Monday, March 31, 2008

Quick update!

Let's see where to start! There won't be any pictures for a few weeks, I don't have the laptop with me to upload, or download so all that will have to wait for when I get back.

Hmmm. Where am I? Oh yes, I took Luke with me and we went up to Seattle for a visit. We have a long visit planned, almost three weeks. We miss Michale and Ender, but when we talk Michael says there is still food in the house and he is doing well, lonely at times...well, I guess maybe he can't be that lonely with Ender around!

We also planned a trip to Idaho, a really quick trip, to celebrate my Grandpa's 80th birthday. We left early Friday morning and it was good that we did because even with it being almost April, there was snow in the passes. We made it with out having to put on any chains, but it was really cold and wet out. We saw family and it was fun to have them meet Luke. We even saw family that I have meet before, but it was so long ago that I don't remember, I think there were even a few people that I had never met. It was good to be back in Idaho, I miss it and I wish we could have had a longer visit with family and had time to see some of our friends. We got back from our trip tonight.

Luke did really well on the trip, he did better than I thought.

I will be in Seattle for another week or so, trying to smash in a bunch of things before I go home.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Michael's sun burn

So this is what happened to Michael on Saturday. He was wearing shorts because the weather was supposed to be in the 70's and he was golfing. It did get warm, I don't know how warm, but it was super windy. Even though the sun was out Michael didn't think to put sunscreen on because since it was so windy is was on the cold side and his nose was running. He was wearing a hat, like he always does, do his ears were protected, and he had a windbreaker on so his arms were protected. One of his hands didn't get burned as bad as the other hand because he had a golf glove on. His neck, face and hands all look better than his legs. The really sad part about all of this is that this isn't the first time his legs have looked like this. He is the neighborhood joke that even when he isn't wearing socks, it looks like he socks! And to think that his old that his old tube sock tan line was almost gone! Too bad you can't see it in person, and I bet that he will remember that just because it's not hot out, if the sun is out you can still get burned. So he won't forget next time

Friday, March 14, 2008

Well, a little late...

...but late is better than never, right?!

It actually snowed the other day. March 6th was an exciting day. It started out as nothing, and we weren't sure that it was even going to stick. Well, it did stick, but two days later it was all gone, even the snowmen people made. But it was fun while it lasted!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Awesome! Amazing!

Take a look!

I saw this on the news this morning! The painters name is Dan Dunn and he is/does paintjam, and he has a few more videos of his paintings on youtube. The freebird one is awesome too!Watch them all, you know you want to! You can also look at his web site

You will have no clue what he is painting until he is done, and then you will need to pick your jaw up off the table, you never saw it coming!

Monday, March 10, 2008

A first for Luke

Luke had his first whole night in his crib. It still gets cold at night so we just kept the heat on. He went to bed about 6:30, slept till about 9:30. We started cutting out that feeding (we are trying to get him to sleep through the night) so when he woke up we were going to move him to our room. He decided that he wanted to be crabby, so we put him back in his crib, and he was quiet in about 10-15 minutes. He woke up next at abot 12:50, and cried for half an hour and wasn't going back to sleep, so I got up and fed him about 3 0z. changed his diaper and put him back to bed. He went right back to sleep and slept all the was up to 8:10 am! So that has been the best night that he has had yet, now I just need to teach myself to go to bed early so I can finally be getting some sleep.

So Luke was happy when he woke up, very hungry, but happy. We played for a bit, watched Baby Mozart, I fed him some rice cereal, and by 9:50 he was ready for a nap! I put him down, and didn't hear a peep from him. He is still asleep now and it's about 11am! We will see how long he naps, hopefully he is starting to nap longer than an hour at a time!
(update-11:20 he was awake)

This brings me hope! Maybe I won't always be sleep deprived, maybe my baby won't always be cranky, maybe I can get into a schedule and get some things done and somewhat organized around the house. Maybe I won't dread going out during the day and doing some errands, or going out just to go out.

I know that once we have a schedule, it will most likely change. Michael's Grandfather use to say something like- the only thing certain in life is change. How true that is, something I should remember so I don't get to comfortable with the way things are!

PS...I seem to be posting more than usual so go back and see if you missed anything!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Why I dislike flat paint

Dirty walls. The walls by all of our light switches are very dirty. I can't wash them or I will wash of the paint, I know this because I've tried. And to think that our walls will only get dirtier as Luke gets older...I guess had better start saving so I can repaint...with a more durable, washable paint! (I took photos to post, but I can't bring myself to post them. I guess anyone with kids and sticky fingered people knows what I'm talking about)

Oh, and it's a texture thing too...can't stand the feel of it, to chalky and dry feeling.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Luke at 4 months

Luke had his 4 month check up last Monday. He is growing good. His weight is now 15lbs. 3oz. (almost doubled his birth weight) and he is now 25 inches long. His Dr. said that I could start giving him some rice cereal, and that might help him sleep longer at night...that is the goal for his 6 month appointment-to be sleeping through the night! Luke did not like the 5 shots that he had to have. He didn't cry for the first one, but he did for the next four. They usually don't have so many shots, some of them are combination shots (several vaccines in one shot) but there was a recall on the combo ones and now they have to do them all separate. I told Michael when I got home that we can start him on rice cereal. To that he said "Noooooooooo". It's just kind of sad that he's growing so fast! (click on picture to enlarge)
Here are a few pictures of Luke eating his rice cereal. This is his first week, he's actually getting pretty good (pictures taken today, so he's had three days of practice) and not as messy as he was on Monday. I didn't think to take any pictures Monday, so these are his first food pictures! Where was my brain? He must have really likes the cereal, because after he was done, he tried to eat what had spilled on the bib!


We have a new look. Do you like it?

I am in the process of ironing everything out, like for whatever reason I can't view my profile....working on that.

Come back and visit soon, I have lots of pictures of Luke I would like to post and even some very cute video clips of Luke! Maybe now I can even get Michael to make a few posts!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


This is a clip of one of Luke's first laughs, which is really more of a squealing!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This week...

...for your viewing pleasure, I give you baby burrito! But you can’t eat him!

It’s very cute when we have him swaddled and we see just his feet poking out from the top of his bed!

February 2007

February 11, 2008

This week...
...for your viewing pleasure, I give you baby burrito! But you can’t eat him!

It’s very cute when we have him swaddled and we see just his feet poking out from the top of his bed!
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February 06, 2008

Luke sitting up

This is Luke in his new chair. He really likes sitting up and looking around. We tried to sit him up in his boppy, but he kept falling over so this chair works much better. I can even slide him close to his toys so he can look right at them. Luke can hold onto small toys so we got him this toy that you see in the pictures, he likes to grab onto the legs and try and put the feet into his mouth (I put the orange part of the toy into his hand and then he kept it there). I love the first picture where he is laughing! Now when I look at these pictures, it makes him look like he is getting to big and growing up too fast!
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February 04, 2008

Right now...
…it’s not feeling very much like winter. says that for our zip code the temperature is 78 but feels like 80. Because it was so nice Luke and I went on a walk, and the thermometer on the stroller said that it was 87 out. All of our windows are open (well, the ones that do open) to air out the house and the light breeze feels nice. So, if you are tired of the cold, wet, or snow where you live you are welcome to come for a visit. But make it quick, there’s no telling how long this weather will last.
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February 01, 2008

Talk about having a monkey on your back... this!
Monkey rides dog at Fort Worth Stock Show
I saw this on the news the other day and it made me laugh! The monkeys name is Whiplash and is 3 years old...if I heard right! We should have gone to see that in person, that would have been fun!
You may need to turn up your volume on the computer.
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January 2008

January 31, 2008

Happy in his swing!

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January 23, 2008

Listen to Luke
More to come later!
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January 21, 2008

Bye bye bassinet.

For two reasons:
This is what I found Ender doing a couple of times. We then started moving the bassinet away from the bed but that didn’t stop him from figuring out that he would then just have to jump into it to get whatever he wanted. We ended up taking down the bassinet anyhow because after almost 3 months Luke has outgrown his bassinet. He is within the weight range, but because he is long, and when he squirms his head gets smashed up against the top so we had to move him into something larger. We are (I am) not ready to move him into his crib yet because he still wakes up several times in the night to eat, and because at night we only heat our room so the rest of the house gets really cold at night, so he now sleeps in the pack and play that has a bassinet feature to it (which is great because without it I can’t reach the bottom to put Luke in or take him out).
Oh and Ender can now jump into the crib if the sides are down. I know this because I was playing with Luke in the crib one day and up jumped Ender. I have no idea if he will be able to jump into the crib with the side up. I guess that I will not be buying any baby gate to keep Ender out of places, that would just be a waste of money at this point.
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January 15, 2008

A day in Hawaii and project #2
While we were in Hawaii on vacation Michael, Luke and I went to the Swap Meet. I didn’t get a chance to go the last time we were in Hawaii, I think I waited to long to try and go and missed it since it is only open on certain days of the week, so I was sure not to miss it this time! It was really fun to see all of the things that were there for sale. The swap meet is held in the parking lot at the Aloha Stadium, so you start in one spot and go all the way around the stadium. There are a lot of different things for sale, and then after you pass those, you see a lot of the same things for sale from different venders. I was asking one of the vender owners for a price on an item, (just for curiosity) then said thank you and as I was walking out they immediately lowered the price! And the closer I got to the edge of leaving, the price dropped again! Hmmmmm! We are not really good at haggling but we did get one of the venders to sell us something for the price that another vender was selling the wall hangings for. After we got done with the swap meet we dropped Luke of with the family and Michael and I went out for lunch.

I had Michael help me with this project. I needed his height even with that ladder, but I needed his math skills more! I wasn’t going to take any chances that I would end up being an inch off here, or 5 inches off there. It’s bad enough when I bake something and forget to double an ingredient, or even add the wrong one for that matter! Besides, if it did end up being crooked it would have been easy to fix (since we were covering holes from the previous owner what’s a few more?) and I would have had someone to share the blame with!

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January 12, 2008

Another one bites the dust.
I have finished one of the many projects that are on my list of projects to do.
I have turned this:
Into this:
Without the baby of course!
It turned out better than I thought that it would have, and now it should stay nice enough for Luke to have it one day. The only thing that I am not 100% happy with is that since the shadow box isn't very deep, it smooshes the shoes a little bit, so I had to smoosh them myself so that they looked nice.
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January 10, 2008

Luke update!

Luke had his 2 month appointment today. It was two weeks late since we were on vacation, so all these updates are with him being born and now two and a half months later.Birth Weight: 8lbs. 4 oz. and 21 inches longSix weeks old: 11.5 lbs (from my six week appointment)Two and a half months old: 13lbs. 3 oz. and 24 inches long.I thought that he was feeling heavier and looking longer! And Luke is growing out of some of his clothes! Looks like he just may have gotten Michael’s height…Lucky him! Luke smiles a lot and has found his fists! In fact we may just have a little thumb sucker!
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January 09, 2008

Unpacking is the worst part of any trip...
...But I am slowly getting things together, or rather back together! We have not quite adjusted to the 4 hour time difference since coming home. It seams like we adjusted quite quickly to the time change when we got to Hawaii, I guess the sun and sandy beaches will help with that! Here are a few of many pictures that we took. Well, I guess since we are all in them I should have said; Here are some of the pictures that someone was kind enough to take for us. I will be posting more, and also pictures of Luke and Ender.

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January 07, 2008

Our update will be posted soon, but if you want to see Ender's update click here
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December 2007

December 21, 2007

Lots of Luke!

An assortment of pictures: Peeking out of a blanket, sleeping with one eye open, playing WOW, ready for Hawaii, brothers, screaming, tired boy, smiles!
Hope that everyone has a great holiday!
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November 2007

November 30, 2007

Update for November.
Michael, Jeannie, Luke, and Ender on blessing day.Well, it’s been over a month now and time for an update. Luke is doing well. At his 2 week appointment he weighed 8lbs. 9 oz., 5 oz. over his birth weight, so I guess you can say that he is a good eater! Luke is a pretty good baby so far, he usually wants to eat twice during the night and there are a couple of times during the day that he will usually get fussy… well, he screams, but babies scream at times right? He has already grown out of some of his clothes, but the size of those was labeled newborn, or up to 8 lbs. Grandma and Granddad Stewart came to visit for thanksgiving and for Luke’s blessing. I think everyone had a good time. We played a game, watched a movie, visited, and there was lots of Luke snuggling going on! We wheeled the bassinette into the living room for a couple of nights so the Grandparents could take care of Luke so I could get some much needed sleep.
Luke in blessing outfit.
Ender has been wonderful around Luke. We have quite the protective dog! The couple of days that my parents were here, Ender had his eye on my parents. When my mom would go to pick up Luke from the bouncer, Ender would put himself right in between them! And when my dad would hold Luke, Ender would bark and growl at him. Eventually Ender got use to them being there and must have figured out that Luke was in good hands! Ender didn’t do that with Michael’s parents, and we figured that that was because Michael’s parents were around from the first day that Luke got here that Ender didn’t know any different! Ender likes to give Luke kisses, and when we come home from being out, we will let Ender out of his crate and he will go and find Luke! It’s very cute! And when we take pictures of Luke, Ender is right there! Most of the pictures with Ender in them he did on his own…no coaching! Luke and Ender.I am doing well, and I think Michael is too; although I haven’t asked him. I miss the amount of sleep that I was getting; I guess the 10-12 hours of sleeping are long gone. However people tell me that there will come a time when I will be able to sleep 6-8 hours at a time, so that should be nice. I haven’t been able to get into a schedule yet, but I have managed to stick to my goal and shower every day…hey, it’s the little things!
Maybe with Michael’s help (hint, hint!) we will be able to keep this blog a little more up to date then we have been
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October 2007

October 29, 2007

News and pictures

Well, we have had Luke home now for two and a half days now and things are going good. We have had two good nights, Luke has eaten right before bed and has gotten up in the night once, and the next time he has gotten up is in the morning. That may change, but so far it has been encouraging. We love to have Luke in our family!
Ender is doing really well with the new addition. When Luke is crying, or making other noises, Ender will go and look for him. If I am in Luke’s room changing him, or dressing him, Ender will come in the nursery and lie on the rug, or curl up in the corner, it’s very cute! Ender will even give Luke kisses on his feet, hands, or the back of the head!
We have taken a lot of pictures of Luke, the hard part now is getting them all sized and posted.
Tonight Michael and Luke were spending some time together. They were watching football together and Michael read Luke “The Spooky Old Tree”.
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October 27, 2007


We got home from the hospital today, it's good to be home!
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October 26, 2007

Just to tease everyone a little!

Luke Norman Stone was born October 24th 2007 at 5:25 pm. He is 21 inches long and weighed 8 Lbs. 4 oz. Mom and Baby are doing good!
More to come later.
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September 2007

September 09, 2007

Whirly Ball

Well, because this blog can’t be all about me…here are some pictures of Michael! We got together with some friends in the ward yesterday and played Whirly Ball. I went along, but couldn’t play for obvious reasons, but it looked really fun! This is the web site, I don’t really explain rules very clearly. I had to lighten the one picture because they were to far away for the flash to work.
And here is the game in action! Michael did score some points in the video!
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August 2007

August 13, 2007


Well, here are some pictures of the nursery. The room is as ready as I can make it right now. Some of the ladies in the ward are going to give me a shower sometime in September, and after that I can fill in the blanks and get whatever else we need. Then we just wait...and wait...and wait!
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August 11, 2007

We are registered
Last night we went to register at Babies R Us. It didn't take us too long to do that. And today we registered at Target, which took longer than last night. I think if you take a look at the registries, you will be able to tell who was in charge of the gun...well, at Target anyhow! I'm sure that I missed a bunch of stuff that I will end up getting after the baby comes, but what can I say...I have never had to do this before, so I really don't know what all I'll be needing. Things in the nursery are looking good, we got a dresser and changing table, so I'll probably be posting some new pictures next week.
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August 08, 2007

The beginnings of a nursery

I have started he nursery for Luke. I painted the walls; all I have left to paint is the celine. And I am only doing that because when I was painting the top of the walls the roller got paint on the celine. I let Michael have the deciding vote in what he theme for the nursery should be. Surprisingly enough he didn’t want a sports these, he wanted something baby cute. So we went with animals. The theme is called Zanzibar. As you can see, we have the valance up and the crib is made. So things are coming along great!
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August 06, 2007

We had a good laugh!
I make Michael’s lunch before he leaves for work in the mornings. Sometimes it’s a pretty skimpy lunch because I haven’t done the week’s grocery shop, and sometimes it’s a really good lunch. I usually try to put a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product- usually cheese, some kind of sandwich, and crackers and/or some kind of treat, along with something to drink, usually water.
I got a call from Michael one day last week, nothing unusual about that, but when he asked me how awake I was that morning when I made his lunch, I started to wonder what I did different. Well, that morning like most mornings I was pretty tired. As it turned out that lunch was a skimpy lunch, I think it only had a sandwich carrots and something else. But it turned out that it was a really skimpy lunch because when I was made his sandwich……Nothing was in between the bread! Just two slices of bread! We had a good laugh!
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August 02, 2007

Week 27 Update

(pictures with my head!)
I had a Dr. appointment today and I am happy to report that all is well. It was a short appointment, it probably took longer to get there but that's okay. I have gotten in the habit that after my appointments I drive over to Babies R Us and pick up something small and look around. Today I picked up hangers, not the most exciting purchase, but something we needed.

I now have the closet mostly organized, the clothes on the floor are waiting to be put in the dresser (that we don’t have yet). My parents have sent some cute outfits, and yesterday I went to the mall with some neighbors and found really great deals on the $2.99 or less rack at The Children’s Place! Also, my neighbor was kind enough to gift me all of her baby/toddler clothes, she has two boys that are 11 months apart (now ages 2 and 3) and so there are a few pieces of clothing that range from newborn to 24 months.
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July 23, 2007

26 Week update...24 Week pictures!

So I am a little late in posting these pictures. As of tomorrow I will be 26 weeks. I had an OB appointment on July 10th (24 weeks), and, other than the usual aches and pains (sore feet, sore tailbone mostly) everything is still going very well. The Doctor gave me some paper work for me to go to the lab for my blood glucose test, which I did a week ago. I don’t know how long it takes for the results, but I’m sure that everything is fine. We are slowly starting to collect baby things, we now not only have a crib and a mattress, but we have a bassinet, an infant car seat, a stroller, a baby bjorn, and some clothes in various sizes. We are looking around for a dresser and a changing table, and will probably register for whatever else we will need or want. We are getting excited! Michael has finally felt the baby move. I had him come over one day and he was able to see him move, and then he was able to feel him move, but it was just a little move. It will be fun as the baby gets bigger and can really kick! My next appointment is on August the 2nd. Also in August, we will be starting our Childbirth Classes, once a week for 4 weeks…that should be…interesting! I should have Michael post on that!
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June 2007

June 21, 2007

Okay, because people are asking....
Here is a belly picture. I posted it as a small picture, you can, if you dare, click on the picture to make it bigger....that works just for the picture-not me!
I had my 21 week appointment on Tuesday the 19th. Everythin gis going well, it was just a normal appointment. Step on the scale, pee in a cup, blood presure was taken, I was measured, and the baby's heartbeat is strong. i am feeling him move more, from the inside and the outside, but it seems that every time I call Michael over he stops moving, or moves somewhere else, so I think when he gets even bigger and stronger it will be easy for Michael to feel him!

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May 2007

May 31, 2007

It's a....

Click on picture to see it larger.
BOY! Isn't that foot just the cutest foot you have ever seen?!
We had an OB appointment this past Thursday. Michael was able to come with me which was exciting because they were going to do an ultrasound. All is well. It didn't take the ultrasound guy very long to tell us that it was a boy! Although I can't feel this boy yet, he sure was doing a lot of moving around!
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May 08, 2007

15 Weeks!
I had an OB appointment today. Michael took of in the afternoon so he could come with me. It was a short appointment, but all is good. It’s always reassuring to hear that little heart beat! I lost a couple of pounds since last month but the Dr. didn’t seem to be concerned at this point, especially since my belly is getting bigger. My next appointment is in three weeks, and hopefully if the baby cooperates, we will be able to find out what we are having! I had to go and get some maternity clothes the other day since my old clothes didn’t allow any room for growth. That was interesting; I had really no idea what I was doing. I went to one store and they were very helpful…maybe a bit too helpful it felt like I must have tried on forty things the gal brought to me and ended up only getting four blouses that I found myself. I’m pretty sure that they worked on some sort of commission or something. All in all, everything is going really well.
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April 2007

April 17, 2007

Cakes and Cribs.

I was asked to make two cakes for Relief Society and bring them as a refreshment for this coming Thursday to have at Enrichment. It has been at least two or three years since I had last decorated a cake and the last cake that I made the people didn’t want filling. So, I had to make a practice cake with filling so that the cakes for Thursday wouldn’t be a complete mess. It turned out better than I expected, I had a fear of the filling being to runny and when you cut the cake, and filling would squish out all over the place. Since there are only two of us, my neighbors also benefited from my practice cake last night when we went over to share with them.
The second picture is of our new crib. We weren’t planning on getting anything quite yet, (I am only 12 weeks) but our neighbors friend was selling her crib and mattress for cheap…so now we will be able to put the money we saved into getting other baby things. It’s a pretty nice crib, the previous owner has two kids, but the second kid barely slept in it.
The pictures I posted two posts ago were my 11 week ultrasound pictures. Things are going well.
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April 12, 2007

Ender has learned a new trick.
We thought that the first time he did this that it was just a fluke. So we put it to the test. Maybe that was a bad idea, he thought that it was a game, and now he opens doors with ease! We were planning on switching out the door hardware when the baby got big enough to open doors...I guess we will have to swith out the handles for knobs before we thought!
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April 11, 2007

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March 2007

March 29, 2007

I have two heartbeats...
Well, I have one, and my baby has one. I had an OB appointment today. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect seeing as how I am just barely over 9 weeks pregnant. After part of the exam my Dr. said that she would try to find the heartbeat using her Doppler thing, and if she couldn’t find the heartbeat with her Doppler she would use the other Dr.’s Doppler that was stronger, as it turned out she did need the stronger Doppler. Michael wasn’t able to come to the appointment with me, so the Dr. asked if we called would he have a few minutes to listen to the heartbeat. I really like my Dr. and it was neat of her to call Michael on her cell phone so that he could listen to the heartbeat. It was really exciting for me to hear that heartbeat, and it feels more real to me. I have another appointment on April 10th so they can do an ultrasound.
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March 09, 2007

Our BIG News!!

Our Estimated Due Date...October 30, 2007!
We will keep you posted!
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February 2007

February 20, 2007

Napoleon Dynamite
I finally got Michael to watch Napoleon Dynamite with me the other day.
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February 09, 2007

Crafty Woman
Remember this...

Well, since we don't have couches any more because they went to a good home in Idaho, I had a slip cover that wasn't being used. We could have saved it and used it on a couch we got cheap from somewhere. But we are not going to get a cheap couch...we have no way to get it from one place to another, so we do without. And we are not ready to buy a new one yet, so we do without.
Back to the slip cover. I didn't want to just toss it out and since I was using the stuff that was in our living room in the Nampa house in our bedroom as decoration, I wanted to find some way to incorporate that slip cover into our bedroom. So, I made curtains. They are not perfect; since I had to do a lot of piecing together there are seams in several spots. I decided that I was going to rip out the seams on the slip cover to maximize the fabric that I had to work with because cutting out the seams would take away fabric. I am really pleased how they turned out, (for the most part).
So here is the picture:

Like I said before I was recycling what I had in one room and using it in another room. So I just needed a couple of things to make the room a bedroom and not a living room. Lucky for me Bed Bath and Beyond was having a storewide clearance. And even luckier was that there was 30% off of the clearance price! I picked up a couple of pillowcases, a couple of toss pillows, a bed skirt and a duvet cover. Voila! The look is complete! I kept telling Michael I felt like I was on the shows Design Remix and Design on a Dime (on HGTV). Click on pictures to enlarge them.
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February 05, 2007

What happend in January...
.... Even though it is now February. Wrote more than I thought, guess I can get long winded. For condensed version, just skip to the bottom.
So January is done and over and it feels like we are half way through February. So I thought that it was about time for an update. I wish that I could say that not much happened in January, but that would be a lie. January brought change (which you think we should be use to by now), and a trip to the emergency room, for me. The change was a good one. On Monday the 8th we had movers come and move our stuff from our old newlywed apartment, to our house. Friday that week was our first night in the house. It was nice to have working appliances, space to put thing, and a real kitchen. I’m still in the process of unpacking, but most of the major things are unpacked, organized and decorated (pictures will be later). I really like our kitchen, and our master bed/bathroom. It has been really nice to unpack all of my hobby stuff, already I have made several cards, and I completed a sewing project, which is another post altogether. Michael is happy that I can finally do some projects; mostly because that means that I leave him alone to do his hobbies! Before we owned the house, it had been unoccupied for about two years which is mostly good for us but that does mean that we have a little extra of the home maintenance to catch up on. We have to get the furnace serviced, and do some light landscaping etc. Now about my trip to the emergency room….since I am writing this post, it will be my version! Sunday the 21st early in the morning in between 4 and 4:30, I had terrible like I thought that I has going to die pain in my backside. Now I am a wimp when it comes to pain, and I do tend to often think that there may be certain things wrong with me, but this I knew wasn’t normal. Michael thought that I was just dehydrated and told me to drink some water because when I woke him up there was a misunderstanding about when the pain started. I remember that I got up to use the bathroom and that even before I got there I was hunched over, and then because the pain was so bad I couldn’t go. But I don’t remember if I actually had pain before I got out of bed that woke me from my sleep. I remember asking Michael what a kidney stone felt like, and I think he said something to the fact that I would know if it was a kidney stone, because it would be the worst pain of my life. What he didn’t know is that it was the worst pain that I had ever felt, but then again I can’t really blame Michael for brushing it off because when I stub my toe, or smash my fingers etc, I feel queasy, my ears get plugged up, my eyes get spotty, and I turn ghostly white. I guess that my body goes into some kind of shock. Anyhow, about 6 or 6:30 at my second request for him to take me to the emergency room, we were off. We don’t live very far from the hospital, in fact it is just down the road from the place we were renting a month ago, but it seemed to take forever. I was lucky that I didn’t have to wait long to be admitted. I was relieved of my pain, diagnosed with yes, a kidney stone, given 3 prescriptions, referrals to see doctors for a follow-up, and released by 9:30. We found a 24 hour pharmacy, and a place to have breakfast (since we were both starving) while we waited for my prescriptions. That Sunday would have been our first Sunday in our new ward (since the Sunday before that church was cancelled due to ice). I am now feeling better, but I have not passed the stone. It is either still in my bladder, or it dissolved or whatever and passed anyhow. I was told at my follow-up that I would definitely know because of the pain, if I had passed it. The Dr. that I saw had asked me if I ever watch Seinfeld and saw the episode of when Kramer passes his kidney stone in Yankee Stadium. I don’t know details of this episode, but I do slightly remember watching that one, and everyone heard Kramer. So in a nut shell, a very long one, that was our January for the most part.
Condensed version…. Moved into house, and are enjoying it. Went to the ER, had kidney stone, doing fine now.
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January 2007

January 05, 2007

Because Michael's not feeling well...
I will post this for him! Thanks to Jared for the link!

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January 01, 2007

First post of the year!

Well, thought that I would start the year off with an update. We spent about 10 days in the Seattle area for the holidays, which was really nice. We took Ender with us and stayed at my parents' house. Ender was really good at the airport and for the flight, and, well, pretty much the whole trip. He didn’t destroy anything, but there were plenty of socks, and things he tried to snatch and run away with. Christmas Eve was spent at my parents' house, the family who was in the area, along with the extended family in the area, had a gift exchange. There was lots of yummy food and we filled our plates with all of the traditional favorites (several times  ). We tried to sleep in on Christmas day and managed to do so until about 7am. Ender was up, so Michael got up. My Dad was up, had Michael get me up, and then my Dad was playing with Ender so he would bark and my Mom would get up. We had a good Christmas day, if I remember right it mostly involved food, sleeping, more food, and then a Christmas dinner over at my brothers house. Tuesday we met up with a friend at La Palmera in Mill Creek, it was good to catch up and enjoy more good food. Wednesday we spent the day with Michael’s sister and her family. It was really cute to see the kids playing with Ender. While we were there, we learned 2 new games, Apples To Apples, and Ticket To Ride. Thursday We celebrated my 28th birthday, I got to sleep in (nothing new there!) and Michael took me to do some shopping at my favorite scrapbooking store Lasting Memories, my favorite candy store See’s Candies (there are no See's here, sniff, sniff), and a few other places. That night we had homemade pizza, watched Cars and had cake. Friday morning we went to the Temple with my parents and then to Chan’s Place for lunch. That night there was a game night at my parent’s house, which involved more food, and of course, games. We played Pit, and a game called Adversity, which was a pretty fun game. Saturday Jason and Adrianne came over and took some pictures of us (above is one of them), we haven’t had pictures done for probably close to 3 years so we thought it was time. Then came Saturday. We had to leave late that night, and wished that we could have stayed a bit longer. We did a lot of the things that we wanted to and saw a lot of the people that we wanted to, and the people we missed, we will have to get together next time. Ender was well behaved for the flight home. When we picked Ender up at the baggage claim, we had some passengers who were sitting in first class tell us that they could here Ender barking the whole time, and if he was hoarse, that’s why. Michael feels better about sitting in coach just knowing that people in first class were kept from getting any sleep during the red eye. So there you have it. Now we are trying to recover from the aftermath of travel and unpacking. This week we will be busy doing things at the house, and preparing to move in!
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December 2006

December 18, 2006

We have a house
That's right, we are home owners again! We were grateful that things went smoothly for the close of the house on Friday, and are now making the arrangements necessary prior to the move in. We will need to get the chimney cleaned, order and have our refrigerator delivered, go over and do some cleaning, and a few other little things that will need to be done. One more move, I think I can handle one more move, but after this I really hope that we will be here for the next few years (and I only say hope because almost every move that we have made we have said that we were going to be there 3-5 years) . It’s getting really tiring moving so much. I have been keeping track of all the addresses that we have lived in since we got married…seven! Seven in almost 5 ½ years, that’s a lot for someone who never moved the first 20 years of their life! We are going to give our 30 days notice at the place that we are living now, and then we will move into the house in January sometime, after we get back from our Christmas vacation in Seattle. Ender is excited to have a yard again, an we are excited to have a home again…where everything works!
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December 05, 2006

Random thought
We all have been told what we are to do when life throws lemons our way….make lemon-aid! But what are we supposed to do when life gives us limes??
I like to buy the Daisy brand sour cream. You know the brand…a dollop of Daisy… Well, under the lid is a foil seal to keep the sour cream fresh. On each foil seal there is usually a picture of a flower of some sort, and something what they call Fresh Thinking from Daisy. It’s kind of like a fortune cookie. For example, once I got a foil that said ‘The delight of a child is contagious’.
Okay, back to the limes…. From the most recent foil from the sour cream… ‘If life gives you limes, just rearrange the letters and return a smile.’
Words to live by? I should probably brush up on my calligraphy so I can make myself a nice wall hanging, and hang it right next to the wall hanging I did last year with calligraphy using Grandfathers “The hard is the good”.
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December 01, 2006

Early this week the weather was beautiful! Upper 70's low 80's. I took Ender to the dog park on Wednesday, because I knew that we wouldn't be going for a while if the weather they were predicting came. As we were driving home I passed a sign that said the temp was 75 outside, but I could see the dark clouds in my rear view mirror creeping closer. We got home from the dog park about 6pm and we got the mail before we went inside. I could tell by the wind that the storm would be here soon, and as I was walking from the mailboxes to the house, I could feel the very cold chill in the air. The weather was so nice when I left, that I was wearing jeans and a fleece sweatshirt. I guess I made it home just in time, because I was under dressed for the cold weather. The temperature did about a 50 degree drop by the time morning came, and we had some hail, and light snow. Ender really liked the cold. I had to go and find the boxes that had our coats and sweatshirts in them, and look for the box that has Michaels hat in it…that I still haven’t found.

I guess this picture doesn’t look that bad, compared to what some of you had, those who had the real snow. It was mostly ice, covered by more ice, covered by the hail and flurries. But it was still cold being in the 20's and when the wind blew it felt like the teens.
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November 2006

November 19, 2006

Future Home
For those that don't know (and that may be many, we are not great at getting the word out), we found a house. We made an offer on a house last Saturday, and they accepted it. The estimated closing date is December 15th so we are keeping our fingers crossed. We had the inspection yesterday and all is well, nothing major, just some cosmetic stuff. Here are some pictures of the kitchen, living room, breakfast nook, master bath, and the entry way.

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November 09, 2006

Thought this was good
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be of the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us...
Or click here for his main page
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November 06, 2006

Dave Ramsey
I have had a chance to listen to The Dave Ramsey Show recently. He talks about gaining financial freedom and making wise financial decisions.
Here's his website:
Here are what he calls the 7 Baby Steps
Thought some of y'all might be interested.
He's coming to Dallas in February, and I am debating whether to go attend his event.

October 2006

October 31, 2006

This is fun

There are:25people with my namein the U.S.A.How many have your name?
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October 26, 2006

Today I....
....Got gas for $1.90 a gal.!!!
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October 21, 2006

If you think Ender is cute now...
He was even cuter as a puppy! I know, it's hard to believe!
Remember when Ender was this small?! It seems like forever ago.
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October 17, 2006

Another cute one!
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October 16, 2006

Ender eats a bug
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October 11, 2006

Mmmmmm pie!

So, I'm really behind on posting pictures. So I will just start with this on taken in September. This is my peach pie. I was in a pie making mood that month, I had made pumpkin pies earlier (but forgot to take pictures) and I am looking for a good Strawberry Rhubarb pie recipe (hint, hint) so if you have a good one, send it my way.
Some pies it is cheaper if you buy them, yes I know that. But it is for the experience that I make them. In the ward I grew up in there was one woman who was known for making great pies. I decided that I want to make good pies, even if I’m not known for them. Besides baking can be very therapeutic, for some, I am one of those
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October 04, 2006

Chocolate anyone?!
Now this sounds like my kinda restaurant!
(I was flipping channels today and saw this on Marth Stewart.)
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October 02, 2006

We are the annoying tenants.
Let me tell you why. We have now been here one week. And no, that’s not the annoying part. Our first or second day our master toilet started acting up, we are afraid to flush it; hey, with as much water damage problems in our house, can you blame us? Besides, the floor in that bathroom is already very soft (probably from previous water damage). Well, without making this super long…Wednesday I turned in a work order for the master toilet and broken fridge. Yesterday our oven was making strange sounds, but the sounds are in rhythm to the heat cycle, so maybe I’ll just watch it for now…cook things longer or something. I also noticed that the bottom rack in the dishwasher was missing all of the wheels on the bottom right side, so that’s why my dishes were still dirty after I washed them, the spinner thing wouldn’t spin because the rack was to far down…that and maybe the lack of hot water in the dishwasher. So things were going ok today, or so I thought. The faucet on the kitchen sink started to spray, and then leak under the sink. They actually just now came to fix the sink, well tomorrow we will have a new faucet, but we are still waiting on all of the other things.
Pictures won't be up for a while, we have to put photoshop back to the way it was like on the old laptop, but then I will post some.
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September 2006

September 28, 2006

create your own visited states mapor check out these Google Hacks.
So this is my current map! Driving to Texas added 3 new states.
We are now in Texas. Got here safely without any problems. Ender did really well on the trip, slept most of the time so he wasn't really good company for me!
Friday night the 22 we left our home in Idaho at about 9, 9:30 at night. We drove to Utah and stayed with Michael's parents. Saturday we left about 3pm and drove to Denver CO. where we stayed in a hotel, Ender liked the hotel because he had his own bed! Sunday we got on the road by about 11 am and drove to Dumas TX. where we stayed the night. We got to Dumas early enough to relax, eat, and for Michael to watch the football game. Monday we left before 9 am and we got to North Richland Hills TX about 3:30 in the afternoon.
We got into our place...we are calling it our "newlywed" apartment. It's about 40 years old, but it looks older, I'm sure that there is about 50+ coats of paint on the walls and ceiling, but then again, maybe that's what is holding this place together! The square footage of the place is really why we got it, since we were down sizing (again) we needed the room for storage. And the price for the square footage was really good compared to other places.
We got an offer on our house the night before we left, so that was very good news. Now we are keeping our fingers crossed and praying that things go smoothly and that a closing will take place at the end of October. Jill Baird is our agent, and has been doing an awesome job!
Well my brain is still pretty mushy with all that has been going on, so if this doesn’t make any sense…well, sorry.
More later!

August 2006

August 21, 2006

Try this for fun!
This is mine! If we keep moving every year, I could have the whole map red! (Although, I would be quite happy if I didn't get any more stated visited for a while...couple few years anyhow...unless we go on some fun vacation, or to visit family!)
Try the countries one too! That map for me would be boring because I have only been to Canada.
create your own visited states mapor check out these Google Hacks.
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yard work

Before bark and after bark.
It seems like something so simple. Bark for our flower beds, looks really nice. So now we sit and ask...why didn't we do this long ago? We could have enjoyed it for more than a month!
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July 2006

July 09, 2006

Do you have a soul?
This was the question one of my guild members asked before posting a link to this video.
His comment was, if you didn't get moved by this video, then you don't have one.
As a preface to the video, it's done to a song by MercyMe. It shows a father and son who like to race together. They are Dick & Rick Hoyt.
They call themselves Team Hoyt.
Video Here
The question is, do you have a soul?
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June 2006

June 16, 2006

We have a Laptop down! I repeat...a laptop is down!
Let me start this by saying if you are ever offered a service plan on a really expensive electronics item....take it!
Okay, so last month our desktop went down, and we had a service plan, so they fixed it for free.
This month, our laptop went down for the count. Motherboard is fried. We do not have a service plan. Replacing the motherbaord on a laptop is about the same price as buying a new laptop.
So, we are now in the market for a new laptop.
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June 11, 2006

Oh So!
We travelled to Utah this weekend in order to attend the funeral of my grandfather, Arthur B. Erekson. He passed away on June 7th, just 18 days shy of his 100th birthday.
"Oh So!" was one of his exclamations he would say.
He was an incredible man, and it was a great experience to be with the family to celebrate his life. He was able to live independently up until the last week or two of his life, and we are grateful that he was able to move on to his next phase of life without much pain or difficulty.
He is again together with his wife and family in the world beyond, and there can be no sadness in that. We will miss him, but it will be a short time until we will see him again!
Grandfather was a great example of how one should lead their life. He was dedicated to the gospel, to his wife and family. He always was a positive man, and had a wonderful outlook on all that he experienced in his life.
He was a firm believer in hard work, and always said, "The Hard is the Good." How true it is, for those things that are most important for us in this life, and in eternity, are not always what are the easiest for us to do.
If I am half the man my grandfather was, and is, then I should indeed be a happy man. May I be able to have joy and exclaim, "Oh so!" many times in my life, as I approach my life knowing that the Hard is the Good!
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Fort Worth on My Mind
Yep! It's official! I was offered a position in Fort Worth on Thursday and I accepted. It's a lateral move for me, but the promotion opportunites will be much greater in the DFW area.
SO, I will be heading back down there in a few weeks to do a little more house bhunting, and we now have to go full speed in getting our house ready to sell.
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May 2006

May 30, 2006

Texas Weekend
Well, this past weekend we have been in Dallas, Texas, in order to check out the area and decide if we could move here.
We have decided that we would like to move to Keller, Texas if we get the chance, and hopefully we will hear quickly about an offer.
There is a lot of stuff to do down here. The area we are looking to buy a house has been well designed and they have planned well for the growth.
Everything is nearby. The sheer volume and variety of restaurants is amazing.
All 4 major sports teams. Texas Moter Speedway.
Six Flags Over Texas...rollercoasters galore.
Zoos, museums, you name it.
Anyway, we didn't sign a purchase agreement, because we don't want to put our house an the market until we actually have an offer.
However, we are really excited to move to the area, and we hope we will get to do so.
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May 18, 2006

Movie Quote Quiz #2
Quiz # 1 Answers:
1. What's Up Doc?2. Opportunity Knocks3. Emperor's New groove4. Romancing the Stone5. Stalag 17.
Quiz #2
1. "You're my Juliet, my Venus. All the other girls meant nothing to me. It was you, you, you."2. "It's a mother beautiful bridge and it's going to be there."3. "When I was a boy I ate 4 dozen eggs every morning to help me get large, and now that I'm grown I eat 5 dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a barge!"4. "Get off the nuclear warhead!"5. "Jack, you are my Number One...guy!"
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April 2006

April 27, 2006

Taking it to the Max...
Ahhh yes, there’s nothing like pouring your money down the drain…literally! Well, not actually actual money, but it might as well have been. We had to go and buy some Drano Max Professional Strength Gel for a few clogs that we have gotten since living here. I guess it really doesn’t feel like I’m totally wasting money since the product actually works, and will probably need to buy some for the third time for any future clogs. Maybe I should just look into getting a drain cover? Hummm, yes, I might just do that! (if I can find one to fit our funny drains) (no pictures, that would be gross)
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April 24, 2006

Movie Quote Quiz
Julie has inspired me, so I present my version of a quote quiz.
1. I hate it when my igneous rocks are even touched.2. The majority of life's decisions are not made in the board rooom! No...they're made in the bathhhrooom.3. On second thought, make my potatoes a salad.4. Joan Wilder! The Joan Wilder!5. Schnickelfritz! I told you Schnickelfritz, and you made me bet on Equipoise.
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April 15, 2006

World of Warcraft as a hobby
I have spent a few minutes wandering through the ramblings that are the "Bloggernacle" and I realized that World of Warcraft isn't a bad hobby after all.
When I play as Quinnuz, I usually group with 39 other people, we work together, each having distinct roles, and relying on each other to accomplish things that we couldn't do if we argued or worked alone.
If someone makes a mistake and we wipe, oh well, usually some funny comments are made, but no one gets angry.
When an epic item drops, everyone is happy for whoever gets the item, and our loot system is fair.
I always have a good time when I play, and I never have bad feelings towards anyone I encounter in the game.
Now, I suppose I could be doing many things that would be considered more productive or meaningful, but there are also a lot worse things I could be spending my time on.
I enjoy World of Warcraft...(My precious! We wants it!)
I have people come up to me and say "Michael, how can you spend all that money and all that time playing a game?"
And I have to laugh, because isn't it worth it to spend all that time and money, just to make one person happy, even if that one person is me?
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April 02, 2006

Accidents come in twos....
Part two: Just when we thought that we were done and could turn down the heat and resume our normal life….another flood. Yep, you read right, this time in the downstairs half bath. Same exact thing as upstairs, only downstairs, same part on the toilet busted on both toilets. The hallway our bedroom, laundry room, half bath and dining room all wet. We do know for sure that it was leaking for less than 1 hour. We will keep you up to date on what is going on, but now I’m REALLY tired of dealing with it, so I’ll stop.
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April 01, 2006

Our plans went down the drain.....
...Well, almost. We were supposed to go to Utah this weekend for conference, but had a home emergency. Wednesday night about 10:00 our smoke detectors started going off and Ender started going crazy. I opened the door to our bonus room where we were, but no smoke....water everywhere. The toilet upstairs had a fountain of water spraying all over. We have no idea for how long we guess 3-4 hours maybe 2, but there was a lot of water. So much water that it had spread into the hallway, our two bedrooms upstairs, and was leaking into the downstairs. Our master bath and master bedroom is downstairs, and that is were the smoke detector was shorting out because of all the water leaking from it. There was also water leaking from the fan vents in the laundry room and the bathroom as well as from the light fixture in our room. What a mess. We got the water turned off and called a 24 hour disaster clean up service. The clean up guy got here about 11:30 pm on Wednesday, and didn’t leave till about 3:30 am Thursday. Since then we have had the house heated up to about 85-90 degrees while 5 fans and 1 dehumidifier ran upstairs and 4 fans and 1 dehumidifier ran in our bedroom. Oh, and a fan out in the garage, because it leaked there too. We got to move back into our room last night, sleeping in the living room was really to hot, and sleeping outside in the tent almost worked until it started raining. I’m stopping now, tired of thinking about it…..will write part two later!
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