Monday, January 12, 2009

NOT so perfect day

We have been out of town for 3 weeks (and having a marvelous time). While out of town we missed 79 inches of snow. 2 days before we came home, it warmed up and decided to melt ALL that snow (WELL MOST of it). Aaron and I drove home from Seattle to Spokane Friday. I knew there were be a lot of flooding around, but I didn't expect it in my basement! So we got home Friday night and my basement was FULL of water (a few inches in some spots). Our floor is uneven down there, which sort of worked to our advantage, since the water gravitated toward the dips in the floor and NOT everywhere else. We instantly went to go buy a shop-vac, which we went to 3 different stores to find one. While out, we were starving so we thought we would buy a take and bake pizza...ALL the stores were out of the ALL kinds (except cheese).

Two hours later we finally bought a shop vac and some pizza. When we got home Landon started screaming hysterically and we couldn't figure out why. Half hour later we discovered he had a NASTY diaper rash, not to mention a huge cold coming on.

While Aaron was trying to park the car he got the car stuck on a mound of snow (right in front of our house). It SERIOUSLY would not BUDGE. We shoveled and shoveled and poured on hot water etc. after a half hour we finally got it out. We finally ate at 8:30 and then tried to find the kids beds under all the mess. They finally fell asleep around 10:00 and then Aaron (and Landon) and I started on the basement with Landon crying the whole time. Not too much was ruined...just a bunch of the kids old clothes got wet and a lot of ruined boxes. At 12:00 I was to tried, stressed and grumpy to do anything else. So after drivng home from Seattle, spending $100 on a shop vac, driving around to find a dinner, eating dinner SO late, unpacking, laundry dealing with screaming children and a diaper rash, a flooded basement, a stuck car, an EXTREMELY messy house, I cried a bit and we went to bed.

I am actually not writing this to complain...now that it has been a few days and we are slowly getting back to normal, I just wanted to share our adventures! Never a dull moment around here. Aaron went back to Seatown last night. I am sooo glad he came back with me...I couldn't have handled it by myself! We threw out all of our carpet in the basement and cleaned up a lot of stuff. It's still leaking a little but we now have it all under control. Now that the basement is trashed, does anyone want to buy our house??? :0) We might take it off the market for a few weeks until it returns to normal...

11 comments:

dljpg said...

Wow, you guys have had a lot of snow. You guys will have some great memories of this in a few years when you can think about it without bursting into tears.

Derek

Aaron said...

It wasn't quite "full", more like 1 inch of water. And getting the car stuck was actually pretty comical. You should have seen the birm I tried to drive over.

I feel most greatful it was just a little water. Many homes in Spokane had much more extensive damage, such as roof failure (i.e. collapse).

I love how Landon cries "historically" cause if you didn't know he cries a lot.

Shannon B said...

Honey...I changed historically to the right word...you happy now?? :0)

Stefani said...

sometimes an inch of water "seems" like it is totally full! I know I would feel that way. I'm sorry you had to go thru all this. What a pain in the neck!! I love the way you wrote this it is funny but shows how aggravating it can all be. I'm glad you came for a visit though. It was really fun, lets do it again K?

Kristen said...

life is so fun sometimes! Read Elder Wirthlin's last conference talk---and keep smiling!

Janet said...

i'm laughing because i don't think another thing could have happened that night... glad you went to bed before something else did happen!! :s

flooded basements are terrible... so sorry you had to go through it (are going through it)

Carrie said...

So I'm guessing the showings you had didn't go well if they went to the basement and saw water??? Shan... I'm so sorry! If you need me and the kids to come and hang out and help clean, just ask! Or if you need to get out again, you know our door is always open.

Danielle said...

What an ordeal! But I'm glad your doing better! Good luck!

Megan said...

Wow....I'm so sorry. That is crazy!!

LOL Aaron.....you are a funny guy.

Stimpsons said...

Hi shan-
thanks for sharing...it makes my days seem not quite so bad!!! love ya,
Suzie

Joe and Julie said...

Crisis plus passage of time equals memories and togetherness. That is, if you can wait that long. Thanks for sharing and not getting your tears all over the blog.