she was denied.
she has applied for a couple other personal days since then, but each time she gets denied because she fails to give the proper notification in enough time to process the request (all subjective terms that HR can change whenever they want....it's in the fine print....sorry, she signed the contract, if she can't read the fine print that is not my fault). emily even has tried to quit / resign / put in her two weeks - but each time she tests the job market (other crazies) and she comes crawling back - actually, i just pinch finn and he starts crying and she immediately asks to be rehired. of course i offer her the job again, but each time i reduce her pay and take away a personal day (another part of her problem with not getting HR approvals).
the real problem is that she doesn't appreciate the leniency that her gracious employer provides. they allow her to wear pajamas to work; she can drink during regular business hours (within reason....she tried to take advantage of this rule so HR added "within reason" to the end); they don't block any inappropriate websites; she gets a 2 hour lunch; they encourage napping on the job; and they don't even require that you have a degree (she does have a degree, so she often tries to use this as a reason for a raise, but instead she usually just gets a massage). and they even put on exciting company functions - for example, just the other day the whole "team" went to the suns playoff game (actually, just the HR manager went to the game, but the "team" did collectively watch the next game on the new tv in the main conference room).
in all seriousness, i realize that i am like most guys and i have trouble handing out compliments or appreciating how tough it would be to stay home and be a great mother (which is ironic considering i have heard countless lectures from my grandpa on the importance / beauty of the vocation of motherhood....he has a newsletter on the subject if anyone is interested). with mother's day approaching i figured i would throw out a public compliment - i love my kids, my family, and especially my wife. i consider myself a very lucky man.