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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
“Let’s watch Dangel Tiger. Just one more time.”
Luke, on a Netflix Daniel Tiger binge. Maybe we need to quit cold turkey? Nah.
Will: “Mom, I didn’t do so great on my algebra test. But I really understood it.”
Will: “I know what you’re going to say. If you understood it then why wasn’t your grade higher?”
Me: “Looks like you don’t need me.”
“John Paul says I’m the slowest one in the house.”
Clare, but you are so cute when you say that.
“We won’t stop labor once you get to 34 weeks.”
Dr. O. Oh my gosh. That’s in four weeks. Keep cooking Baby Whitaker!
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Wicked! Every month, the neighborhood gals get together for a GNO (girls’ night out). It’ typically a fun dinner somewhere, but when we heard Wicked was coming to town, we hopped on that bandwagon. Fast. I knew only one thing about the musical: that it was the backstory behind the witches in the Wizard of Oz. I intentionally avoided all Googling about the show. Sometimes, you just want to experience it yourself without reading a review, no? I must say, it exceeded every expectation I had. Costumes, acting, music, storyline – all of it – just phenomenal. It’s the kind of show my girls would enjoy and I’m thinking the Mr. might love it, too. It reminded me of two important life lessons: don’t be so quick to judge, and the version of the story you heard ain’t the whole story. And, that some people are blessed with a serious set of pipes. Bottom line? If you ever get the chance to see it, GO!
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Shoppers in the house! Last weekend the boys competed in the 4-H Consumer Decision Making competition through the San Antonio Livestock Show & Exposition. Their final scores made me very proud. The competition was a joint one between SALE and District 10 4-H. Two birds one stone kinda deal. The kids are given six different classes of products (think printers, outdoor equipment, cookware, cameras, boots and nutritious snacks) and a scenario. Then, they have to rank the class of four products based on the scenario. As an older 4-Her, Will had to present his reasons to a panel of judges, as well. Great public speaking, problem solving and analytical skills. John Paul placed first in district and 8th at SALE, out of 70 kids. Guess shopping is in his future. Will’s team placed 4th at district and 14th at SALE. He got tripped up on one class and his scores got hammered. But, as always, we learn from every competition. As a senior 4-Her (age 14+) he will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship. Yes, $10K. Time to get studying for 2015 and beyond!
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Earlier this week, I had a wild hair and shared our baby name stories with y’all. Oh my stars. I am loving reading all YOUR stories about how you chose your children’s names. And, at the urging of my friend, Lisa, I created my first link-up. So, if you have a blog and kids, then this party is for you, if not, comment below! Please share your kids’ naming stories. We’re on the hunt for some great names!
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I hate to even admit this, but I just have not gotten into the winter Olympics. Maybe it’s the crazy schedule we keep during the school year, but the summer Olympics always have my heart. There have been a few events I’ve seen on TV, but most I just read about via USA TODAY. Maybe it’s Bob Costas’ poor eyes?!
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Perhaps it’s time for me and a few fellow NICU mommas to host a conference for specialist schedulers. I’m embarrassed to say how many HOURS I’ve spent on the phone the last few weeks haggling with appointment times, only to show up and the specialist we needed to see isn’t even there. So DAMN frustrating. Maybe this is a shortened version of my typical “how do you do it” HDYDI posts. 1) When a mom says she wants morning, don’t offer her only afternoon appointments. 2) There should be a special line for parents of kids with more than three specialists. We know the system sweetheart, please don’t patronize me with “we need a referral” speeches. I got it. 3) Please don’t call me at home when I’m already sitting in your office to tell me the doctor is sick and can’t see my child. Especially if I have the 7:30am appointment. (true story) I think I’m at the point where I’m just done with specialists. I’m done with worrying. I’m done with co-pays. I’m just D-O-N-E. For now, I’m defaulting to my mom instinct and no longer using the patient visit notes as the Holy Grail. I really hope that doesn’t sound bitter, it’s just been a charlie foxtrot of a few weeks with specialist visits around Casa Whitaker. On the upside, we had our post-surgery visit with the craniofacial surgeon this week from Luke’s brain surgery. It went beautifully. Looks like the incision site is healing nice, the bone is forming as it should and we only have one more visit scheduled for 2015 and then we can cross one more specialist off the list. YES!
Luke and Dr. C
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It’s been decided. This is the shirt you can find me in at the Edel Gathering this summer. And pretty much every other day in between. Was this not made for me??