Monday, April 22, 2019

Maybe next time

The blond twin was supposed to have her heart ablation today. We had to cancel because she had poison ivy.

It's not a typo.

While working in the church garden, the blond twin contracted poison ivy. She wouldn't stop scratching so it became infected. Her pediatric cardiologist decided to postpone the procedure. He couldn't take the risk of the infection affecting her heart.

She cried. We sighed. Everyone was depressed. The blond twin just can't catch a break right now.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Taking the show on the road

The brunette twin joined choir this year. She really enjoys being part of the music program, although she didn't want to continue with her band instrument. She decided to try choir. She has really enjoyed all of it.

Just like the middle school band program traveled every year, the high school music program (combining the band and the choir) also travels. There wasn't a freshman year trip, but no one was disappointed. The high school music program was planning a European trip, which would take place at the end of the brunette twin's sophomore year.

We attended the informational meeting tonight. Wow! The trip sounded amazing. We sat through the presentation listening to the travel representative detail each day. She went through the tours and the performances. She talked about travel insurance and meal plans. There were so many details that it was a relief to read the handout and see it all on paper.

Truth be told, I was jealous. I wished I had the opportunity to take a trip like this when I was in high school. It's opportunities like this that make me happy that our girls attend their high school. It's not cheap, but it's truly the trip of a lifetime. I'm glad we can send her on it.

Saturday, April 6, 2019


For years we've been looking to share board a horse. We had several close calls, but we never had a match until we met Penny. The brunette twin fell in love with Penny instantly. Penny's owner doesn't have time to take care of Penny every day, so she was looking for people to help, aka share board. 

Once a week the brunette twin has a horse. It's not full ownership, but it's close enough for the brunette twin right now. She glows when she talks about Penny. She has all kinds of plans from teaching Penny to playing with Penny to outfitting Penny. She can't stop talking about her horse.

I am very exited for her. I hope she can keep Penny until she graduates high school. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Change is good

After weeks of going back and forth with the blond twin's cardiologist, I simply snapped. I started making calls to find a new pediatric cardiologist.

It wasn't that we didn't like her doctor. It was that the doctor's office was only available a few hours a day. I had a list of tests and appointments that could only be completed between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

I was so frustrated with the system that I finally asked the scheduler if everyone understood that I'd have to pull the blond twin out of school for each appointment. And, I'd have to pull her out of school for a full day each time. They knew and didn't care.

Given how much time the blond twin had already missed, I decided to make some phone calls. I found a wonderful pediatric cardiologist at another hospital. We met with him today. A few minutes into the appointment, it was clear that this was going to be a good fit.