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Sunday, April 27, 2014


This was a more laid back week.  On Monday all the kids but Allison got to go to the dentist.  We learned that Taylor is getting his 12 year old molars which explains all the extra drool and him chewing off his fingernails.  And we learned that we don't have to worry about removing his wisdom teeth till he is 20.  Spencer got some cavities filled.  And Robyn struck the jack-pot.  Our little worry-wort had two teeth pulled and got her new retainer.  She was worried about how much it would hurt, how she would talk funny and look weird.  So she has been practicing saying tongue twisters and is now a pro at retainer talk.  She was not prepared for how sore her mouth would be for a day or two.  Lot of tears and drama as she tried to eat.  Tuesday I got a call at 12:30 of her sobbing that her mouth hurt so bad and she hadn't been able to eat of any lunch.  Mean mom that I was I made her stay at school for the remaining two hours and she toughed it out.  Luckily the drama has died down.

Taylor had his follow-up appointment this week with neurology.  I learned a valuable lesson.  Always have a back-up outfit for Taylor on me.  I looked over right before the doctor came when I heard a dripping sound.  He managed to pee through his pants, stroller and all over the floor.  Don't ask me how.  And of course his extra outfit was at home on his wheelchair and I had brought his stroller.  Lesson learned.  And Primary's has really, really nice nurses.  But he is all healed up and doing well.  The bad mom part of this story is that on the way home I had planned to stop at the outlets to return something.  So...Taylor got to wear those peed on pants for a few minutes so I could run in.  Someday I expect a stern talking to from him about the things I have made him do.  He has learned to laugh at Robyn's tantrums (she was on cleaning bathrooms this week and it was a long and very vocal process).   He is walking/running at school so he can cross the school to the water bed and lay on it every day.  He is working on tapping once for yes and twice for no.  The speech pathologist says he can do this really well.  I am a little doubtful but we are working on it.  Having him tap one hand for yes and one hand for no just wasn't working very well.

This week was my last long run before the marathon - 20 miles.  And now I get to taper - yippee.  And I have the best friends as the met me and coordinated rides so I could have someone with me for the first five miles and the last five miles.  I don't know if running is an accurate description of what I am doing but I am completing the distance and not killing myself in the process so I am feeling good about it.

This week I got to meet some friends to celebrate a friend's birthday.  I got to make cheesecake and sit and visit for a few hours.  I forget what a wonderful thing girl events are and what amazing people I am surrounded by.  Each are so different but are inspiring and keep me laughing each in their own way.

Allison is a little bit at a loss this week as play practices are over.  They had their end of year cast party and she won an award for dancing.  She has forgotten what it is like to have free time.  She went to the pet store this week to get a new cage for her rabbit.  Since its so big the cage is now back in her room as Oakley throws litter everywhere with abandon.

Kayla my niece got to spend the weekend with us.  Allison took her and Robyn to the movies, Robyn and Kayla stayed up late and got up early to play, Robyn and Kayla cleaned out a disgustingly dirty play house and we all got to go see Brynn's (another niece's) play. 

This week I spent my down time watching old movies and counting tickets from Lincoln's health week.  I underestimated how many tickets kids could earn running laps and how long it would take to count them.  But it was great to just hang out a bit and relax.  On Saturday night Jeremy and I kept enjoying our new respite worker and were able to go out to dinner and a play.  Arsenic and Old Lace was my favorite Halloween spooky movie so it was fun to see in a play form.