Sunday, January 20, 2008

2 Weeks?!

Has it really been that long since I've blogged?? Not a lot to say, I guess, just finding our groove. My return to the full-time work force has meant change for all of us. We get up, get ready, head out, return home, eat dinner, go to bed and do it all over again the next day. Okay, so there's a little more to it than that. Kelly has been amazing through the transition. He's actually the one who feeds the kids breakfast and makes their lunches while I'm getting ready in the morning. He's been picking them up from school everyday at 2:50, doling out snacks, checking homework and preparing dinner for when I return home around 4:45. Like I said - Amazing. What in the world would I do without him? I'd die... that's what.

As time passes our routine will smooth out, and we'll adjust for baseball season. The kids will spend some time in after school care and weekends have become a family priority. We're very thankful for a 3-day weekend and look forward to a couple more next month (I'm off for Mardi Gras, only in Louisiana, and the kids are off for President's Day.)

We spent the afternoon in Shreveport yesterday, as a trip to Target was necessary. I felt like I was coming "home" as I walked in the doors. Aside from the prices (groceries are more expensive here - weird, I know) everything is the same. We've made a move that is chock-full of differences (NOTHING is the same), so it's nice to be somewhere that feels "normal". I even had to convince Claire that we'd never been to that particular Target before, like I said, they're pretty much the same inside, right down to the ICEEs.

Claire lost her 4th tooth on Thursday, making her look very much like a 1st grader. Check out her envelope for the Tooth Fairy below. For some reason, we decorated an envelope to put her tooth in when she lost her first tooth, and the tradition has stuck. She lost it in the evening and Kelly & I realized that we didn't have any cash at bedtime. I tried to scrounge up some change and came up with only nickels & pennies. I told her that the Tooth Fairy only has change during the week, but if she waited until the next day, she'd have dollar bills. Claire thought long and hard and decided she didn't want to wait. Luckily, Kelly remembered that he had cash in his car, so we were all right. I could imagine her going to school on Friday and her friends asking if the Tooth Fairy came, but Claire telling them that she only has change on weekdays!! Oh, the things parents say (and do!).

I have a race with the kids every morning to see who will get dressed first: the 2 of them, or me. When I wake them up I've already showered and have my robe on. Before I started this, we had a hard time getting them out of bed at 6:40 everyday. Now all I have to do is open their curtains, turn some music on say... "Gee, I wonder who will win today". They spring out of bed and scramble to put their uniforms on. It's amazing. I think it's the greatest parenting tactic I've ever come up with. Even better than the 'Stop Crying Medicine' (strawberry fruit snacks). They are very serious about winning, and every day I make a bid deal about how fast they are and "maybe I'll win tomorrow". Claire encourages me and whispers to Nolan saying, "Maybe we should let Mom win tomorrow, so she doesn't get sad". Nolan doesn't like that idea. But it gets us going in the morning with a smiles on our faces...

So there's a small glimpse at what happens inside the walls of the Spann home. More than you bargained for, I bet. My plan is to blog every weekend, as the days turing into weeks far too quickly! So until then (or sooner, if something really exciting happens, but I doubt it)!

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