Monday, September 12, 2016

Have Your 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 is 10 - DOUBLE DIGITS!

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! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bad Moms

School starts next week for the kids and tomorrow for me.  My inbox is teeming with all things back to school.  PTA committee meetings are stacking up.  My color coded calendar looks like a rainbow as I keep adding in the kid's activities.  Plus, I better finish the back to school shopping and find the supply lists for class.  And, those school emergency forms sure won't complete themselves in triplicate.

What did I do today?  It was my last day to get all these things done.  I said forget it (or maybe another word starting with f)!  Instead, I went to the movies and saw Bad Moms.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.  I haven't gone to a movie in the middle of the workweek - EVER!!!  Every mom can relate to at least part of this story.  We are all bad moms!!!  We are all great moms, too!!!

Yes, we do helicopter and sanitize ourselves right into a tizzy.  What if my kid doesn't get the teacher he wants?  What if my kid doesn't make the team?  What if my kid doesn't get elected to student government?  What if? What if? What if?

Yes, we also love our kids beyond words.  We would walk through fire.  We would dance with the devil.  We do just about anything to make sure our kids are safe.

Moms, school season is about to begin.  Put on your tackle pads, because parenting these days is a full-contact sport.  Together, let's all strive to be bad moms some days, because most days we are all really great moms!  Let the school games begin!

That is life in MomZania.