The good news is that the furniture assembly is going along swimmingly. With the help of my brothers, my kids and my friends, we are well over half way through the process. Unfortunately, Ikea didn’t deliver the drawer fronts for some of the cabinets so we can’t finish those until tomorrow at the earliest. Good thing we are ahead in other areas! The photos above show the kids, my brothers Tom (in red) and Chuck (inside the cabinet) working away.
More good news, comes in the form of the activity packs that Kevin and Mairen have made. Each age group (2-5, elementary age, and older kids) can pick up a bag from the front desk with age appropriate stuff in it. Above are a couple of photos of the packs, some have hand held games, some have magna doodles, some have crayons and paper, some have viewmasters….you get the idea.
More good news came in the form of prescription pads and stickers and ‘treasure’ toys that arrived today for the opening. I also ordered my vaccines, got all the cleaning/janitorial supplies, handed off the scheduling duties to my mom, built a desk, met with the phone guys, and got my sales tax license and visa stuff figured out. Whew!
Now for the bad news….Frank, my architect, is going to lose what little hair he has left in this final week. There is still much to do and we still have a certificate of occupancy to get before Monday….keep your fingers crossed. We didn’t pass the fire inspection and can’t until we have all the ceiling tile which isn’t due to arrive for a couple more days. We are improvising a plan and I am still confident we will open on Monday but when the Beaumont Reference Lab rep and the Quest lab rep came to the office, they were flabbergasted to see how much there remains to be done…..yikes!
In the midst of all of this, our family van (Kevin’s car) needs new brakes badly and we are taking it in tomorrow to get those fixed and still have a lot of web content to write….Calgon take me away!
Love your family, thank them often, and eat chocolate and each day will be your best!
Molly O’Shea, MD Birmingham Pediatrics + Wellness Center