Tonight I finally remembered that I needed to finish the mobile for the nursery.
I had done my dorky painted sticks weeks ago. I just needed to hang them and arrange my cool origami birds that Calder handmade for our baby shower. Here it is:
Again, these photo suck. I will try to have Marc take some better ones in the morning when the light is better.
That was Marc's quote when the sump pit was completed and successfully drained water from the basement into the alley. It may be an overstatement, but maybe not considering all the back-breaking work he put into this project.
We didn't know that our basement even took on water thanks to the 3 year drought that Asheville has been in since we bought our house. So it was much to our surprise when one evening this winter, we came home to 4" of standing water. We rushed to Home Depot to get a waterfall pump, because our basement was of course sump-pit-less. (What did the old owner do before the drought? Just let the basement fill with water? Throw a couple of boxes of adult diapers down there?)
This project had SO many steps. First there was the cutting and removal of the concrete. (Which we discovered is 6" in some places and 2" in others -and no, not because it was sloped to drain.)
Here is Marc trying to chisel by hand before the depth discovery and then, what I am sure is a big "check" on his man list, using a jackhammer.
Next was the removal of well over 35 buckets of dense red clay - no wonder the water was coming in the basement and not draining. Water doesn't drain thru this clay!
Then he put the pipe in. We were running from the closest thing we have to a "low point", installing a floor drain there and running it to the sump pit in a corner.
Then was the outdoor part. Luckily, we got a 50+ degree weekend here! Marc dug a trench from the house to our wall. The wall already had an old terra-cotta through drain in it. So we t'-ed into the existing terra cotta to let the water drain thru the wall into the alley!
Finally, he poured new concrete over the trench and installed the sump pit pump. Isn't she a 'beauty? Then we tested it with joy and anticipation normally reserved for 3 year olds at Christmas. It worked!! Now we don't have to be scared of big rains and melting snow! YIPPEE!
p.s. 6 days until my due date! I'm feeling great, but pretty much the same. I'll try to post to let y'all know when our little girl arrives!
Doesn't this picture just say:
I'm the baby in this house!
Marc found her at lunch in the bouncy seat. She really hasn't bothered any other baby stuff, so we will forgive this little transgression. I mean, who could resist a comfy seat in the sun?
And just for fun, here is a belly comparison pic:
It won't be long now (hopefully!)
Marc has been hard at work this weekend in the basement digging a floor drain, trench and sump pit. I'll post those pics later this week!
I do have one last task to complete, which will be a mobile made of the origami birds from my Asheville shower. (Thanks Calder!)
I grew up around crocheting. My mom and grandmother both did it. It is beautiful and takes a long time. A LONG time of paying closet attention.
So when at my Detroit I opened a box with this beautiful blanket in it, I assumed it was store-bought. I mean, Marc and I are pretty cool and all, but it takes some serious love to crochet a whole blanket for someone. I'm not sure we are worthy of that love. But there it was, handmade by Marc's family friend Lucy.
Part 3 of this series is a real show-stopper.
Check out this toy box hand made by our friend Aaron.
Nothing short of amazing. The red bird is a lift out lid and the whole thing is on casters. It is really beyond adorable.
Funniest thing is, we knew that Aaron had been making furniture boxes for friends because he'd been doing the big cuts in our basement on our table saw. Little did we know that we were to be one of the lucky toy box recipients!
In addition to the blanket, we received several other amazing handmade gifts.
I want to spotlight them all this week.
Including this adorable door sign made by Marc's Aunt Teresa. (Love the bunnies!) As a fan of cross stitch, I really appreciate the time and effort that went into this piece. Cross stitch can be really relaxing, but something of this size takes some serious dedication and love.