Monday, May 22, 2017

Plumbing work

Well we can mark another item off our 'to-do' list. We had a plumber come today to switch out all the galvanized piping and replaced with pex. We did this in our old house (blog here) when we finished our basement, always stinks having to redo something we've already done, but new house - old home - new issues. We had pretty bad water pressure in this house. If you were washing your hands while someone flushed the toilet your stream of water reduced to a mere trickle. Not any more!!

They cleaned up a heck of a mess that was above the hot water heater. We had thoughts of putting in a tank-less hot water heater to reduce the space this one takes up... but after reviews and learning more about them we decided against it. Plumber highly discouraged them and he even wouldn't install them. But now it's nice and cleaned up and new requirements make them insulate the hot water line. This wasn't the case 6 years ago when we did our other basement. The hot water heater has some years left, but at least the mess of pipes is cleaned up for when we do need to get a new one, and we might consider moving it then.

Luckily all the piping going to the second story was copper so we left that as is. They removed some sketching saddle valves and replaced the main shut off valve. Which after seeing inside he thinks that was probably most of our water pressure issue.

We also had them fix this catastrophe of an outdoor spigot. The before picture is first and the after is second.

We were also going to have them install our dishwasher. We had upgraded our other appliances but hadn't done the dishwasher yet. It wasn't that bad and was low on our list. But since we were getting the plumber here we decided to go ahead and buy it so they could just install it. It randomly arrived on Mother's Day. I was started to wonder if we'd get it in time and Lowe's hadn't called. Then I get a call while we were at Yum on Sunday saying they were 30 minutes away. 

We gave our old one to some friends, they came last week to get it so we've been doing hand washing for a few days. Well when they took a look at it today and turns out the Bosch models sit on the ground with no space below and the location of our electrical line (and water line) were not going to work with this model. He said he'd be happy to come back after we get the electrical switched around but that he couldn't do that part of it. I said it was okay and I'd take a look at it later that night. So I got to looking at it and he was nice enough to leave me two of the plumbing parts we needed. I had started on it before Kyle came home and by dinner time (well a late dinner due to installation) we had our dishwasher installed. Ourselves, again, only the third one I've installed, haha. But we wouldn't have been able to install it without the plumbing line moved anyway so not like we could have gotten it done earlier. It was kind of a buggard to get in. They are making them tight fitting to reduce sound so there was literally NO wiggle room. I had to drill some extra holes, move the electrical cord and install a box. I was just telling Kyle he should have gotten a photo of my 31 week pregnant belly body on my hands and knees getting this thing in. He of course helped once he was home and feeding the electrical wire back up was a two person job. We ran our first load tonight, well it's still going (can't hear it, but the little red light tells us it's running) so I'll see how it did in the morning. It has a top third rack for silverware which is nice and I think we'll enjoy having. Seems to hold a bit more too. (this photo still has the protective film on the front, I'll get that off tomorrow) 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

School Chicks

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At the start of May Isaac's preschool class was watching baby chick eggs hatch. This was Tuesday May 3rd when they started hatching and we got to see them when we picked him up from school. At this point there were only 5 that had hatched that day. 

The girls also got to see polka-dot their class guinea pig, he was a hit. 

When we picked him up on Wednesday there were even MORE that hatched and it was OUR turn to take some home to chick-sit over night. 

Here are many in the incubator, we didn't take any of these home but it was fun to see them all waddling around and even one coming out of an egg.

We got our three and loaded them up to take home.

The kids were enthralled and they were the entertainment of the evening.

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Saying goodnight before bed
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Isaac taking pictures with his little camera:
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And the next day. It was fun hearing the chicks cheep overnight.

The chicks trying to rest but too much excited with the kids watching them

Saying goodbye to the chicks as they get ready to get loaded onto the bus with Isaac.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

3 years old

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I got the house decorated and presents wrapped the night before. The girls really enjoyed waking up to streamers on their door and balloons in the hallway. They were entertained with the balloons pretty much all morning.

Once we made it downstairs Isaac and Emma played with the new puzzle. Emma has been really into puzzles lately and doing really well at them. I decided to leave this out instead of wrapping it so they could play with it in the morning.
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Got some traditional age block photos.

Breakfast with more balloons.

I had picked up this fun chalk board in the dollar bin at Target. I used a chalk marker to fill out Mary's and quickly discovered when I went to clean it that it was a mistake. After much elbow grease I was able to get it cleaned off and used regular chalk for Emma's board.

Mary's board reads:
I Love: Baby, Emma, Tanner
I don't love: This
My Favorite Food: Mac n Cheese, Raisins
My Favorite Movies: Spickable Me (Despicable Me), Moana
My Favorite Books: Opposite, My Frozen, Colors
Best Friends: Loggie, Tanner, Isaac

Emma's board reads:
I Love: Baby, Mom, Dad
I don't love: trash can (she didn't quite get this one so I asked "what is yucky?" and that was her answer)
My Favorite Food: Snack, Cereal, Crackers
My Favorite Movies: Moana, Spickable Me (Despicable Me)
My Favorite Books: Polka Dot Pants, Pirate
Best Friends: Mary, Emma, Isaac, Daddy


We had a fun morning of playing and painting then headed to our Wednesday morning music class. (Mary's hair! I attempted to put some stuff in it to tame the curls, but I'm at a loss)

The kids love music and sing a ton at home, in the car, everywhere... but actually AT music class is a different story. It takes Isaac a while to warm up even though I know he loves it and leads the girls in his own musical ensemble at home. Here is his serious face during instrument time.

After music we came home, had a quick lunch, Isaac hopped on his bus for school and the girls went down for a nap. I did too! Then we woke from nap, went and got Isaac, picked up some puppy tails at Isle Bun & Coffee and met a friend at a nearby park.

Kyle had biked to work and had a chiropractor appointment near this park after work so he met us at the park and hung out for a bit with us. Then we loaded up his bike on the van and ran it home.

We left the park and had dinner out at a little jewish deli we'd been wanting to try in our neighborhood. It was good, expensive, but really good. And the kids all ate well, which there was cake on the line so that might have had something to do with it haha.

We came home and the girls opened up presents.

Isaac was so sweet and brought down a toy of his the night before as we were wraping the gifts. He said "They always come in my room to play with these so I want to wrap them up and give them to them" so sweet!

And as you can see in the video he was pretty excited for them to open them. The only toys they got!

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New outfits from Grandma Cindy

After presents we got the cakes out.
When I asked them what kind of cake they wanted Mary's main answer was chocolate chips as well as vanilla (Emma wanted chocolate) so I went with two little ones and added chocolate chip cookies to the sides. Oh and I put their names on them.
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 and sang happy birthday:

Even with two tiny cakes we still have so much left over!

The girls were hyped on sugar, but we managed to get them in the bath and in bed after calling a couple grandparents. They were up for quite a while jabbering and reading their new books. Only took 3 or 4 times of going back into their room and reminding them to go to bed. Mary typically goes to bed first and gets on to Emma for continuing to talk or sing or make noise. Emma is a night owl and likes to stay up and read to herself. On the flip side, Mary wakes up first and most times doesn't wake up Emma, but this morning (the day after their birthday) she did wake up Emma and boy was she unhappy about that. Emma will sleep in til 8 if she's tired... Mary is usually up by 6:15 or 6:30. They have a light that turns green at 6:45 and they are instructed to stay in their room until the light turns green. From the sounds of it and what Isaac reports is that Mary hollered out "The light is green" as soon as it turned which woke up Emma.

Here is Mary wearing her crown that was in the card from Grandpa Del before bath last night.
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