Wednesday, March 25, 2009


When I decided to move my laptop to a less desirable spot in the house I knew that I'd likely check my e-mail less and blog less and that I'd be doing other things instead and that would be fine. What I didn't expect was the fines. Yeah. Since my laptop isn't right there nearby for most of the day I keep forgetting to check when the library books are due. Let's just say the amount that I've paid in fines in the last few weeks is, well, kind of embarrassing. I guess it's going to a good cause though.

I should have expected Zion to follow in her brother's footsteps and use the word "actually" a lot because I use it a lot (one of those things you don't know you do until someone points out each time you do it) and I would have been right. Her's sound like ak-choo-wee and it's completely adorable. As in "Zion, it's time for bed now." and then "Ak-choo-wee, I go ow'side pway now."

I never expected that Zion would like to play outside alone. Gabe never did. Still doesn't. But she'll go outside in any condition by herself and play.

I never expected Gideon to have projectile vomitting in the waiting area of the elementary school office while Gabe was inside taking his test for Kindergarten. A little voice inside my head when we arrived for the test told me I should take his blanket in "just in case" but I shunned it. Told it that was stupid because Gideon doesn't spit up anymore. Dumb me. Always listen to the voices in your head! Oh wait. Maybe that's not such a good idea. Anyway, the staff were wonderful and I'm sure when Gabe starts school in the Fall they will remember us. The principal included. Yeah. Nothing like getting to know the school principal by having to apologize for all of the vomit all over the chairs and floor of the office. Still, all's well that ends well and Gabe hit it out of the park on the test (which is supposed to help them identify kids that need extra help). The lady (shame on me for not getting her name while I was busy blushing over the vomit on my pants) said he is definitely ready for school and that they will probably have a reading group for the K class for kids like him that are already reading. Whew! She wasn't really sure what they would do for his math skills which are also quite a bit ahead but we can cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm hoping to find someone to watch Zion and Gideon so I can volunteer in his class next year. Fun times! Another fun thing about looking forward to te Fall is that Rob will be home by then. Woohoo! I've got a whopping care package all ready to get to the Post Office that I hope he really, really enjoys. I'll enjoy it when I can spoil my husband without having to make a trip to the Post Office.


Stacy said...

Go to
You put in your library and your card # and they will e-mail you when you have books that are due. There is a free version of the service (you still know when books are due) and a subscription version (not sure what it does since I do the free one).
Its saved me a fortune in library fines.

Julie said...

That's an interesting site, Stacy, I'll have to check it out. The problem being of course that if I'm not on my laptop (my library already e-mails me the status of my books) and I'm not checking my e-mail enough I still miss deadlines. *sigh* Thanks very much! :)

Marfa said...

I'm sure Rob will be happy to get a care package from home...but happier to be home!

Good that Gabe did so well on his test. I have always hated tests...just wish they'd do an informal "interview" or read together, a different kind of assessment.

I'm taking 2 online courses right now. I hate it. I'm a visual person and am doing SO badly in one, I'll be lucky to get a "C"...isn't that horrible?