Friday, 11 April 2008

The Importance of Dental Care

Aah, some of the first signs of frost season approaching ...
cold mornings, fog and no more daylight savings!!

Autumn and Spring are my two favourite seasons.
Not so hot, not so cold ... and the kids go to bed earlier!!!! hee hee

As for the week here in Rotorua? Well, it was a big week for DS1, DD1 and DS2: especially DS2.

School was interrupted with dental visits on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week (with DS2 having yet one more visit next Friday).

DS2 was meant to have his filling done Friday last, but due to a tangi, Misa rang asking if we could change to Monday. Not a problem, (I thought), as life was normal ... till DS2 got up on Monday morning. Unfortunately an abscess had developed without my knowledge. DS2 hadn't indicated he had any pain nor did he show any signs out of the ordinary. Oddly enough he wasn't the least bit bothered about the swelling he had, yet I was rather angry at myself, "What a terrible mother not to have noticed!"

Needless to say his appointment lasted all of five seconds (thank goodness we don't pay for children's dental health!!!) . Misa said we would need to take him to the doctor to get something for the swelling. Typically the doctor couldn't see him straight away ... mental note ---> change to Tipu Ora Medical !!!! ----> "come back at 2.30". Obediently we do just that. And don't you know it! As soon as DS2 had his first dose of medicine, his swelling practically disappeared.

So, DS1 and DD1 had their fillings done on Wednesday. They were brave, but oh how I wish they didn't have to deal with these things at such tender ages!!!

Koro picked them up afterwards and took them back to their place for the afternoon. The children got a kick out of hearing Misa say "Look! There's a Policeman at the window" and the children respond, "No, that's Koro!"

"Is that your Koro?! Wow, he was the Policeman in M*******!" (My birth town.)

So there you go, we have a connection with the dentist!!!

DS2 went back again this morning and considering his appointment was for a more in-depth procedure compared to the older children, DS2 was (as expected) my little tower of strength. He put it behind him once he arrived home by simply jumping in his jeep and going for a spin.

No, our son is not making a fist!!!! He's trying to show the doggy stamp on the back of his hand, lol. In his right hand is something I haven't seen (let alone thought about) since I was a child. Is it called a tooth fairy made from the cotton swabs??

So, lessons have been very muddled this week; basically three days were spent travelling to and from as well as attending then recouping from dental work. Maths, handwriting and reading were squeezed in where possible, but really, focus for the entire family has been on dentist appointments!!!

And that's pretty much the week that was!

Oh, and one last thing for any Kiwi homeschooling bloggers ... you may notice there's now a web ring appearing on the right-hand side of our blog? Well, many of us have joined this week, and I'm looking forward to viewing as many as I can (when time permits!!) So, if you haven't done so yet, consider joining the ring.

It's great that someone took the initiative to set it up.

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano

Friday, 4 April 2008

This Small World Keeps on Getting Smaller!

I know I promised to get up to speed with the children's schooling, but before I create that post, I just have to share yet another uncanny event thanks to the extramural studies.

Remember in recent weeks I mentioned I had chosen to study two university papers, extramurally? I later went on to mention that I discovered one of my fellow Latin students lives on the other side of Lake Rotorua? Well, if that wasn't coincidence enough then you'll get a great kick out of this next story.

Due to my lack of organisational skills and lack of understanding not only Hindu terms but the jolly English terms!!!! I've been lagging behind with my Hinduism & Buddhism paper so not too many nights ago I asked the paper coordinator (in a roundabout way) to hold an online tutorial for us in the chatroom ...

Fast forward a little bit ...

I also suggested we use IM. One of the students replied she'd be keen. Excellent. She downloaded MSN and around 9.30 last night we started chatting. As much as we were attempting to stay on topic ... I veered off course by asking where she lived ... (as you do!!!) "Wellington," was her reply. I mentioned I used to live there many, many years ago. "What part did you live in?" I go on to explain, and then her next question "What school did you go to?" ... well, you'll never guess what!!!! We only went to the same jolly intermediate and high schools didn't we!!!!

What's the chances huh?!!! Unbelievable!

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano