Friday, January 21, 2011

Sarah's Seven

It is hard to believe, but my "baby" is now seven. Sarah turned 7 on Friday and we did our best to make it lucky #7. Scott surprised Sarah and was the mystery reader for her class. While he did read some books to the class, he also arrived with a cookie cake and cupcakes - ensuring that the entire class was sugared up.

He swung by and grabbed Jaley and Mick and met me at the mall. That was when the fun really began. Sarah's big gift was getting her ears pierced. She has been asking us for 2 years - daddy finally caved. Rumor has it that Poppa made made Auntie Em wait until she was much, much older - so I guess Scott is a softy.

After a lot of time picking the right earrings and little time actually piercing her ears - Sarah passed another giant milestone (at least for girls). Next we were off to dinner and dessert. And what did the big 7 year old choose for dessert - Cheesecake Factory. Scott, Nana, and I were thrilled with that choice.

Today, we continued celebrating with a day of fun. It was the family and one friend (unfortunately another friend was sick today). First up, Marbles Kids Museum. I'm not sure who had the most fun - but it very well may have been Mick. He had a ball. Next up was lunch. Followed by painting pottery at Paint Your Pot. And topped off with GIANT ice cream sundaes at Baskin Robbins. The girls will be on a sugar high until Sarah turns 8.

We came home and I collapsed. It turns out partying with 7 year olds is tiring.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

One Week Down

It is Saturday; we survived my first week of school. As starts go, it wasn't smooth. There was snow and then there was ice. The kids' school was canceled, mine was not. Then the sun shined, school opened again and Mick got a fever. No school for him, but still school for me.

With tons of support from Scott and my mom, Friday afternoon came and some (much) wine was drunk.

As for school itself, I have read enough pages in my text books to make any law school proud. When I wasn't reading, I was getting tested on my reading. Four quizzes the first week and more on the way.

Tough the first week was rough, I'm still happy to be back in school. The information is fascinating, the students are great, and the professors seem excellent. And like a gift on Friday afternoon, I found out I qualified for a hardship parking pass. Come next week, no more 25+ minute walk - a got a parking spot "close" to my buildings. On the UNC campus, "close" means about 1/2 mile - with sure beats my old parking space.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Day of School

Here I am, officially, a student again. It is the first day of class. I worked so hard to get everything set. For weeks, I worked to get me ready, the house ready, the family ready, everything ready. It was supposed to be a smooth transition. Ha, that was a joke. Mick is on day 6 of a cold. One week in day care and he has already missed a day and been to the doctor. Sarah started coughing yesterday, a sure sign she is next. Jaley was up twice last night and Mick was up thrice. Snow is forecasted to start falling any minute and Sarah’s school is releasing long before I’m out of class. One of the garage doors is broken and my first class was like drinking for a fire hose. I can’t figure out how to print from my new computer and my first test is tomorrow.

All of a sudden I’m thinking that college isn’t easy. All I remember of my coed days are partying and hanging with friends. I seem to have forgotten all about actual class. Yikes!!!

So much for being prepared. To get through school, I have to readopt my youthful ways – just wing it. Send me lucky wishes and if you know a good garage door repairman send me that, too.

That is life in the stroller lane.