I'm just going to type until I run out of time. So, in completely random order:
- We're going to Ally's first Parent Teacher conference today. School has been in session 6 weeks, and I have no idea what to expect from this conference. Ally has come home with yellow light's (You all know that system, right? green means good, red is bad, and yellow is worth sending a note home and the parking lot is "your child was a real brat today, but by the end of the day, she almost redeemed herself") a couple times and parking lot a couple times, and had to go see the principal once. But seeing as how the kid can't manage to sit still on the side of the pool for 5 minutes and wait her turn while the other kids practice at swim lesssons, I'm a little nervous. Hopefully, I'll get on the computer and manage to let you know how it went
- We went to a birthday party the other day. Before the party (ok, about 30 minutes before. I'm a procrastinator) I took the kids to the evil Walmart to pick a present and a card. Both kdis went, so I planned to let them both pick their own present, but then they settled on a $25 game, and I changed my mind. And then, they wanted a singing birthday card. They love those things. Do you know what they cost? insane. And of course, they each picked out a different one. I drew the line. I told them each to hand them to me, flipped them over to check the price and announced Anya the winner. Ally wasn't thrilled. Of course, I used the Mom-line when I was asked why (Because I said so). She wasn't fooled though. "Because you're cheap?" was her response. It's good to see that she knows me so well.
- Anya stopped falling down. After her (normal) MRI, she just sort of regained control of herself slowly. No more falling down. Virus? maybe. We went to her occupational therapy appointment anyway, but apparently, OT is for gross motor issues which she's not having anymore, and they think she needs to be seen by physical therapy, becuase she might be having a little bit of fine motor skill issues. Maybe. And they might be normal, or they might be related. Who the hell knows? not me.
- I'm a lia sophia Advisor now. Anyone want to have a party? You get fantastic deals on jewelry when you host a party; $15 hostess bonus pieces, 1/2 price items, and at least 20% of your party sales in FREE jewelry. And parties are fun. I love having people over and going to parties. I got tons of display jewelry and now I'm going through my closet in the morning trying to find an outfit ot match my jewelry instead of the other way around. I freaking love this stuff. Beautiful.
- I'm still working my ass off at work. Back a couple years ago, I don't think I would have ever believed it.
- We went to Texas this month to visit my dad. Ally Anya and I rode the train there overnight, and Rob had to stay home and get ready for finals the next week. It was a 15.5 hour train ride, but it wasn't really that unpleasant. I brought food, and we went up to the observation car to eat and look around. We watched DVD's at our seats, and the kids played. The only bad part cem when Anya wouldn't go to sleep, but I've dealt with that before, so I dealt with it again, but half hour later, some asshole wouldn't keep his baby shut up. Now, I know that is at times an impossible task, but I really didn't fucking care. Neither of my kids (or I) could sleep. But we were in the sleeping area. There was a car with all the lights on and everything where people weren't trying to sleep. He could have easily gone there to settle the kid down, but instead, we had to listen to it for a couple fucking hours. ARGGG. The ride back was much better.
And the actual Texas part of the trip was pretty nice. The kids don't get to see my dad and his wife very often, so they were pretty happy. We went to Galveston Island to the beach on Saturday. It was 76 and raining, but, by God (heh, that's funny, but you guys don't know why yet), we went in the water anyway. Ally really wanted to make a sand castle, but the sand was so soaked that it was oozing everywhere. But they had a great time, til we turned blue about an hour later. And, then 30 hour after getting dried off, the sun came out. Of course. Dad found a couple hermit crabs in the sand and showed one to Ally. She immediately screamed and lurched backwards so hard, I just about dropped her into the waves. I laughed my ass off. We fed the seagulls off the ferry and in a parking lot. That went over really well. We even got to see dolphins swimming just off the bow of the ferry. And the ferry bathrooms (3 times! ugh.) I even have pictures.
And then we came back to Dad's and that's where things went downhill a little. See, my dad was under the impresssion that we were all going to go to church with him the next day. Most of you know my dad. He can be a little, um, unwavering. So I talked to Leann about it. (We don't go to church. I have a huge problem with churches for reasons I'm not going to go into here. Rob and I have discussed it many times and are in agreement that until they get older, the kids aren't going either. We'll re-evaluate when they are able to use a little logic. And besides, we had enough issues with Ally after the day care fiasco.) And we talked. And talked. We ended up staying up until after 1 am. See, Christians believe that people who haven't "seen the light" need to be convinced. It's that whole "be disciples of God" thing. So Dad and Leann got up the next morning and went to church. The kids and I barely saw them before they left, and they didn't get back until 12:30. That's 5 hours of our trip that was absolutely wasted. With no toys in the house, and I couldn't figure out how to work their TV. We spent over 31 hours on a train to visit them, and they couldn't carve 1 fucking Sunday out of their lives for us! And I had no idea. Dad knows I don't go to church. We've had (very short) conversatiosn about it. He just fucking assumed that it wouldn't hurt me to expose my kids to something that I'm morally opposed to just because I'm at his house for a visit and that's the way he runs his life. So I was disappointed in that. But not just because of it, but because anyone who knows me well, knows my views on the subject. My Dad doesn't even bother to get to know me. And that I'm not enough of a priority to come before church? Well, that's one of the problems I have with the church concept in the first place. I could go on, but I'm not going to. The rest of the visit was stilted and awkward (at least for me - the kids didn't notice, and I worked hard to make sure of that)
- I went to a Greenday concert. It was fucking awesome. I'm not a huge Greenday fan. In fact, the only music I listen to of theirs in on the radio if it happens to be playing. But high school was filled with hours of car rides and Dookie, so when the kids were at my mom's (or maybe at Rob's mom's? I don't remember) a couple months ago, and I was on Facebook, and mylong-lost friend Jennifer posted a message about having an extra ticket for a night when Rob was going to be on night-clinicals, I decided it sounded like a lot of fun. So we went down to St Louis for a concert. keep in mind that my previous concerts have been; The Police, Heart, Cheap Trick, Journey, and John Prine. Greenday, doesn't really fit in there. But the concert was prefect. The crowd was full of energy, the lead singer (Fuck, I forgot his name again... Billy? Billy Joe? something) kept doing neat stuff like pulling people out of the crowd to get on stage. He got a kid on the stage and gave him a super-soaker. He had a stage guy steal some girls camera and then let her up on stage to get it back. He let someone crowd surf (I bet that guy was pissed, because he was like front-row, and they neatly deposited him at the back of the crowd) The songs were great. I really enjoyed myself. And to start it all off, we ate at Houllihan's, which is related to the Darryl's that I worked at in Norfol where they had these cream cheese filled mushrooms that I loved so much, and had completely forgotten about and not had in years, and God, they were tasty.
Out of time. I'll add a couple pictures and links later and hopefully finally update this thing, and maybe even get back in the habit again. (Actually, I typed this yesterday. So much for having time and stuff).
Here, I have pictures now: