Family Snapshots

This week has been chaotic, as you might imagine. As I mentioned in this post, our pipes burst in the basement (where all of our business was located) on Wednesday morning, so all plans and routines fell to the wayside as we first dealt with the water crisis, relocated all of our inventory to another part of the house, got the plumbing fixed again, and tried to settle into a temporary routine while we try to find someone to repair the insulation, drywall, etc. It hasn’t been easy to figure out a system to utilize our living and dining rooms as both working and eating zones, but David is a master at creative space planning, and we are making it work for now.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

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The day that our pipes burst, I had my first pre-natal appointment with our midwife. Normally, David and the kids would go with me to the first appointment to hear the baby’s heartbeat, but they had to stay behind to wait for the plumber. Instead, I was able to record it on my phone and texted it to him. I’m sure all you tech-savvy folks have done that before, but I had no idea my phone could do that, so it was a special surprise in the middle of a stressful day to be able to still share that moment with David (and to be able to replay it for the kids when I got home). It’s always such a relief to hear that first heartbeat, reassuring to know that I am really pregnant and there really is a baby. :) Anyway, the baby is healthy and everything looks good. I’m a little further along than I thought – 14 weeks this week.

We managed to fit in two days of work on the business after the pipes burst, and I attribute a lot of that to the very kind friends we have. Some just showed up to help and some brought meals. I had offers to watch our kids and do our laundry. It was humbling and extremely touching. Because of working every spare minute either moving and re-oganizing inventory or actually listing inventory on eBay, I was not able to work on the blog, and I owe you a review of A Dash of Magic. I had finished reading the book and writing my notes, but work took longer on Saturday and my cold from last week came back so I slept most of the day on Sunday.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

In the midst of this, we have had a couple friends face really hard things this week – harder than burst pipes and colds. It keeps our troubles in perspective, but it has been really tough to walk through this week, even facing those troubles from more of a distance than our friends are with their various situations.

It’s funny, but this week reminded me of a Dr. Seuss book my mom had from her childhood: I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. In it, the main character has a very bad day with lots of trouble, and decides he is moving to the beautiful Solla Sollew, “where they never have troubles, at least very few.” He has a terrible time getting there, and when he arrives, they only have one trouble at Solla Sollew: a key-slapping creature that moved into the one door into the city. The gatekeeper says he is moving to a place where they have “no troubles at all,” and the main character nearly follows him, but instead he decides to go back home with a big bat. “Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

Sorry, only pictures of the girls this week – it’s been a little busy!

How was your week? I hope you didn’t have troubles – or “at least, very few” this week.


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