March 27, 2006

Hooray for Water!

So, to follow up on my last post, this one will be short and sweet. I left you with Ben fixing the leak...but what I didn't tell you was that all 3 of my children thought it would be nice to go under the house and "help" daddy fix the leak. The boys were enthralled with the spiders, dirt, and odor that eminated from those regions. Annalisa went because, well like me, she wasn't gonna let "her boys" do something without her. After spending $60 at Home Depot and about 2 hours under the house, Ben came out and informed me that it should be fixed. He was right! I only wish we had known the first night how much cheaper it would have been if Ben did it all, but hindsight is 20/20 right? I say all that to say that my kids now have clean faces, hands, and feet and I have clean shaven legs!!!!!

March 26, 2006

Dad, can we use the water yet????

When we got home at about 9:00 Thursday night from my son Cole's violin recital I heard what I thought was water running. I asked Ben if he was washing clothes, but Annalisa, my 3 year old genius, informed me very promptly that it was the dishwasher running not the washing machine. Well, I looked at the dishwasher and sure enough the lights were on, so I thought, "Wow! She is really smart." But it still sounded weird to me and I just chalked it up to the fact that I hardly ever actually HEAR the dishwasher run since I try to do that while I am asleep. (there isn't a warning attached to dishwashers that says, "do not operate while sleeping" as there is to hairdryers. I had to quit drying my hair in bed when I saw that warning!) So the night progressed and at about 11:30 Ben asked me if I was washing clothes. That question concerned me mildly, and I explained to him that Annalisa had pointed out to me it was the dishwasher, but we both realized very quickly that the dishwasher was no longer running, yet water was....somewhere. So, Ben put on his shoes and went under the house only to find water spraying everywhere and standing water under there also. Not good news. He turned the water off for the night and would call a plumber in the morning. Well, apparantly everyone within a 100 mile radius had the same problem because no plumber could make it out to our house before 6:30 p.m.! Ben had been going next door filling up a gallon jug to put in the back of the commode so we could flush. In case you wondered, it takes 3 gallons to fill up the tank. At 7:00 still no plumber. 7:30 Ben calls and asks about the plumber and the secretary tells us he is at our house. We are like, "Really? We can't see him. Is he invisible?" So, she says she will call us right back. 8:00 still no plumber and no phone call. Wow! This is getting to be a fun evening!! About 8:20 the plumber shows up and informs us that he can't do anything tonight because it is ....get this....too dark! Woah! But, we were wondering if he had been there when he was supposed to be could he have fixed it then? He charged us $130 for going under the house and putting some tape on the pipe to "hopefully hold it until tomorrow"... that sounds promising, right? My boys are excited because this is 2 nights without a bath! On Saturday the plumber calls back and says that he can come fix the leak but because of his licensing he will have to replace ALL the pipes under our house. WHAT? Ben told him to forget it, and he is in there now replacing the one pipe that had the leak, my kids are running around with dirty feet and hands and I am wondering when I can shave my legs!

March 24, 2006


This is one of my favorite pics of Annalisa. Ben took it last fall, but it just makes me smile when I see it, so I wanted to share it with others. Last night we went to Cole's violin concert at his school, and Annalisa was mimiking Cole playing. She was holding her arm like she had a violin, and with the other hand she was moving an imaginary bow. After about 3 songs, she looked up at me and said, "Mom, I need to go to Cole's school." Do you think they will be ready for her???


This is my blog site mostly to make my cousin Melissa, (Lissa-Lou) to me, happy and think that we all have extra time during the day to sit around and journal about the things that go on in our lives. I also just couldn't have my baby brother outdoing me by having a blog site of his own, and me not being able to outdo him by figuring out how to use the spel chec. I really do think this could be a fun thing to do, if people were going to look at all the hard work I put into it. But, will they look? And will they comment? Well, hopefully I will get at least one comment from Lissa-Lou Who over in Whoville who is enjoying motherhood and being a stay-at-home mom during the day so much that she will have time to say, "hey!" to me!!!! I hope everyone enjoys what they read, if I ever post anything else!!