Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer reading

The second grade edition

If I were to give the girls the option of either reading for 10 minutes (aloud or to themselves, which, according to Anna is called reading in your brain) or working on math facts, the unanimous answer would be READING.  So while we may have failed slightly to keep the math facts flowing this summer, reading has not been an issue.  There have been weekly visits to the library and a steady rotation of books scattered about the house.  It's funny because the girls don't struggle with math at school but they just don't like it.

Last month, Allie discovered the Magical Fairy books and based on how many of them have been checked out to our family, it's safe to say that they're pretty popular.  With only 5-6 chapters, they're an "easy" read and even though the girls know what's going to happen (fairy loses critical object, fairy enlists help of two girls, two girls help fairy retrieve object from Jack Frost's evil goblins, order is restored across the land), they keep on reading them.  I think I should write Sarah the Tax Return Fairy because that book doesn't seem to exist.

There've been some Oliver Moon books floating around and Emily has read quite a few American Girl Doll books.  They had checked out the Isabelle book from the library after they had seen the movie and Emily said she didn't know if she wanted to read the book because she had seen the movie.  No, no, no.  I told her the book was always better than the movie and so she read the book and agreed.

We've had a few nights where Anna has stayed up until 9:00 or later reading.  She's usually the first one asleep too so that's been a surprise.  Not something I encourage but it's made me smile.  And last weekend, I could hear the girls in the playroom with Rich while I was upstairs taking care of laundry.  I  thought they were all in there but I found Emily like this. . .

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School starts soon!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sewing Season and vacation thoughts

Sewing season.  Similar to tax season but with less drama.  Blogging for me may be spotty these upcoming weeks due to Sewing Season.  I normally don't consider myself a procrastinator but that's what I've become and so now I need to cram in a whole bunch of sewing for our upcoming Disney vacation.  And why do I torture myself so?  It's for the children.  Think of the children.

I find that with most things in life, I'm more productive if I work on something from start to finish.  If I have to put something down and revisit it multiple times, eh, it's hard for me to get my groove back.  And with sewing projects, it's very hard to work on something from start to finish in one shot.

So here's a bit of what I've recently accomplished:

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Three princesses for three princesses.  These are for our lunch at Akershus in Epcot.

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Anna's Olaf top.

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The top front of Allie's Elsa dress.  You can't tell from the photo but the fabric is sparkly.

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The back.

So we recently had the opportunity to book FastPass plus for our Magic Bands - I'm still working on the new lingo - and it was a bit of a disaster.  Well, not disaster but not the great thing it's supposed to be, in my opinion.  Because we have two rooms and Grammy's the adult in the second room, Rich couldn't add FastPasses for her but he could for the kid that was listed as being in Room #2.  Made no sense.  He ended up having to call to have someone fix it.  Then, of course, the only FastPass that I really wanted was for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet but those weren't available and even if they were, I highly doubt there would be six of them.  I guess my disgruntlement revolves around the fact that we're deciding what rides/events we are going to want to do 60 days before our vacation.  Disney is becoming a little too rigid for me.  I don't like that loss of spontaneity.  But the kids are excited.  Think of the children!        

I finished a book last week that had me wanting to visit Charleston, SC.  It was on our list of potential vacation spots a looooong time ago but then we had kids and that vacation was shelved.  With the girls older, our vacation possibilities are expanding.  Also, if you can't tell, I like to dream of vacations.  Who doesn't?  Virginia Beach is another place I'd be interested in checking out.  What is it like compared to the beaches here?  And I still want to bring the girls to the Florida Keys.  As of right now, we are planning to visit DC in the spring. . .

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Snippets from Falmouth & the Canal

The Falmouth Road Race.

Rich ran Falmouth again this year.  Someone decided that the race should begin an hour earlier, which meant that we had to leave the house an hour earlier, which meant that we had to wake up the kids in order to leave on time, which meant that someone (or two) may have been a bit grumpy.  Rich started rallying the troops around 6:15, which is about 45 minutes to an hour earlier than normal for Emily and Allie.  Anna is our early bird so she wasn't too fazed.  But man, those kids were grumpy.  That was probably the toughest day I've had with them in a long time.  I felt defeated by 9:00 that morning - it was that rough.

Thankfully, I had Grammy along so logistically speaking, things were easier than if I had been alone.  For example, I didn't have to drag three kids into the bathroom with me.  After we dropped Rich off at the bus line, we headed over to the public restrooms in Falmouth Center and then to Dunkin Donuts to pick up breakfast.  Then we set up camp along the race route.

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With Grammy there, I was able to bring Anna back to the van to cath her.  When we returned, Allie was in a naughty mood and I lost it within two minutes.  I finally brought her back to the van with me to get the forgotten cow bells.  I sometimes find that removing her from the situation helps.  And it did, except that she started crying, saying that I was mad at her and didn't like her.  That's their new thing now - if I'm mad, it must mean that I don't like them.  So we had the whole conversation again about how I love her no matter what, even when I'm mad, and then I said, "Let's just forget it ever happened, okay?  We'll start fresh."  She was happy with that.  Later, she overheard me telling Rich what had happened and she called out, "Hey, I thought you said we were going to pretend it never happened."

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Allie moved her chair back because the runners were smelly.  I'm surprised she's smiling here.  I must have heard "When can we go?" 56 times before Rich ran by us.

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That's Emily after touching Daddy's sweaty running hat.

So after we saw Rich, Grammy and I packed up camp and brought the girls to the playground in the center of town.  They were okay for awhile and thankfully, Rich showed up shortly after the grumpiness appeared yet again.  How can one be grumpy at a playground?  Apparently, Allie doesn't like when people swing.  Since when?

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We wanted to stop somewhere for lunch but knew that loitering around Falmouth would most likely mean sitting in more traffic later so we headed over the bridge, back to the mainland and stopped at a seafood shack place for take-out, which we brought across the street to a picnic area next to the Canal.  The girls actually enjoyed walking along the bike path, taking in the sights.  Anna even stated that she wanted to walk to the end.

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One of my favorites...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

A shortage of meds and a concert

Anna's been taking a low dose of bactrim to prevent bladder/kidney infections for about a year now.  She had been bactrim-free for about three years but after that nasty bladder infection last July, her urologist prescribed it again.  I can't say that I was thrilled with that but it's extremely difficult to have a conversation with her doctor because he points out the obvious - preserving her kidneys - and so she has remained on bactrim.  He had originally discussed reducing the dosage and taking her off it after a few months but because we are still working on other things, she has remained on bactrim.

About a month ago, our local pharmacy didn't have enough supply to refill her prescription so we had to go to the pharmacy in the next town over.  And then they ran out.  Apparently, there's a shortage of bactrim.  Who would have thought that possible?  I don't know why I'm surprised given how we've experienced cath kit issues.  Although, I think that had more to do with the incompetent supplier.  So, because of the shortage, Anna's prescription was changed to a daily low dose of amoxicillin instead.  I sometimes feel like it's a lose/lose situation.  We don't want to risk another infection but who wants their kid on daily antibiotics?

Last Friday morning, Anna had her bi-annual urology appointment at Big City Hospital.  Rich and I drove in with her so that we could both attend and then I could head off to work.  The appointment consisted of ultrasound scans of her kidneys and bladder and then a follow up with her urologist.  The good news is that her kidneys look fine and he did agree to reduce the amoxicillin in-take to every other day.  The could-be-worse news is that he wants a VCUG performed, seeing as the last one was three years ago.

Rich drove Anna home after the appointment, worked for a few hours and then drove back into the city for our once a year date night.  The Goo Goo Dolls, along with Daughtry, were playing at the outdoor pavillion, which has changed names numerous times, over in the Seaport area.  Now that I think I know where my office is moving to, we checked that out too.  (Not looking foward to the new commute, unless it's shorter than my current commute, but I have a feeling it won't be.)  We grabbed dinner at Jerry Remy's restaurant because it had the shortest wait time - 45 minutes - and then headed to the show.  We missed most of the opener - not much we could do about that. Daughtry was good and of course, the Goo Goo Dolls were the best.  My kids know who they are because they're my most favorite band ever.  The first time I saw them live was December 31, 1998. On a whim, I flew out to Arizona for a New Year's Eve show and the love has never stopped.

I was so tired that I was in bed, asleep by 8:30 Saturday night.  Yesterday was Falmouth Road Race Day (Rich ran) and I finally finished the top of Allie's Elsa dress.  I thought I had the lace trim that I wanted to finish the bottom but I don't so that project's on hold until I can get to the store.  I hope to have some Cape pictures posted sometime this week and maybe some sewing projects, if I can wrap up something (anything!) without needing to go to the store, which I never have time to do!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

There's always something

On swearing:

Allie:  "Why did you just say a bad word?"

Me:  "I didn't say a bad word.  What did I say?"

Allie:  "The S word."

Me:  "No, I didn't."  (I didn't.)

Allie:  "Well, sometimes you say it in your head.  Don't you?  I can tell."


On boy bands:

Allie:  "In One Direction, is there a guy named Harry?"

Me:  "I have no idea.  Why are you asking?"

Allie:  "At the party, S, K and T were talking about One Direction.  'Harry's my favorite.  Harry's my least favorite.'"

Me:  "Oh."

Allie:  "I said, 'Who is this Harry person?'"

Me:  "That's a good question."

Allie:  "I think they should be called Zero Direction."


On wearing work clothes while I'm not at work:

Anna:  "Aren't you going to change clothes before we go get ice cream?"

Me:  "No.  We don't really have time.  I can just wear this."

Anna:  "But the workers are probably going to wonder why you look so fancy."


On playing Barbies with Emily:

Anna:  "She's supposed to be a worker at the snow cone place, not catching people jumping off the building."

(Apparently, the applicant had to pass a series of challenges, including catching bungee jumpers, before she was offered a position at the snow cone place.)


On fashion:

Allie:  "I'm a purple skirt kind of girl."


On technology:

Allie:  "Don't you know that the best way to communicate is by talking.  Not texting.  (In a mimic-like voice) I'm going to text this person.  I'm going to text that person.  He hasn't texted me back yet."


On band names:

Emily:  "When I was little, I thought that the Goo Goo Dolls were dolls, like the ones in It's a Small World."




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