Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cousin time...

Spring in Arizona is when we see the most visitors. When the rest of the country is longing for spring we're enjoying our last stretch of beautiful weather before we hit unbearable heat. Our door is always open and chances are we offer not only clean sheets but also clean towels. Its no wonder with those amenities and the weather people come flocking!

Last Wednesday we sent my dad on a plane and hours later my brother and his family were walking in the door. They were delayed thanks to a wonderful snow storm in Colorado and they welcomed our flip flop weather. We lived outside. Bikes, scooters, football, parks and BBQ. The kids played hookie so they could spend time with their cousins and nobody complained! The house was loud and full of life and the trampoline hasn't seen that much attention in a while. We had a good time. I'm not sure our "cousin" bank is ever full!

We took them to our favorite park where 3 year olds have has much fun as 12 year olds.
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I was trying to take the above picture of Cannon and someone else popped in front of the camera!
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We were trying to get a picture of everyone looking and smiling and this was the next take - Bennett is always the comedian:
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A few more takes and we finally got this:
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Leaky skylights...

We have three skylights in our house and within 1 month of moving in two of them were leaking.

We had them repaired. They were good for almost a year and sure enough they started leaking. I'm not talking a little water. I'm talking water coming in the skylight, leaking through the roof, running down the trusses and puddling and then coming through our living room ceiling drywall. It's been like this for awhile.

We had it repaired again. That lasted for 8 months and monsoon season rolled around and all the sudden we had water coming through the drywall again. The first thought is to remove them all together but they offer a lot of light. Each roofer we have is convinced they can fix it. So they patch it and then the patch dries and cracks and water comes through again. A couple weeks ago we had a bad storm and it was coming through the ceiling like never before. I called so many roofers to come and help but of course no one could make it out that day. So I watched as water continued to come in. I went into the attic to check it out and there was nothing I could do to stop it.

Then a brilliant idea popped in my head. I could use sand bags and a tarp to cover the skylight to ease the amount of water coming through. But I needed sand bags asap and my kids were napping. Steve was at work and in meetings...I called in reinforcements: My brother-in-law. Not only did he go and pick up sand bags for me, but he then proceeded to spend the next 40 minutes on the roof with me as we did our best to cover the light. He deserves an award because carrying up 50lb bags on a steep slick roof (and it was still raining) was a little scary! I was so grateful. Steve was so grateful. Once we got it covered, not a drop came through the ceiling.
Life with Fingerprings: Temporarily fixing the leaky skylight

Why does this story from a few weeks ago come to mind? Because I just saw the forecast and we're slated for rain tomorrow and it was when I saw the forecast that I was reminded that the roofer that I got a hold of to come check it out never came by. Which means my roof still has sandbags and a tarp and I'm hoping it's enough to get us through yet another storm before someone can come in and switch them out for solar tubes. Time will tell.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easy kids science experiment...

I'm not sure why our school chooses Kindergarten as the year to present science experiments, but they do. (See Hallie's experiment) I would much rather have it when they're a little older but it is what it is. Because these projects are for six year olds they are extremely simple and take very little effort (which is maybe why they do it this way, keeps the parents sane!)

More or less, they want the kids to make a prediction and see how close they were to the results.

Hunter soaked Easter peeps in five different liquids that I poured for him: Water, apple juice, Diet Coke, bleach and vinegar, for five days.

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He predicted that the water would turn the peep white. The apple juice would turn it yellow. The diet coke would turn it white. The bleach would do nothing and the vinegar would make it blow up (he's seen far too many baking soda volcanoes!)

We had it sitting on the counter with a pan over the top and every day, he would lift up the pan and see the progress. There was very little progress for the first several days, except the bleach immediately turned the peep white and the liquid stayed clear. By day four, fruit flies were starting to swarm, especially in the vinegar and apple juice. So we put plastic over the top and held it with a rubber band. The next morning we woke up to an unexpected bloated apple juice peep.
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Something happened when we covered it to make it expand. Hunter thought that was pretty cool.

The bleach ate away at the peep the most and vinegar was next in line.
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I thought for sure the diet coke would have more of an effect, but it just turned the underbelly of the peep brown but it kept it's shape.

Water left the peep the most unchanged which just goes to show water is the best for you!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Building partner...

I always have these grand building ideas - then I convince my dad to help me implement my ideas (Barn door, dining table and entertainment center). I shoot for one big project a year and this year was nothing short of big: a shed/playhouse. We just spent the last 10 days (9 working days) pulling out every tool I seem to own to build this thing. As most of our projects go, we started out on time and ahead of schedule. By the time we got to the end it was crunch time (it's how we/roll). The finishing details seem to take forever! I'm always so optimistic that we can finish up with plenty of time to spare. And yet, I sent him on his way today just minutes after finishing...semi-finishing. There's still a few details I've got to collect some materials to finish, but we're getting closer.

I dropped him off at the airport and came home to a patio that looked like this:
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It might be hard to see in the picture but there is a miter saw, compressor, nail gun, circular saw, reciprocating saw, drill, angle grinder, level, socket set, palm nailer and what seems to be every nail and screw that Home Depot sells. There was a lot of stuff on that patio and tonight we cleaned it all off. Tools went back to their respective homes. Nails were put back in their boxes. Blades were put away. It looks just the way it did 10 short days ago.

I like finishing projects, but I hate losing my building partner. I wish he lived closer. He's probably glad he lives far away. He knows very well if he lived closer my annual building projects with him would turn into a monthly gig!

My kids are sad they lost their "Old Maid" partner. I'm not sure how many times he ended up playing that game with them! We're missing him already.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cotton Candy Please...

This kid can eat and he enjoys it. We took them to a buffet last night with my dad visiting and it was a little comical. This guy pounded the food but he made it known from the minute we walked in the doors that he wanted blue cotton candy. All through dinner he talked about blue cotton candy. And wouldn't you know it, the cotton candy wasn't blue...and he didn't seem to mind.

As you can see, he visited the chocolate fountain before finding the fluffy stuff. When we told him to wipe his face, he obeyed immediately - only he used the cotton candy as his napkin.
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He is full of life and after last night also full of sugar/chicken/french fries/rolls/pizza and cucumbers.
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