My growing girl

Eve picked up her flute tonight. She is so excited! It was a crazy night at “instrument pick-up” where all the 5th graders in the district showed up for their new band instruments.

She also started sewing, all on her own. She sewed up a stuffed animal that Arlo chewed the eye off of, and today, after Arlo got her doggie, Eve went right to work. She does a great job too!

Good News! (or Eve update – part III)

I got a call from the doctor with the results from the second part of the Lyme test. It came back negative. Which means, says the doctor, that she doesn’t have Lyme disease. So I asked if the first test was wrong and she said maybe. Or maybe this one is. Haha. Apparently this disease has got everyone confused – doctors and patients alike! The doctor said given the symptoms and timeline that she read about, since she didn’t actually get to see Eve, the doctor thinks it’s likely she doesn’t have Lyme. However, we both agreed finishing out this course of antibiotics (which I just realized I forgot to give her the evening dose – damn it!) and then see how she’s doing then. This Lyme thing is nuts. It’s got everyone flummoxed!

On another note, mom and dad, less than an hour after you left the kids were wrestling and Lex got a busted lip. Not too bad, but it bled and needed ice. Then I forgot Eve’s meds tonight. I don’t think you should leave me in charge of these kids!! :)

Eve update – part II

Got a phone call from the hospital this evening. Eve’s Lyme test came back positive. :/ Not a good diagnosis, but it does explain the fevers, headaches, and vomiting. They phoned in a prescription for amoxicillin and Alan picked it up on the way home from work. I’m going to give our primary care doctor a call in the morning to ask a few questions. Google is all over the place and since we really have no concrete idea when she was bit (we’re blaming it on camp, but that’s not a certainty) it’s hard to know what to expect. Lyme disease is so vague! I’m hoping a few weeks of antibiotics will do the trick and we won’t have any more trouble.

Eve update

Quick Eve updated for my records and for those of you I texted from the hospital. :) You all saw that she spiked a fever on Monday, it carried through until Tuesday night, then she was ok Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Lex snuck in a low fever on those days! This morning she was playing with the neighbor but came home crying and saying she felt like throwing up. She put herself to bed but threw up a little late. Then again. Her fever was back up so I called the on-call doctor who sent us to urgent care. Like the notes I brought along? :)

Like my fancy record keeping system? I should transcribe it into a nice text format so you don’t also see my dinner list and washing machine error codes, but alas, it’s pushing 11pm and I just don’t want to.

Today’s update. It stops at 4pm when we headed out to the urgent care center.

The urgent care doctor was concerned that it was viral meningitis and sent us to the emergency department. Yay! The triage nurse there said it would be a hour at least in the waiting room so I got Eve snuggled into a long bench with her blanket and pillow and vomit bowl close by, but five minutes later they came for her. We were joking (later when she was feeling better) that they must have been worried she’d be vomiting all over the waiting room. No one wanted that! :) Or maybe they just take the idea of meningitis pretty serious.

Anyway, they got her back to a bed, drew lots of blood, examined her over a dozen times (yay for teaching hospitals!), then dosed her up with ibuprofen and zofran (anti-nausea). Half hour later she was sitting upright and chattering away. Everyone commented on how she was a different kid with the meds in her. Thankfully!

For some reason I love this photo.

You gotta look your best when you go to the hospital!

She came in barely shuffling her feet, eyes half closed, head pounding so heard she couldn’t function, wrapped in her blanket, and carrying her throw up bowl. She left talking up a storm and marveling at the beautiful sunset.

We stopped for dinner and saltines at the co-op and headed home. Lex is still fighting a low fever with a developing cough. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a fever-free day all around.

Emotional Ups and Downs

We signed a contract on our house today. The one we’re selling. It should be an awesome, exciting thing, but instead we are both frustrated and cranky. We like the buyer, don’t like the agent, don’t love the deal, but agree that it’s good. The buyer came to us first, we showed her the house, she made an offer, then brought in an agent. We have been going back and forth for a few weeks now. They want more, we want more, blah, blah, blah. We were *this close* to the deal, when I got a call yesterday morning from an agent asking if she could show our house to her buyers. I said sure. This morning we get a final updated contract from the buyer and a 7pm deadline for signing. I called the other agent to let her know and she said her buyers are very eager and would still like the house. Ok. Spent the afternoon cleaning the place spotless (ha!), which is good to do sometimes anyway, and they came to see the house. I loved the couple! They reminded me so much of me and Alan when we bought this house. They have a 1yr old and are pregnant with another one. Loved the neighborhood, etc. Sadly there wasn’t much time to think. We had a really nice meeting, then Alan and I had an hour to imagine we would get a counter offer – one that was more money and less frustration. It was a nice imaginary hour. Then the agent texted me and said the couple loved the house, but not the wide-open backyard. Bummer. Not much we can do about that. So we signed the contract with the other buyer. Alan was frustrated with the buyer’s agent’s attitude and the sudden deadline. It’s not the warm, happy feeling we were hoping for. It’s a business transaction, I keep reminding myself, and not personal. It will be ok. I have faith. But boy, I am mentally exhausted now! Before all this we spent the morning at school helping to run the kindergarten open house, then back home (late) to meet a town official who can close out a building permit for our basement.

I keep reminding myself, busy summer, busy summer, busy summer. It will all turn out ok in the end. It will.

I joined the C25K running program again and my body seems to have forgotten how to run in the few weeks I was on vacation. Yesterday I was feeling TOTALLY stressed out and my neighbor, who is also doing the program, texted to offer me a ride. I said I was so stressed and busy and wasn’t going to make it. She said ok, but then nicely/gently suggested that maybe fresh air and running would be helpful. Dang peer pressure! I went and, of course, it was good. The fresh air, running, and social interaction!

On Monday we went to the lake with some friends, who invited other friends, and I invited other friends, and it ended up being a very big group. You’d think that would be good, but really it was just a lot of trying to make decisions and brief interactions with lots of people. Not quite the long chat on the beach with a bestie that I was hoping for. After an hour there Eve settled in for a snooze on the blanket. What? That’s not like her. I gave her a nice sunscreen massage and she was burning up. Eek! We stayed for a little longer, then headed home to find a thermometer. She had a temp of 103.7°!! I gave her Tylenol and dragged her to the dentist (mean mommy!) where we discovered that she has a cavity and Lex needs two teeth pulled. Ugh. Then home again. She had a temp all night and all the next day, but it was slowly coming down. She was complaining of achy body and a lump in her throat. Last night I started Googling Lyme disease. Ugh. This morning she woke up and the fever was gone and the pain was gone. All better? I hope!

Here are a few pictures of other stuff going on.

A sick Eve and a very sweet friend cuddling her.

A sneak peek at my back to school bulletin board.

I started a new Instagram for school. @dbslibrary Feel free to follow if you just can’t get enough of me. :)

A view out my new kitchen window.

An excellent book! I’d highly recommend it if you’re into YA. :) Also, it’s number 26 on my list of 30. So close!

Tomorrow we only have two commitments, both of them at home (boiler inspection and piano pickup). We are all (except Alan who has to go to work — sorry Alan — thank you Alan!) looking forward to a calmer day. I might bake cookies and visit our neighbor’s brand new baby.

Eve off to camp!

We dropped Eve off at camp today, the same camp that my siblings and I all went to so many years ago. Not much has changed. It’s still a sweet little camp, all centered around a fire pit. Eve passed her swim test and made friends with her bunkmate before we left. I know she’s going to have a blast!

I already miss this crazy girl!

She picked a bottom bunk and immediately found a poem written on the underside of the top bunk.

She forgot to bring a book, but it looks like she’ll have plenty to read!

I love this child. <3

First things first, pass that swim test! (Eve is in white, putting on her goggles)

Lex wasn’t terribly excited to be there. Camp is not his thing.

Out of about ten hug/wrestling pictures I got one sweet one. :) I’ll pretend this is how they parted. <3

Doktor Kaboom!

We went to a really funny science/comedy show tonight, staring Doktor Kaboom, “an over-the-top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds.” It was informative and hilarious!

They said no photography, but he had kid volunteers come up and he said of course parents of those kids are welcome to take pictures. After a particularly funny first volunteer, Eve quickly raised her hand when he asked for another kid to come up on stage, and I pulled out the camera!

What I’m working on…

Life is busy.  So much for the lazy days of summer!  I’m working on:

  1. Getting our house ready to sell.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, we have four showings and one of them has already made an offer! I have spent the past few days cleaning, straightening, taking things down, filling holes, painting, sweeping, etc.  Our house is looking spic and span and sparse!
  2. Coordinating contractors.  The upstairs bathtub started leaking, through the floor and through the bedroom ceiling!  A project which wasn’t on any list suddenly jumped right to the top!  We have a contractor here now who is doing the work, very well, but very slowly!  I’m also trying to line up someone to hang drywall and someone to fix our bulkhead door.
  3. Keeping up with the new house.  They are behind schedule (of course!) because of all this dang rainy weather we’ve been having!  The foundation is pour and at this point they are planning to start framing on Monday. They are also hoping to pour the garage and pour concrete on Monday.  We have been eagerly awaiting that so we can try to put hand prints in fresh cement on the porch.  I started a shared Google album where I’m putting pictures of the house project.  I’d like to make it into a book when it’s all done. Feel free to check it out.  I’ll add photos as the house is built.
  4. Finishing up my two grad courses.  I have a project a week due and a big one due on Sunday.  I worked hard to get ahead of the assignments before leaving for California, but then was behind by the time I got back.  One more week and all the assignments will be due and done!  Then I get a break before the next round of courses start. :)
  5. Inventorying the library collection.  I got approval for summer work to conduct a full inventory of the library, which hasn’t been done in over ten years!  That was great news, however now I’m trying to get those hours in before heading to Franklin next week.  By the time I get back from Franklin they will cleaning the carpets in the school and very shortly after that we will be back at work!  Where is my summer going?!?
  6. I was trying to make a Snapfish book about our vacation because they had a great promotion running, but I missed that deadline so now I have a half finished book.  I’ll try to finish it soon so it’s ready for the next time they are running a special.  Also, this blog. :)  I think I’m a few blog posts behind.
  7. Ferrying kids back and forth to camp this week.  Ignoring the dog.  Ignoring all my healthy eating and exercise efforts.

Last week I got last minute tickets to see Beauty and the Beast, but put on by the theater company who is running Eve’s theater camp.  I took Eve and one of her classmates.  We had a great time!  It was a fun little break from the busy chaos.

Eve and her friend with Belle. Eve’s friend got all decked out in her pretty clothes and high heels. Eve grabbed a stuffie and flip-flops.

Also, Lex loves the cat.  I love Lex.

They are adorable. <3

And my fish at school had babies!  Surprise!  I was there doing inventory and a summer school teacher (they are using the library) came over and asked if the fish were mine.  Umm… who else’s would they be?!  He said, “Did you know you have babies in the tank?” Ummmm… nope!  I had five cichlids, one died (or was killed by the others) and the others are two mating pairs.  Surprise!  I didn’t even know the females were pregnant.  I don’t even know which ones are females!!  (You’d think as a librarian I would figure these things out, but really, who has time for that?!?)  So now there are lots of little babies swimming around.  I hope one or two survive to adulthood.  :)

Babies! Fries? :)

Spelling Bee

This young lady came home with a Spelling Bee qualification a few weeks (months?) ago.  I was surprised that she had taken the pretest and pleased she qualified.  She was nervous and proud of herself.  She did a little practicing off and on over the next few weeks, and today was the big day!

 
Spelling “climbed”

Spelling “dimensions”

She made it to the top five!  She was one of two remaining fourth graders and she went out with a third grader.  The Spelling Bee ended with the top two spellers (they were the top two for the past three years!) going back and forth for a few rounds and then the winner finally emerged – victorious for the third year in a row!!  She is a friend of Eve’s and Eve was proud of her, although she later told me, “Mom, next year it’s mine!!!”   :)