Friday, July 23, 2010

What a week!

Photo overload - you have been warned!
I last posted Monday night - Tuesday's agenda was pretty much as scheduled, except in the afternoon the plumber came and made a hideous noise for what seemed like hours while he drilled out tiles from the wall to try and find the leak in our bathroom. After about 3 tiles he stopped and went away leaving a mess!
I have to show these photos because they made me smile ... on Monday walking back home from the supermarket Maddison fell over and grazed her knee. It wasn't bad, but it was a big patch and because it's never happened before it was obviously something to make a fuss about according to her anyway! ;-) I put some medicated ointment on it and 3 bandaids (you know balloons and bandaids are wonderful things to stop tears hehee) on Monday night and Tuesday morning she pulled them off and asked for new ones ... she went off to school like this:

Holding her dress up and walking on tip-toes with that foot just so no-one could miss that she had a sore knee!
When I picked her up from school she had the bandaids taped on! They kept falling off and she would cry so the teacher taped them on for her!
Samuel and I moved back into the master bedroom on Tuesday night, and at 5.30am I was woken by the noise of fast dripping water! Our air conditioning unit was pouring water out one end! So I leaped out of bed, turned it off and got the silk rug out of the way before it got any wetter, then I scrambled around finding some old towels to mop up the mess. Yawn!

Wednesday ... an early start! After the kids were at school I got back home and opened the cupboard under the sink to get out my cake mixer and discovered a pool of water! Honestly I couldn't believe it! Seriously - how many leaks do I need to deal with this week?????
I phoned the maintenance manager and asked him to come up and have a look and he was very kind and after checking it he sent up his side kick (for want of a better word) to fix it. It was just the base of the tap that needed tightening. So that's all good now, thankfully!
Plumber came back in the afternoon and more tiles were drilled. No sleep for the kids! Our bathroom now looks like this.

After taking off those tiles he took off one in the service room that backs onto our bathroom but couldn't find any evidence of water leakage there. So he turned off the water to the bathroom and said "very big problem"!! (yeah don't I know it!!) Told me not to use bathroom and he'd be back later in the day to check if it was still leaking. Came back around 6pm and decided it was coming from the shower! (not sure how he figured that out when he hasn't taken any tiles off in there yet! So he left telling me he'd be back at 11am the next morning.
In amongst all that I got Aaron's farewell cake made and iced :-)
Thursday morning Maddison entertained Samuel while I was cooking breakfast showing him all the contents of a goodie bag she'd gotten the day before at school.
Cardboard Happy Birthday glasses (upside down!)

Oh that's better - right way up!
Here Baby Samuel, you try :-)
And here's the party hat :-)
He didn't think much of her whistle blowing hehee
Aunty Irene arrived about 10am and about 20 past we went down to school for Aaron's farewell party. Here's the cake! (not quite the racing track he requested, but he was happy with it - mainly because it had hot wheels cars on it!).
There's 2 groups the same age and they combined for his party. Here he's sitting in a circle with all his friends (concentrating obviously by the looks of his tongue!) and the teacher was telling them that it was Aaron's farewell because he was going to an international school and "Aunty" (that's me hehee) had made a cake and goodie bags for them :-) They sung "for he's a jolly good fellow" and then he had to pick a song for them to sing and he chose twinkle twinkle little star. After that he had to stand in the middle of the circle and each of the kids got up one at a time and gave him a hug and they were supposed to say something to him like "thanks for being my friend", "goodbye we'll miss you" etc. But they were all as goofy as he was and basically took turns at dashing up, giving him a quick as hug, and dashing back to their place in the circle hehee :-) It was very sweet to watch actually.
Cutting the cake (spot the tongue again!).
This little guy is now 10 weeks old and already he has cottoned on that if I have the camera he doesn't smile! If I want to catch him smiling then someone else needs to take the photo!
After school on Thursday Aunty Irene gave Maddison her birthday present. It deserved a big hug :-)
She played with it for ages. It has little people, tables and chairs, etc. Lots of fun!

I managed to get the "princess " cake in the oven before she got home from school and I iced it after the kids went to bed. It would have been so much easy with a dolly varden cake tin! I didn't know where to put the dolls hands because she looked silly with them straight out in front of her and I couldn't put them down because of the "hoops" in her skirt hehee :-)
I think she might be doing a sort of dance and is in the midst of a curtsy that's why her skirt is so full! (does that sound believable?) :-) Anyway Maddison was pretty chuffed with it, so that's the main thing.

The very expensive candles!
Irene & I took the cake down to her class at 10am. Maddison joined in very heartedly singing Happy Birthday and clapping her hands :-) (loved it)

Blowing out the candles.
Cutting the cake.
And eating it :-)
The air conditioning people have been this afternoon and cleaned all the air con units, so hopefully we won't have any more leaks!
The plumber never arrived at 11am on Thursday and I never heard from him at all, so he got a phone call from me this morning and a bit of a not so gentle reminder not to say he'd be here at a certain time and then not show! I roll my eyes when I phone him now because as soon as I say who it is he immediately starts telling me all the excuses! I don't even need to say anything! But I am over the excuses, just get the jolly leak found and then fixed! He came late afternoon today and told me he's been trying to contact the owner of the apartment next to us so he can drill in from the wall there backing on to our shower cubicle! Hummm sounds a bit suspicious to me (he just doesn't want to wreck any more marble tiles!!). I told him that if I was the person that owned that apartment next door I wouldn't want him drilling the wall to bits just to fix the neighbors leak! But then he had a good point ... it will be leaking through their wall as well. So I suppose he has a reasonable excuse to annoy them! Unfortunately for us (or them!) they must be away because the plumber hasn't managed to make contact with them yet. Anyway he's told me I can use the bathroom, just to turn the water off when we aren't using it.
Lyndons flight was delayed over an hour leaving Korea today, but thankfully he managed to get his connecting flight at Bangkok and has landed in KL already. Just waiting for him to arrive home now :-)
Okay I am off to have a think about a special little girl's 3rd birthday card I need to make!
Thanks for visiting and here's to a relaxing, stress free, leak free weekend :-)


Anonymous said...

Phew, what a week alright! Glad you made it through ... even with the leaks! I can't imagine how frustrated you must be with MORE stuff needing to be fixed. Aargh!

But on a positive note, I just LOVE those cakes!! And how CUTE is it that Maddison joined in singing Happy Birthday to herself - priceless!

Mrs Frizz said...

I too hope that you have a leak free weekend ...

topkatnz said...

Yes sending leak-free wishes your way! those cakes sure put smiles on the kids faces! and thank goodness you had some bright blue bandaids for Miss M's graze! wouldn't want to miss out on any sympathy!heehee

Serene Ho said...

Oh my...what a week! And Happy Birthday to Maddison despite all that's been going on. The cakes look great, especially the princess gown! and Samuel...he just reminds me of Aaron so much LOL!

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