I've got some catching up to do, not just on this blog, but around the house, too. Our A/C went out the Friday before last and it took a week for us to get a new one installed. Am I complaining? No Way!!! I feel so blessed that we were able to get a new A/C and we are getting our house "weatherized" on top of that. It is all a part of Austin's Green Energy program. ANOTHER reason to LOVE living in Austin. Don't get me wrong, they are not giving us anything, but they did provide us with a 5-year, no interest loan which made it all possible. We are also going to have a city inspector come and review the work before and after to ensure it is done correctly...that is priceless! In addition to the A/C, we are getting a radiant barrier in the attic, our current insulation brought up to code, new attic ventilation and our existing duct work repaired to 100%! We can't wait until it is all completed (estimated a few weeks, at least).
During the week without A/C our routine became dinner & sleeping at Aunt Charley and Uncle David's (THANKS YOU GUYS!), play-dates at Miss Lindsay's with Joshua and Tabitha, including lunch & nap time (THANKS YOU GUYS!) and trying to come home to pack up and put food together for the following day. It is always a terrible feeling to be displaced, but Ella really did well..no fussing or complaining. Here is a pic of our impromptu dinner outside before the humidity set in the first weekend:
A popsicle for dessert:
Dinner turned into a party when the neighbor kids stopped by. Luckily we had enough popsicles to share:
Note: Our adventure without A/C is nothing compared to the lack of electricity and running water that our families are currently experiencing in the Houston Area. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the millions of others affected by Ike.
Some pics from a picnic w/ Zach at his work:
Pre-bath ritual "water falleth from the ceiling":
Play-date with the Sam-ster:
Too fun: my friend Amy and her little girl Rowan (only 1 1/2 months older than Ella!) invited us to a bar downtown for a dance party for littles. The idea is hilarious to me. It was at Momo's where I've Zach and I have seen some pretty crazy bands in the past. They had shakers and hula-hoops with ribbons for the kids to play with on the dance floor and a DJ on a laptop. The whole scene just cracked me up. The bar was open with everything from juice for the littles and cocktails for the big ones. We didn't partake, but at least it was an option if things got out of hand...
Rowan, pretty in pink:
Rowan and Ella, a little obsessed with the shakers:
Ella, straight hording the shakers:
We've been enjoying the cool morning air at the park this week. Here is a pic from yesterday morning..look! she is wearing pants! It is THAT cool!