Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Great Alleman Flood Part 2

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

The week that would never end...

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.
She made a giant treasure map and then recreated it in our house.  We then spent two hours playing pirates over and over again with a twist each time.
We also set up her tent in her room and then she trashed her room thoroughly.  I didn't mind though, we just let her play to her heart's content.
We spent tons of time snuggling,
And even more time cuddling.
We even finished our Daisy Troop Flag.
Thursday night we managed to finally make it out of the house.  Our street was pretty scary, but once we got on the main roads, we could drive in the ruts that had been made by other tires.  We went to On The Border for dinner and then to Target for a few things we had run out of.  I am sure glad that we made it out, because Thursday night, it snowed.  The weather report said we should expect less than an inch.  When we woke up, we had actually gotten 7 inches, and it kept coming down all day, for a grand total of 9".  So that is 9 inches of snow, on top of 3 inches of ice.  School was cancelled again on Friday.
Friday afternoon, Kirsten announced that she was going to runaway.  She packed and everything.   What made me laugh is that she had packed paper, markers, glue sticks, tape, and 1 change of clothes in a shoe box.  She informed me that she was going to Michael's house and that his mommy could sew her more clothes when she got there.  Luckily, I convinced her to stay.  When Jeremy was done working that afternoon, they went out to play in the snow, which helped her mood.  They made snow angels, went sledding down our driveway, and played in the igloo someone had made at the end of our street.
That is about where the fun ended.  On Saturday morning, I thought I heard water running.  I could not find it anywhere inside, so Jeremy checked out back.  We had a waterfall coming out of the back of our house.  We had a pipe burst.  We got the water shut off, and our neighbor gave us the name of a plumber that used to work for his parents company.  So we had no water all day.  No showers, no flushing toilets, nothing.  Luckily we do have an emergency supply of water, so we could wash hands and had plenty to drink.  At 4:30 the plumber called and said he could not make it until Sunday.  So we packed up and headed to Jeremy's parents house for the night.  They were so gracious to let us in and we were so thankful to have running water!  Sunday morning, Jeremy met the plumber at the house.  It turns out that the pipe burst in 2 places.  They had to cut a hole in the back of the house to get to it.  It is fixed, and I am so grateful.  I kept having flash backs to my mission in Honduras every time I would try to turn the water on and nothing happened.  I will never take running water for granted.
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.
Would you believe that school was canceled again today?!  We had another ice/snow storm last night.  Tomorrow there is a 2 hour delay, although I don't think it will make a difference since it is not going to get above freezing until Friday afternoon.  We are all starting to feel it now.  I absolutely love my family and have loved spending time with them, and I am also so grateful that Jeremy could be home with us too.  However, we are all ready to get out of this house.  Luckily, there is sunshine in the forecast.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Star Student

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. 
 On Tuesday she got to take her favorite toy to share with her class.  She of course took Emily, her American Girl Doll.  She got her all dressed up for the occasion.
 Wednesday she was sick and unfortunately had to stay home from school.  On Thursday, she got to take her favorite book, Pinkalicious, with her to school to share with her class.

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.
 She got to go up on the stage and do the Star Student cheer, and then dance to Toe-Knee-Chest-Nut -Nose-Eye-Love you.  (Tony Chestnut knows I love you!)  It was so cute, and she was not shy at all as she shook her stuff up there.
 Her Star
 On Saturday I used my very first ever Groupon to buy her a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  It was  decorated to say "Today you are the Center of Attention".
I hope that she felt special this week.  She is such a wonderful little girl and we are so proud of her!