Friday, August 14, 2015

A First for Sofie

My baby girl is growing up.  So hard to believe. Really, it is hard to accept b/c part of me always wants to think of her as that little three year old that came to us.  No, instead, she is a sassy mouth almost six year old.  The other day, she was elated b/c Reni 'broke her tooth' for her. 

Sofie came running saying Reni broke my tooth!  Meaning, she pulled her loose tooth for her.  Forgive the shirtless child as she was upstairs getting ready for her bath and had to bolt back downstairs to tell me of this most important event in her life.

Her bottom tooth.  First tooth gone.

Sofie telling me all about the candy and gum she'll buy at the dollar store.  She really could not stop smiling this week.  Trouble I have, she is now trying to pull other teeth out trying to get money.

More Broken Stuff--??

This time, not at our old house.  We have 14 of us that live here.  That is a lot of anything when it comes to using appliances.  Well, our dryer died.  We have tried to revive it literally three times!  Each time thinking we had the solution.  First time, dryer broke.  Max took it apart. Thermal switch.  Replaced it.  $20.  ($10 part/ $10 shipping).  It's a safety mechanism to actually prevent fires in the dryer.  New switch.  Burned out.  Thought vent pipe might be clogged,  Max vacuumed it out. New switch.  $20.  Replaced.  Turned on again.  Same thing.  Cut hole through the wall and made a discovery.

First, dryer removed.  

Next, hole cut in the wall so Max can access it.

Respirator on.  That gray stuff he is sucking up is all lint!

Problem #1 discovered!  See the broken joint?  It is honest to goodness a miracle the entire house did not catch fire.  Truly, it was.  The pipe was buried in lint.  Air could not flow at all.

This leads all the way to the other side of the garage behind that wall.  There was lint all the way back there too!  The picture had been taken after he vacuumed a lot of it up.

Everyone should have a Max in their home.

So, order the 3rd thermal switch ($20) since vent pipe was now cleared.  Installed yet again.  NOT working.  Definitely the dryer as there is nothing else left to fix or check.  I think all the kids were massively disappointed.  Frankly, we are tired of living like the Clampetts.  Even with fabric softener, our clothes are stiff.  Also, they're all over teh house and outside.  We can't stand it.  At least our washer works. Due to the other house stuff happening now, we are unable to get a dryer at this time.  Hoping in another year.  I have never heard more disappointed kids in all my life about a dryer.  We are making due.  Just sucks that it's broken and can't be fixed.  But, can't say we didn't give it a good shot.  We are actively looking on Craigslist and yardsale sites.  Find anything, please do let me know.  

In addition to the dryer, the mower is broken.  Ordered a part for it.  Weedwacker went too.  No blower.  Basically, need some yard equipment right down to rakes and brooms.  LOL.  However, with things as they are, it just can not happen.  This blog is real, so, we're real.  When we did the last home the way we did, our intentions were NOT to be landlords.  Despite it being rent to own, ultimate goal was to sell our home.  Nor did we expect the unexpected to happen but it did.  On top of that, a new A/C unit was needed for our old home.  So, much different than planned but life never is how you plan it, is it?  And that is okay.  We are working on it all.  Literally and figuratively. 

Been Gone a Week-- What Happened?!

I know, I've taken a week long blog break.  And I was going strong for awhile too.  I'll cut to the chase.  Last weekend was a very emotional and mentally draining weekend.  Long story short.  We have lived through our worst nightmare when we did the rent to own contract on our other home.  We pulled up to our former home.  Trash piled high (though later the trash in was taken outside), stench, no maintenance done, no yard work done, weeds as far as the eye can see, screens all out, animal waste in the home, human waste in the toilet, water turned off, etc.  The list can truly go on but will spare you the details.  Friends were there that saw it all.  It was all too much and for the sake of the kids, we left.  Had we known it was that bad, we would have NEVER taken them to the only safe haven they had ever known.  This was their home.  Remember, it took them awhile to even convince them to move here.  We all loved that house, made it a home, and have countless memories there.  To see it in the condition it was in, was heartbreaking at best.  We have all collected our thoughts, pulled ourselves together and are ready.  We are a family through it all...good and bad.  This is teaching everyone valuable lessons.  I guarantee you, I will never ever hear them complain about them cleaning our home here ever again.  We have all sorts of cleaning supplies thanks to a dear friend who went with me.  Our carpet needs replacing as probably some toilets I'm guessing as well.  Will assess more once back in it.  See, tomorrow, we are all headed back.  Masks and all to go inside.  This is hard.  Hence, blog silence.  Collecting our thoughts.  Financially, this is really, really hard.  This has brought Nate's adoption to a stand still at this juncture.  Emotionally this is hard.  How can someone do this to us?  Mentally, it is hard.  Physically, it will be hard.  Trying to do all that work/ yard work in one day.  I am very proud of how my kids have handle all this.  Because through all the bad, there is silver linings.  Valuable life lessons.  For though there are bad people who do not do the right thing, there are several more who pour their heart and soul into others. We have been witness to that over the last week.  We have felt the love from others.  The food that had been brought over.  The couple that took my kids blueberry picking to get their minds off things.  The basketballs my parents sent for the kids.-- didn't even know she knew we had an Amazon wish list.  LOL.  The offers of help.  Lending of mowers.  The list of good can go on as well.  That is what we focus on.  The good.  The fact that it is always darkest before dawn.  So, say a prayer, send good vibes, whatever you'd like to do because tomorrow once again, will be a hard day for the Boyd Bunch.  I will get back on here tomorrow night as I'm sure I'll just want to sit down anyhow.  And though this isn't the happiest post ever, next few posts, I do have good news as well.  Have a wonderful weekend.