So after our pipe broke two weeks ago, we were so grateful that it was an easy fix and were able to get the little bit of water in our master bedroom up with a shop vac. Fast forward 5 days to Thursday, and it broke again! The only difference this time was that I was at work, and so it was leaking for an entire day. I came home that afternoon to 3 inches of standing water in our entire house. Our wonderful neighbor helped me get the water shut off and then I began getting as much up with the shopvac as I could as Kirsten started picking up things in her room to save what she could.
The emergency water extraction company could not get there until Friday afternoon because they were so backed up. They had to tear out our carpet pad, carpet, remove all of our baseboards, and cut away the bottom 6 inches of sheetrock around our entire house. They cranked the heat up to 90 degrees, had two de-humidifiers running along with 10 fans. I am not looking forward to that electric bill! It took until Monday to get everything dry. The contractor came on Tuesday to put together a repair estimate and the insurance company approved it on Thursday. This Wednesday, the carpet company is coming to take a sample of carpet to get a replacement cost estimate. I still do not know when they are actually going to start construction.
This has been more than I have ever wanted to deal with. Thank goodness that my dad lives so close and has let us stay at his house indefinitely. Kirsten is loving being able to walk to school, and I have to admit that it is nice being so close to school.
We are in Kansas at my mom's right now. We had the tickets a while ago and decided to still come. It has been nice to get away from the mess and not have to think about it too much for a few days. I have been SO TIRED ever since we got here though, and Jeremy thinks that my body is finally relaxing after the past few weeks and just wants to rest.
When we get home tomorrow night, it will be time to start going through things and taking pictures and putting together a personal property loss report for the insurance company. Most of our hardwood furniture seems okay, but it is the pressed wood stuff from IKEA that is destroyed, and we have a lot of that. I am just ready to get this chapter of our lives closed, and move back into my home. Maybe then Katie and Kirsten will start sleeping all night again.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This past week will go down in History as one of the longest ever. Monday was normal enough, but then Tuesday morning we woke up to this...
That may look like snow, but it isn't. It is a 3" sheet of ice covering everything. So school, of course was cancelled. Since it did not get above freezing, nothing melted and the entire city was at a standstill. I saw videos of people ice skating in the streets. School was canceled again on Wednesday, and Thursday and Jeremy worked from home. No one walked out the front door of this house for 72 hours. All things considered, we did pretty well, but we were definitely feeling like we were on top of each other in our little house. Kirsten occupied herself by creating. She went through 200 pieces of cardstock and 5 rolls of tape. Here are a few of her creations. She made a bird, nest and eggs.
We even finished our Daisy Troop Flag.
In the midst of all of this, we finally got Katie's closet organized. We had it all torn apart before the pipe burst, and still managed to get the shelves in on Saturday. I think that she likes it.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Last week Kirsten was chosen as the Star Student from her class. I think she was literally bouncing when she came out of school on Friday with the news. She spent all weekend decorating her poster to take to school
She was so excited to go to school on Monday and share her poster with her friends.
The best part was Good Morning Ogle on Friday morning. Katie, me, Jeremy, and his mom were all able to come and cheer her on.