What a Haul! (Kids are Expensive)

If Bela hadn’t been sick this week, it would have been awesome.  As it is, she has plenty of new (and new-to-her) things to keep her amused.  I found some cool learning tools at the pharmacy in Broken Bow after Bela’s doctor appointment.  Poor kid ended up in the office twice in one day!  Four prescriptions later, and we were on our way home again.

I got this round chair (with case) for $5.  Bela LOVES it!

I got this round chair (with case) for $5. Bela LOVES it!

She's into Hello Kitty and Batman at the moment.

She’s into Hello Kitty and Batman at the moment.

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She put a few of these together in Mexico.

She put a few of these together in Mexico.

Bela latched onto this music book at the pharmacy.

Bela latched onto this music book at the pharmacy.

I wanted to buy this last time, but I was a tightwad.

I wanted to buy this last time, but I was a tightwad.

Since this was marked down to $20, I grabbed it as well.  At least it counts as a homeschool expense.

Since this was marked down to $20, I grabbed it as well. At least it counts as a homeschool expense.

I hated to spend so much at the pharmacy, but it was all justified—-except for the Jelly Belly jelly beans.  The medicines were the smallest part of the bill!  Bela also got a new (to her) netbook.  A friend had it for sale, we went to see it, Bela liked it, and that was it.  🙂  Oh, yes…kids are expensive.

Bela is so happy with her new technology.  I'm jealous.

Bela is so happy with her new technology. I’m jealous.

 

Trip to Bow

My daughter had a doctor’s appointment today, so we headed out of town to Broken Bow.  The temperature at that time of the morning was negative three.  (We were hit by a heat wave on the way home when the temperature rose to a balmy 15.)  We had a rocky start even though we had time to hit our local coffee shop for a caffeine fix.  Bela’s cup had a leak, so we had to rush home for a replacement before topping off the gas tank.  I’ll admit I was a little annoyed, but I got over it.

We made it to the office only two minutes late.  Dr. Pruden checked Ysabela over and decided that her complaints were easy to remedy.  🙂  The exam rooms are nicely decorated and feel almost cozy.  Each room has a saying on the door.  I liked that Bela was in the “count your blessings” room.  It reminded me that life (and our health) could be so much worse!  When we focus on the little daily annoyances, it’s easy to miss the big picture.

We all need a reminder sometimes.

We all need a reminder sometimes.

To the Doctor We Go….

In rural Nebraska, heading to the doctor can be an “ordeal” of sorts. Our doctor happens to be 95 miles from home, so when I have to take Bela, we just schedule to be gone from school for the entire day. We got up early and went for coffee only to be disappointed….our local coffee shop is closed for the next few days. Bummer. We were sad, but we soldiered on. The gas station was also closed, so I had to use my debit card (which I do not like to do) to get gas so we could leave town. There was a cattle drive of sorts between our town and the next. I am so glad we were able to dodge the cows!

Things started out a little sketchy, as you probably figured by now, but they sure took a turn for the better once we made it to the doctor’s office. Our wait was reasonably short, and we went back for vitals to discover that Bela has lost 17 pounds! I didn’t have energy enough to do a happy dance, but I sure am thrilled for her. I though she looked smaller lately, but it can be hard to tell. Bela’s Hashimoto’s may be getting under control! Since good is usually balanced by bad, the doctor said she also is suffering from TMJ, so she prescribed an anti-inflammatory to see if it will improve.

While I was waiting for the doctor, I mentioned to the nurse taking vitals that there are a lot of apples on the ground going to waste. She said to get all I wanted! She was even kind enough to bring me two bags to use. Once I was out in the parking lot again, I noticed a cherry tree was growing alongside the apple tree! I got a bag of apples and a bunch of cherries. Bela said the cherries are a taste of Mexico! We put the free resources (one of my favorite phrases!) in the car and walked across to the pharmacy for medicines. That didn’t take long, so we stopped at Hazel’s Coffee for some yumminess. I got mint and vanilla, and Bela got brain freeze from peanut butter and white chocolate. We parted from our blended ice long enough for me to stop by the local college campus to offer my services as a Spanish instructor. I was warmly received when the lady found out I can teach ESL and Spanish. 🙂 We left and planned to head home, but by then we were hungry; we ate lunch at Taco John’s.

Since we had all day to ramble, I stopped at Chandler’s Honey because every time we have seen it, Bela has begged to stop. I’m usually in a hurry no matter where we go. Not today! All in all, the trip was worth the trouble today.

The trees had plenty of fruit!

The trees had plenty of fruit!


Blended ice yumminess!

Blended ice yumminess!


Taco John's serves potato oles.

Taco John’s serves potato oles.