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Link up with Mrs. 4444 if you're fragmenting today!

I haven't been here in a while, because Friday keeps sneaking up on me! I know it's already late in the day (hell, I've already posted a Saturday meme), but I figured I might as well unload the week's "stuff" that I never got around to posting here! So off we go...


On Sunday, we did our re-take of the trip up north, 4 hours to Chantilly, to play Laser Tag for a mystery shop. The things I will do for this job! We left around 1300 this time, so that we would arrive in plenty of time for our 2030 requirement. Once we got just outside of DC, I missed a turn and got all kinds of lost. I was looking up the directions on my iPhone (love it!) while Rob was looking them up on his handheld GPS (hate it!). We had differing routes, and we were sniping at each other. It was no fun. But finally we found the right track (thanks to my phone) and did a little celebration dance. We had three hours to kill, so we went to this Guatemalan restaurant for some grub. The kids had snacked all the way up in the van, so only Rob and I ate there. Good stuff!


Finally it was time to go play Laser Tag. Here we are in the Debriefing Room, awaiting our instructions. 


And this was after we played, as you can tell by Sophia's cheeks and my sweaty hair! Oh, my gosh, it was SO fun!!! If they weren't so far away, we'd go back there in a second. I had such a blast! Rob and Jack played a second game by themselves while the girls and I hung out in the lobby, and again, the little guy had a ton of fun. In the end, they all decided it was worth 8 hours in the car for an hour and a half of playtime!

On Monday, Rob took Jack to his Cub Scout meeting. That night, the Webelos II bridged up to Boy Scouts. Jack didn't care about that part, he was just happy they had an ice cream party afterward! The rest of it totally escaped him. Typical!

On Wednesday, I had a lady and her helper come clean our house. It had really gotten out of control, and it was beyond my powers (or desire) to whip it back into shape before Easter and my dad and his new (5th!) wife's visit next week. I had to pay a not-small fortune to get it done, but it's been SO worth it. And I've been after everyone like crazy to keep it that way. At least until Dad leaves, please!

Also, between Tuesday and that day, Weds., I must have done more than a dozen loads of laundry. Stacey (my sis), if you're reading this, you'll be so proud of me: I got everything folded AND put away, too. Except for Rob's stuff. He's on his own there. I mean, it's folded and put in neat piles, but at the moment I can't access his side of the room. But yay, otherwise!

Thursday, I was supposed to go to Sophia's Spring Fling, a party at the preschool. Only, I got stuck with a bad, terribly painful gas attack and couldn't do anything but lie down! It sucked, I was in total agony all day long. I hadn't felt "right" all week, and this just compounded the problem. Seriously, I could barely walk, it hurt so bad. At night, I finally sent Rob out for some Gas-X, after confirming that I, as a gastric bypass patient, could take it. Ahhh, that's how you spell relief!

Today, Friday, I was supposed to sub for kindergarteners for the second half of the day, but I got sick all over myself in the shower getting ready and felt completely awful once again. I didn't know if last week's stomach bug had returned, so I called in, not wanting to get the sweet little babies all sick. I pretty much slept it off for most of the day, until Rob came home around 1400. 

After school, we went out and did three lunch/dinner mystery shops in a row. Eventually, the kids all ate well, and then we came home and took a lovely walk around the park, with the dog.

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On our walk, we rounded a large part of the lake and then got back to more ground. Chloë, 8½, exclaimed, "We found land!" and Sophia, nearly 5, shouted out, "AHOY!!!!" 

Sophia came home from a basket full of eggs and candy from her school party yesterday. She gave everything out to all the kids from the bus, and then she whined to me, "I only have one left!" I asked, "Well, why did you give them all away, then?" She replied sweetly, "I wanted them to be my best friends!"

Aww. ♥

Jack, 7, brought me a Bic lighter - you know, the long ones for lighting candles? - and asked, "Is this an extra one?" because I already had another one out. I said, "No.. it's not an extra one, it's just another one." He seemed relieved and said, "Good!" "Why is that good, honey?" I questioned him. He answered, "Because! I don't want to run out of fire!"

No, we surely don't want that...

In the car, Jack was hitting and kicking and otherwise being mean to Sophia. Sophia turned to him and said angrily, "Jack, your body is NOT being nice to me!"

So that's it. Hopefully I'll catch FF a little earlier next week!


Saturday 9: Hurts So Good


Link up with Crazy Sam if you're playing along today!

1. Tell us about the last time you really got hurt.

I don't know. I'm always getting hurt. I'm such a klutz!!

2. What's your oldest possession?

Um, my right ovary, I guess. Or is it left one I still have? I can't remember.

3. Do you have any phobias?

Mustard. Stuff makes me scream. Seriously, it's scary.

4. What values did your parents instill in you?

Let's not go there. I pretty much raised myself.

5. What are your plans for Easter?

Church. Hide eggs and baskets for the kids. After that, I'm not sure what we'll do, but I'm hoping it's something outside.

6. I like sun more than snow.

Okay? Me too, but they're not mutually exclusive.

7. Tell us about 3 fads from your teenage years.

Hmm... Sky-high bangs on girls, Beavis & Butthead, and WWJD bracelets

8. Tell us what is the most important attribute in a lover.


9. What new piece of technology have you resisted buying and what would it take for you to change your mind?

A Blu-Ray player (although I got one on my new computer, I never get OFF my computer for the kids to use it!). It would take a Hi-Def TV practically falling in our laps before I'd bother getting a Blu-Ray player.


Reportin' To Grandma

I've been meaning to post, but I'm just so tired by the end of the day. That's a good thing; normally I'd be up 'til all hours, but lately I've actually been falling asleep at relatively decent hours. So, yay!

On Tuesday, Rob and I took the kids to the Naval hospital, where their pediatrician is. Chloë and Jack needed camp physicals, and Sophia needed one for starting kindergarten. My baby's going to kindergarten, omgosh!

So, especially for Grandma's sake, here are my notes:

Jack, age 7

- Weighed 32.0 lbs and was 100 cm or 3'3½" tall; BP = 92/60

- Turned in the ADHD paperwork on him (questionnaire that both his teacher and I filled out), and although Dr. A. still has to score it, it will most definitely be "positive," so in one month, we have a follow-up appointment to discuss care and treatment and all that good stuff. I'm to look up the drug Concerta and see how I feel about that. And of course, when I say "I," I really mean "we." I'm strongly thinking that rather than needing to be drugged so he can behave "appropriately" at school, maybe the school environment isn't a good fit for him right now, and I can teach him at home...

- He had fluid in his ears that needs to be re-checked in one month, and he has a referral to Audiology to make sure his hearing is okay. He clears his throat all the time and snores badly, so we're going to get all that looked into at the next visit.

- Has a referral in to physical therapy for a follow-up on his ankle boots, which he sleeps in at night. I'm not sure he's due for a follow-up, but I forget, so I had Dr. A. put one in just so I can make sure whether he's supposed to be seen.

- He also has a referral in to Ultrasound to verify the location of his right testis, which has been MIA for a few years now. Dr. A. thinks he found it last June/July at his check-up then, but now he can't quite find it again! (And I'm sure he's going to love that I put this on my public blog 20 years from now.)

Sophia, age 5 minus 2 weeks

- Weighed 42.0 lbs and was 112 cm or 3'8" tall; BP = 104/66 (a bit high today)

- Has to go in the early morning, after fasting, to have labs drawn. She needs her blood and urine sodium drawn to make sure everything is normal there, since she drinks a LOT, and there is a strong family history of diabetes (adult-onset, though). She also needs her cholesterol tested and a full panel done to check on the high Blood Pressure, since there is also a strong family history of cardiac disease.

- Also has a referral to Audiology for a hearing screening

- 20/20 vision in both eyes!

Chloë, age 8½

- Weighed 39.4 lbs and was 113 cm or 3'8½" tall; BP = 93/55

- 20/30 vision in both eyes (WITH glasses on); she and Jack are both due for a new eye exam.

- Has a referral to Dermatology to get that cyst on the back of her head melon-balled out (my term)

- Also as an ADHD follow-up visit in 1 month, since he's certain her paperwork will score "positive" as well


- Also for Chloë, I'm going to call today and get her an appointment with a child therapist. There are some issues that I feel warrant attention. Rob wants me to wait until her ADHD visit, but I think she needs to be seen sooner. I did not discuss this with Dr. A., mainly because I didn't think of it at the time.

So that's the news on the kids for now. Might be back later with more posts, but I have to go get ready soon to visit Sophia's preschool "Spring Fling." Should be fun; wish I could take pics!