Tuesday, June 17, 2014

School's Out! Happy Summer!

 School's Out and Camp is In.  

Summer Camp is underway.  Have you checked out summer camp these days?  It sure ain't the same camp I went to as a kid.  The choices are endless and the fun is infinite.  There are camps for every interest - from aeronautics to zoology and everything in between.  Even if the kids aren't going to some "special" camp, the old school "regular" camps are just as amazing.

School has only been out for few days and my kids already have an epic summer in the making.  Last week it was Circus Camp for Sarah and Jaley - complete with the trapeze, stilts, the tightrope, and so much more. Cirque du Soleil may not have called, but I sure was impressed with the skills they mastered in just one short week.  Meanwhile, Mick was working on his entomologist degree when he spent his mornings at "A Bug's Life" camp.  This week all the kids are at a VBS disguised as a CSI camp.  They are learning about DNA and fingerprints.  A speaker came in today from the Secret Service - how cool is that?  Coming up soon is spend the night camp for the girls and swim camp for Mick.  These camps are so much fun, I wish that grown-ups were allowed to go, too.  The director said only kids allowed, so Scott and I are doing less fun things like going to work and running the house.

Unfortunately, camp isn't free and the budget runs out before the summer ends, so there will be plenty of time at "Camp Home" doing exactly what I did as a kid - sleeping in late, hanging with friends, and watching entirely too much TV.

That is life in MomZania.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

California Year 1.0 - one year in Cali

Today marks one year living in CA.  What was happening this time last year?  Oh right, the move from hell! Yes, it was complete with tropical storms, no sleep, bidding wars on a new home, and lots of crap (literally) thanks to Buford, our very old cat.  Here was are a year into California; not only have we survived, we have thrived.

In the spirit of reminiscing, what has our first year as Californians entailed?  Hilarious stories by the bucket.  There was the 80-ton crane in the yard; the floods in the bathroom and the family and the backyard; the fire in the oven and exploding electrical transformer in the backyard; and the realization that we need to fix up our fixer upper sooner than later.  There was fighting with my GPS as I got lost daily; fighting through mountains of paperwork as I signed up our family for new schools, new doctors, and new everything; and the realization that California bureaucracy makes everything take longer and cost more.

Despite the hurdles, there is a reason 7+ million people call the Bay Area home. We have enjoyed skiing in Tahoe, playing on the California beaches, hiking in the redwood forest, absorbing the city vibe in San Francisco, and so much more.

I realize in the past 12 months we have made California our home.  We have fabulous friends who are there for us 24/7.  The kids love there new school and have dived into so many activities it is hard to keep up.  Scott's new job is still amazing.  East Coast family and friends have selflessly made the voyage again and again to visit us here on the left coast.  In a word, we are happy.

As we embark on Year 2.0, I'm sure there will be many more hilarious tales, but I also expect lots of sunny days ahead (figuratively and literally - since it never rains here).  Sarah is headed to 5th grade, Jaley is off to 3rd, and Mick is moving to "real school" in Transitional Kindergarten.  Before that starts, we have the freedom of summer ahead of us and the mindset to enjoy it.

That is life in MomZania.

P.S.  To our North Carolina family and friends, know that you can take our family out of the South, but you can't take the South out of our family.  We are celebrating our one-year anniversary in CA with a feast of home cooked NC Bar-B-Que!!!