Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kids' Room Shuffle

As a party of two in 2001, a four-bedroom house seemed way too big. Scott and I bought it anyhow, and figured we would never fill it. Fast forward to 2009, add two (making room for three) kids and a whole lot of stuff. We find ourselves with no recollection of days with empty closets. It was time to clear out some clutter and shuffle around the bedroom arrangements to make room for our newest addition. Lil' Junior needed a room.

We said good-bye to the guest room (which doubled as my junk room). We want you to know the door is still open and welcome to family and friends. Sarah promises to bunk with Jaley and share her new big girl room with anyone who makes the visit NC.

And with decision made, it was time to do shuffle the kids. Sarah got the windfall - A BRAND NEW BEDROOM!! Still remembering our recent Disney voyage, she vied for a princess theme, I wanted something that she wouldn't outgrow next week. The compromise was a room "fit for a princess." If she asks, please agree that any princess would love to live in her room - especially princesses named Sarah (check out her name on the wall).

Jaley moved into Sarah's room. Other than moving clothes and toys, no change necessary. It is the perfect room for a girl turning three. Lucky for me, because re-doing Sarah's room wore me out. Don't feel too bad for Jaley. She won't always get hand-me-downs. I plan to redo her room in a couple of years.

And Lil' Junior is moving into Jaley's room. If you remember, we went old school with Jaley and didn't find out her girlhood until delivery. As a result, her room was gender neutral - in fact the jungle animals theme, dark wood, and blue walls it actually leaned more toward a baby boy. A decorating decision in 2006 that seems like pure genius today. So Lil' Junior will move right into a ready made nursery. We still need a crib (ours along with all of our baby gear is long gone), but otherwise his room is ready. If you visit before October, it is a private guest room for you.

With the kids' rooms shuffled, we now have room for our newest addition. I won't dare say we are ready though. I learned through Sarah and Jaley, that now matter how hard I try, I am never really ready for a new baby. Preparation aside, he still has a few months in the cooker. We are eagerly awaiting his arrival.

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

Monday, June 22, 2009

Home Alone

Mimi and Poppa have escaped the FL heat and are settled back to their NC cabin. Scott and the girls took the opportunity to get in a little spoiling that only Mimi can provide. I, however, just wasn't up for the voyage. Since my belly and I remain on the couch potato list, we decided to man the house and rest a bit.

What could be better. I will be a mom of three in just three short months. This was my chance for alone time and a bit of quiet solitude. I guarantee after October this is house will never be quiet again. Even if no one is home, I'm sure there will be a TV or radio left on at a blaring level. As for alone time, I doubt that will happen again until 2028 (the year we hope to send Lil' Jr. off to college).

I did indulge a bit this weekend. I rented three movies - none from the "Family" section - none with a G rating. And I actually watched all three. I also went out for dinner and coffee with two girl friends at real restaurants - no crayons - no french fries - no indoor playgrounds involved. I didn't do any laundry or use enough dishes to warrant running the dishwasher.

But truth be told, I was a bit lonely. This house doesn't feel like my home unless kids shows are blaring on the TV and Goldfish crackers are being consumed by the truckload. Even while I was sprawled on couch watching my chick flicks, I was sad to miss the fun in the mountains. By the time Scott arrived home on Sunday afternoon, I was homesick. Not homesick for my house, I never left - but homesick for my home. The one that is loud and dirty and full of kid chaos.

Talk to me next year, and I'm sure I will be begging for a weekend alone again. But right now, I am happy that everyone is home. I missed them.

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

Friday, June 5, 2009

Our First Graduation

It was our very first graduation. Graduation as parents that is. Unlike graduations past, we didn't cross the stage. Scott and I sat in the audience and applauded. It was time for Sarah to don a cap and gown. On Tuesday night, she walked up and received her preschool diploma.

Yes, they give out diplomas for preschool now. It may be a bit of overkill. Her acceptance the local kindergarten was a guarantee based on the state constitution. Overkill aside, I loved the photo op. And I must say, my baby sure looked grown up wearing a mortar board.

Another right of passage has come and gone for Sarah. She grown so much in the past five years. Her first steps and first words are memories dated in her baby book. She is onto first diplomas and the start of the school years. The "firsts" for Sarah will continue to evolve, never returning to those firsts of babyhood.

While a piece of me is sad to see the baby Sarah has disappeared, much more of me is excited to spend time with the little girl Sarah. Plus with Jaley turning 3 and Lil' Junior on the way, I still will enjoy many firsts of babyhood and toddlerhood for years to come.

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