Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday: Thai, Pho, Homeschool, Orthodontia and Football

Well, tonight we ate florentine stuff chicken breasts, spinach and sun-dried wild rice and sautéed green beans. 
Last night we ate leftovers.  And since we don't get home until nearly 7:00 on Monday nights, that has to either be something in the crockpot or something quick.  So this week it was dogs in a blanket (crescent-wrapped hotdogs).  I feel like I'm in a cooking rut right now.  I think the real problem is I can't exactly cook what I've been craving to eat lately: pad Thai and pho (Vietnamese soup).  Not at the same time though.  I made pad Thai for the first time a couple of months ago, and it really wasn't bad at all.  But I'm the only one who will eat it, and it took a lot of work considering I actually had to prepare two meals.  I found some recipes for pho, but I decided it would just be easier to get that at a restaurant.  I told a friend of mine last week that next time we have girls' night out, it needs to be Thai or Vietnamese!

I've been thinking a lot lately about our time living in Mississippi.  It was such a short time, only two years.  But I've often wondered what it would be like if we still lived there.  Would we still be living in the same house we bought when we first moved there?  Some of our friends have since moved.  Would be still be hanging out with our old peeps or would we have new peeps, too?  Where would the kids be going to school?  Would we be homeschooling?  How would we be serving in our church?  Who would our kids' friends be?

Homeschool.  Yep.  We've been at it for three weeks.  And maybe we're still in the honeymoon phase.  I'm sure there will be some "bad" days.  Maybe.  But right now we're all absolutely loving it.

Homeschool.  We basically spent this month getting used to our new schedule, figuring out what works best for us and how can best spend our time each day.  We've already had one field trip, and we have a back-to-school bash with our homeschool group this Friday.

Today I was dreading taking Mason to the dentist.  It was our fifth trip in only three months.  His mouth is a hot mess, and it's going to require a lot of orthodontia.  But our orthodontist is trying to be as conservative as possible and give Mason's teeth a little more time to do their thing on their own before making them.  The only problem with that is that now we're having to take measures to prevent his new permanent teeth from getting any worse in their placement than they already are.  So he was fitted with an appliance in the bottom of his mouth in May to maintain some space and to hopefully encourage some permanent teeth to come on in that we've been waiting on for over a year.  Our dentist actually installed this appliance because our insurance covered it 100%.  If our orthodontist would've done it, we would've paid about $500.  They took impressions and then he got the appliance.  It didn't really fit correctly to begin with, but the dentist did the best she could with it.  In less than three weeks, one of the back bands popped off, and Mason actually chewed the thing to smithereens before telling me about it.  So back to the dentist we went.  They acknowledged that it just never really fit right to begin with so they did more impressions and had it made again to fit a little differently.  Of course, our insurance wasn't going to pay for this replacement appliance, but our dentist was so sweet to not charge us for the new one.  All of this happened by the end of June.  

Last week Mason came to me, and one of the little wires had come completely undone from the back band.  The thing was just flopping around everywhere, and he was playing with it with his tongue!  I was so irritated that I didn't even call the dentist.  This is the same kid who can't keep a pair of tennis shoes longer than six months without putting holes in them, the same kid who puts holes in the knees of all of his pants, the same kid who is so rough on EVERYTHING.  I knew it couldn't stay like that so I called the dentist yesterday and took him today.  I told her that if she couldn't fix it, I wanted her to take it out, and I did not want another one.  I told her I was DONE with that thing.  There was no way I was going to pay $500 for something that's already broken twice.  Bring on the orthodontia!  

Long story short, Dr. H looked at it and said there's no way it should've broken like it did.  She also said he really, really needs it right now (I just didn't even question her because last time we had this conversation, she didn't feel that strongly about it.  So obviously she saw something today that changed her mind.).  So they took the broken one out, and she is going to send it back to the manufacturer and ask for yet another one done a different way.  She doesn't know if the manufacturer will charge her for the new appliance or not (because she thinks it's defective), but she said it doesn't matter because she is not going to charge us either way.  I'm dreading going back in a few weeks to get the new appliance because something tells me it won't last either.  We just need to make it to November.  That's his next orthodontist appointment.  I'm about ready to tell them to fill his mouth with metal and get this show on the road!

And y'all know what he asked me as soon as we walked out the door?  "Mom, can we go to the store real quick and get me some gum?  I want to chew gum everyday until we come back."

I can't blame the kid.  I remember that feeling, too!

Right now I don't have any major projects going on.  I still haven't even touched the fabric for those window treatments I mentioned three months ago.  So maybe I should get to work on that.  In my free time . . .

Yes.  This!  Okay, so September doesn't exactly look like that where I live.  But I can pretend.  And I haven't been to Starbuck's in awhile, but if their pumpkin spice latte isn't in my store yet, well, it should be next week!  And the 63 degrees that hit my face when I walked outside at 6:45 this morning gave me hope that it's coming . . . FALL.  I'm so glad fall is after summer time!  I love summer time.  But I LOVE fall.  The last four months of the year are my very favorites of the whole entire year.  And I'm super excited about them this year!

Well, Food Network Star is over, and my guy didn't win.  But he made it to the final three.  And something tells me it's only the beginning for him.  Between now and next Saturday, I'm not watching anything.  But come next Saturday, it's football.  Bring. it. on.  I just finished Kate Morton's The House at Riverton.  Oh my.  It's possible that this might be my favorite Morton book of the three I've read!  But I don't know yet.  I just loved it though.  If you're a Downton fan, and you enjoy reading, this book is for you!  Even if you aren't a Downton fan, I still think you'll love this book.  Right now the kids and I are reading The Princess and the Goblin.  It's Mason's current required reading for school, but I decided we would all read it together.  Mason and Hannah Kate are actually enjoying it, and I am, too.  While we were at the dentist's office today, I started reading The Kitchen House.  I'm not sure right now how I'm going to feel about that book, but I'm hooked.

My (current) favorite song is Kari Jobe's Forever (We Sing Hallelujah).  But my (current) favorite song lyrics are Mercy Me's Flawless.

Then Like a hero who takes the stage when 
We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late 
Well let me introduce you to amazing grace 
No matter the bumps 
No matter the bruises 
No matter the scars 
Still the truth is 
The cross has made 
The cross has made you flawless 
No matter the hurt 
Or how deep the wound is 
No matter the pain 
Still the truth is 
The cross has made 
The cross has made you flawless

My bumps and bruises and scars . . . well, Satan would like me to think they render me unworthy, useless, garbage.  As hard as it is to comprehend, they don't!  God sees me as FLAWLESS because of what Jesus did on the cross.  It's overwhelming.  Because I am everything BUT flawless.  Except that's not what the Bible says.  The grace.  It's amazing!


Saturday I'm chaperoning our church's 4th-6th grades for the annual Preteen Invasion conference.  Sunday is a 5th Sunday so that means we're having dinner-on-the-grounds after church.  I used to love dinner-on-the-grounds at my church when I was growing up . . .


The only thing I can think of here is that I got three inches cut from my hair last week and also got it highlighted for the first time in five years.  It was time.

1 comment:

Kori Page said...

Its.Almost.Football.Season!!!!! #BOOMER!!!! :) I am so glad you guys are loving your homeschool journey! Our 2nd year has started really well, and I am looking forward to seeing Karli make tremendous strides as a 5th grader. Blessings to all of you! Show us a picture of your new hairdo, too.