Like the picture? Last weekend we had a family reunion - just us siblings, our families, and my parents. My one sister in law couldn't make it, though. She's on bedrest, trying to keep her baby girl from coming too early. Hopefully, I'll be reporting the happy news on that soon - but not too soon! It was a nice day. We have 4 older boys - my first 3 and my brother Andy's girlfriend's 13 yr old, Lennon (I still consider him my nephew) who all played together nicely. And then are 3 little boys. Jake, Matt's son, is 4, Zeke, Andy's son, is 3, and then there is Sam, who is almost 2. So they enjoyed eachother, running around. I brought footballs and toy guns and the boys were set for the day! That's Andy with the dreadlocks. He just turned 33. Matt is in the middle. He turned 36 Sunday. And there's me on the end. I'm 38. And a half.
While we were there Ava, Andy's girlfriend, and I were talking mini-vans. She became a convert this last year when they bought their first one. She was admiring our's and I commented that our's has a built-in car seat. Well, what I meant by that was that it has a toddler's seat. The one seat on the end bumps out and has a clip for a seatbelt. So we've been using a regular car seat for Sam until he got old enough for the other one. Ava said, "Oh yeah, I see that!" and she reaches in and pulled open the seat, revealing a full, baby carseat, with a harness! I about fell over - we have had this van for 5 months and I had no idea that thing was hidden in there! So we've been using that all week and it's been so nice not to have to mess with a bulky car seat!
Well, my dr's appointment went just fine last Friday. I found out that I am actually quite healthy. I'm deficient in Vit. D, however, so now I'm taking 5000 ius of that a day. I'm estrogen heavy, as well, which indicates that I am in peri-menopause. Writing that makes me feel terribly old. Menopause and me are two words that shouldn't even belong together! The main problem is with my uterus. My lining is terribly, terribly thick. A normal one measures 5ml. Mine measured 2.5 centimeters. So the plan is that I will repeat the ultrasound, just to make sure their findings were accurate. Then, I'll be having an HSG (where they shoot dye up into your uterus - I had one before I got pg with David) to see if there are any polyps hiding behind the lining. After that, I'll have a D & C, in hopes that we can scrape it out. If that doesn't work, then I'm looking at a hysterectomy. So, it looks like I'll be taking off my pants a lot in the coming months!
This coming weekend we are headed up to northern Iowa, to Lake Okabojee. Isn't that a funny name? There's a resort up there so we're going to spend a long weekend enjoying that. It's one of those time-share presentation deals again. I don't mind taking advantage of these things. The presentations aren't that long and we have gotten some nice freebies on our trips by participating. In fact, this whole weekend is free, other than our gas and meals, of course. My mom says we had better watch out - one of these years we might actually say "yes" to the presentation. I don't think so! I am looking forward to the time away with just Paul and the boys.
Will's team won their game again this week. I didn't go, but Paul and the boys did. I had a parent support meeting at Advanced Therapy that I didn't want to miss. Will's coach called me the other day to let me know what time Will needed to be at the school and he asked me how Will was enjoying football. He's such a nice man! Will's fame is spreading...as a fundraiser, the school takes pictures of the athletes and makes them into buttons and then the students can buy whichever player they want. So our little kindergarten neighbor boy bought one of Will's and excitedly came over the day, wanting Will to autograph it for him! I think Will's chest puffed out a little bit on that one...
Yesterday, when I dropped Will off for practice, Ben asked what the short buses were used for at the school. We were driving around the back of the school where they keep their bus barn. I carefully explained how they were used for transporting special needs students. I wanted to make sure I explained it just right, in a way that wouldn't make Ben feel bad about himself. But then David piped up, "Yeah, like you, Ben!" Where's the duct tape when I need it?!
Time to get in my other home (my van) and go get Will from practice!