Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Last week we were able to get our sewer lines fixed as well.  This was the not so fun part of our Spring Break.  The plumbing company came and dug three massive holes outside our home - one in the front, one in back and one on the side.  They had originally only found a few breaks near the front, but the more they tested and fixed, the more they found.  The back breakage meant having to dig up a portion of our patio and brick and foundation.  The side breakage was over 10 feet long of pipe.  It was a pricy fix.  But worth it.

Along the way, they also discovered the reason our kitchen tile has been so hot: we have a hot water leak as well.  The company couldn't identify it for a while because all the jackhammering had lodged something into the pipe.  Once it settled, the hole is back and the item dislodged so we have to have the company back out to find exactly where the leak is located.  More drilling will then happen, but this time it'll be inside our home.  In the meantime, to save water and money and damage, we only turn the hot water on when we need to take showers and then we immediately turn it back off.

Thankful for some help from insurance and that everything is almost working correctly again.


Julia learned about googol (pronounced liked google... I actually just learned they are spelled differently).  She is fascinated that it's a huge number with a hundred zeros.  She loves to do math facts with googol.  Today's facts on the way home from school:

Julia:  Mom, do you know what a googol plus five is?
Me:  What is it?
Julia:  It's a googol and five....

Julia:  Do you know what a hundred and a hundred and a hundred fifteen and a hundred and a googol?
Me:  What is it?
(I don't remember what she said, but it contained the word googol)


One more day left in the month.  And apparently the only blog post of the month as well.  Life has been very full.

Riley and I just returned from several days in Oregon and Washington.  We stayed with my friend Jeanine and her family in Camas.  Each day we did something new.  First day we went to Portland, Slappy Cakes, OMSI and Multnomah Falls.  It was pouring rain but we had a blast anyway.

Day Two we traveled up through Washington and across the Lewis and Clark Bridge into Astoria, Oregon.  We visited our friends and their "Frite and Scoop" shop right on the Columbia River.  They opened almost two years ago and it has the most amazing custard ice cream.  We got the Hokey Pokey which is an Australian custard ice cream with honeycomb pieces.  Delicious!  We also had raspberry, lemon and other flavors.  So yummy.  Later that morning we drove down the coast to Seaside.  We rented a recumbent bike for two and rode through the streets to the beach.  Riley kept crying out "woo hoo!" and yelling hi to everyone she saw.  She said it was one of her favorite things.

Day Three we saw the end of the Oregon Trail and took a two hour horseback ride.  We learned how to take care of horses, brushed them, and fed them horse pellet snacks.  We were able to trot, walk, and kick giant balls through the arena.  It was too wet to do the trails, but we loved spending time on the horses.  Riley was a natural!  Her horse was Litago and he chose her from the minute she was near him.  He kept snuggling his face next to hers and nuzzling her.  It was precious.  My horse was Popper and he was somewhat stubborn, but did what you asked if you prodded.

Day Four we bought some souvenirs and went to the airport.

It was a wonderful trip.

This weekend Jeremy and Julia leave for Oklahoma for a Daddy/Daughter spring campout.  It'll be nice for them to have time together!