Sunday, July 29, 2012

6-Years-Old and One Big Week

It is amazing how much excitement you can cram into one week if you really try.  So I'll quickly run through the week's headlines.

Number One, is really Number Six - as in Jaley turned 6.  In the quintessential mom cliche, "it seems like she was a baby just yesterday."  No matter what it seems like, she is far from a baby and is growing up so fast.  To honor her birthday, we made sure to celebrate all week.  There was a birthday party at a pottery painting studio,  a pinata at camp, and all you can eat dessert to complete her birthday dinner.  Plus she is now the proud owner of roller blades; I hope I don't have to use any of my nursing skills as she is perfecting her skills.

Next on the list is my reentry into the working world.  I am officially employed as Gigi Harrell, RN.  I am equal parts excited and nervous as I start my new career in the Cardiac ICU.  Last week was all about hospital orientation, my first day with patients is this week.  Despite the reality of all the classes and studying during school, I can't believe I really became a nurse, but I did.

As an added bonus, we said welcome home Fiedlers.  Our amazingly wonderful friends are home for a week in Cary.  We have missed them during their past year in Europe and will miss them when they fly back over the pond for another year away.  But today, we are so glad they are hanging out in the Triangle.

To add even more excitement, there was the end of swim season banquet, a week of sports camp, a neighborhood party at the pool, and the start of the Olympics.

Like I said it was a big week.  Hope yours was just as exciting.  That is life in the stroller lane.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Running Out of Runway

The countdown is on and I'm running out of runway.  I start work in just 4 short days.  While I am so excited to start my new career as a nurse, it seems all those loose ends I planned to have wrapped up before my start date haven't been tied yet.  The upstairs AC is on the fritz and my toenails aren't painted.  Both my hair and the hedges could use a trim.  And I definitely need to make a big run to Sam's club, our diaper supply is running precariously low (Mick and potty training are on a break).  As Scott keeps reminding me, the to-do list is never going to get done.  It is already numbered to infinity plus so who cares if the carpets don't get cleaned, I'm taking the girls to the pool tomorrow morning - just for fun. 

While my to-do list has been growing, we have been going.  We made a round trip visit to Atlanta in time that would make Smokey and the Bandit proud.  All told we were only in HotLanta for about 24 hours, but we made it count.  We saw Aunt Marie and the cousins.  We enjoyed lunch with my GT roommate, Priti.  We saw the very entertaining Broadway Dolphin show and more at the Georgia Aquarium .  Most importantly, we visited with Papa, my grandfather.  Just to top off the trip, Scott continued on to CA and I drove back alone with the 3 kids.  Thank God for portable DVD players and video games.  I don't know how my parents ever survived family road trips without the blessing of modern electronics. 

The week was also the end of the swim team season.  For anyone who has ever done swim team, you know that marks the end of a very big commitment for kids and parents alike.  The girls put in their hours in the pool; I did mine at the volunteer table.  On the flip side, the girls are MUCH, MUCH better swimmers than they were before the season began, and I met a ton of new people from my neighborhood.  We aren't changing our name to Phelps, but it was still a good experience. 

Wish me luck as I start work on Monday morning.  That is life in the stroller lane. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ferraris and Fireworks

Last week, we escaped Cary for our annual visit to Beech Mountain to visit Mimi and Poppa.  Before the 4th of July festivities began, Scott and I enjoyed a day away.  While any time without kids is exciting, we maximized the opportunity and kicked up the adrenaline.  We headed to Lake Lure, NC to drive some very impressive (and VERY FAST) sports cars.  It was a belated birthday gift for Scott that I enjoy too.  We hugged the corners on windy mountain roads driving five serious cars.  We felt all 690 horses on the Mercedes McLaren, which I must note cost a whopping $450,000 - much more than our house.  We had the top down on the Ferrari and flew around corners in the gangster-looking Bentley ISR.  As if that wasn't good enough, we felt the power of the Jaguar XK and the Audi S4.  It was a great afternoon and tons of fun.  Unfortunately, none of the cars would accommodate a family of five, so at the event's end we turned in the keys and kept our minivan.

That night we headed up the hill to enjoy the rest of our vacation with the kids, Mimi, Poppa, Auntie Em, and Uncle Marcus.  We went to the pool and the river.  We saw fireworks and made s'mores.  The girls went to camp to hike, swim, and meet new friends.  The grown-ups played poker; Marcus came out the big winner with an extra $10 in his pocket.  As usual, Jan and Mike were great hosts.

With vacation in the rear view mirror, we are back home and gearing up to the next big event.  I start work in less than two weeks.  Before then, there is a quick trip to Atlanta to see my grandfather, plus a trip to California for Scott.  So much for a boring summer. 

That is life in the stroller lane.

Ferraris and Fireworks

Last week, we escaped Cary for our annual visit to Beech Mountain to visit Mimi and Poppa.  Before the 4th of July festivities began, Scott and I enjoyed a day away.  While any time without kids is exciting, we maximized the opportunity and kicked up the adrenaline.  We headed to Lake Lure, NC to drive some very impressive (and VERY FAST) sports cars.  It was a belated birthday gift for Scott that I enjoy too.  We hugged the corners on windy mountain roads driving five serious cars.  We felt all 690 horses on the Mercedes McLaren, which I must note cost a whopping $450,000 - much more than our house.  We had the top down on the Ferrari and flew around corners in the gangster-looking Bentley ISR.  As if that wasn't good enough, we felt the power of the Jaguar XK and the Audi S4.  It was a great afternoon and tons of fun.  Unfortunately, none of the cars would accommodate a family of five, so at the event's end we turned in the keys and kept our minivan.

That night we headed up the hill to enjoy the rest of our vacation with the kids, Mimi, Poppa, Auntie Em, and Uncle Marcus.  We went to the pool and the river.  We saw fireworks and made s'mores.  The girls went to camp to hike, swim, and meet new friends.  The grown-ups played poker; Marcus came out the big winner with an extra $10 in his pocket.  As usual, Jan and Mike were great hosts.

With vacation in the rear view mirror, we are back home and gearing up to the next big event.  I start work in less than two weeks.  Before then, there is a quit trip to Atlanta to see my grandfather, plus a trip to California for Scott.  So much for a boring summer. 

That is life in the stroller lane.