Friday, January 24, 2014

Parts of Parenting I Suck At

This is the first in what could possibly be a series.  I'm ok with that.

Today, the girls had followup doctor appointments at noon from last week's bout of bronchiolitis/croup/ear infections.

What a well planned/prepared/on top of it parent would do:
Pack a healthy, balanced, easy to eat in the car lunch for each kid.

What I did instead:

Go through McDonald's drive-thru and get a chicken nugget happy meal for the girls to split.  

Cora had the apple slices and the chicken.  Lily had some fries and whatever stale snacks I could find in the random ziploc bag I found in my purse.

PS - I always order the "boy" toys with the happy meals.  The toys are much better.  Today's was the Ice King from Adventure Time.  

Please consider this my request for in the car meal ideas that aren't going to get squished into the carpet in the van.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

On Travel

As I look out the picture window that I've moved my desk in front of (Scott accused me of bogarting the sunshine), I see snow flurries start to fly.  Again.

This is the time of year that for the past few, we've had a sunny trip planned.  San Diego when I was pregnant with Cora.  Walt Disney World when I was pregnant with Lily and Cora was almost 2.  Walt Disney World again when Cora was almost 3 and Lily was 8 months old.

I mentioned awhile back that we (I) were considering a Disney Cruise.  It just isn't going to work out, at least for this Winter.  Mary's having her baby sometime within the next few weeks and I'd like to make sure I'm around for that.

I noticed that after becoming a parent, traveling has become quite a bit more difficult.  More to pack.  More to plan.  More money.

I used to think that I wanted to be a travel agent.  I've done lots of research for friends' trips.  I LOVE the details that go into planning a trip.  The pain in the ass details like trying to find train times that will get Bekah from Paris to Luxembourg (or was it the other way around?).  Loved.  It.  Even when my roommate from grad school would gTalk message me logistics questions while she was getting her bearings in France - I LOVED IT.

Now, just give me the easiest trip possible.  I'm exhausted.  I want everything taken care of for me.  That's why we've ended up at Disney the past few years.

Disney isn't cheap.  Even for a cheapskate like me, Disney isn't cheap.  Our big price-saver was not planning on going to the parks every day we were there.  We had 5 day trips planned and only went to the parks 2 days each time.  That saved about $200 per day.

Disney is easy though.  Once you drop your luggage at your airport, you don't have to touch it again until it shows up at your hotel room.  You ride a charter bus (included in the price of your room) from the airport to your room.  There are tons of restaurants, shopping and activities.  You don't have to rent a car.

Cora's loved airports since this first brush with them almost two years ago.

Just easy.

I'm currently toying with the idea of doing Disney without going to any of the parks.  Cora's aged out of being free for park entry, so it would be even more money each day we went into a park.  The kids are young enough that we didn't actually ride many rides/see many attractions anyway.

There's plenty to do without entering a park, but is there plenty to do that our family would enjoy?  I probably need to get the Passporter Free-Book: A Guide to Free and Low-Cost Activities at Walt Disney World to fill out my Passporter collection.  Like my BFF that doesn't know he's my BFF Rick Steves says, "A good guidebook is a $30 investment on a $3000 trip."

PS - The Passporter Moms Podcast is one that somehow finds its way into my rotation even when we aren't planning a Disney trip.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Does anyone want a cat?

There's a farm 2 houses up from us. From what I understand, the older woman that lived there passed away recently. Her children are renting the house out to a tenant.

 The farm has barn cats. One of them has migrated to our house. And won't leave. It's been coming around since the first of the year. It waits for Scott to get home from work and tries to jump in his car. It rubs against Cora's legs as she walks down the sidewalk. It tries to sneak into the house.

Oh, I'll just get the kid to like me.  That's the trick.
After a few days of it trying to sneak into the house, Scott made a cat box in the garage for it with some food and water. This was when it was still around 30 degrees outside. Then the polar vortex came.

 Two nights ago, Scott fashioned a cat crate out of some baby gates and zip ties. All was well until last night when the cat figured out how to escape. I've put the cat back into the crate no less than four times this morning and it's only 10 am.

I'm just going to blend in.  Also, this catnip is FABULOUS!

 Reasons we don't need a fourth cat:
1. We'd be the people with FOUR CATS.
2. Our grey cat is generally neurotic and hasn't fully recovered from when we took in the third cat - two years ago.
3. We'd be the people with FOUR CATS.

 I wouldn't mind just letting the cat have the run of the house until the cold snap is over, but I'd only be comfortable doing so after getting a clean bill of health from a vet. Also, the cat needs flea drops. And dewormer. And a bath.

 So what I'm trying to ask is: Does anyone want a very affectionate cat?