Friday, November 3, 2017

Halloween is Over, Now It's Getting Really Scary

It is that time of year, that time of year that gets very, very scary.  No, it's not Halloween, though the occasional creepy clown can be startling.  With Halloween passed, Christmas is only 51 days away.  That has me very, very scared.

Halloween is the like that moment right before you go flying down a giant water slide.  You have waited in the long line, climbed a million stairs, and you are finally seated in the flume looking down with anticipation.  You know it will be thrilling, you know it will be worth the price of admission, but you also know it is will be a fast, furious ride to the finish.  So hold onto your inner tube, this Holiday Ride is underway.

With the holiday season here, that means the first season of sports is ending.  Jaley finishes basketball this weekend.  It was her first time playing (beyond the surprising competitive family games in the driveway).  In just a few short weeks she went from novice to player.  It is amazing how quickly kids pick up sports.  Fall field hockey is also coming to a close.  There is one more tournament and the girls can retire their sticks until the winter season starts in January.  It was great to watch Sarah and Jaley on the field together.  It was all sibling synergy and no sibling strife - now they just have to carry that over to home.  Flag football would have been finishing up, but Mick's season never got started.  He went from meet the coach to meet the injury roster.  Since my last post, Mick has recovered well.  His teeth are currently cooperating and we have had good reports from the many dentists we have seen.  Hopefully, those permanent teeth will decide that hanging with Mick is a better place than their brief visit on the ground.

With all these activities winding down, you may be worried about what we will do with all that free time.  Never fear, the next round of activities are queueing up.  Sarah made the 8th-grade basketball team.  They already have two decisive wins under their belt.  I signed Mick up for Little League on Wednesday.  Tonight at exactly 6pm, the signups for the middle school play open.  I better be ready.  It may be easier to score tickets to Hamilton than score one of the slots in the school play.

That is life in MomZania.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eight Years Old and a Dental Emergency

Mick is 8!  Technically, he turned 8 a couple of weeks ago.  However, the instant communication available in a blog runs about two weeks behind for me.  Like many boys his age, he celebrated with a new (bigger) bike and a Laser Tag party.  What Scott and I celebrated was the end of the car-seat era!  After nearly 14 years, we are driving car-seat-less cars.  There are many things we miss about not having babies anymore, but car-seats and diapers are not on that list.

September also brought a wonderful visit from Nana.  She spoiled all of us and cooked up a feast.  We also used her visit as an excuse to check out some of the local sites we never make time to visit.  Filoli House and Gardens is beautiful year round and so is the Stanford campus.

Mick and I headed out for the National Coastal Clean Up Event.  We picked up (literally) tons of trash along one tiny stretch of Coyote Creek.  In just one day in just our one county, over 55,000 pounds of trash was collected.  It is sad to think of how much trash is wrongly dumped, but it felt good to lend a hand in helping clean it up.

With life running along so smoothly, it was time for an emergency.  On the way to school, Mick fell off his scooter.  It looked like a tiny fall; the type that leads a mom to say, "dust it off."  That is until he looked up at me, with blood streaming down his face and a beautiful tooth sitting on the ground.  Not just any tooth, but a beautifully big, permanent, front tooth!!!  And another beautifully big, permanent, front tooth hanging on by just a thread.  Over the years we have had our share of kid accidents, from broken bones to stitches to some many injuries in between.  Usually, I'm calm as a cucumber, but this one left me on tilt.  I was all alone with a rather toothless child who was bleeding prolifically.  All I had was my bike and a tooth in my hand - no car, no purse, and, most definitely, no cell phone.

Thanks to the amazing kindness of strangers, we got a giant pack of tissues and a  ride home.  We dropped that tooth in a glass of milk and were at the dentist within the hour.  For now, the teeth are splinted back in place.  Cross your fingers and send your prayers that his teeth will heal well.  Only time will tell.

That is life in MomZania.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Finally Following Through on My Intentions of Posting

I see something, do something, or hear something hilarious and have the best intentions of blogging about it.  Then, I don't.  Next thing I know, I haven't updated this blog in way too long.  Here is the last six (OK, seven) weeks, Reader's Digest Style.

Summer ended.  Jaley and I closed it out with a mother-daughter trip to Pismo Beach.  The weather was in the 60's, so there wasn't much sun worshipping.  Instead, we went ATVing in the sand dunes.  Jaley had a ball, I thought we were going to die.  It wasn't our ATVs that had me scared, it was the million other ATVs, motorcycles, dune buggies, and 4X4's zooming past that had me convinced our lives were in peril.  We also toured Hearst Castle and pretended to live the rich and famous lifestyle.

School started (almost a month ago).  The grades: Sarah-8th, Jaley-6th, Mick- 2nd.  Jaley is loving the new found freedom of middle school.  That freedom extends beyond switching classes and reaches right into the community.  The middle schoolers can bike all over town, hang out with friends, and frequent (possibly, torment) the local Jamba Juice and Starbucks.

The Great American Eclipse arrived.  Two days of travel for two minutes (actually 1' 53") of totality was totally worth it.  Last year, I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to see the Eclipse.  Much to my surprise, everything was already booked.  But, I'm persistent.  Eventually, I scored us a room south of Portland and tickets to a NASA viewing party in Salem, Oregon.  Crazy as it was, the kids and I flew up for the eclipse.  Traffic, crowds, and lining up before sunrise, but I would do it again.  It was amazing.

New Job began.  Scott is off to a new role at Cisco.  It takes what he was working on in enterprise networking and adds in engineering.  He is looking forward to the new challenge.

New (Old) Job began.  I'm back to nursing kiddos at the local school.  There is a new group of incredibly cute kindergartners, but the boo-boos, belly aches, and band-aids are pretty much the same.

19 Years & Counting Arrived.  Today is Scott and my 19th anniversary.  I can't believe how many years have passed, but I love him, even more, today than I did in on the day we said, "I do."  Scott is my rock, my best friend, and the love of my life.

I've left out lots of events, quips, and great stories, but that is the update.  Enjoy the start of Fall.

That is life in MomZania.