many hats…

I thinking last night about all I do for my kids.  And then I realized that I wear a lot of mom hats: soccer mom hat, tennis mom hat, Girl Scout mom hat, ballet mom hat, swim mom hat and most important of all since without wearing this one I can’t do all of the above: taxi mom hat. I don’t think I would be able to any of this if I didn’t drive.

The funny thing about driving is that I didn’t get a license until I was 25. I went to Driver’s Ed in high school but I was a nervous driver. I didn’t practice anywhere else but there. My father only took me once in beast of the van (which he still has twenty plus years later) and that was it. My brothers didn’t bother to take me out either.

So obviously, I did not pass the driving portion of the class.  I really did not need a license anyway. I was still in high school so the bus was it. Once I went to college, I also took the bus. I didn’t go anywhere but school and home. I really didn’t have social life outside those two places. If I wanted to go anywhere else, it was on the bus.  I did have some friends who had a car and on occasion I would get a ride from them but that was not very often.  When you live in a large city, public transportation was the easiest solution.

Then I got married and I still didn’t have a license. Eric didn’t have one either but he decided to make it happen. He drove and passed his test. We bought a car soon after that. And yet, I still didn’t have a license. I did get a learner’s permit because I wanted to be comfortable driving. I drove until the permit expired and I drove even after it expired. Finally, we were driving by a DMV in Schaumburg. Eric drove me right up to the place so I can finally bite the bullet.

Another funny story: so I was my turn to take the driver’s test. It was a hot and very sunny day. The tester wanted to check to make sure my lights were working. I had to put my left blinker on and then the right one. Like I said, it was a very sunny day. She couldn’t see the lights blinking. I finally put the flashers on. As she was approaching the car, I heard her say “Are you stupid or something?” I don’t think she meant for me to hear her (or maybe she did???) but it made me nervous and probably made me feel like I was in high school again. I did tell her about it but I can’t remember what her reaction was or what she said.  It just felt wrong especially since I was taking this test for the first time ever.

I guess she was satisfied with the blinker situation and told me to start the car. I was finally doing it: DRIVING!!! I went thru the motions: drive forward, three quarter turn, reverse, merge, etc. Now my worse driving skill is perpendicular parking. It still is but I’ve gotten better. Now the coolest thing about taking the test out in the suburbs is they don’t do the perpendicular parking, they do diagonal parking instead. Best thing ever.  I finally finished the test and we walked back into the office.  I told Eric about what happen.  He went to complain about the lady.  The manager, I think, came over and apologized.  Needless to say, I passed the test and got myself my very own driver license.

Any way, this was supposed to be about wearing hats and driving everywhere for my kids.  Just like my life, it is just all over the place.  And you know what?  I wouldn’t change it for the world.

he’s six…

Happy 6th Birthday Diego!!!

Birthday Boy

Let’s see:
height 44 1/2 inches
weight 47 lbs

Only one doctor’s visit between get well visits (he had his first ever ear infection in February), he is in great health. Let’s keep it that way.

I can’t believe he is six already. He is becoming such a great boy. He loves his sports, loves school and loves his little sister. Before you know it, he will be in college. *sigh* Must not think about it.

I love you very much Diego. Keep being who you are.

arrrrr…

One word: Patching.

arrrr

Well, he has to have his eye patched for four hours a day until his next appointment which will be August 1.  It seems that his amblyopia (aka lazy eye) is very minimal at this time.  I was watching the doctor trying to get his eye to “jump” but it was very sporadic. It was interesting how she was doing it too.   Well keeping my fingers crossed that this will work and his eyes will align the way they should.

The hard part will be getting him to wear it.  Good thing he does not have to wear it for the four hours consecutively.  But he does need to be wearing it while reading or coloring or any activity that will make him focus.  Watching TV is not an option.  Bummer.  😆 

Another thing: Do you know how hard is it to find adhesive eye patches? And how expensive they are?  I found some on Amazon with free shipping.  Hopefully, they will fit. *sigh*

Wish us luck!

budding artist…

Diego drew this wonderful picture at school today:

Boy's Art

By far my favorite one yet. I love the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Bean. The Statue has boobs (I think) and the Bean has the city’s reflection with people under and around it. Someone suggested to frame it. I think I will.

it’s out…

Diego’s first tooth has finally fallen out. It only took 75 days since he first noticed the loose tooth.

He was messing with it all day long. Finally when I got home, he had dinner so that made it even looser. Eric tried to pull it but Diego said ouch so he stopped. We waited a bit and then I tried. And sure enough the tooth popped out with little resistance. There was some blood but Diego did not freak out. He rinsed out his mouth and tooth.

Missing Tooth

He was so excited that he finally had a tooth to put out for the tooth fairy. Yay!!!

santa…

We went to Macy’s to see Santa Claus.  Of course, Diego went up to him and gave him a hug.  Mia on the hand didn’t.  The bad news: she did not want to do anything with him.  The good news was there was no crying or screaming when she saw him.  Maybe next year, she will actually stand by him.  Wishful thinking.

Santa 2010

Diego asked for Legos, which is great because that is what Santa had already gotten for him.

Afterward, we went to see the tree in the Walnut Room.  It is beautiful.  It was white and blue.  It had some LED lights that looked like snow falling.  We took more pictures with the kids so we can use for the annual Christmas card.  This one was the winner.

Kids

I can’t wait for Christmas.  They will have so much fun.