Some of you probably think I’m insane for dressing my kids all the time, and you might be kinda right, but here’s a little of what I’m up against if my kids dress themselves:
Once a week I do a “Wear whatever you want day” and the kids get super excited to just go for it – as you can see. While obviously visually distracting, it’s not the look thats the main concern here, really, I promise. Let me point out the problems we are up against looking like Lady Gaga wannabes wearing these items. Cruz is wearing dirty pajama pants and an extremely dirty shirt he got out of the laundry. (Remember, I said, “Whatever you want.” My kids will hold me to that “whatever” part.) Jude, who looks sharp, was freezing to death because it was NOT warm enough to wear such a light outfit. Zara bundled up, but was uncomfortable with the bulkyness of all the layers she had going and was really annoyed by it once we left the house. Ever decided that she was not going to wear shoes, cause she had on those shoe-ish-like tights - you know how tights are always so shoe-ish? – and that sweater of Zara’s with the HUGE hole in it? Yep, that would be what she’s wearing. Top that with a beanie worn Beret style and you’ve go an outfit worth wearin’. Depending on if my family were still living in the Ozarks of Missouri or not. Maybe not even there.
Anyway, all this to point out: Letting your kids dress themselves 100% is not easier. I had to carry Ever EVERYWHERE ’cause those “shoe-sy” stockings didn’t cut it, and seriously, how could you not stare at us? Seriously? Funny thing is, if I say, “go get dressed in clothes that are appropriate for church” or “the park” or whatever, the kids usually do really good! Somehow the “wear whatever you want” line just calls for insulting outfits. It’s a science or something.
Here are the Mother Approved outfits of this WYAWW:
There isn’t much new that you all haven’t seen! I bought some boys tank tops from the undies section at Target and Zara is wearing one, also Ever’s sandals are a recent Target find!
Adorably adorable kids items I recently found: Did you know Carter’s makes Heathered Onesies? They are in the boys section, but really, they are so cute for both! I am so tempted to buy them and store the for a gift, or for Linds’ next kids or Katie’s, gah! So fun!
Okay, so in order to get back on track, I’m squishing WAY too much into one post.
Friday: Perfectly lovely day to spend the whole day cleaning and doing laundry and then headed to Irvine to meet with a Bride! Spent the night at my parents, which is always fun, and got to see my preciousssssssssss nieces. This has nothing to do with this weekend, but Ruby loves to read books, and she’s been reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear and pointing out Cruz, Me & Jude in the book. My sister even took a picture of it so I could see just what she is talking about….
Seriously. That child is a hysterical mess of a little being. I was dying laughing!
Saturday: Spent the morning with the fam and headed home to do a little relaxing before a photo shoot. Here’s one just for fun:
Sunday: What else would a person do on a sunday morning besides SUNDAY SCHOOL!? I got to hang out with some cute little people like this guy:
I’m on a winning streak with the kids. They all used to get sad when they saw me because they knew they were going to have to say goodbye to mommy, BUT recently, all of them have been so super happy in class! Happy teacher moment!
Elias (above) and his family came over on Sunday night for dinner and we chatted while the kids Beybladed all night long. There is a serious Bey obsession around her, one that probably requires a series of posts, but I’m much too sick of them to give it another sentence. Google it if you are curious.
Monday: Soccer night for Joel. He’s in the black shirt and white shorts. The kids are screaming their lungs out at him for no reason, just cause. I’ve been going to watch since the kids like to play there and be outside. I’m trying to take advantage of the BEAUTIFUL nights we’ve been having before it gets hot here! I thought Haley & Ana & Ruby & Quin would want to see their Uncle Joel, so here you go girls!
Tuesday-Wednesday: More house projects. I don’t know what is more ridiculous. The amount of time I spend doing them, or the fact that stuff is always falling apart or getting messed up! Seriously, if only stuff would just stay put! So many times I don’t hate stuff, it just breaks or gets messed up.
My living room table is getting a new coat of stain, and the stool in our bathroom. I’m still looking for a new couch, if you have any suggestions let me know! I’ve been looking everywhere and the quality is so low at most stores I can’t believe it! I need durable, but not flat out ugly, and it has to be smallerish in size or else it won’t fit in our room. Any ideas? I’ve never bought a new couch so this is all new to me!
We had some darling people over for dessert tonight and it was so fun. I love the relaxed feeling of summer and the simple fun of food. We fondued it, dark chocolate with strawberries, peanut butter pretzels, cream puffs, bananas, & cookies. Bocci Ball ensued, while I got to chat it up with Hannah about weddings and having babies. You know, girl stuff!
I’m still here, I think that’s the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started! I have had a full week this past one, so I’ll try to get caught up in the next few days with everything we did, all the fun things I’m in the process of, etc… We had a little picnic with Joel today, and my plans for tonight involve Coffee, Jane Eyre & painting this puppy:
Have you seen the “My Mom the Fashion Icon” in magazines? I always want to send in pictures of my mom because, well, she really WAS a Fashion Icon! haha! You can read more about my mom here: www.TonyaRuiz.com
FYI, I used to be really angry with my mother for not keeping any of her clothes from back in the day, but I think I may have finally forgiven her…