Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Monday, March 24, 2014

Not a Stellar Start

Today was the beginning of our week-long family stay-cation.  Zach's busy season at work is officially over, so we decided to take this week off work to enjoy time as a family, get some projects done, and welcome in spring.  Little did we know that spring was planning to stay well hidden this week, as we enjoyed temperatures in the high 30's today.  Not exactly play at the park, head to the zoo, go for a family walk kind of weather.  But making the best of it, we headed over for some indoor swimming this morning.  Both girls had a blast, and we counted that a successful start to our week of family fun!!

While the girls napped/rested after lunch, Zach and I decided to get to work on our long list of projects we hoped to accomplish this week.  I started some laundry, cleaned up the kitchen, and started loading up the recycling into the van while Zach began washing the truck.  About an hour into our work time, I heard some water running in the basement.  I walked down to see a massive amount of water soaking into our newly finished basement.  Apparently the insanely cold weather we had not only ruined our outside play time this winter, it also ruined our pipe to the outdoor spigot.  So as Zach cleaned up the truck, he also filled up our basement.  Ironically, he was cleaning it up to get ready to sell, but the sale of the truck will now probably just pay for our insurance deductible to restore our basement.  Instead of a leisurely afternoon of playing with the girls, we instead met with our insurance agent, called a plumber, and welcomed the de-watering folks into our home.  Not exactly how I envisioned our day going.

On the plus side, the water only damaged one wall and soaked a lot of the carpet (ruining the carpet pad), but none of our belongings were destroyed and the carpet can be salvaged.  A couple hours of people working in our basement, a few days of high powered fans, and a few more individuals to help us restore everything isn't the end of the world.  On the other hand, it's not exactly the stay-cation I had hoped for.

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