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.

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