Monday, April 30, 2012

The No-Tell Motel

So, I finally have more of an excuse for not updating often.

Back when my dad was visiting, we had a bathroom sink pipe leak "situation."  We should have known that something in the house would break...because every time my dad is in town, something breaks or requires a major overhaul.

This pipe-breaking-situation caused us to not use our bathroom sink for about 4 days before anything could get fixed (stupid, stupid management company.  See also:  "reasons why I hate renting")  In this time, we discovered some other issues that turned out to be HUGE clues to a major mold problem.

After a whole lot of ridiculous foot-dragging by our landlords, we were finally visited by a restoration company who decided, within minutes, that a complete renovation was necessary and that we needed to be out ASAP.  As in, they showed up at about 8:45am and by 10am, we were grabbing a few things and heading to a hotel.

That was on the 18th.  We just heard back that clearance has been given to begin plumbing and electrical work.  Then the new kitchen cabinets and counters can be installed, then the bathroom can be put back together, then the cleaning, then we can move back in.

I know this falls into the category of First World Problems and I shouldn't complain.  I know.  But living on top of each other in a hotel is getting frustrating.  Seriously.  Two dogs, a curious toddler, and two adults.  Just going back and forth to the house to do diaper laundry is enough to piss me off now.  And we still don't have a projected move-back-in-date...just that it should be soon.  Eh.

I thought Ezra and I spent a lot of time outside of our house before all of this mess.  Now, I try to spend almost every waking moment out of the hotel room.  The poor kid just can't help but to get into trouble here.  He has taught himself to climb on everything and has learned to perch himself on the arm of the couch, on his toes, to try to touch things that are just out of reach.  It's a heart attack waiting to happen.

Anyway, that's what's been happening lately.

For getting through that, here's some pictures from our most recent day at the zoo.  We went sans stroller or bike and I left my wrap in the Ez was a big boy and did a ton of walking.  He really loved it and it was nice not to have to strap him down only to take him back out to look at stuff.

Notice his fingers in Jordan's ears.  Apparently, it was mildly painful.

EZ and me, checking out a monkey or two.

The kid LOVES escalators all of varieties.  This one took a moment or so to get used to, but he loved it just the same.

 I didn't notice Ez digging into my shirt while the photo was being taken.  Let's just pretend not to notice it now....

 You can see how tightly I'm holding on to him, right?  Clearly, he has no fear when it comes to being up so high (we're on the SkyFari) and wanted only to peer over the edge at the treetops...and not smile for the camera.

Until I looked away.  At which point, he laughed and giggled for Jordan.
Damn, he's a cute kid.