Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nothing Says Easter Like a Sewage Backup

How was your Easter?  The Harrell's holiday was full up several hilarious hiccups.  It all started perfectly.   Nana arrived over the weekend and surprised the kids for the holiday.  The Easter bunny bounced on through and we enjoyed candy as the main component of breakfast.  Next, dressed up in our fancy Easter clothes and even made it to church early (a first for us).  For lunch, we were off to a picnic at Big Basin Redwood State Park. We felt small and young as we arched our heads back to glimpse the 300 foot tops of these 1000 year old trees.  Then it was home for a giant ham dinner and a giant Easter Egg hunt.

It was a really a perfect Easter until...the toilet wouldn't flush.  As I tried to get the plunger, it overflowed onto the floor - YUCK.  I yanked the valve shut and started to clean up the nasty mess...when I heard Scott call out, "Honey, the tub isn't draining" as he was fishing Mick out of the bathtub.  And then, the gurgling started in the two broken showers - the two that we have never used, because they are, duh, broken.  And then, the reality sets in - our main sewer line was clogged and everything was backing up into the showers.  Oh crap (literally). The dishwasher was running, so was the washer, and the tub and kitchen sink were both full of water.  That was when the bailing began, because if we didn't bail it - it was going to spill out of the showers pretty soon.  When the bailing stopped, the second reality descended, the six of us were with no working plumbing for who knows how long.  Nana may never visit again, as I made my mother go to McDonald's for a restroom.  Mick simply "watered" the bushes.  

Good news, we are finally reentered the 18th century complete with indoor plumbing again.  It took two days and three plumbers, but they didn't have to jack hammer the driveway (which was in the discussions as the sun was setting last night).  Even better news we didn't have to pay for the repairs thanks to a handy dandy home warranty that covered this type of problem.  As an added bonus, we now have a very good story to reminisce about every Easter to come.  

That is life in MomZania.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break Time




Spring Break was last week and the kids played all week.  There was camp and bocce ball, the movies and shopping, monopoly marathons and McDonald's feasts.  It was a week full of so much fun it could never have been orchestrated by mere parents.  That much fun requires the expert spoiling only grandparents can provide.

Yes, in honor of Spring Break Mimi and Poppa arrived last week.  We surprised the kids.  They didn't even know about the visit until they saw them standing outside of baggage claim at the airport.  The kids barely let us stop the car before they jumped out to give giant bear hugs.

With no homework or sports or much of the regular routine, the kids were free to play, play, and play some more.  And while the kids were having all that fun, Scott and I slipped away for a no-kids-allowed vacation. We can't say thanks enough for the gift of a trip away.  Scott surprised me with a trip in honor of an upcoming birthday of mine.  You can guess which one, but I will love you more if you guess it's my 29th!!!!

Now the week is over and vacation gone.  We are back to homework and laundry and all sorts of stuff none of us wants to do.  The good news is that with Spring Break over that means the next stop is Summer Vacation.  So countdown until the end of school begins, just don't count down my last few days in my 30's, those I am savoring.

That is life in MomZania!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Welcome to MomZania!

Welcome to MomZania!  After 10 years rolling down Stroller Lane, I realized I didn't need a stroller anymore.  All my babies were running, riding, and scootering ahead of me.  Where did the path of Stroller Lane take me?  It took me to the land of MomZania.  It is a rich mix of Zany and Mania in the life of an Everyday Mom.

With this debut post from the land of MomZania, I will take a few moments to look back down Stroller Lane before the kids pull out of sight in the land of MomZania.  What do I see?  I see a trail of (OMG!!!) 20,000 diapers.  At least, that's my rough estimate.  I should have bought stock in P&G back in 2004.  I see years and years of sleepless nights, because none of my crew slept through the night until they were practically potty trained.  I see a frantic frequency cleaning spit up, throw up, and who knows what-else-up.

Ah, but I also spot first smiles and first steps.  I hear first giggles and first words.  With perfect clarity, I see the first moment I held each of my babies and the first time moment I had to let them go as big kids at school.

What a journey Stroller Lane has been! We have welcomed new family members into the world and said final farewells as other family members have gone to fly with angels.  We have moved states and schools and careers.  In between the big changes, we lived the everyday life - laundry and cooking, grown-up work and kids' homework, a little cleaning when it gets just too dirty, and most importantly time with family and friends.

I started writing Stroller Lane 10 years ago for my dad, who nearly deaf, because we couldn't talk on the phone. I would never have guessed Stroller Lane would lead to a beautiful life in California with three kids and me as a nurse.  That is the funny thing about life, you never know where it is headed.  So I sit at the entrance of MomZania not sure where things are headed, but certain that it will be full of many more hilarious tales from the land of motherhood.

That is life in MomZania.