Little Gymnast

We decided a while ago that we wanted to get Lucy involved in some sort of activity. Friends and acquaintances had suggested ballet, maybe because Lucy is a girl, but anyone who knows my daughter knows that she is NOT the ballet type. She is more into running, jumping and tumbling, which is why we decided gymnastics would be a good fit for her.

And, boy, did we make the right decision! Gymnastics class is the highlight of her week, and she cries when the 30 minutes are up. We took her to the first class dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, and then realized that they want the girls to wear leotards. So, we went right out and bought her one. She looks so incredibly grown up in it to me.

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Class always starts with a warm-up activity (last week is was bouncing across the warm-up area on balls) and stretching. Lucy is getting really good at getting all the stretches right, and her flexibility amazes me. She can touch her nose to the ground. I hope she always has good flexibility.

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Then, we normally do something like handstands against the wall — and last week we did some wall climbing — before we do the circuit. Last week’s circuit consisted of a somersault from a standing position, jumping onto a block and then off, going under an arch, and then jumping on this octagon-shaped rolling thing and doing a roll off it. The kids normally do each activity three times. The teacher changes up everything each week, which I like because they don’t get bored doing the same thing (although, Lucy would be completely happy doing the monkey bars all the time, which is what they did two weeks ago). They also usually get in some balance beam work, and class always ends with a jump into the foam block pit (which terrifies Lucy).

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We’re so glad we signed her up for this summer class, and I think we’re going to sign her up for the longer class once the school year starts. I have a feeling this is not going to be a fleeting interest for Lucy, which I’m so glad about. I’m going to have to go buy a “Gymnastics Mom” magnet for my car now!

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A Good Vet Report

Today, I took AJ to the doctor. The right side of his lip had been distorted for a while, and we had noticed his nose had started to swell. I was sure it was probably nothing serious, but all I could think about was when we had to put my sweet cat Julius to sleep four years ago (side note: how has it already been four years?? I still get sad when I think about him.). Now, I know Julius had cancer, but I couldn’t keep from thinking that maybe there was some sort of serious respiratory issue going on with AJ and I would be told we needed to put him to sleep.

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Needless to say, I was VERY nervous when we went in this morning. I stepped out of our exam room to use the restroom, and when I returned only two minutes later, the vet was in there with a tech and he told me he had already diagnosed AJ. He has fever blisters on the roof of his mouth (ouch!), which the vet said likely is making it very painful for him to eat, and he has an ulcer under his lip. Poor guy!

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I was about to breathe a sigh of relief when I was told that I really should consider having him tested for feline leukemia/FIV. With his symptoms, they said there was a 50/50 chance he had one of those diseases.

That would be about the time I REALLY started to freak out. In case you don’t recall, when we found Sasha, she was diagnosed with feline leukemia, and we were told we had to put her down. You guys, I was my eyes were starting to fill with tears. I seriously could not go through this again.

They took AJ back to draw his blood and do the leukemia/FIV test. It would take five minutes to get the results. That was the longest five minutes of my life. Seriously. This cat has become my new buddy since Julius died; not that he wasn’t before, but it’s as if he stepped up to take on Julius’ role. Julius used to sleep on my pillow at night. Now, AJ does that. All I kept thinking was that I cannot lose this cat.

While we waited, the vet gave AJ a steroid shot and an antibiotic shot. He gave me AJ’s medicine and told me how to administer it. I tried to listen, but my mind was focused solely on that test.

And then, he brought it out. Negative. Then, I wanted to cry out of pure happiness. While I was checking out, the tech came out and told me that after the sixth minute, which is the full length of the test, it was completely, positively negative.

It looks like my little buddy will be around for a long time to come. At least he better be. I seriously cannot imagine life without him.

Father’s Day Recap

We had a BUSY Father’s Day weekend, spending a good bit of it in the car driving to visit both sides of the family.

We started off by heading to my parents’ house on Saturday for lunch. My brothers and nephews were there, and we had a great time, despite the fact that we were sad that it was the first Father’s Day without my grandpa. Hopefully all the laughter from the kids took my Dad’s mind off that for a little bit.

Lucy had SO much fun running around with her cousins. She even ran faster than them, and Joe was proud of her for beating two boys, one of whom is almost 5! We brought a train set we bought Lucy at a yard sale (for $5!), and Harrison really wanted to play with it. So, he sent Lucy in to tell Joe that she wanted to play with it. Of course, we saw Harrison’s little head peeking around the corner watching her. Lol. I just wish we had gotten some pictures of them.

After lunch, we headed through the mountains to the in-laws’ cabin. When we were pulling in, Joe’s mom was leaving to drop some things off at a friend’s house. Lucy lost her little mind, crying for Grandma to come back. Lol.

The girls had spaghetti for dinner, which was fun. We probably should have fed them BEFORE their baths!

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After we hung out on the deck (and the adults ate dinner), we took a walk. Joe and I were really proud of the girls for making it up the steep hill.

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Then, we made popcorn — one of Lucy’s favorite things. Joe’s parents buy Jiffy Pop, and Lucy loves watching it pop on the stove.

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When we woke up Sunday morning, there was no power! Apparently, there was a major power outage throughout the city. Luckily, it came back on within an hour, of when I got up, that is! We had a lazy morning before my little family headed out to go home.

We stopped at Pizza Hut on the way — Daddy’s choice — and were enjoying our meal together until a group of obnoxiously loud teenagers came in. Joe says I’m being the “crotchety old lady”, but they were so loud, I couldn’t even hear Lucy when she was screaming. Everyone else in the restaurant was staring at them. Rude.

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When we got back into town, we decided to go to TCBY since there was a discount for Father’s Day. There are three frozen yogurt places in town, and Lucy pointed in the direction of the one near the Interstate. We told her we were going to a different one, and when we drove past the one located in the downtown area, she pointed wildly and said, “Here it is! Here it is!” When we drove past, she started to cry hysterically and said, “Iiiiiccccee creeeeeaaam!” We totally didn’t think that we were going to be driving by one. We told her we were going to the OTHER one, and she brightened back up when we pulled into the parking lot. Crisis averted.

It was a nice, family-filled weekend, which is what you want for a holiday like Father’s Day.

I’m always in the market for cheap life insurance. It’s hard for me to get insured because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have no idea why that factors into life insurance, but it does. So, I have a hard time getting anyone to insure me. I sure hope nothing ever happens to me! Otherwise, my husband will be out of luck!

My husband usually carries a messenger type bag to and from work to carry papers and other items. Part of me wonders if I should get him one of those briefcases for men. On one hand, it would look more professional; but, that’s not necessary at his job. And, I think his current bag probably holds more than a briefcase would. Decisions, decisions.