Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Plumbing Plunders

Well this may get a little long winded as our plumbing problems have been on going for a long time. For those of you who don't know we built a brand new house and moved in April 14th, 2006 so it's less than a year old. This past summer I noticed that our toilets and sinks gurgled often and in August I called the builder to send the plumbers out under our 1yr warranty to check it out. They came and basically made me feel like I was hallucinating. They said they cleaned the lines and there wasn't anything suspicious so if they gurgled again to give them a call and they would come back out, but if they were REALLY gurgling the problem would mean tearing into our foundation and we wouldn't want that now would we.

No, I didn't want that so when they started gurgling again in the fall I just ignored it as the plumber said it wasn't really an issue. Well in February 2007 it could no longer be ignored as sewage started coming up the drains in our shower and bathtubs!!! I called the builder and explained the whole story. His warranty with the original plumber was expired since the plumbing was laid before the foundation was poured in November 2005. I said that was fine and dandy, but we were covered under the building warranty until April 14th 2007. He agreed and sent his new plumber out to investigate the problem. Glen is a great plumber and was very patient and explained all the things he was looking at. He cleaned out the drains as the original plumber had done in August, but then he sent a video line through our pipes and that revealed some very disgusting and nasty looking pipes as they have been holding water and waste for almost a year. There were sections of the pipe that were completely full of water even after flushing the lines!!! The problem could only be solved by tearing up my floor and jackhammering into the foundation.

I lost a lot of sleep and developed an anxiety breathing problem as we were now dealing with two different builders and two different plumbers and there was bound to be a lawsuit somewhere. Well the original builder and the builder that picked up our house part way through construction worked together and they got Glen (the good plumber) and his crew to come out to our house to fix it. They originally thought it would just be 2 small holes in the floor. One in our master bedroom and one in the guest bathroom.

Here is a picture of the "small" hole in our bedroom. Once they got into the floor the problem was bigger than expected. Isn't it always!?!

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Well it turns out the problem was a LOT bigger than expected and they had to replace about 75%-80% of the plumbing which meant a whole lot of my floor got torn up. The jackhammer was so loud I had to get the boys out of the house and Daniel had to get 2.5 days off work to stay home and supervise the work. Thankfully we were able to get rooms at the base to stay in and keep the boys out of all the FUN construction.

Here is a picture of our hallway

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The project ended up in the front yard. Here is a picture

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All the jackhammering stirred up quite a lot of dust as you can imagine. They were able to get all the carpet re-installed and we are still waiting on retiling the bathroom and a small section of the laundry room. Daniel spent ALL day Saturday vacuuming and cleaing up dust in the bedroom and the boys bedroom so we could come home and be able to breathe. We have been working all week on cleaning up the dust and are almost back to normal. Here are some pictures of the mess.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Stampin' Up Regionals

I was so excited to attend my first Regional seminar for Stampin' Up. Daniel, the boys, and I headed to Atlanta on Thursday, March 8th. The next morning we were up bright and early headed to the seminar downtown. I thought I missed city living being over 40 miles from an interstate, but I was quickly reminded of the horrible parts of city driving. Daniel managed to get me where I needed to be after stopping some ladies on the street that he said sure looked like stampers. Then he took the boys back to the hotel to clean up and check out. They spent the day at the Aquarium downtown and I was in Stampin' Heaven!!! We listened to some great presenters on techniques, business tips, and project ideas. We also swapped cards and of course we STAMPED!!!

Here is a picture of me with Stampin' Up Co-Founder and CEO Shelli Gardner

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Here is a picture of me with one of the presenters who also does a large portion of our training video, Linda Hanson

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17 Weeks

Had an OB check up yesterday and everything is looking as it should. The baby's heart rate was 156 and my 24hr. urine labs say my kidneys aren't under any undue stress. Here is the email for 17 weeks.

Hello, Amy!

Your baby weighs about 5 ounces now, and he's around 5 inches long — about the size of a large onion. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now, rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden into bone. Some of it will remain cartilage for years after he's born. A newborn's skeleton has 300 parts (a combination of bone and cartilage). As your child grows, some of these parts harden and fuse together. By the time your baby reaches adulthood, he'll have just 206 bones.