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Annabel’s Last Monthiversary

On September 17th, 2009 we celebrated Annabel’s last monthiversary. She turned 23 months old and we celebrated by going to Borders to play and we stories and especially to walk up and down the stairs. We can’t believe that in less than a month she will be 2 years old. Does it always go so quickly? Maybe if we did more dreadfully boring chores and tasks our babies wouldn’t grow up so quickly. But once she turns two I don’t think we get to count her age in months. Just like you stop counting in weeks when a baby turns 2 months I think you have to stop counting in months when your newly minted toddler turns the big 2-4 months. It’s all too quick isn’t it.


Sup, just chillin with the boy see below.

Staying awake, barely

Another phone based post coming at ya(now with pics).

Apparently we have reached the point in the toddler’s life when going to sleep easy can only be done with hours of running around and playing. Unfortunately rain day can cause huge issues like last nights I’m gonna scream in this crib or rest on daddy for hours on end tantrum. Ugh. So I ended up getting her into bed at 4am and was unable to fall asleep myself until 6:30 or so, but I think I may have caught a few zzzs while waiting for her to pass out cause I’m mostly rested today…… Mostly.

Anyway if not for coffee and cappuccinos with extra shots I would be dead to the world. Can’t wait to see my first week back at work will be like. I think the wife will have a hardly go of it but I think she will handle it better than I could…

Expect more rambling posts in the future.

This is a pic of annabel asleep in my arms on her 21 month birthday.

What pretty colors

this is going home with us right?

Originally uploaded by schleifnet

This weekend the three of us went to the Louisiana Children’s Museum for a couple hours to play and look around. It was free due to a donation from Starbuck’s to pay for everyone who wanted to got for a sunday this month and last and next (November 2, 2008). We played in the baby room and got on the cutup streetcar (the same one I stood on for a commercial in the earlier nineties) and looked at the pretty colors (see above) and more.

Adam Devaney, Ike recovery specialist

Me passed out photo by Norman

Originally uploaded by adamdevaney

The above pic is from brother in law Adam Devaney’s photostream on flickr. He is a volunteer firefighter in Surfside, TX and is working non-stop to help get the island back on its feet after Ike slammed into the community. In addition he is working hard to recover his business (he runs a beach home rental business that was in the midst of all kinds of neat stuff before the storm, Beach House Associates). Anyway, while he’s working hard over there the rest of us are thinking about him and all of the residents of the texas coast. Hopefully this recovery is smoother than ours has been.

Wanna see satelite pics of the entire effected area? Sure you do. NOAA put up pics after Katrina for new orleanians and they have done it again on the coast.

Anniversary of another flood

dripping fan

Originally uploaded by schleifnet

Today, September 11, 2008 makes one year since our last flood event in the Schleifstein household. Since today was the last day we could file suit against our old landlord to recover damages due to the flood that rained on Mandy and since we didn’t sue due mostly to lack of time, money, and a little apathy, I figure I can tell the world our story.
Imagine, if you will, the 6th anniversary of the WTC and pentagon airplane bombings (back in 2007). The country is morning its losses (NYC with the loudest voice) and the bulk of us are going through life the same way we did 6 years after OKC, the Atlanta Bombs, the first WTC bombing, Andrew, etc etc… Anyway (9/11/01 was horrible and may was always remember it as one of the national tragedies that occurred in the USA), Around 2pm it started to rain in New Orleans. Around 2:30 I got a frantic call from my very pregnant wife (8 months and on bed rest no less): “AAAAAA!!! the fan is leaking in the bedroom, water is everywhere, what do i do?!”
I asked if she was ok, she worried about the baby stuff, I asked if it was in the non-flooding room, yes, good, put buckets out to catch water (at this point I had no idea how bad it was), I’m going to come home now to take care of this…
Get time off… new Mandy call: “AAAA!!! the ceiling just fell!!! AAAA!!!”
It seems the water was to much for the drywall overhead and the ceiling (layer one) was starting to cave in.
Now I call landlord, downstairs neighbors, my parents, and run out the door at my office…
Get home… get mandy out of house with a few essentials… see water pouring from ceiling and AC in window (as it had been for months, and as the landlord had seen and been informed of)…
Mandy goes to my parents to stay for what becomes two weeks while we quickly move out of now unlivable place and into a new much much much better place with real heat and central air. Plus I move all non-damp stuff out of the now nasty old apartment while the downstairs neighbors also move out (the water entering our master bedroom spread in the floor to both downstairs bedrooms and the bathroom).
After moving the insurance company lets all of us know noone is covered even though we all had flood and renters and owners insurance (how nice we were all covered by the same company). Seems the roof had a few FEET of standing water on it due to bad repair work that eventually caused a leak the took out all kinds of stuff. The roof had been repaired numerous times and in fact we had reported leaks numerous times…plus the roof blew out a drain attached the the gutter and was gushing water into out bedroom via the window AC for a couple months (also reported and not fixed)…
Anyway, we thought about suing and even deduced that out lease would have allowed us to (stated something about allowing us to sue if damage due to agent of landlord, ie: roofer screwed up and didn’t fix it), but time became an issue and money too (we lost a kingsized bed, a number of bookshelves, books, a chest of drawers and more that had been paid for with a post-Katrina SBA loan, hello 6 grand in useless debt…the bed was mostly paid for by a gift from my parents and replaced out of pocket).
You see we just didn’t have the strength to go make our “1-call-that’s-all” or deal with the hassles that a small claims suit would bring…

wow this is really rambling…look bottom line, I wanted to get this story out as a new longwinded whine and end with the silver lining…
Yup she is our silver lining. Losing that apartment meant a better quality of life for my daughter. She is able to live in an apartment with real heat and a/c and windows that open and have screens, and all on the first floor in a relatively family friendly neighborhood near a number of nice parks and libraries and not in the city proper near rebuilding neighborhoods. She gets all this and I only have to pay for it with a long drive to work and debt out the wazoo from two floods in two apartments one of which she almost lived in.
Anyway (yet again) the above pic was taken by my beautiful wife before the ceiling started to cave in on her while the roof was starting to flood our bedroom. (Roof leak puddles are actually visible on googlemaps still).

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sorry for the long whiny depressing post, better stuff in the future…
did I mention we gustav evac’d to mandy’s aunt ally’s place in iowa (outside of Davenport), I drove back with cats and mandy and annable flew back a few days later…oh and adam in in Freeport, TX near where Ike is supposed to hit and will be evac’ing to Houston to stay with my pa-in-law and other bro-in-law soon… And my dad is officially the ‘man who predicted the flood’… and my grandpa is getting back surgery next week for a disc problem… and my mom is not back from evac yet due to being in Atlanta for grandpa… and my sister is in NYC and will be bringing her beau down for Annabel’s first birthday on October 17th (can’t wait to see all the relatives at the party)…and and and…we’re done.

10 Months Old

10 Months Old

Originally uploaded by schleifnet

Yesterday Annabel hit ten months. Wow I can’t believe how far we’ve come. The day before she went to her first party (a woman in Mandy’s Meetup group’s son turned one and had a viking themed party, due to his name) and she did a great job playing with the six other babies although she was the youngest (ages 10-18 months).

Now we’re getting ready for her first birthday. We will be having a huge family party Sunday October 19th Saturday October 18th (if you got an evite be sure to save the date). Needless to say we are planning a great afternoon filled with cake and possibly ice cream.

More info as it shows up…

edit: oops the date of the coming party was wrong, check your evites for the correct one and see the edit above.