Friday, August 26, 2011

ABC, 123

The carpool line is long, the 25mpg school zone is flashing, and school is officially back in session. One, two, three, we were all back to school.

I returned for my senior year at Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Yes, I'm a senior again - it's all about keg parties and football season (or not).

Sarah started 2nd grade yesterday. She is a officially a big kid with her classroom on the 2nd floor. The day went smooth, but the ride home was little tough. The bus was almost an hour late and dropped the kids at the wrong bus stop. Luckily, the kids all found their way home.

And Jaley...Jaley who I swear was born only days ago, started kindergarten today. There were no tears shed, but I wasn't far off. She, however, skipped right into her classroom, grabbed some crayons and never looked back.

With school in session, we are getting back to the routine or at least pretending to get back to the routine. That is life in the stroller lane.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Could You, Would You

I was reading Dr. Suess's Green Eggs & Ham the other day. You know the one. It's about all the places to eat Green Eggs & Ham (in a boat and with a goat...). As I read the book, I got to thinking. I am Sam-I-Am. You just need to swap the food for diapers. After 7+ years of parenting, I have diapered everywhere.

Have I diapered in a boat (yes)
...and with a goat (the zoo)
...and in the rain (pouring)
....and in the dark (too many sleepless nights)
...and on a train (yes)
...and in a car (of course)
...and in a tree (maybe)
...and on a box (definitely)
...and with a fox (maybe not)
...and in a house (a million times)
...and with a mouse (Disney)
...and here and there and ANYWHERE!

But maybe, just maybe, my days of diapering are numbered. Mick has gone in the potty a few times. Yippee. Not often enough to sell our stock in the Pampers company, but enough to let me envision a day when I retire the diaper bag.

As for the rest of the family, we are all gearing up for back to school. Armed with new backpacks and lunch boxes, sharpened pencils and glue sticks, we are ready for the first day. Jaley asks me every morning how many days until kindergarten. T-minus 6 days and counting.

That is life in the stroller lane!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Simple Vacation

Exotic vacations are wonderful. If someone offered me tickets to Hawaii, I would be packed in a flash. But sometimes the best vacations are the ones a little closer to home. And so it was last week.

We started the week in the Mountains with Mimi & Poppa. While the rest of the country suffered an inferno of summer heat, we were treated to perfect weather. Sunny and in the 70-80's (yes, you should be jealous). The girls hung out during the day at nature camp - fishing, hiking, and fun. Sarah even caught her first fish (no, we didn't get a picture).

Thanks to some generous babysitting by Mimi and Poppa, Scott and I were also able to enjoy some fishing, hiking and fun of our own. Since we don't know the first thing about fly fishing we wisely signed up with a guide. Thanks to Matt's expertise, both Scott and I were catching fish as soon as we stepped in the river. Scott even snagged an 18" rainbow trout (no, we didn't get a picture of this one either). We also hit the trails. While I always love a good hike, scaling down the edge of McRae Peak on the ladder/rope/scale-the-side-of-a-mountain system at Grandfather Mountain just about scared me to death. I won't be taking that route again.

Then the girls and I continued onto Atlanta for a mother-daughter weekend. We enjoyed a few of the downtown sites on Saturday. We went to a kids museum, rode the subway, and saw a puppet show for the girls. We stayed at the Georgia Tech hotel for me. We enjoyed dinner with my wonderful friend, Priti. And before heading to the suburbs I made sure we got ourselves a parking ticket. It made me feel just like the good old days.

On Sunday, we were spoiled in Alpharetta by my aunt and cousins. It was a great surprise that all of the family was in town. It was so nice catching up. The girls had a blast hanging out with their second cousins. Most importantly, the girls and I were able to enjoy a short visit with my grandfather. I haven't been able to talk to him on the phone recently, and was so happy to spent a little time with him. Unlike fishing, I even remember to snap a few pictures with Papa, but sadly my camera had "issues" and the pictures are lost.

With our wonderful vacation complete, we are home. Summer is coming to a close and a new school year is getting ready to begin (for me and the girls). That is life in the stroller lane.