Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Goings On

So, we bought a minivan last week.  Some of you just passed judgement, but that's okay.  Some of us don't need our vehicles to define us as human beings.  We just need to get our family around.
I don't have any pictures still, but my brother was getting on my case for not telling him, so now I'm posting it.  (There, M!  Happy? ;) )  I LOVE having it!  We were feeling so cramped with 5 people in our sedan and we really wanted to go on more vacations.  We could barely fit our stuff for one overnight before.  Plus I haven't heard, "She's touching me!  Make her stop!" once in the last week.  At least, not in the car.

I'm going to the orthopedic surgeon tomorrow.  And feeling kind of stupid about it.  After putting in the impossible to install next to each other car seats, I fell out of the sedan last Monday and landed on my knee pretty hard.  I scraped it up pretty well and didn't pay much attention to the pain since I could walk and bend my knee just fine.  Just a bruise, except there's no bruising.  Details.
I don't like going to the doctor.  Scratch that.  I don't like the 15% co pay for MRI and xrays I have to pay in addition to my regular copay.  So I didn't go in since it just seemed like a bruise and skinned knee.  I've been icing it, but I have no idea what rest and elevation mean so I didn't do those.  On Friday I started painting Jack's room and noticed a numb spot next to the sharp shooting pain.  So I made an appointment and it's been getting worse since.  And because I love my body so much, I'm still painting.  As far as I'm concerned it's not seriously injured until the doctor says so.
There's no swelling or bruising so I don't know what to think it is.  But I can't even wrap my leg since even a feather touch on my upper shin feels like a knife.  Hairline fracture maybe?  Any readers ever had one of those?

Also, homeschooling in February sucks.  Oh my gosh.  Maybe it's because spring has been teasing us (except this week when it finally snowed) and we'd all rather be outside.  Or I've been stressed out of my mind this month (Cub Scouts is kicking my butt).  Or possibly the alignment of the planets.  I honestly don't know.  But Igloo is just about ready to call off this whole homeschooling business.  Sometimes I feel like I have to be Super Awesome Homeschool Mom, so I don't hear anything negative.  Like we can't have hard times or something.  My kids can't be normal kids with normal kid problems or it automatically gets blamed on homeschooling.  Some people are really antagonistic about home schooling and I feel defensive even though I know this is the right thing for us right now.
I'm praying hard and trying to find some solutions to Jack's new attitude problem.  This kid is 7 going on 13!  Since this is indeed the world-wide web I don't want to go into details, just pick out your average 13 year old and you have my son right now.  Honestly, even though my own inclination is to tell him to suck it up and get over himself, I think right now he just needs more love.  I resist that-not wanting to reinforce his behavior, but when I pray, it's what I feel is right.  I suppose that's how all of us are, really.  The harder we are to be around, the more love and understanding we need.  I just hope it doesn't come back to bite me.


  1. I'm sorry it's been so tough lately. I hope things get better soon. We love our minivan although my husband thinks it's less than manly to drive. Good luck at the doctor's.

  2. February is brutal up there. I am so sorry! I imagine it is especially hard to stay on the ball with schooling when you are the teacher AND the parent, when all you want to do is curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. (Well, it's what I would want to do...) Glad the banquet is over. :) Hang in there, spring is right around the corner!

  3. We're not homeschooling and our butts are sufficiently kicked.

    Also, have you read Auntie Leila's post on pre-teen boys' needs? Might help.

    You're awesome, Kris! I hope the knee gets better fast. I love you!