Tuesday, August 26, 2008

NOT a very good 1st day of school!

The 1st day of school being not-so-good didn't have anything to do with the kids. That went off without a hitch. They looked pretty good, and even better, they were ready on time with time to spare. Tibi started Seminary yesterday, and by the time we picked up the other 3 people in our carpool and got to the church, they were about the 2nd ones there! (We left a little later from the house today) Landon was looking mighty fine himself. Here is a head shot, and of course, the all-body mandatory shot. (it's mostly for Lexie!)
He's definitely growing up and turning into an 8th grader, don't you think?!
No...our REAL day started after I dropped the kids off at school. I came home, did some chores, got in the shower, started enjoying my day when Kevin went out to the car to go run some errands. Needless to say, the car wouldn't start. The SAME car that I had just driven. It had a dead battery. That was the start of our problems.
After Tibi called me to come get her from school, we drove into the driveway and noticed that there was a puddle of water on our lawn that didn't go there. (It's over 100 degrees!) I knew that something was up, actually it was our water leak that we were certain we had but didn't know where it was for about 2 months. In the meantime, our water bill had gone up from about $80 a month to $170 a month, for two months straight. I (mom) was just glad that we knew where the water leak was now....dad, on the other hand, wasn't so glad. Because HE was the one that was going to have to fix it. So out he goes, in the heat, already showered, and starts looking for the water line. Let me just say here that he had just been to the chiropractor the morning before and found that his back was out in 7 places. Now he gets to dig with a shovel and TRY to find a leaky water line. Oh boy! He IS the ultimate fix-it guy though, so I had total faith that he would find it. (Sometimes he's not so glad that he is such a great fix-it guy.)

After digging for what seemed to be an eternity to him, (his back will tell you THAT), he called "good friend with a backhoe" Ned Solomon and asked if he would come over and hoe the rest of the trench for him. Ned graciously accepted the challenge and came down the street in his trusty backhoe. (Only in Logandale!) They found that the water line was right under the big mulberry tree and that the tree ended up winning the war. Tree roots don't like anyone, including water lines. So the guys had to trench around the tree and hook back into the line. (I really think they were having a good time.....they were laughing out there every once in a while).

Then the next thing happened. They got done digging and backhoeing just in time to realize that they had snapped a buried phone line that went right down through there too. Okay, so we don't have our water on, our car has a dead battery, the car that WORKS does not have AC, and now that phone is dead too. Well.....at least our power is on! So the guys sit down and start putting the phone wires back together (temporarilly, of course.) Off I go into the house to call the phone company to make an appointment for them to come out to the house tomorrow morning!
Kevin heads to the hardware store to get the parts he needs before they close so that he can get it put back together before dark. School has started and WE NEED SHOWERS!!! He worked hard and fast, taught Landon some fix-it skills along the way, and VOILA! we are back in business.
Today, the 2nd day of school, was much better. We only had ONE catastophe. The OTHER car, the one without the AC, lost IT'S battery this morning. We both thought that either something GREAT is going to happen pretty soon (because we have endured), or that we are just not learning to handle pressure yet, and we need to work on it some more. Please be #1!


Camie said...

I need Chad to read this. He's been under a lot of stress lately, matbe this will make him feel better. j/k The old addage is tru...when it rains it pours. It can't ever be just one thing can it. Well, you're right about enduring things. Usually if you do it with a smile on your face you end up with lots of blessings. Don't worry, I'm sure they're around the corner. At least Landon looked good.

Kevin and Vicki said...

Thanks for the laugh Camie! I needed that.

Karena said...

Look at the bright side...if you can find one! If anything, I think moments like this help us to be grateful for what we DO have, however little it may be.

"However mean your life is, meet it and live it ;do not shun it and call it hard names.
It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is.
You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house.
The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring." -Henry David Thoreau

Lexie & Sharrid said...

ha this post was actually hilarious to read, now that it's over we can kind of laugh right? Why didn't tibi pose for a picture, real dissapointed! anyway talk to you soon, you will need that little road trip! and I'm glad your water bill will not be doubled anymore...

Tibi said...

Okay this day sucked!!! Oh and Lexie I did have a picture taken just not with the digital.