Saturday, December 20, 2008
The constant cleaning of everything. Never knowing if we'll have electricity. The constant blowing of fuses. Having to reset the clocks multiple times daily. Shoveling a driveway with an enormous dumpster so I can park across the street and the workers can park in the yard. Not having any space that isn't toddler proof. When you are writing a weekly check for $15K it is really hard not to spend $2 on wasteful things like coffee or a quick bite. The inconsistent work schedules that disrupt our lives. Some crews start at 6:59am promptly. Others show up at 2pm and work until 7pm. Did I mention the constant cleaning? If I spend 45 minutes cleaning the kitchen so I can safely cook the I don't have 45 minutes to wash the (filthy, sticky, grimey) floors.
Blah. If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. Maybe that's why I've been so quiet.
Friday, October 31, 2008
We had the annual pumpkin carving hell last night. Doesn't Finley look like she knows what she is doing? What? One year olds shouldn't be given knives? Pumpkin carving is hard and to expect kids to come out with these amazing creations is unfair. We got through it. In our lovely dining room with hanging quilts and no lighting. Yup- no lights! We have our outside skating/sledding floodlights in the kitchen now. Great ambience.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Never fear. We'll try again at home. This time both the older kids joined in and we have sent Flat Logan off to Australia and Flat Stacy (that would be Avery's) to California. We hope they have wonderful adventures, that we get at least a few postcards while they travel, and that they arrive back home safely sometime in the spring.
ps- Logan's Flat Logan is wearing a t-shirt that says "Animy King", which translated means "Enemy King." I'm sure that matters!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
With a house that has no heat and no insulation we go outside to warm up. Here we are drawing in the sand, since markers, paper, etc are scarce at our pared down house.
Who says its cold in here? The babies are least affected by the cold. They sleep with me and are toasty warm at night. The older kids are cold in the mornings at breakfast but handle it well. Cathy and I (well, mostly me) are such wimps. I hate being all bundled up inside.
The house is coming along, slowly. All windows and doors are in their correct location. Rough plumbing is done and the inspection is on Monday. We have our vanities and sinks, lights for inside and out; we've even decided on fixtures for the bathroom. BUT the electrician will be here last Monday. No, he'll be here last Tuesday with a double crew. Wait, he will be here on Wednesday morning at 8. We really hope he'll show up this week! Notice the contractors sign in the photo, but don't take it as a form of endorsement!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I love how this has opened up dining room so much. And the morning light is amazing!
Stopping for hugs in the meadow.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This is a photo from the end of September.
Originally I had thought I might post a few photos each day so you could see the progress. Um..not gonna happen! I have to call the day a success if I've kept everyone alive and brushed my teeth at least once. Right now we have a shingled roof (with a big gap where the ridge vent goes, actual windows in the wholes where the windows will be in all but a few places. The floor plan is laid out in 2x4s and I have to admit I had the briefest thought about leaving it open and putting up a hoop at each end! The stairway work starts today, which means lots of dust and debris in the dining room and kitchen. All my kitchen supplies and food have been whittled down to 4 milk crates of stuff.
Maybe I shouldn't let Finley watch the workers so much. She's picking up their dressing habits!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Avery has been telling us that they never have time to go to recess, have circle time, do share, etc. She says that they have to do things over and over because "the boys don't get it." So they practice lining up. They practice coming in from recess but don't actually do recess. Most days when she tells us what she did it is "Wait for the boys." And she came home in tears yesterday because she got in trouble. For grabbing her granola bar back from a kid who took it at snack.
I've decided that they are just managing large groups of children and any learning that takes place is incidental. But what do I do? Homeschool with the freaks and religious zealots? I could never unschool but I can imagine homeschooling. In theory. But I read my local homeschool yahoo groups and they are nuts! Opposed to the use of capitalization and punctuation? Yikes! I can't write well but I think I can get basic ideas across.
My kids aren't joiners so I can't just cram in some academic stuff in in the morning and then let them loose on activities in the afternoon which is what I would love to do. Logan says he likes school. But he also says he doesn't have enough time at school or at home. He wishes for more time to play star wars legos, spy on neighbors and play with friends. We both wish we had more time to just sit and read together- read Harry Potter, read the Star wars stuff, do projects and generally just be. Avery has found some books that she likes to read (BOB books) and that she likes to be read (Junie B. Jones sadly). She like to work on spelling words and gets the first ten of Logan's words each week and is doing pretty well.
This sums up my feelings about school right now. Big Sigh.
Monday, September 29, 2008
The two gable ends and the back wall are up. It towers over the home next to us which feels and looks weird.
On to the day to day stuff-
Meryl and Finley are learning to hug and kiss each other. Often it includes the smashing of heads and teeth on skin. Such fun.
The peppers and tomatillos are in. I have 3 plastic grocery bags full of tomatillos that I picked today and at least another 5 bags worth still growing on the 3 plants. (The 2 plants on the rental plot. The garden at home has one plant that has, maybe, 6 tiny tomatillos on it.) I'm not sure how to eat so many at one time. If I had the time I would make a ton of raw green salsa because I can eat that quickly. But making it is so time consuming. I may just make a huge batch of cooked green sauce to save for enchiladas over the coming winter.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
End of Day 3. The "roof" is now the under flooring of the upstairs. It looks like a great big dance floor up there.
This is our living room ceiling where a guy fell through the first day.
This is our hallway ceiling. For 2 days it just looked out to sky.
We have about a googol of these in every room!
The rain is coming tomorrow so I'm getting buckets ready now.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Yes, we are the trailer trash neighbors. Kids run around dirty and half dressed. We drink our morning Schlitz on the steps. We train our kids in the fine art of tagging. But we have fun doing it.
(Don't worry Mom- We don't really drink out Schlitz on the steps. We keep it in a paper bag out back!)
The yard is full of lumber. The (crab)grass is on the way out. We have 4 more nights to sleep under our (rotting, leaky) roof. The attic is empty. The numbers, and thermometers and bird feeders are mostly removed. We've freecycled some of the shrubs.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Why babies shouldn't wear skirts.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The rabbits are back. We hadn't seen any since the flooding until today.
Finley can now climb up on chairs. But can't get down.
Logan is playing little league.
Avery does talk in school. She even raises her hand. But she didn't call out when Mrs. didn't call her name. Even though Avery really wanted to tell her that we have the same fancy scissors at home.
We are all too tired. The neighborhood has been playing manhunt almost every night this week. (Basically it involves parents standing around with alcohol while the kids play a boy vs girl tag game over the span of several blocks. Lots of running, screaming and general mayhem. All in the dark.)
The babies have both been waking between 6 and 8 times a night. EACH!
Cathy flew the couch today from 4 am until 2pm. Boring.
We ate breakfast for all 3 meals today. Waffles for breakfast. Eggs for lunch. And blueberry pancakes with (local, yummy Honeypot) peaches on top. Can't get any better than that.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
We got approval from the town for our building permit. Whew. We were concerned they might question the number of rooms being called bedrooms, which would require a new septic system. At about $20K to replace we are beyond thrilled.
Now I need to get my attic cleared out and remove any plants I want saved from the front before they get ruined in the lumber yard it is about to become. Anyone looking for a mature holly bush?
Also any advice/experience with a heating unit placed in the attic? Everyone I know is doing it but I've been reading that it is a big no-no due to moisture and creating ice dams.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
A round of mini golf.
Sometime I hand over the camera. Sometimes Meryl lets me see.
Home for ice cream cake.
And the most perfect gift of all. MONEY!!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting. There are 17 kids at our stop.
This is Avery's 3rd grade friend. We had made plans for them to sit together. Avery started to get "wet eyes" when the bus came but she knew she just had to get on the bus and look for him. When she got home she said it really helped. She is willing to go back tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
She gave it to me.
I don't have anything in my mouth! Really, nothing here.
I'm just turning down the speakers.
Well why did you put a chair on the table if you don't want me to climb up?
It is all in the accessories.
Quick, I need a tissue! (Oh, wait, she can talk.)