Archive for March, 2008

The warm glow of brain cells dying off…

It’s the modern day version of “you’ll shoot your eye out!” It comes with an extra side of xeroxed “research” articles from my mama. Keep ’em coming! I do enjoy reading the different points of view.

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Pet grooming skills

No joke! my one year old is turning out to be quite a child prodigy. Who would think a baby this age would even consider such a skill as pet grooming?? One barrier for me has always been the cost of good grooming shears. Not for simon. He got creative.

Gathering supplies…

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Approach with caution and get down to work!

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Making the client feel nice and relaxed…

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What will he dabble in next? Whatever it is, we fully support him. Your father and I are so tickled and amazed, Son! Keep at it.

MRI results…

I called them back and demanded to get the results.

Tethered cord.

6-8 hour spinal surgery.

3-4 day hospital stay.

Never regain bowel and bladder sensation again.

gone forever.

Should have intervened the first time he started having accidents after being potty trained.

3 years ago.

Thank God he can still walk and feel his legs.

He’s mentioned a weak foot and tingling a couple times.

Our next appointment isn’t until the 9th.

I can’t help myself…

It makes me happy. haha! Simon piggies.

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MRI results will have to wait until Monday

Because the pediatrician is spending spring break with his kids and apparently made no arrangements for someone to give us a call regardless. I’m sure glad we canceled the detailed 2 hour MRI for a shotty 30 minute job, so we could move it up a week…a week the doctor wasn’t even going to be in. Wow do I feel like an idiot.

There ya go. I just thought I’d share the news that there is no news.

We are going to join the homeschoolers at the hillsboro park day today. we’ve never made this outing before for some reason and its going to be extra special because I’ve reconnected with an old high school friend and she’s coming too! Wooohooo! My megan. I’m so excited to see her and her two littles.

Crazy is as crazy does

Does one know they are crazy as they get a little crazier but they dive in anyway?

We are already veered off normalcy (for this particular half-century) with the unschooling…and here are my latest thoughts…

I am a big finances nut. I love crunching the numbers and paying the bills, organizing all my accounts in Quicken. After we married I loved analyzing every income and expense and trimming the fat of unnecessary spending. Working off every penny of non-mortgage debt was like a game!

Lately with the mental adjustment to unschooling and realizing we *can* do this long term, I’ve been thinking how much freedom we have to create the life we want for ourselves. Which led me to thinking about the folks who said they couldn’t homeschool because they need to work or there is no way their families could live on one income (or less!).

That may be true with their current financial status, but I am starting to realize we really can adjust our lives to fit our needs.

Now for the crazy part…

The kids and I get to romp around freely every day because Jason works 40+ hours a week. He is an awesome hubby and father and very involved, so ends up with very little time or sleep. Its not fair that he doesn’t get to experience the same freedom that comes with a wide open schedule.

I want him to be free with us!

With that goal in mind, it was off to the computer to crunch some numbers (imagine the sheer joy! lol). and I have come up with…da da dum: The Three Year Plan

The Three Year Plan Involves:

  • paying off one of the smaller mortgages
  • selling the rental house
  • using proceeds of sale to apply to larger mortgage
  • refinancing what’s left of larger mortgage with a 5% interest rate, that would be even too crazy for me.
  • Jason quits his job
  • I pick up an extra shift, working two shifts a week.
  • Jason takes off several months and we live on my part time income(it can be done amazingly!)
  • Jason heals from his 9-5 life
  • Jason realizes the power of time to think and be creative.
  • Jason draws in extra money doing fun things inspired by passion instead of pressure.
  • We all enjoy time together as a family.

What do you think? Jason thinks it sounds a bit crazy and maybe it is. But I want to do it! Lets do it!

MRI completed. Now the wait for results.

Such a trooper and very calm about everything, per his usual self:)

guess I should say, the pediatrician will get a report on Thursday and we are to take the CD of the scans to the neuro-surgeon on the 9th. You bet I will be calling the ped on Thursday to see if we can find out anything.

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MRI in the morning

We finally have Isaac’s MRI at 6:30 in the morning tomorrow. He has had issues with bowel control since age 3 and then bladder control since age 5. Its amazing how easy it is to explain away things and adapt, as if its a normal part of our lives. Until it suddenly slaps me in the face with the realization that my little guy is almost SEVEN and has no bowel or bladder control.

They will be looking at his spine for a tumor or tethered cord (causing stretching) or something else I didn’t quite catch when the doctors were rattling off big words.

Photos I find when Xander takes the camera outside…

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I spy…

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Does this classify as Simon finally walking?

I caught him starting to walk from the slide down the hall and grabbed the camera. It’s nice having the little point-and-shoot that we can just grab and go!

Please excuse the voice, that is my “talk to Simon” voice and I did not realize it was so high-pitched.