Monday, August 23, 2010

Surprise, you're on Twinkles camera!

Yep yep yep, I am a happy girl. Not only did Zeus throw the best surprise party ever on Thursday night. He purchased the camera I have been waiting for all these months and years.

I loved and cherished my trusty ole Sony DSC but it was outdated and would not allow for me to change the lens out for more Professional quality photos. It is a charming little camera that has taken literally thousands of photos and been through wind, rain, sand, snow and lots of drops on the floor. But it was time to upgrade.

Zeus was sure to push me off for a few more years and I had convinced myself I could manage a little while longer. But deep down I wanted a new camera to push me a little more in the photo world. I have been super envious of some many and their new cameras but I was patient.

Well Zeus delivered in the best way. During the surprise party he had enlisted a classmate who was good with camera's and really liked photography. Zeus bought the camera and took it and all its contents to his classmate, A, to put together. A was kind enough to take a few initial photos at the party. I was a little jealous of A's cool camera. He asked if I wanted to see it and of course, I jumped at the opportunity. He said I could have it. I was like what? He said yeah you can have it cause its not mine. OK, then whose is it if its not yours. He said why yours of course. I was definitely confused but he and Zeus assured me that this indeed was my very own camera. I was beside myself. I even did an embarrassing happy dance in the middle of the kitchen while 40 other people looked at me like a crazy woman. I did not care, I had my new camera in my little hands and I couldn't have been any happier.

 From then on I was on a mission and that was to capture all those amazing, special people that came out to wish me a happy birthday. I think I managed to get just about everyone. There was a few little ones I did not capture. Never the less, I am now the happy owner of the wonderful, incredible Canon 2Ti. Oh Yeah, it is ROCKIN.

Amazing little camera for this simple little stay at home momma.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Its been a decade already

I'm a little numb thinking that my first child has reached the benchmark of 10. Has that ever scared any of you? Thinking that your first child hit such a huge milestone. Zeus and I are sad to think she is past the halfway point of moving out. YIKES.

We enjoyed a fun American Girl birthday last week celebrating her milestone. Many of her friends came over to partake in the crafting and eating. They made purses, flowers and headbands. What fun was had by all.
 Zero was very involved and very proud of her ideas and accomplishments.She was very excited to be the shining star for the day.

For her we hope that she continues to grow and mature and become the best writer she can. There is nothing she can not do and I will move mountains so that her dreams and goals are met.
 Daddy loves her too, wink wink
Zero, Daddy and I love you and are so proud of the person you are today. Respectful, helpful, intelligent, crafty and loving. These qualities will take you great places in life.We enjoyed spending the day with you and  your friends

Happy Birthday Miss Picky Pants( aka Zero)

Friday, August 6, 2010


So here's an Update on a previous post on our not so NICE house.

Remember mold was discovered in the laundry room about 4 weeks ago. Yep, you see that number correctly. 4 weeks and counting now

For 4 long weeks now I have had housing maintenance in and out of my house almost daily. Doesn't sound to bad until you take into account that I am required to be here EVERY time they are here and for the duration of their visit. Talk about getting tired of being housebound. Add in the fact that the kids go to school next week, the temperature and heat index have been over 110 and you have a recipe for insanity.

Since the last time we talked the workers have decided to go ahead and cut a bigger hole in my laundry room. Pretty much the WHOLE ceiling is gone now. Its been like this for about 1 week now.

If that wasn't bad enough,  there is now lots of drywall dust all over this laundry room. After this the workers thought it would be good to put plastic up to seal the ceiling up. Just as a temporary measure so it was not actively dripping all over everything. Good idea, NOT. After being up a few hours this is what happened due to the weight of the water it was keeping out.

The water was too heavy and caused it to fall spilling water all over this room. It was not a fun thing to find when I needed to try to do some laundry. If you know my family you know that I have to do over 20 loads of laundry a week to keep up and not drown in dirty clothes. I am unable to keep up with this construction zone of a laundry room.

The same day the workers still had not found the root cause of our moldy, leaky ceilings. I noticed mold in more than 7 rooms of our house by this day. Workers decided that they needed to go upstairs and cut a hole in our boys room to get some duct work there and seal it off as well. This meant that another hole was going to have to be cut. Only this time it was floor to ceiling on the wall, not the actual ceiling. Here's the result.

Lovely eh?
I'm really not to thrilled with how this is turning out. Can you blame me? Construction workers everyday? First sergeant threats? Housebound? Dirty, drywall dusty floors? Uunusable laundry rooms? Cluttered dining room? Nasty gnats on the moldy ceiling breeding who knows how fast?

It doesn't seem to be getting any better and actually it is getting worse. The kids noticed this morning that the AC vent in the living room has started to drip small water droplets. REALLY? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

One worker came yesterday to replace the insulation surrounding the main duct work in the laundry room. The other workers sent him back out this morning to repeat what he did yesterday. Seems so strange to me. Housing doesn't seem to care or want to come see what I am living with daily. Not one single inspector or housing rep has been here to check on the progress of this or my satisfaction/dissatisfaction of the work being done.

Pray that this will get resolved soon. Pray for more patience for me. Pray that we will not have to move again before we move later this year. Pray that the mold does not make anyone sick. Keep our family in your thoughts this week please.