Friday, June 16, 2006

Today was another great day! Not only do I not feel drugged and depressed, but I have made my official announcement that next fall I will not be making the school run! I talked to A, Pastor's daughter in law, and I will be picking up her three boys( one due the end of the summer here I believe) a couple days a week when she goes back to college, and with an infant it will just be too hard to travel like that. There is a bus that comes close by to pick up kids at the daycare center and Miss M's preschool papers said that a bus was available for pick up and drop off at different daycares so we figure that it won't be much out of their way to come and get Mr. C before school and drop him off as well. That will save me much time and aggrivation (since my car was actually hit while I was parked and waiting for the kids after school one day!) and money in gas, not only running back and forth, but keeping the car running for heat in the winter or cool fall or spring days. And I get to have a baby in the house again! It's been a few years since I have had a little baby around!
This has also been a good excuse for me to go out and find some good deals on the city wide garage sales this weekend! Since I have not had any little babies around for a while I had given most of my tiny baby stuff to my brother in law and sister in law when my nephew and niece were born since I was not using them and they needed them. We have found some good deals, an almost brand new battery operated swing for $5 for A, I have one almost exactly like it (the seat cover is a different pattern) in the basement. I have also gotten a few toys and teethers and things, some baby spoons, and what looks like a handmade little afghan to lay on the floor for the baby, as well as a little baby gym. My Grandma also bought a little baby gym once she heard that I was looking for baby things....I had told her that I already had one, but that's Grandma....oh well! And of course I have found a few things for myself, a couple sweatshirts, a couple t shirts, and a nice sweater as well as some toys, computer games and a couple movies for the older kids.
K took me out for supper tonight. A local restaurant has a Friday night buffet and it makes both of us happy, he can get his fill of meat and potatoes and I can have some of that plus a good salad bar! It is about $20 for both of us to get the buffet and a large Mt. Dew. Not too bad for a couple times a month. A friend of ours works there too so we pick on her while she is working, making sure she is working hard instead of hardly working!
K has to work tomorrow morning, that will give me a bit of time to sleep in, work on some Sunday School, and get a shower before we go out to do some more bargain hunting and possibly to a local perrenial nursery to get some more plants. Like we really need those! I just can't resist after touring the place Sunday afternoon with the ladies from church! I found some plants I just LOVE! One of those is the Gallery Pablo Dahlia, it is gorgeous! I am thinking that there will be a few more plants we will have to come back with as well, but that one is one of my favorites. I will have to take a picture of all the plants we have around the house just to show you all how much we really don't need them, but like I said they are so pretty, and I am really liking the look of the place with all the greenery and pretty blooms around. It really makes it homey!
Practice is tomorrow night too! I LOVE Friday or Saturday night practices! No one is in a hurry to get back home because they have to get up early in the morning(most of the time) and we get to singing different songs, not just the ones we are working on for Sunday morning, and Pastor plays some different things on the piano as well as making up his own songs to sing! It really is alot of fun, and I love spending that time with my extended and adopted family! Alot of times we sit and just visit afterwards as well. Music is just such a huge part of my life that this is all just so comfortable and enjoyable. I believe that Pastor will have a few songs for me to look over as I have not chosen the song that I am going to sing for special music at the end of the month either! I am seriously concidering changing dates with someone, I am just feeling so rushed. Unless Pastor has something that really calls to me anyway......I can't wait for practice!
Well, I need to check out the computer games I got for the kiddos so I guess this is all for now. Hope you all have a great weekend! Big hugs!
a rare shot of brother and sister together! Posted by Picasa
Monster having fun at the park Posted by Picasa
and Mr. C gives it a try Posted by Picasa
More monkey business with Miss M Posted by Picasa
fun in the sprinkler Posted by Picasa
Miss M the monkey Posted by Picasa
Just relaxing Posted by Picasa
Burying our toes in the sand is fun! Posted by Picasa
Look out! Posted by Picasa
One of my favorite pics of Mr. C Posted by Picasa
Miss M playing with the chimes at one of the parks Posted by Picasa
Even Monster wants in on the action Posted by Picasa
Mr. C giving it a try Posted by Picasa
Our new favorite hobby, going up the slide Posted by Picasa
playing with the kids at the park this is what I look down to see.....thankfully he is only plastic, or I wouldn't have been sitting there to take the picture! Posted by Picasa
Teacher getting pied on the last day of school because the kids surpassed their goal in raising money for a local cancer walk Posted by Picasa
Mr. C with his awards on the last day of school Posted by Picasa
Casey the watchdog Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I went in for my two week checkup on my foot yesterday. The Dr. seemed encouraged that the pain was getting better, but wants to continue with things as we have been doing because I still have some pain and quite a bit of swelling. I did talk to him about my feeling quite drugged with the prescription that he had given me before. I told him that I do daycare and it was quite hard to feel so drugged and sleepy and that I had been doing alot of sleeping and just not feeling like myself. He asked if I had some of that medication left and I said yes, because I hadn't taken it Tuesday or Wednesday because I had cramps and didn't think that it was wise to mix the Motrin I was taking with the other med. He asked me how much of the Motrin I was taking (2 pills at 100 mg each) and he told me that he would prescribe me a stronger dose. A few minutes later I am walking out the door with a prescription for 800mg of ibuprofen 3 times daily! I think I am going to stick with the schedule I had before of taking the pills twice a day, maybe even once a day once the pain has gone a bit more. I also have three refills available to me. What we do next is up to me, I can go and see a podiatrist and see what he has to say or we can keep things as they are. Well, since we just got the first round of paperwork for my first Dr. visit and xrays and it looks like we have to pay $130 and we also have to pay for K's tux rental and things for the wedding I think we will be keeping things as they are for now. We are looking into how much the insurance will pay for a podiatrist's visit, my Dad says that they won't pay much if they mark it as a referral, so we'll see.
I am just so glad to be feeling like myself again, not drugged and tired. I would start feeling normal again and then it was time to take another pill. I was quite thankful for the feeling once or twice this last weekend, but for the most part I HATED it! I have to tell you that I can't take the adult doses of Nyquil or Benadryl, the last time I took the adult dose of Nyquil I slept for 18 hours!!! K kept coming up and poking me and making sure that I was still breathing! I think that was part of the problem with this med too. The ibuprofen has been working just fine with the two doses that I have taken so far, as well as helping to take care of the cramps so I think this is a win win situation here.
I am also still struggling with the situation with Monster's Mom. She didn't come until 5:45 to pick up Monster Tuesday night (no phone call no nothing) and said that it may be late the next two nights as well. I reminded her that my policy is that I am done at 5 and she said that I should bring Monster up to KK (the daycare center where she works) at five, but K and I discussed it and I do NOT want to be getting her into that habit that I just drop everything and bring her up there either. Some nights it will be impossible, like tonight I will have L and T and it just will not be physically possible for me to buckle her child up in the car and drive her up there. I know no other daycares that do that either, and this is my job and not my life. I would like to have a life after the work day ends and be able to spend a little time with K before we are off to whatever activity is going on that night, and be able to eat a meal with him before 11pm! I should not have to sit here and wait for her to pick up her daughter anywhere between 2:30 and 6! Not to mention that she shows up between 20-30 minutes early to sit and visit before she actually leaves for work and wants to stay to visit after work the same amount of time; and if we have to speak on the phone for any reason....that's another hour to two at the least usually. I am just about ready to tell her that I can not watch Monster any longer, I just can't take it anymore. She reads whatever is on my computer screen and spends time studying my calendar if she comes over to the computer desk and just generally makes herself at home in my home. She asks to know other families' schedules and makes little comments that just get under my skin. Like last night she was five minutes or so after five (not so bad) and made the comment that she "hoped that I could live with that" and is always complaining about their money troubles but then proceeds to tell me that Monster has satellite tv in her room and how they just bought her new outfits and books, they have four vehicles; one being in collection and a couple other bills being in collection but we can spend money going out and on lots of other things that really aren't necessities. I also hear that she sends her up to her room to her room to eat and watch cartoons (she's 3 and a half) while Mommy folds laundry or does whatever downstairs. She wants me to potty train her, but doesn't work with her at home, wants me to work on giving her a big girl cup and not the sippy but doesn't work on it at home with her and continues to send her with a sippy every day! I can't help her if she won't continue things on at home! URG URG URG URG!!!!!!!!! It's no wonder that she acts up the way she does!
K's brother gets married in one month! The wedding is coming up quickly and they still don't have a pianist! I don't think that B has gotten his measurements for his tux either. I need to get working on the cross stitch that I am making them for part of their gift, there is NO WAY that I will get it done in time for the wedding, but I will tell them that it is coming.
City wide garage sales are this weekend. I took Monster and went to a few. I picked up a couple of sweatshirts with the local school team on them and a little magnetic dry erase board and a nice sweater. I got the kids a couple of games, a stuffed toy, and a couple of books. I'm sure that we will be checking some more out after K gets off work and throughout the weekend as we do enjoy just wandering and seeing what is out there if we get anything or not. The hunt for the deal is part of the fun!
Well, Monster is down for her nap and I need to switch some laundry so I guess that is the end of my complaining for now. Hope you all are having better days!
Big hugs!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Well, life around here has not been boring by any means! May 31 I went up to the clinic to have them take a look at my foot. It had been bothering me a bit while I walked, mostly at the Fitness Center and then the pain would seem to fade through the day, and after I worked at some friends' daughter's wedding and being on my feet for the better part of six hours it was pretty swollen, and swollen into my ankle as well and the pain was pretty much constant when I walked. I figured he would say it's just a muscle that's tight or something pretty much just send me back out on my way again and all would be well. I almost cancelled after making the appointment figuring it would be a waste of time and money......
Well, he looked at me and pushed and prodded a bit and he hit a spot on the heel that I about sent him rolling across the room in his little wheeled chair as I kicked my foot out in response to the pain! He had me stand on it and made a face and told me that he was going to send me to xray because it could be a couple things. I went to xray and had SEVEN xrays done! One of both feet, and then different views of each foot alone. First xrays of my adult life and I get seven! I take them back to the dr. and he looks at them and calls me out to show me and I see very plainly that I have one very nice arch in my left foot and one slightly flattened arch in my right foot. He says that I am breaking down the arch in my right foot and I need to get rid of the flip flops for a while (:( ) and get inserts for my shoes with a good arch support. I have also been wearing one pair of sandals, my Dr. Martens as they have a good arch support, and you just can't go cold turkey and not wear sandals in the summer!!!! It's bad enough that I have to give up the flip flops! Seriously, I am going to have to take a picture of all the flip flops that I own! They have been a staple in my summer wardrobe! I have plain, everyday ones, ones with fleece fabric tied on, eyelash yarn tied on, ones with sparkles, ones with higher soles, green ones, pink ones, purple ones, you name it! Anyway......the dr. also put me on Relafen, which actually I ended up getting the generic, 750 mg for 15 days, and I have to go back on the 14 to see if he wants to change any thing or keep things the same, or who knows what.
The worst part, well besides the pain, is that this medicine really makes me sleepy! I am so ready to be off of it! I am praying that he will not decide to continue it at the next appointment, or I will be asking if there isn't something else we could try. I hate that drugged feeling! Especially with the kids around!
Speaking of the kids...they have been ornery!!!! Yesterday Mr. C would just NOT behave for anything! He was rude and obnoxious, mean to the girls, and sat in time out more than he EVER has here! Today he beaned Miss M with a dinosaur toy and cut her nose. Is the day over yet?? Please???