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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Boys

Just a quick update on the boys here.  It’s hard to believe that I have a 4.5 year old and an almost 3 year old!  Seriously, where did the time go?

Both boys will be starting soccer in April through Happy Feet Soccer Club.  With a little support from the head coach, I managed to successfully get both boys on the same team.  Smile  John will be playing down a level into the 3 year old division which is fine with us because he’s a more than a little timid on the field.  Nathan will play up to the 3 year old division since he’s our rough and tumble child.  The will both be Lions this year wearing blue.  They seem excited (mostly about the prospect of wearing shin guards) so we’re excited for them.

John’s IEP staffing was last week.  It went surprising smoothly.  Almost to the point that I’m waiting for the ball to drop and things to blow up.  Although the general consensus was that from an academic standpoint John does not qualify for the PreK program in the school district, his need for regular peer interaction and intense speech needs outweigh the guidelines for enrollment.  We’ll take Nathan for his PreK screening the first week of May.  Hopefully he’ll qualify for the program as well (it helps that John is already in).  If everything pans out they’ll both start in August and I’ll have a newborn ready to arrive any day. 

Speaking of the baby, tomorrow is the 20 week ultrasound.  Yay!  I had a dating ultrasound about 4 weeks ago and they moved my due date up 8 days.  So middle of August it is.  Unless, of course, this ultrasound tomorrow changes things again.  For now though, the official due date is August 13 and I believe PreK is scheduled to start on August 14.  No problem, right?

Nathan is in the midst of the terrible twos.  Lots of crying and occasionally tantrums.  Although they seem to be short lived, the tantrums can drive me up the wall.  Really, his tantrums tend to be as simple as dropping to his knees and not wanting to stand back up.  This is fine as long as I’m not trying to run out the door to pick John up from school or attempting to get Nathan to gymnastics.  I’m surviving.  But there is no denying that Nathan’s lungs and vocal cords are waaaaay more progressed than John’s were at this age. *sigh*

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Going Strong

The process for moving the playroom downstairs is moving forward.  It’s a slow (and tedious) process, but we’re trekking along. Most of the successes of the past week seem to be based in this task, so here they are…

1.  Finally called the electrician to get power dropped on the far side of the basement.  We also need a few other little electrical things done so hopefully we can officially check those off the list soon. 

2.  Having spent so much time in the basement recently has prompted me to get way more laundry done than before.  I figure if I’m down in the basement I might as well throw a load in.  Low and behold, there was actually one day when all the laundry was done!  I’ve even gotten some of our spare pillows washed.  Yay! Maybe this will be one of those long-term perks of having the playroom in the basement.

3.  We’ve continued to purge toys.  Seriously – how many remote control trucks do two boys need?!?!?!  I’m shocked at how many toys we have acquired in just 4.5 years.  Granted, we’re not great about parting with outgrown toys (because thus far there has always been another child on the way), but I am committed to NOT having 12 of everything in this house!! 

4.  Spent one day making tons of phone calls.  I don’t know how the list of people to call grows on me – but it sure does.  Nonetheless, we now have a free family portrait session, ENT appointment, hearing test, and dermatologist appointment all scheduled. Now, we just need to actually make it to those appointments…..

5.  Bills are paid for the month.  It’s always nice when that is checked off the list.  And since I got everything paid and all the books balanced…I caught an accounting issue.  Good news – it’s in our favor!  Matt’s boss forgot to forward his January expense report to the main office for reimbursement.  So this month we’ll be getting an extra reimbursement check (for a pretty hefty chunk of money!).  We’ll be able to tuck some of that $$$ into our savings for our upcoming vacation in May! 

Bottom line – productive week!  Keep on going, keep on going, keep on going…. 

Maybe if I keep plugging away – we’ll be organized enough to have a new baby in August!