Monday, February 5, 2007

You painted what...

It is now February and according to Punxsutawney Phil spring is on its way, but that ain’t the case here in NC. We had snow on Thursday and the forecast is even colder for the next 10 days (without any of the white stuff). There wasn’t much snow, probably just 2”, but it was enough to sled on. School was out and Sarah (and I) had a great time racing down the hill at the end of the street. It was Sarah’s first time sledding and my first time since I was 8.

But I am getting ahead of myself. It is time for a quick catch up on all of the happenings around our house. Sarah is now three and her birthday celebrations are still underway. It started with a party at Daycare, then a party with her friends at a Chucky Cheese’s type place, then cake on her actual birthday, and free ice cream a week later, and now Nana is on her way bringing up Sarah’s gifts so that she could be here when she opened them. Plus she has been to 4 birthday parties for friends and celebrated Mimi and Scott’s birthdays too. She is starting to think that every day is a birthday celebration.

While Mimi and Poppa were visiting, we also Christened Jaley. Sarah was the baby who rarely cried and she wailed during her Christeing. Jaley who has cried enough tears to fill a river was the perfect smiling baby. Go figure. As soon as the service was over, Scott and I raced out of town to beat the bad weather to The Homestead in Virginia. The weather won the race. It was sleeting long before we crossed the VA line. As hard as the Protégé tired, it just isn’t a bad weather kind of vehicle. We drove past Roanoke and then had to double back and find a hotel in the dark. But once we arrived at the Homestead it was worth it. The hotel was wonderful and since the weather was bad, there were no guests. We had the place nearly to ourselves and just loved a few days of near silence. A huge thank you goes out to Mimi and Poppa, who took care of the girls. There were flat bushed by the time they went home.

I headed back home and Scott continued on to CA for work. So, I had the girls solo for the next couple of days. Let’s just say, it wasn’t the smoothest run. On Friday Sarah painted Buford green. Not all of him, just his tail. He was not amused and raced through trying to escape further damage from Sarah’s brush. All the while leaving a green trail behind him. I am still trying to clean it all up. It was thankfully washable paint, but the label should mostly washable, because there are traces of green on most of the walls. Then that evening, I was up 6 times in 6 hours. Yes, 6 times. Jaley was up twice. Sarah was up twice. Delta called at 1AM to inform Scott he was going to miss his connecting flight. This was a completely stupid call, because if was stuck at the airport delayed, he wasn’t going to be home to answer the phone. Then Scott was home on from the airport at 6:30AM. It turns out he didn’t miss his connection after all and the call from Delta was all the more idiotic. At that point, I just gave up any hope for sleep and got up for the day.

Last week was Scott’s birthday. He celebrated by working a 12 hour day. The big event was a 20 minute break for home-cooked dinner. However, I had a couple of tricks up my sleeve. On Saturday, I surprised Scott by having his buddies over to play poker. I set up a huge spread of guy food – ribs, chips, dip, and LOTS of beer then banished myself to the upstairs. The partying went on until 1AM, and Scott paid the price yesterday. But there is no rest for the weary. This morning he was up before the sun on his way by to CA for work.

So I am flying as solo parent again this week. However, after the last foray we decided to bring in reinforcements. Nana is arriving tomorrow with a suitcase full of crafts. Sarah is stoked to see “her Nana” and I can’t wait to get some time with my mommy.

That is the news from Stroller Lane. Lots of Love.

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