The Best Valentine’s Day (So Far)

Nothing says romance quite like taking a tween boy shopping for new pants because he’s grown 2.5 inches since Christmas Day.

AMIRIGHT?!

We’re not big Valentine’s Day celebrators. That’s true. But taking a tween shopping felt like maybe the antithesis of love. Tween parenting is odd in and of itself. One day we’re the coolest, the next we’re the worst. I remember that, but being on the flip side feels like someone poking at the soft parts of my heart.

But the kid needed pants. Our schedules have been a little bit crazy as of late, so getting out of town and to an actual shopping plaza has been more of a challenge than usual. I couldn’t just order him clothing online either as I legit had no idea what size to order the quickly growing kid. I needed him to try pieces on and provide actual feedback for fit and length.

While I’m on the topic: Clothing boys is the worst. Not only is it all ugly and virtually impossible to find, but the sizing across brands is RI.DIC.U.LOUS. RIDICULOUS. Old Navy XL is too short. Nike L is too tight but long enough. Kohls’ tech brand L fits length wise but falls off his waist. Brands, please get your act together. It would be great if one size matched across all brands. Not only would it be life-changing for parents but it would result in more money in brands’ pockets as I could easily log on and buy, buy, buy.

Anyway, hanging out in the boys’ department on Valentine’s Day wasn’t all that bad.

I got some really great deals, even though we had to visit a total of three stores. While I felt aggravated at the lack of overall selection, I found some things we all liked. Additionally, I was greeted with a very grateful man-child who thanked me a number of times over the night.

Afterward, we hit up the new IHOP, stopped in at GameStop to let them spend some of their money, and finished it off with evening coffees for the grownups at Starbucks. Maybe someday my husband and I will go out again—alone—on Valentine’s Day like that first date after our youngest son was born. I consumed my first alcoholic drink since prior to getting pregnant and that margarita nearly put me under the table. In the meantime, an evening of laughs and waffles and smiling boys feels like a good deal to me.

Quite honestly, this ranks as the best Valentine’s Day in a long time. Winning.

#WIWSunday: What I Wore Sunday, January 13, 2013

It’s Sunday!

#wiwSunday

What I Wore Sunday, January 13, 2013

What I Wore Sunday, January 13, 2013
On Instagram || On Flickr

  • Dress: Old Navy, Clearance rack!
  • Black Cami: Maurices
  • Black tights: Kmart!
  • Black skinny belt, 2011
  • Black wedge heels, 2009
  • Black necklace: Maurices

I grabbed this (green!) dress off the clearance rack and it’s a lovely fit. It’s also crazy comfortable. It also makes me feel like my hard work (running! elliptical! Jillian Michaels, that lady we all love to hate!) is visible. Did I mention that it’s comfortable? It is.

As a note, we didn’t wear coats to church this morning because it was 67 degrees outside. In January. I almost wore something slightly more springy, but I wanted to save that outfit for another day. I’m pleased with this outfit.

You are welcome to join in the fun on Instagram with the #wiwsunday hashtag. Follow me, @FireMom. Until next week!

#WIWSunday: What I Wore Sunday, January 6, 2013

For the past ten weeks, I have been documenting what I wear on Sundays over on Instagram via my hashtag #wiwSunday (What I Wore Sunday). I have hesitated moving the series to the blog at all for the following reasons:

  • 1. I stink at series on the blog. I start them, get bored easily, and quit.
  • 2. I especially stink at series that are day themed. Sundays are especially busy in the summer and fall. What if I don’t post one week? Insert internal woe about blogging issues here.
  • 3. I am not a fashion blogger nor do I want to be.
  • 4. I like my style, but not everyone may. Also, I’m not concerned with name brands. Ever.
  • 5. I just take cell phone photos and post them to Instagram. This is not my high quality photography.
  • 6. Woe.

Then I decided: Woe, BE GONE! And now I’ll be sharing my weekly outfit here on the blog (in addition to on Instagram). You’ll see it on Instagram first because I usually post it there as my husband drives us to church. Maybe some weeks it will be an Monday Morning Quarterback look at what I wore the day before, because I know in a few weeks I won’t be at a computer on a Sunday. But we’ll give this a go.

What I Wore Sunday, January 6, 2013

#WIWSunday January 6, 2013
On Instagram

BigBrother was my photographer. Sorry for the blur in the full shot.

Dress: Old Navy clearance rack
Gray Tights
Sequined Shoes: Kmart, Bongo, Clearance
Silver Earrings
Silver Necklace: Chloe & Isabel

I was overjoyed to find those shoes on clearance in my size. I’ve wanted “gray” shoes for about a year now, but kept missing my size in various other styles in various other stores. These are comfortable and cute and shiny. The dress was a crazy find as it was the last one in my size in the store and it was 40% off the clearance price. I went with a simple necklace instead of a statement piece because, hi, the dress is a statement in and of itself.

You are welcome to join in the fun on Instagram with the #wiwsunday hashtag. Follow me, @FireMom. Until next week!