Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Parents and Kiddoes

Natalie and two of her babes (I think this picture makes my face look thin--or at least thinner than it really is--yeah for good picture angles :)

Simon and his girls.

Simon and his little boy (and top of baby girl's head. . .)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Anyone know a good plumber?

In response to a question about what happened with all this:

Well, we are still trying to get some competitive bids. . .another plumber came by to check it out and was suppose to get back with us a week ago and hasn't returned our calls. He thinks there is not enough of a slope to take the washing machine drainage pipe around the house (which is what needs to happen since the drainage pipe under the house is corroded--and there's really no good way to fix it) and was going to call the housing code office to see how much latitude he has in how deep the drainage pipes need to be so he could have enough of a slope for the water to drain well. But, he's never gotten back in touch with us. I'm beginning to think he doesn't want the job.

The kitchen sink and dishwasher are going to be re-routed through a bathroom that shares a wall with the kitchen. We'd like to at least go ahead and get that done, but this guy (who seemed to know what he was talking about and was somewhat reasonably priced--for a plumber) has not gotten back in touch with us since he was here.

Meanwhile, we have been able to use the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and washing machine, but because of that we have a nice little swimming pool on the side of our house from washing machine drainage and we know that under our kitchen we're just watering the ground since the bottom of the pipe is essentially nonexistent. . . Oh, and we also still have a nice 6 foot tunnel under the foundation which can't be good. . .(there is a pile of dirt next to the tunnel, not sure how easily it's going to be to get that back under the house and packed in correctly. . .)

So, in other words, it's still a mess. We basically paid about $1000 for the initial plumbers to dig a tunnel under our house, clean out a clog in the pipe, and determine the pipes were corroded and needed replacing. But, nothing has been fixed yet. . .grrrr. And, their price to fix it all was quite high. But, who know, we may end up having to use them anyway. . .still waiting to hear back from yet another plumber.

I'm sure many more details than were necessary, but hey this is for my posterity, right? So, lesson for my kiddoes, do not buy a house whose foundation was built before they began using PVC pipes for the plumbing. . .

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"No Dumb-It"

"No Dumb-It," Aaron screams as he chases Chloe around the room. . . typical scene in the Guerrero household. (sigh) "Dumb" is Aaron's new favorite word/insult/frustration word, etc. We've had many conversations about name calling. Oh, well, one day it will sink in, right? Until then, I guess it could be worse. . .;)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Baby Food

So, my friend Olivia steams and purees veggies (i.e. butternut squash, green peas, green beans, etc.) and puts it in ice cube trays to freeze individual portions and then pours them into a large freezer bag. And, voila, individual baby food servings. What a fantastic idea!!! I started doing this and it’s GREAT! So far, I’ve only done frozen peas and fresh butternut squash. It has worked like a charm! I’m so excited about it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

When it rains it pours. . .

So, about two weeks ago I am outside and notice quite a bit of standing water on the ground near the side of our house. It had not rained for days and I could not see a trail from the house. Then I noticed that some of the water was moving and it just appeared to be coming from nowhere. I knew immediately that something was amiss. So, I called for Simon to come see. I was sure we were going to have a call a plumber. It was a Saturday and we decided we’d have to wait until Monday (well, actually Tuesday, since that Monday was Memorial Day).
So, Tuesday, a plumber comes out, briefly looks it over, and says it appears to be a break in the drainage line in the foundation coming from the washing machine. ( job that will be at least $1000.) Great. (heavy sarcasm). So, I call around to a couple of other plumbers (referrals from Simon’s boss) and get one to come out for a second opinion. They do a much more thorough examination and discover a major blockage in the line under the kitchen floor. . . unable to clear it by running a long, electric something or another through the kitchen clean-out under the sink. Plumber thinks the line may be damaged there as well.

Friday, they send out a guy to start digging. They’re going to dig under the foundation to get to the problem in order to fix it. Guy starts digging, hits locks of rocks, digging is slow and tedious (I imagine digging sideways under a house’s foundation couldn’t be anything but. . .). Guy gets far enough for them to run the long, loud, electric thingy through the pipe and are able to clear the blockage under the kitchen floor. Yeah! That, hopefully, means the line is not broken :)

Plumber leaves us at the end of the day on a Friday with instructions to avoid using the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and washing machine until they come back on Monday and can run a camera through the line (now that it’s cleared they can check to make sure everything is okay further down the line). (the problem at the end of the drain line had not yet been fixed—just discovered—so in order for them to be able to access the area without a small lake to wade through, we obliged.)

Fun weekend of washing dishes in the bathroom sinks (Simon had a better idea when he took the take out part of our large roaster, put it in the bathtub, and washed dishes in it. Smart man. Bathroom sinks are just to small to wash most kitchen items. . .as I had discovered).
Monday comes, they put a camera through the line. . .bad news, the pipe under the kitchen sink is all corroded and part of it is missing the bottom part as well as having a “belly” spot where water collects. . . heavy sigh. Main plumber guy (owner) comes out and gives us three options. Then sends us an estimate for each one. . . cheapest one being about $6000. And, I forgot to mention my conversations with our insurance agent. Our house insurance does not cover damage from water leakage if the problem was over time and not caused by a specific event. (the foundation to our house is old and has cast iron plumbing tubes that I guess corrode over time. . .now they use PVC)

So, on Monday, we have yet another plumber coming out for a second opinion and repair bid estimate.

And, our DSL modem keeps kicking us off the Internet. I’ve been on the phone several times this week with AT&T people and at this point they’ve done everything on their end and it appears we just need to buy a new modem. (which is, thankfully, a lot less than $6000)--hence this post was written days before I actually got to post it (wrote it in MSWord and copied and pasted it today)--hopefully the Internet will stay connected long enough for me to post it. . .

But, on a brighter note, I did find our camera a few weeks ago. Simon had put it in a random spot and forgotten. . .been looking for that thing for weeks!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Growing up

So, my sister-in-law, Claudia, and her mother-in-law, Vicky, both make cute jewelry. So, I offered to through a party for them to sell some. Cute stuff! Chloe had fun picking out some beads and watching Vicky make some clip-on earrings for her. Below is a picture of hers.
Cute girl! She looks so grown up to me!! She's going to be in kindergarten in the fall!!

Aaron Renee Guerrero. . .

Okay, so I just wanted to document that for the last few weeks (or maybe months?) Aaron has made it unequivocally clear that he wants his name to be Aaron Renee Guerrero instead of Aaron Jeddy Guerrero. He corrects me (and anyone else) who ever uses his whole name. (yes, even when he's in trouble he will take the time to correct me, sometimes through tears) It's always very cute. Kids are fun :)