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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Abby had her first eye doctor appointment yesterday! Not that there was anything wrong...but, when you pay for eye insurance, it makes sense to actually take advantage of it don't you agree?

Fortunately, Abby has had plenty of opportunity to get to know the gang at Dr. Matsuoka's office. Since Abby has been accompanying us to our yearly exams since she was a newborn (we make it an event each year complete with dinner out after our appointments), she has become a favorite of the office staff, Miss Vicki & Miss Chaz. She is even allowed to go behind the receptionist desk and hang out there...of course she always brings a purse and cute flip flops and that sets the gals over the edge.

Our last visit to Dr. Matsuoka (March 07) we asked Abby if she'd like to make an appointment to come see the doctor. Her eyes lit up and she said, "YES!" So, we scheduled an appointment for 6/26. Upon pulling up in the parking lot and getting out of the car, I see Vicki & Chaz looking out the window waving at us. We headed in (Abby sporting her new lady bug purse and pink flip flops with iridescent sequins). Miss Chaz said that her and Vicki were talking all day about how they couldn't wait for Abby to come in...of course all this excitement had Abby looking forward to her time in the hot seat.


Abby had a great time doing all the tests - Dr. Matsuoka was very taken back at how smart Abby was. He was able to do more tests on her than the usual 4 year old because of her ability to recognize numbers and letters, as well as communicate and understand. He said that her vision is right where it is supposed to be (interestingly enough, children are naturally far sighted...as they grow, that corrects itself).

The real kicker is that she was very upset to hear that she would NOT be getting glasses. To the point of crying. Miss Vicki told Abby that she would go ahead and order some for her and she would call when they were "in". (She told me that she would take a pair of customer returns and replace them with plastic lenses...then give us a call). I wonder if Abby will wear them all the time....oh boy....well, we'll cross that bridge when it comes. For now, she's just telling everyone that she's getting glasses (and gives me a slight reprimand when I mention they are pretend).
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Well, tonight I'm going to try and keep it short and sweet....you see, I am SICK! Last night I started feeling a little under the weather and I've had a sore throat & stuffy head all day long. It didn't keep me from enjoying my day - instead, I was thankful to God that I didn't get sick on my first day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Today's Civil War tour took us to the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, which is about a 30 minute drive west from Murfreesboro. We really didn't intend to visit there, but after driving around the downtown area for awhile without stopping anywhere, we decided to follow our trusty Rand-McNally map and head out to the plantation. It was definitely worth the trip.

To get to the plantation, you have to drive thru a beautiful residential area with canopied streets and big brick southern mansions. The road (actually, it's a lane - Carnton Lane) eventually splits in two. To the right, is an unpaved road that goes right thru the middle of the plantation's field and takes you to the back of the house and to the visitor's center. To the left, is a private cemetery where 1,481 Confederate soldiers are buried - many of those who lost their lives in the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864.

Mike & Abby on the steps of the  Carnton Plantation Why does that alarm keep going off at 7am?

Oh yeah...this is a "productive" vacation - which means that we have "agendas" and "action items" and "goals"...things of that nature. As far as I'm concerned, we are still on CA time...going to bed at 1am and waking up at 5am. Of course when you put a 4 year old to bed in a hotel room, all other occupants must be quiet and do whatever needs to be done using only the light of the stove hood in our mini-kitchen. Thank goodness for free high-speed internet that allows us to quietly blog into the night. Ok, I'm off track.

Goals....right. So, we had goals whilst vacationing in lovely Murfreesboro, TN. We wanted to get a "lay of the land" as well as look at some potential neighborhoods. In order to do that, we enlisted the help of our TN based real estate agent, Kami Shipman who contacted us (interesting, huh?) after hearing from her BofA appraiser husband that some tech support guy based in Concord, CA (that would be Mike) was interested in TN real estate information. So, we had scheduled some time with her when we planned our trip with the purpose of having her give us a tour of the area and, based on our set criteria, show us some neighborhoods where we could potentially buy.

Monday, June 11, 2007
OK, I'm no blogger...but I'm married to one, so I've learned a thing or two about this business. Since writing stuff like this doesn't come too easily for me, you won't find too many posts from yours truly. But I did want to throw in some quick comments about my take on Tennessee after being here for two days now (yes, I am a Tennessee expert)...before moving on to our really cool field trip today, which Kristin alluded to in her post about today's "festivities"...

Today was our one "all day fun" day...the rest of our time here we have business to conduct, but today was all about seeing some stuff.

We started off the day actually using the kitchen in our hotel room (you know how that goes, "oh yeah - we'll use the kitchen....save lotsa money..." till you get there and find that there's 2 utensils and a pan that looks like someone cooked some tar on it). I cooked up the usual: eggs, toast (today we had "World Outreach Church" jam on our toast - a gift for being visitors on Sunday). I actually used the coffee pot and had a nice cup of joe.

The alarm went off at 7am....

Why?

I don't know, because Mike set it for that not knowing about my diet coke induced insomniatic toss-fest. Ok, I don't even know if that made any sense, but that is what it felt like.

Sunday, June 10, 2007
Up at 5am, shower, last minute packing, 2 eggs, a 7am pickup and a quick trot off to SFO in Saturday morning traffic...that was the easy part.

Then...the "malfunction" occurred. Oh yeah - the words you really want to hear when you're sitting in a plane embarking on the first leg of a 2 leg 5 hour journey - "this is your captain speaking.....um.....we're having a bit of a problem with the landing gear".

Monday, June 4, 2007

Be sure and check out the pictures that Abby took during our weekend at the "Apricot Fiesta" in Patterson, CA. We had a great time - although there were alot of extra ciricular activities (hanging out in emergency rooms until midnight, 7 people searching all weekend for a remote control, etc.)

Click Here to see the album. My pictures, which are way inferior to those of my shutter-bug daughter of mine, are forthcoming.
Enjoy,
mama k
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