Friday, October 26, 2007
Potty update and other things...
I apologize if all my blog seems to be about is poop or pee...but that is my life right now. With the occasional outings with friends - my life is revolving around this potty training. The good news... we have gone 4 straight days without a peepee accident. Bad news... Gavin has pooped at least once in his pants the past 2 days. I am still very excited about his achievements - and so is he. I am glad that he is proud of himself. I don't want to hurt his self esteem by pushing too hard, but so far he seems okay.
Patrick is still on call every other night. 5 more days to go. We have yet to receive the November schedule, but aren't too concerned as we are taking a mini-vacay together (sans the kids) to Florida so he can be in his friend, Johnny Pops', wedding. A nice 4 day break. And he knows he also got his birthday night off too - which was a nice added surprise. AND - I have a special date night planned for November 8 (I bought tickets a while ago to Pilobolus - google it). Our neighbors will watch the kids for the night so we can go and relax and enjoy a night out!
Last night the Advocates group (the wives club at the hospital) got a special treat from Edward Jones Financial group. One of our original members was a guy (the ONLY guy as far as I know to ever join) works for E.J.F. and asked me if we'd be interested in a seminar geared to "Smart Women Finish Rich". Of course we are interested!!!! So we went to a great restaurant in the German Village called Lindey's. It was totally paid for and sponsored by EJF and the Hartford Group. We did have to listen to a little spiel on investing - but a lot of the info was not investment related - just SMART IDEAS! Making sure you are taking advantage of your 401K (403B in our case for non-profit organizations), getting life insurance, disability insurance, paying off high interest debt. They had easy to use calculations and charts to see the differences. They talked about uncomfortable situations like how to take care of elderly parents, what happens if our husbands die or can't work or if we get sick. A lot of things we know in the back of our minds are a possibility but never want to think about. Well, they made us think- which was a good thing. So besides the lessons learned - we also got a delicious grown up meal (salad, main course and dessert - with some nice wine too), a great night out with friends (almost 20 of us), and more direction to a common goal which is to make sure we are prepared for the future - BUT ALSO ENJOYING WHAT WE HAVE NOW AND LOVING THE SITUATION WE ARE IN!!!! I wouldn't trade my days here for anything and I know that no matter how much money Patrick may make in the future, I will always remember the great friends and neighbors in Columbus, our struggles with finances and the frugal ways we had to make to survive, our never ending love for each other even though there was never ending hours put into work, and I will always remember our hopes and dreams for ourselves and our children.
Alright, enough sappy time, I am going to go snuggle up with my hubby - praying his pager doesn't go off anytime too soon!