Percy, Chesley, and I went to Destin for a week with my family. We had a great time but I wasn't sure if we would ever make it there. The Wednesday before we were supposed to leave on Saturday there was a huge storm all night and all morning. We lost power and so I took Chesley over to my mom's so I could heat up her bottle and feed her that morning. I came back home to change clothes and noticed lots of water forming a stream against our neighbors house. When I got inside our house I thought I would go and check to see how the drains on the side of our house that gets the run off water from the higher houses on the street were doing. I looked out Chesley's window and saw we had our own little river running alongside the house. Then I took a step back and heard a squish. I felt the carpet and it was wet. At that point it was only wet about a foot into the room but within an hour it had made it all the way through Chesley's room and was soaking the wood floor outside her doorway. Every room in our house that shares that exterior wall was taken in water. I was seeping in where the floor and walls meet. Percy was working an hour away and I called him right after I felt the wet carpet., he left immediately to come home but instructed me to go check to make sure the drains were actually draining to makure sure they weren't clogged or anything. So I put on rain boots and walked to the back line of our property where I found that the drains were gushing with water-they were in fact working fine this was just your run of the mill flash flood that our drains couldn't keep up with. Bad news, right? So the good news is that my father in law runs a company that dries out water damage! Thank goodness for his crew. They were out in no time at all and immediately started taking bits of my house apart to dry it out and telling us what we needed to do and what would happen etc. They were great because we were clueless, (ever find yourself in need of his services let me know I'll give you their number!). Good news, right? So the bad news is that the machines used to dry everything out are still in my house. They had to drill some holes in the bottom of some cabinets in bathrooms, laundry room, and a closet, and take some baseboards off to get the air movers (aka hard core fans that put Jennie F's wind machine to shame!) pointed behind walls etc. They said hard wood floors are the hardest and take the longest to dry out so to prepare myself for these loud air movers and dehumidifiers to be around for a while. Chesley's room took the worst of it so the carpet was ripped up, baseboard removed, lots of machines in there and so on. So we stayed at my mom's Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before we left for the beach since we would have had to disassemble her crib to move it to another room in the house for her to be able to sleep. Percy's sister Casey and cousin Dottie house sat and Weeza sat for us while we were at the beach so someone could monitor the machines and deal with the painters I planned to come and paint my bedroom and bathroom while we were gone- sounded like a brilliant plan to me at the time, have the painters come in and make their mess while I was gone and come home to a freshly painted house!-then we flood, not so great)- in come Casey and Dottie who put up with the mess for us and take care of Weeza and deal with the flood fall out-love you both so much! So, we gallivant off to the beach where some of my dad's family is also vacationing on a crazy coincidence and we have a great time playing on the beach with Chesley, who was very laid back about the whole beach/sand/pool thing-she really liked turning her face into the wind and found a deep love of bubbles. We went out to eat with our cousins twice, ordered in alot, cooked a little and had a wonderful trip. We headed home and do in fact come back to a freshly painted bedroom and bathroom, and our housesitters have left the place immaculate (don't ask don't tell...) but we still have a few unwanted house guests-the air movers and dehumidifiers. So Chesley's room is still uninhabitable and she and I have been staying at my mom's since we got home. Percy would stay with us over there except for the fact that our dog and my dad's dog are insane together and howl all night if seperated and Weeza howls all night if she is away from us and knows we are there in the same house. I think it would put my mother over the edge if Weeza came to stay too so Percy is staying at our house. They came to check the machines Monday and told me if I want to speed things up it might help to turn up the heat. So as I am typing this I am sweating becasue our heat is on 90degreees. Percy is gone for three nights for work so I figured I would take advantage of that and crank up the heat to try and get these things out of my house!!! But I have been getting nasty comments about not posting any beach pictures yet so I came over tonight get these cute pictures of my sweet girl up for yall to see. Hopefully the house will be back in one peice soon and our family will be under one roof soon and this will be a distant memory! It could have been so so so much worse and we know that- we are so grateful to Percy's dad for all his help and to Casey and Dottie who dealt with it all for us for a week and to my mom for housing the homeless, (even if she won't house the Weeze). Sorry I know this has been a really long post and if you are still reading I'm impressed! Enjoy the pictures!!!
We had just gotten to the beach that afternoon but had to take Babycakes to see the ocean for her first time and put her little tootsies in the water! Ignore her parents-they had been in the car all day!