Sunday, September 29, 2013

Catching Up

I skipped a week on the blog.  GASP!  Don’t think I haven’t heard about it from the select few who I consider my ‘die hard readers.’  I had no clue what was in store for me last week at work when I didn’t get a post written last Sunday.  If I had known how the week would end up then I might not have crawled out of bed last Monday morning.

Nonetheless…let’ss back this thing up two weeks to Monday, September 16th.  The 16th was the big kindergarten lunch party.  It was the first day we could eat lunch with our kids at school.  They have all parents wait a few weeks to let the kids get acclimated to school.  They had the gym set up with 10 rows of tables and the classes all came in 10 minutes apart.  Will’s class was the first class in so we got to sit with him and his classmates and all their parents.  I ate lunch with Will and Drew just visited with us.  We spent a nice 30 minutes with Will and his class.  His class left at 11:40am and we headed out to the hallway to wait for Lindy’s class, who came at 11:45am.  We did the whole thing again with Lindy except this time Drew ate with her and I just visited with them.   Both kids were very excited to see us.  We weren’t the only ones who did it twice.  I know of two other parents who did the same thing we did and then I’ve heard there is a set of triplets but I haven’t seen them and don’t know who they are. 

Not much went on during the week.  I sold both of the kids’ old cribs/toddler beds last week and Lindy’s baby/toddler bedding.  It’s been sitting in our house taking up room since they got their new furniture.  It’s nice to have it out and make some money, but it was kind of hard to see it go.  Seems like they should still be in cribs!

Friday morning I volunteered in Will’s class for his science special.  The classes are so large they are asking for parent volunteers during certain specials.  Will didn’t pay me one bit of attention but it was nice to get to see all his classmates.  Friday afternoon Drew picked the kids up and headed straight to Mooresville.  It was the first time Drew had been. I came after I got off of work that day.  We went out for Drew’s first ride on the boat.  It was a pretty sunset.  We docked the boat and walked up to their house to see the progress.  We headed back to their house and went out to dinner and then Drew headed home.  The kids and I spent the night with them. 

Saturday morning, Drew’s mom came up to the lake to visit.  Our plan had been to take her for a boat ride but the stinking weather prevented that.  We kept checking the radars and we decided to go try a short ride around 11:30am.  Dad had gotten the cover off the boat and we were headed down the hill when it started raining.  Everyone headed back inside and I helped Dad get the cover back on.  It rained, lightly, the rest of the day.  We ended up going out for lunch and rode around downtown Mooresville to a furniture store and an ice cream parlor.  Not a boat ride but we enjoyed the afternoon together.   The kids and I headed back to home around 6pm and it was horrible.  The steady rain all day turned into a mess on the highway.  I was so glad to get home.

Sunday evening we had a concert at church by the Rain Jackets band.  They play old 50’s and 60’s music and they are awesome.  The kids danced their tiny little hineys off.  I was practically on the ground laughing at them.  They were the only two out there most of the time but that didn’t stop them.  Will had dance moves I have never seen.  It was so funny. 

And now onto this week.  Thursday night was one of our three big fall fundraisers in my office.  I knew it would be a busy week but I didn’t realize how busy it would be.  I worked till at least 8:30pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.  I hadn’t prepared myself for it and was shocked!  I was not a happy person most of the week.  The actual event was Thursday night and I got in bed around 1am that night.  LONG WEEK!  The event went well but it was a lot of work leading up to it.  The Honorary Chair for our event was Joey Cheek, Olympic Gold Medalist, from Greensboro.  He brought his gold and silver medals and it was so cool to hold them!  I held a Gold Medal!! 

I have no clue what my family did most nights.  The kids went with Drew to a youth meeting Wednesday night and then out to dinner with some church people.  They got home late and I did actually get to kiss them goodnight that evening.  I missed my babes this week.  Big props to Drew for taking over this week.

After getting in bed at 1am Thursday night, Lindy woke up crying at 4am.  She said she didn’t feel well.  She had a fever when she woke up.  We brought her to our bed and she ended up throwing up one time.  Mostly drainage I think.  She slept with us the rest of the night – a very short night for me.  She was still feverish in the morning so she missed her first day of kindergarten.  Drew got up and took Will to school for me.  Lindy fell back asleep so I got ready. I had to run by work but then I headed to school because I was signed up to volunteer in Lindy’s class.  Poor girl wasn’t even there.  I felt bad not going so I went.  Drew said she perked up some in the morning but around lunchtime she was feeling bad and took a nap.  She ate some soup for dinner and seemed to feel better after that.

Saturday morning we headed down to Charlotte to celebrate the birthday of an old, old man – GrandBob.  He turned another year older Thursday and man is he old!  We had a delicious lunch and had a little cornhole tourney in which Drew and Anna won.  A nice afternoon was had by all.  We came back for dinner and baths and bedtime.

Today we had church and I went to a pampered chef party.  That sums up the last two weeks.  Nothing too exciting has been going on.

Lunch with Will!IMG_2612IMG_2613Lunch with Lindy!IMG_2614IMG_2615Special hats from school.DSC_4373DSC_4374For a couple nights Will set up an exercise class and made Lindy and me participate.  DSC_4375DSC_4378Playing hide-n-seek in Nana and Papa’s house.  Didn’t work real well since there aren’t any walls!  ha!DSC_4383DSC_4385DSC_4386DSC_4391Drew’s inaugural ride and drive on the boat.DSC_4392We saw a beautiful sunset that Friday evening!DSC_4397DSC_4400DSC_4401DSC_4408Last Sunday Will knew someone was coming to look at the baby bedding so he made a sign and was planning to stand outside all afternoon till they got there.  I finally convinced him to just leave it on the front step and come inside!DSC_4416DSC_4418These pictures from my phone don’t do any justice to the dancing.  IMG_2636IMG_2638On the Rock Around the Clock song Will pretended to be a clock!  See the swinging arms?!IMG_2644Dancing with our fave, Ms. Martha!IMG_2645Looking handsome before school one day.DSC_4420Silly goo looking cute but being silly!DSC_4424Me and Joey Cheek!  He was a nice (looking) guy! ha ha!IMG_2663Me, Joey, and my coworkers, Jonathon and Velvet.  Jonathon photo bombed us.IMG_2664IMG_2665Holding real Olympic medals.  How cool is that.  And speaking of photo bombs, this might be one of the best I’ve seen lately!IMG_2666Celebrating the old guy in the middle’s birthday!DSC_4429So old he can’t keep his eye lids open for a birthday picture!DSC_4430Will did a little ninja warrior trainingDSC_4434while Lindy pounded on things.DSC_4435The cornhole champs, Drew and Anna.DSC_4438The champs and a cute little girl!DSC_4439

Anita, Janice, Lynn – are you happy now?!  Smile

Sunday, September 15, 2013

First Boat Trip

The third week of kindergarten went off without a hitch.  It went by fast.  The kids had a couple later than normal nights and it was hard getting them up the next morning.  It’s hard getting them in bed so early.  We aim for 7:30pm each night and sometimes I wonder if that is early enough.

Monday I saw the kids for about 5 minutes while I tucked them in bed that night.  I had a committee meeting that evening and got home a little before 8pm.  It was one of their later nights.  It was basically a “Hi.  Let’s get in bed” meeting that evening.

Wednesday the kids had their first official tardy in kindergarten.  They both had dentist’s appointments at 8:30am that morning.  I’m not exactly sure why they did it but the same hygienist did them back to back instead of two different hygienists working on them at the same time.  It took longer than normal.  I am happy to report that Lindy did the best she has ever done at the dentist!  They were able to get x-rays on her, without gagging and throwing up!  She stayed in the big room with all the other kids instead of having to go to a small quiet room by herself.  She let the hygienist clean her teeth with no crying, gagging, throwing up.  She let the dentist check her teeth and put fluoride on!  She did awesome!  It was NORMAL!!  Will also did awesome – but he has always done awesome at the dentist.  Normally he has to fend for himself because we are with Lindy in a different room.  This time we actually sat and watched him get his teeth cleaned.  Both kids got great reports!  NO cavities!  The dentist said Lindy has a small mouth with crowding but we won’t do anything yet.  She is an orthodontist’s dream!  Thankfully her two new permanent teeth are really small which the dentist said works in her favor.  She said one of Will’s baby teeth is just the slightest bit loose.   I took them to school and walked them to their classes and then headed to see Lindy’s vision teacher, who had asked me to stop by.  I just love her.  I hardly know her but I love her!  I’m so glad they are at the school they are at and she is working with this vision teacher! 

Thursday I went to a volunteer meeting at the kids’ school and Thursday night I had a reception for work.  The senior vice president of research and global initiative at the March of Dimes was in town and speaking at a conference on Friday.  We, along with the two hospitals in town, hosted a reception for him Thursday night.  I thought he was awesome!  It was fascinating to hear all the research the March of Dimes is doing.  It’s awesome to hear where all the money we are raising, personally through our Million Dollar Babies team, and professionally through working at the March of Dimes, is going. 

While I was at the reception the kids were at my friend Katie’s house playing with Micah and Claire, while Drew went to the first PTA meeting of the year and then on to curriculum night.  Unfortunately there was only one of him and he had to pick a classroom.  He ended up choosing Lindy’s class because we probably need to know what’s going on in her class more than what is going on in Will’s class.  He said it lasted an hour and Lindy’s teacher just told them all about the day and their schedule and all kinds of information.   He stopped by Will’s class and picked up information about his class.  I wish I could have been in two places at one time!  The kids had a blast with Katie and the kids and Drew said they didn’t want to leave!

Drew talked to Lindy’s speech teacher on Friday afternoon and she said Lindy is doing really well.  Speech is definitely one of her therapies I was interested to see whether it would change.  She said she is making all her sounds, except a silent ‘th’.  She said she probably wouldn’t discharge her but she would be lowering her frequency a lot.  She was wanting more info on her vocal cord paralysis as well.  She did say Lindy was a delight to work with, which is always nice to hear.  We do have her first IEP with the new school scheduled for Wed. Sept. 25th.  Those are always a good time – ha.  Friday evening we had dinner at some church members’ house and boy it was awesome.  Soup, salad, main meal and dessert! We were stuffed when we got home!

Yesterday we headed to the Wake Forest football game with Bob, Suzette, and my parents.  Ed and Jamie were there as well.  We grabbed something to eat on the way and had a small tailgate.  It was chilly in the morning but it ended up being hot in the afternoon.  Wake was losing for most of the game and then had a chance to tie it with 4 seconds left in the game.  Too bad the receiver dropped the ball in the end zone.  ugggg.  It’s going to be a long season for the Deacs!  After the game we went to a surprise birthday party for our neighbor Doug.  He was turning the big 5-0.  We headed out for just a little while.  We didn’t stay long but they kids had fun playing with all the fun things. 

Today we had church and then the kids and I headed to Mooresville for our inaugural ride on the my parents’ boat.  The whole family was supposed to go but as we were packing the car, Drew locked us out of the house.  I randomly had the spare set of car keys in my purse.  The kids and I went on and Drew got to stay home and wait for a locksmith and do laundry.  The kids and I enjoyed our first ride on the boat!  We all got to drive, some with more help than others.  It was chilly again in the morning so we didn’t do anything water related.  Although once again it got hot in the afternoon.  The kids didn’t love having to wear life jackets the entire time but oh well.  We tried a little fishing and never even got a bite.  We’ll give my dad awhile longer to find the good fishing holes.  We gave the kids a quick bath and we ate a quick dinner and then we were on the way home.  Very short trip.   The kids were already in pjs and they hopped right in bed.

Here goes another full week.  Hopefully with early bed times and not so much going on in the evenings!

Until next week…

Trip to the dentist!IMG_2586Hanging in the x-ray room!IMG_2589Yay!  Acting like a big girl!IMG_2590Rock star like always!IMG_2591Our local March of Dimes staff with Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson, senior vice president of research and global initiatives.  IMG_2592Lindy was reunited with her buddy, Sparky.  He’s been sitting behind us at the football games for 3-4 years now.  He loves Lindy!IMG_2594Setting sail!DSC_4348DSC_4350DSC_4351DSC_4354First chance getting to drive.  He really liked driving.DSC_4355Watch out!  She wasn’t real interested in driving.DSC_4363She did like the binoculars though.DSC_4364Patience is not my kids’ strong suit.  Hence when we were fishing there was a lot of “Leave it alone” going on!DSC_4367DSC_4368DSC_4370DSC_4372IMG_2608Taking her for a spin!IMG_2610