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Archive for April 2008

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Posted on: April 21, 2008

I got tagged by Emily Page.  Posting these both here and on my new blog.  (Yes, I’m still plugging that thing!) I’m not going to tag anyone because I haven’t been reading many blogs lately. But if you want to do it, go for it and let me know via comment below!

1. I auditioned for the part Reese Witherspoon played in The Man in the Moon.
2. I started out in college as a nursing major but decided I couldn’t deal with it. The irony? That’s what I’m planning to go back and get a degree in now. I should have stuck with it.
3. I am almost 100% self taught when it come to computers and the internet.
4. I enjoy photography but get bogged down in the “it must be perfect” attitude and rarely pick up my camera these days.
5. I am a good planner but am terrible with follow through.
6. There’s a whining toddler sitting on my lap and yanking on my shirt because he wants to nurse. I’m trying to wean, so I’m going to get up and get him a snack and cup of milk instead. Hopefully he’ll go for it!

Six rules if you want to join in:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Today was preschool Sunday at the church where J goes to preschool.  His class sang 3 songs and he did such a great job!  Sadly, no pics or video.  I hate to post something like that with other people’s children without permission, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  I have other thoughts about the whole thing, but I’m going to leave the opinion stuff in my new blog from now on…this one will be just for W family news so you can safely hear about us without hearing my opinion on everything from politics to parenting. 😉

We took our first trip of the season to the ice cream store downtown and throughly enjoyed it last night.  J had a chocolate ice cream cone, which ended up all over him and his clothes…not to mention the picnic table we ate at in the park.  Wish I had pictures, but I didn’t take my camera.  I loved saying “I told you so!” to D…he insisted on bathing J before we went and I said I thought it was a bad idea.  I was right, because he had to have another bath when we got home!  The mama is *always* right.

Today was the day that J had the evaluation/screening for kindergarten. He scored very well, nearly a year ahead of his actual age. He’s definitely ready and will be starting at an advantage, which is what I hoped for by waiting an extra year before he started school. I spoke to one of the teachers regarding the sensory processing disorder and was reassured that they’ll work with him to make sure he has no major problems stemming from that. I also spoke with the nurse regarding the vaccine exemptions again and it was great to not get a lecture regarding our choices…she took it all in stride and we discussed options for us should there be an outbreak of something that is vaccine preventable. She’s also going to get additional info for us from the immunization coordinator and give me a call. I was *so* impressed with her and the way she discussed it with me. I’ve heard horror stories and was prepared to have to defend our position but luckily it was unnecessary.

So now we’re just about ready…I still need to get his health assessment done by our pediatrician and I also plan to do a dentist and eye doctor visit before school starts. I cannot believe my baby is starting kindergarten!

Go ahead, do it.  See if this blog comes up.

I was looking at the search terms that brought people here and kidney stones is one that comes up over and over.  If you add up all of the kidney stone related searches, it overshadows all of the other ones that bring people here by a huge margin.  So I decided to google kidney stones and see where I fell…but I went to page 25 of the Google results and still didn’t see myself, so I gave up.  Seriously, I know I talk about them a lot but to find out that so many people are arriving here because they’re googling kidney stones?  It’s a little surprising, especially considering the google results I just got when I googled kidney stones myself.

Anyway…those stats are always interesting to me.  Sometimes a bit scary when there are several words put together that I know *I* would never put together myself!  I try to keep myself mostly anonymous for safety, but I find I’m getting a lot of hits from people locally and I wonder if I should just be open about who I am.  I doubt anyone from around here would even recognize me, though.  We’ve been here 2 years and still know almost nobody.  D knows people from work and we know some of the neighbors, but beyond that we’ve been fairly anonymous anyway.  I would like to meet some more people here, but is blogging really the way to do it?  I’ve been fairly opinionated on some of our local establishments (Crapplebee’s, anyone?) and I worry that becoming less anonymous might open me up for backlash.

Then again, I’m probably not as anonymous as I’d like to think I am.  Probably anyone with a little time on their hands and some know-how could figure out my full name, address, and who knows what else just from this blog.  As much as I try to stay anonymous, I just don’t do a very good job of it!

And speaking of kidney stones, I am experiencing significant pain and I’m pretty sure there’s another one on the move.  I’m avoiding the urologist right now because we just don’t have the extra money for another surgery.  But I’ll have to give in soon because when I broke down and took some drugs the other night, I realized I’m running very, very low and several of the old bottles that I’ve been hording have now expired so I can’t take those anymore.  That does not bode well for my weekend…

Today is our seventh anniversary, so here’s a little sample of what we looked like way back when.  We look a little older now and I’ve put on some weight, which I guess is to be expected considering I was on the amazing “find out your dad has terminal lung cancer 10 days before your wedding and oh yeah, you’ll also be losing your job sometime shortly after you return from your honeymoon” diet.  It worked, but I’d rather not lose weight that way.  (As it turned out, my dad died on May 4, which was also the last day I was employed.  I got very fat that summer.)

Speaking of weight, I am down 5 pounds with SparkPeople…and I’m not even doing a great job!  But I am paying more attention to what I eat and I’m trying to get more exercise.  It must be working, so I’ll stick with it.  If you want a referral let me know and I’ll send you one.

Last night, we had a conversation that went like this:

J: I want to get you guys a present for your anniversary.

M: I would love it if you just listened to me and did everything I asked the first time I asked it.  Do you think you can do that?

J: ……………….

M: J?

J: Shhhhhhhhhh…I’m thinking if I can.

W Family Players

D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!