Monday, April 25, 2016

Now I know My ABC's...

Tomorrow Mick needs to bring in a "Z" item for Show-N-Tell.  He will be bringing in a wand (cast off from a long ago trip to Great Wolf Lodge) that, wait for it, Zaps.  Don't judge, zipper and zebra were already used, I don't feel like going to the store to buy a zucchini, and kindergartners aren't the right crowd for Zeppelin, Led.

With Mick's Zap, my days of Show-N-Tell will come to a close.  I have now Show-N-Telled for 10 straight years.  I know it is "actually" my kids who do the Show-N-Telling, but what young child remembers to pack something on Monday night because, Show-N-Tell day is every Tuesday.  For our family, Show-N-Tell days started in Sarah's first preschool and I have been quietly sending in Show-N-Tell ever since.  Yes, A to Z, one letter a week for 26 weeks a year.  That is 260 different Show-N-Tells - which have spanned from fabulous to fails and everything in between.

There have been the lazy weeks - it's M-week, just bring yourself, Mick.  There have been the disrupt the class weeks - it's Y-week, just bring this microphone and Yell.  There have been the get on the teacher's good side weeks - it's R-week, bring your teacher these Roses.  There have been the last minute weeks - oh no, it's F-week and we're already at school, just take a Floor mat from the car.  There have been the hope it comes home weeks, it's B-week, bring in your hand-crocheted Baby blanket that can never be replaced.  There have been the delegating weeks, it's K-week, Sarah hfind something that starts with K and put it Mick's backpack.  And so many other weeks along the way.

Here we are at the final Z, marking the end of the Harrell's Show-N-Tell days. While I won't miss figuring out what to send in every week, I will miss the innocence age of Show-N-Tell.  My last baby is finished with Show-N-Tell, his time in kindergarten is nearly over.  They grow up fast.

Outside of Show-N-Tell, there is the rest of regular life.  Even though we moved back into our house last year, the house projects continue.  We are hoping to start on the landscape in two weeks.  We should be able to drive on our driveway next week - yippee, no more schlepping groceries.  And, drumroll please...We installed solar panels on our house.  We turned it on today.  That is our electric meter and that is a negative number.  Running the house and sending power back to the grid.  Bye-bye, power bill - or at least when the sun is shining.  Solar on the house - we must be Californians now!

That is life in MomZania.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Driveway Delays - Blame It on the Rain! Maybe? Maybe Not?

They say, "Rome wasn't built in a day."  It sure was built faster than our driveway.  It should've taken 4 days to take out the old driveway and put in a new one; 4 1/2 months later we finally have a driveway. Milli Vanilli and the contractor would say Blame It on The Rain.  I say blame it on the contractor and his heavy dose of false promises, no-show appointments, and horribly blown schedules.  They still have a ton of mess to clean up (that is an accurate weight based on the pile of old concrete in our yard), but at least there is a way to walk into the house.  .

Outside of fighting with our concrete vendor, we have been living the good life. We officially became Californians over Spring Break, by taking our first trip to Hawaii.  It seems everyone in California goes to Hawaii and goes often.  You didn't have to twist my arm to join that West Coast right of passage.  We had a fabulous time.  The weather was great, the beaches beautiful, and we did many fabulous things.  Our most favorite part was seeing sea turtles on the beach.  Although Hawaii's Green See Turtles are a different species from the Loggerheads in the Atlantic, it was like coming full circle after seeing baby turtles hatch on the North Carolina coast last summer.

With memories of an amazing Spring Break to power us through, we now have our sites set on the end of the school year.  I know I'm not the one actually going to school, but as the mom I definitely have a supporting role and am looking forward to the closing curtain on another school year.  Please let this summer be the lazy days type (ha, that won't happen, but one can dream).

That is life in MomZania.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Momitation - A Mom's Meditation

Do you meditate?  If you do, I admire you.  Everywhere you look, the world is touting the benefits of meditation.  Weight loss, happiness, winning lottery numbers - meditation can provide them all.  So, I try.  I try really hard. Apparently doing absolutely nothing is very, very hard.  I even bought Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book to master (OK, learn) meditation.  I didn't help and now collects dust on the bookshelf.  

What I have found is that I mometate instead of meditate.  It’s a mom’s version of meditation and goes something like this:

Deep breath in, deep breath out, deep breath…oh shoot I forgot to swap the laundry…

Wait clear your mind, deep breath in, deep breath out, deep breath…ding, ding - is that a text? I better check that…

Five minutes later, start again, deep breath in, deep breath out, deep breath…bark, bark, bark - oh crap, now the dog has to go out..

Five minutes later, start again, deep breath in, deep breath out, my back itches, just ignore it, deep breath in, my foot is falling asleep, deep breath out, why is sitting quietly so uncomfortable?, scratch, stretch, reposition.

Start again, deep breath in, what are we going to have for dinner tonight? Did I remember to take the chicken out to defrost?  Thinking of food, I’m hungry now.  Forget it, I’m getting a snack that is enough meditating for today. 

And when I’m not pretending to meditate, we are busy with the regular routine.  We learned the opening day of Little League is quite the celebration - complete with a parade, festival, and barbecue lunch.  It was topped off with Mick's first t-ball game.  No score, but everyone batted, everyone ran to home plate, and everyone was happy.  That is my type of sporting event.  Jaley is officially back to taekwondo, and she has proudly added another weapon, a bow staff, to her equipment list.  Beware.  Sarah starts track in a few days.  It is perfect timing; her cast just came off today.  Fully healed!!!  In order to make all these events and others a reality The Marshmallow, our trusty minivan, is  racking up the miles running carpool.   

Scott is out of town this week.  He mentioned there was an org change at work, and I thought, it must be Tuesday.  Cynicism aside, it looks like the changes are good.  The yard work is in a holding pattern as the rains continue to come.  We need the rain, but we would love for mother nature to take just a short break so we can get our driveway back again.  It has been a month of walking the plank, which is much better than our early weeks of walking right through the mud.  The forecast says sun going forward.  Maybe I can meditate and make it hold true.  

That is life in MomZania