Thursday, August 28, 2008

another first

So, I've finally done it, received my first speeding ticket. Driving for twelve years, and this being the first, I feel kinda good, but goodness, it was a doozy! I guess since I've been able to cheat fate for so long, it decided to pile it on!!! So let me give you the short run down of all that happened. It all started 2 months ago, the girls and I were just arriving into Colorado Springs from a crazy long almost ten hour drive from Utah. We had had about every unwanted event on the list, car breaking down (almost this time) a million potty breaks, child throwing up, crazy construction traffic, and boy was I tired at 2am when we finally arrived. By the way, I missed Kel's birthday by two hours. Then in all my deliriousness, I finally got caught speeding...in a construction zone.... 25mph over...and my kids had taken off their seatbelts to sleep "comfortably"...and I couldn't find my registration. It was lovely. So here I was fretting for two months about how horrendous my fines were going to be, and also that I had to go to court. The only thing I could think of to do was pray for help, so I did. Luckily, I didn't have to see a judge or anything, just some kind of attorney who went over my rights. She actully was really nice, grew up in the same town as me, graduated about the same year, went to college in the same town. Kinda strange, I think she did me a huge favor. I showed her my insurance card, so that was dropped. Then gave her the reason for the seatbelt incidence, and that was dropped. She then gave me the fees for my ticket, and I thought the price was kinda low, also only 1 point against me, and no defensive driving course like I thought, but didn't say anything. So I went and payed and it was over. It wasn't till after I looked over my court order that I found out just how nice she was. She had written down that I had only driven 5mph over the limit. I was shocked but very very grateful, who knows what the bill would have been if it were spot on.

I did have the question all the fees though they included:

Victim's assistance fund $10
Family Friendly surcharge $1
Traffic Fine $70
Court Costs $21
Court Security Cash Fund $5
Tramatic Brain Injury $10

Weird, I'm being charged $1 so they can be family Friendly??? I hope it's for some good reason. Oh well, I'm glad it's over, I've been crossing my fingers for too long. Let's just hope that I don't get another ticket any time soon!

Monday, August 25, 2008

School update

Just a quick update, Kyrie finished her 1st week of school pretty smoothly. She thinks that school is pretty long, but she's getting used to the schedule, as am I. 6:30 am does come pretty early, but it's not as hard as I anticipated. Amazingly enough I do get more work done. I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier??? Kyrie has made 1 friend at school so life isn't all that bad. She loves the art class, and even enjoying learning Spanish. Driving to and from school everyday is kind of hectic, but getting easier.
Brielle is really excited to be starting Joyschool next week. I think she's getting bored of playing all by herself. Hopefully a little more interaction with other kids will soften the blow of now being home with just mom all day. She turns 3 in March but is amazingly, the oldest in the group. I'm a little curious to how this will turn out. The kids will all be so young....and I'm used to teaching 4 and 5 year olds. Hopefully I can keep up...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Kyrie's first day of school


The day has finally come, I was anticipating something much more dramatic, but I'm so glad that it wasn't. Kyrie and I talked about her first day quite a bit so that she wouldn't be scared, and I think that she did rather well all things considered. We missed back to school night because we were in Ut, so everything was very new to her. Only a few tears welled up, but were soon gone as she talked to her new teacher.
It was very strange not to have her around all day. A little too quiet! Brielle played by herself most of the day while I caught up on a few things.
Sad thing was after she came home, I felt my heartstrings tug a bit as I realized that she was different somehow, more grown up, more mature. She wasn't just my little Kyrie anymore, little by little, she's going to have to face her own battles, and I can't always be there to protect her. It seems silly, I know, but we all get to learn this lesson sometime. It was just a bit abrupt for me. All I can do is try and be there for my children as much as possible, and hopefully they will figure out the rest. It was a big, big day.

Family Reunion '08

Holy cow, I haven't blogged for a whole month, where has the time gone? I can't even remember... that's kind of freaky that a whole month can just slip by. I will say that most of August was spent in Utah with our family. Everyone in the Ostler family was finally reunited after about 3 years. I miss spending time with all those crazy loons!

You can imagine how crazy it would be to get this huge group together. We had a blast though. the boys went golfing about every day, some of us spent a little time at the beach (ok, really Willard Bay, there's not really a good beach in Utah), the girls had to do some shopping, lots of hanging out and catching up, and of course we all had tons of eating (PS love cafe Rio). I got back into the scrapbooking habit, which I haven't done for over a year. The kids just played and played, I think water was involved one too many times. Horsie rides, camp trailer, hammock, too much to list. I think close to 1000 pictures were taken between my sister in law and I. Crazy times. Here are a few.



The two who started it all....


Mom, still standing after 7 boys, well sort of...


Only half the crazy kids....


Family ties last forever....



These kids asked for horsie rides at least twice every day...


Night games with little glowy thingies...


First time golfing after 2 1/2 years...


The golfing addict who would golf 3 times a day if he could...

Brielle need a bath at least once a day... unfortuantely she didn't get it.