Meet the Sullivans: This and That

January 14, 2014

This and That

In writing this blog I often struggle with how much of my family's privacy I give up. Am I telling the world, and anyone who wants to listen, too much about my son, my marriage, my everyday life? Am I over sharing? I always end up back at the same conclusion -- that as long as I do it in love, with respect and with a dash of modesty, it is all right. My blogland friend Eric who writes the blog Let Why Lead wrote a great article yesterday for the Desert News titled Why I post about my children online. She hits the nail right on the head, so if you sometimes struggle with how much you share online I suggest you check out Erica's article.

Yesterday we took Owen to the San Francisco Zoo. We hadn't taken him to this zoo since last April, so it was definitely time for a trip back there again. The weather was gorgeous, so it was the perfect day for a trip up to foggy San Francisco. I really wish the zoo were closer to us (it's a 20-30 minutes drive or so from home), because we would be spending a lot more time there if it were. Most of the animals were sleeping ( I don't blame them, I'd nap in the sun too if I had a chance), but were in sight, so we still got a chance to see a lot of them. We rode the steam engine, watched the grizzly bears get fed, ate lunch and played on the newly re-opened playground. I remember playing on the old one when I was a kid, but this one is WAY cooler and safer. As  you can see below, Owen had a blast!












I was so bummed last week when our gym called to say that, yet again, they had to cancel the class we were enrolled in because of low enrollment. I was really excited for the cooking class Owen and I  were going to take. We started Owen's gymnastics class this morning and he had a pretty great time. I wish there was a little more instruction done by the instructor, but then again, how many of the toddlers in the class would actually follow her directions? Maybe it was better that they had free run of the room and equipment for the majority of the 45 minute class.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that last Friday morning Owen got his (sweet, brilliant, but giant) noggin stuck between the bars of the upstairs railing while I stood just a few feet away from him in the bathroom getting ready for our morning errands. His curiosity got the best of him. I tried to get him out myself, but when I realized I wouldn't be able to pull the bars apart and pull him out on my own I ran to grab the phone to call 911. This is when it would be really nice to have a second pair of arms! The dispatcher sent out the paramedics, the sheriff and the firefighters. Owen cried and cried, pleading for me to help him. Nothing breaks a mother's heart more than the sound of her child asking for her help, but not being able to do anything for them. Luckily, when I told him firefighters were coming to help us he calmed down for a little, and then he smiled really big when he saw all the men come up the stairs. They said "hey" to him and asked for high-fives, which he totally gave them. Silly guy, stuck in the bars, but still giving high fives and saying "hey!". Don't you love their resilience? Two of the men pulled open the bars enough so I could pull him out. I still can't believe it happened. He's okay, and I hope he has learned to never do that again. Poor little guy took a nap almost immediately afterward, and then got french fries and a chocolate shake for lunch for being so brave.

That's all for now! Come back tomorrow for my review of our experience with Blue Apron Meals!

12 comments:

Tawnya Faust said...

Thanks for sharing that article, I too struggle with whether or not I should be sharing as much as I do through my blog. I love the relationships I have formed with other moms through blogging though and I'm just not ready to give that up, and I do enjoy it as well. Can't wait to read the article!

Courtney said...

The story about poor little O getting his head stuck in the bars is so sad!! I'm sure you were freaking out. That is just the worst when you can't help them and they are upset. I'm so glad everyone is okay from it :)

Teal Vogue said...

He is just precious!

Tamara @ The Workout Mama said...

Oh poor Owen! Firefighters are awesome ;)

Megan said...

That's so scary he got his head stuck!!! Glad everything turned out ok. And boo on the gym cancelling on you all, that was on of Sofia's favorite activities!

PS- I don't believe there is such a thing as oversharing, it's our lives...so it is what it is! ;) Thank you for sharing your life with us, Colleen!

xo
Megan

E Hayes said...

Aww poor O! So cute about him being so chummy with the firefighters. I have the same outlook on what I share, try to be honest and myself but also keep certain things private too. If I question it, I don't usually share it. I'm sure as the girls grow, I'll share less as it's their lives and not mine.

Courtney Sweet said...

Oh man I can't believe he got his head stuck - how scary. So cute that he was excited to see the firemen while his head was trapped. Glad everything turned out just fine too - totally deserving of those fries and milkshake!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Thanks for sharing that article; it was just what I needed to read since I've been struggling with blogging & sharing lately. Also, we love the zoo and go once a week (during the warmer months)! It's about a 20 minute drive for us, but so worth it!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for sharing the article! I struggle with the same thing and completely agreed with some of the things she said.

Jess Norden said...

I saw that he was stuck on Instagram!! I am so glad he got out safe. Cam got his leg stuck in his crib and has tried to put his head between the banisters...I am sure I will be telling your story in no time. These kids have no fear!!!

I am totally jealous that you live so close to the SF Zoo...I wish we had something like that near us!!

Whitney said...

I love all the fun pictures you get of Owen playing! He looks so happy! The baseball cap he wears is adorable. And I hate that happened with the stair rail, but hopefully that will be the first and last time that ever happens!

Kelsea said...

OH you poor things! I would have freaked if that happened to us! I'm glad he's alright and wasn't too scared :) And it was a good opportunity for him to have a good experience with rescue crews!