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Postby charlesp » Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:52 am

Starting over with the personal blog here. I updated the personal personal blog over at www.charlespillsbury.com with a new theme/design. Munchkin #3 had tubes put in her ears last week... which went well. A couple weeks back Sam slipped in the bathroom (he was apparently kneeling on the toilet seat while brushing his teeth :roll:) and gave himself a mild concussion (night in the ER with cat scan and him puking, but no real damage done)... oh, and he turned 4 too.

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Postby charlesp » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:10 pm

Have I mentioned that cars suck? We, just last week, dumped $250 into getting the wife's minivan's driver side window fixed (the part that brought it up and down was busted, not the glass itself). Friday she had issues with her Brakes... and after careful analysis by the mechanics... the ABS pump motor and controle module will need to be replaced. No luck finding off-brand parts so far (waiting in hopes that our local mechanic can get them), and the dealership wants $1900 for the parts... this is an almost 10 year old vehicle... hardly worth that much in repairs.

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Postby xcheck24 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:26 pm

could you guys afford to buy a new car?
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Postby charlesp » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:37 pm

:)) :)) :rofl: :( :(( :cry:

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Postby xcheck24 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:40 pm

I take that as a no :(
I need a new car (although this one is under warranty for another 22,000 miles) because I feel unsafe driving it and the value is only going to drop next year. But I can't afford to take on new car payments just yet. *sigh*
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Postby blindside70 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:55 am

I think all minivans in general are made pretty bad and then parts are expensive cause they know the type of person driving them. I've run into the 'only the dealer has this part for 400% more than its worth" more than once with minivans.....
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Postby bfsooner » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:27 am

I've heard somewhere that starting in December Toyota is giving a "kickback" to anyone who trades in a 1996 model car or older to purchase a Prius. You might want to do some research, and see if this is true, and if it's an option for you.
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Postby xcheck24 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:31 pm

but will a prius fit all all their kids?
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Postby bfsooner » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:42 pm

Oohh...good point. Maybe they could get two Priuses...Prii...uhh...what would the plural of that word be???
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Postby charlesp » Thu Sep 06, 2007 12:49 pm

http://blog.charlespillsbury.com/?p=44
I know there was a recent study that said you shouldn’t let a kid under two see any TV because it will make them stupid, but frankly, if we can’t trim the brain cells in our kids little bit they’re just going to outwit us for the next 20 years and we’re doomed, DOOMED I say!

So, Grace, who is almost, but not quite two, has been allowed to watch Gip-ge (Happy Feet, gip-ge being a version of penguin), Rella (Cinderella), and now Woz (Not Steve Wozniak, The Wizard of Oz). This past weekend we had to “Watchit! WOZ!” about 347 times in a row. I would’ve been fine never seeing Oz again, but at 6:20 this morning the little tyrant came toddling out to the kitchen and told me “Wake! Watchit! Woz! TV!”.

If it were a purely passive experience it would probably be worse for her, but easier on me. As it is she bops and dances to each song and when “man!” (the Tin Man) comes on I have to pick her up and mimic the Tin Man dance during “If I only had a heart”. I’m 6′3″ and 235lbs… agile and dancer are not adjectives which apply.

“If I only had a brain, a heart, a home, the noive!”

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Postby charlesp » Thu Sep 06, 2007 12:50 pm

oh, and on the cars I've found some salvage-yard guys who part out cars on-line... hoping a used ABS pump and controller will work (at $80 for the part shipped I'm willing to gamble before giving up and trading in the vehicle).

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Postby xcheck24 » Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:27 pm

i love "Woz" but I can see how that would drive one insane
(although it is kinda cute)
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Postby charlesp » Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:57 pm

Last night she migrated to Charlie and the Chocolate factory (the Johnny Depp new one) to want to watch over and over (after Woz)... I fear she's going to be going into musical theater. OK, I'd be thrilled if she went into musical theater. I love theater and while a passable actor in college and when called upon to do so at church, have no vocal chops whatsoever.

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Postby charlesp » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:41 pm

http://blog.charlespillsbury.com/?p=64

Jakeism’s 2007 wrote:December 14th, 2007

(which sounds better than “My son, the smart###” which was my original title for this entry)
In an earlier iteration of this site I used to post “Jakeisms” when the eldest would say something entertaining or amusing. Tonight while he was practicing violin he got distracted by the Christmas tree and I said:

“Jake, I don’t think the christmas tree is part of your practice”

at which point he broke into a very nice rendition of “Oh Christmas Tree” completely by ear… with a big “I’m so clever” grin on his face… *sigh*

Edit:
As I was posting this Pepsimom chimed down from upstairs that Grandma had just told Sam to go potty.

Sam: “I don’t go potty without an assistant. I don’t know what that means but…”

*sigh*

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Postby JillStar » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:30 am

I'm sure glad I don't need an assistant any longer. :D
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Postby charlesp » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:03 pm

Wow, I've been updating the personal blog and forgetting to post any of it here... Here's the latest from today:

http://blog.charlespillsbury.com/?p=179 (visit the link to get the pictures that go with the text)

Pepsimom and I were up at 4:30 this morning to get ready to take Grace to her appointment for Dental surgery. She was scheduled to get her two front teeth crowned. She was pretty zonked when we got in the car and headed in, and was pretty good until she had to take off HER pajamas in favor of a hospital gown.



The surgery started about 8:10 and ended up around 9:15. She was in recovery for another 45 minutes before she made it back to us. Once they got in there they discovered she needed root canals in both teeth and to prevent it from happening again they had to cut the little piece of muscle between the two front teeth as that was the source of at least part of her problem initially. She wasn’t really happy coming out of the anesthesia (though the staff were wonderful), and wasn’t particularly thrilled with the IV they had in her arm.


When we told her she could have the IV out if she drank something and kept it down for a little while she quickly started chugging a sippy cup full of apple juice like a frat boy at a kegger. She’s home now, and napping with Mom. Pepsimom’s not thrilled with how the crowns look, but they’re not bad (one is a smidge longer than the other and they’re a little larger than the teeth that came out), and Grace is still too cute for you anyway.

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Postby charlesp » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:18 pm

Oh, and an entry from last weekend was pretty pertinent to updating what's going on in my life:

http://blog.charlespillsbury.com/?p=163

This morning Jake and I spent a couple hours at the vet’s office. His snake, a replacement a month or two ago for one that had died very shortly after we purchased it, has gone from being “fine” on Wednesday to emaciated and dehydrated and generally not looking well. We’ve never taken his snakes to the vet before (they tend to look OK to us and then look dead to us and dead is something the vets have a tough time treating). The trip today was good, we found out about Repta-aide, and that we should be soaking him when he’s shedding (which he is now), but it was still $60 vet bill for a $30 snake. Plus a trip to Petsmart for the supplies (another $30-$40), which turned into a “talk Mommy out of adopting a dog” trip as well.

Tonight, before eating our own meal, we all (except Grace and Grandma) piled into the kid’s bathroom to force feed the snake. Repta-Aide comes in a powder, we mixed it with water, sucked it up into the dosage syringe and used a little plastic card to force the snake’s mouth open and drop a little bit in. Force feeding a snake is something I can’t say was on my list of “gee I hope I get to do this sometime in my life”, but it went well enough. Now we’ve just got to do it twice a day for the next week. *sigh*

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Postby charlesp » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:34 am

Saturday morning... after an afternoon visit to the Vet for the snake... ON Jake's birthday... the snake died. *sigh*

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Postby pengwenn » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:35 am

You seem to have as much luck with snakes as I do with plants.
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Postby charlesp » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:33 pm

A) Still doing my updating on the personal blog
B) Started doing some "light" updating on twitter.com ( http://twitter.com/cpillsbury )
C) Latest kid story: Alicia has been making "Roly Poly Sandwiches" for the little ones (tortilla, cheese, vegetarian lunch "meat"). Grace decided the other day that she didn't want them anymore (which isn't unusual for her). Grace: "Don't LIKE ROLY BI@#$ES ANY-MO-ORE!" *sigh*

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Postby xcheck24 » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:57 pm

Grace seems to be the hardest one of the bunch.
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Postby JillStar » Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:08 am

:yimnono:

That's one of those words every child knows upon entering the world... uh hum... like my son when he was six, who told me why he was in my room. "I'm cold so I'm getting this f#$%ing blanket". :shock: My boyfriend at the time got a thorough word slashing from me because he was one of the reasons he knew the word. My son never said it again... he got the ol' "mouth washing", which was in actuality a "touch" on the tongue but just enough to discourage it from happening again. He had a warning before that because he had told me that a kid at daycare told him what the "F" word was and then he told me what the word was... I very calmly told him it was a VERY BAD WORD and that he was NEVER to say it again or he would have his mouth washed out with soap. His eyes were huge but I stayed calm and sent him to play... the second time was action time. :)

Now... at 16... do you think I don't know he says it? No... I know he does... I've heard him say little things to the video games and I'm also not completely stupid. But he doesn't say it around me or other adults, so it's cool.

Oh... I did get a call from day care once when he was that same innocent age of six... apparently he called another child a "son of a bitch". Interesting... again... my boyfriend got a finger shaking in his face because that was something I didn't say... let alone around my son.

He had other bad habits... like saying the "n" word... he wasn't exactly a very "everyone is equal" kind of guy. Luckily my son never heard it and I threatened my bf with death if it every came out his mouth!! Children are innocent, even if they don't sound like it. Well... up to the age of about... hmmm... eight. :)
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Postby charlesp » Thu May 22, 2008 2:13 am

http://blog.charlespillsbury.com/?p=235 bit of Indiana Jones and Caspain review on my personal blog... with spoilers (BEWARE)

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Postby gnomenapper » Thu May 22, 2008 11:42 am

Your little one is adorable. My first thought: "She's a little Nymph" but after reading more.. perhaps a bit of an imp? Otherworldy in any case :)
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Postby charlesp » Sat May 24, 2008 8:10 am

Imp is fitting...

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