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#142471 - 02/16/08 07:33 PM A Wet Baby Shower
Edelweiss Offline

Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 4136
Loc: American living in Europe
This afternoon my oldest son and his wife held a baby shower at their place. It was also an opportunity for us to see the baby’s room, and admire some new furniture.

Everyone was just getting settled in, ready to dig into the cake, when my DIL’s mother let out a scream from downstairs. Their brand new water boiler in the cellar sprung a leak, and the entire cellar was 2 feet deep under water.

The entire family (about 15 people) formed a chain, sort of like an ant colony, passing books through the cellar rooms and up the stairs to the front hallway. Then we rescued Christmas and Easter decorations, boxes of shoes, old lamps, picture frames, huge cartons of stuff stuff and more stuff. The fire department came to pump the water out, and the company that built the boiler inspected their damage. They squeezed by us, scratching their heads at the sight of giggling adults in the face of disaster. My DIL’s dad is a cut up. He started making up songs to fit the situation. I haven’t laughed so much in a while; just had to share with you all. Gee now I know where the word “Baby shower” comes from.

#142473 - 02/16/08 09:08 PM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: ]
meredithbead Offline
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Registered: 07/07/03
Posts: 4894
Loc: Orange County, California
omigosh what a mess! I'm glad everyone was able to deal with the disaster in a productive and not-panicky way.
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#142474 - 02/16/08 11:26 PM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: meredithbead]
ladyjane Offline

Registered: 08/22/07
Posts: 1761
Loc: Southern Maine, USA
These folks actually lucked out in erfect timing....having a house full of helpful guests and people to lighten the mood as all this was going on....a memorable time for sure! Ohhhhh, but what a mess. My husband's garage is currently a wading pool due to the lovely storm....wish you'd all come and help laugh, at least!
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#142475 - 02/17/08 07:26 AM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: ladyjane]
gims Offline

Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 3404
Loc: USA
WOW, even though it wasn't the best thing to happen, it does sound like you all had fun...
Was everything saved?

#142476 - 02/17/08 07:30 AM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: gims]
Edelweiss Offline

Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 4136
Loc: American living in Europe
Other than some soggy books, most of the stuff was saved. Has anyone else experienced a flooded cellar? It really is the pits...almost as bad as a fire.
We had a flooded cellar once, and it took a month to dry out with fans going day and night. Our insurance covered everything...and then some. We got some nice new furniture for the hobby and fitness room at their cost. So it was a bit of luck in an unlucky situation.

#142477 - 02/17/08 12:14 PM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: Edelweiss]
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
Good grief...what a situation! But you all made the best of it, I can tell. So...they gonna name the baby H2O?

#142478 - 02/17/08 01:55 PM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: jawjaw]
Anno Offline

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 4434
Loc: Minneapolis Minnesota
I love that this turned into a giggle fest rather than something else. Way to go, girlfriend. Sounds like a great bunch on in-laws.
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#142479 - 02/18/08 02:00 AM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: Anno]
Dee Offline

Registered: 06/27/05
Posts: 2561
Loc: Alabama
Hannelore...doesn't surprise me that you guys made lemonade out of have the most incredible positive spirit of anyone I know...and you've surrounded yourself with the same kind of optimistic, happy folks...way to go!!! When's the baby due?
"They will be able to say that she stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away....and surely it has not.....she adjusted her sails" - Elizabeth Edwards

#142480 - 02/18/08 08:21 AM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: Dee]
Edelweiss Offline

Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 4136
Loc: American living in Europe
Haha JJ, right H2O standing for; Hannelore the Second Oddball.
Dee...that's sweet of you to say, but we have our stress moments like every family. Maybe I should talk about those as well, but I sometimes prefer ignoring them.
The baby is due the end of this month. I can't get over the ultrasound pictures. They are so clear. We can see already that he/she resembles my son to a tee. It's incredible.
I hope it's a girl. The parents want to be surprised.

#142481 - 02/18/08 06:02 PM Re: A Wet Baby Shower [Re: Edelweiss]
Dotsie Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
Another grandchild for Hannelore. Can't wait to see all the pictures! You'll have to cahnge your photo to one that has a child on each knee.

I can't imagine having soemthing like that happen with a home full of company. What great sports.

Yes, our basement flooded once. We pulled up all the carpeting, had to replace the bottom of the walls (talk about tricky) then got a brand new basement which I now love!
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