Thursday, September 15, 2016

Don't Tell Me It's Mid September!

So, there's actually been quite a bit going on lately I've just been too swamped to keep track of it all for you!  How about I start with current events and work my way backwards a bit?

Kid are in school.  Halle-freaking-lujah for getting back into routines!  Since school only takes us through 6.5 hours of the day, I thought it would be great fun to make myself nuts and sign the kids up for a bunch of activities!  The current breakdown looks like this: swim lessons 1x a week (only 7 more to go).  Taekwondo 2x a week for both kids - naturally since they're different levels, they go at different times.  Track 2x a week for Thing 1 -- at a high school that's about 15-20 minutes drive from here.  Ballet for Thing 2 only 1x a week for now, but I'm sure she'd go more often if time allowed!  And then Hebrew School for both of them on the weekends too just because we have so much free time.  I'm not exactly sure how we're going to squeeze in track meets around the current schedule, but we'll see!!

All these activities of course are just for the kids... I've also taken on quite a few responsibilities in the PTA at school.  I'm volunteering weekly at the library.  I'm organizing the Class Photo Day for the school, I'm co-chairing the STEM Committee to bring tinkering nights and other science and technology things to school and I'm one of the class moms for W's classroom.  Phew.

School... kids are settling in.  A few minor bumps the first week, but we're adjusting.  I'm happy to report that similar to the meme floating around FB I'm super proud of my daughter for being the one to sit with the new kid at school and make friends.  She was so nervous for the first day to not have her bestie with her, but she made two new friends from the first day!  Bonus, one of them lives a few doors down the road.

We finished off summer 2016 with a trip to Texas to see my folks.  The kids wanted to visit the water park in the neighborhood every day and I'm happy to report we did visit 10 out of the 11 days we were there.  Not too bad!  Hopefully, it makes the upcoming swim lessons a bit easier knowing they're slightly more comfortable in the water!

Here are the kids getting their wings for the flight down to Texas!

Two pictures of the amazing community pool and splash park!

Of course there were some fun games at Bubbe and Pops' house!  Here's our first attempt at Pie Face!

There was even a lost tooth!  A baby tooth, don't worry!  It took much convincing on my part, but Wren finally pulled it out herself!  

Monday, August 8, 2016


Over the years, I've had really good luck making friends.  That's pretty impressive considering the amount of times I've moved recently... but sometimes, you land in a spot where it's just hard.

New York does not seem to be my state.

Sometimes, everything just clicks.  Perhaps because everything was just seamless in London, living here seems so much more difficult.  I miss having friends close by that I could just call on for no reason.  We could knock on their door just because we were walking by -- no other reason.  Our house was the same... there was as good a chance as not that some of us would meet up for a cup of tea, an impromptu play in the park, or just and old fashioned play date on the weekend.   San Francisco was like that.  Dallas/Austin was like that and London definitely so.

I don't have that here and I miss it.  I don't think I realized how much I missed it until I read this in an article yesterday.

I want to go to the grocery store with you. I want to see where your kids go to school and see them run and hug you when you pick them up in the afternoon. I want to sit with you in your kitchen, and cook with you at your stove. I want to sit in your living room and chat and have tea, and I want to walk out your front door and see what scene greets you every day. I want to see where you work, and what sits atop your office desk. I even want to know what your spring coat looks like, for goodness’ sake. Because I want to soak in your everyday, so I can tuck it away for the next time we talk. I need pictures in my head, and to know the sum of your days, because I miss you, old friend.

So today, I'm missing old friends.  Here's to seeing you soon...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Just A Sprain?

Last week, as I was getting a cavity filled, apparently my daughter and her friends were jumping off a bench at camp.  Here's the story as I've put together...

Around snack time, Wren jumped off a bench.  Then two other friends jumped off the bench.  When Wren went to jump the second time, she landed on her friend's foot causing her to roll her ankle outwards.  She went to see the EMT on staff at received an ice pack.  The EMT says she wasn't crying and was still walking at this point.  By later in the afternoon, Wren returned to the EMT saying her ankle still hurt and she wanted the camp to call me.  She received a second ice pack and was told camp was ending soon and that they wouldn't call me.  A sternly worded letter to camp and the Town of Mamaroneck is to follow.

When I showed up a little before 3, one of the lifeguards was holding Wren and carried her out to the car.  It was obvious that she was in pain and she was actively sniffling/crying.  We dropped our stuff off at home and when I saw her ankle, we drove directly to the urgent care center down the road.  By this point Wren was in hysterics and couldn't stand and even the bumps in the car were causing pain.  The urgent care center wasn't exactly prepared to do X-rays on a screaming 6 year old.  Even putting her heel down on the table was causing pain.  We tried at first to do the x-rays while she was laying down, but that didn't work very well.  Next, they had her sitting in her wheelchair, foot propped up on a tissue box and trying to hold/balance the x-ray plate!  Needless to say, I'm surprised the doctors could see anything!

The doctor couldn't see anything on the x-ray but still suggested that we follow up with a pediatric orthopedist the following day.  So, a temporary cast was fitted and we were sent home with some crutches and instructions to call a pediatric doc.

Well, the pediatric orthopedist that was recommended didn't take our medical insurance!  So, I got some recommendations from friends and called the Greenwich Hospital.  Alas - they are an off shoot of the hospital in New Haven and if we wanted to be seen, we had to drive to New Haven!  It's only about 40 miles or so -- but driving there took just shy of 2 hours!!!  (Oddly, coming home was only an hour.)

The pediatric ortho decided to not do X-rays again just yet.  He said it's possible that there is a hairline fracture somewhere in the growth plates but that for now, it appears to be a bad sprain.  He went on to say that severe sprains in children are unusual but not impossible.  Wren was fitted for a new walking boot and we'll go back for X-rays on the 16th to confirm that there isn't a break.  For now, she seems to be doing well with the walking boot.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Things That Drive Me Nuts - Today's Grievances

Going back to the fact that there was no walk-through when we moved in here...

The fact that the pulls to change the speed of the ceiling fans are broken.  Of the FOUR fans in the house, only ONE has both a working light switch pull and a working fan speed pull.  And that ONE fan is in the kitchen by the fridge.  The fans in the living room, A's room and in our bedroom are either on or off.

The blinds are terrible.  Thank goodness our housekeeper has been able to get most of the grime off of them -- but at least half of them lack working wands to open/close them, or they pull in all sorts of crazy directions when you attempt to raise them.

First world problems, I know... but it's driving me nuts today.

I'd really love to put the fan on low in the living room to move some air -- possibly from an open window, but that is impossible.

My other grievance of the day you ask?  I emailed out lawn care company requesting that 31 July be our final date of service.  I then included a written note in the last payment envelope requesting that 31 July be our final date of service.  Today, the lawn care company showed up and mowed the lawn again.... G'ahhh...

Ok, done whining.... off to do something more productive.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wren Goes Rock Climbing!

Atticus Reaches the Top!

Jump Jump!

This weekend, we went to a classmate's birthday party at Rockin Jump.

Wow.  Hot.  Sweaty.  Fun.

No pictures of blurry jumping children, but I did get some on the rockwall.  Atticus made it to the top to ring the bell!