Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Baby Card & Life...

Wow! It seems like forever since I've posted! SO much has been going on my life right now....crazy and stressed have been the feelings of the past couple weeks. Their is SO much to say that I feel like it would take weeks to tell you all about it!

So, I'll give you the quick *as much as I can make it* recap. The craziness all started with plumbing woes. And I am not's been insane. Jeff and I found raw sewage in our yard a couple weeks ago!!!! EWW!!! Let me tell you it stunk! So I'm off to find the number for our local water district and got in touch with the on-call guy...of course this happens on a weekend, so no ones in the office. Well the guy comes out and tells us that it's sewage and it's our problem. The main sewer line is working great. So....that means it's up to us to fix it and pay for it! A call to the plumber is in order.

Well, before our raw sewage leak we had our kitchen sink backed up! So we had to call the plumber to come and unplug it since our attempts and numerous bottle of Drano were not working! That was plumber visit number one. The sewage was visit number 2.

Since the plumbing guys were out fixing our sewage issue, Jeff mentioned that our sump pump needed to be fixed. It was one of those "it's broken, but not in need of immediate repair, but has to be fixed" things. Well, they were there, so why not fix it now? Ok, the plumbers say they can take care of that while they're here. Well that fix and the sewage took 2 days to fix.

A couple days later, I'm downstairs to let the dogs out and I notice we've got water on the floor. Our basement had FLOODED!!!!!!!!!! What now! The sump pump that they had fixed has erupted and flooded water all over our utility room and more. UGH! Another call to the plumbers. gets better, trust me...while they're out fixing the sump pump this time...our kitchen sink backs up again! You've got to be kidding me! So, they fix that too!

I was starting to wonder when our plumbing woes would end! Sheesh!

And then after our plumbing gets fixed, my dog gets sick. And I mean sick, we thought we were going to lose him. Atilla is the first dog I've had and it was a really hard week. I'm happy to report that he is doing INCREDIBLE!!! He seems back to much as that is for a 15 1/2 year old dog! The only difference is that he has declared himself spoiled and wants to eat the best he can...ground beef, chicken, green dog food for him! I think I've cooked more ground beef in the last week than I have in months!

Thanks for bearing with my outpouring of life issues!

Now, onto some fun papercrafting goodness! I went to a baby shower last weekend and made this for my friend. She is having her second baby and it's a boy! We don't know the name yet as they're keeping it a secret.

I got this cute ark stamp from Amuse and knew it would make the cutest baby cards! This was my first time playing with this stamp. I used some of my Copics to color in the ark and animals. I SO like Copics...they are my favorite coloring medium yet! I'm really impressed with the vibrancy they give.

The patterned paper is from my stash, I've had it forever!!!

stamps-Amuse Ark, SU sentiment
ink-Brilliance black
paper-SU ballet blue, white, pp
other-white brads, oval punch, scalloped oval punch


Catherine said...

Hi Alana!
I'm so happy to hear that Atilla is doing so well!!!!
Yeah, nothing stinks (literally & figuratively) like raw sewage back-ups. My parents had one at their house many years ago - except the raw sewage flooded our basement. It was probably only 6 inches, but still - totally gross! After the clean up and visit from the plumber and call to the city, we found out that when the house was being built, someone forgot to hook the houses plumbing up to the city. Um, HELLO?!?!? Luckily, the city had to pay for the connection to be fixed, and the whole they dug in the front yard to do it.
My only word of advice: Bleach!
Hope it's smooth sailing from here on out.

Catherine said...

Oh, forgot to say - very cute card! Love the colorful animals. I think it's funny that you used an ark, given your plumbing woes. LOL!
Great coloring with the Copics!

Wife2TJ said...

Wow, you have had quite a week. I do not envy you at all. Glad it's finally taken care of for you (I hope.) Your card is just adorable! She will love it. Hope your weekend is good! -Samantha

The Lucky Clucker said...

You have had quite a couple of weeks there lady!! Woooo.....kind of yucky too! Well, It can ALWAYS be worse I guess.......
And you have a very cute card!! for sure!!

Maria said...

Oh Alana, I'm sorry to hear of your plumbing problems! I guess when it rains, it pours! Well, at least once everything is done. . .you'll have new plumbings. I guess there is a bright side to everything!

I am soooooooooo HAPPY that Atilla is nice and healthy now! I was really rooting for her and well, that old dog deserves to be spoiled. LOL! We spoil our pets. . .my husband buys all organic "special" foods for them through an online company and their food is soooo expensive. We take our dogs to be groomed once a month and it cost $$$. Sheesh, I haven't gone to the beauty salon for years. I have my husband cut my hair. LOL!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!


Miss Crystal said...

Hi Alana, I'm so sorry about all your troubles. I hope that everything is fixed and stays fixed! That is the worst, when they fix something and it breaks the next day. That happened to my car today :( And I'm glad Atilla is better and happy. I can't imagine how having her sick made you feel. I'm sure you were more worried about Atilla than the basement :)

Anywho, I love this card. The image is so cute and so are the colors you used.

Crissy said...

Sorry about all your plumbing troubles! I hope it is all fixed now! I'm so happy Atilla is feeling better, I know you were very worried!

Your card is beautiful!

AnnMarie said...

Hiya Alana! Wanted to check in on you! Sounds like you are really having a time! Hang in there! Things will start looking up! Big hug!

mommy magallanes said...

Omygosh! I'm so sorry to hear about all the sewage and flooding problems. Glad to hear that Atilla is doing well. Really cute baby card!!

savitri said...

Your card is cute and sorry to hear about your piping issues. Glad that Atilla is doing well too. We do love our babies, huh?

Flossie's Follies said...

Oh my what a mess, glad everything is OK, Love your card, it is too cute, read you message below about spam, yeah I had to start using a confirmation code on my blog to stop them.

Betsy said...

Oh boy, you sure have had a time of it lately. I hope things are looking up. Glad to get the good reviews on the pooch, I hope he continues to improve. Hang in there, sometimes we have to hit the lows to recognize the highs.

~Michelle~ said...

oh sheesh! What a lovely life you've had latley!! Ugh! Hope you don't have to spend any more time/money on your plumbing!

Adorable baby card. Can't have that in the same paragraph!! ;)

Sencie said...

Yikes on the plumber woes!!!! That's just too much too close together. May you not have any more plumbing issues for a very, very, very, very long time!!!!!
And your card is adorable!!! : )

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Glad to hear Atilla is going well. Believe me, I can relate to the plumbing issues! Our basement flooded twice in a very short period of time. First time, because of no electricity, the next time, because the sump pump broke in the middle of the night! Ugh! What a lot of WORK! I hope everything gets better (and stays dry)!!!

Love your card! Very cute!

Tracy said...

YEAH for Atilla! BOO for the YUCKY stuff! And WOO HOO for a fabulous card. Sending much love your way siesta!

Hugs and Blessings,
SBS2 Siesta

Cathrine StClair said...

Oh goodness - what a week! So glad you are through it. Wonderful card - I love the colored animals.

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Oh my goodness! Not a fun thing to have to deal with! I don't know what I would do if that happened here. YUCK!!!!
Hope that you never have to deal with that again!
Glad, that Atilla has turned a corner and is doing good!
I love your baby card! It's adorable!
I hope you and your family had a good Easter.
Have a great day!

Mel M. M. M. said...

Such a super sweet card. Glad to hear Atilla is doing well and sorry to hear about the plumbing problems. Hope it resolves itself soon! :0) Mel

jenn* said...

what a super sweet card! so "clean" and perfect!