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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Have You Found The Holy Grail of Homework Policy?

The kids are almost a month into school.  The excitement of the first day is a memory.  The sparkling new backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies are already looking a bit dingy.  We are officially back to the grind!

As the homework starts piling up and the long-term projects get assigned, I wonder how any of us will make it through to another June.  Then I found it.  I found it surfing Facebook as I was procrastinating signing Sarah's 7th Grade English Homework and Conduct Policy.  I saw a Facebook post of Mrs. Young's NEW Homework Policy.  It is the stuff of Urban Legend, the Holy Grail of Homework.  It is the No Homework, Homework Policy.  Could you imagine? No homework for the entire school year.  It would be like rainbows and unicorns and Christmas everyday.  I know it will never happen, but one can dream.

Here we are in the middle of September.  Yes, there is oodles of homework and plenty more to keep life interesting.  Soccer has not only started for Mick, but his first game was last Saturday.  Belt testing is underway at Taekwondo for Jaley. Sarah is doubling down with both basketball and field hockey.  Add in a sprinkling of other activities ensures we are fully back to the grind.

Like the kids, I have been back to work (school) for a month.  I am really enjoying working again.  Caring for kids in a school is a million miles away from adults in an ICU, but I still have to think like a nurse.  Most of the kids are just tummy aches and scraped knees, but a few need a much more watchful eye and good care.

That is life in MomZania.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Double Digits - Happy Birthday Jaley!


Jaley officially turned 10 a few weeks ago, but we were just too busy inventing ways to celebrate her birthday for me to stop and write a blog.  Jaley has been celebrating the completion of her first decade for a solid month.  She started celebrating at the Harrell family reunion in NC, continued with a family celebration at home, enjoyed celebrating her actual birthday during our amazing Alaskan cruise, and completed her celebration superfecta with a friend-filled drive in-movie slumber party combo.  She is most definitely the luckiest 10-year-old around.

Parties aside, I can't believe my baby girl is 10.  Like a broken record, the time just flies. So much has happened in the past 10 years, I can't wait to see what Jaley delivers to the world in her next 10!

Happy Birthday, Jaley!