Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Four, Finals, Forever, and the Bonus

Today is the big day. The big day of celebrating at the Harrell house. And it was underway at 5:50AM.

FIRST UP: FOUR!!!! Jaley was up and ready to start celebrating her 4th birthday. By 6:30AM she was all dolled up, with braids and headbands and glitter in her hair. She is truly my "girly girl." I got her off to school - along with enough cupcakes to feed an army. And her partying will go on all day. Nana is surprising her and taking her out for lunch today at Red Robin (Jaley's favorite). This evening we have a picnic planned for the pool - followed by (more) cupcakes, ice cream, and presents. If that isn't enough - there is her party on Friday evening. I'm saving this post - in case my kids ever gripe about not being spoiled (he, he).

NEXT UP: FINALS!!!! School's out for summer. I finished my final final this morning. I already got my grades - all A's. Better than the grades is the break. I'm only taking one online class in the fall - so it will be a very easy term before the real start in January. As for nursing school, my application is ready to turn in. I just need to send it. Then the long wait - 12 weeks - to find out if I'll be a Tar Heel again. Cross your fingers. Either way - it's summer now and time to kick back. Bring on the wine.

LAST UP: FOREVER!!!! Today is Emily and Marcus's wedding day. The news from St. Lucia is that it is beautiful and relaxing. Scott, the parents, and the wedding couple are enjoying themselves in the tropics. The wedding is at 5PM right on the beach - how romantic. I look forward to seeing pictures of the big event and to the reception in Raleigh in October.

I posted on Tuesday that Mick was close to walking. I wasn't kidding. He started walking on Wednesday. He will be ready for the track team soon. My little baby is growing up fast. I better snuggle him now, because I won't be able to catch him pretty soon.

As I said before July 27th was going to be a big day at our house. It hasn't disappointed and there is still plenty of day left.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

10 Months Old - Lots to celebrate!

There is lots to celebrate around here. As of Saturday, Mick is 10-months old. Time sure does fly. I managed to catch him in diaper-only attire when we were playing in the hose to escape the summer heat. This month he sprouted some new teeth, given up baby food (which I won't miss), developed stranger anxiety (yikes), and is sooooo trying to walk. He isn't quite there, but he keeps trying (and falling).

Mick isn't the only one growing teeth this month. Sarah has her first wiggly tooth - a sure sign that her baby teeth are on the way out and her permanent teeth are on the way in. She is so excited for a visit from the tooth fairy, she is ready to take pliers to her tooth. Who can blame her it's free money.

While Jaley doesn't have any dental news, she is growing up nonetheless. She turns 4 on Tuesday 7/27. I can't believe that she already a "big kid." With Sarah teaching her the ropes, Jaley seems to be growing up even faster than her sister did. As usual, we are going to celebrate all week. The festivities start next Tuesday and continue through the weekend.

I am in the throws of the end of the semester cram. During the last 8 classes of the term, I had (have) 4 tests, 4 finals, 3 homework assignments, 1 project, and 1 presentation. My final exams start tomorrow and finish on Tuesday 7/27 - which is another reason for celebration on Jaley's birthday.

As if that wasn't enough reason to celebrate - Scott's sister is getting married on Tuesday 7/27 too!!!! It is a destination wedding for the immediate family - in beautiful St. Lucia. While we wish we could have all made the trip, it isn't really a kid-centric local. There was no chance Scott would miss watching his his little sister walk down the aisle to marry a wonderful man. Scott is headed to for a very quick trip to paradise for the wonderful event.

And that is a lot of celebrating. But it isn't quite time yet. I need to get back to the books and get ready for these finals.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

We are celebrating in the 4th in the NC Mountains! We couldn't have paid for better weather. Right now the girls are with Mimi and Poppa at a 4th of July Party at the Beech Mountain Rec Center. I am waiting for Mick to wake up from his nap so I can join the fun. Last week, Sarah had a stomach virus and croup (Yes, you can still get it at 6 years old. Yes, it is still just as scary when your kid is having trouble beathing). Here in the mountains, Scott seems to have caught the stomach virus and Mick definitely has croup. Bummer, but at least the girls and I are well. Plus I was able to finagle my way into some OralPred medicine - so at least we can keep Mick's breathing in check and he doesn't sound quite as much like a barking like seal.

I'm starting to think I'm more likely to win in Vegas than take a trip as a family of five without at least one person taking ill. One of us is always passing something around to the rest of the family and our germs don't take any vacations - they just travel along with us. Since I'm taking Microbiology this semester, I guess I can even officially claim that it is true.

Of other note, Sarah officially graduated from Kindergarten last week. And while Sarah was winding out the school year, Jaley spent her first week away from home. She went to "camp" at Mimi and Poppa's house. She had so much fun she didn't even have time to get homesick. It is a good thing Mick is still a baby, because all my other kids are growing up too fast.

It is time to wind this up - there are hot dogs and apple pie waiting for me at the party.

That is life in the stroller lane. Happy 4th of July.