Thursday, February 27, 2014

Check Out our New Ride

So this is our family's newest ride.  The gas mileage stinks, but the hauling capacity is amazing.  Yes, there really is a 70-ton crane sitting in my driveway right now.  Yes, my kids really were up in the cockpit driving it.  No, that wrecking ball is not meant for our house.  The house needs renovating, not demolition. 

The crane arrived this morning to take down three very large Monterrey pine trees in the backyard.  These are the same pine trees that were partial culprits in the transformer explosion when we first moved in.  That is when we decided it was time for the trees to go.  We asked the neighbors their opinion and they said "Hallelujah, we have been wanting to get rid of those trees for years."  We asked the town for a permit and they said "Sure, but first write a big check," which I did (since most things involving this house also involve writing a big check).  After 5 months waiting on the power company to do their part of the work around the power lines, the day has finally come to say good-bye to the trees.  Never fear if you are worried about the destruction of the trees, according to the arborist they were close to the end of their life expectancy, possibly had some tree disease, and we have to replant comparable trees within the next few months. 

As if the crane wasn't circus enough at the house today, the roofers were here,
too.  I haven't found a veterinarian or an optometrist since we moved, but I have a licensed roofer on speed dial.  Yes, I have my priorities right.  There was a big puddle of water in the middle of the family room last night.  We are just trying to get this old roof to hang on a bit longer until we can start renovations.  You better believe a bucket in the family room is one heck of a motivator. 

Beyond the house circus, there is our regular family circus.  Scott is out of town for the week, I am trying to get the taxes ready (argghh), and the ever popular minivan shuffle to various kid events is in full gear.  We had a week of vacation last week and I already need another vacation.  Oh well, at least I saw a rainbow this morning and was able to pretend for a few moments I was at a tropical beach. 

That is life in the stroller lane. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Embarrassing Mom Moment Number Zillion

The word and embarrassing and mom really should be listed as synonyms in the dictionary.  You give birth and you suddenly give up just about every sense of vanity you ever knew.  From the UPS man walking up to the window while you are nursing to never getting to pee without little feet barging in to managing a full on temper tantrum in the middle of the grocery store (yours and your child's tantrum).  Embarrassment is top on the motherhood job description.

Yesterday was a new low for me.  It started out as a good morning.  We were even up early enough to ride bikes to school (sorry to the East Coasters facing snow, but it is still sunny in California).  I hastily threw on a pair of workout pants and a sweatshirt and off we went.  No make up and hair askew- no problem - I was riding a bike with a helmet, who cares?

First stop, the girls' school.  Second stop, the front office to register Mick for transitional kindergarten (big day) - but we are too early.  Third and many more stops, staying hi to every mom I know along the way.  Next stop, Mick's school and more hellos to various folks.  Final stop, back to the girls' school and into the office again.  That's when I glance down and actually looked at myself.  OMG, my pants are on inside out.  Yes, that is right.  I biked all around town and saw dozens of people.  It was bad enough my hair wasn't combed and I had on no make up, but my pants were inside out.  You have got to be kidding me.  So what did I do, I just walked into the ladies room and turned them right side in.  Then, I came right back out and registered Mick for transitional kindergarten. 

Today, I am happy to report, I put my pants on correctly and even did the hair and make-up thing.   Amazingly, I even showered, so it is a good day.  In fact, life here in general has been pretty good. Nana was with us last week.  There is nothing like having my mom around, to make life feel good. We have rough house plans figured out with the architect, and now we have to get estimates contractor to see if our wishes and budget match (which I am sure they won't).  Scott has been darting all around, but is in town this week.  And next week is winter break, a whole week of no school.  We are looking forward to some downtime.  Jaley got another stripe in Tae Kwon Do and Sarah has been shooting lights out in basketball.  Like I said, life is pretty good.

That is life in the (somewhat embarrassing) stroller lane.