Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - MomZania Style

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - MomZania Style

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look at the moms in line, shopping all the time
With games for boys and Star Wars toys aglow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
A shelf for ev'ry elf,
But the tackiest sight to see is the sweater that will be
On your very own self.  

Kids that behave and an awesome man cave
Is the wish of Mommy and Dad;
Toys that are tech and a gift card cheque
Is the hope of the girl and lad;
And shoppers galore trying to score the latest toy fad.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you sight;
There's a blow up tree in the neighbor's yard, and one in yours as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't list far right.  

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Soon eggnog will pass,
And the thing that will make it best is the brandy that you test
Right within your glass

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from MomZania!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Exercise - Suburban Mom Style

There are those moms who finish Ironmans and those who hike the seven summits.  They are amazing, inspiring, and most definitely not me.  My goal when it comes to exercising is to simply make the Surgeon General happy.  You know the drill "30 minutes of some activity most days of the week."  Park myself on the stationary bike with a magazine and call it good enough.

Though, recently, I have been trying to spice up my workout routine.  At the rave reviews of a friend, I was convinced to join her in Zumba class.  You probably started Zumbaing (is that a word?) back in the 90's, but until recently I had completely missed that train.  Holy mother, Zumba is hilarious.  It is like going out dancing in college, minus the libations.  Just like in a club, there are about three people who actually know how to dance and then there are the rest of us.  Who cares that I have no rhythm.  Who cares that I have no moves.  The music is loud; the beat is good; so, I dance and have some fun.

Then, I decided to get one of those fitness trackers.  I have had a pedometer for years, but decided I would jump on the fitness tracking trend before it was gone.  Donning my brand new fitness tracker, Raleigh and I hit the trail.  This thing tracks your distance, your pace, even your heart rate, and because I didn't bother to read the owner's manual, probably some other great things.  Off went the dog and I, cruising along.  What I sadly learned it that my pace is ridiculously slow, my distance is short, but my heart rate, dang, it's high.  I guess that means "get in better running shape" goes on the New Year's Resolution list.  Or maybe I can take my Zumba classmates running with me, then I won't care what my pace is.

There is just one day of school before Christmas break and Scott finishes up the next day.  Then, it is the most relaxing two weeks of the year.  The only two weeks when (nearly) everything shuts down.  I can't wait.  Bring on the eggnog, bring on carols, bring on the holiday cheer - it's officially Christmas time.

That's life in MomZania.

Monday, December 7, 2015

It's Like Speed for the Holidays - ThanksMas

When your family lives on the opposite coast, you don't stretch out the holidays or celebrate them one at a time.  No, you have to speed celebrate.  It is like speed dating for your holidays activities.  You have one chance to get in the entire holiday season.  It was another successful ThanksMas at our house with Mimi, Poppa, and Auntie Em.

We combine the entire holiday season - full Thanksgiving and full Christmas - into one short visit.   We found the perfect tree and roasted an awesome turkey.  We visited live reindeer in San Francisco and stood in line for Black Friday deals.  We ran a Turkey Trot and trimmed the tree.  We opened gifts and played touch football.  We watched Christmas movies and Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving special.  And we did it all, just in a bit of a hurry.

It was fabulous to see the Harrell's and show them our new and improved home. They ooo'd and ahhh'd over such luxuries as our working oven and functioning bathrooms.  While all the activities were tons of fun; the family time was the best.  With school out and Scott on vacation, we were able to ignore the real world for a few days and just enjoy the moment.  We already miss our family and are looking forward to our visit East this summer.

Thanks to ThanksMas, our Christmas season got off to an early start.  We are continuing the festivities along with the regular routine.  Scott is in Europe for another whirlwind trip.  Sarah is trying out for the Middle School basketball team.  Jaley is rehearsing away for her big debut in the school play.  With soccer finished and T-ball not yet started, Mick is honing his TV watching skills during his time in the off season. Me?  I don't know where the time goes, but I sure am busy.

That is life in MomZania.