Friday, April 30, 2010

Birthdays, Wizards, and More

Last weekend was my birthday. Surprise, I turned 29 again. Scott indulged me with a whole birthday weekend. Friday he arranged for a ladies night out. As a mom of three, I can't even to get to the bathroom without a kid in tow. An evening of gossip and margaritas involving no one under 21 was absolutely decadent. Saturday he planned a fun family day complete with cake and ice cream. Sunday he scored tickets to the grand opening of the new NC Art Museum followed by brunch at Herons (a swanky restaurant in town). My mom kindly watched the kids, so I had another chance for uninterrupted conversation. It was a stupendous birthday and left me completely recharged for the week.

I wasn't the only one celebrating - so was Mills Park Elementary School's newest Wall Word Wizard (aka Sarah). For the past 2 months Sarah has been diligently learning a list of 200 sight words. Upon mastering this list, one is deemed a Wall Word Wizard complete with a paper hat. Sarah received this distinctive honor yesterday. We celebrated with an afternoon of strawberry picking and dinner at Red Robin. I tell ya, kindergarten ain't what it used to be. Homework, competitions, grades - yikes. All I had to know was name and my ABC's.

While the rest of us were having lots of fun - our little guy was a little sick. He had a stomach virus that lasted all week. As of yesterday, he seems back to his happy self - which, in turn, make me very happy too.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Computer Killer

Last post, I said my next skill to add was Ghost Wrangler - actually it was Computer Killer. This Saturday my computer crashed. Windows always crashes, but this was more than just reboot. It just quit in the middle of burning a DVD and next thing I know I have the "black screen of death." My PC needed the ICU.

This is the computer that has every baby picture, every tax return, every everything - important and not so important. It is the computer I absolutely need. And it was dead. So we took it to a local computer guy. It took him 5 minutes to figure out that nothing could be done. It needed a total refresh. Thank God, Scott bought an external back up drives. So here I am, up and running on a refreshed machine. After countless hours reloading most everything, I've (mostly) restored my machine to March 3, 2010 (my last back up).

While everyone else was enjoying the nice spring weather - I spent the weekend wrangling with my computer. Thanks to Scott for taking point on the kids, while I fought with my PC.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Motherhood (aka Spider Snatcher)

Every time I think I'm fully trained as a mom, I have to add another skill to my resume. This week - Spider Snatcher. On Thursday, Jaley, Michael and I are grocery shopping. I look up and see a big, yucky spider crawling in Michael's car seat/carrier right above his head. I try to shush it away. This spider isn't any old wimpy spider; it holds it ground. I try again and it crawls right onto Michael. Being that Michael is a baby, he could care less that a spider was on his head. As for me, I was starting to freak out. I try to grab it this time, but it's 8 legs are too quick for my 2 fingers. It scurries right down Michael's onesie. Now, I'm definitely freaked out. Michael could still care less. I had to whip him out of his car seat and strip him down at lightning speed. The 5-point harness on the car seat and the 84 snaps on his outfit had other ideas. Finally, I free him of both items and spy the spider sitting right on his backside. Michael received his first (and last) spanking - and that spider was taken care of. Now, I'm no longer freaking out, but Michael is. Turns out he didn't really like that smack on his derriere. I smoother him with a whole bunch of kisses and he is good to go. With Spider Snatcher mastered, next week I'm onto Ghost Wrangling.

Spiders aside, it has been a good week. Michael is officially 7 months old. This month he found out that toys are fun. He also sprouted his first tooth. And he has learned how to crawl - albeit backwards. He is on the move and I need to hurry up and re-baby proof the house. The girls' toys and much of my own junk is far from baby safe.

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

An Excellent Easter

We had an excellent Easter and hope you did as well. There were many egg hunts and mountains of candy. It was a great visit with Mimi and Poppa. And now that my mom lives in town, we enjoyed celebrating with both sides of the family at the same time.

The Easter Bunny made sure to drop off loot for the kids (and Scott, too). Scott received an boom box so we can listen to his iPod outside. It is not a coincidence that it was an item that I wanted. I guess the Easter Bunny at our house is just smart that way.

Now that the holiday is over it is back to the regular routine. Scott is in California for work. Sarah is working on her vocabulary words and homework for school (yes, in kindergarten). Jaley is dressed up pretending to be a ballerina. I'm procrastinating studying for my test tomorrow. All is well!!!!

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