Sunday, November 27, 2016

Family, Friends, Food & Football - Thanksgiving Success

We just returned from an amazing Thanksgiving week in Atlanta.  It was filled with family, friends, food and football.  We arrived in Atlanta just in time to watch the Jackets trounce UVA.   It was the kids first game on campus and my first in over a decade!  We followed that fun by teaching the kids the proper response to "What's the Good Word?" when the GT women trounced UGA in basketball.

Catching up with GT friends made the visit to our alma mater all the sweeter.  It may be years between visits, but friends from college are friends for life.  We laughed and reminisced and hoped the kids weren't listening when we talked about some of the antics of younger years.

While football may be a Thanksgiving tradition, it is really about gathering together.  Our trip was truly a reunion.  All week family and friends opened their homes and their hearts.  We shared the holiday with Auntie Em, Nana, and all of my extended family.  We enjoyed tons of great home cooked food and some of our favorite Atlanta restaurants.

Now, we are home in California and back to work and school tomorrow.  It was a great trip and a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.  Put away the fall decor it is time for Christmas galore.

That is life in MomZania.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Competitive Carpool League

My kids may be playing recreation sports, but my carpool schedule is definitely in the competitive league.  It is a mad dash of drop-offs, pick-ups, and coordination. For those of you with school-age kids, I know you are right there with me.

This week was particularly crazy.  I went back and counted it up.  The kids had a grand total of 19 individual activities  - plus an epic night of trick-or-treating on Monday.  I have nightmares of forgetting to pick one of them up.  The sad part is I know it's not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.

It was the change of seasons that made this week particularly crazy.  I don't mean the change to autumn.  Sarah traded field hockey for two basketball leagues (yes, two and no, that wasn't planned well).  Jaley is finishing her Chorus performances tonight; Taekwondo belt testing is starts Monday.  Soccer isn't even over for Mick, but the emails for basketball and Little League are already flying.  I thought I was raising free-range kids.  What a joke, mine are just as overscheduled as the headlines portray Suburban kids.

Beyond carpool, the rest of life keeps moving at a brilliantly fast pace. The first grading term of the school year is over.   Reports cards are on their way.  I am settled into my new job as the school nurse.  Lots of band-aids, boo-boos, and belly aches, but a surprising amount of significant injury and illness, too.  Fall is always a busy time of work travel for Scott.  Happily, he is in town next week.  Heck, his suitcase may even get fully unpacked, instead of staying half-packed and at the ready.

That is life in MomZania

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Birthdays - Breaks - Braces

First up, birthdays.  It's October, Mick's birthday was in September.  In the words of Dr. Suess, "How did it get so late so soon?"  We celebrated on time, but this post is definitely late.  Mick is officially 7!!!!  Nana came to town to celebrate.  Mick was his class's special person of the day.  He enjoyed a birthday book reading and brought home the class guinea pig, Fluffy, for the weekend (yes, Fluffy survived both the dog and the cat).  There was a birthday party at Jungle Island (envision a louder version of Chuck E. Cheese's).  It was all topped off with ice cream cake and presents.  Mick was thrilled; the adults were exhausted - convincing evidence of a great birthday.

Next up, breaks.  This Monday was a teacher workday at school.  Since, I'm the school nurse, not a teacher, I got the day off, too.  We took advantage of this 3-day gift and headed south to San Diego.  The summary - San Diego is awesome and deserves the rave reviews.  We kayaked in La Jolla, hung out with Shamu at Sea World, visited the animals at the San Diego Zoo, and even squeezed in a history lesson touring the USS Midway aircraft carrier.  The forecast is calling for "super busy" in the near future, so it was perfect timing for a super quick getaway.

Last up, braces.  Yesterday, Jaley said good-bye to her braces, marking the end of phase one.  Modern orthodontia is a multi-phased (and multi-payment) endeavor, so she will get to do it all again in middle school.  For the moment, she is braces-free with a beautiful smile.  As for Sarah and Mick, their turn is coming soon enough.

That is life in MomZania.