Collin and the kids had a good time camping last weekend, despite the torrential rainstorms that plagued their campsite. The kids helped set up the tent and were very proud of their work. (William brought his gun so as to defend the campsite from any wandering bears.)
Unfortunately, on the way home, Collin stopped at a scenic overlook to show the kids the scenery and somehow managed to nearly tear the front bumper off the car. (There was a piece of metal sticking out of the concrete barrier at the end of the parking space, and it caught on the bumper as he was backing out.) The bumper was dragging on the ground so he couldn't drive it home and had to call a tow truck.
After the first towing company changed their minds about going to get him (half an hour after they said they'd be there -- apparently the employees were unable to LOOK AT A FREAKING MAP when they accepted the job and didn't realize how far it was to our house), he called a second company and they towed the car home. The kids weren't in bed until 11:30pm (the night before school started...) but at least everyone got home safely.
We had the car towed to a body shop on Monday, and we should (hopefully) get it back tonight.
On Monday, Elanor started 3rd grade and William started kindergarten!
They both had a GREAT first day!
After I took the requisite "first day" photo, Elanor asked if Violet and Gabriel could be in a picture too. I was pleased with the result -- all four are looking at the camera and only one is sticking out her tongue (quintessential Violet).
Last night I met up with Leila! She bought me supper and we talked for 2+ hours non-stop (we could have talked longer, but the restaurant was closing so we had to leave). It was so much fun!
Yesterday was also my long-awaited appointment with the only Ponseti-certified pediatric orthopedist in Phoenix, Dr. Lee Segal at Phoenix Children's Hospital. My appointment time was 4pm but I didn't see the doctor until past 5:30 - there was some sort of emergency so all the appointments were running behind. (Would have been nice to have been informed of that EARLIER, but oh well.) The staff was very apologetic - the nurse kept checking in on me and offered snacks and bottled water.
Overall, I was very pleased with both Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dr. Segal. He was very personable, knowledgeable, and reassuring, and assured me that they were very strict about following the Ponseti protocol to the letter. I feel that Tiebreaker will receive excellent care, which is a relief.
In related news to #6, I've started a new blog! Introducing...
I wanted to create a more focused blog for Tiebreaker's journey, to make it easier for other parents dealing with clubfoot to find. It's pretty basic at the moment and I only have one post up so far, but I hope to get several more posts up this weekend.
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