And a big congratulations to Rico! He has completed his Certified School Business Specialist training in Accounting “which is one of the highest standards of professional ethics and competence for school business staff.” He even got a write up in the local paper 🙂 http://www.auburn-reporter.com/news/262782481.html#
He can now use Rico Lopez, CSBS as his signature!

We’ve been hard at work fixing up the house. When Rico gets motivated, he likes to get projects done in a hurry. This was done on Mother’s Day…

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After completing the fire pit out back, we invited the neighbors over for some homemade Cochinita Pibil (Mayan Pulled Pork). I had to practice for a few days to be able to even say it but it was delicious!

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We’ve also been dealing with a minor house emergency. On the morning of Friday May 30th, I came downstairs after a shower to discover the water heater leaking. Water flooded our laundry room, hallway and the office/storage room downstairs. We are so grateful we caught it before work. I can only imagine the damage it would have caused if we’d come home after work to find it leaking all day!

Our neighbor happens to be a flood recovery specialist so after I woke him up at 5:15 in the morning, we were able to get the plumber out here to replace the water heater. Insurance covered everything except the cause of the damage. So after all said and done, we were out of pocket the water heater and a $250 deductible (our deductible is $500 but Liberty Mutual gave us a credit for our labor of moving everything out of the damaged areas and mitigating the damage). I wouldn’t say LM was great at initiating the claim – took them 5 days total to assign us an agent (they promised 24-48 hrs) – but once we had an agent, the process has gone pretty smoothly. Now all we’re waiting on is the flooring replacement. The material has already been delivered and is currently adjusting to our house climate. Scheduled for next week.

Ironically, the office/storage room that got flooded is actually a room we were planning to have the flooring replaced in anyway so this just expedited the process. And with that, it’s reenergized Rico and now we’re renovating the downstairs. We’re in the process of taking down the drop ceiling. We plan to repair the drywall that the original owners chose to cover with the drop ceiling so that will open up the rooms a lot.

The other major plans include getting the electrical replaced – whoever lived here before did a crappy job of rewiring – and refacing the fireplace.

Rico wants to do some before and afters so those will be coming soon 🙂