This has been a busy week!
Church on Sunday was fantastic! We love it there! The boys and I also ended up going to a friend’s church on Sunday night as well, letting Randy have a quiet place to sleep before his very first shift at the Opryland!
On Monday the boys and I headed out for a fun filled day of waiting in lines, and job required identity checks and drug screening. (The previous statement was written in the sarcasm font. Just in case it didn’t come through on whatever screen you are reading this off of.)
We waited in line for more than an hour at the DMV and I left with a brand new TN driver’s license! Then off to Franklin for fingerprinting, which once I found the place, was really easy and painless, and DYE-FREE! After that we went to a career services place so I could do my drug screening. Since Randy was on his first day after working the night shift, the boys were so lucky and got to go on all of the errands with me. They were mostly good. After I fed them, anyway. 🙂
Tuesday we were apartment bound, waiting for a UPS package containing Stephen’s birth certificate (it was supposed to be BOTH childrens’, but that is a separate rant). Of course it didn’t come until after 5pm. But I made tremendous progress on the unpacking! It’s starting to feel organized. A little bit, anyway. 🙂
Wednesday. Oh my. At 9 o’clock I picked up the immunization records that the kids’ pediatrician had faxed over from the office of our apartment complex. Then we set out for the East Nashville Health Clinic and waited a longish time for them to put the information on those papers onto an OFFICIAL TN FORM. I am so grateful that my friend from church told me about that form because I had NO idea about it– none at all. So, we were doing that, and realized that Jonathan was missing ONE immunization that he should have received when he was 1 (ONE). *facepalm*
The lady, who I adored up until about 2 hours from this point, told us to go to Walgreens and that they could give him the shot he needed. They couldn’t. They were mystified why she would have sent me there at all. But — the pharmacist made some calls and found a clinic that could give him the one shot that he needed.
We drove there. We waited. We talked to nurses. We talked to the nurse practitioner. I explained the whole situation — just moved, blah blah blah, missing one shot, blah blah blah …. and there was much confusion. The ladies at this practice were so incredible in making sure that we were all set, I almost feel guilty using the local Pediatrics instead, but they are so much more convenient.
This is where it starts to get frustrating. Apparently, the health center where I started out is able to give that shot, and should have just given it to me! I think the problem was that the lady helping me wasn’t sure if they would accept our insurance, and that’s why she sent me away.
Anyway. The ladies at the second clinic put us on the schedule to meet with the Dr. that afternoon, so I suddenly had an hour and a half to kill. My great plan was to find a restaurant that had a playplace and let them have fun. Unfortunately, my GPS kept finding ones that weren’t really options… like the one in Downtown Nashville that was probably part of an office building food court. Or the one that was on the Tennessee State Campus. I finally asked the attendant in the gate at Tennessee State about it, and acknowledged that it probably didn’t have a playground, and she kindly directed me to one that met all of requirements.
By the time we got there and finished eating, Jonathan was only able to play for three minutes, because he was eating just a little bit slower than his brother. Poor kid!
Back at the clinic Jonathan got squared away, and we were out the door with the OFFICIAL VALIDATED TN FORM, on our way to the enrollment office. We get to the enrollment office and get Stephen all set. Jonathan would have to be enrolled at the school itself.
By the time I got home, it was 7 and 1/2 hours after I had started, and Jonathan is still not enrolled in PreK.
Today — shortly after 9AM we head to our local elementary school, naively assuming that Jonathan will be enrolled without an issue. Ha ha ha. There is a 33 kid waiting list for Pre-K at that school. The principal, who was absolutely lovely, and the substitute secretary were so helpful finding other schools that might not have waits, and giving Jonathan the screening test that he needed.
I left with all of his materials and went to one of the two Pre-K centers that have multiple classrooms. It isn’t too far away. I dropped off the materials and now we wait. We won’t know until they finish the second round of “the lottery” which is apparently the cruel and inhumane process they use in big cities to assign children to pre-schools. Or schools in general, for all I know!
After the chaos and emotions of the morning, I decided to take the boys to the local branch of the Nashville library. But it was 10:45 AM. The library opened at Noon. *facepalm*
So we went home, relaxed, and had lunch. After lunch, I took the boys to the library and got Stephen and myself a library card! They do the coolest thing for the kid cards — they put them on a lanyward! Stephen was thrilled to get an orange lanyard! They gave Jonathan one as well, even though he and I decided that it might be best if he just uses Mommy’s card for a while. He wavered on his previous decision a little bit once he realized he was missing out!
After the library, we picked up Randy and he and I opened up TN bank account! We are SOOOOOO excited, because we chose a bank that partners with the Tennessee Titans, and we got the accounts that give us tickets to 5 (FIVE!!!) different games, and invites to special events, like NFL Draft parties at LP Field, and Titan’s debit cards. 🙂 SO MUCH FUN! All Randy has to do is remind me that Michael Oher plays for the Titans now and I get all excited for football season!
Tonight I am going to practice with some people on the worship team at church — I get to sing on Sunday! I was going to say “I am so excited!” again. But — that’s redundant. So, find your own phrase that means the same thing, tack on lots of exclamation points, and imagine that I said that.
Have a great night, everyone! I love sharing our adventures with y’all! (Just kidding. I haven’t assimilated THAT much! It won’t take long, though, I bet!)