Monday, May 21, 2007

Momma has still got it

Rant of the Week It is funny how time changes everything. When I was in college and went for a run, if I got a whistle from a construction worker, I was insulted. I was ready to hang out an ERA flag and give those men a piece of my mind. Now that I have a few "laugh lines", parts that sag, a couple of kids, and drive a station wagon, any construction worker that gives me a whistle makes my day. As soon as Scott walks in the door from work its the first thing I tell him.

Life in the Stroller Lane
Ah, but you don't read this journal to hear such dribble. I know you read this to hear about the girls, Scott, and I. When I last left off we were headed on our first vacation as a family of four. The girls did about as well as they could, but we didn't make any new friends on the plane either. The trip to TN was pretty smooth, but Jaley cried most of the flight back. There is just no good time to fly without interrupting some portion of an infant's nap schedule. It seems that some of our fellow passengers thought that harsh stares, loud sighs, and some exasperated grunts were what Jaley needed to settle down.

But, visiting all the family in TN was a great treat. We introduced Jaley to her great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Plus, Jan, Mike, and Emily were all in town too. So, Sarah and Jaley were in spoiling heaven. We went to Chuck-E-Cheeses', the park, Little League games, the pool, played outside, played inside, and more. Somehow, Sarah still had energy, but after all that excitement I was tired. Since we live several states away from all of our family, it is wonderful to get time with extended family and a joy for us.

Since getting back home, we have been pretty much status quo. I am pleased to announce that Jaley seems to be infection free and has even been sleeping through the night for us. Scott is on the road this week. Poor Guy is in New York City. I finished up most of the painting around our house and am now focusing on the real estate thing again. We have decided to sell one of the rentals, so it is time to get that place "prettied up." The real estate market has slowed down here, but compared to the real estate woes in much of the country it is a great market 'round these parts.

That's the news from the stroller lane. Lots of love.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Houston, We Have Lift Off

Rant of the Week
Here is the summary of the countdown to Jaley's momentous and scary (only for Scott and I) accomplishment.

10. Yeah, Jaley can scoot.
9. Yeah, Jaley can crawl.
8. Yeah, Jaley can stand.
7. Now, Jaley can cruise around the coffee table.
6. Now, Jaley can use her walker to get around the kitchen.
5. Uh oh, Jaley can crawl really fast.
5. Uh oh, Jaley can stand and spill our drinks off the coffee table.
4. Uh oh, Jaley can climb the stairs.
3. Oh crap, Jaley can crawl faster than I can catch her.
2. Oh crap, Jaley can climb right into a full bathtub.
1. Oh crap, where did Jaley get to now.
Lift Off - On May 5th, as Scott and I were celebrating the Mexican holiday with ice cold Corona's,
Jaley took her first steps. Not just once, but three times she put together a couple of steps.

Though we are very proud of our 2nd little daredevil were aren't quite ready to have two very mobile children. Now that both kids can walk, that means that they can head in different directions. How am I supposed to keep them safe when they one runs East and the other West? So until I figure out that riddle, I think we may need to fit Jaley with a pair of weighted shoes. That may slow her just enough that I can still catch her.

Life in the Stroller Lane
First steps are by far this week's major headline, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy with the rest of life. We live in a high growth area, the kind where groceries stores and McMansions replace replace farms and forest quicker than you can blink. But the developers haven't gobbled up everything yet, and we went to a strawberry farm right down the street from our house. Sarah and her friend, Cassie, braved the mud to pick some delicious berries for us.

And in between berry picking trips, I have been on a house painting mission. OK, only half the house. And lucky for me, it is the most boring parts - hallways, laundry room, etc. After 5 1/2 years, the cheap builder beige paint was looking a little worse for wear. Everything from four feet up was still close to the original color, but everything below that mark was a mural of peanut butter hand prints, crayon streaks, and paw prints. Let's just say the girls and the cats have been hard on the paint. So out with the old and in with the new "totally washable" paint. Will it clean up like it does in the commercials? Probably not, but I am hoping it is good enough to be worth the extra $10 bucks a gallon.

No blog entry is complete without a Jaley ear update. The good news is Jaley's ear is infection free. The bad news is their is still lots of fluid in her ear, which causes painful pressure and a top-notch ear ache. So, for now, there are no antibiotics, but we have to continue with the regular doses of Baby Advil and 3AM wake-up calls. And on the moments when we do sleep, Scott and I dream of the time when the sleep-through-the-night fairy comes to visit Jaley.

At the end of this week we are off to TN to see most of the Harrell Family. We are really looking forward to spending a few days visiting with all the relatives. But we aren't quite sure how we are going to sleep at night with all four of us sharing the same room. It is our first trip as a family of four - wish us luck.

And that is the news from the Stroller Lane. Lots of Love.