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Just Keep Swimming….

January 30, 2012

I figure maybe if  I say it enough, I will be able to do it!

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There is no other way to put this, other than to just say it like it is…..

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GRAD SCHOOL IS KICKING MY BUTT!!

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Oh my gosh, y’all this is so hard. I feel like all I ever do it study, study, study, write, write and research.  And then research some more.

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I have sorely neglected this wonderful little blog that is supposed to be replacing the baby books and journals of all the great things my kids are doing that my on-top of it friends all seem to be able to keep (okay, so maybe there are only one or two friends who are THAT organized. Don’t want to make everyone feel inadequate like me!)  When the girls are older they are going to wonder what in the world was going on from 2011 – 2013 because there aren’t many pictures being taken or blogs being written.  And that makes me a little sad.

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I knew grad school would be hard, but I had no idea it would be this hard (and time consuming). My school estimates that most students spend 12-15 hours per week on each course and since I am not so smart and taking TWO courses each semester. I am barely keeping afloat here. That 12-15 hours per course is no exaggeration. In fact it might be a bit conservative. There are some weeks where I feel like I am spending every waking moment trying to get my discussion questions done, or responding to classmates posts or completing writing assignments or reading a zillion pages of case studies, articles and books. This stuff is hard. But I am getting through it!

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I know I have missed a million funny things that the Big One and the Little One have said or done. So here is a Reader’s Digest version of what I can remember.

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In September the Little One started a full day preschool two days a week. She hated it and since it cost almost $700/month she quit that school after one month (no, that $700  is NOT a typo!).

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In October she started a ½ day  program at a different preschool (actually it’s only three hours). She loves it and is hopefully learning some stuff so she is ready for kindergarten in the fall!

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In November we stole a whole bunch of caterpillars from Grammy and Papa’s house so that we could watch some butterflies do their thing.  And I finally took an updated picture of the girls and dog, so the Husband would stop harassing me about it.

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In December The Husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. Actually he forgot, but that’s a different story. We did spend a fun weekend at the Crystal Pier Hotel sleeping over the ocean. It was beautiful and very relaxing!

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On January 6,  the Big One finally lost her first tooth! Poor kid thought it was never going to happen. She is one of the few kids in her class who hadn’t lost a tooth!  The Tooth Fairy brought her a Sacagawea dollar, which she insisted on taking to school to share. I told her as soon as she was done sharing it needed to go in her backpack. After she shared it, her teacher told her to put it in her backpack. Do you think she listened? Nope, so I hope  that the kid who found it, and kept it, is enjoying it. It was a very hard lesson to learn, no doubt.

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Last week we made our first trip to the Emergency Room with the Little One. That was fun. She’s been having severe headaches, to the point where she vomits. Then she wouldn’t walk or move her head. So instead of letting me make an apt with her pediatrician they erred on the side of caution and directed us to the ED. We were there for two hours to be told she probably had a migraine and a virus on top of that.

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So today we followed up with our pediatrician who thinks the headaches are all sinus related. So we got some antibiotics and will see if the symptoms continue or disappear.  I suffer from migraines, so I am not so sure that I am ready to chalk all of her symptoms up to a sinus infection. (I hope that’s all it is don’t get me wrong!) Once we finish the course of abx we will re-evaluate how she is feeling.

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OH! And how could I almost forget, we are selling Girl Scout cookies too! I am the Big One’s Daisy troop leader and the Husband is the “Cookie Dad” for our troop. You all know what that means, right? WE are knee deep in cookies, so let me know if you need some!

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