Good news: Today our fence was completed. Bad News: Austin can slide between the bars and get out of the back yard. Fortunately heâ€™s still a growing puppy so, we just need to feed him more and that should stop his escaping.
We ventured out to church on Sunday with all three girls in tow. We had ulterior motives, though. We met with one of our friends at church who is a lawyer to talk about what our options are with the play gym. It wasnâ€™t good news. Because the Home Owners Association has the stipulation in their bylaws of approving or denying all claims, they can pretty much dictate whether something goes up or not without much reason why. So, our current plan is to go ahead and put the play gym back up sans the roof. Without the roof, the play gym is 9 feet tall and thus meets the original requirements. If our other application is approved or if our neighbors move away, we will put the roof back on.
Our fence started going in today as well. Jennifer also went to Home Depot and bought the plants we are going to use as the privacy hedge between our house and the neighbors in question. We also got a quote on hiring some guys to bring the sand and use wheel barrows to hand carry it back and level it in the sand box. However, they are back logged and that cannot start for another two weeks. So, things are looking better in the back yard, but we are still two to three weeks out before the girls will be back in their play gym. The sooner the better. The natives are getting restless.
We had our Executive Review of Madden NFL 06 Xbox 360 today. It sounds like it went well, which is a relief. We are now two weeks from going “Alpha”, which is our main bug fixing mode. This is technically when we are supposed to be feature complete and we are only working on fixing bugs, but there’s going to be many features that aren’t quite done yet and so the first three weeks of Alpha may still be feature work for some folks.
Today’s picture is from when my parents were in town a couple of weeks ago when Isabelle was born.
Today I went and registered Abby for Pre-Kindergarten. In Florida they started a new program this year where the state will fund your childâ€™s daycare if they are 4 years old and would be going into Kindergarten the following year.
Today our play gym was “unapproved” by our homeownerâ€™s association. Our neighbor has threatened to sue the homeownerâ€™s association so they are scrutinizing our application. We had the height listed as “9+ feet” because there is no height requirement in the bi-laws. So, they are saying we were only approved for a play gym which is nine feet tall. Weâ€™ve resubmitted our application for approval with the height listed as “11 feet 3 inches”. If itâ€™s not re-approved, we might have to talk to an attorney to find out what our options are. I canâ€™t believe that they are being so petty over 2 feet 3 inches. The ones that are suffering are Abby and Emily. I hope our neighbors are happy that they are making our lives miserable. I wonder if they want to explain to Abby and Emily why they canâ€™t have their play gym.
Today Abby and Emily went to the doctor to get their check up before starting pre-school. They are both in perfect health. Abby is tall for her age and Emily is short. They both had fun getting their blood pressure checked because they had seen Jennifer get that done in all of her baby doctor appointments recently.
Abby has been trying to help out with Isabelle when she can. Today, Isabelle was crying and Abby offered to hold her. So, she sat down in a chair and I handed her Isabelle. She was doing a pretty good job comforting her, but after five minutes she was clamoring for me to come and get her. Hey, at least sheâ€™s trying.
Meanwhile Emily is getting more and more like a two year old every day. Lately sheâ€™s been collapsing into a crying puddle on the floor if she doesnâ€™t get her way. It can be as simple as she wants more milk and isnâ€™t willing to go into the play room to find her cup.
I told Abby last night when I was putting her to bed that I wanted pancakes in bed this morning for Father’s Day. Because of Isabelle, I had to get up and then I heard Abby trying to get Jennifer to make blueberry muffins instead of my pancakes. Jennifer went ahead and made both. However, before she could pour my pancakes, Isabelle started crying and I had to make my own. Oh, well. At least I got my pancakes. They weren’t in bed and they weren’t made by someone else, but thus is life as a dad in Frenchville.
The girls got me an edger for while I’m mowing the lawn. I must not have been doing a good enough job with the weed whacker.
Happy Father’s Day to my dad. Thanks for coming over and watching Abby and Emily while we were busy dealing with Isabelle’s birth last week. We’ll see you again at Christmas.
I went back to work today. Yes. I know itâ€™s a Saturday. We have an Executive Review on Wednesday where the senior executives in all of EA will be looking at our game and it was important that I jumped back into the fray.
In the morning we headed out to our usual breakfast where the ladies at the Peach Valley CafÃ© gushed over Isabelle. Itâ€™s been really weird having to now get three kids out of the car. I have to get Emily out of the car and tell her, “Stand right there” while I get Isabelle out. Itâ€™s a little awkward.
I rushed home to cut the lawn right before the started raining. I canâ€™t wait until we have the play gym all together so the backyard will be much easier to cut.