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January, 2011 | Everyday Childhood

Archives for January 2011

Pocket Full of Confidence


I did a short post last year about my collection of jeans and the function each pair has. Several of my readers have asked if I might elaborate on that post and talk about how my jeans give me confidence. You might be asking yourself- “Does she really own so many pairs of jeans that each pair offers a confidence boosting function?” The answer is Yes. Yes, I do. In fact, I’ve added to my collection since the original jeans post.

For me… Jeans are a symbol of comfort. No matter what I’m doing… I know I’ll be doing it in comfort. If I’m comfortable- I’m also confident. And confidence is the key for achieving my intended goal. It doesn’t matter how lofty a goal it is… in the right pair of jeans… I’ll attain it. That’s my secret– an arsenal of multi-functional jeans.

My Fat Jeans: Come on. You have a pair too. A bit too big in the rear… but oh so comfortable. My fat jeans are my go-to pair when nothing else feels right. Notice I didn’t say when nothing else FITS right. That’s not it. I put these jeans on when nothing else FEELS right. They’re safe. They’re soft. Sure they’re kinda baggy, but with a tiny tee and my Converse- I’m golden.

The Ankle Length Jean: These jeans say- Business casual. Paired with an adorable pair of flats (an addiction all their own) I’m ready to meet and greet in cute, casual style. This is the pair you’ll find me in most.

The Capri Jean: Yeah. I know. This pair of jeans say “Mom” all over them- but I can’t help it! Capri jeans, tank tops, and flip flops make me happy! Cutest mom at the park? You betcha! Just try and top me when I throw a pair of white Keds into the mix.

The Skinny Jean: I’m talking about the cut of these jeans… not how I appear in them. I know how I appear in them– a wee bit overexposed. BUT paired with a tunic top and boots… I feel put together and if I feel put together-… I am. Just. Like. That.

My Glam Jeans: A night out on the town? I’m so there in my glam jeans. Long and lean (just another word for tight) I know I look hot in these. Add a pair of sexy heels and a sparkly top and I’m flippin’ Miss America! At least that’s how I feel.

The Dark Wash Jean: I wear these when I’m not sure of the occasion. A classic, yet chic black tee and a great necklace make these jeans go from day to night– soccer mom to party girl.

So there you have it! My secret to feeling confident in any situation. When do you feel most confident?

Family Travel Tips From The Expert

I had the great pleasure of doing a quick interview with Amy Tara Koch, the author of Bump It Up, trend reporter to NBC, contributer to SELF, New York Times, People’s Mom and Baby, Travel & Leisure, and many others – yah she’s totally an expert on all things style and travel.

Admittedly the first line about I’m following you is awkward but its about Twitter – lol…

We went over some basics of traveling with expecting a baby, traveling with kids of all ages, and tips for what to bring on the plane.

Of course the age old question how do you defuse the angry mob on the plane when your baby/kid just wont stop crying.

Well I could write out all the questions and answers but that would take all the fun out of watching the video.

Follow Adam on Twitter @DadaRocks and on his blog Dada Rocks!

Creative Expression…

I often have these thoughts in my head… fleeting moments… lost bits of time… memories…

What I do with these thoughts often manifests itself in different ways. Sometimes I write… Like I am now. Other times I turn up the music and sing… LOUD. Most times I create something.

I used to scrapbook all the time. I could scrap a page about anything. But lately… simply scrapping just doesn’t do it for me. I feel like I’ve lost my mojo some days. Things get me down and I’m not sure how to snap out of it.

Perhaps it’s just that time of year and once the darkness of Winter leaves… so will my gloom. Maybe it’s the thought of my kids growing another year older. Whatever it is… It’s not me and I’m ready for it to go away.

What do you do to “snap out of it”?

What Would You Do To Get Home To Your Kids?

Are Stubbornness and DonkeyAssness inherited traits? I ask myself this question because I’m scared about what O and Jake are going to get from me! These traits were realized for me after a culmination of very bad timing mixed with traveling some 2,000+ miles.

My day started with the Meteorologists calling for 2” to 4” of snow. Weather delays were starting to show their ugly faces that morning when others were calling in to the check flight status’. I felt somewhat comfortable with the situation given that I was traveling to the sunny, dry, and warm west coast. I arrived at the airport about 2 hours before my scheduled departure. I normally wouldn’t get there that early but I figured given the weather I was better off there than somewhere driving through snow and traffic. Once at the airport the first sign of my day would make an appearance.

Flight delayed an hour

I wasn’t too terribly concerned about this as I originally had a two hour layover for my next connecting flight. In fact, I was somewhat stoked I’d only have to wait an hour for my next and final flight. I wouldn’t be so lucky as my flight would once again be further delayed.

Flight delayed an hour and 30 minutes

Once aboard my flight it didn’t take me long to realize that the hour I thought I had to wait during my next flight was now about 15 minutes. I was on a Boeing 777 and on these planes you get the nice screen in the back of the seat in front of you. Aside from movies, games, etc. it gives you a read out of where you are, how fast your traveling, and when you’re expected to land. Well, not long after we took off it become very clear I’d be missing my next flight home. I don’t think it mattered that we landed just before my next flight was to take off. The added fact that this plane being so big also meant it would take me a long time to exit didn’t help my situation.

“Sorry Sir your flight has left and that was the last one to Monterey.”

That’s pretty much the news I got when arriving at LAX, 2 hours after I was supposed to land. The friendly people at Delta told me that not only would they not pay for a hotel for me they also wouldn’t pay for a rental car. They booked me on the next flight out at 10:00am the next day!

This is the part where my “need” to be home to see my family and my donkeyassness came in. I knew I was only about 350 miles south of home and even though it was 9:30 at night and I had been traveling all day (waking up at the equivalent west coast time of 3:00am) I was determined to be home. I rented a car and off I went. I had made this drive many times before as my in-laws live in SoCal so it was almost second nature. The drive went fine for the first 3 hours until sleep deprivation set in. I pulled over once for a few minutes of shut eye but that wasn’t enough. I think I was so tired that I wasn’t even thinking straight. I should have pulled over. Nope, not me…I was on a mission. I was getting home! Well that decision would lead me to the next level of excitement for the night.

Rental Car Smash Derby

Only about 30 miles from home, driving through a lettuce field I found myself running over something very hard and large. It wasn’t an animal but it was big enough that it jarred the front of the car up in the air! After landing (and waking up!) I realized something was very wrong. I pulled off in the field and got out to realize that both right wheels were bent and the front tire was blasted! Ugghhh….! It was now 2:00am and I was stuck in a dark field. One hour later after a quick call to AAA I was back on the road to drop the car off at the airport. 4:00am I walked in the door.

I had 3 hours to sleep before waking up for work and was so excited to be home. Beaten, tired, aggravated, and delirious I was just happy to know I was home with my family and to be going to bed finally. Walking around the bed about to get in I noticed it wasn’t just my wife asleep. O had joined her at some point and was sleeping on my side! I crawled in and even though I had about 4” of space to actually lie in a very contorted pretzel like kind of way, it was okay.

After 2,000 miles of flying, two hours of delay, 350 miles of driving, and a car accident later I couldn’t think of a better place to be than snuggled up with my baby girl!

Read more from Josh on his blog Dad Street and follow him on Twitter @DadStreet.

Standing Pee

There are few moments in a fathers life when he’s truly proud… One of these moments is the ability that my baby boy pees standing up. It truly is a guy thing. I know its one of the crowning moments that a Dad with daughters only will never get to experience. For that I’m sorry but for me its the highlight of the month, of the year so far.

On the serious side potty training isn’t easy, its constantly asking do you need to go potty, trying to teach him its not ok to go in the diaper. We’ve been given tons of advice, some of which just made me laugh out loud… just let him go naked for 3-4 days; they don’t like peeing themselves… sure you’ll pick up some doodie off the floor… My response was like a look of puzzlement and maybe horror.

My wife’s been reading a few “experts” online and really wants to introduce where the poop goes after he does it in the diaper and draw that link. To which I also laugh at – after she got angry that I wasn’t doing it and showing him the poop from his diaper goes down the toilet and I did it. Of course in the handling of not touching said poop it landed on the bathroom floor. LOL Her face was priceless… of course I was the one with bleach spray cleaning up but that’s not the point.

My point is this everyone has their own way of training and you’ve gotta make it work for your kid and make it feel right for you and your family. I’m not showing him where the poop goes anymore – really the first goal is dry diapers and only peeing in the potty we’ll get to the pooping in the potty soon enough!

Follow Adam on Twitter @DadaRocks and on his blog Dada Rocks! You can get your dad fix by following #DadsStalking on Twitter.

Elmer’s Can You Top This?

I’m entering a contest sponsored by Elmer’s through Collective Bias. It’s called… Can You Top This? The basic idea is this… You purchase an Elmer’s tri-fold project board and come up with the craftiest use of it!

My family loves games… we came up with a bean bag toss! I cut the side of the tri-fold board to a slant and used a craft knife to cut the three holes in the center. Then I spray painted it pink!

Not everyone is a sewer… so I created some no-sew bean bags using scrap cloth and a glue gun. Simply cut two squares and then glue 3 sides. Lightly fill the bags with pinto beans and then glue the opening closed!

This project was a fun way for my family to craft and play together! Thanks Elmer’s and Collective Bias!