Wednesday, September 1, 2010

In the two last two weeks . . .

. . . the kids have settled into their school routines.
I am still learning the carpool line at Em's new school.  The first day was unbelievable.  There appeared to be no rhyme or reason to the way the cars snaked around the circle drive in front of the school, through the parking lot in the front and down the street to the back, and kids were crossing every which way.  I rolled down my window and asked of a man in a bright orange vest, holding a hand radio and looking bewildered, "What's the procedure around here?"  He replied, "Just grab your kid and run like hell."  I later learned that he is the vice principal.  Since then, I've learned to arrive way early in the morning, which gives Emily time to chat with her new friends, and get to school 15 minutes after the dismissal bell, when the congestion starts to clear.

. . . I got a new bike!

I have a friend who has the biggest heart in the world.  She won a gift card to the local bike store and insisted on sharing it with me so we could both get new bikes.  Hers is raspberry and cream. Mine is from Schwinn's "coffee and cream" collection.  And the coffee-colored handlebars and seat are trimmed in pink. . . because it's the Girl's model, which is called Cream.  The Boy's model is trimmed in blue and it's called Coffee.
I wanted to get Dan the Coffee model for his birthday, so we can "match".  But he wants no part of it:(
 . . . I had a pool day with Kathy.
 Our Pool Day Tradition started several years ago.  When we get all of our kids back in school, we take a day and go to Kathy's dad's pool.  Just the two of us.  We start off with Starbuck's.  We float, we talk, we float some more.  Then we have a poolside lunch.  This year Kath made a delicious Chicken Tortellini salad and I brought some decadent desserts.  Then we float and talk and read and float some more.  And since the kids are in school, no one bothers us, it is peaceful and serene, with a mountain view and absolute quiet, except for the water lapping softly against the sides of our floats and our constant gabbing quiet conversation.

. . . we got a new car.

It is heavenly to have a vehicle that drives so nicely.  After 118,000 miles of  listening to a 'weird sound' in the rear passenger side, we traded in the mom-van for a Toyota Highlander.  And it has a sun roof, so I'm halfway there to my sporty convertible!

I am gradually working myself into a daily routine.  This is the first September in years that I haven't been working from home while the kids are in school.  I'm finding it nice to be able to plan a routine for laundry, shopping, meal planning, and cleaning, rather than trying to squeeze it all in around work hours.  Our weather has been gorgeous this week, with temps in the 80s.  The maple tree in front of our house is already starting to change color.  I turned off the air this week and opened all the windows.  It is by far my very favorite time of year.

I've off to catch up on what's happening in Blogville.  I have missed everyone and I hope to get back in the swing of things around here.

9 comments:

Becky said...

What a great couple of weeks! And some fun news to share. A new car! How fun!

I love the feel of your days. Unhurried (although I am sure there are times ..) and relaxed. It makes a difference, the not working. I am so happy you can be the full time mom you wanted to be. Great for everyone!

Have a wonderful week Karen!

Susanne said...

I always take the first day of school off and try to do something with a friend. I could so get into your pool tradition.

The vice principal cracked. me. right. up. That is sooo funny.

A new bike and a new car?! You lucky girl, you!

Leslie said...

What a great two weeks. We're settling into the back to school routines here also. Congrats on the new car ~ I am sooo ready. My 19 yr old doesnt have her drivers license yet, as she as she gets it and we get her a little car ~ then it's our turn for something new. I've got a few in mind.
Love the bike also.
Have a great week.

Marilyn said...

I might think what that principal said, but I really couldn't say anything that outrageous! It sure did make me laugh, though. He needs a teacher (female, of course) to get those drivers organized! We could rule the world! ;D Have a great Labor Day this weekend. ♥♫

Dandy said...

Grab your kid and run like hell completely cracked me up!

Love the new bike- I suggested getting matching bikes to B and he just repeated me.. which means he doesn't want to.

I know several people with the Toyota Highlander and they all love it!

Haddock said...

That is a good bike with comfortable handle bars.

Country Dreaming said...

Goodness what a busy bee you have been.
a new bike AND car--how fun!
Loved the school story, way too funny.
A pool day with a friend sounds cool.

Have a great Friday--be careful in the carpool lane!

Melinda

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY THESE PAST TWO WEEKS, SO GLAD EM IS ENJOYING HER NEW SCHOOL. CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW CAR. I LOVE THE COLOR OF YOUR BIKE, DO YOU HAVE TO WEAR A HELMET? WELL, GO RIDE YOUR BIKE AND HAVE FUN.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, such big things happening - new car, new bike! Congratulations on both, hope they serve you well :) Post about your routine sometime, I'm so silly, those things really appeal to me ;)