Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank Goodness for Kits

In a fit of frustration at the beginning of the summer I organized and labeled the bins we keep on high shelves in the playroom.  Generally, these bins have been for toys we were rotating out or that the adults couldn’t stand anymore.  Now they are for things like paint, paint supplies, and other themed items.  One bin is for kits that the kids get, usually at birthdays, that often don’t get used and thus clutter up the already cluttered playroom.

Well, today it’s raining.  It’s raining cats and dogs.  It rained so hard most of the day the DOG wouldn’t even go out in it and she loves the rain.  So this afternoon we pulled down the “Kits” bin.  Thank heavens!  Nobody finished anything, but everyone was happily busy (with occasional please for adult assistance) while I tried to find an orthodontist for Spencer.

The dog may not have liked the rain, but the kids did.  They got completely soaked and muddy this morning.  That’s the way it’s supposed to be on a day like today!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Cookie’s Better!

All she needed was some doggie Alleve, an antibiotic, and a day to rest.  While she’ll be on meds for a week or so, she’s feeling much better.  But she’s really thirsty and keeps peeing!  But I’d rather have a happy dog who can’t hold it while she’s on drugs than a dog in pain.  She’s a lot more active now.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Poor Cookie

Poor Cookie has an infection as a result of her spaying.  She’s staying at the vet today where she’ll get painkillers and antibiotics.  She was so sore the vet couldn’t properly examine her belly, so hopefully she’ll feel well enough (or drugged enough) that the vet can get a good look at her.

Since we are new dog owners we asked for advice from both the vet and the shelter.  Cookie was eating once a day (we put out food twice a day but she wouldn’t eat in the morning) plus treats, was drinking, eliminating, and sleeping ok.  She did seem a little tired and was walking stiffly, but everyone said as long as she was eating and peeing she was probably fine.  I still feel total guilt over this and wish I had known to take her in sooner.  She looked sad to me, but since I’m not really a dog person I didn’t feel qualified to say something more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Meet Cookie!


Meet Cookie, the dog we just adopted from the Bloomington Animal Shelter.  She’s a beagle and very sweet.  The kids love her.  We haven’t had her overnight yet, so we’ll see how we all do.

Cookie will turn 2 in October and we don’t know how much she weighs yet.  We’ll find out soon!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

C is for Cookie

Everyone fell in love with a beagle named Cookie today.  Unfortunately, 2 others had already put in applications.  While I was filling out ours one of them fell through, so you never know.  We visited with two other dogs and one of them looks like it might be a good match as well.  We’ve decided to wait until we know what’s up with Cookie.

What I can’t believe is that *I* have agreed to this dog business.  It’s crazy and so not me.


I don’t believe this, but we’re considering getting a dog.  We’ve fostered puppies once before, and that was fun, but we’ve never really been serious about adopting before.  Yesterday I took the kids to the animal shelter to see the dogs, and they fell in love with a few of them.  We’re taking Alan with us today to see if any of them are a good match for us.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nighttime Swimming Tough for One Little Boy

We're at the tail end of swimming lessons. It's a two-week session, four days per week. This year I signed up for the evening time because I know how hard it is to get into the dinnertime lesson and I figured since my kids weren't wee anymore we could hack it. I just let the kids sleep in as late as they need to the next morning.

Well, it's backfired. Spencer can't get to sleep after swimming and he's cranky all day. Now he hates swimming even though his teacher says he's doing well. He doesn't know this, but we're signed up for another session in a few weeks. He's going to hate swimming forever.

At least Evie's having fun.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

We are all connected...

and boy, don't we hate it when we're not? We lost our internet connection yesterday and part of today, most likely because of a storm. It's hard not to be connected. Also, I didn't realize how much I use the internet as a reference. Whenever I want to look up hours for a business or anything else, the web is the first place I look. It's amazing. Now our network isn't available (no home server or computer) because the outlet in the office is fried. I'm working in the bedroom on a nightstand connected directly to the modem. I wonder if Alan will set up the router in here, too? Hmmm.

Yesterday Alan's parents took the kids to the Fun Frolic. They had a great time. We rushed it at the end because of swimming lessons only to find out once we got to the pool that lessons were cancelled due to flooding. If the internet had been working at home I would have known this through Twitter and we would have been able to stay at the Fun Frolic later. But we were all hot and sweaty, so maybe it's a good thing that we were able to go home and wash everyone off.

A blast from the past today--Evie wanted to skate on the kitchen floor after it got mopped. Both kids did a pretty good job getting the floor dry and I only had to touch it up in spots.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mom and Me on Father's Day

Mom and Me camp was fun, but we got no sleep. I need more than 6 hours of sleep that were interrupted 6 times. Spencer is in even worse shape. As for the camp, I probably would have organized it a little bit differently, but overall it was fun. Spencer wanted to go home to play with his LEGOs and play video games, so he was having trouble getting used to the idea of nature. The big question is, why was this camp on the same weekend as Father's Day? Parent and Pal camp is next weekend. Why weren't they switched so fathers could be with their boys. It made for a cranky Father's Day.

Speaking of, Alan had promised the kids unlimited screen time for Father's Day and they spent a lot of time XBox-ing. I did get in about 20 minutes of DDR, which Alan had figured out for me. No more frustration, yeah!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Garage Sale-ing

We stopped by a friend's house for their garage sale this morning. We intended to stay for just a few minutes so Evie could peruse the Polly Pockets for sale (thank goodness they were all gone) but the kids played for over two hours. My plan for the day was messed up, but the kids had a good time.

We even managed to hit the library in the afternoon. I was happy to find out the book that was absolutely due today and we couldn't find anywhere was already at the library. Someone else checked it out and it was taken off my account. That's the last time I return things at the Bookmobile--this was the second book returned there that didn't get checked in properly. I was about to charge Spencer for the book since we'd have to pay for it, so we all lucked out.

Off to pack for cub scout Mom and Me camp!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dance, Dance, Revolution

While waiting for the Sears photographer to set up all the enhancements she had to try to sell me we found DDR on sale at Sears complete with a pad for $40. That's only $10 off, but it's still a good deal. When we got to the checkout the price was only $20! Super deal! So, if you want DDR dance your way down to Sears today. They had several game system types available.

On a bad note we had trouble navigating the menus. But we did do a little training session and I found it fun. I can't wait to do it in workout mode without the kids around.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Two-Year Hiatus

Wow, it's been more than two years since I wrote anything here. I think this place needs an upgrade! With concerns about privacy and a huge lack of time, I haven't been doing much on this blog. I think I'll change that now. Now I finally have a little more time.

I have another blog about being a nursery school teacher, but there's plenty that's not really appropriate for that blog. And now that it's summer, we're doing all kinds of things everyday instead of spending the days in our separate schools.

Just as an update, my son just finished first grade and my daughter just finished kindergarten. It was a rough year for the kindergartener, so I'm glad it's over. My son discovered he hates school (he actually hates doing repetitive activities and being told what to do, which we already knew), so he's glad it's summer. He also chose not to do much in the way of organized activities.

Due to the weather this summer is short. I'm sad. Hopefully with very few organized activities all around we'll all get the chance to recuperate and be fresh for the next school year.

I'm back!