My life, in bullet points

  • We are closing on our new house next Friday (Friday the 13th, to be precise!)

We have a lot of mirrors in the master bath vanity!

  • Everything is coming along swimmingly!

We were here for awhile, making faces in the mirrors.  :)

  • We hope to get all the moving done in one weekend. Alan says one day, but I can’t even imagine that. :)

I”m sure she’ll be super helpful!

  • Lego League is going a bit better.  We have divided up into three teams, so the chaos is more manageable.  I have a bad habit of finding myself in charge of things, so I’m pretty much in charge of the Upper Valley First Lego League team.
  • School is good.  No, school is great!  I don’t always love going (so much to do at home!), but I always love being there.
  • I’m in the middle of two grad courses.  One boring and the other super boring!  I posted a minor vent on a closed Facebook group for librarians about my cataloging course and got over 100 replies, most all of them completely emphasize, but a handful who admit to absolutely loving cataloging. It takes all sorts, I suppose.  Glad someone likes doing that stuff and I’m double glad I won’t have to do much of it after completing the program!  :)
  • The kids have both had growth spurts and now have a whole lot of ankle showing.  ‘Tis the season, I suppose.  Probably should do some cold weather shopping soon, before the cold weather really hits!
  • I started a Battle of the Books program at school.  It’s for 4th and 5th graders and will take us through the end of February.  The kids were luke warm at first and I was getting nervous, but last week they got to pick their books and we officially kicked off the project and they were SO EXCITED!  I loved it!  It made me feel 100% more confident about the idea and I know it’s going to be fun!

The brackets are up!

  • I finished making the growth chart I’ve been thinking about for 10 years.  It came out really great.  I’m happy with it and now we can officially move.

Growth chart ruler

  • I am running my first book fair at school in three weeks.  I feel wholly unprepared for it!  The kids at school are very excited and definitely missed it last year.
  • PTO is organizing a Color-A-Thon again this year.  It’s supposed to be bigger and better than last year.  I’m the VP of the PTO and should be helping with this effort.  I’m not.  I do plan to show up for the event.  I hope that’s sufficient for this year.
  • We got flu shots last weekend.  Did you see the photo?  Lex was worried, of course, but didn’t protest too much.  He held my hands and cried a little, but he got himself there, talked himself through the whole thing, and didn’t end up no the floor even once.  Eve smiled for a photo at the end!  I think my babies are growing up!!

Alan says, “Flu shots for a happy family and healthy community.”

  • Eve is playing field hockey this fall and loving it!  She has practices three times a week and one or two games each week (sometimes a game replaces a practice).
  • Lex is belt testing next week for his purple belt.  He’s had the green one so long that the threads are coming out!  He said it’s time to retire the green belt.  We missed a few tests over the summer, so he hasn’t tested in many months.
  • Monday is in-service for me and no school for the kids.  I decided to sign them up for a rec sponsored trip to Jay Peak, a super cool (or so I’ve heard) indoor water park that’s two hours away!  We have talked about going for years, but never made it.  The kids are thrilled that I’m letting them go.  I’m nervous about the distance, but I had a nice email exchange with the parks department director and the details he provided greatly reassured me.  I still don’t love them being that far away without me (am I weird?) but I know they’ll have a great time and ya know, Alan and I have to work, so it’s a pretty good deal.
  • Alan is super busy at work, with town stuff, and, of course, taking care of all the important yet boring parts of this house process, like researching lights and keeping the finances moving forward.  He has been the detail man on this project and has done a wonderful job keeping it all on track.  I just show up with cookies and a camera when the mood strikes!

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!