It has been a week that has had me bursting to write. For starters we have decided to remodel our house. This has been both an excited and a very stressful experience. I have been picking out colors, designs and imagining all the awesome things I can do with our house. We have great family who are helping us with a large blunt of the work and bringing costs way down. While the remodel was fairly neccessary to continue to do life in our home I am very thank-ful for the ability and the family who are willing to help us out.
All of the things that I thought were just part of the sacrifice of living in this house is suddenly able to be changed! I will be able to see my kids playing in the backyard, I will have a decent sized kitchen, a sewing room and our bathtub will no longer be our place of storage! It has left me constantly looking at my house with new eyes and suddenly the opportunities are endless! The cost and the preparing the rooms is not so fun.
We have been working really hard the last couple weeks getting the house ready. We also have been putting a playset that the Grandparents got the boys for Christmas all set up. This has been a very special bonding time for Jordan and Jachin and it also has added a bit more on our to-do list this week.
Ordering countertops and getting the template also happened to be a big and stressful ordeal. Our hot water heater had to be replaced which was okay because we were possibly moving it anyway for the remodel and it was very old so it was already on our radar. Then our stove broke down. To be honest I was okay with this news as well. It meant that all of our appliances would be matching! However, our new stove seems to be on the fritz and randomly turns off and gives an error code F9E0. This error code tells the company that it is not their fault but our houses electricity and therefore our problem. Then our furnace started leaking yesterday. I woke up this morning exhausted and fairly overwhelmed. I got the kids to co-op (late but I got there).
I left co-op ready to go home, put a show on for the kids and check out. I started towards Taco Bell because I was unsure whether our stove would decide to behave today. Once I got on the road the whole front right side was grinding very loudly and barely being able to move forward. My phone was dead and I had about six bucks on me and I forgot my wallet. I scrape into Taco Bell. At this point a man in the parking lot runs over and proceeds to tell me he could hear my van from across the parking lot and tells me how very loud it was and that something is really wrong with my van. I resisted the urge to tell him that I happened to hear it as well.
At this point I give up on Taco Bell and I decided to try to make it to Wayne’s Auto (which happens to be fairly close to where I am at). I got there with my hazards on the van scraping and all of us alive! I recently found this place and I love it! They are well priced, knowledgeable and are super helpful. It is also a great place to wait while the car is worked on. They have books, Keurig coffee, a fish tank and they give the kids a trinket to bring home.
It turns out my tire was falling off. They ask me to drive it and hurriedly stop me the moment my van starts to move and tell me that the tire is shaking back and forth! They say that they can get my car in this afternoon but I am stranded there. ASAP Heating was supposed to come to our house for the furnace sometime after noon so this threw a wrench in our day for a few reasons. Well the people working there find a car that holds myself and all my kids and give the kids and I a ride home within a few minutes.
I will say I am much calmer now. Our van will be fixed on Monday and it was a relatively economical fix. Some rod that helps holds the tire broke in half and apparently it was a miracle that it made it to the auto shop. I was planning to head down to Rochester this weekend but I guess we will be leaving Tuesday. Our furnace just turned out to be a pipe loose so that was a very cheap fix. Our oven is currently working so I was able to make muffins for lunch and I have ribs in the oven that is so far staying on for us. Jaxty took a nap this afternoon and while Israel did not let me take the nap I was dreaming of I am very much loving this newborn stage sleep deprivation and all!