We had one day of Allison sweetness before May turned into Mayhem. Oscar accidentally hit a pipe while drilling in the wall to install a shelf. He'd used a stud finder to look for a piece of wood since he knew the wall had pipes in it, but he hadn't expected to find a pipe within a piece of wood. His drill went right through the plastic tubing and water started shooting uncontrollably out of the wall through all three floors and down the stairs. I was at the gym with Allison when it happened, but Tyler was home with daddy and Oscar had to yell at him to get away from the water.
I took Tyler to Daleway park in Lynnwood then over to Costco to get a hot dog. They have a splash park there, but it was May 2nd, and they don't turn on until June. This was unfortunate since it was a super hot day in the 80's and the playground equipment was very hot. Ty kept pushing the sensors in the splash park and asking why the water wasn't working. This surprised me since we hadn't been to this park in 9 months and we'd only visited a couple times, so I never expected him to remember it'd even had water.
|Allison admiring her reflection in the mirror at the library|
Man these kids are cute! The hotel's outdoor pool was open, so I took Alli out for a swim while Oscar and Ty picked up dinner. I would have liked to take them swimming more often during out hotel stay, but Oscar was gone most of the time working at his job or working on the house, and I can't stop two children from drowning at the same time.
Another thing I didn't like about the hotel was when Tyler would come up to the king bed in the loft. He has no sense of danger and wanted to jump on the bed. I was always terrified he'd go flying out of the open space between the bed and the ceiling. I also really missed having a garage. At my house I can load one kid in my car at a time until I have my hands free again. There we were a decent distant from even the closest parking spaces, so I always had a big haul to get the kids and whatever stuff we had with us to and from the hot car (all the parking was uncovered and the week was really sunny).
A couple days into our stay we were thrilled to hear that Oscar had received the position at work he'd applied for. He's now Manager of Strategy and Operations for the Everett call center. The job description sounded like it was made just for him. It was nice to have some long awaited good news in the middle of all the craziness!
"She's so vain." Little Allison loved the hotel's full length mirror!
Our check from the insurance company arrived, so I went to the bank to deposit it. We were told it was written out to me, Oscar, and Wells Fargo since they have our mortgage and hence, a vested interest in the property, but we weren't given any instruction on how to cash it. Because it was a large amount, I figured I should deposit it with a person instead of my usual choice - the drive up ATM. If I'd been alone I would have gone into the bank, but I had the kids with me, so I went to the drive up teller instead. The teller got her manager who told me we would have to see a banker and that we'd need some paperwork. Today Oscar got the paperwork and took it to a banker at the Everett Wells Fargo closest to our house only to find out both he and I had to be there to cash it. He called me and waited over 20 minutes for me to get there. Thankfully we were already in the car on our way to a Lynnwood park and not in the middle of a kid's nap. After arriving the banker asked for our IDs, then told us he couldn't cash it because Oscar's had expired two days earlier on his birthday. The kids and I went over to the Wendy's next door while Oscar went to the licensing center to get his license renewed. Fortunately he wasn't gone too long and we finally went back to the bank and got our money all while fighting a squirming, park deprived Tyler rotated with holding a sweet, smiley Allison.