Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Third Grade Player Pitch Baseball...

is seriously scary stuff. Seriously. That's all I have to say.

Audiologist Results...Updated

The test results from Hannah's last screen were confirmed this morning. The good news is that her nerves are in great shape. This means that, under the right circumstances, she can hear very well. The bad news is that both ears are so filled with fluid that it's not letting her eardrums vibrate the way they should. Both ears are really bad, but her left is the worst of the two. There were almost no vibrations at all in her left ear. Slight in her right. The audiologist told me that this amount of fluid could absolutely cause speech problems since, to her, it sounds like she's hearing people under water.

I called our pediatrician to schedule an appointment to discuss the results and they had availability this afternoon! More updates to follow.


We saw the pediatrician who told me that Hannah does have an ear infection and way too much cloudy fluid in her ear. They've started her on another course of antibiotics and we go back in three weeks to see if it's cleared up at all. She said that they don't want to rush straight to tubes because it's so invasive.

So, when we go back in, they'll check the fluid levels in her ears and do a re-check of her hearing (they have the equipment in the office). For now, we're in a holding pattern to see if the antibiotics work. If they don't, well, I guess we'll see.

This is a Little Scary...

I guess we're supposed to get some storms Thursday afternoon and evening. This is a little scary since it's still three days out. Of course, because it's three days out, it could be completely wrong. We've been pretty lucky and it's bound to catch up with us sometime. This is from the Storm Prediction Center regarding Thursday's storms...

Somewhat tightly clustered severe outbreak is possible--including supercells with large/damaging hail and possibly significant tornadoes. At this moment...consensus of various models indicates portions of eastern Kansas, northeastern Oklahoma, and western Missouri may have the maximum overall potential. Uncertainties precluding greater probabilities involve the track and intensity of surface low and related low level forcing & the northward extent of most favorable return flow moisture.

Thank God for safe rooms.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekend Update

I had my Women's Retreat this past Friday and Saturday. It was hosted by the church that hosts my MOPS group. The theme was Loving Well by Beth Moore I had never been on a retreat before so I wasn't sure what to expect. What was kind of funny was that I was more concerned with the fact that I knew the food (and, wow was there food) there wouldn't be on my diet. LOL! (I managed to do pretty well, though. I only gained .4 pounds from Friday's weight and still managed to be down almost 6 pounds for the week!) All in all, it was fun, insightful and I've become better friends with some of the girls. I'd love to do another Beth Moore study. She's crazy funny.

I got home late Saturday night and got to hear about how the rest of the family's weekend went.

Mike took the kids to Topeka on Saturday for a Tae Kwon Do tournament. Long story short, they were good competitors. Hannah managed to pout her way into a trophy and the boys were skunked. They seemed to have a great time, though. They got together with some other families from our TKD school before, during and after the tournament which, I'm sure, was a good thing for Mike. Oh, and Mike took 2nd in form and 3rd in sparring. Not bad, I think.

Tomorrow, Hannah has her appointment with the audiologist. I talked with some girls at the retreat about it and I was surprised how many have had similar things happen. Luckily for them, it was easily fixed with ear tubes. Of course, my mind is going through every possible scenario for this. At this point, I just want to know what's going on, how bad it is and what we can do to fix it. Of course, it could turn out to be nothing. I should be happy that this appointment is happening so quickly after the first diagnosis. Otherwise, I would have driven myself completely insane.

We're supposed to get a freeze tonight. The kids and I brought all of the planters inside and covered up the marigolds I planted last week. I thought about covering some of the perennials and the zinnias (I can't believe my zinnias came back up!) but decided that if they've made it this far, they should be okay. I might pay for it...oh, for crying out loud...I need to go cover those up too.

I'll let ya'll know how Hannah does tomorrow. I need to go get some sheets out of the closet.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Surprising? Yes and No

Hannah had her speech screening this morning. She had an awesome time and thought that it was just the best thing ever. She was testing for a little over an hour while I was in a holding room with other parents. When she was done, one of the testers brought her back into the holding room to meet me where I was told that she passed her vision test with flying colors but failed her hearing test. Huh. She completely failed in her left ear and only partially failed in her right.

I think the tester thought I was going to freak out because she immediately starts telling me that Hannah could have misunderstood the directions, it could just be a fluke, etc. She then told me that they'd like to have her back for a more comprehensive test next Tuesday. Not a problem. We'll be there.

It would explain a lot about her speech patterns if she does, indeed, have some hearing loss. What's kind of shocking to me is that I'm not really upset about it. There's a touch of guilt for not having it checked out before now, but even that's a fleeting guilt. I can't wait to see what happens next week...it could be anything from there is no hearing loss to she has significant hearing loss. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Shady to Say The Least

I took Hannah to her doctor's appointment (kindergarten physical) this afternoon. When I came home, I looked through the caller-id to see if anyone had called and not left a message (like Dad does! LOL!) This strange Navigata number came up. I called the number back and asked the guy that answered why he was calling. He told me he'd look it up. He was looking for an Andrew (some last name). I told him that he had the wrong number. He told me that was fine, he'd take my number off his list. What's funny is that I blocked our number (*67) before calling, so unless he had a number block un-doer, he was making crap up.

I didn't feel good about the call, so I Googled the number which is, 646-383-1481. You would not believe the crap that came up on these guys. Apparently, they are "debt collectors" (in quotes because they really aren't) and are trying to get social security numbers and money from people. The scary part is that some of the people on the complaint site that I found said that these yahoos actually had their names, or the names of family members, already. It wasn't always some random name.

So, if 646-383-1481 or Navigata comes up on your caller id, DON'T ANSWER IT!!!! If you do answer, don't give them any information, especially your social security number! They are just looking to scam you. They won't leave a message when the machine or voice mail picks up.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rain, Rain Go Away...

It's raining...again. As of 10 minutes ago, we've had 1.5 inches today. It's so wet out here that many of the farmers are becoming concerned that they won't get planting done. I hope we get a break soon. The good news is that usually the rain comes with thunderstorms...which is really awesome.

Hannah's teacher, Mrs. M, asked if Ruby could come and visit her class this afternoon. I said that it was no problem. So, Ruby was demoted from first grader to preschooler. We have a little cage that we used to take her to Daniel's class and she's grown so much that she barely fits in it anymore. We knew that she had been growing but had no idea just how much. She didn't seem to mind all of the kids and was just as happy after coming home as she was before we left, so I guess that's a good thing.

Oriana's feeling better now. She's back to only occasionally needing to go out and back to hiding out under the kitchen table during meals. I didn't really miss that part. At least she's stopped pooping on the floor.

Hannah and I got a little planting done today. We cleaned up some of the beds and put in some double marigolds. I think they look really nice. What's shocking to me is that my zinnias from last year seem to have re-seeded themselves for this year. I have a ton of zinnias coming up. I'm going to have to go through and thin them out. I'm just so excited to have so many things coming up in the garden beds. I'm not going to have to plant much in the way of annuals at all. Still trying to figure out what to put in my hanging baskets this year. I wonder how impatiens would do in them. Hmmm. I've still got some time, though.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An Overdue Post

After meeting Gary on Saturday, Mike hired a sitter and took me to Amor de Brasil.
Who knew that Brazil even had it's own cuisine? LOL! Anyway, it was very cool...there are a bunch of guys walking around with meat on swords. They give you a card...one side's red and the other's green. When you want more meat, put your card on green and the meat guys line up at your table to give you more. They had 15 different kinds of meat...all of it was awesome. You would think that they would be stingy with the meat, but they weren't. As soon as one person flipped their card to green, it became a meat mad-house. It just wouldn't stop! We walked out of there so full, it was hard to walk! Mike and I were saying that we wouldn't be surprised if the meat guys chased us into the parking lot with Mike screaming, "flip the card to red!!!!" LOL! So tasty...we can't wait to go back.

Oriana hasn't really been eating her food lately, so Mike thought we'd try a new bag of food. We gave it to her on Saturday and, ever since, she's been pretty sick because her stomach's not used to eating as much as she has been. Loose doggie poo is not something that's fun to clean off of the carpet. She's also been begging to go out many, many times per night, which really, really sucks. It's like we have a newborn all over again. Last night seemed really bad and it didn't help that the weather radio went off at 12:30am for a thunderstorm warning. I took her out, after turning off the alarm, and checked the radar to see what was coming (yes, I'm that much of a dork) and headed back to bed. I was disappointed because it seemed like all we got was lightning, so I fell asleep. Not long after, Oriana had to go out again. So I took her out again. Somewhere around 3:30am, I heard Mike say something about her needing to go out again and that he'd already taken her out 5 times. Fortunately, she seems to have gotten better because she's only needed to go out a couple of times today and she seems to be feeling better. I literally picked up a case of carpet cleaner from the Oreck store (along with some pet pre-treater) and have been going to town on the carpet all afternoon. It's just so gross. Ugh.

On a side note, I guess the big storm came while I was sleeping...everyone at my MOPS table this morning said that they had been up most of the night with scared kids. Thank goodness our kids sleep like rocks. I hear that it had the whole thing...lightning, thunder, hail, wind. Dang! I missed it!

Today is the last day of my prep program and I go to nutritional counseling tonight. It's been hard these last three days. Although, today is much easier than yesterday. I'm forcing myself to eat because I'm just not hungry. I don't know if that's a side effect or what but if I see any more meat, I think I'm going to be sick (doesn't help that we had that meat-fest on Saturday!). I really don't even crave the carbs anymore...it's just more inconvenient than anything else. I don't miss the soda either, which is nice and I do get to have coffee (so no caffeine headaches!) They wanted me to go in yesterday and I was already down 3 pounds. I just can't wait to go tonight so that I can get some regular food back!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I Know This Won't Mean Much To You...

But Jacob and I got to meet a local celebrity today. I've been a huge Weather Blogger for our NBC affiliate. It's cool because you get to chat daily with the meteorologists there. We found out earlier this week that Gary Lezak, the NBC Chief Meteorologist, would be making an appearance with his "weather dog", Stormy, at our Price Chopper. Jacob and I were so there. It was very cool because I had mentioned yesterday on the blog that I would be there to meet him and he told me that he'd have Stormy do a trick for me.

We got there and I introduced myself as "Barbara from the blog" and he got all excited. "Barbara!" He said. "Give me a hug!" After the hugs, he asked me to introduce him to Jacob and then called someone over to take a picture. "We've got a blogger over here! We need a photo now!" He said. I then hand that guy my camera and ask him to take one for me as well. (click photos to enlarge)

Gary Lezak, Stormy the Weather Dog, me and Jacob

Then he says, "I told you that Stormy would do a trick for you." He calls Stormy over and has her do a couple of tricks for us and for the crowd. There wasn't a whole lot of room, so these were the best photos I could get.

Gary then tries to give a treat to Jacob so that he can have her do a trick, too. Jacob refuses, so he hands me the treat. He tells me to have her sit and then shake. I have her sit and then she does shake. Gary took this photo for me right as she was shaking my hand. You can see the treat in my left hand.

He gives me another hug and told me to keep blogging. Oh, and can I e-mail him any photos that I took? LOL!

It was awesome to finally introduce myself to Gary. What was even cooler is that he knew exactly who I was. He seemed to be really excited to see me and definitely spent more time with us than with everyone else. Jacob just thought it was cool to be able to meet his "favorite weatherman." So awesome.

Friday, April 18, 2008

School Days

Poor Guillermo. Today was our day at school for Animal Show-and-Tell. He was the animal picked to go. I tried to get Daniel to take the hermit crabs but he told me, "the crabs are boring! I want to take Guillermo!" So, off we went to school this morning.

He howled all of the way to school. And all of the way into the building. Interestingly, he stopped once we got inside. I signed in and headed to Daniel's class. Guillermo was not happy about the 20 kids that descended upon him and tried to hide under my arm. Daniel was thrilled to answer questions about him and found it even more fun to call on his friends to take questions. Fortunately, it was only a 10 minute ordeal and he easily went back into the carrier. Once we got home, he immediately ran from me and hid for about 30 minutes. After that, he was fine and back to his normal self.

I also had Hannah's parent-teacher conference this morning. Hannah adores her teacher and it seems like the feeling is mutual. Mrs. M just gushed and gushed about Hannah and what a great girl she is. Apparently, she has some of the best fine motor skills in her class (she was able to cut out a tracing of her hand...I thought Mrs. M had cut it out for her!) and does well with the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. She also has lots of friends in every class. Mrs. M said that most of the kids know the other kids in the school but aren't friends with them the way that Hannah is. She is, indeed, a little socialite. It is so nice to come out of a conference feeling good about it all.

In The Words of Daniel...Whaaaaa???

I've been hearing that there was an earthquake in Southern Illinois last night. Apparently, we were able to feel it here as it shook buildings in the area. I felt nothing, but that doesn't mean anything. I was just wondering what the Illinoisans felt...and Sue since it appears she was so close (I could be wrong). I hope you are all safe!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

This, That and The Other

We've had a couple big thunderstorms roll through this afternoon. It's days like this that I tend to brave the carpool line since I don't want to have to walk into the school. Hannah and I braved a 5 or so minute hail storm in the van. The whole time, she was singing, "hail, hail go away come on back another day." Which I thought was really funny. When it stopped, she started yelling, "it worked!" LOL!

I got my haircut yesterday and it feels so much better than it had. I did have that reverse bob thing going on for a while and it looked pretty dumb once it started growing out. So, now I have light layers again. I hate layers but I have to deal with the fact that they look good in my hair. The good news is that it's not too much shorter and I can still pull it back into a ponytail. My hair has decided to become all curly so I've been having fun playing with that.

I decided that I've had enough with my weight so I'm going to do something about it. Mike keeps telling me that with Hannah in school all day, I can join his gym, which is fine but I need to do something now. I thought I'd do Weight Watchers again, but the weight came off so slowly and it was just so tedious and impossible for me to keep off (I gained back all of the weight I had previously lost plus 15 pounds so now I have even more to lose) that I decided against it. I have a few friends that have done this program and liked it so I thought I'd give it a try.

Because of the way they're set up, they start you on programs on certain days of the week. I'll actually start on Sunday, which is a little obnoxious since I want to start now. Today, they took my blood pressure (100/80) and weight and measured me (because they don't just count weight). That part was awful. So, for the first three days, I'll be in pre-program mode which will "get you ready for weight loss." The lady told me that it's much like Atkins for those few days but they immediately transition you off of that once you actually start. So, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, I'm supposed to eat 2-3 pounds (yes, pounds) of meat, a couple of eggs, unlimited raw green vegetables, water and an orange. The good news is that I can still have coffee...just no sugar or creamer. They want me to eat a lot. Like constantly. I think I can do it for 3 days. On Tuesday, I go in for nutritional counseling with the nutritionist to get my actual program.

They say that it'll take 16 weeks for me to lose the 45 pounds I'd like to. I guess we'll see. I hope this works because I feel so fat and yuck. Everyone tells me that this is an awesome program. I hope they're right.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We Got Our Answer

Hannah got into full day kindergarten next year. I'm kind of sad about it. She's my baby girl and will be gone all day. :( I think it'll be good for her, though. I keep telling myself the positives...I'll get to help out more in all of their classes since I won't have to worry about Hannah, I can go on field trips, the house might actually get clean (I wouldn't count on it). I just wish I could get over being sad since she's so excited.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Feels Like Spring

After a brief snow over the weekend, it feels like spring has finally sprung. I got out yesterday and mowed my (what is becoming) gorgeous lawn. I must be getting better at it since it only took me 45 minutes instead of 1 hour. There are still a couple of bare spots, but they seem to be filling in quite nicely. Also, the areas that I thought were low spots in the yard are raising up (probably because of healthier grass) and aren't so low anymore. We don't have nearly the flooding in the back yard when it rains. That Idiot Proof Program must actually be working! :) All I know is the yard looks fantastic.

I cut down half of our pampas grass (I hate ornamental grass) today and my arms are killing me. The suck part is that you really have to cut it down every year or it looks really strange. You wouldn't think that it would be that hard to cut back but when it dries it becomes like twigs. I guess I'll finish it tomorrow since those areas look dumb now with half chopped down and half still up. Maybe I should look into getting a chainsaw. That would be awesome.

I also went to Bible Study this morning (love, love, love my Bible Study). And took all three to a playdate this afternoon since they had early release (I stuck around for a mommy playdate, which was great). And took Daniel and Hannah to TKD. And took Jacob to baseball. And then picked Daniel and Hannah up from TKD. And picked Jacob up from baseball. I've been on the go since 7am. I'm exhausted, but I'm wired. I really hate that. I guess I should just be thankful that we didn't have Cub Scouts too. LOL!

We should find out soon if Hannah got into full day kindergarten. I found out at my mommy playdate with Teresa this afternoon that as of this morning, 21 people had signed up for it. 23 is the limit. At 24, they hold a lottery for the spots. Personally, I think that if you have a bajillion kids in the school already (like I feel like I do) you should be able to get right in. Noooo...they have to be all "fair" about it. Seriously, I'm not going to be heartbroken if she doesn't get in, but she might be.

Friday, April 11, 2008

I Feel Like We've Been Through This Before

UPDATE: Jacob's strep test came back clear and he seems to be okay. Yay! Hannah also does not have strep but does have an ear infection (she's been saying that her ear hurts since yesterday). She's also to have nebulizer treatments every 4 hours to make sure her lungs stay clear.

Actually, I feel like we've been through this twice before.

I got a call from the school nurse this morning asking me to come pick up Jacob because he's not feeling well. Oh, and there are two confirmed cases of strep in his class. Nice. Hannah started complaining of a sore throat and sore ear this morning, so we're going to head into the doctor's office this afternoon. If Jacob does have strep, this will be the third time this year. If Hannah has it, that'll be twice for her.

I can't wait for summer.

You Should Hear This

I know that it's the wrong time of year, but I finally found this online and thought I'd post it. Back in December, we went to a third grade dinner after Friday night service at the synagogue. The Rabbi gave a great sermon about Hanukkah that Mike and I were talking about for weeks. I had no idea that our synagogue has a blog of sermons and stuff and it was on there! So, here is the Hanukkah Sermon about the true meaning of the holiday (not the oil lasting for 8 days) from the Rabbi, as we heard it that night (it's the actual recording...at one point, I swear I hear my big laugh). It's really an interesting listen.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Here We Go...

UPDATE: We now have a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:45. We've already had pea-sized hail. Welcome to severe weather season (I love this time of year!)

Severe Thunderstorm Warning National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO 408 PM CDT Thu Apr 10 2008

The National Weather Service In Pleasant Hill Has Issued A

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning For... Northeastern Johnson County In East Central Kansas Eastern Wyandotte County In Northeast Kansas Clay County In West Central Missouri Northwestern Jackson County In West Central Missouri Southeastern Platte County In West Central Missouri

* Until 445 PM CDT

* At 405 PM CDT... National Weather Service Doppler Radar Indicated A Severe Thunderstorm Capable Of Producing Quarter Size Hail... And Damaging Winds In Excess Of 60 Mph. This Storm Was Located Near Lenexa... And Moving Northeast At 40 Mph.

* The Severe Thunderstorm Will Be Near... Mission... Fairway... Westwood And Westwood Hills By 415 PM CDT. Kansas City Kansas And Kansas City By 420 PM CDT. Kansas City Downtown Arpt... North Kansas City And 6 Miles Southeast Of Parkville By 425 PM CDT. Gladstone... Oakview... Avondale And Northmoor By 430 PM CDT. Pleasant Valley By 435 PM CDT.

The Towns Of Roeland Park... Oaks... Oakwood... Oakwood Park... Randolph And Birmingham Are Also In The Path Of This Severe Thunderstorm.

Our first one this year:


230 PM CDT THU APR 10 2008
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 191 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONSKSC003-005-011-013-021-031-037-043-045-059-085-087-091-103-107-121-131-139-177-209-110200-/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0191.080410T1930Z-080411T0200Z/KS.

My weather radio scared the heck out of me when it went off. We've already gotten up to 68 degrees (up 5 degrees in 10 minutes)...the sun is out...now, we wait.

I Hate Days Like This

Hannah caught the cold I had last week. She was up a good deal of the night coughing. Twice, she threw up from coughing so hard. I gave her some cough medicine this morning, which she promptly threw up all over the kitchen floor. Poor baby...she's been hanging out on the couch all day and has managed to take two short naps. I just wish she could get a good nap in. She keeps waking herself up.

I'm all messed up because it's Bring a Friend to TKD night and that's messed up the schedule a bit. Class starts at 6:00 instead of 5:30 and I don't know why that screws me up so much. Needless to say, Hannah will not be participating in class tonight.

To top it off, there's a chance for some severe weather this afternoon/evening. Since last night, we've gotten almost another inch of rain with more heading our way. Looking at the radar, it seems that our little storm is heading straight for Dad, Deb and even Sue. Although, it's not quite as little as it was when we got hit with it. Sorry about that! If the temps here rise much more (we're in the low 60's), it could spark some severe thunderstorms. The wind's picked up quite a bit in the past half hour and the clouds are just screaming by. I guess I should be happy that we don't live much further west and north...they're getting slammed with snow. Don't know if I could deal with that. I just hope it hits after I've picked the boys up from school.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A Blog for a Nice Day

It's really pretty outside today. It's a little chilly, but the sun is shining and there's not a cloud in the sky. I need to start thinking about getting out the lawn mower and giving the yard it's first cut of the season, but I'm putting it off as long as possible. I also don't want to mow while there's still a big puddle in the backyard from yesterday's rain. Once that dries up, maybe I'll think about mowing. Of course, we're supposed to get some big storms tomorrow (thunderstorms, wind, hail, tornadoes), so that'll put it off even longer.

The kids tested for their new belts (high blue for the boys and orange for Hannah...next step for the boys is brown! Then we go to every other testing cycle for them) on Saturday. The three boys had to break boards this time. Mike sailed through his but the boys had some problems. They did successfully break the 1/2 inch board, so that satisfied the requirement. We don't find out the results until next week, but they're all very anxious. I'm sure they did just fine. (Click photos to enlarge)

Mike sets up to break the board.

A photo of Hannah after she sparred.
Mike got to hold the board for Daniel while Daniel's teacher, Master Johnson (in the white shirt and sportcoat), watches on the sidelines.
Jacob sets up for board breaking.

Oriana is seriously pissing me off lately. Hannah and I went to the store for about 1/2 hour this morning and I forgot to put her in the bedroom. Usually it isn't a problem for that short amount of time. However, when we got home, I found cereal bowls scattered around the kitchen and milky cereal all over the floor. I'm getting really tired of her getting into everything she's not supposed to. She's been refusing to eat her normal food lately, in favor of scavenging. She even ate a bunch of Hershey Kisses (including the foil wrappers) from one of the kids' Easter baskets the other day. I expected her to get really sick from it, but she didn't. We just can't leave her out alone at all anymore.

We signed both boys up for Cub Scout Day Camp for a week this summer. They are excited to be going. It's the only place where they can earn their BB Gun and Archery certifications. I don't know if they let Daniel's age do it, but I know they do Jacob's age. I know I loved Girl Scout camp, so this should be fun for them. Later in the summer, Mike and Jacob are going to an overnight Bear Scout camp for 3 days. That should be a lot of fun for them. Our Pack Leader is the head of the camp, so he's been giving me a lot of info about what they'll do. It's also good to know the leadership should something happen.

I set up Hannah's speech screening yesterday. Actually, they don't just test for speech anymore, so she gets the full-on special ed screening. I find it a little annoying, but if that's what it takes to get her in, then I guess that's what I have to do. She goes in to the district office for it on the 25th. I guess it takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. We shall see what happens.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Some Bunny Has a Death Wish

Poor Guillermo. All he wanted to do was take a nap. Ruby thought it would be fun to walk back and forth across the couch...right over Guillermo. Guillermo only snapped at her once. Poor kitty. Ruby needs to watch herself!

Hannah fell asleep (in her princess dress-up dress) on the couch last night...snuggled right next to Guillermo! I thought it was cute.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

So Cool

Mr. L, the school principal, called me this afternoon. I have to admit that my first thought was, "what did Daniel do?" LOL! He tells me that he had just found out that their school will offer full day kindergarten next year and will we want [insert some Indian name here] to be enrolled? I wasn't sure if I heard him say Hannah's name correctly, so I tell him that Hannah would probably love full day kindergarten. He says to me, "why do I have her name as [whatever Indian name]? I have Mike and Barbara, your phone number and [Indian name]. Strange. That makes more sense, though, Hannah is Jacob and Daniel's sister." I'm trying too hard not to laugh and I'm sure he notices. He tells me that he's got her down for it and to ignore any sign-up form that may come home.

A little later, I ask some neighbors that have girls going to kindergarten next year what they told Mr. L. They tell me that they didn't get a call. I then begin second-guessing whether or not what I thought happened actually happened.

I go to the school to pick up the boys and Mr. L comes out to work the carpool line. He stops by me and laughs about the name mix-up. He then asks me if I've filled out anything for full-day at any other school (no), okay, he'll send me the paperwork. I then ask him if he did say that it would be there at the school. He says yes, as long as there's enough interest. Awesome.

Cell Phones and Baseball and Bunnies...OH MY!

Mike was able to upgrade his phone last week. It arrived via UPS on Thursday afternoon. In true passive-aggressive form, I decided to make sure Mike got it...in front of everyone at TKD ("Hey Mike, your new phone arrived today...here it is"). Everyone at TKD knows how unhappy I had been with my 99 cent phone (it worked but was very annoying because it was so large). Well, the next day, Mike came home with a brand new cell for me. He had intended to get me the same model as his but they were out. The next one up was out as well. Soooo...I'm now stylin' with my new Motorola i880 camera phone (my previous phone was an i205, so this is quite a step up). Sweet. It's also the first time ever that my phone is better than Mike's. I love it!

Jacob started baseball practice last Saturday. We didn't play at all last year, so I wasn't sure how he'd do, but he was excited so I didn't think twice about just dropping him off and heading home. When I came back 1 1/2 hours later, I was pulled aside by one of the coaches and told that he cried through the whole practice. I then witnessed him throw his glove on the field and stomp off crying and saying that he wanted to quit (for that reason alone, we don't quit. Sorry but no). In the car, I asked him what had happened. Well, he has a new glove that's not broken in at all and, at one point, it fell off his hand. That led to the other kids laughing. Had it happened to Daniel, he (Daniel) would have been the first to laugh. Jacob felt that everyone was laughing at him and the practice went downhill from there. He said that everyone could do everything "perfect" and that he couldn't do anything right. I asked him if he got to bat. He told me, "yes, but I only hit the ball, like, 4 times." I certainly don't think that's not doing anything right. Fortunately, I know, from experience, that Jacob usually has a meltdown at the first practice and is fine after that. That knowledge didn't make me feel any better when I dropped Jacob off at practice last night.

When I pulled up to the field near the end of practice, I saw that they were fielding ground balls near third base. They had to get the ball and throw it to first. The first thing I noticed was that the other boys were far from "perfect" (I already knew that but it was nice to see it confirmed). I smiled when I saw Jacob, through at least three rotations, run right up to that ball and throw it to the coach at first. No tears, no problems. I was pretty proud of my little guy. I did get a little nervous when I heard the coach tell his son, "if you let the ball get past you this time, you're running 4 laps around the field!" This guy is very serious about baseball (he seems okay with the other kids but is nuts with his own), whereas the rest of us see it as a fun way to kill a summer. I hope we don't have problems.

Ruby got to be a first-grader yesterday. Monday, Daniel took a photo of him and Ruby to school to show everyone. His teacher hunted me down after school to tell me that Tuesday was going to be Rabbit Day and could Ruby come spend the afternoon with the kids? So, after Bible Study, Hannah, Ruby and I headed over to the school. Daniel was so proud as he held Ruby and I told his class about rabbits and how to care for them. What was cool was that even though we just got her on Sunday, I was able to talk about rabbits like a pro. The kids were shocked to hear that fruit (and carrots), to a bunny, is like candy to kids. They had lots of good questions and I had a lot of fun doing it. I had printed up a bunch of bunny facts, some specific to Ruby, and left them, and Ruby, with Mrs. H.

I got to the school a little earlier than normal to avoid the crowd while picking up Ruby. Mrs. H had printed up some pictures she took and showed me a flier she made of Ruby to send home with all of the first graders. Hannah and I then headed back to the front of the school to wait for the boys. I can see the first graders heading down the hallway and immediately look for Daniel, forgetting Ruby's sitting on my lap. Before I know it, I'm surrounded by about 30 6 and 7 year olds wanting to say goodbye to Ruby. Daniel's still beaming. After some prodding by Miss K, they all head outside. I see Jacob and some friends heading down the hallway and now I'm surrounded by a bunch of third graders wanted to see Jacob's new bunny. "Awww...is this Ruby?" I hear more than one kid ask Jacob. Jacob beams. They are all shuffled out the door and we begin to make our way out as well.

Had I remembered that I had to walk past the third and first graders outside, I would have chosen another way out of the building.

We are, again, overrun with children. It took us a good 15 minutes just to get out of there. It was fun, though. Granted, Ruby was not happy with me and hid in her igloo for about 45 minutes after coming home, but she seems okay now. She's such a sweet bunny.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

One Year

Today marks one year since Mom left. I still miss her every day. I still think about her every day. The urge to call her has become an every-now-and-then thing, but it still happens. The kids still talk about her like they just saw her yesterday. I've finally gotten past her last visit in my scrapbook (it only took me a year). But, life goes on...

God arranged a very busy day for me today. He knew I'd need a Bible Study, so He made sure I had one already lined up for this morning. I'm waiting for the plethora of calls, that I know are coming, telling me to get my behind to the church for it. The girls from MOPS and Bible study would like to take me out for lunch but the first graders at Daniel's school are having "Rabbit Day" and would like me to bring Ruby in and talk to all of the classes about her around noon. How's that for timing? Jacob has baseball and the others have TKD...all around the same time. I should have plenty to do to get me through the day...bottom line, if you'd like to talk to me today, call the cell (that would be the new one -with the same phone number -that Mike bought me last week...more about that later).

I still miss you, Mom.