I never intended to go so long without posting. I really want to post every few days, but it seems that life just gets in the way. So. What has been going on??
Last weekend my dear friend from Maryland came for a long weekend visit. Dawn and I had a great (and wonderful and awesome) time! We talked and talked...ate and ate...shopped and shopped. So much fun! We hit several stores I had not visited yet. Wish she could have stayed longer.
The kids did return to the allergist. All three decided to do the food challenge for chocolate. All three are set for December. My prediction is that William will react, but the other two won't. I did promise Melissa that if she is NOT allergic to chocolate, I will make her a plate of brownies.
I see my days of having a monopoly of the chocolate in the house coming to an end.
Also, at the allergist, Benjamin was put back on asthma meds. I wasn't very happy about this. But after talking to his pediatrician about it today, I feel resign to the fact that it'll be a part of our life again. You should see the counter in our kitchen. It looks like a small pharmacy with all the kids' allergy meds! Each is on at least three different kinds. (And yes, I did breast feed each for a year, thank you very much! So much for that helping.)
I, also got to have lunch with my friend Cheryl. We met in Guam, but didn't have too many opportunities to get to know one another until now. She lives about 45 minutes away and we have been able to get together for lunch almost once a month since the summer. She's a hoot! And I love hearing her take on things in the world. She is very plain spoken and just calls things like she sees them - no politically correctness at all. So much fun to be around.
Today I was a chaperon for Melissa and William on a field trip. The school librarian takes the top twenty-five readers each quarter on a special trip as a reward for reading. (The top twenty-five is based on points earned through the reading comprehensions testing program.) I was excited that both were able to go. This nine weeks the trip was to the State Fair. We had perfect weather and the kids had a blast! I enjoyed getting to know some of their new friends. They enjoyed riding the rides while I kept my feet on the ground. I learned that my body no longer enjoys the thrills of rides last year when I rode the SlingShot in Guam. My two feet stay on the ground these days.
This weekend we will celebrate Benjamin's tenth birthday which was on Monday. He's thrilled that this is a year for a large party. (Here's an old post that talks about our birthday traditions.) And he's also thrilled that BOTH set of GRANDPARENTS will be here to help celebrate. In fact, we're all thrilled. Yes, I honestly love having both sets at the same time. And yes, they all get along.
It's going to be another wonderful weekend!