Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Yesterday- we ordered glasses for Miss Emily. Glasses. Huh? I was just taking her to the opthamologist to confirm my suspicions- that she is perfect in every single way and the occasional eye crossing is nothing to worry about. POW! Before I knew it we were discussing transition lenses, protective coatings and styles. Apparently, she can't see well. At all. Especially out of one eye. I had her eyes checked as an infant (only because Allyson had such horrible vision problems) and she was fine. 4 years later, no longer fine.
Needless to say, she looked adorable in the frames she ended up selecting. It is not a big deal, heck even I am blind as a bat, but I just didn't see it coming, AT ALL. Now we just have to wait the week for them to come in- meanwhile she asks every 23 minutes if it's time to go get them yet. It will be a long week.
Then today, BOOM! Braces for Allyson next Tuesday. Obviously we are not morons (totally) and we knew this day would come, but next Tuesday? Holy smokes- there is no time to waste apparently. The orthodontist began using terms like skeletal deformity, 8MM deficiency, and a ton of other blabbity blab that basically boils down to alot of moving and a shaking going on in her little mouth over the next several years.
We got spacers today, lots of xrays, molds and casts- and an appointment for the actual braces in less than a week. This week be a week of tortilla chips, carmel corn, gum and corn on the cob for Allyson- because her days are numbered (apparently for real- 7).
So it is obvious. I need a job. As an orthodontist. Or an opthamologist. Or both- an orthomologist. Because the 'ka-ching' is just ringing in my ears. Called Dan to share the brace news- he said not to call him anymore- my calls are too expensive : )
So- you are wondering what is next- BAM! Dan's schedule, which is wacky crazy lately, was switched back to days this week. Thank you Lord- the past two months have really taken a toll on all of us. The two guys he's been covering for are back, and all schedules returned to their previous 'normal'. Until yesterday, when management decided to allow his entire department to rebid.
What this means is they put up all the shifts that are available to Dan's department, and in order of seniority they all get to pick the one they one. In years past, they do this annually, each person picks the same shift they have always had. So no one really changes, but they just confirm that they have what they want.
This time- one of the guys who is getting to come back to his job picked Dan's time (8am-4:30pm mon-fri). So- now one more guy gets to pick his time before Dan and the only person with less seniority that Dan get to pick.
Apparently choices that are left are 3pm-11:30pm mon-fri, 8pm-4:30am mon-fri or 6am-2:30 tues-sat and vacation coverage (his shift will switch to cover whoever is vacationing that week- if anyone). Obviously- the lesser of all the evils is the 6am one. We'll have to see what shakes out. But YUCK! Apparently when the shift picking is all done they will go into effect immediately and will be how it is for a year.
With our enormous farm crop- my vote is Dan focus all his energies on our land. However, upon further examination, even if we sell all of our 12 tomatoes for $10,000 each and our 3 squash for $15,000 each (which I believe might be possible)- we would still need his insurance because our kids are sucking us dry.
So for now- I will suck it up and be a big girl, and Dan will continue to provide for us through whatever craziness God (and that stinky colored acronym that affords us our life) has planned for our family.
Long Live the Craziness!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I suppose it hasn't hit me yet that Allyson will be turning 9 years old this week. The time really has flown by, as cliche as that sounds. The kids birthdays always make me
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This one made me laugh this morning too- Emily was mid 'Achooo!'
(I had this perfectly spaced- checked it over and over- and I do not know why it is all muffled together. Sorry- just imagine that there is a space in between each 'thought')
Friday, September 26, 2008
Happy Birthday Mom- my most faithful blog reader and biggest fan!
We love you! Although I can't understand why you won't take us up on our offer to take you out for a nice relaxing dinner on your birthday???? Are you afraid of these smiling faces?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Might I just say that Dana and Lori have a great front porch on their house, nice and big- runs the length of their home. And they are out in the country, so it's also peaceful. And they don't have little bitty kids anymore, so there is the absence of brightly colored toys strewn all over the yard (don't get me wrong- but you know what I mean- it will be nice to just have weeds all over the grass again someday). My three loved the chance to frolic with cats. We don't have cats (dan's allergic) so they really really really like getting to visit them.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We start in the waters building. "Penguins, Penguins". Sam decided that this is the mommy penguin, right there to the left. And the one on the right- that's the grandma penguin. I'm not sure why- there is probably a reason floating around in his busy little head- but heck if I could figure it out. Perhaps it was the strange thing she was doing with her head and her bottom? (no offense grandmas : )
So that is it, our morning at the lionless, tigerless, (walrusless) zoo. Still fun.
We then rushed home to meet Stanley Steemer so that he could make our carpet cleaner. And he did, yeah!
By the way- Baby Mama (movie) was not the laugh till you pee your pants knock out I was expecting. Cute, but just not up to my expectations. Good thing I got it from the $1 box!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I noticed on a plastic toy frying pan this evening that sam was playing with that it was stamped on the bottom. It said "Do not heat". Huh. Makes you wonder, doesn't it.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Allyson drew from the time she could hold a crayon. She has always loved to draw, and still does. This picture above was her drawing of our family when she was the same age as Emily. Interesting to see the difference in how they draw.
I like that she drew me with a waist. Thank you Allyson.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
No beach for us- way too rainy and windy (thanks Ike). But we still got to visit lots of shops, enjoy our beautiful hotel room (with cable, yeah!) and play in the pool of course!
Sam learned how to jump in, and yeah for me, he prefers to do it without his floatie ring. So I spent the balance of my time following him around the pool waiting for him to jump in. No warning, he would just jump. Scary child, no fear. Yikes. He didn't even mind when mom missed him and let him sink to the bottom of the pool.
South Haven is my happy place. Even if Ike was there too. And even if the greedy corporate mongrals are moving in (there's a Quiznos there now, yuck!) Don't get me wrong, I like Quiznos- in the mall. Not in my happy place. Don't worry- I'm writing them a letter.