Thursday, March 09, 2006


Lane turned 14 today. Like many moms, I keep getting caught off guard. How did that happen? Wasn't he just 4 a couple of months ago? Before you have your first child, everyone you know that has one will tell you time goes so much faster when you have a kid. But it's not a concept you can fully appreciate until it's happening to you. It does fly. It was just yesterday that he was toddling about finding every ounce of mischief he could. And now he's 14. Well, now that I think about it, beeing a teen hasn't stopped the mischief .... just the toddling.

Now he's an electronics nut. If he studied his textbooks like he studies electronics magazines, he'd have a 4.0 GPA. He's handy to have around when we need that stuff worked on, though. We've had him install a couple of hardware items in our computer lately. That's nice!

He's a musician. Orchestra and jazz band now. He loves music. All kinds. Not just whatever it is the kids are listening to these days. Actually, he probably can't even tell you what the popular stuff is. But he can tell you an awful lot about Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

He's taking driver's ed this spring.

He's starting high school in the fall.

He's growing into his own.

Wow. What an adventure it's been so far. And, as wild a ride as it has been, I'm sure it will only get more interesting.

Happy birthday, buddy. Can't wait to see where you take us next!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Oh how the mighty have fallen

I’m getting a new van.

And I’m excited about it.


Of course, I already drive a van. So it’s nothing new, right? Well, kinda. See, I used to be a truck kind of girl. Needed it to haul the horse trailer. Trucks are big, powerful vehicles. Makes a girl feel strong, in control, TALL! Kept the truck when the first kid came. Had to ditch the truck when the second kid came (two car seats in the cab of a pickup doesn't leave space for anyone/thing else). Even after having to give up the truck I went to an SUV. Plus, I only bought the current van under extreme duress! I wanted the Subaru Forester. Steve wanted me to get a van so that his mommy could go places with us. Grrrr. I caved. Turned out to be a good thing as now the boys have their honkin’ big instruments to haul, trips to NM with 6, etc. Still, even tho it was his idea, he was too embarrassed to drive it for 2 years.

And now I’m getting a new one.

And I’m excited about it.


Oh what a difference a day (or a couple of kids) makes.