So I am sure some of you have had to deal with your water heater breaking and the process of getting new one. Well, now I am joining the club. My husband was taking a shower the other day when the hot water ran out, at first he blamed me for taking too long of a shower right before him, we were getting ready for a retirement party for my dad. I knew that I didn’t take that long of a shower, at least not as long as I had in the passed. Needless to day that my husband had some cold water toward the end of his shower.
When we got back from the party, my husband looked into the issue with the water heater because we couldn’t get hot water out of any faucet. Our water heater was broke. We waited until the following Monday to have a technician come out to look at it just in case that it was fixable, we didn’t want to have to pay for the emergency rate to have them come out on the weekend and yes we dealt with cold water for a couple days. So the technician came out and took a look and confirmed that yes our water eater was broken, and that there was no way to fix it. It was old and needed to be replaced. So with that said he left and my husband got online to do some research on tanks. He has been wanting a tankless water heater for some time and now seemed the perfect time to get one. It only took him a couple of hours to fine the one that he wanted. Thank goodness for us because there are times where he will research things for weeks before he will decide on something. I guess the fact that we were going to be out of hot water until he found made him decide a little quicker.
So that evening we went to the our local Home Depot and purchased a tankless water heater and we tried to install ourselves the same day. Which I thought was pretty cool, my husband on the other did not. It turned out to be a little more difficult than we thought. It didn’t get working until the next day and after watching many tutorials on YouTube and reading reading instructions online. It was quite an adventure if I have to say but it all worked and everything is in place. These tankless water heaters are a pretty nifty thing. They leave so much more room in the closet that I can now partly use it as a storage room, which most definitely helps. Plus my husband has wanted a tankless heater for as long as he had first heard about them. He thinks they are the coolest thing in the world. Which I have to admit are pretty cool creations. If you are ever in the market for a new water heater, I would totally recommend picking up a tankless one.
So once again I have had the wonderful pleasure of having my two nieces over to babysit them and once again we had the time of our lives until the garage door debacle happen. Needless to say that afterward I had to get my garage door repaired. But I am getting way ahead of myself here. Let me explain the day first, it started off nice and peaceful. I had the day off so I picked them up early like around seven in the morning so they wouldn’t have to go to daycare since my brother and sister in law both work. I fed them breakfast and we watch a hour of cartoons. I let them stay in their pajamas on the car ride over, so then we changed in to our play clothes and headed out into the beautiful summer day. I have a whole stash of toys in my garage for them and they picked out the bikes first, so we went on a bike ride to the park that is perfectly placed in my neighborhood so no main roads for us.
We hung out in the park for a little bit, just long enough that they got to play to their hearts content on everything that the park has, then we rode our bikes back and got out the sidewalk chalk and jump ropes. They love for me to draw obstacles on the ground that they have to jump around. I draw all kinds of crazy things like a volcano with lava spurting out that they can’t touch with their feet while they are jumping. After we did that we went inside for lunch and to chill for a bit because my younger niece till takes naps so I needed to calm down so she would sleep. While she was napping, my older niece and I watch a movie on Netflix. Then we everyone was awake, we had a little snack and heading back outside. Looking back, we totally should have stayed inside until I took them home. But as we all know hindsight is 20/20.
We just played make believe outside for awhile, make believe is a game where anything goes. I let the girls minds take control and we play whatever they decide. Sometimes we are princesses trying to out run a dragon, on this day we played Frozen, where I always get to be Olaf. When we were done I had them put all the toys away, once that was done we were heading back into the house and I hit the garage door button to close it, I was not even back in the house when I heard the loudest crunching noise ever. I ran back outside to see the corner of our garage all crunched up. One of the girls didn’t put her bike fully back in the garage and since our sensor is broken the garage tried to go all the way down. Needless to say that the bike was destroyed along with the garage door. It didn’t make for a happy homecoming when my husband got home from work.
My niece felt so bad but I didn’t put any blame on her, she had no idea that the sensor was broken and I should have totally check to make sure that everything was clear before I closed the door. Now the both of us will be more diligent when we are cleaning up. This was an expensive learning lesson for me.
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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before but just in case I didn’t I will do it again right now… I get to babysit my two nieces who are 3 and 6. Quite often, whenever they come over I always try to keep them outside as much as possible, and I usually let them pick the activity that we do because I feel that they enjoy themselves more when they get to pick what we do. My six-year-old niece face times me quite a bit and yesterday she called first thing in the morning before I even left to work to tell me how excited she was that we should gonna be hanging out with me this weekend. Towards the end of the conversation she mentioned that for one of the things that we do this weekend she wanted to have a race course built so her and her younger sister can race around because she really wants to beat her and show off. Apparently they have been spending a lot of time with my brother (their father) watching sports and I guess there have been some races lately and they are really into it so they want me to build them a race course. So me being the cool aunt I would never say no to them. I told her that I would totally build her a race course. Now mind you, I have no idea how to go about building a race course, and I only have two days to get it done. I think though that I have decided to build another obstacle course as opposed to a race course. I think they would have much more fun doing an obstacle course like last time as opposed to them just straight running. I guess we will see. I’m gonna divide it into different sections. I’m going to create a section for running a part for riding their bikes and I think I might take the course down to the water so we can have a little swimming portion and I’m thinking maybe a jump rope spot and hopscotch spot. I think they’re gonna have fun doing that, at least I hope so but I’ll let you all know how it goes.
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The weekend is over and my nieces have gone back home and the obstacle course has been a great success. They had so much fun with it that they played with it all day on Saturday, and even one on Sunday before my brother came to pick them up. No bones were broken thank goodness. We did have a couple cuts and one bruise but many, many laughs. The course started out with them jump roping I had them do that for a good minute and then I had drawn out hopscotch board in the street a really long one that took them some ways down the road a little bit, then I had their bike situated at the end of the hopscotch court and then they rode their bikes for little bit and then I had them park their bikes and then they ran to the lake and then I had them swim around for sometime. The final portion was to climb half way up a tree and grab a rope and swing to another tree.
I also had them reverse the course but I had to make sure I dried them off first because I couldn’t let them get back on their bikes so sopping wet so after I dried them off they ran back to their bikes and they cycled until they hit the hopscotch court and then we did the hopscotch course and then we did the jump roping again and whoever completed the jump roping won the award.
My six-year-old niece let the three-year-old win. At least I think she did. She never let her fall behind. I thought that was pretty cool of her. I have to admit that I probably had just as much fun as they did while I was watching them. I’m pretty sure I laughed the whole entire time. They were so entertaining. We did the obstacle course as soon as they got over however I did have to make them stop after a couple hours so we could have lunch and the three year old could take a nap. While she was sleeping me and my six-year-old niece cuddled on the couch watching TV and I’m pretty sure I drifted off for a little bit but as soon as the three-year-old woke up we were back outside on the obstacle course once again. I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun with them as I did this weekend the obstacle course was a great idea. I’m pretty sure we’ll have a course again maybe not next time but definitely in the near future before winter time.
So I don’t have any children. I have two nieces that I spoil rotten and as a gift I bought them for summertime for no other reason but just because it was summer, I bought them both bicycles. I get to watch them a lot while their parents work so I thought this would be a good idea for them to have bikes so we can play outside in the summer and go for bike rides. One of my nieces is six and the other one is three. I had to put training wheels on the three-year-old’s bike because obviously she’s not that good of a rider but we have a good time biking around our neighborhoods. The only bummer is that I make them wear helmets and because they have to wear a helmet I have to wear a helmet. I’ve tried to reason with them by telling them that I’m an adult and I know how to ride a bike and there’s no way I’m going to fall off and the reason they have to wear one is because they’re not as good as a bike rider as I am but they don’t fall for that. They think it’s cool that all three of us are wearing helmets. They love when I do the exact same things that they do. And because I love them so much I suffer through wearing a helmet while riding a bike as an adult. When I watch them at their house we ride our bikes to the park that’s in their neighborhood and we play on the swing set and everything. We hang in the park all day. I pack a lunch for everybody and make sure we have lots of water. When I watch them at my house I live about five minutes from the lake so we ride our bikes down there and we swim all day and have the best time ever. However there are days when they don’t want to go to the park and they don’t want to go down to the lake so we just ride around the neighborhood for a while because they do love their bikes and they love to be on them every chance they can. When I do have them over I always make sure we spend as much time outside as possible. If we are not riding our bikes we’re playing hopscotch or jump rope or just playing with chalk in the driveway and on the sidewalks. I always try to keep them outside all day. The exception is when the three-year-old needs to go down for her nap. We get her down and me and my six-year-old niece have a little girl time just to ourselves. Sometimes we color, sometimes we paint, sometimes we just watch a movie or we read a book. I like letting them do what they want to do. I like letting them make a decision because when they do make a decision they always have a much better time because they know that they pick this and then we got to go and do it.
I am actually planning a surprise birthday party for the six year old. She is turning seven this November and her parents are actually gonna be out of town for her b-day so I thought it would be fun to invite all of her friends over and have a surprise slumber birthday party. Something else I want to have at the party is one of those picture booth things you used to see at the mall. Of course there will be pizza as that is her favorite food. So I guess I need to get searching for a photo booth. Ann Arbor has several companies that offer them but I need to decide which company offers the best value for the money.
So this upcoming week we will be heading out to Total Soccer in Wixom, Michigan to partake in a death match of bubble soccer. I have never played before but I have always wanted to give it a shot. In case you are not familiar go ahead and watch the video below. I will be documenting the game so I can share it with you. I am very competitive by nature and I can’t imagine that I will be any different playing bubble soccer.
Obviously, I like to have fun in everything I do and I care that others have fun as well but it just feels so much better to win. I think that is true in any area of life. Not to get all philosophical but that brings me to something that I think is very important in life. That one simple thing is… “Don’t be afraid of failure!” For all I know, I might suck at this game and I might lose big time but that does not keep me from giving it my all. If you don’t then what is the point? I know that it is cliche but failure is an important learning experience. I have failed too many times to even count and believe it or not, I am grateful for those failures because they have taught me more than most of the successes that I have had. Without those failures I truly believe that I could not have anywhere near the success that I have had since I took them and used them instead of letting them break me.
I try to view life as a responsibility. What I mean is that, as a human being with consciousness it is our responsibility to actually live life. I know that I am not explaining myself as good as some of the gurus out there but I hope that the sentiment makes at least the smallest amount of sense. Talk to you soon!