Do any of you follow the story threads of our lives and then wonder what happened since we forgot to update? Here’s some updates:
- She had idiopathic elevated calcium levels (meaning they don’t know why). This was the best possible outcome since the other outcomes where they know were all bad. First she got steroids for two weeks. Then she got taken off the hydrolized diet and put on a low calcium diet and now her tummy seems to be all better. No more IBS even when she steals her favorite people food (chicken). It is mysterious.
- Once her calcium levels got balanced, she got to have her teeth cleaned. Unfortunately 7 teeth also had to be pulled. Also it is insane how even though these costs are expensive, they are waaay less expensive than costs of the same thing in paradise.
- The one with the abusive baby daddy has moved back home. She’s not getting along with her dad because he says she frequently does dangerous things when taking care of her son and he tells her not to. Her step-mom is doing well with chemo and is really enjoying taking care of the baby while her step-daughter works at the Walmart a few towns over. I have no idea how the menu planning stuff went down or if now that the oldest girl is back she’s taken over some of the responsibilities.
- The other one who was a teen mom is still living with her two kids with her husband near her biological mom across the country. She seems to be doing fine.
- I don’t think I ever mentioned this, but my sister ended up taking a second kitten from our back-yard cat saga since we were only allowed to take two cats with us to Paradise. Her two still love each other and my sister seems to have bonded with them. Problem: her new roommate brought a bully cat and boy kitty started peeing on things in protest. So now her two cats stay in her bedroom suite during the day, mostly sleeping while the bully cat roams the rest of the house. :(
DC1 at public school:
- In the end, DC1 transitioned well to public school for 5th grade in Paradise. I think it was good that it was still an elementary school.
- Zie seems to be doing fine at middle school for 6th grade so far this year. Zie has to do some testing to get admitted to the GT pull-out program. One of hir friends from private school is in orchestra with hir, which helps. They should both transition from 5th grade orchestra to 6th grade orchestra at the semester. (DC1 decided against another year of trumpet, which means zie has to have weekly violin lessons to ease the transition since zie is a year behind. Zie is surprisingly not that awful– much better than my memories of that first year of my sister practicing.)
- Zie tested into 7th grade advanced math, which is really nice. This and orchestra are two big advantages over private school. I do miss having a foreign language though. DC1 had Spanish as an after school program last year (they also had French, but only for native speakers(!), so we dropped that), but it doesn’t appear that anything like that is available here.
- The after school program is cheap ($115/mo and goes until 6:30pm) and the bus stop is literally at the corner of our house. For now we’re doing after school instead of having hir take the bus home so we don’t have to worry about hir being latch-key when DH is out of town for work. The law in our state is vague… it basically says, you’re ok so long as something bad doesn’t happen, but if something bad happens you made the wrong decision. If we still had a home phone I’d feel a bit better about a latch-key situation. If we do go latch-key DC1 will need a cell-phone.
- Returning to the Montessori here has been great. So great we decided not to start K this year and to leave hir in Montessori another year. Then we may skip K next year if zie doesn’t get into the dual-language program. We’re playing it by ear a year at a time.
- Zie really does miss hir friends, but many of them were heading off to public school anyway (either K or Pre-K), so… And we’re happy zie is back to more academics and less of the creepy religious stuff. (Nothing against non-creepy religious stuff, but even though DC1 and DC2 both attended a year of preschool from the same Lutheran branch, DC1’s was not at all creepy and DC2’s was full of not preschool appropriate stories. Just comparing the children’s bibles they each got was pretty crazy. Like, it wasn’t our imagination.) Hir reading and math abilities have skyrocketed since we got back.
I think those are the big things in my online blog persona life. If anybody cares.