Wobbly wheels on the busJanuary 24, 2013
The wheels on the Kalahurka family bus are still going round and round, but they are seriously starting to wobble.
I’ve made four multi-day, mid-week trips to the East Coast for work in the last two months. Our two-full-time-working-parents-of-two-small-children balancing act was shaky to begin with. Pull one of the parents out of the picture for any extended period of time and the whole thing risks disaster. But thus far, neither of the Kalahuraka Kiddos has gotten sick. Thus far, I have not been fired for refusing to work all weekend. Thus far, the kids have not driven Bill completely crazy. So I guess you could say that we are hanging in, despite the state of our house, the mounting piles of laundry and the many many important, but not critical, things that I need to get to (like thank-you notes for all of the generous gifts Amelia received last week).
The good news is that I think my work situation should ease up after the end of January.
It just has to.
But enough about that.
Despite all of the chaos, I think we managed to give Amelia a memorable birthday party this past weekend. Her “Fancy Nancy” party was well-attended by a crowd of her friends. We had a follow-up birthday party for her at Nanny and Paw Paw’s house on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday evening, she happily decorated her room with new Fancy Nancy decals (while singing “Deck the halls with Fancy Stickers, fa la la ta da, ta da, taa daaaa”). Then she and her Dad played barber shop with her new doll chair and Fancy Nancy doll. She went to sleep with a smile while cuddling the doll. Given the amount of birthday fun we squeezed into one day, I feel a little better about being out of town on her actual birthday.
Our good friend Elizabeth took some amazing photos at Amelia’s party and also some great footage of Amelia’s birthday evening. As soon as work let’s up, I’m hoping to make a movie out of all of it. In the mean time though, here are some of my favorite photos from Amelia’s third birthday.