August 14, 2007

More Unboxing, Shots, Food and School Updates

I have a bunch more of the same to do today: unbox and put away our stuff. I'm down to 30 boxes in the school room as opposed to the 50 that were in there earlier this week. I think I have found and emptied all of the kitchen so far (but there is a sea of Tupperware on my kitchen table and counters that have no home). Morgan's room is almost complete (minus the paint and decorative things that will have to come much later). Kev put our bed together this weekend and I finally unpacked my last closet box last night. I still have to fill our dressers and do my son's room today. I'm not even going to mention the garage. It looks like a bomb went off in there. I haven't counted the boxes in there that need to be emptied. That will have to wait until free time after school starts.

I also have a blood test for my progesterone levels today. If my own progesterone levels come back up, I won't have to get these shots anymore. I got word yesterday that our insurance has changed and we are now going to be required to meet an OUTRAGEOUS deductible before anything is covered (even doctor visits and prescriptions). I cried when I got off the phone. Not only will we have to meet the deductible THIS year (before Dec. rolls around), but next year as well. The baby is due in March. Hopefully my body will start making progesterone like it is supposed to so that I can at least not have the extra cost of the shots. Insurance won't cover hormone therapy at all.

On a positive note, I had the best steak I have had in years last night. Our realtor took us to eat at Saltgrass Steakhouse and I had the 21$ 7 oz. fillet... and a baked sweet potato (dreamy!). It was wonderful. It had been YEARS since I had eaten at Saltgrass (they don't have one in Arkansas). I have a few leftovers from dinner waiting for me today at lunch. I have also been craving V8 (of all things!). I had one for breakfast yesterday. I haven't drank it since I was a kid (before this pregnancy, that is). I hated it when I was younger.

The kids have been asking about when they can start GeeArt and school. They are finally getting "bored" with summer and are looking forward to starting homeschool back up. I think that if we can get the school room, bedrooms, and kitchen completed this week... we might start school by the 20th or at least the 27th. This has been the first REAL summer break we have had in a long time. I'm excited about all the co-op classes, field trips, and KONOS we are likely to do this year. For sure we will be doing human birth and growth (and what a better time to do it than when you are pregnant and expecting another family member to arrive). I think we'll be going over the civil war this year, too... and maybe the states. I have been looking forward to the states unit for three years!

I hope you are enjoying your first few weeks of school and are much more organized than we are. I'll be glad when the moving is behind us and we can go forward with our homeschool year. With every unpacked box, I'm getting closer!

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Sheri said...

Glad you are settling in.

Sorry about the maternity coverage. That's not right. Seems like Maternity should only have to meet one deductible.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to do the states study with Konos? I LOVE that unit!! It is probably my favorite of all the Konos unit studies!! :o) I have done it twice before (once with my now 28 & 25yo and once with my now 18 & 16yo) and we will be doing it again this year with my 11 & 12 year olds. Let me know if you have any questions about it. :o)

Brenda said...

I know it doesn't MATTER when public school starts, but now that you are back in Texas we are all starting later this year anyway. So, relax. Get your house in order and have a great first day instead of a crazy first day. We aren't starting until our district does--the 28th. Good luck with those boxes!

Amy said...

Oh, you know I would help you unpack if I could!

Mrs said...

I so feel for you. We moved 4 times in 7 years, usually in March. I had to take down that KONOS timeline each time!

Our school room is almost finished. Hopefully, the timeline will have a permanent home!

Sprittibee said...

Sheri - Yeah, it really stinks with this new insurance. I have had my share of tears and stress over it in the past few days.

Theresa - Yes mam, I think we're doing the states this year. I have really wanted to forever now. I hope we can actually add a few road trips in and go see places. We've already seen Arkansas and Tennessee recently, so we want to branch out and go to the NW coast maybe. ;) I looooove Washington. My grandparents lived there when I was growing up. I'd like to take a trip up there and be sure to go through a few other great states as well. We'll see how the money goes - we might not be able to do it with the awful medical bills that are looming on the horizon.

Brenda - I keep reminding myself that in Texas, I don't have to be on a schedule. I was rushed in AR because of the state mandated testing. Here, I can let my hair down. However, I like to be on somewhat of a schedule and get done with the other kids around me are done. I also like to be able to feel like I'm moving along... so keeping up with the school helps me to do that. I am not sure if we start school on the 20th or 27th. I need to check my calendar I got in the mail out.

Amy - You are too sweet. :) My mom has been helping the past couple of days and friend of mine is coming today for moral support. :) I got another ten boxes done in the school room last night with Mom. ;) The books are all out of order on the shelves, though. That will take some time to get right.

Mrs. - Yeah, we are big movers too. I am hoping that this time, we'll be here longer than our 2 year max. I have not used the KONOS timeline since our last house (over 2 years ago) due to moving. I have a century box instead. :) We started making index cards and researching and printing out our own characters. That way we can add whomever we want (even not related to our KONOS studies). :) We like it... but it isn't as easy to see at a glance like the big Konos plastic sheet. I might put that in the garage if I get it cleaned out... after Christmas!

I can't wait to start school and try to have somewhat of a normal routine around here.

bigwhitehat said...

I'm not as familiar with unboxing as boxing.

But keep your guard up and attack at an angle.

I still don't approve of girls doing this.

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about your coverage. I'm not sure if it will help, but remember if your healthcare costs are more than 10% of your income, then they are tax deductable.
Also, break out your timelines and figures! OfficeMax has free laminating TOMORROW for teachers (us, too!)
A link is up at my blog entry-

I think that will work. I'm new to all this hyperlinking stuff!

And you are offically unschooling now, the kids are learning about logistics, manual labor, and REAL LIFE ISSUES! It's a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.

Love & blessings, Alli

AnnG said...

It sounds like you are moreorganized than I am and I didn't jst move and I'm not pregnant! We will be starting official school right after Labor Day as usual, but we have a couple of things we will start on on the 27th.
Good luck getting those boxes unpacked.....

MommyLydia said...

IF maternity were on a separate deductible from everything else in a health insurance, can't you see the insurance company haggling over what is and is not a maternity expense? I know when I get my bills for things, they have all sorts of things like "pharmacy" on them. I can easily see the insurance company picking at what is covered under maternity and what is covered under regular, etc. Some of this stuff would be done anyway even if I wasn't pregnant (pap smear, etc)



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