Friday, January 22, 2010

Health and other hazards of life...

Since one of my 3 or 4 regular readers asked me to blog...I will. I thought about blogging from about 4am-5:30am this morning when I couldn't sleep. Then I got up, went downstairs on the couch and still couldn't sleep. My mind is going a million miles an hour. I hate to talk about heath issues like Mike's upcoming kidney ultrasound today. It makes me think of my post on October 1 2007 and I don't want to think about that. Madi had an appointment for acupuncture yesterday. The good news is it is very close to our house and Madi absolutely LOVED the people there. The bad news is, it wasn't really for acupuncture, but chiropractic adjustments... and we walked out $155 poorer with no adjustment yet...and even though I believe in chiropractors (and I liked the people too)...I don't think this is what we are looking for. They are chiropractors who do a little acupuncture, and we are looking for real Chinese medicine acupunturists who specialize in that. She is going for an adjustment today (cha-ching$) and then we still have to figure out where to go from there. When you hear this story in person (and if you see me anytime soon, you WILL), there will be more to it, but that is the gist of what was keeping me awake last night. That and Mike's kidney ultrasound, and the tornado warnings, and Jake's bad dream about Harry Potter (his latest infatuation)......

Enough whining! (aren't you sorry you asked me to blog now Tiffany?) Here's a funny observation...blogging is sort of like modern day, grown up passing notes in class. There is something about the written word that draws me in. I talk to people all day long and yet as soon as I get a chance I jump on the computer to see what those same people have posted on their blogs or facebook. I also find that if I missed a post and then mention that so and so told me this or that, someone else will often say, yes it was on her blog or facebook or whatever. I do the same thing. People will ask me a question and my response will be "duh...I blogged about that three days ago" (usually I'm able to just think the "duh" and not actually say it outloud.) There is all kinds of information about us out there that we sometimes expect people to know before we're ready for an actual conversation. Maybe we all need Tshirts that say, "Check my status updates...then we'll talk". Hey maybe I can make some money on that to pay for some of our alternative health therapies.

Jake will be getting braces soon! They won't be the "real thing full mouth ones" yet, but he will have some on his front teeth in a few months. He's a mystery that kid (I was going to use the word "inigma", but I wasn't sure if I was using it correctly--or spelling it correctly and I can't find a dictionary in this pig sty we call the loft!) I made the mistake recently of mentioning to a non-homeschooler that Jake isn't as socially mature as Jonathan was at that age. It was in the context of Jake is more academically advanced...blah blah blah...you know those labels that we shouldn't put on our kids, but do anyway. Jake's social issues have nothing to do with being homeschooled. (they may or may not have something to do with being academically advanced and they most likely have something to do with being the baby) If Jake doesn't want to say hi to someone he won't. I can stress and yell about it, but at the end of the day that's Jake. He's got plenty of friends and knows how to hold a conversation, but if he doesn't feel like it he won't. And he's my baby. When Jonathan was 7 he had two younger siblings. He had to be the big boy. Jake doesn't have to be. (if that prayed for adopted little girl ever shows up on our doorstep, then he'll have to be, but for now, he doesn't). Anyway...back to the braces...doesn't Jake just seem too young for that?! Madi had her first stage of treatment braces at 8 and Jake will be 7 1/2 when he gets his, but he just seems so much younger. Before the braces, he needs two teeth pulled (and two teeth filled...shhh...I hate that part, he's my first kid to need a filling...what can I say, he's cut from a different cloth).

The kids should get their GREASE parts today. Madi wants to be Jan or Patty Simcox. Jonathan auditioned for Doody, but would rather not sing. Jake has been getting lessons on how to act like an older boy. He apparently will get to do his famous running slide in We Go Together. If he keeps doing it on the tile floor in our kitchen I'm afraid he's going to crack his head open (I'm a little stressed about health and safety issues right now...as if you couldn't tell).

We have totally slacked on school this week. I had intended that, sort of, considering we did so much schoolwork on our trip including Saturday December 26th when no one in the world was schooling. My plan, however, was to use this week to completely deep clean our house, and we haven't gotten very far on that. I am motivated to get rid of a TON of stuff, but all of the appointments this week (and two visits to Disney) have taken up a lot of time! I am defintely spending less time on the computer though which is a good thing. Actually my ipod makes it easy to do a "quick check" without getting sucked in...so hooray for technology. I'll leave you with another plus for technology. As you should know (because you should've read it on my blog and facebook) our whole three week trip came about because we were asked to be the godparents of a beautiful baby girl, Julia Ann. Well on the day of the baptism we are sitting in the church and come to realize the baptism is only the baptism and not a Mass. So here we now are midday on Sunday, and we haven't been to Mass. Thanks to Mike's blackberry and the car's built in GPS, we were able to find a beautiful church in downtown Boston that had a 6:00pm Mass. If that's not what God intended technology for I don't know what is!! (well that and reconnecting with friends from second grade)

11 comments:

Sonya said...

Glad to hear that your home is "normal, crazy" like mine. Whatever that is?!?!?! I kinda got weirded out though while at your blog. Nice hearts..... music ~ Winter Wonderland.

Have a wonderful day and welcome back to "normal" & the Usual.

Grandpa Sal said...

Hoping Mike's and Maddies visits go well.

bfarmmom said...

Praying for your health intentions. What is wrong with Maddie??? Tell me on Monday. I don't do Facebook. I am afraid. So You will have to update me in person. How was Boston??? I want to go there someday. Well I better get off of here.
p.s. Hound AM to make sure she comes on Monday. I heard a rumor she may not.

Grandpa Sal said...

Hoping Mike's and Maddies visits go well.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the update! Use an online dictionary if you can't find a real paper and ink one.

crispy said...

Passing notes in class. I love your connection to that idea. =)

Hope Madi is doing better and Mike's visit goes well.

Cindy said...

I also love the comparison to passing notes...we certainly did a lot of that in high school, even though we didn't have many classes together!

Hoping Mike and Maddie do well! One of Tucker's friends Mason came back from Christmas with braces and I though it seemed young!

I definitely get what you mean about the whole blog and facebook thing, too!

DebiH. said...

There are sooooo many comments I could make on this that I should just wait until we talk in person. But, I will be prepared! I think the t-shirt would be a great hit!

Shawnie said...

Julie...Have you ever read The Birth Order Book???

Steph said...

Wow, this is one of the best blog posts I've read in a long time. EXCELLENT catching up with all that is going on. You're awesome. No worries on the rest....GOD will handle, I promise!!!
Hugs to your whole beautiful family.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

happy to read about your life- I am sure I am not one of the regular readers because I am not regularly reading any blogs right now but I stop in here & there and I was glad to have a good read on yours. wow- braces- we are finally about to get Jacob going on the braces thing- as soon as we can make room for it in the budget- he and Hannah might go ahead and do it together. anyway, good to hear from you.