Happy Monday, friends!
Any minute now, Hobby Lobby will pull those pumpkins off the top shelf, and I’ll go hang out with them for a bit each day 🙂 .
Okay on to today’s post…last week was a blur. We had the flood, we had the MRI and then my week ended with a funeral on Saturday, so yeah…not our most upbeat week over here.
Today, I was going to publish my JUNE BOOK REVIEW, but I’m not quite done with my final book, so I’m going to finish it up this week and post that review on THURSDAY. Anyone else excited?! I’m SO excited to talk about all of my books this month and chat about our four book club books. Since I’m not done reading and so many of you want a house update, I thought we could cover a variety on this Monday starting with…
…thank you so much for praying for Ashby during her MRI. WE NEEDED IT. Geez. It was really hard. She came out all smiles, but I sobbed like a baby watching her in there. It was a yucky day. A yucky week. A yucky year (can I just say that too?). She is totally fine, but there was about an hour there when I thought she would be scarred for life. I’m so thankful for sweet family and friends who prayed for us all morning because we certainly needed it. We were not prepared for the un-sedated MRI. At all. It’s no one’s fault, we just were not prepared. That being said, when it was all over, she said she’d do it again versus going under general anesthesia. Andrew didn’t go with us to this MRI because simultaneously, movers were at our house moving everything off the first floor. I called him though sobbing (while Ashby was in the MRI machine and couldn’t hear me), and I must have sounded really bad because when we got home, they had dropped what they were doing, gotten Ashby her favorite lunch, Kensington made her a g-free cake and they had a big banner up that said Ashby is so Brave. I mean to tell you..SHE IS!!! Thank you again so much for praying.
This right here has been my quote this last week…
…honestly, the whole staircase seems very overwhelming right now, so I just keep taking it one step at a time.
Here’s what we know:
1: On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we packed up our first floor (we were able to leave some kitchen things so we can kind of cook), but everything in the breakfast nook, family room, master bedroom, master bath, master closet, guest bathroom and patio was boxed up.
2: On Friday, movers came and moved out all of the boxes and furniture to be stored until our house is put back together.
3: Which leads me to “when do you think your house will be back to normal?”. Guess-timates vary, but my gut says November 1st (I really hope it’s sooner though!!!). You better believe I can decorate for fall around chaos, people. 😉
4: So many of you want to know where we’re living and what that looks like…and last week, we ran through all of our options. After talking to everyone involved, we’ve decided to stay in our house and live upstairs during this as it’s easier than moving out six people and three dogs to a temporary place especially considering that none of our kids’ stuff is damaged and their rooms are still perfectly intact. Other than a few non-consecutive weeks, we should be able to stay. They have told us that there are a few weeks in there where we won’t be able to live at home, so we’ll find some place to go during that period.
5: Andrew and I each took all of our stuff to a kid’s room with whom we now lovingly refer to as “our roommate”. I moved all of my clothes and stuff to Kensington’s room, and Andrew moved his stuff to Smith’s. Andrew decided after about 5 minutes that I had the better roommate. Ha! He was like “his room smells like a boy”, and I’m like “good luck with that, Andrew!”. We’re just showering and changing in our roommates’ rooms and then sleeping on our Sleep Number bed which was moved to a new location in the house from our bedroom (because we love that thing!). That being said, Smith has the better roommate. On Friday, I kept telling Smith to put away his laundry, and he kept saying “Mom, I don’t have any.” and I kept saying “Yes you do, I put it on your bed”. Well, we went round and round until finally Andrew heard us and said “Oh, I couldn’t stand seeing that around, so I put it all away.”. Smith scored with the neat freak “roommate”.
6: Demo starts today! They’re coming in and ripping out everything (floors, walls, ceilings, counters, cabinets, doors, windows…EVERYTHING all the way back to the studs, and then once they know it’s all dry, they’ll start putting it back together.
So, what exactly happened?
Well, for starters, it wasn’t supposed to have rained.
That’s the very first thing everyone has said.
It wasn’t supposed to have rained on Friday night…but it did..and it rained for 10 straight hours. I don’t have any videos or pictures because in the moment, I was trying as hard as I could to keep my house from flooding, but the temporary roof we had (while the new construction was happening) didn’t hold and therefore, it rained all in my house. When I say “it rained”, I mean IT POURED inside my house. For ten hours. It was raining in my closet, raining in my bedroom…raining everywhere. There was rain coming out of the beams in my living room (because they were soaking wet), rain running down walls, rain pouring from ceiling fans, light fixtures, the speaker system…rain coming through the walls under the floors. My floor outlets were completely flooded because water was coming from everywhere. It was raining. So many people were there trying to get the flooding to stop, but it was just too much. My patio buckled due to the weight of the rain…it was such chaos. I am SO THANKFUL that we were home!!! Since we were home, we were able to save our rugs, window treatments, furniture, clothes…all of that. We had to work quickly, but because we were home, we saved all of that. I’m ready for demo today because that just means forward progress, right? I’m anxious to get this stuff out and start working on rebuilding.
Enough for one day?
In the meantime, I now have to repaint my entire first floor…and even though I love Sherwin-Williams Kilim-Beige, I want a fresh color for a fresh start. If you have suggestions, I will gladly take them!! I prefer Sherwin-Williams paint if possible!! Please feel free to comment and share or email me your favorite paint colors.
Don’t forget, we moved Let’s Look to this Wednesday, so if you link up, please blog that day!
Love you guys! See you tomorrow! I have to go read now 😉 .