Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Taking a break

I am having to take a break from my blog. My family needs more of me right now and this is something that I like to do, but can easily step away from for a while.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Birthday Party

Prior to having kids, Rawlo and I decided that some events were worth celebrating and making a big deal about. Birthdays are definitely something that we celebrate big in our house. Family parties are great, but we get others involved. With PA, you don't know how many birthdays there will be, so make the most of the ones Talli has.

Talli wanted a Frankenstein cake, it seemed beyond me, so I asked a friend to make it for her.

She was dying for a Chuck E Cheese party, so we gave in on that one. I had previously provided games or crafts for the kids to do with goodie bags to boot and Chuck E Cheese ended up being cheaper than last year's crafting party.

There was one girl who did not come because she is afraid of Chuck E. That isn't a problem with my kids who think that Chuck E is real, sleeps in the back room, and sneaks cheese from the kitchen. My kids are character groupies! The staff at our restaurant know Talli well and when there is no one there, Chuck E will play games with Talli and give her tokens as well. I know some are grossed out by places like Chuck E Cheese, but ours is very clean. We tend to go first thing in the morning when no one else is there and the staff is disinfecting the games and play equipment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wasteful Wednesday- bills and bills

I received another billing statement from the genetics labs for amino acids. They listed our insurance and Talli's Medicaid on the statement AND we were just in clinic, so I know they have the information. So I called. This was a brief call only lasting 5 minutes. It could have been longer as they have a voice prompt system and I rarely can get my kids to be quiet during business hours to not be picked up, but they were quiet.
The billing person took a while to find the claim I was calling about. She said it was billed to Medicaid the same day the statement was sent out. So, I guess this is why I get a bill every month-- they are billing me at the same time they are billing Medicaid. It seems as though their time would be saved as well as mine if they waited even 10 days to send these out. However, I am guessing some percentage of people will pay the claim because they got a bill with statements implying that action would be taken if you do not pay within 30 days of the claim.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Talli

Happy Birthday to Talli!!

10 years ago Talli was born. Happy Birthday to you!

We finally meet.

Applied Nutrition has a birthday club. Talli got a $5 off her next order of $25 or more coupon with her birthday card from Maddy’s. We have already used it, since she has been eating 1-1.5 Energy Option Candy bars per day.

Applied Nutrition also has a new low protein cookbook available. Homestyle Cooking: Recipes the Whole Family Will Enjoy is available for FREE thru 12/31/2011 with promotional code COOKBOOK11. I have not tried the cookbook, but will be soon.