The piano issues have been resolved, at least temporarily. I explained to the family why their attitudes/actions were not okay and how it's not my problem if their child chooses not to practice. I thought they'd quit, but instead they've brought their daughter twice now and she's actually made progress... Miracles do happen! I've started a new student - the younger sibling of another student. She's very excited to be starting which is always fun from a teacher's standpoint! So, at the moment I have 10 students and will probably have an 11th back sooner or later, but there was a family death over Christmas and so they're having a hard time getting back in the swing of things.
The weather here has been insane - in fact, on Thursday our town broke the ALL TIME LOWEST TEMP EVER -34F. Yup, that's air temp, before windchill. This week was a crazy one - the kids were out early on Monday (all my students still came) due to snow. I didn't babysit that day. Tuesday they went 2 hours late (I did babysit) due to snow (and I taught my 2 students too). Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were all canceled due to the insanely cold temps! Apparently they couldn't start the buses due to the cold. So 3 of my students didn't come on Wednesday. I only babysat on Friday so that Jess could do payroll - even though she didn't have to teach! What a crazy week.
It was nice to be home - got caught up on cleaning, laundry, working out, resting, etc... However, I did get a little tired of feeling like all I was doing was working and nursing. For the first time I was a bit tired of being the human feeding machine. It's better now that we've been able to do a few things, it was just rather tiring I guess...
We're struggling with bills, bills, bills - we just keep getting MORE from the NICU, Doctor, Hospital, etc... I didn't think that we were responsible for so many of them - and after talking to Sarah today I've a renewed sense of energy in calling the insurance company to figure it all out. If only I really KNEW what was going on, that would be helpful. Did you know that a neonatologist can charge $5900 for 5 - 5 minute NICU visits?! Apparently he can. I think I'm in the wrong profession!
OO - I don't know if I've ever posted about our new car! We bought a 2004 Red Grand Am. We got it last Saturday and it's such a blessing to NOT have to share - especially this week with the bitter cold, I was so greatful to NOT have to get out with Bekah to take Mike and pick him up. The car has a black leather interior and a sunroof - both fun little perks! It's got great traction control and anti-lock brakes - what a step up for us. AND a huge blessing is that our insurance premiums increaed only $10 a month - praise the Lord!
This afternoon we hung out with the Oldres (see Sarah's blog link above) - she brought a very tasty Gluten AND Dairy free wild rice soup, I had some salad, bread, and drinks. We played our new game "Quelf" - what a hilarious and fun game. We've had many fun game dates with Tim and Sarah but not in the last year or so - being NOT sick/pregnant is so fun!! We can get back to fun with friends again. Bekah was a great baby while we hung out and had some grown-up fun. Ahh... fun relaxation.
I've been enjoying our Wii Fit again now that I'm not "obese" and gaining weight every day! It's actually a fun way to do some yoga, strength training, and funny balance games. I don't think it's the only working out I should ever do, but it is entertaining. I've heard rumors of an actual workout program being built for the Wii by some fitness guru... That would be excellent!!
Well, I think it's time to get a few more "Saturday" things done, like finishing the laundry.
Thanks for the chat - it was fun catching up with you again.
Enjoy some of the latest pics of our little Beauty!!** Bekah has found her hands this week - she's so proud of herself - and adorable too!! **
** Her Adorable Outfit from "Auntie Em" in South Dakota (one of my great college friends/roommates) **