Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Crazy - Just Another Season of Raising Kids

I was talking to a mom friend today and I asked how it was going.  Her first words, "summer is crazy."  She is right, summer is crazy.  I know the last time I wrote, I was singing the virtues of the lazy days of summer.  That was all bullsh**.  My lazy days lasted through the first weekend of summer and then the real world reminded me the kids are on break, but I am not.

Yes, summer is crazy.  The school year is crazy, too.  Pretty much everything about raising kids is a bit crazy, just the type of crazy changes from season to season and year to year.  We no longer have baby-crazy or toddler-crazy at our house, but we do have plenty of loud-banging-boy-crazy and a bit of can-you-give-me-a-ride-to-hang-out-with-friends-crazy.  Unlike the school year, the kids don't go anywhere during the day unless I plan it out.  Call me the summer kid cruise director - today's activities included my kids watching WAY TOO MUCH TV.  I'm hoping their brains haven't melted into a Nickelodeon-induced gel by the time school returns.

When the kids aren't wasting their days watching too much TV, we have had a few cruise-worthy excursions.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Harrell Family reunion in Beech Mountain, NC.  Plus, Sarah and Jaley each enjoyed one on one time with Auntie Em.  Thanks for all that wonderful Southern Hospitality.  We love our home here, but we sure do miss family.

We even got over to the beach for the day - though I still don't understand the weather in Northern California.  We left home with the mercury reading 93 degrees and no clouds in the sky.  We drove 30 miles to find howling winds, cloudy skies, and a very chilly 59 degrees.  We lasted about 30 minutes, never touched the water, and headed home. Unlike the rest of us, Sarah did enjoy some amazing days on a warm, sunny beach.  She took a tropical beach trip with Mimi & Poppa all to herself.  What a great (delayed) birthday gift for her.  Thanks Mimi & Poppa.

So here we are in the middle of July.  We are still battling the dust storm of landscaping.  They say it took a thousand years to build Rome, our timeline is about the same.  Someday it will be done, just not anytime soon.

Scott is in Vegas right now.  It may be sin-city, but it is also conference-city.  He is in Vegas three times this summer.  All work + No play = Scott's trips to Vegas.

I am still looking for the right nursing position.  All I need is a great job, with great hours, and great commute.  It may be easier to find a Yeti, but I'm going to keep looking.  In the interim, I re-upped all my nursing certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, NIHSS, yada, yada, yada) and amped-up all of my healthcare volunteering.  I may not be bringing home a paycheck, but I am definitely working a lot.  

That is life in MomZania.