Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bumps and Bowling

Sarah's birthday week celebrations continued to bump and roll right into the weekend. And bump is definitely the right word.

On Thursday, Sarah's first full day as a 5 year old, she bumped (OK, smacked) her head to the tune of two stitches. She was in the child care center at the gym, so I wasn't with her when it happened. But according to the patient's tale, "a big girl was trying to teach me how to do a back flip." Gravity took over in the middle of the lesson and her head took the brunt of the fall. Lucky for me, I now work in a doctor's office. One phone call to one of the back phone lines was all it took. We drove right over and we were in an exam room before we could blink. A special thanks go out to Dr. Blount and Dan for their great care. As for the stitches, you can't even see them. It turns out Sarah's thick hair may always be tangled and tough to brush, but it does a great job of hiding wounds.

With her head on the mend, the rest of the week was left for fun. The neighborhood kids joined Sarah at the bowling alley for the final soiree of her 5th birthday. We saw a lot of strikes and no gutter balls (thanks to the gutter guards). From the looks of the scores, we may have a few kids on their way to some competitive bowling.

Sarah walked away from the party with a great big smile and her very own regulation size bowling pin signed by her friends. According to Sarah, it was the best birthday ever. What more could you ask.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of Love.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

High Five

Big News, my baby isn't a baby anymore. Sarah turned 5 today. It's true. Scott and I have been full blown - responsible (most of the time) parents for half a decade. We can't believe we have a 5 year old. It has been a wild ride. With kindergarten just around the corner, the real adventures are only just beginning. That's enough of my parenting rambles...back to the matter at hand.

Sarah is now 5. True to form, she has been celebrating for days. Monday, Scott had off work for MLK day (not me though). So Sarah and Daddy went on a special date - bowling and dinner at Red Robin. By Sarah's measure (and Daddy's too) it was a 5 star evening.

Then yesterday was, of course, Snow-Bama Day. That was one giant celebration that Sarah deemed an early birthday gift.

Today started with a pinata at school, followed by a Hello Kitty Cake at home, and topped off with gift opening madness (thanks to Nana, Mimi, Poppa, Auntie Em, Aunt Pam, Aunt Glenda, Great Papa Bob, and Great-Grandmother & Granddaddy Harrell). How can we ever thank you enough!!! We have some really great family. Scott and I may have thrown in a couple of goodies, too - but we aren't quite sure. The girls were jacked up on sugar and wrapping paper. Let's just say bed time didn't come easy. In fact, I still hear Jaley bouncing around (it's 10:15PM). But there are worse things, birthdays only come around once a year.

And so you don't think that we missed anything in this celebration extravaganza, Sarah is taking a couple of friends bowling this coming Saturday, so that she can celebrate with kids her own age.

Now that is a birthday celebration!!! And speaking of b-day's, we send a shout out to Mimi. She is turning ??? on Saturday - we hope her party lasts a week, just like Sarah's.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.


Monday was a national holiday, but in Cary - so was yesterday. It was, of course, Snow-Bama Day (a special thanks to my neighbor, Rana Highsmith, for coining the term). You didn't celebrate Snow-Bama, too? You should have, because it was an amazing celebration.

First, and foremost, our country inaugurated our 44th President. That event in and of itself was something to celebrate. But to make the day even more special, locally, we were treated to 4" of snow. It was our first decent snow in two years (if you could even call it decent). The kids were off school and the roads were a mess. So folks had no choice but to stay home from work (boo-hoo).

The kids (of all ages) had a blast sledding. It was fun to enjoy a bit of the white powder, but down here in the south we don't have "real" winters. The sun came out after lunch and the snow started melting soon after. But today, the roads were in good shape, and by Friday the highs are in the 50's. Like a said, just enough snow to enjoy. (P.S. - A special thanks to Kim Gilmore for snapping this pic of Sarah).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy New Year

We are a little over a week into a brand new year. We hope that your 2009 is going well. We traveled last weekend to TN to celebrate granddaddy Harrell's 90th birthday. It was a wonderful celebration. In my opinion, a perfect party. Granddaddy's branches of the family tree have grown far and wide in his 90 years - there were an amazing 42 family members at the party. But the party didn't stop with just the Harrell clan. Grandmother and granddaddy have spent many years in Springfield. Many friends from the community joined the party as well. It is clear how much they are loved by all those around them.

While the party was the highlight of the weekend, we had a wonderful time our entire visit. Sarah and Jaley had a ball hanging out with their 2nd cousins. Scott and I love to watch them interact with all of their cousins. It reminds us of our own childhood visits to see cousins - running, laughing, playing, and raising a bit of Cain.

In fact, it was so much fun that Jaley and Sarah decided that sleep was optional the whole weekend. They went to bed way too late and greeted the day before the sun. By Sunday, we were all tired (but still smiling). The smiling was definitely aided by Mimi, Poppa, and Auntie Em -who all lent a hand with the girls veto of sleep. Scott and I extend a great big thank you.

We returned home late Sunday night and were back to the regular work & day care routine Monday. Unfortunately, our routine was started on a very sad note. Jan called to let us know that granddaddy had taken very ill that night. Thanks to a very fast response by the EMS and good doctors at the hospital, he is now recovering. Unfortunately, he will need to go through some rehab before he can return home. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We are hoping that his is back home with grandmother really soon.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.