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Stepdaughter turned 11 yesterday. It’s our weekend so we’re having her a birthday party tomorrow evening. Stepdaughter requested several months back we have a separate birthday party at our house for family and a few friends. Works for me. Baby mama wants us to still pay for half of a birthday party she wants to throw for stepdaughter at a hotel with an indoor pool. I’m still not sure what her reasoning is behind this. We’re having her a party. I don’t know why we would want to pay for half of a second party. This is the same woman who requested extra money for back to school items such as underwear, bras and socks. Lady, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. I know what child support is supposed to be used for. If you don’t use it for your daughter A) That’s sad and B) You being irresponsible with money doesn’t make me want to give you more money.

Stepdaughter has texting on her Ipod Touch so I text with her frequently now. She had three snow days this week if this is any indication of my definition of “frequent!” In one text she asked what the menu was going to be for her party. I told her we were going to get pizzas, breadsticks and sauce. I text back to say if this isn’t ok to let me know, but Hubby had told me he cleared this with her. She text back saying, “Sounds good with some apitizers like fruit and if u can I would love some chocolate covered strawberries.” My response, “Chocolate covered strawberries is your dad’s specialty. I’ll talk to him about that.”

Really? My stepdaughter wants fruit for “apitizers.” Funny. I had a fruit tray for New Year’s so I assume this is where the idea came from. I didn’t know 11 year old birthday parties required appetizers, but whatever. The chocolate covered strawberries I am still baffled over though. Where did that come from?

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…those all relate, right?  I’ll tie them on all in.  Keep reading!

I had an awesome weekend with my stepdaughter, niece and my SIL, RL.  My husband and RL’s husband were out-of-town on a golf trip all weekend.  This was the first time we both kept our stepdaughter by ourselves for the entire weekend.

Friday my niece and RL came over to our house for a slumber party.  We cranked up the music, sang karaoke, danced, watched a movie and ate popcorn.

I had a blast and I think the girls enjoyed themselves too.  I was part of the action, but did spend a lot of time on the phone with the plumber and warranty company.  Thursday, the plumber came to the house, made a larger hole in my kitchen ceiling and misdiagnosed the leak.  The plumber said my guest bathroom toilet was loose and moved around to make the wax ring shift and the toilet leak.  He also said the wood was rotting and the wood would need to be replaced.  And the best part?  None of it was covered under my warranty.  I bought a warranty for the new buyer once our house sells.  Luckily (or not) the warranty is available while our house is on the market too!

So no one used the guest bathroom toilet.  I closed the door and everyone had to use the master bathroom.  After the step-daughter and I ate dinner (her choice was Subway) I sent her off to shower in the master bath so she wouldn’t have to worry with it later when her cousin arrived.  I was cleaning because we had two showings the next morning for potential buyers. (even though there is a huge hole in my kitchen ceiling!)

RL and my niece arrive and my niece is sent off to shower.  The master bath shower, of course.  My niece is 11 and takes a longer shower than I do!  I go into the kitchen and water is coming down my cabinets and there is a water pool on my countertop.  OMG!  Why is it leaking?  The plumber said yesterday it was the toilet in the guest bathroom.  Thursday plumber HAS to be wrong! 

To make this long story shorter a supervisor from the plumbing company came out and diagnosed the leak as a shower valve.  The resolution?  Cut into the shower and have a fiberglass company fill in the hole after the leak is fixed.  If the fiberglass company can’t fill in where the piece has been taken out they have to cut out the whole shower, get a new shower and likely replace the floor tile I installed only three years ago!  Fun!  Is it covered?  Plumber dude doesn’t know yet.  He was supposed to call the fiberglass company first thing Monday morning to find out if they can fill in what is cut out or not.  After finding out what option is available he has to call the warranty company and let me know Monday or Tuesday.  Think I’ve heard from the plumber?  Nope.

To wrap this story up I have a gigantic hole in my kitchen ceiling.  Our house is on the market.  I can’t use my master bath.  I don’t know if the warranty will cover the work to fix the leak.  AND the plumber told me it would cost in the upper thousands to fix it.  Thursday plumber had been with the company for less than a week!  Supervisor plumber checked around my guest bathroom toilet and determined there was no leak and the wood is NOT rotting!  I LOVE HOME OWNERSHIP and plumbers!!!

Saturday morning we all woke up and went to the Gap Outlet.  I was pretty proud for all of the things we got for $46 after tax and 15% coupon I found online!  Step-daughter got black pants, two button down 3/4 sleeve polos, a brown and white, polka dot cotton shirt, three bathing suits, a belt, cotton shorts and a zip-up hoodie.  Included in the $46 I got a bathing suit and three pairs of bloomers.

We all headed back to RL’s house and watched movies.  My other SIL, CC, joined us as well.  I have the best SILs EVER!  The funniest part of the evening, in my opinion, is my conversation with RL. 

SS: I went out to sit on the porch, looked down and saw a small worm crawling on my sock.
RL: What?
SS: It was just a small earthworm.  They tend to come out when it rains.  There are five or six on your porch right now.
RL: (in a totally serious tone) Well, we’re going to have to spray for that!

I thought this was hilarious!  CC and I were laughing afterward and RL couldn’t understand why we thought it was so funny.  I text RL yesterday and said, “Hope you sprayed for the earthworms.  With all of the rain we’ve gotten  they are guaranteed to be out on your porch!”  She text back and said, “Not yet, but I really need to do that!”

In other Spoutings news I started my vegetable garden.  I planted three tomato plants (I hope they do as well as they did last year), two red peppers, two green peppers and added two strawberry plants this year.

I tried planting onions from seeds last year and they got about as big as the bulbs you buy!  This year I bought the bulbs.  They don’t look so well right now because they have been pounded by all of the rain we’ve gotten  recently.

One more thing and you should all be updated.  My baby girl turned four years old on Friday.  I’m a little late, but here’s a recent picture and a shout out to my pooch for turning four.  I love you Bella!

Happy Hump Day!

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