Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thanksgiving, ThanksMas, & So Much More

Whoever said, "life's a party," must have been following us around recently.  It is two weeks until Christmas, but we have been celebrating for a month already.  Mimi, Poppa, & Auntie Em arrived for a Thanksgiving visit that we fully expanded into a Christmas celebration.  We frolicked in the winter air of Yosemite (though with record high temperatures it felt more like a summer sojourn).  Then, we rolled from turkey and stuffing right into trimming the tree and exchanging gifts.  It was a full-on Harrell ThanksMas and we have the shirts to prove it.

With the arrival of December, the holiday festivities were full-steam ahead.  From ice skating to cookie baking to The Nutcracker, we are speeding our way down the Christmas Party Highway.  There are even more events to come, but I may need to take a power nap to keep up.

Never fear, our festivities have been kept (somewhat) in check by regular life.  There is work and school and homework and sports.  It will all slow down at the end of the month, but right now they are full steam ahead.  Sarah just finished her final season of middle school basketball.  It was great to watch these young ladies improve so much in three short years.  By clinching a spot in the playoffs, they cemented a three-year streak of post-season play.  Jaley signed up for the fun and very hard work of the school play.  Auditions are over and rehearsals have begun.  The kids and parents (due to lots of required volunteer hours) work their backsides off, but the end result is truly impressive.  Mick is getting ready for a hip-hop dance holiday performance.  Scott and I are busy, but with things much less exciting. 

That is life in MomZania.  Happy Holidays!

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.