oh my gosh, guys, remember when our plumbing called it quits and i just stood there while our toilet water made a grayish looking swamp in the hallway to the family room?
well, it's getting fixed. hooray!
and i have moved in to my parents' house while it gets fixed. probably because those fixing guys looked at my four children and my three dogs and my pregnant belly and they were like, ma'am, you need to leave. and i watched sarah inspect the carpet with the inspection man by first knocking over his toolbox (gave him a heart attack) and then sticking her head into a pile of moldy and contaminated carpet and inhaling deeply. inspection man is like, ma'am...and then he gestures to sarah and then he looks helpless.
we'll leave, i told him.
so, in we moved. a mom, a dad, four kids, three dogs, two blue ikea bags full of clothes, a couple bags of camera equipment, my computer, some toys, a couple dog beds, a crate, and a mountain of blankets, pillows, swim suits, and towels. because we come to your house we come to party.
it took a little adjusting, for example, i don't think carlisle and rebecca are used to waking up at 6:30 in the morning to a little curly-headed child shouting, "GOODMORNINGIWANTWAFFLESRIGHTNOW...PLEASE." but carlisle quickly adjusted because this house has had up to seven children seventeen and younger under one roof and a bunch of those children were taking piano lessons and so part of the commotion was listening to them practice the same piece of music over and over and over and over again. i remember james and david and casey the labrador dog racing down the slick, narrow hall and not bothering to turn properly when they got to the sharp turn that led to the family room. instead they all just let the full weight of their bodies (this includes the dog, by the way) crash right into my bedroom door. at very early hours of the morning.
i so loved it.
and rebecca quickly adjusted, too, or at least is a really good sport because she has smiled almost this entire time (well, probably not when a dog peed on her new rug) and kept hugging children and saying nice things. good for her.
we thought this was only for 3-4 days, but it turns out there was asbestos in the walls, and that takes about 3 days to remove (and involves a hazmat tent, which we definitely marveled at). also, the wood was wet in the walls and so they're taking a few days more to dry it out. also, when the guys set up the fans to dry the wood they blew a fuse and now our garage doesn't work and only one fan is working.
construction seems a lot like herding cats. those must be very patient people who work those jobs.
so we're here indefinitely and the party's just going to keep going! lots of stories and lots of trips to the grocery store, and lots and lots of talk about pokemon. spending the time with my brothers is pretty awesome. we were going to have a family staycation this week anyway, so this is perfect.