On Wednesday Steven decided to re-insulate the attic, which he's been wanting to do for a while. He was off work most of the week (code for "without work"- though he's busy again this week), so he was using this opportunity to get projects done around here. This project ended up being...well....let's just say, it better be really warm in our house this winter! It said, "Quick and easy to use"...ha! Here's a piece of advice...if you have to insulate, don't use the blow-in stuff. Now I'm speaking as a mom who doesn't like extra messes to clean up... especially HUGE messes! Steven was in the attic with the hose going down the attic stairs, through the school-room and out the window hooked up to this huge machine (notice the mess):
I got to stand at the machine and feed the paper stuff into it. Remember they said "quick"? Well, look at how many of these things I had to feed in! And this wasn't all of it! There were 40 of them!
At one point the hose slipped and fell down the attic staircase and into the hallway, while still blowing the lovely insulation everywhere! Steven tried calling my cell phone (which was how we were supposed to communicate), but I never heard it over the loud machine. Poor guy was screaming at the top of his lungs from the attic, "Turn it off!!! Turn it off!!!" He has been hoarse ever since. Needless to say, another HUGE mess, which was inevitably tracked into every room of the house.
And since we had never done this before and had no idea how involved it was, we hadn't prepared a whole lot. Steven didn't realize he'd need me for the whole thing, and we didn't start until late in the afternoon. Hailey was about to wake up from her nap. I finally had all the boys go into her room with the little DVD player. Jake got her out of her crib and changed her diaper (good brother!). I made them stay in there for the next 2 hours so we could get more done and they wouldn't enter the mess in the hall! How sad! And by this point it was dinner time and they were all hungry. The machine was only rented for 24 hours so we had to keep going. We were just a tad stressed. I think this picture says it all. And this wasn't even the worst of it. You should have seen us at the end! We were covered it that stuff.
We finally stopped, got everything cleaned up, fed the kids and put them to bed. Whew! Then we got up and started again at 7am to finish. But this time we managed to keep things much cleaner. Unfortunately, the attic is now a mess of insulation and a layer of dust on everything stored up there. So, there's still cleaning left to be done :(
Friday night we finally had Zack's b-day party. We invited the Steven's family over, who also have 5 children and 1 on the way. Their son Sam is officially Zack's best friend. We were going with a Davy Crockett theme, which the boys decided would include:
a shooting contest with the BB gun (which Zack won)...
Mom even got in on the action...
Then a "candy blast" using the potato cannon. First goes in the potato, and then a bunch of candy. Then it blasts the candy all over the yard and the kids go chasing after it. It's quite fun.
We ate "squirrel" stew (actually, it was pork, but we pretended)
and dirt cake...yumm
Zack got a coon skin cap from Mom & Dad, which topped it off. He was so cute.
But his favorite gift of all was the 2-CD set of Keith Green, who he has become enamored with lately. We listen to him non-stop.
The interesting thing is that the next day Steven and the boys actually got to go squirrel hunting with our friend Mr. Robert and his 2 sons! Yes, we are officially southern rednecks. They had so much fun. They came back with 2 squirrels (though they were shot by the other boys). Here they are getting some basic gun training and getting set to go.
The hunters and their prize...
Learning to skin and clean the game (notice how interested Ben is)...
The Benton's sent us home with the 2 squirrels as well as 4 more from their freezer! I think they just wanted to get rid of them. I said, "Thanks a lot!" ha ha.... Now I guess I really get to figure out how to make squirrel stew! So who's comin' fer supper?