Wild Week (Warning: Long)


  • I put large trash items out on the curb for "large item pick up." 
  • Our house fails city inspection on about 12 things ranging from burnt out light bulbs to cracks in the cinder block garage. Our buyer can't get their FHA loan without our house passing city occupancy. 
  • The kids and I make a quick trip to Home Depot 
  • Steven calls: His laptop has been stolen! 
  • I put the kids to bed, and replace bulbs, install storm door closer, remove freezer from extension cord, install two smoke alarms (we have 8 smoke alarms in a 900 sqft house---we can't even make toast without one going off!), and work on broken knob in shower all before Woo's flight comes in. 
  • We're grateful to be alive. Woo helps with the shower knob, and makes several laptop related phone calls. 


  • I tackle overgrowth from neighbor's yard growing on our fence. 
  • The kids and I run to city hall to get permits for the furnace (that's already been installed) and the garage. According to them, the garage doesn't need a permit. Hopefully, the inspector who reinspects agrees... 
  • Steven says University city reminds him of the DMV. 
  • Woo calls Weber County police. The laptop is missing under curious circumstances---out of Woo's backpack and rezipped---iPad and friend's laptop were not touched. He either misplaced it, or it was stolen in Huntsville. 
  • We make offer on house in Huntsville. Probably everyone reading this email will think we are crazy for making this decision. We have our reasons... 
  • After the kids are in bed, I go to a girls night out and watch Emma. 


  • Gas man comes for gas inspection. We fail because our stove does not have anti-tipping device (new requirement since 2 years ago). He can install one for $100 or we can go buy our own at Home Depot, install it, and have him come reinspect ($75 fee). We choose to let him reinstall...probably a mistake. 
  • Woo vows to never buy or sell another house again. 
  • I call to get tuck pointing bids on the garage. 
  • Ruby and Woo take their Daddy Day to feed the ducks. 
  • Neighbor drives by, looks at our trash on the curb and yells, "They already came! You'll have to call the city!" I look at other neighbors' trash on the curb and decide not to believe him. 
  • Woo finds identical laptop to his for sale under suspicious circumstances on ksl.com. He calls the police who investigate. It turns out not to be his. 
  • We're under contract for the Huntsville house. 
  • After the kids are in bed, I tackle the basement, piling old boxes out on the curb. 


  • 2nd contractor comes by and says he can tuck point the garage for $250 and do it that afternoon. We tell him the job is his. 
  • Woo fixes leak in kitchen sink. 
  • I schedule city reinspect for Monday morning.
  • I drag vegetation from backyard to front to be cut/bundled/hauled. 
  • There's a stalemate. Lender requires an engineer report on our foundation. We think buyer should pay for it (per our contract). Everyone else wants us to pay for it. 
  • In the evening, I pack food storage and tools. 
  • Steven comes down and declares, "Our house is never going to sell :(." after looking closer at the crack in the basement. 


  • Moses was dry at night! I've never had a kid do this all by himself. 
  • City official rings the door bell first thing in the morning and presents us with a citation for the vegetation I'd neatly piled next to the garage just the afternoon before! Also, no one is coming to pick up our trash on the curb. 
  • I am done. I spend the morning lying on the couch with my eyes closed. Kids (thankfully!) play quietly. 
  • Herbie requests the song, "Happy Birthday, Tomorrow" before nap time. 
  • I decide to quit thinking about the house and enjoy Herbie's birthday. 
  • We go to Target to let Herbie pick out his birthday presents (a truck with worker and a microphone "like Sid (the science kid) has!"). 
  • Steven calls for permission to dump garbage in the church dumpster and goes out to bundle twigs. 
  • In the evening, Steven goes to a fireside a friend is speaking at on same gender attraction, and when he gets home we watch "A Man Named Pearl," and I wrap Herbie's presents (I include some chocolates as a surprise). 


  • Herbie wakes us early and reminds us it's his birthday. 
  • He opens and plays with his presents. 
  • Moses calls Herbie's new truck, "My black truck!" and Ruby repeatedly requests a baby doll with bottle that she saw at Target for her birthday. 
  • We load the top of the car with boxes to drop off at the recycling center and make it to the zoo in time to get in the children's part for free. 
  • Moses stomps on a butterfly in the butterfly house. 
  • Woo and Herbie go visit the hospital where Herbie was born and eat lunch in the cafeteria (delicious?). 
  • Herbie: "I saw the nurse that I peed on when I was born. But, she was wearing clean clothes."
  • Herbie requested lasagna and "strawberry cake" (which I assume is strawberry shortcake) for his birthday. 
  • I decide to fast. 
  • In the evening, Woo finishes up with the twigs and loads up the wagon with cardboard and trash. I fix the window screens the kids had popped out. 
  • Woo is upset about his most bitter rival: Pockettunes. They've dropped their price, and are back on his tail in the rankings. 


  • Herbie insists that now that he's 4, he is in Ruby's primary class. 
  • Ruby sits with Woo on the stand. 
  • At just the moment Linus woke up, I had both Herbie and Moses want the same book and to sit in my lap. My friend behind us hands Moses a penguin and Herbie a coloring book with crayons. I'm very grateful. 
  • I'm just about to nurse Linus in the mothers' room when a brand-new male member barges in to say something to another mother. He leaves, and I settle down, but then he swings the door open wide again. I have no patience at the moment, and I yell at him while shooing him out with my hands. He glares at me and then leaves. 
  • Later, I apologize and explain to him what mothers do in the mothers' room and why he should stay out. He apologizes, and it ends well. 
  • Everyone (but Woo) takes a 3 hour nap after church. We needed it! 
  • Woo tells our realtor that we'll pay for the engineer report ($350). 
  • Herbie tells us: Rayon was standing on a chair at church. Woo: Did you tell him not to? Herbie: No. Woo: Did you think to yourself, "That is not a good idea!"? Herbie: No. I just looked at him real mad! 
  • Herbie gets a blessing from Woo for his birthday. 
  • Woo goes to a leadership meeting. 
  • I put the kids in bed, make peach cobbler (mmm) and write this email. 
Tomorrow is a big day for us. Everything depends on whether the city inspector decides our garage is stabilized enough for us to get an occupancy permit and whether the lender will complete the buyers' loan after the engineer's report. Thanks for your prayers!