Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Madness and Mayhem and Illness

My last few weeks have been extremely busy and crazy full of madness, mayhem and illness. Here are the highlights:

On Friday Dec. 10 we closed on our house!!

On Saturday Dec. 11 we pulled out all the carpet down stairs. The floor under the carpet in the bedrooms is beautiful!! The floor under the carpet in the living is a disaster! It is completely destroyed! After attempting to fix it we decided to cover it with more carpet.

On Wednesday Dec. 15 we replaced the carpet.

On Thursday Dec. 16 we started moving our big furniture over.

On Friday and Saturday Dec. 17 and 18 we made the big move to our wonderful, amazing, beautiful new home!! I started attempting desperitly to unpack enough to make a nice Christmas for my family. We had only bought half of our gifts assuming that we could finish shopping the week before Christmas.

On Sunday Dec. 19 we had dinner at my in-laws and met my brother-in-law's new girl friend. She is a wonderful and sweet creature. I like her already!

On Monday Dec. 20 Lulu started throwing up. She spent all day throwing up and having diarrhea. The next several days where consumed with trying to help Lulu feel better.

On Wednesday Dec. 22 we bought our tree but only got lights on it. We did not actually decorate it until the very last minute on Christmas Eve. I actually think I like it that way. We might buy our tree earlier next year but then decorate it as a celebration on Christmas Eve and light it after Christmas Vigil. Lulu spent all night throwing up again.

On Thursday Dec. 23 we had our phone and internet hooked up. We decided to go with Cox. Cox has a deal where you get their full bundle for the first two months for free! Therefore we have free cable for two months! I did not think we would really use it but it has turned out to be very nice for this Christmas.

On Christmas Eve we had a wonderful dinner at my in-laws. It is tradition to have Fettuccine Alfredo and potato soup on Christmas Eve at their house. My completely amazing sister-in-law made me Buche De Noel and peanut free, gluten free muddy buddies!! It was wonderful!! At this point Lulu had not completely recovered from her virus but I thought she was past throwing up. I was wrong. We where up all night with her throwing up again. Apparently she stole a cookie and it was too rich for her recovering tummy.

On Christmas day we spent all day watching Hallmark Christmas movies on our cable. We sang a lot of carols and opened what few gifts we had. We did not have a big meal because Lucy couldn't eat it. After she went to bed Tom and I did make a small feast for the two of us. It was amazing to eat! We had been sneaking food all day so that Lulu would not see us and beg for stuff she could not have. That meant neither of us had had a real meal all day and were starving!

On Dec. 26 Tom started throwing up and having diarrhea.

On Dec. 27 My completely amazing, sweet, and wonderful mother-in-law met me at my apartment to help me finish the cleaning and gathering the last few items we left there.

Dec. 28 (today!) Tom is sleeping in extremely late; Lulu is still grumpy like she is recovering; Eliza has started running a low grade fever; and my mother-in-law and I are going to finish the apartment and turn in the keys.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Moving Day

Tomorrow is moving day! I am working hard on finishing the packing!! I spent all week dusting the house (I have never seen a house so dusty. I literally had to scrub from ceiling to floor.) So far I have the kitchen and living room PACKED! That leaves finishing the bedroom, office, and bathroom. I will get there before you know it!

Starting tomorrow I will live in a house that is on the ground floor (NO MORE STAIRS!), it will be bug free, and it will have it's own washer and dryer! I could not ask for much more in a home!

Oh this house also has a huge yard, four bedrooms, a great living room, and a garage with attached workroom! Life does not get much better than that! I just have to survive the move!

Now back to packing! Pray for me and my family please!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Always Check the Diaper

Last night Lucy woke up and started crying, I mean wailing on the top of her lungs. I got up, I found her pacifier and gave it to her. She kept wailing. I gave her her favorite blanket. She kept wailing. I laid with her for a few minutes. She kept wailing. In frustration I went to bed leaving the wailing child. Tom woke up. He tried everything he could think of. Finally she went to sleep.

She woke up an hour or so later and repeated the cycle. We did this maybe three times. I was about to lose it when I noticed her diaper on the floor next to the bed. I picked it up and put it back on her. She laid down peacefully and went back to sleep. I should have checked her diaper earlier.

Our House!

On Friday we signed the papers, put the down payment down, and now we own a house (and a mortgage)! After signing the papers we went straight to the house and entered our new home. The feelings of joy and excitement are indescribable!

In our excitement to start making it "ours" we ripped out the carpet.  In the first bedroom the wood floor underneath are amazingly beautiful! It just needs buffed! The second bedroom same story! We where dancing for joy! Then we pulled out the living room....

In the living room someone painted the bottom of the carpet with glue, went crazy with a staple gun, then nailed it to the floor. The wood floor is destroyed. The glue has turned into a black tar that will not come up. First we tried scrubbing it off. That got some off but it did not do anything to the worst of it. Then we called a floor specialist who told us to use paint thinner. The paint thinner added an awful odor to the house but did not do help any more than just scrubbing did. Then we tried sanding it off. The tar is so thick it destroyed the sandpaper. I have now heard there is a way to get it off. first you spray adhesive remover on one square foot, let it soak for a  few minutes, then you scrape it off. After you have done this to the entire room you sand it and re-polish it. joy!

You can imagine how upset we where. After deliberating and discussing it we decided to buy a new carpet. We are getting a hypo-allergenic carpet that does not require the pad. Tom and a friend are going to put it down with double sided sticky tape (a floor specialist told us that works). We are simply going to cover up the problem, move in, and deal with it when it is not 8 to 22 degrees outside (that is yesterdays low and high).

The best part of owning the house so far has been watching Lucy. She has been so excited to have space to run! She has run and run and run and run... you get the picture. Yesterday she was so tired when I put her to bed she was asleep before I finished singing to her and she slept in this morning!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hey all!
I know it has been a long time since I posted. It looks like we are going to close on the house on Dec. 10!!! YAAYY!!!! I am SO excited!!!!!!!! That means TONS of packing and preparing though! I just got back from my family's house 485 miles away, we started Advent on Sunday, Tom's birthday is this coming Sunday, Christmas is around the corner, and I am stressed! That means I will not be on here very often but I promise to drop by and write a short note here and there to keep you updated on how everything is going!

Until then God bless!