The chronicles and ramblings of a stay-at-home father raising his three beautiful girls, Anya Rose, Caitlin Rose and Reegan Rose.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dreams Coming True

It's hard to believe that the school year is just around the corner (I mean it's not hard for me, I've been counting down the days for a few weeks.)  We've had a busy summer and the girls are having a blast.  Here are a few of our recent adventures:

Two weeks ago I decided to take the Roses to Alki Beach in Seattle, a beautiful sand beach that stretches a mile of the Puget Sound in West Seattle.  We packed a lunch and were planning on making it a day of sunbathing, castle building, and all around good times.  After we parked the van a couple blocks from the beach front, the girls took off down the uneven sidewalk in their flip flops. Within seconds, as the echos of my plea "Don't run in your flip flops!!!" still resonated down the street, Reegan face planted on the uneven concrete.  They say that there are only 2 things you can count on in this world, paying taxes and death, but I'd like to add a third, a Schmidt girl running in flip flops is the precursor for a Schmidt girl crying with a skinned knee.  I managed to calm her down as we continued to the beach.  Since it was low tide, we decided to wade into the tide pools and look for critters.  Now I didn't intend to add salt to Reegan's wound, but encouraging her to enter the salt water with a freshly skinned knee may not have been the best idea...

To soothe things over with the little one, I decided to rent a 4-person bike and cruise the beach front in style. We picked out our cruiser, but unfortunately, only Anya was tall enough to reach the pedals.  The younger two sat in the back and enjoyed a free ride as Anya and I worked the 200 lb vehicle into motion.  We made it about 500 yards before Anya joined the crew of the vertically challenged, leaving the old man to pedal up and down the beach by himself.  It was a beautiful day and we had a great time, but two hours of peddling was wearing on my patience and I was ready to jettison the dead weight I was carrying.  We brought the bike back and made our way back home.

Last weekend it was Reegan's 4th birthday!  Can you believe our baby is already 4?  I mean she's still not potty trained, but she looks like a big girl!  For her birthday she wanted a pink kitty, something she had been talking about since we left the farm where she had been terrorizing real kitties.  Reegan wanted a 'a pink kitty about this big' (imagine her arms about 12 inches apart); very practical, very specific.  I love it!  I know each year I can make this kids dreams come true.  I can hop on and pick out EXACTLY what she wants for under $20 and the kid will jump around the house in excitement when she opens up her present.  Anya, on the other hand, has asked for a $300 Power Wheel and that I make her stuffed animals talk with her for her birthday.  Talk about a kid set up for disappointment!

Two nights ago Anya had to go the nearby hospital for a sleep study.  For anyone whose ever slept in the same house as my eldest daughter, you know she snores like a trucker.  She was referred for a sleep study last year when her dentist noticed her irregularly large tonsils.  Since we reached our insurance deductible for Reegan's arm surgery, this is going to be the year of all elective medical procedures!  We are guessing they will be taking out Anya's tonsils and adenoids, but we had to do the sleep study to rule out other more serious causes of her snoring.  We enjoyed the one on one time we had with me at the hospital and she liked all the special attention she was getting.  She did a great job and was able to get a full nights rest (at least that made one of us... The 5'8 cot they had me sleeping on was a little small.  Have I mentioned there are a lot of Asians out here?)

Caitlin is getting all excited about kindergarten.  We went to the store to pick out all her supplies.  Last time we went to the library, KK picked out a DVD titled 'Getting Ready for Kindergarten.'  As soon as we got home she put it in the player and sat attentively as she learned all about her first year of real school.  She is excited to meet all her new classmates and start school like a big girl.

Alicia is doing very well at her job at Clifton Larson Allen.  The summer is Alicia's busy season so she has been working like crazy.  Even when she is working 65 hour weeks, she always manages to get home around 5:00 for dinner and hangs out with the girls until bedtime.  We've been going to the pool in the evenings and Mom is having as much fun as the Roses swimming and diving for toys.  After the kids go to bed, she'll power up her computer and put in another couple hours.  

With Alicia working so much, it makes it easier for me to put in time studying for my teaching courses.  I'm halfway through my first course and things seem to be going well.  I have a lot of hoops to jump through these next few months, but I'm tackling them one at time.  I'm even starting to get excited about the prospect of getting back into the classroom, the thought of bringing in my own paycheck wouldn't be so bad either ;)

Tip of the Day - A poisonous Hobo Spider can only survive for 4 days in a mason jar without food or water.  We happened to find a large spider in the garage and I thought it would be fun to put it in a ice cream pail and show the Roses.  When our neighbor came over to see what the fuss was about, she confirmed the poisonous spider was a Hobo.  They are easy to identify as they are the only spider that carries a stick with a red bandanna holding all of his belongings.