Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Made of money

I am so sad I forgot to take a picture of Brenden on "Crazy Hair Day" today.  His hair is so short, there is really no crazy to it, but we spiked everything, so he kind of just looks like a big poof ball.

I wish you could all see the sunrise.  I tried to take a picture, but it just doesn't do it justice - the colors are all wrong.  The sky is coral colored and beautiful.

As for yesterday, it turned out not to be quite as good as it started, but mostly because it turned out to be a very expensive day.  We took Ethan and Nolan for the "well child" check-ups, but since it was discovered that they both have ear infections, we were billed for a "sick child" check, which costs twice as much.  $364 and $20 in prescriptions.  As we were sitting there waiting to see the doctor, I caught a glance at Nolan's ear and saw enough ear wax that it was actually coming out of the canal.  No wonder the kid can't hear!  What kind of mother am I?  I took a whole class on the ear and causes of hearing loss and cerumen was most definitely covered!  I stole a cotton swab and got out as much as I could without compacting the problem, but told the doctor he would probably have to get the rest.  Other doctors we have seen in the past have used a hoop and fished the wax out, but this one filled a syringe with water and squirted it straight down the ear canal.  He told me to do it everyday while Nolan is in the bath - but the water can't be too hot or it will hurt and it can't be too cold or he'll pass out.  Huh?  Pass out?  Thanks for scaring me to death, doc.

We took my car in because it had an awful grinding noise ($562) and Doug's needed a service ($108).  Doug needed something from his doctor's office ($300) and I went grocery shopping (not cheap).  We went to Lowe's and Home Depot and decided we couldn't purchase much else.  Brenden wanted to go to a restaurant - he was very sad when I told him we had spent too much money already.  As I leave the high school every morning, there are all of these kids with iTouch and  iPhones and iWonder how their parents can afford these things for their teenage kids.  

We might someday actually have Nolan potty trained.  He has been peeing in the toilet since before his second birthday, but he has never really cared if he had a wet or dirty diaper.  This morning he cried because he peed in his pull-up!  He barely missed making it to the toilet.  TMI?


Alicia J said...

My sister passed out at the doctor's office when they were cleaning out her ears - so it happens. Jared cleans his out once a month and has never had a problem. So don't be scared, just aware. We're working on potty training too. My biggest thing is that it is so inconvenient!

JoLynne said...

Speaking of money, we are working on buying a house in two weeks. Instead of being excited I try to pretend it is not happening because thinking of the amount of money of our new monthly bills makes me sick to my stomach...could this be a sign that we shouldn't buy it?

The Boehme Family said...

No, I think it's a sign that you are smart about money and it's a big change for you guys. I am excited for you. Is it the "dream house" you mentioned before?

JoLynne said...

Yes, it's the dream house. We MAY close by next Wed. I say MAY because there is all sorts of drama going on about others who will pay more possibly getting it. I am chalking it up to lying realtors but I could be wrong.