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A very dusty weekend

There once was a crazy lady who decided to remove her fireplace.  For the sake of the children, of course.  Because six of them, and the occasional big kid, all had to cram onto 1 couch to watch animal planet.
 It started with a bang, back in Feb.  But the unseasonablye warm weather, drove the family outside for yard work, and house facelift work. Now, with weeks of 100 degree heat, the crazy lady has moved the work crew back inside to get busy finishing this project.
 Once all the brick was removed, the crazy lady and her knight thought, simple, just slide the thing out---right?  There is a reason why, after tornadoes, you still see fireplaces standing.  The thing was fastened in with metal straps, all around.  The pipe, which appeared to be an easy "unhook it" job, had another pipe running up through it.
 We were going to give the insert to a friend, who wanted it for their basement.  Sadly we had to cut the thing apart with tin snips, and take the whole top and pipe assembly out in pieces.
                                                               FINALLY OUT!!--this took about 4 hours.  The simple "slide it out" turned into an all day job.  Everything was covered with dust, and lots of it.  Even after I cleaned, it seemed to still keep coming from somewhere.
 Gross!  There was a chip wrapper and a Pepsi bottle behind the fireplace....a glass Pepsi bottle.....from 1989.
 Now the crazy lady's hubby has to frame the hole and put up new sheetrock----yay---more dust!!
He also has to patch the hardwood floor.  Truly a knight in shining armor he is.....the things he does for this crazy lady.....just so the children will have a place to sit=).
 Avery was sooooooo excited about taking her new Bible to church Sunday!
And in total randomness, here is Kristen's front bumper.  She hit a dog, and it cracked her bumper.  She had black duct tape on it for a while, but gunk stuck to the sticky stuff, and it got to looking gross.  So my very creative (and maybe a little odd) daughter, drilled holes on either side of the crack, and laced it up--how clever=).

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