Saturday, March 31, 2007
I also bought a new brush at Sephora, along with a moisterizer and face wash from Philosophy (my favorite new line). Oh, and I bought a cute new jean skirt from The Gap. I could have bought that in Asheville, but they were having a huge sale and I only spent $10 on it. I love that!
I really wanted to go back to the mall before we left Raleigh this morning to go back through Crate and Barrel and buy some items for the house, but there just wasn't enough time.
That is what the internets is for! Now that I have seen items in person, I am more confident about what I want to purchase in their online stores. I love that!
BTW: I saw Gwen Stefani on American Idol this week and I love her new song, "The Sweet Escape" she is coming to Charlotte on May 12. Tickets on the lawn are only $12. Anybody wanna go?
Well we are back home and we head to the beach on Wednesday. So I will be wrapping up work loose ends and trying to prep the house, laundry, groceries etc. all week long. I can't wait!
Friday, March 30, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I didn't pay any attention to the bills when it came to Asher being born. I just counted on everyone doing their jobs with integrity and leaving it at that.
Since getting pregnant with Lucy, all of that has changed.
One of the reasons was because my OB office told me that we owed them $249 that were charges left over from Asher. Then, overnight that changed to they owed us $190, to "we applied that money to your deductible so no, you can't get a check back." It was bizarre and my head is still swimming over what happened with our money.
So, I have very meticulously kept all of our EOB's and all of the statements that we have received from the hospital so that once I received the final bill, I could verify what we owed.
The hospital is pretty tricky because they have sent us around 78 statements in the last four months and all of them have unbelieveably different patient balances. One says, $7534.28 and one says $46.37. You have no idea at any time what the bottom line is. It is very confusing.
But basically I have not paid any attention to the balances. The most important documents to keep up with are your EOB's. Every single EOB has a box that says "Patient Responsibility" and that is what you owe, not what the hospital says you owe.
So today, we received a statement from the hospital that was all related to Lucy being born. So I pulled out all of the EOB's and pulled out the calculator and started doing some math. Wanna know what I found out?
Mission Hospital is overcharging us by at least: $656.99
Yeah, that's a lot of cheddar.
Our latest bill, which does include our ER visit in January is: $1358.86 Our EOB's state that we owe: $701.87. Quite a difference.
So I called our insurance and said, I just want to check my numbers. They said I was right. So I called the hospital and they said, "We don't have any kind of agreement with your insurance for these discounted charges. So we charged you full price. You are responsible for all of these charges."
When I called my insurance office back, they were all, "WHAT? Oh no. We are gonna take care of this." Watch out Mission. My insurance lady is gonna kick yours to protect mine. YEOW!
The lesson here. Double check! I have about 15 line items on this statement and I checked all of my EOB's against it. Some of the charges are off by only $3.00--but it adds up to real money. Some of the charges, like DELIVERING A CHILD are off by $500. Unbelieveable. I am so glad that I checked and haven't paid anything yet. Cause I can promise you, that hospital would not be sending me a refund check. Crap heads.
"We had a follow-up appointment with the orthopedist today. It was very positive. Dr. Locke said that the MRI showed that Nate's back was not significantly curved anymore! That is great news! In addition, Nate has almost stopped complaining of back-pain altogether. God has really answered our prayers.
We believe that the physical therapy has been helping. He is definitely growing stronger. We are seeing a rheumatologist at MUSC on April 11th for further testing to learn if Nate has some arthritis or other inflammatory condition. I'll let you know when we know more."
That is great news and I know that everyone is thrilled. Thanks for praying!!!
Monday, March 26, 2007
It is more fun to insert my own thoughts into their little mush-filled heads. So here is your chance, what is Lucy thinking about? If you have been lurking on this blog, now is the time to leave a comment! I challenge you!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
"Yummy, Yummy" while holding up the same cracker
"Are you eating yummies?"
"YEAH! Daddy, daddy!"
"Did Daddy give you yummies?"
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I want to celebrate with Robin for having found her ipod! Hooray! I seriously don't know what I would do if I lost mine. In celebration with her, I have swiped this from her blog.
If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?
So, here's how it works:1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every section, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new section, press the next button on your player
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...
Opening Credits: The Best of What's Around-Dave Matthews Band
Waking Up: Stones-Neil Diamond
First Day of School: Beyond the Sea-Bobby Darin
Falling in Love: BLueberry Hill-Fats Domino
Fight Song: Justify My Love-Madonna
Breaking Up: Hand Jive-Grease Soundtrack
Prom: Life is a Highway-Tom Cochrane (I am pretty sure that we played this at our prom!)
Life: Set Adrift on a Memory Bliss-PM Dawn (yes, I have this on my ipod)
Driving: Guantanmera-Wyclef Jean
Flashback: No Such Thing-John Mayer
Getting Back Together: Hold It Up To the Light-David Wilcox (one of my all time favs)
Wedding: Nobody Knows Me-Lyle Lovett (that would be one sad wedding song)
Party: Mony Mony-Billy Idol
Birth of a Child: We're Gonna Be Friends-The White Stripes (yes!)
Death Scene: Don't Look Back in Anger-Oasis
Ending Credits: Mr. Brightside-The Killes (booyah)
well that was fun.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Notice the puke bowl and the bags underneath Mommy's eyes? Let's be done with this sickness okay?
Monday, March 19, 2007
This video is hilarious, especially if you have ridden in my car, which is NOT a minivan. I know that day is approaching and I dread it like the plague. But for some reason, Matt wants one. I have to stay strong. But the interior of my car still looks like the one on this video! Check it out!
Happy Birthday Old Man.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Matt and I are redoing our bathroom and so he has been working like a dog on it. And the bathroom is looking so good. I love it! We are painting it a really nice creamy green and putting down ceramic tile. So, Matt was painting last night so that we could begin to put down the tile this week. I was trying to get Lucy to sleep (which is still a challenge without the swaddle) when Matt finished painting. I could hear him cleaning everything up when Lucy started crying and I had to go into her room to put the pacifier back in her mouth (for the 28th time). Matt walked into the living room and peeked into her room to see how I was doing. As I came out of her room, I saw paint-GREEN FREAKING PAINT dripping from the bottom of the grocery store bag that he put the wet paint pan into and it was a steady stream all over the carpet. It was leaving a trail like Hansel and Gretal throughout our house.
I yelled out to him, "Aghhh, get out of the house! You're dripping paint!" Which then woke Lucy up for the 29th time.
When he came back inside, he set about cleaning up the paint by rubbing it into the carpet. I quickly put a stop to that and got him some Woolite carpet cleaner and sprayed all of the paint that I could see. Then I had to get Lucy, because she was still awake from my earlier outburst and I had to feed her. Matt started to clean again, but this time with a clean cloth and was dabbing at the spots, but quickly moved to a frantic rubdown. He was making some progress, but eventually (in the worst area) he got most of the paint up, but it also tinted the area green. It was also making so much noise that Lucy could not settle down to eat. I asked Matt to take a break until I could get her asleep.
After Lucy fell asleep, we searched the internet and many sites suggested just using lukewarm water, dishwashing soap and a nail brush. I got to work with that method and it worked remarkably well. The only problem was that as I started cleaning up, I noticed that the work area about quadrupled because apparently my husband was doing laps while carrying wet paint around in our house! I was so mad, I couldn't even talk. Matt knew that I was beyond angry because he kept saying, "I triple bagged it. I triple bagged it!" Which really only served to make me more mad because; 1) Why wasn't he using a regular garbage bag instead of the grocery bags? I don't even trust dog poop in those things. Why trust WET FREAKIN' PAINT?
2) Why are you even moving wet paint? We aren't using that bathroom. It easily could have sat until tomorrow. Ughh.
The whole time I was cleaning, I was trying to tell myself to have a sense of humor about this and to relax. I mean, it was coming up and it was alright. But I was having a really hard time laughing. It simply was not funny at the time. But looking back, I mean after the day that I had with Asher throwing up at least ten times, his diarrhea, Lucy crying endlessly and Matt was gone all morning while I dealt with it and then, right when we were feeling good about the bathroom and everything...BAM it all blows up again. That's funny. The key to comedy is timing and boy, was it hitting last night!
So we cleaned and got a significant amount of the paint up by around 1am. Then Matt decided he wanted to go and check on Asher because he had been asleep since 6pm. About ten minutes later, Asher and Matt both came upstairs. Strike 2. It turned out that Asher had a messy diaper and Matt changed it and of couse, Asher woke up. He was super thirsty from having thrown up all day and so we gave him a little bit of water. He threw that up in about three minutes. So we gave him more phinergan and Matt settled in for an all-nighter of watching the Wiggles.
I gave Matt a Happy St. Patrick's Day and thanks for painting-the-carpet-green kiss and went to bed.
The carpet looks fine today and once we steam clean the carpets (which we have to do because of all of the puke) you won't be able to tell there was ever a problem. But, I am pretty sure that we all learned a lesson. Don't move wet paint. Don't trust grocery store bags. Give your children phinergan every night.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Would you like for me to come over and puke on your couch? I will.
I was just sitting there and then breakfast had to leave my body. Sorry.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Thank you so much for praying. We go back in two weeks and if there's any change (negatively) they may put me on steroids in order to encourage the babies' organs to grow just in case they need to deliver them early. Please continue to pray that they will both grow at the rate they are "supposed" to and that they will stay in there as long as they need to in order to come out healthy!"
"He is supposed to have an MRI done tomorrow morning (Friday), but he has a slight fever today. If the fever doesn't go away, then they'll have to put it off. "
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN MATERNITY CLOTHES:
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
PREPARING FOR THE BIRTH:
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time - breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?
1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to wind the mechanical swing.
1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his allowance.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Asher hasn't stopped saying the "turkey" all day long now. And he says it with a really hard, "k" so it sounds like "tur-KEY".
Once we went inside, the turkeys got it on. Sweet Spring Morn.
click on the 2nd picture to get an idea of just how incredibly colorful and beautiful these turkey were this morning.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
She emailed my mom and several other people because she is a finalist in the CareerBuilder's Disney Job-For-A-Day contest. Here is her email:
"When I made my video resume for the job application, I didn’t realize that to win, I would need everyone I know, and some I don’t know to view it. I have made it past the judges into the top twenty. It is embarrassing, but my desire to work in the Haunted Mansion for a day and win a 4-day, 3-night trip to California is greater than my embarrassment.
Winners will be determined by a combination of their views and votes, so please take a look at my clip and vote for it. I don’t see where there is a limit on views, so watch it more than once if you can stand to. The viewing & voting period is March 6-30. Next, please forward to your friends and family and ask them less than 1 minute to click on my entry & vote for it.I really do appreciate your assistance. I am a huge Disney fan and would love the chance to work for a day in the original Disney Park. Thanks!"
Since so many people along the way in my life have helped to make my dreams come true, I would love for anyone out there (all six of you) to help my mom's cousin along the way to this dream. All you have to do is click on this link: http://www.careerbuilder.com/disneydreamjobs/dream-job-applicant.asp?ytid=Ft8sBahmNgk
and watch her video and click on "This one get's my vote". That's it! Thanks for helping!
1) update/gut master bath. We will tile the floor, paint the walls, new countertops, faucets, mirrors and lightfixtures.
2) redo our back deck. We need all new handrails, stairs and probably the actually deck wood should be replaced as well. Plus, we really REALLY want new patio furniture.
3) chisel out the random tile wall at the bottom of our stairs and replace with drywall and insultation.
4) buy and install a new garden shed.
5) new light fixture for our stairs.
6) new countertops for our kitchen.
We started working on the bathroom. We bought new paint and a light fixture yesterday and we picked out the tile. We hope to have a first coat of paint up in the bathroom sometime early this week and then we will take everything out of the bathroom and start to tile. This is one of the major projects of the house, but I am so excited to have a new and updated bathroom. I think that this will be of the sticking points if we want to sell our house, so we have to do it. We'll see if we ever get to the these other projects! Our major obstacles are time and money. So if anyone has either of those laying around, feel free to bring it on over to our house!
The main reason for wanting to do all of these projects is that we want to sell our house next spring. It probably won't take a HUGE amount of money to do these projects, but if we get them done, and do them well--the payoff could be really significant. I know that a lot of people talk about a housing cooldown. But there has been such thing here in Asheville. This town is a destination and houses will always sell. But the more that we can do, the bigger the paycheck. But in order to tackle this list, we just have to get started. So here we go!