Pull Up Monday

Welcome to our little corner of the web.  It’s been a lot less humid around here lately, so I thought we’d just hang out on the porch today.  Grab a glass of lemonade, and make yourselves comfy.  At some point, we’ll order a pizza, since I don’t think any of us will want to get up once we’re sitting around.

While you’re here, make yourself comfy.  Unburden, tell a joke, vent.  We’re friends here, and as long as you keep your language toward each other kind, you can say what you want.  You can even swear, if you need to, but not at someone else.

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30 Responses to Pull Up Monday

  1. Joy says:

    I will write more tomorrow but I want to state right now, today was the best day I’ve had in a r-e-a-l-l-y l-o-n-g- time. Thanks everybody.

    • Laura says:

      That’s always a good thing to hear. I had a good day today, too. Completely lazy, lay-in-the-sun-by-the-pool-and-read-my-book day. Until I got up and went off the boards with Josh… and tried to do a flip.

      yeah. that flip needs work.

      Where’s the Advil?

    • mssc54 says:

      YIPPIE-YAH-WHOOOOOO!!! So glad to hear your day is off to such a wonderful start!! 🙂

  2. Sue says:

    Less humid?? Where on Earth have you been, Laura?!!! LOL!!! We had THE BEST day today!!!! I love my friends and I love my family 🙂 It was just great!!!!

  3. SKL says:

    Sounds like someone has been having fun! That’s wonderful to hear!

    This past several days have been kinda nice in that the evenings / nights are cooling down. It is such a relief.

    On Friday I took Little A for her vision therapy evaluation. Well, they told me afterwards that it was just the first half of the eval. The second half is scheduled for tomorrow (Monday). They are $149 each and I don’t know if the insurance is going to pay for any of it. I hope I’m not being taken for a ride.

    The eval was interesting and they told me they will probably recommend some therapy. I’m kinda glad even though it will be a pain in the butt and in my pocketbook. I mean, I can tell something is not right with my kid’s visual learning. The ability to read is so important, so if there’s something I can do to make sure that happens for her, I want to do it. But I hope I’m not being suckered into something that really doesn’t work, ya know? It all sounds logical but . . . so does astrology, right? And if it is for real, I feel bad that a lot of kids won’t have access to this benefit because (a) who ever heard of it and (b) who can afford it? Anyhoo, I will stick to positive thoughts for now and report back once I decide whether this is worth it.

    Oh, I almost forgot the best part. They say it seems my kid’s glasses aren’t right for her eyes. That only the one lens is helping, the other is making things worse, and at short distances, she may not need any at all. Huh? Come on guys, I paid $350 for those glasses just a few weeks ago. That’s on top of the ophthalmology bills that the insurance is refusing to pay for. I can’t believe they prescribed a lens that actually makes her eyesight worse. Or is the second doctor full of crap? Ugh. What do I do? Right now, I’m thinking I’ll ask her teacher to have her take the glasses off for “near work” and see if it makes a difference. My kid is going to be so confused.

    Well, last week I set a goal to rearrange some stuff in my kids’ room and bring their stuff up from the basement . I got the room stuff done, and got a start on the basement stuff. There is a LOT of crap down there. Plus the critter smell is back – yuck. I never did accomplish getting contractors to give us a quote to work on our house (plugging the critter holes, among other things). I was trying to do that in May/June but we were just too busy at that time. Now we lost the discount, but I think we should still give it a try. Gotta give them a call. I don’t want my house to be Critter Central for another winter.

    Next week is the last week of swimming lessons. Yesterday I took my kids because Nanny had car trouble. They were BAD. Miss E continues to feel the need to do the opposite of what she’s asked to do. I think it was worse because they were the only kids there. Miss A of course follows Miss E’s example. Halfway through the class I issued a threat and they were better after that. Then on the way home, I explained that if they waste time not learning, they won’t be able to move up to the next class, but will have to keep repeating the same class. That got them concerned. I wish I had talked to them about that sooner. On the positive side, Miss A was very proud of herself, because she jumped into the water over her head (and didn’t die).

    We were then on a roll. Saturday evening, we went to the zoo and the girls were brave enough to look at all the motorized dinosaurs. Woo hoo! (Last time they chickened out.) We also found some fun parts of the zoo that I hadn’t seen before. And today’s big news: Miss A ate a couple of meatballs (made by my sister). That is a big accomplishment as she usually won’t touch red meat with a ten-foot pole. But when encouraged to eat still more, she said “no, I don’t want to get a big belly.” Been listening to the aunties too much! She is almost 4 and weighs about 29 lbs, LOL.

    I’m working on yet another approach to getting my work done during work hours and reducing the stress. On one hand, I know I could be more efficient. On the other hand, what’s the point if it’s never enough no matter how much I do? I switch between feeling like I’m “this close” to getting things right, and feeling like I need to quit my job, take my kids, and move the hell away. And I switch between thinking “what I need is a good night’s sleep” and “what I need is a nice uninterrupted stretch of time – starting at 12am.” Oh well, wish me luck. If I can ever get this figured out, I’d be a lot happier, I think.

    • Joy says:

      I really hope the eye therapy works. I believe it. I don’t know a whole lot about it but I do believe at a young age, eyes can be trained to do things. Also really glad to hear about the swimming lessons. It’s cute that they worried about not getting to the next level.

      • SKL says:

        Today the test they did was . . . well, I really don’t know because they wouldn’t let me stay in the room. They made me watch a video about how vision therapy can help learning problems. Supposedly this is a fairly wide-spread problem and they want parents to advocate for more kids to get tested for them. Then I peeked in for the last couple minutes of the test. They were testing whether my kid still had “primitive reflexes” which they say she does. The OT kind of poo-poo’d my concern about my kid not learning her letters because she is so young, but she also said the mom’s instinct is usually right. So I have to come for yet another appointment next Monday to get the full brain dump from both testers and decide what to do.

        Right now the cable guy is here to figure out what’s wrong with our internet, so I’d better sign off. I hope he isn’t going to tell me that the critters ate the cables . . . .

  4. starlaschat says:

    Glad you had such a good day Joy tats and piercing can really be a fun thing to do. :+) Sounds like good clean family fun. :+) I’m so glad you had a good time. Life is good. We went to the lake last night a last minute idea. We cooked samores over a fire and watched the boats, fished and watched the kids jumping into the lake it was a really peacful night. It was a nice break we both have been busy with TODO lists.

  5. mssc54 says:

    Sort of a bitter-sweet week for us this week. Bonnie goes back to school tomorrow to get things ready for her students. The kids don’t go back until the 18th! So that means I need to arrange my work schedule around doing what needs to be done with the kids and still earning some $$$.

    WHICH ANIMAL KEEPS THE BEST TIME?

  6. Nikki says:

    Yesterday was a great day, for the little time we were out there. I just love going there, it’s so relaxing.

    Today I have 6 kids…well soon I will at noon. IDK why I agree to such madness. I am plain CRAZY! My nieces mom asked me to watch her kids, and she has 4 plus the 2 I have here already. Although I can barely add Bailey to that madness, he helps more than anything.

    I am really looking forward to the weekend, I am turning 30! And I am spending it with the most important people in my life…should be a great day!

  7. Joy says:

    We had such a good day on Sunday and to all of you who thought I was serious, we did NOT get piercings and tattoo’s. I was just kidding and Sue played along. LOL!!!

    We had a lot of fun at the fair last week. The weather cooperated and I was able to go. I loved it. I had french fries and a HUGE burrito. When I got home it occured to me that I didn’t have an ice cream cone! Oh well. I lived without it. I was so full when we went through that building that I thought I’d go back later and then I forgot.

    Yesterday we decided to go to the lake. It was in the 90’s and VERY humid so Toby and Sue called and I called Jason and Nikki. Paul and I went and got food quick and off we went. Toby and Sue’s friends came with their parents WITH a speedboat with all the toys. They tried going behind the boat on the big tube they had and what a success that was. Not only is that thing fun being towed on but they had just as much fun playing on it in the water. Then they had this ski thing to teach kids on. It’s hard to explain. It’s like two ski’s where you put your feet but at the top, it’s connected so their legs and feet stay put. What fun that was seeing the little kids doing that. My heart was just smiling all day long. We ate, laughed, swam and had a really REALLY good time. Grandpa has already looked at tubes chicklets!!!

    I am really beginning to realize that those “best laid plan” deals never work out and all the fun really happens on the fly. What a great day. Way better than tats or piercings!! LOL!!!

    • starlaschat says:

      Sure sounds like fun. Maybe save the tats and piercing for a rainy day down the road. I agree the impomt to spear of the moment things really can be fun. The last couple of times I really felt happy were at unplaned moments. Sunday night watching the sun set at the lake fishing and cooking samores over a fire. The other night I went out to see If I could see the auraboralice I know I didn’t spell that right it was late 10ish I didn’t see any color in the sky but just getting out and looking at the stars with the sunroof open listen to the radio was such a surprising happy moment. Thankful for the happy moments in life. May we have many many more. :+)

  8. Nikki says:

    I forgot to tell you…I want that front porch, chairs and all!!!! That looks like the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cold glass of ice tea, or a cup of coffee in the morning.

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