Our Turn At The Dentist Office

So, Kylene posted about going to the dentist a few weeks ago and now it’s our turn.

We were a little behind schedule in our dental appointments because I decided to switch to a dentist in Spring Hill instead of staying with our dentist in Franklin. We don’t live in Franklin anymore and wanted to go with one that was local. It was an added bonus that this dentist happens to be be married to  person I met last year and who actually hosted us (and several other families) for Easter last year.

Today was the big day. 4 of us having our teeth cleaned. That meant we were there from 9:00 until almost 12:00. The people that worked with us were great. It’s just never an awesome experience to got your teeth and gums poked and all that. I have a filling that needs to be removed because there is a little decay under it.  🙁 So, I get to go back and have it removed, they drill out the decay and then fill it again. It’s one of my molars in the very back. Of course. I’m starting to get nervous about it already. That’s the hardest place to get to and the place where I am more likely to have issues with my jaw by needing to have it open for so long. I’m going to need valium or something to help me through this.

Audrey had no cavities. Yay! She does need an ortho consult though. Her mouth just isn’t big enough and we’ll have some issues to deal with there.

Ethan had 2 cavities, but they were on teeth that  are going to come out soon. Hallelujah!

Isaac has a cavity on a tooth that isn’t going to come out anytime soon. We’ll need to fill that. Insert sad face here.

But the kids have done great. They were there for so long and they behaved really well. I was so pleased with them. I’ve done my best to keep my dental trauma fears from them. So far, it has helped.  Isaac came home and flossed his teeth this afternoon! We’ll see how long he continues.

School For Next Year

It may only be the end of March, but it will be time to re-enroll for Ethan’s tutorial next year. Registration for continuing families starts on Monday morning. I’m excited about the classes that Ethan will be taking:

Institute for Excellence in Writing: All Things Fun and Fascinating

Mystery of History. AD 30-1456

Zoology (Land Animals)

JA Biztown and Civics

For Ethan’s electives, he hopes to take one class on engineering and one on strategy games.

And to add to the fun and excitement, we will be enrolling Audrey as well. These are the classes that she will be taking:

Lego Story Starters

Inventors and Explorers

Math Odyssey


Zoology (Land animals)

and she would love to do the American Girl Club elective class.

Ethan had a great time participating in this tutorial this year. We’re still homeschooling. He has Math, Reading and Language Arts that I choose and he does that daily. In addition to that, he does assignments that he gets from his teachers at the tutorial (history, science, typing, music, art, PE, writing composition  . . .) Then he attends the tutorial on Thursdays. It has been perfect for us.

We chatted with his therapist about school stuff this week and she confirmed that this is a good set up for Ethan. Homeschooling is difficult, but it is what is best for Ethan. We’re starting the process of getting Ethan started with medication for ADHD. We’ve been doing therapy for OCD and ADHD for a year. Right now, it’s the ADHD that is causing Ethan the most day to day issues. We’ve tried all the tools and tricks that we have available and feel like it’s time to take the next step with medication.

Lots and lots of people have opinions on ADD and ADHD. They have opinions on using medication or not using it. This is not a decision that we’re making lightly. I’m feeling sort of defeated that we have to go this route, but if it makes life easier for Ethan and the rest of us, then it’s what we need to do.


A Future Career Option For Audrey

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Audrey has started sketching pictures of her clothes and different outfits she likes to wear. It’s so fun to see and a bit surprising because I don’t think that ever was something I did when I was her age.

Last week confused me so much about what day it was. I’m still trying to figure out what day it is. I keep looking at the calendar to confirm where I am supposed to be. I need to pull myself together because March is almost here and it’s a busy month. All three of the kids will be doing swim lessons twice a week, we’ll be adding therapy for Audrey, still doing tutorial and Ethan and I are going to Kentucky for a Bible Bowl event. Fun, but more busy than our normal schedule.

Did you know that it’s less than 2 weeks until we Spring Ahead for Daylight Saving Time?!

Church Cancelled Today

I feel like a weather reporter. 🙂

Here I am, reporting from Spring Hill, Tennessee with your latest on the February 2015 Ice Storm. Yesterday’s temperature was warm enough to work on the ice. There was a good amount of melting. The rain also came. It rained and rained and rained. Last night we got word that, between the ice that hadn’t melted on the church lot and the flooding, we would not be having church today.

Nathan worked on clearing some of the ice from our front sidewalk. It was pouring rain at the time.

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Much of our gutters had become clogged with ice and the water that was melting on the roof was pouring through the cracks in the gutter above the front door. Nathan was trying to make a path for the water to drain.

And then I went grocery shopping and came home and parked the car in the driveway. I should have known better than to leave it there on the ice. A few hours later, I looked out the window to discover that the car had slid down the driveway and was mostly in the street. Oops.

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 Yesterday afternoon the rain was coming for so long that part of the main road by our house was closed because of flooding.


 We’re hoping to be back to somewhat normal weather now. I don’t see any sun in the forecast this week, but I don’t see ice or snow either.

Weathering The Storm

We have survived our first two rounds of ice storms here in Middle Tennessee.



(photo from WKRN)

Yesterday, the we had big, fluffy snowflakes that fell for a while and then we followed that with freezing rain. I was so glad that Nathan came home early to beat the freezing rain. The roads were very dangerous. There have been 23 deaths in Tennessee this week from the storms. Our county announced earlier in the day that they had no more ice to put on the roads. There are towns nearby with power outages because of the ice on the lines and the wind that has been blowing. Today, though, the weather is warming up. It’s 37 degrees and the ice and snow is melting.

We still have rain. In fact, we’re under a flood warning now. Another inch of rain is expected today. It’s just wet and disgusting outside. A perfect day to stay inside and drink coffee and read a good book. That is my plan.

Short Sale Update Part ?

On Monday we received word that Carrington had submitted the offer on the house to the USDA. This is the last step! If the USDA accepts the offer, we will close as soon as possible. This is a cash offer and we don’t have anything that needs to be moved out of the house. Please pray with us that the USDA would accept the offer and do it soon. We don’t want to miss the window of opportunity with this buyer.

If all goes well, this house will no longer be ours in a month! I can’t even believe how amazing that would be. Once the short sale is no longer on our “record”, we hope to be able to refinance this house to a 15 year mortgage. There will be happy dances all around!


Cabin Fever Is Starting To Set In

We were all excited at the prospect of a good snow storm, but the way it all turned out, we just got a lot of slush and ice. North of us, in Kentucky, where it was a little dryer and colder, they got hammered with snow.

Nathan went outside last night to see how much ice was on our road. He got a sizable chunk.

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Here you can see the ice that had started to accumulate on our fence.

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More ice on our bushes

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All the local emergency crews have been saying to stay home unless you absolutely have to go somewhere. There are accidents everywhere. In fact, even the road that goes by our neighborhood  was closed just a quarter mile from us. It has big hills and no shoulders. I will never understand that lack of shoulders on the roads out here.

Nathan was able to work from home today. I’m hoping the roads are clear enough for him to go to work tomorrow, but the weather is not going to warm up until this weekend and it might snow a tiny bit tonight. Public school kids aren’t in school and I doubt they will be in school at all this week. Yesterday was a holiday.


Monday Photos

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 Nathan made it to work safely this morning. Now he is on his way home since the roads are getting worse and worse with the freezing rain that keeps falling. It’s kind of pretty. I wish it had fallen as snow and not as sleet and ice.