Here's what's new with everyone:
We just got our tax refund so Dan has ordered the study course for the Patent Bar exam. Passing the Patent Bar will make Dan a licensed patent agent which will open up more jobs to him and give him greater credibility at the firm he's drafting patents for. He just started looking for an office space to rent because trying to work from home and the library isn't that conducive to getting a lot of work done. Dan's enjoying the patent work but the firm hasn't been keeping him as busy as he would like to be (although all the extra riding time has been great!) He talked with them last week and they should be giving him more work. They will soon be adding another attorney to their team that does pharmaceutical patents and they want Dan to help with those. Yea, he'll actually get to put all that knowledge of molecular biology to good use!
Preschool finished last week and now Lily is patiently (or not so) waiting for me to get her signed up for swimming lessons and ballet class. She begs to have a friend over everyday, but I've started making her clean her room before she can invite anyone. Why is it so freakin' hard to get a little girl to clean her room? She can have as little as 6 or 7 little things on her floor and she fights, whines, and lolly-gags for half the day before I have to go in and instruct her one by one what to put away to make her room clean.
This, for example, was the state of her room last Saturday. A pretty small mess. Should be manageable to a five year old. I swore to myself that I wasn't going to help her because I was sick and tired of cleaning her room. "I'm not your slave" (do I sound like a parent or what?!) I resisted for about two hours until I got so sick of her pestering me because she was bored that I went in and told her exactly what to do. Man, that ticks me off when I lose the battle of wills with my five year old!
Crawling is just days away! Amelia has been scooting herself backwards and rotating in circles for a couple of weeks now. A few days ago she started doing little push-ups on her hands and feet. Yesterday she started getting up on her hands and feet and then lurching forward. Now all she has to do is figure out how to bend her knees and she'll be in business!
But when it's all 3 of us in a queen size bed, Dan gets the short end of the stick because Amelia likes to turn sideways and kick him!
That will have to wait until later as I have to rush off to shoot a wedding reception!