Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome to 'Tweenhood' - Sarah is Eleven

Last week, Sarah turned 11.  In her words, it was "like, awesome."  Like, OMG that is how she and all her 11-year-olds' friends talk.  Babyhood, toddlerhood, and now childhood are gone.  Sarah is a full-on tween.  I keep trying to ignore the signs, but I can't deny it anymore.  Fifth grade is half over and middle school is only a few months away.  That is a picture of her opening a laptop - the ONLY thing she wanted for Christmas or her birthday.   What was her first search on that shiny new laptop?  "Minimum height to ride in the front seat," to which she found the convenient response of 4'9" -- her exact height.  Speaking of height, she grew 5 inches and 5 shoe sizes this year.  Nothing says tween more than pants that are too short.

While I sometimes hate to believe Sarah is already 11, she is growing into an amazing young woman.  It is fun to watch her become her own person and make her own choices.  Yes, there are occasions I taste blood from biting my tongue, but more times than not I agree with her.  She is definitely wiser at 11 then I was at that age.

Now you will have to excuse me;  I have to go squash Sarah's plea to get her own cell phone for Valentine's Day. Welcome to Tweenhood.

That is life in MomZania.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just a Boring Day

I recently read an article that said spending too much time hearing about other people's great days is a good way to ruin your own day.  I guess it is tough to see too many snippets of just how great everyone else's life is.  There is the post that Johnny hit the lottery and Mary submitted Mt. Everest and Susie's 4th grader just got the Nobel Prize for chemistry.  In the spirit of balancing all those people doing all those great things, I thought I would write about my day - my real day, the one that no one ever writes about.  Here it is in all it's boring glory.

Stage 1:  Morning.  Beeeeep,  hit snooze, 9 minutes, beeeep, hit snooze and repeat until I am woefully late starting the day.  Then it is herding the cats, I mean kids, to get ready.  We are almost 100 days into school, why don't we have a routine yet?  Breakfast is served.  It is nothing worthy of taking a picture of unless it is an ad for General Mills.  We blaze into school just before the bell rings.

Stage 2:  Exercise.  I sit on the exercise bike and pretend to exercise.  All the Surgeon General asks for is "low intensity for a little while everyday."  I don't think I even worked out hard enough to hit that low bar.

Stage 3:  Chores.  I start one load of laundry though the pile is so high it doesn't make a dent.  I head to the grocery store - holy crap, I may need to sell a kidney to pay the food bill for these hungry, growing kids.  I pay some bills - holy crap I may need to sell the other kidney to pay the power bill this month.

Stage 4:  Shuttle Van.  It starts with the pick up at school and finishes with the end of basketball practice.  In between, there is Tae Kwon Do, play dates, and an "urgent" run to the library.  All told I spend 4 1/2 hours driving a total of 22 miles around town schlepping the kiddos. Most runners will finish a marathon faster than my net shuttle van speed.

Stage 5:  Dinner Bell.  There is dinner (again nothing worthy of posting a picture).  There are baths.  There is the last piece of homework that was "forgotten" in the afternoon.  There is the realization that the load of laundry I started at 9AM still hasn't even made it into the dryer.

Stage 6:  Day is Done.  The kids are "asleepish."  Scott and I grab our laptops.  Why is it always night before I ever start getting the day's work done?  An hour later, I'm too tired to do anything else.  I watch a few minutes of Alaska Gold Rush even though I hate the show.  Frankly, I am too lazy to change the channel.  I decide I am even too tired for junk TV and head to bed.  I set the alarm and drift off to sleep knowing full well that tomorrow will start with 3 snoozes, too.

That is life in MomZania.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A New Year of Endless Possibilities

Tomorrow is December 31st.  I guess I have exactly one day to accomplish all of the resolutions I set last 12/31.  Since that probably won't happen, I am looking at this as a half full. It means my resolution list for this year is already made; I only have to change the '14 to '15.

With a new year upon us, I was thinking about what 2015 will hold.  Will it be amazing and brilliant?  The New Year is always a chance for a whole new start.  The world is full of endless opportunities; all we need to do is seize them.

It is that endless opportunity that makes January 1st so special.  We can lose the weight and save the money.  We can finish our to-do lists and go on exotic trips.  We can find the time for the kids, the family, the career, the community, and for ourselves.  We can learn something new and remaster something from our youths.  On January 1st, we can still do it all.  So for one day, we should revel in the joy called New Year's opportunity.  The reality of January 2nd will come soon enough.

Happy New Year to you and yours.  May the opportunities of January 1st carry you all year long.

That is life in MomZania.