I thought I should update about the house. We had to have an air quality test done and it came back showing really high levels of mould on every level of the house. Due to this we will not be buying the house.
August 22nd the kids were messing around while I was trying to get some work done and it ended up with Gavin on the floor crying. I went to see what had happened and he said he hurt his thumb but he wouldn’t let me look at it. I assumed he was over reacting as he tends to do and so I put my headphones back in and went back to work. About 15min later I realize he’s still lying on the floor crying so I go back over and make him let me take a look and it was quite swollen so I called Brad and told him I thought Gav may have a broken thumb. Once Brad got home he took a look at it and then took him to the hospital. Sure enough the darn thing was broken. The brake was close to the growth plate so they set up an appointment with a hand surgeon to take a look and make sure it didn’t need surgery. Unfortunately for us the appointment with the surgeon was booked for the day AFTER Brad’s parents were getting home from their mission meaning we were going to miss meeting them at the airport. Fortunately one of our only friends up here happens to be a hand surgeon so I called him and he was able to immediately look up Gavins x-rays and tell us that he would not need surgery. He was then able to change our appointment from the day after Brad’s parents got home to the afternoon of the day they were getting home, leaving us time to go to the appointment and still make it to the airport. Gav wore a splint on his hand until Sept 13th. He got to take it off a whole week before we were originally told he would.
Apparently Alex didn’t think it would be a good idea for everyone to be well and whole though. On Friday Sept. 13th I got a phone call from the school right after dismissal time from the principal. (The boys usually ride their bikes home from school with a friend so I don’t have to go pick them up.) The principal explained that he had Alex in the office and there had been some sort of accident in gym class and Alex had a cut lip that may need a stitch or two. After I got Alex from school I called my friend who is a dental hygienist and married to the plastic surgeon I called after Gavins accident. She said that they don’t normally do much for cuts in the mouth unless they are rather long. At the time, with all the swelling, Alex’s cut didn’t look very long so we decided not to take him to the hospital. At bedtime we were looking and the swelling inside had gone down a bit and we found the cut to be a lot longer than we originally thought so I took a picture and sent it to my friend. Saturday we were out doing some errands when she called me and said she had sent the picture to her husband and he thought the cut could use stitches and that if we went to the hospital right away he would do the stitches for us. So we went to University Hospital and Alex got 3 stitches in his lip. Now you would think that would be enough but Alex likes to really go all out when he does something. Sunday he woke up with infection in his lip. Poor kid. So now he is on antibiotics and feeling rotten. His stitches should fall out in a couple weeks so fingers crossed nothing happens to Sam at that time (or before, or after). One day we will all be healthy and happy.
So here’s a funny story; if you find being punched repeatedly in the kidneys funny. I’ll give you a brief rundown of our adventure trying to buy this stupid house, skipping a ton of the silly little details that have caused us immeasurable stress. We saw the house, and were told it’s distressed and a foreclosure, and as our research and our real estate agent figures the house is priced significantly below good condition market value. We decided that the work it needs is not huge and that we can do it ourselves so we decide to proceed with trying to buy it. We find out that there are extra expenses involved in buying a foreclosure house, but they’re about $250 so we decide to continue. After spending the $250 we are told that because there is mold in the basement the bank won’t give us the mortgage, so we cancel the home inspection we had scheduled. We then ask for clarification from our mortgage broker if it was denied because we’re asking for a mortgage + improvement type mortgage, or if it’s just a flat house-with-mold=no-Mortgage. We’re told it’s normally if there is mold there is no mortgage of any type, but after describing the situation to the bank, the bank said that if a home inspector will agree that it’s limited to that one piece of drywall and is not found anywhere else in the house and is not due to a crack in the foundation,then they MIGHT approve financing. So we go ahead and re-schedule an inspection which will cost us around $600. Then we’re told that the bank will likely also want an air quality assessment to ensure that there are no other problems, which would be an additional $600, and we still would only have a slim chance of making the deal work. We’re also told that the chances of the selling bank extending tomorrow evening’s deadline is probably less than 10%. So we decided that $1500 was too much to gamble on a small chance and we told our real estate agent to back out of the deal. Our real estate agent calls the sellers real estate agent and explains that we can’t get financing due to the mold in the house. The other real estate agent then calls the selling bank and explains it to them and suggests that if they wish to sell the property the bank should have the mold removed. The selling bank has now decided to fix the mold since no one will be able to realistically expect to get financing as is, and they will supposedly call us back when it’s done so we can take another shot at this thing if we are still in the market.How’s that for a first time home buying experience? And we didn’t even get to buy a house yet.
Never a dull moment.
During the May long weekend Randy and Alanna and their kids came up for a few days to hang out and while they were here we went to Jurassic Forest. It’s a dinosaur park about 40min north of us. Here are some pics from that trip.
This mother duck was sitting on her nest pretending she was invisible.
One hungry grumpy kid and one just plain odd.
The dinosaurs moved which was kinda crazy. The younger ones were a little concerned they were going to get them.
This is the best pic you can get with 7 hungry, warm kids. They perked up when we got them food and water.
I think his dad got him.
As always there are more pics on my flickr account.
20130518-191-19.jpg on Flickr.
So for some reason I’m having trouble with tumblr and it wouldn’t allow me to edit my post and kept deleting pictures and text I had written so I decided to just do 2 posts. SO here is more pictures from the cabin.
Brad was throwing a ball at Alex and he was trying to avoid being hit. (Boys and their games.)
Even at the pool on vacation you can get a time out….
At one point I looked over at Alex just in time to see him lift his swim shorts above the water. Apparently he jumped and they came off. Unfortunately I did not have my camera ready but he sure thought it was funny.
This one is for those in Africa that want to see snow. Notice the top of the red truck behind Gavin.
We stopped to take pictures at the train tracks and got lucky to have a train come while we were there.
I was going to add one last picture but tumblr wont let me. It was a picture of me and I was adding it just to prove that yes I was on this trip as well. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.
I thought I should finally blog about our trip to the cabin before I get another phone call from my father in law asking me to post pictures of our trip. It has been almost a month since we went so I am a little behind. We also didn’t take as many pictures this year, instead of me sitting on the sidelines taking pictures I actually participated in the activities. We checked in on a Saturday and stayed for a week. Monday we spent the day in Kalispell shopping. We found Brad some clothes (for whatever reason clothes for him are WAY cheaper in the states), we got clothes for the kids and found some cheap deals on snow gear for them for next winter. We ate at McDonalds for one of the two meals we ate in town and they really messed up our order which left us with 4 extra sandwiches and a huge thing of fries that we didn’t order. When I took the food back to them and said there had been a mistake made they gave us what was missing from our order (Brads sandwich) and told us to keep the rest. We spent a lot of time at the pool and hiked up to the waterfall a couple times. We ran back into town Friday morning for a couple hours just to pick up a couple things we didn’t think to get on the previous trip in.
Alex at the pool.
Sam playing with a toy submarine.
Gavin at the pool.
Sam and Brad
We took the boys helicopters this year, see if you can find the helicopter in this pic.
Sam put on my scarf while we were playing Yatzee one night.
Gav in his jams. (Excuse the poor quality of the picture it was taken with my phone.)
Gavin didn’t last through movie night.
Look at all that ice!! I’ve never seen the falls so frozen. We got rain later that night and when I went back up 2 days later the ice was almost all gone.
There was an award ceremony at the elementary school today, they do it every reporting period to acknowledge the kids that got A’s in there core subjects. I was informed that both Alex and Sam would be receiving awards however when it was all said and done Sam was the only one called up. I later checked with the school and they realized they had missed Alex so we did pictures of him after school (they put the pictures up at the school and I put them up for family).
They forgot Alex’s name so I added it.
Sam recieving high fives from his classmates.
Alex and his principal.
So Gavin turned 5. I’m not sure who gave him permission to do that but he did it. After dropping the kids off at school he and I went with our neighbor, Mildred, shopping. She had taken Alex and Sam shopping for their birthday and so it was Gavs turn and boy did she spoil him. After we finished our shopping at Toys R Us she took us for brunch at Cora’s which was excellent. Brad worked late that day but I let the kids stay up until after he got home so we could do presents and cake. The day after his birthday we took him to Red Robin for dinner.
Gavins haul from the neighbor.
Gavins new sunglasses, now maybe he’ll let me wear mine.
Brad and Gav at dinner.
Alex at dinner.
Sam at dinner.
This weekend we took the boys sledding. We just took them to the small hill behind our house by the school but they had a blast! It was a nice warm day and they soon shed their coats.
Gavin. Alex jumping out of Gavins way
Alex and Gavin. Why they decided to slide down a hill like this I don’t know but they had fun!
Wipeout!! Gavin had a few of these and thought it was great!
Alex liked to run and jump onto the sled, this is him in the air.
Gavin pouting, we only have 2 sleds so they had to take turns and sometimes they weren’t too happy with that.
Alex was playing/wrestling with Kiila
Alex was throwing snow for Kiila and she was doing flips in the air to catch it.