November 23, 2009

Pain in the poly-BUTT-ylene

I broke a pipe under the sink in our downstairs bathroom today.

Well, it was already broken, technically, and has been leaking slowly for months. But I figured I could 'fix' it by just tightening the thingy.

Well as usual when I try to 'fix' something, I just made it worse. The slow leak turned into a fast one, I started to panic, and Lacy took charge. She directed me to turn off the water to the whole house, and called the plumber.

Turns on we're just another victim of polybutylene piping - notoriously bad pipes with an extremely high failure rate and the focus of a near-1 billion $$ class-action lawsuit.

Unfortunately, as per, the cutoff for submitting claims was a mere 6 months ago. That sucks. We got just the two faulty connections under that sink fixed today, but we have like 6 more to go, which are essentially ticking timebombs.

Happy holidays, everybody! :)

Richmeier, Party of 5

As most of you already know, we are expecting baby #3! I have only a week left of my first trimester and I am praying for this horrible morning sickness to go away. I had it with the girls also, but it was not this bad. I will spare you all with the details, but medications are needed for nausea and such. It lasts all day long and leaves me with little energy throughout the day. I conserve that energy to take care of the girls and such. I am very thankful for Jonas because he has totally picked up my slack on the house keeping, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping and tons of other things. Thank you honey, I love you. I have yet to gain any weight because I keep losing it, which happened in my other pregnancies too, but not as drastic. I just keep telling myself it will get better. :)

So far, I've been to the doctor a couple of times. Everything is fine so far, there's a couple issues with my blood work, but nothing to worry about right now. The baby is due June 14th, but will come a little earlier than that since I will have a planned C-section. And yes, we're going to find out the sex of the baby sometime in January. I'm a planner, can't take the wait. We're hoping for a boy, but who knows, maybe Jonas is meant to live in a house full of girls.

Everyone is very excited about the new baby, almost everyone. Hayley is really excited about having another sibling. Ryan, on the other hand, tells me "no" to a baby brother or sister and that she's the baby. I know the adjustment will be hardest for Ryan, but she'll come around. It will just be hard to share Mommy, she's doesn't even like the share me with Hayley sometimes. Jonas and I are both excited, a little nervous because there will be three! I am thankful this baby is coming during the summer so I won't have such a major adjustment during the school year.

Everything else is going well right now. Hayley is doing awesome in school. Just last week she received Super-Bee for the 3rd time for always paying attention in class while the teacher is teaching. At her parent-teacher conference, we were told she is doing great in class and is a very good student. Ryan is doing good as well. She's talking so much, we can't always understand her, but she can usually get her point across. And she likes to point out anything that is yellow. She knows her colors really well and even gave my OB a red goldfish cracker today at my appointment and told him the color. He asked her for a green one and she gave him a green one. She's too cute sometimes. Jonas and I feel very blessed right now and are looking forward to our newest addition.

When we found out in October!

Baby Richmeier 11 weeks, -1day

November 8, 2009

Lacy cried at Disney on Ice

... at the part when Simba's dad was killed in the wildebeest stampede.

Jonas out.

November 4, 2009

Mary and her Lamb

This year I wanted to do a cute theme for the girls Halloween costumes. Hayley wanted to be a princess, of course, but I convinced her to go a different route this year. I saw a lamb costume in a catalog that I thought would be so cute for Ryan. So, I thought Little Bo Peep would be cute and so did Hayley, until she saw the Mary had a Little Lamb costume. So we finally finalized our theme and ordered the costumes. They arrived a week or so later; Hayley loved hers, but Ryan screamed and cried when we tried on her lamb costume. Oh no!

I decided to leave the costume out so she would get used to it and not be so afraid of it. She would carry it around, but refused to wear it. The real test would have to be Halloween. The week before Halloween was a little tough, I was sick and things just were not getting done when I usually had them finished in years past. We didn't get to the pumpkin patch and settled for a Wal-Mart pumpkin. Boo! Our pumpkins weren't carved until the night before and we didn't make the Trunk-or-Treat at Hayley's school before I was too sick. Hayley did have a really fun Halloween party at school though! I felt like I let the girls down a little, but I was determined to have a good Halloween, sick or not.

Halloween came and Hayley was so excited about trick-or-treating. I tried to rest as much as I could in the morning so I would be ready to go in the afternoon. It helped a lot and it was time to get the girls ready. Hayley was eager to get dressed and prance around as Mary; our lamb, however was not so ready. She fussed, but I put on her costume, sans the hood. Ryan became a little more excited when she got her pumpkin for trick-or-treating and finally forgot all about her disdain for her costume once she began receiving her candy.

This year we stayed close and went to the small downtown area in town and did a little trick-or-treating. We got so many compliments on the girl's costumes, they were really so cute. I wish I had gotten more pictures, but Ryan was being cooperative enough wearing her costume and didn't want to be bothered with pictures. After trick-or-treating in town, I walked the girls around our neighborhood a bit to finish out the night. They received more than enough candy and were ready to go home for dinner. We finished out our night with a pizza and handing out candy to our trick-or-treaters. It was a fun night and the girls had a lot of fun. Next year though, I will let Ryan pick out her own costume.

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