack in it. So we had 11 yards of dirt delivered and with the help of our family and friends we got that laid out, got new poly laid down and 11 yards of rock. What a pain in the butt but it looks amazing. The goal was that water would now run away from the house rather then to it......then last Monday we awoke to a huge rain storm. Tons of rain. We looked outside and noticed a couple of spots that needed to be filled with more dirt as there was pooling.

Then I get a email from Rob at work later in the morning saying he had tried to call me, the basement was flooded. The rain was so hard it leaked in behind our side stairs where there are some openings and also leaked in our egress window that leads into the office. That was the worst of it. After buying a humidifier, fans on the floor for days and using a carpet cleaner to try to suck up as much water as possible, the floor is almost dry.....but we did notice, how could we not (it's horrible) the smell of musty mildew. I hate coming home each day because it just reminds me that there is a huge problem in our basement. So now today we put in our second claim in just 2 months and they have to come to inspect. I'm almost positive we will have to rip up all of the carpet in the finished basement and some of the trim.

I finally felt like we were getting ahead with the landscaping outside, our neighbor helped Rob build a beautiful raised flower bed off the front of our deck and Rob also build me a garden out behind the garage that gets an amazing amount of sun. This time next year we will hopefully have some veggies in that garden. For this I'm super thankful but I'm also so overwhelmed with the fact that there is so much that needs to be done and NO money to do it, I'm thankful we have home insurance as this is what it's used for but we will probably do most of the work ourselves to try to save some money. Which in it's self is such a huge task.

I am trying to look on the bright side of things like, the office will be better organized, we will get new carpet. Etc. But the carpet really wasn't horrible, granted it's burbur but still. Ugh. Ok vent over, feeling better. I need to stop worrying and just enjoy. Be thankful that my family is healthy, be thankful that we have love and a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Been awhile

Well a lot has been going on, Ian had his 18 month check up today. He weighed in at 28.5 lbs and 33 inches tall. 70% for height 80% for weight. He had his height checked back in May and has grown a full 2 inches since May!!! He did good for his shot. Thank God it was only 1. Rob was with us, which was awesome because we had a long wait. We also talked about Ian's staring off into space, the Dr. said if he continues to do it and we can't get him out of his "trance" for 15-30 seconds we need to go see a neuro at the Children's hospital because he could be having a small seizure. Which is scary, but he's right were he needs to be everywhere else development wise so that's great news. Ian has been quite the funny boy lately. But also a naughty one, has been hitting a lot and pushing.

We of course would love any suggestions. Right now we just get down to his level and tell him, "No hitting" then he usually hits again cause he's upset or he cries.

Rob is working hard on getting flyers out for the upcoming show on September 19th. That should be a good time, hoping we can find a babysitter so I can go to his last show! The CD is mastered. So now it's time to send it off to be pressed.

I've been doing good, had a really bad panic episode last night, ended up getting sick to my stomach and threw up some blood as well which worried me. Talked with the Dr. today and she said my esophagus was probably just irritated but if I got sick again and saw more blood I needed to come in.

All is all things are good, a little rocky in some areas but we are working on it, going to be seeing a gal and hopefully help us on that.