Monday, June 30, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • A 2011 Kia Sedona minivan has just joined our family.  This was literally the first day that it was financially feasible when we saw the ad for a dealership a couple towns over.  We had lunch to get our wits about us, all drove there by car and then my husband drove it to a mechanic in our town while I drove the kids in our old car.  Then we killed time waiting for the mechanic to get to it and I took ALL of the kids to C's guitar lesson and then the kids and I went home.  My husband got a quote from the mechanic (small oil leak) and then went back to the dealership to make an offer.  And now, we are the proud owners of a minivan with DVD player and back up camera!  Wealth beyond the dreams of avarice!  It's funny how none of this existed when I was a tween 30 years ago, but you can now get it on a budget kid wagon like the Kia Sedona.  We're keeping our 2004 Ford Taurus for the moment, but may sell it if it turns out we're not using it at all.  It would be really, really nice if this car lasted as long as the Taurus has, but we got a good deal either way. 
  • I kind of want our next car to be a self-driving google car...
  • Still no dishwasher.  We've had two visits from a plumber.  We have made progress, in that we know what part we need for the dishwasher and we're waiting to hear from an appliance repair place when the appropriate part comes in.
  • C had a guitar lesson today.  We're doing a sort of DIY guitar camp, in that I've signed her up for three 30-minute lessons this week.  C is very good at her lessons, but I haven't seen that her home practice does much for her, so I'm trying to see how far we get her to progress this summer.  This week, she'll be starting her first song.  She chose Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair, which her teacher says she's within reach of and should be able to start this week. 
  • I've booked C another four guitar lessons (two more this week, and then two weekly ones) and when C finishes those up, we can talk about what we're doing next.  We might even do more "guitar camps," depending on how things go.
  • C and D are probably going to do fencing in August.
  • We're still figuring out what to do about extracurriculars in the fall.  The kids will have CCD and D will have obligatory school sports.  C will not do have to do school sports but will probably do therapeutic horse riding during the school year and may or may not continue with a weekly guitar lesson.  We could either do a weekly guitar lesson for her during the school year, or just keep guitar as a summer thing.  Horse riding is nice for the school year because the weather is moderate, whereas fencing and guitar are nice indoor activities.      
  • Baby T oinks beautifully.
  • Poor Baby T spent so much time today being buckled into her stroller and car seat!  But she's free now.  

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