Monday, February 28, 2011

The Breakup

She broke up with me- just like that.  From 7500 miles away in an email.  My nanny left me for someone else.  I'm trying not to take it personally- but let's face it- I'm taking it personally.  I really liked her.  I trusted her with my newborn baby.  And- poof - she's gone.  No good-bye hugs, no chance to work it out.  Breaking up sure is hard to do. Sniff sniff.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

We Made It

Our whole family has landed in the US and I am happy to report that the flight was an absolute piece of cake.  I was a bit worried about the baby but he was an angel and slept for 10 hours on my lap.  I think we are all getting used to these long haul flights.  Of course, being in Business Class didn't hurt . . . .

Upon arrival the customs line at LAX was unbelievably long.  It's embarrassing that the US doesn't have a better system for this.  Tired travelers were crawling along through the queue at a snail's pace.  Some kind agent spotted us with our three pajamma'd kiddos and heaps of luggage and pulled us over to the airline crew line.  Hooray! Of course there was some sort of mix-up and United had us listed as "no-boards" but the agent was pretty efficient and cleared it all up relatively quickly.  Then, as he was checking our passports, he called for the Little Buddy to look up at him.  Right at that moment the kid sneezed the biggest, greenest, snottiest sneeze ever.  That's my boy. 

And so here we are, back in beautiful sunny southern California.  The weather is gorgeous and I am reminded why I loved living here.  It not Sydney, but it is beautiful.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and for the first time in like 18 years I won't be spending it with my love.  He's at Harvard filling his brain with important stuff and I'm here visiting and running around to doctors and dentists and schools and shops.  I miss him.  It's going to be a long 4 weeks.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

The First of The Lasts

For the past 2 years our Spring & Summer Sunday mornings have gone something like this:

-Wake up and shovel some breakfast into the kids' mouths
-Watch them wiggle into their speedos and rashies and swim caps
-Chase them around to get the suncream on
-Double check to be sure goggles and towels are in the bag
-Dash out the door and across the street to be on the beach for roll call
-Then I watch as they swim and paddle and run and race

 I love Nippers.

We're heading back to the U.S. for a few weeks and will miss out on the rest of the Nippers season this year. 

And this time next year my kids will be in America doing whatever it is American kids do in February.  Soccer?  Baseball?  (Seriously I don't even know).  But they won't be here, on this beach doing Nippers.  And that makes me a bit sad.  It's the first of the lasts.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Chance Meeting

To the lovely couple from North Carolina I met today in the queue at the school uniform shop:

I am so surprised (and a bit flattered, really) that you recognized me from this blog.  Thanks for speaking up and introducing yourselves.  I'm thrilled to welcome you to Australia and look forward to having you over for a cuppa when you're settled in your new place.

Glad to meet you, neighbors!  Hope you love it here as much as we do.
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