Tuesday, July 22, 2008

R.I.P Zac!

Well, it is a sad day for Ryleigh. Due to an undetermined "illness" or perhaps even a broken back we are all mourning the loss of our dearly departed rabbit, Zac Efron (yes, that is really the name Ryleigh gave him).

About a month ago I noticed that something was wrong with Zac's back legs. He would take a few hops and then the back ones would just kinda give out. I thought either he was dropped and broke his back or maybe had some neurologically wrong with him.

Today when I checked on him he was laying on his side (still alive) but couldn't get up. So, Nick took him to the "vet". Unfortunately whatever he had couldn't be "healed" and he returned home this evening without him. Ryleigh seems to be taking it pretty well. Nick told her that the he was staying with the vet, but they didn't think they could fix him b/c he was so sick and they would give him medicine to put him to sleep.

Nick thought she knew what this meant, but after my conversation with her she really thinks they are just going to give him medicine to help him sleep tonight (we are starting a savings account tomorrow for her counseling she will require later in life for her parents LIES!)


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Basement and Babies!

Hallelujah!!! We have moved back into our basement yesterday. I took most of the day, but we did it. I had the help of a great kid from my middle school youth group and his friend with all the heavy lifting. We would not have been able to do ith without those boys! It was like Christmas all over again for the kids rediscovering their toys. It was fun to also let them rearrange their bedrooms. We are all now very happy campers! It has been a very long long month and now we can begin to put some closure on things.

We are now focussing on getting the house in a "sellable" state. After this last incident we just feel it is time to put the house on the market and move somewhere we can sleep well in when it rains. We hope to put it on the market in about 6 weeks (when puppies are re-homed). We realize that it will take just the "right" buyer to purchase our home. In some ways the thought of moving is quite sad. This is the home in which we took all of our kids to when they arrived. It is just filled with so many great memories. And I love our neighbors. It could take years to sell, so I guess I don't need to start mourning already, right?

On to other exciting news. Zoe had 8 puppies this past Monday-Tuesday. The poor dog. She had her first puppy at 7:50 pm Monday and didn't have the last one until 7:00 am Tuesday! It was a long night (I am sure longer for Zoe). All babies are doing great! There are 5 girls and 3 boys. There are 3 black/white Tri's (like Zoe and Zeb) and 5 Liver/White Tri's! I will post pictures in a few days.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Things are looking up!

Well, the Beute's are FINALLY getting some good news! Everdry came and "fixed" the basement water problem last week Friday. Apparently because there is no water in the ground and in the tile the cement will not take 6-8 weeks to dry. They said our carpet could be relayed in about a week! So, I have the carpet installers coming Monday to re-install and the cleaners to do their work on Tuesday. We still have the issue of "the bill" that we are currently fighting Everdry about. Pray that this gets resolved in a suitable and ethical way soon!

Now for poor poor pregnant Zoe. The dog is HUGE! The impending birth can be any day now. I am going to predict sometime by the end of this week or first of next. Ideally I really want her to hold off until at least next week Wednesday when our house is put back together. But I do know that this is completely out of my control.

It is such a relief to know that the end of this ordeal is in sight!

On a brighter note I went to Cedar Point last weekend with my middle school kids from church. What a blast! We laughed so much and just had a really great time all together. The lines were so short! I don't know if it is because it was the weekend before the 4th, or maybe the gas prices or perhaps the weather forecast. Didn't matter to us! We got on all rides within 1/2 hour or even less! Even the big ones. And the weather was perfect! I will admit that I did chicken out on the Top Speed Dragster. Partially because we had an odd number and I didn't want to ride alone, but also because nothing sounded appealing about going 120 mph up 480 feet! That ride was only 17 seconds!!

The kids are starting to enjoy their summer more. Ryleigh is counting down the days until she gets to go to daycamp at Camp Geneva with her friends Brooke and Sydney. Kobe and Nate are having a good time just hanging and playing.

I have one more trip with the high school group in July. I could tell you what it is, but it is TOP SECRET! I am very excited about it. It's a Mystery Trip. No parent or student knows yet where we are going and what we are doing.

Nick has been busy with work. I will admit that the stress of the basement has definitely taken a toll on him as well. We can't wait til things are back to "normal" for us.