Olympic Sneakers

Years ago, when the World Cup was held in France, I picked up the sweetest sneakers while backpacking in Europe. They were made by a company called Patrick especially for the World Cup. They had sneakers to represent every country! My first two picks were Italy and France (SOLD OUT) so I went with Jamaica. They were fun – yellow and green. I wore those shoes out as I traipsed through Europe that summer. I wore those shoes WAY past their life and was so sad when they could go on longer. I search for a comparable pair all the time. I found some during the last World Cup via another blog. Lo and behold, they were ONLY available in Europe. I found this pair today commemorating the 2012 Olympics. All I’ve been able to find is a patriotic shoe from New Balance. It’s a nice shoe, but I wonder, will I ever be able to replace my World Cup kicks?

 

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I’ll Be Back…

I know I’ve been MIA for a while. I blame the summer. Everything is off. This finely tuned machine of a home is waaaay off. Bedtime has become lax, schedules have flown out the window, and life has become very “fly by the seat of your pants.” Add on to that a two week vacation through the east coast with the kids and you have one tired lady with no blogging power in her. School starts soon and I’ll get my blogging mojo back then (I hope!) Until then, I’ll continue this sporadic posting. For today, here’s a little summer eye candy…

 

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Wait, is Father’s Day THIS Sunday?!

This Sunday, father’s across the country will open up presents containing ties and coffee mugs with “World’s Best Dad” inscribed on them. Here are a few fresher ideas for Dad, collected from around the web.

from San Felippo Leather on Etsy

Beer, need I say more?

Better than a radio made out of a coconut!

And if none of these tickle your fancy check out these two cute ideas from Design Mom and You are My Fave! Happy Father’s Day!

Little Boy Treasures

I love finding little treasures for my kids. I picked up those boots on a whim at a thrift store and found the vintage puzzle at a church rummage sale. I purchased the cow from a boutique in Hido, Texas before I ever got pregnant with my son. At the time, we were trying for another baby and I was crossing my fingers for a boy!

Bathing Beauties

I took last week off from the blog to acclimate myself to the first week of summer. It was incredibly busy but I didn’t do any actual work! I just hung out with my kids and it was awesome! We had swim lessons in the middle of each day, spent the afternoon at the pool, and because we have some extra daylight, we took family bike rides down by lake after my husband got home from work. I spent so much time hanging with the kids I was barely able to keep up with my actual JOB much less the blog. But (in the immortal words of Gloria Gaynor) now I’m back from outer space….

I also spent last week in search of the perfect bathing suit. I poured over the internet looking at a million different suits. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

Can you tell I’m really into the vintage silhouette? What’s your favorite suit for the summer?

 

 

 

DIY Day!

Yvette, from Abernathy Crafts, came over the other day to share a kid friendly craft with me. It was fun and easy. My 5 year old was so excited to do this one all by herself! Just draw a picture onto the back of Styrofoam plate, cover with paint, and press your paper onto it. It’s a child’s introduction to printmaking!

Have you tried this project with your kids before?

The Loss of the Independent Childhood

Last night my husband and I were discussing sending our daughter to girl scout camp. I am pro-camp. He is against it. He never went to camp as a child and doesn’t see why our kids need to go. So I lay in bed recalling my camp experience for him: the feeling of freedom, making new friends, archery, hiking, friendship bracelets, bug juice, the joy of making your own purchase at the canteen, swimming in the river, camp songs, camp fires… I could go on and on. I want my kids to have those experiences too!

But there is something else that is making me push for camp. When my husband and I were kids, we had full reign of our neighborhoods. Both of our parents set the boundaries as to how far we could travel on our own and then boom, out the door on bikes, roaming the neighborhood with a pack kids, running in and out of yards and houses. At each house there would be a parent ready with a popsicle, a sprinkler, or 5 minutes of air conditioning, but mostly we stayed outside. After school, weekends, and especially summer meant FREEDOM!

And when dusk came, children’s names would be called and we would all head indoors for dinner. Our parents barely saw us during the day and it was OKAY. There was no boogeyman lurking around every corner to snatch us up.

We don’t live in that time anymore, at least not around here. We live in a high anxiety world now; post Columbine, post 9/11, post meth. We no longer look at strangers as a potential friend but as potential crazies. I’ll admit, when I do let the kids play in the back yard I stand at the window, on the lookout for the boogeyman.

Kids are so heavily scheduled after school that there is no laughter filling the yards. Weekends too are scheduled with soccer games, recitals, and family activities. I’m starting to realize that summer is the same way. Every parent I speak to talks about how their summer calendars are filling up with family trips and supervised, organized day camps such as cooking camp, computer camp, youtube camp (seriously), and princess camp (again, seriously).

So, where are today’s kids going to gain any sense of independence or freedom? I’m thinking the only place left to experience that freedom that used to come with childhood may very well be camp.

Luckily, I found this article backing me up so maybe, just maybe, I’ll win this one!