Sunday, October 21, 2012

I Love When People Send Me Free Stuff

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

~Angela Schwindt

I had the opportunity to travel with just my oldest child yesterday and today, as he had a swim meet and Stephen and Mo stayed behind so Stephen could teach his Sunday School class. It's rare that I get one-on-one time with just one of my children, and I had a blast.

That Jack is one neat kid. Of course, most of the time, he was under water, but the time spent together was such fun. He has a quick wit and fairly deep insights for a preteen boy. 

"Mom, the guy swimming in the lane next to me was huge. He had chest hair. I almost asked him if his son swam too."

And while I'm bragging on him, he swam nine events and got his best times in seven of them. So there.

I'm looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with Mo soon. I think kids need that time to have a parent's undivided attention.

And before I stop talking about swim stuff, I want to thank the fine folks at Summer Solutions, Inc. They were nice enough to send me a few of their products to try, and I'm pretty impressed. 

They sent me their Suit Solutions, a wash for swimwear, and their OneStep, a shampoo/conditioner for swimmer's hair. I won't pretend to understand all of the science behind in all -- although they have a video about it on their website -- but Jack's suits aren't fading at all like they do when I put them in the washer and dryer. 

The biggest difference, though, is in his hair. Jack wears his hair super short, so it usually feels a little like a handful of pinestraw and always, ALWAYS smells like chlorine. Since he's been using the OneStep, his hair is nice and soft, and it doesn't smell like even a hint of chlorine. I'm a fan!

Also -- I can't remember if I've ever shared this, but it bears repeating -- I am not a fan of Halloween. I just don't get it. It's stressful, and I always end up eating all of the candy I buy to hand out.

That's all. I'm going to eat an Almond Joy now. And a Milky Way. And maybe a Snickers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Duck, Duck, Goose

"It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain."
--Arthur Schopenhauer 

Whew! So I finally got to wear my boots. Twice now. Monday I wore brown boots with black skinny jeans, and today I'm wearing black high-heeled boots with a black maxi skirt. I've decided boots are the only redeeming aspect of cool(ish) weather. Boots and cranberry sauce.
Admiring my boots at swim practice
In other news, Mo is once again going to be in her dance studio's production of The Lovely Ducklings in December. The Sunday show will be emceed by Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, so it's shaping up to be quite a big deal. It would be a wonderful new Christmas tradition to start with your family. (Shameless plug.)

The director asked if I would like to be in the show this year, which would totally have fulfilled #4 on the bucket list, "Perform in community theater," but I turned down the opportunity. This is kind of a big deal for Mo, and I'm sure she wouldn't be too thrilled to have me on her stage.

But before you start patting me on the back for my generous sacrifice for the sake of my baby, just know that there is not even a tiny part of me that wants to share a stage with Miss South Carolina while I'm pretending to be a duck in a feather-covered tutu.

Photo courtesy of Dave Hoefler
I'll pass on this one, thank you very much.