Saturday, May 31, 2008

Summer Vacation!!!

Finally!!! School is out! The final 3 weeks were incredibly long and somewhat torturous. So many projects (tired of buying white foam boards), final exams, endless check writing for various fieldtrips, yearbooks, field day shirts etc...! Most of it was great, but so much to do in so little time makes for a tired mom and dad, oh yeah, and kiddos too.

Kids did great in school this year. I am so proud of them for their hard work and dedication. Middle kid graduated from 5th grade with top honors. She was among the top 20 kids in all of 5th grade! You go girl! Can't forget the other kids.....youngest also had all A's all year long. And the oldeset had mostly A's and a few B's for her freshman year of highschool. Not too shabby!

Now we can relax and unwind. We've lived at the pool every second we get. Can't wait to go to Cedar Point this summer with the cousins. Then camping with the cousins when they come back to GA with us. All in all, can't wait to soak up the sun! I hope everyone else will have a great summer too.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Everything has a price...

Ground Sirloin (x2): $3.98/lbs
Hamburger Buns: $2.59 for 8
Grill Brush (for cleaning): $7.99
ER visit (x2) for grill brush bristle lodged in tonsil: $50 ($100 total)

Total cost for wanting a "real" meal over cereal for dinner: $118.54

Another weekend, another (two) ER visit(s). While eating dinner last night, the middle "found" a steel grill brush bristle and decided to pierce the tonsils. First ER refused to remove it for fear of hurting the child after tripping the gag reflex (but did not refuse to charge us our copay). Upon arrival at the next ER, we are shown nearly immediately in on curiousity factor. This doctor looks at the problem and removes it nearly on the spot. At this point, we weren't even truly registered. It took us 15 minutes longer to pay the second co-pay than to actually receive the service. Either way, the wife and I are blaming each other - me for my desire to have a real meal (complete with steel shards) and her for her desire to be "cost effective" on a grill brush, which then leaves the shards. In the end, we're both glad the kid is OK, but I'm really wondering how much three bubbles will cost because these medical co-pays are worse than gas prices for us these days...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day...

To all the mother's reading,

Thank you for all you do throughout the year. From chauffering, to meals, cleaning and laundry. For first aid, for hugs, for smacks upside the head. For all you do to raise sometimes snot nosed punks into fine, caring, tax paying adults. It is a generally thankless job, and without you, most of us wouldn't make it through (husbands, fathers or children).

Today, we took Mom to breakfast and, due to weather and injuries, we had to see a movie. All in all, I think she's had a good day. I'll try to get a few more stories up in the next day or so, but right now, I'm off to make dinner...

Monday, May 05, 2008


Well, never a dull moment in the Price household. I have decided that all piddly little holidays must be banned! On April Fools day Syd broke her elbow, which she was happily uncasted 4 days ago. Then today, Cinco de Mayo, when you are supposed to enjoy Cervasa mas fina or even a margarita....Ethan comes home from school with a HUGE 2 in. gash in his knee. Now, of course, hubby is out of town tonight, Syd had violin practice, a chorus presentation/manditory meeting before her 3 day trip out of town, much packing to be done because all luggage must be in tomorrow, all before 6pm. Sorry Ethan, you and your bloody hamburger meat knee must be patient. Thank goodness he wasn't really in any pain. We get home after zooming thru 2 drive thrus for oh so nutritious dinner. I am forever an optimist.....I tried several steri-strips and bandaids to no avail. So, being the good mom I am, I take a digital pic of it and send it to my nurse sis-in-law in MI for a second opinion. Her comment was "duh....stitches!" Ok, ok, ok.....I know probably not the proper order for everything but I got the monkey his stitches. Somewhere to the tune of 15 of them with a lovely leg immobilizer for the next 10 days! I guess we are out of the soccer tournament this weekend. Oy Vay! I must have a margarita now!!!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Kickball Championships of the World...

The other day, the youngest and a couple of friends decided to have a kickball game (friendly little two on two). When the middle left the game due to injury, I decided to sub in. The game was close (I was playing with the youngest of all), we were down by two runs in the bottom of the 9th with two outs. My team mate up...kicks a base hit, putting the tying run at the plate (me). Here, is when Mom calls the game...for dinner. Rather than letting the pitch roll, allowing us to finish the game and decide the champions of the world...she encroaches on the field...then she threatens to beat the children...THEN, she takes the ball.

When was the last time you played a game which was called for "Mother delay"? For me, its been nearly 30 years, but the whole process was nostalgic and fun for all.

So, here's to Spring and more Mother delayed games of whatever sport...