Monday, June 9, 2008

The Flooding at Our House


Well, the Hub and I are off. We fly out of Chicago in a couple hours. We have watched a bunch of historical stuff and are ready to tackle Scotland with a decent understanding of what we are seeing! We plan to hit Edinburgh first and then head out into the countryside for castles and battles and lochs galore. I can't wait. Often we have another couple with us, this time it will just be us. I'm looking forward to it.

The little ones are probably lucky we are leaving. You've heard about all the flooding in Iowa? Well, we had a nice little incident in the back corner of our basement which involved a clogged gutter, bad landscaping that is waiting to be fixed, a window well and a sump pump that emptied about every 20 seconds. It was touch and go for awhile but we managed to keep it very contained.

After getting that all fixed up, we thought we were home free, if not a little tired. However, last night around 8:00, my five year old headed to the bathroom to wash off the residue from his favorite ribs. He proceeded to plug the sink and turn the faucets on full blast.....and leave. I will never forgot the site that awaited me. Literally gallons of water all over the bathroom and carpet that splashed me. My make up drawers were swimming! The water was coming through the floor to the basement.... you can imagine the night we had. My best joke of the night was, thank God I had all those maxi pads in the cupboard or this could have been so much worse. In truth, it is pretty bad.

Not sure what the damage will be but it is what it is. We will figure it all out. My poor little baby got in the biggest trouble of his life. He was asking me today if Santa watches every day. What a sweetheart. As he was starting to understand how much was really flooded and could be ruined, he wanted to know if the water got any of his Wii controllers. HA HA.. Grandma and Grandpa will give him lots of love while we are away.

Oh yeah, I did run this week, I stunk it up pretty good. It was hot and I only went 3 miles but I got it done. I also did several days of p90x. It was a heavy week of dieting in the Vivalicous Challenge and the scale rewarded me with 2 or 3 pounds. Now, to hang on to it on the trip. Does scotch have very many calories? :D :D

Bye for now. I'll miss you!

41 comments:

Jeff said...

Glad to see you survived the flood and the kid!

Have a great trip!

chia said...

Have a great (and safe) trip!!!!

Nat said...

Oh god... It's like The Boy and the ants, and the candy.

Keep an eye out for Nessy for us.

Wes said...

Nothing like a little child induced adventure :-) Have a safe and wonderful trip!!

C said...

You're going to have a fabulous time! Eilean Donan castle is even more spectacular in person.

Dan Seifring aka "OBRATS" said...

Have a great time in Scotland.

Jamie said...

Oh man what a week! I am sure this trip couldn't have come at a better time. Have a fun trip!!!

Andrew is getting fit said...

I hope you have a great time!

akshaye said...

Thats terrible. I hope the damage was limited.

Have a fabulous trip!

Unknown said...

Of course Santa was watching (and probably laughing his rear end off at the sight as well). I hope the cleanup went ok.

Have a safe and fun trip to Scotland. Some really fabulous history to be found there. We will expect a full report of course. ;-)

P.O.M. said...

You knew those maxi pads would come in handy. Floods suck. I hate them. I have had a few in my current HOLE of an apartment.

Have a fantastic trip! Can't wait to see pics and hear fun stories.

Marcy said...

OMG Nanc!! That is SOOOO something my kids would do, but they wouldn't be as cute as yours. They'd prob say something like "What? YOU'RE the one that supposed to turn it off" or something smart like that. Oy.

Jess said...

Sorry to hear about the flooding, but have fun in Scotland! I'm SO jealous!

teacherwoman said...

Enjoy your trip!

BTW, how is that P90x going?

The Young Family said...

Have fun on your trip! You got to love kids! They are the best.. my favorit is after hearing the f;ush of the toilet for the 3rd time... mom the water won't stop! oh crap.... literally!.... you run in to see water pouring over the floor.... Oh the fun times they give us.. wouldn't miss it for the world!

Em

E said...

Have fun!

L*I*S*A said...

Enjoy yourselves in beautiful Scotland. I can't wait for the wonderful pictures!!

Viv said...

I am vouching for the little guy since I have done that twice while washing bras in the sink. ehehhe

What a night before leaving that's for sure. I hope the damge is not terribly bad.

I know you are gone by now. I hope you have a fantastic trip looking forward to the details.

Great job on th loss!!

kate said...

I am sooooo envious that you are in Scotland right now. I miss Edinburgh like I would miss my right arm if it went missing. I'm sure you've already left and won't be checking this but if you do, I have to say be sure to hit up the wiskey museum on the Royal mile if you have time. Also, Mary King's Close is a spooky and fascinating tour of how people lived in the Old Towne during the Plague.

Have a safe and wonderful time!

Shelley said...

"does santa watch every day" - that would have melted me! I always feel so bad for them when they get into big trouble.

Have fun in Scotland!

iJuls said...

Okay, I am laughing but this is really horrible. Have a good vacation. It sounds like you need it.

J~Mom said...

Ey yi yi yi!!!!!!! We have not had that kind of damage but many similar mishaps!! Kids I tell ya. You can tell that story at the rehearsal dinner.

Unknown said...

Have fun on your trip.

Don't know what to say about the water damage...that can't be fun...but the question about whether Santa is watching EVERY day is cute.

Kyra said...

Have a wonderful time in Scotland! I love it there!

Nitmos said...

Enjoy the trip. Look forward to hearing about it afterwards.

RunningNan said...

oh boy.

Have a safe trip!

Doris said...

ROFWL... Visiting you blog for the first time thanks to a link from WES! - he gets around ;o)

That maxi-pad comment is a cracker!! ... and as for santa watching... cute and funny too!

Enjoy Bonnie Scotland, it's a FAB place to visit, I need to go back to those hills!

Flo said...

Wow, hope everything got cleaned up okay!!

You've been tagged over at my blog, so when you return you have a writing assignment :)

Have a great trip!!!

Laura N said...

Holy cow on the water damage. I bet your son feels awful. When we were teenagers, my sister left the bathtub running and forgot about it for about 45 minutes. We only had a crawl space, so no basement damage but it totally ruined the floor.

Have a great time in Scotland! And congrats on your loss!!

Lily on the Road said...

Have a wonderful time!!

oh, poor little guy, Santa won't leave a lump of coal (so far!!)

Xenia is correct Eilean Donan Castle is spectacular!

Enjoy!!
we'll miss you too!

Sonia said...

Wow, what a crazy story... I guess he will remember to NOT do that in the future...... oh kids, gotta love them!! Have a fun vacay! You deserve it!

Bill Carter said...

Hi Nancy

Have a great time in Scotland. I just played golf with a very, very nice gentleman from Scotland and he was telling me all about the country. I will admit that I am just a little bit jealous...

Sorry to hear about the water as that sort of thing is never easy to deal with.

Have a great, great trip!

Anonymous said...

HAVE A GREAT TIME.t

Kevin said...

Have a great time

Unknown said...

Hope you have a great time in Scotland! Don't worry, someday the flood story will be funny....at least that I what I tell myself when my boys to something crazy.

I have been watching what is going on in Iowa and I pray that all is well with your family.

Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...

Have a fun Safe Trip Nanc & hope you didn't get to much Flood damage, the midwest has been getting slammed with water :-(

Catch up with ya when you get back!

Stuart said...

Enjoy Bonny Scotland and fingers crossed on the flooding!

Scott McMurtrey said...

hope your trip is wonderful!

jahowie said...

Have a great trip!!

Sarah Kathryn said...

Soooo.... when are you back!? You are missed!!!

Mike said...

So sorry to hear of your predicament...we've been in the same boat (literally) here due to the overwhelming water tables around our home. The basement took a small hit -- water came in the window well and soaked our bedroom down there -- but it's drying up as we speak. Hope all comes clean for you!

BTW, I tagged you on my blog. Enjoy!