Spring Break 2019

Sorry I have been so MIA lately! We were in LA and AZ for “spring break”. The boys’ spring break isn’t actually until the end of April since theirs always falls on Passover, but we decided to go away at the end of March instead so that we don’t miss Passover. It was so nice to get away from the cold here in Chicago. The boys had a blast seeing my family in LA and swimming throughout the entire day in AZ, and they did amazing on the plane which is all I could ask for.

The week before we left for our trip, we got a new front door, and the week we got back from our trip, David installed a new backdoor.  Once I am settled back into our routines I will show you the new changes.

MIA

You guys, it’s been about two weeks since I gave an update. It’s not that there hasn’t been any progress.  David installed the hardware and the light fixture in our laundry room and I will post about that soon.  But,  all of a sudden the season has quickly changed from Fall to winter, and with the snow and coldness, I needed him to clear out the garage so that I could park in there.

To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated to write or even read the blogs that I try to keep up on.  Not sure if I have mentioned this here or not, but I am from Los Angeles. I was born and raised there and lived there until I got married in 2011. I grew up in a suburb called Calabasas which is really close to Thousand Oaks.  The horrific shooting that occurred last week just put me in such a funk.  Between that and the shooting at the synagogue, it was just getting a little depressing looking at happy Instagram photos and reading blog posts about recipes and beauty and fashion while so many people were suffering.  I totally get that you have to live your life and unfortuntely these disgisting events are becoming the norm here, but I think that these two specifically hit home to me since my kids go to a Jewish preschool and since T.O is my home.

Then the devastating fires started.  It was heartbreaking to watch the news and read about the “Camp Fire”, but then the “Woolsey Fire” started.  I am so thankful that all of my family is safe, but it was really scary that they all needed to evacuate and to see the damage that has been done to my hometown.  My sister lives in Malibu and she still can’t go back to her house. It all just made me feel so helpless being so far and not being able to do anything. It also made me feel extremely unmotivated to do anything on the computer except for pay bills and check some emails.

Now that things have somewhat settled down, we have a very busy and fun weekend coming up and an even busier week next week! It’s Eli’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, and we are so excited that my dad is coming into town to celebrate.  He turned 60 today, so we will celebrate him too! Next week we have E’s birthday celebration at school, and then his actual birthday Wednesday, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and my family Hanukkah celebration on Saturday! Oy.

So bear with me as I am slow on the updates these days, I promise there will be more soon.  David is taking the week off so I am putting his butt to work!

Our Almost Flood

Living in the Midwest, we have some crazy weather.  I love it because you never know what you are going to get.  The weather report can say rainy all week, and we are surprised with sun…or vice versa!

Last night we had some crazy rain, but not really anything we aren’t used to.  At about 10 PM our power went out which was so annoying.  All of our devices had about 10% battery except for mine, so between that and no TV, what were we supposed to do? I decided to brush my teeth and go to sleep but as I was brushing my teeth it dawned on me that I hadn’t heard the sump pump go off for a while.  Ours is super loud, so you can hear it from the basement all the way to the top floor. I mentioned it to David and he jumped up as if I told him our house was on fire, and ran to the basement.  He soon sent me a picture that sure enough, the backup battery was not plugged in and was dead, so there was no back up and the water was filling up quickly.

For those who don’t have sump pumps, if they stop working, and the water fills up, you can most definitely expect some flooding.  Well, ours was just about full, so David called his dad all the way in Oregon to figure out what the heck to do. The power wasn’t expected to come back on until after midnight, and the rain wasn’t getting any better.  David got a bucket, and literally started filling it with water to avoid the sump pump to overflow.  He filled over 3 buckets, and saved the night because we didn’t have any flooding. Phew!

If we learned anything from this event it’s that a. always make sure your backup battery is working b. have working flashlights c. maybe make sure at least one cell phone has at least 70% power in case of a real emergency or longer term power outage

So fortunate for my spur of the moment thought,  because the last thing I wanted to do or spend money on is more basement carpet.

4 Months Later

Our table has arrived…for the second time! We ordered it in April/May-ish and it was on backorder until August. There was a specific date, but I don’t remember when it was. That date rolled around and we were so excited for the table to be delivered, but were disappointed when we got a phone call telling us that it was time to schedule our delivery. Apparently the date on our invoice wasn’t a delivery date, but a date to confirm that it would be shipped out. We only had to wait a week for it to get here which seemed like another 4 months.

Finally the table arrived. The delivery guys said for 20 bucks they would bring it into the house, but David wanted to do it himself- typical. The box looked really damaged but it was hard to tell if the table was damaged too. You guys, this table is heavy. It took a long time and a ton of strength for David to get it inside by himself. We were actually shocked that he was able to do it on his own.

Once it was safely in the kitchen, we opened it with excitement and were disappointed yet again at how incredibly damaged the table was. We were nervous that it would take another 4 months to get a new table. And we weren’t sure if it was the shipping company’s responsibility or the shop where we purchased the table, but after amazing customer service, they shipped us a new one and told us to keep the damaged one.

Our new table arrived (mostly) damage free and we couldn’t be more happy with it!

7 Years

I have some laundry room updates, but today I’m taking a break to write about our anniversary!

David and I have been together for 13 years (this upcoming October) but today is our 7 year wedding anniversary.

In just 7 years we have lived in 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois), 7 cities, have moved a total of 8 times and have owned 4 homes. We have traveled the world from Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Canada and so much more. And most importantly we had two beautiful but wild boys!

Although this is not our forever home, this is the first year out of the 7 that we are actually settled- well settled is a loose term but there are no pending moves on the horizon so that’s settled for us!

I can’t wait to see what the next 7+ years brings!

Starting the Mudroom

A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.

Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.

Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!

You’ve Got Mail

Our mailbox is ridiculous looking.  It’s such an eyesore, but we really didn’t want to replace it until we do the entire exterior.  Last weekend we decided to pull the trigger and order a new one.  There are so many gorgeous mailboxes out there, but they come at a hefty price! We decided that we really don’t want to spend 800.00 on a mailbox now or ever.  First, we don’t even know if we will be in this house forever.  Second, I would hate to spend that kind of money on a mailbox and then if we for some reason don’t decide to do the exterior, the new mailbox doesn’t match the style of the house.

We ended up finding a great inexpensive mailbox on Wayfair.  I was surprised how I excited I was when it arrived to set it up, but left with disappointment when we opened the box.  For starters, it was beyond cheap looking.  It looked nothing like the picture, and it honestly looked like it could be a children’s toy.  Well, a giant children’s toy.  The color was nothing like the picture either.  However, in Wayfair’s defense, the description said bronze even though it looked black in the picture.  David was the one who ordered it, so maybe he needs his glasses prescription re-checked, or maybe he just didn’t read the description at all.  Regardless, we had to return it, and we are still left with this lame mailbox. My mission this week is to find another inexpensive one, and I will read the description before ordering!