Monthly Archives: January 2008

Not the best day ever

Not the worst either.

It started around 5:30 when I awoke to a child crying and figured out it wasn’t Lauren. Julia was in her bed sobbing about not being able to sleep.

She did end up going back to sleep and woke up feeling OK. She’s been sick but her fever was lower. She felt so good I took her to the grocery store and while we were there she fainted and fell out of the cart and hit her head. She was in one of those carts where big kids can sit but her buckle was broken so she wasn’t buckled in. She came to and was upset and wanted to know what I was doing with her on the floor. She was very pale and we went home and her temperature was up some.

I took her to the doctor and she checked out fine with most likely a virus.

I went to choir tonight and that was good.

What was not good was when I ran over some unknown object on the interstate on the way home. After a while I heard a strange noise that got worse as I pulled over. Unfortunately it was the exit and there was large concrete wall and no shoulder. I pulled over as far as I could and called Luke and squeezed out of the van. Since I was essentially in the exit lane I felt it was unsafe to remain in the van and so I climbed up an embankment and waited while Luke called a tow truck. My rear right wheel was torn apart.

I got to wait out on this embankment for quite a while in 14 degree weather until mercifully a cop arrived and parked behind the van with his lights on and so I could get back in and warm up.

I had them tow the van home because it would have been difficult to change the tire where the van was and the spare is in some way between the driver and passenger seat and we have never gotten it out and I am not sure I could have figured it out tonight.

So – I am home – I am cold but currently under my electric blanket.

I am hoping for a better day tomorrow!

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Birthday invites update

I totally forgot to update about the birthday party invitation situation so here it is.

I called the mother of a child whose birthday party invitation Julia had received a few months ago and asked her how she got the names. I didn’t recall how we happened to receive this invitation. I don’t know the mother other than meeting her briefly at the party.

She told me she helps out on Tuesdays and snuck her invitations in the backpacks. She then offered to do the same but I initially turned her down and said I didn’t want her to have to do that for me and I had a few more avenues to check.

I called her back the next morning and accepted. I could tell she was not overly happy about it and probably wished she hadn’t offered. I told her not to worry if there didn’t end up being an opportunity.

Julia came home from school without the invitations so that was a big relief. I sent the mother a thank you note and explained that it was a big deal this year that Julia get to have her friends come since it was the first party without her brother and bound to be difficult for her. Hopefully that makes her feel better.

Julia is trying to recreate a party that Nathan had and got really upset when she found out her party would be in the other room of the two available at this place. I am about to call to see if we can move it….. She thinks that she will feel closer to Nathan by doing this.

Snow Day

No school today – click and check out the wind chill under the wind speed – brr!



Too cute!

I truly cannot remember seeing anything cuter than Lauren in dance class with other little girls.

She was definitely the youngest and smallest but did really well! The barre is way to high for her though.

I didn’t take any pictures in class but I will share one taken at home and a little video of her doing Julia’s tap routine and then coming to ask me a question.

Loved ones

I love to see these pictures of Nathan with his great-grandpa because he is Nathan’s only relative that he met who is also dead. I hope they are together right now.

My heart is heavy these last few days because someone I love has been (pending biopsy but pretty conclusively) diagnosed with metastatic cancer.

Cancer sucks.

Baby ballet

Lauren is due to start baby ballet/tap on Friday. She loves Julia’s class and will try her best to dance along. Now that she is two she can start her own class.

I signed her up in December but without detail. I was surprised to see this class performing at the recital – in ballet and tap!

I asked a mom yesterday whose daughter had been in the baby class and, yes, they do ballet and tap and wear the costumes and all that.

Now – with Lauren being so tiny she is wearing a size 5 toddler shoe. I found her stretchy ballet slippers at target in a size 6-10 and a leotard in size 2-3 (she wears 18-24 month). We’ll see if those fit. Now I realize she will be doing tap too! I called around and I can get her tiny tap shoes but I can’t decide if I should. It seems pretty extravagant for a 2 year old but I am tempted. It just won’t be the same in church shoes.

Yes – I will provide photos at some point.

Oh – and I am not seeing how she will wear her hair in a bun in May!

Birthday Party frustration

Julia is having a birthday party and wants to invite all the girls in her class. Unfortunately, the school has not published a directory this year and you are forbidden from handing invitations out at school. I received a list of names from her teacher but that is all. She suggested I talk to the moms before or after school. Julia rides the bus and I have no clue whose mom is who and there are other kids who ride the bus.

I guess I will go over to the school in the morning and try to slip invites to the parents of the girls Julia points out to me – I can’t think of another way. I’m not really comfortable with that because there could be a boy next in line and he might see and get his feelings hurt. I’d love to obey the rule but with last names like Evans and Williams there is no way I can figure out addresses – even with a property record search.