Friday, March 18, 2011

Josie Turns 6 and Playing Hookie!



Our precious Josephine turns 6 years old today! She's been counting down the days since February! A funny thing about Josie is that she equates getting older with getting taller. So, before she did anything this morning, she insisted that James and I measure and mark her height on the 'measuring wall'. Turns out she was right! We last measured Josie on 8/10/2010. Since then she has grown 7/8 of an inch! She was so proud of herself! Of course, she still weighs less than 40 pounds... I think the last time she was on the scale it showed 37.5 lbs.

Our loved ones didn't disappoint - showering Josie with beautiful cards, gifts and $$$ for her college fund. She received a toy and clothing from her Gung-Gung and MaMa; Books, clothes and a Barbie doll from Mom & Dad; Barbie Fairy Friends from her big sister; a beautiful cookie bouquet from Uncle Chalie, Aunt Kim (Josie's Godmother) and cousins Kate & Jack; a Diva Dogs creative set from Aunt Mary, Uncle Nick & Ryan; and the highly coveted "Barbie, A Fairy Secret" movie and doll from Grandmom & PopPop!







To start the birthday celebration in the proper fashion, we played hookie from school on Wednesday and headed to Palm Desert. Our dear friends, Nick and Mary, visit this time each year for vacation. They invited us to join them, Nick's parents and their son, Ryan at the villa they have in Palm Desert. It's a beautiful golf course community - so lusciously green and peaceful. The pool area is just steps away and had every amenity one could wish for! Here's the view from the pool:



We don't see enough of our Massachusetts friends- so we jumped at the chance to prolong our time together. It's a quick 2 hour drive to Palm Desert. We would have gladly driven twice the distance to have such a wonderful time being together!

Needless to say, the girls adore their Aunt Mary. She has a really special relationship with each of the girls. It's really special to watch them in action:







We haven't had Josie's Official Birthday Party (with her friends) yet. I guess I'd better get on that soon - Maddie's birthday is on March 29th and I'm sure she has all kinds of plans that I have yet to hear about!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mold Remediation Begins!



It's sobering to see how much damage a [pin-hole size] leak in a water line can cause. Today, the mold remediation team began the removal of the drywall in the effected area of our family room. The wall was dry and solid to the touch. When the restoration company brought in a moisture meter, however, it told a different story. I was informed that mold forms after just a two or three day period once a pipe springs a leak. We estimated that this leak went undetected for about 2 1/2 months. I don't EVEN want to imagine what the inside of that wall looked like.





The set up began today at 9:15AM. I took Josie to school and then dropped the dogs off at the Vet's office to be boarded for the day. Since there was nothing I could do at home, I met up with my friend, Allison for a coffee talk. When I returned home a bit before noon this was the full set up:



This containment area will be in place for the whole week. There are two huge 'air scrubbers' in place. One is inside the containment area and one is in the kitchen. They are metal boxes that measure 3 feet long and stand about 2 1/2 feet high. They run 24/7 and will be in place until Thursday. The team will return tomorrow morning to do another anti-mold treatment. On Wednesday, an independent testing company comes in to certify that all the mold has been removed. Once that certification is filed with the Restoration company, the tent can come down. Then, the repair phase begins....