Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

We had a mixed bag for New Year's this year. 

It started out really well with some delicious homemade chicken ravioli and butternut squash soup for dinner (my first attempt at homemade pasta). 

Then we went out to the end of our driveway to watch the "Midnight at 7" fireworks.  Samantha really enjoyed them and kept saying "Fireworks!"

Later that evening, things went downhill quickly.  Tucker went out at around 10 and when he came back to the house, he had a big gash/hole in his head.  So after a quick search for a 24 hour animal hospital, Chris drove him over. 

It turns out that he ran into a post in the back yard while chasing after some animal.  He was running so quickly that he actually put a hole in his head (actually his sinus cavity).  When they arrived at the hospital, Tucker had blood dripping out of his nose.  After a couple x-rays, a scope in his nose (to find the missing bone fragment), and some stitches (and a $600 vet bill), they arrived back home around 1:00.  Happy New Year to us!

He was not himself the first couple days but he seems to be much better now.  He has been on pain killers and antibiotics and will get his stitches out next week. 

One other exciting (scary) piece of news happened on Saturday.  We were just arriving back home from getting groceries when there were a LOT of police cars in our neighborhood.  We didn't know what was going on but while I was unpacking food, Chris told me to get down in the basement - fast!  There was a cop with his gun drawn in our neighbors yard.  From the basement window, I was able to see the cop jumping the 5' fence into the woods behind our house.

It wasn't until today that we knew what happened.  Apparently there was a bank robbery nearby and within a half hour they were able to arrest the two suspects in the woods behind our house.  We're glad that they were able to apprehend them so quickly but it's still scary to think armed men were so close to our house. 

In happier news, we have a new niece as of early this morning.  Baby Grace and mommy are doing well.  Big brother Zack seems to be happy to have a new sister!

As for work on the house, we were a little tired after all the traveling and visitors so we didn't get much big stuff done.  However, in order to finish up some big projects before our baby arrives, we need to do some tedious activities. 

Our next big project is to finish the upstairs for guests.  In order to work up there, we need to move everything downstairs.  In order to move everything downstairs, we first need to get rid of a lot of (unnecessary) things in the basement.  And a little organization would help too!

For instance, here is a picture of our current tool storage. 

Definitely not the best use of space. 

We spent a lot of time removing a lot of the old kitchen cabinets/doors/trim/etc. out of the storage area so that we could re-use the space for actual storage.  My parents may be able to use some of these items for the River House.  We installed some of them in the storage area to help with our tool organization.  We will continue that this week and hopefully can do some real work this weekend. 

Hopefully our new year will get a lot better (with much less drama!). 

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