Time for the big "responsibility" lecture

11:41 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Only, it was ANNA giving the lecture to us. And it was hilarious...

I've probably noted on here, more that once, that my mom does a TON of stuff to help us out (and Alisa too). Sometimes, if they are using our van to go do stuff while they are watching Anna, they decide that can't stand the clutter one more second and go clean our van out for us. Sooo sweet of them...really. Well, keeping that in mind, enjoy the following conversation that Anna, Curtis and I had while driving the other night:

A: Why do you sometimes let Grandma clean your van?
{B&C exchange shoulder shrugs, wondering where this is going...}
B: Well, sometimes she just helps us out, like we help her out.
A: [In a totally indignant tone of voice] But cleaning the van is YOUR responsibility! Not Grandma's!
{B&C cracking up now...}
C: You're right. That IS our responsibility. We should do it more often, but it is nice of Grandma to help us sometimes.
A: Then why do you let Grandma do it? It is NOT her responsibility!
B: Well, cleaning your room is YOUR responsibility, but you always have help from me to clean your room, right?
{Flustered pause...}
A: OK, listen. We are not talking about MY responsibilities here. We are talking about YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES. THAT is what we are talking about!

I felt so chastised.... What a crack up.

Crap crappity craptastic craping crappers!!!!!

9:26 AM Edit This 0 Comments »
Ahh shhhhhmitt. Remember the fire sprinkler drama here? Or maybe I was so swamped and stressed by that that I didn't post much about it back then. Anyway - we had a HUGE pain in the ass trying to get our new water meter installed and passed on the inspection, as required for our fire sprinklers in the house. It was FINALLY done a few months ago, and we had a HUGE sigh or relief.

Well.....fast forward to yesterday. I got a letter from the city asking us to have a free 'water saver' inspection, due to a large increase in our water consumption this month. We went from our average of 8k gallons per month, to 24k in September. I went out and checked the water meter box, and it is full of water. We're going to have to tear up the entire sidewalk, have it fixed and repoured. Freaking SPRINKLERS!!!!

The NEW FLOOR is going in!!!

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Yeah!!! This has been such a long time coming. About 15 months 25 days and 9 hours....roughly. We are finally getting the new flooring put in. They started today. This is so exciting. No more cutting our feet on sub floor, staples, nails, etc. No more paint splatters and blobs of drywall littering the floor. No more living in ONE room at a time. YIPEE!!!!

We decided on a commercial grade laminate product, in a mahogany stained maple tone. It has a handscraped finish, with grain texture, and is designed for commercial/retail use, so hopefully it will hold up well. Here are a few pics from the first day of installation.

BEFORE: The appliances don't actually go on that wall - they are just moved out of the way for the flooring. The dishwasher goes to the left of the sink, and the fridge and stove go on the opposite side of the room, just before the pantry.