Saturday, June 28, 2008

We wanna be like the Balsmeiers...

Ok, so some people try to keep up with the Joneses, we try to keep up with the Balsmeierseseses. Our goal in life is to be as much like John and Clara and also Larry and Megan as possible. They are such cool people that we aspire to their level of awesomeness.

For those who know John and Clara, you may know that they recently got a new minivan. A Honda Odyssey, in fact. (I know, we're all jealous.) Well, that got us to thinkin that we perhaps needed to consider getting a newer vehicle, after all our Dodge minivan has over 135,000 miles on it, plus our big Ford van is just...well too big. So we've been lookin around and hit on a great deal. A 2007 Chrysler Town and Country with 24,896 miles. The price was amazing! About $10,000 less than retail. Now you may be wondering what was wrong with it and it would be a valid question. It is in fact a hail vehicle, but we're not talkin' little dents. Oh no! We're talking softball sized hail dents as well as three broken windows. But other than that, it runs perfect...well as far as we could tell without driving it (safety issues with the broken windshield and rear window you see). We decided to go for it though. For the price they wanted plus the cost of three new windows it was a steal! We will still pay several thousand under retail. There will still be dents, but hey that just adds character. Besides I negotiated for a free bottle of touch up paint, a new plastic piece to replace one that was damaged by hail and hats! Yep, the hats sealed the deal! Hopefully we will be getting it next week (they have to put in the new windows). So, although we're not as high class as John and Clara, we're kind of like their white trash counterparts! By the way, the van has stow-in-go seating...aww yeah baby! places to hide the kids...I mean stuff.

Our next aspiration is to be like Larry and Megan by having a baby. We were excited to learn that they also are expecting. Though, this is their first and our 6th. They are also due around Feb 24. Granted we told them we were pregnant before they knew they were, but I'm sure that subconsciously we were trying to be like them. I do a lot of things sleep, dream, quantum physics, that kind of stuff. We found out early Father's Day morning and they found out late Father's Day evening. If only Clara would get pregnant! But she insists that 3 is enough for now...especially since the youngest is only, like, 4 months old. Interestingly, Clara's baby Isaac was also born in February...I guess she was just a year early. Way to jump the gun Clara! ;-) So to our Balsmeier Family counterparts: Way to be good role models for us, your white trash relations!

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Stick for Father's Day

That's right. For father's day I gave Rob a urine soaked stick! I can't say that he was thrilled with the gift, perhaps because I woke him up at 4:30am to give it to him. (Hey! I had to pee! I couldn't wait for a more appropriate hour!) I then informed him that he had again managed to knock a girl up! Lucky for him, that girl was me. We are thrilled of course, but I tend to worry a lot. I hate not knowing the outcome ahead of time! Especially given the outcome of the last three pregnancies. Rob just tells me not to worry and I just laugh at him. Yeah right! Hopefully all will go well and we will welcome a new little Bidwell into our crew around February 24, 2009! Keep us in your prayers!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Shocking Revelation

Ok, so I have a revelation that will shock and amaze you all!
ER visits, though expensive, do not make good dates. Now, I'm sure that many of you are probably passing out from shock so I'll give you a few moments to recover...Better now? Good. This recent discovery occurred Saturday night. Emmy had been diagnosed with yet another UTI (urinary tract infection for those who don't know) on Monday, May 2 at a routine check up at Children's Mercy's Enuresis clinic. We started her on antibiotics a couple days later. Suddenly on Saturday evening she had a fever of 102.4 F and she complained that her back hurt. Now those two signs together can indicate that the infection had spread to her kidneys. And yes, that would be bad. So I called the Dr and the nurse said she needed to be seen. SO around 9pm Robert and I trekked on over to the ER. Well, when we arrived there was a nice little sign informing us that the demand had momentarily exceeded the ER's resources or something, so the wait could be 4-8 hours. Yes that's right, 4-8 hours! That's a full time workday! But what else could we do but wait. So we waited....and waited...and waited. You would think with all that quality time, err rather quantity time, that Rob and I would have a wonderful time talking to each other. Not so. We probably only said 20 things to each other the whole time. All I could think was "They can't be serious!" Well, I guess we hit the tail end of the rush cause we only had to wait 4 hours to see a Dr. After she was seen they decided that she needed IV fluids and antibiotics. So we had to wait another 2 hours for the IV to finish. Apparently conversation at 3:00am is near impossible without getting annoyed at each other so we just shut up. We were lucky in that our curtain area had a TV in it so we were able to watch some TV. Surprisingly there's not much on at that time that's worth watching. Finally, they let us go home around 3:45am. So...the point of my story is that although it was a weekend and Rob and I were together and spent a lot of money, we did not have a good time. Therefore, ER visits make bad dates! Next time one of our kids needs to go to the ER I think we'll save the money and patch 'em up at home. Then we'll go to a really nice restaurant and maybe a hotel room after! We'd get a better value for our money...and probably a better relationship too!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Robert Allen