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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Tale of Confidence

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Once upon a time, many, many years ago (the 80's), I wore granny glasses. Yes I said it. Glasses are one of the worst things that a kid could be subjected to wear. These days, kids have some super stylish glasses or they can wear contacts, but back in the 80's, we weren't so fortunate! My glasses were horrible. They were big, had major prescription and made me look like a total geek. Don't believe me? See for yourself!!

Yes, that was me at around 10 years old. I started wearing glasses when I was around 5 or 6. Before that, no one had realized that I couldn't see a thing. I hated wearing my glasses because they were heavy, they made my eyes look really tiny and I would get made fun of at school. I was shy and felt so ugly. Still, I had to wear my glasses all the time, as did my brother. My brother and I have terrible vision, almost legally blind and we had no other choice than to wear those horrendous glasses. Thankfully, in the early 90's children could start wearing contacts and as soon as my doctor recommended them for me, I got contacts. First, I wore these tiny little glass contacts, then I transitioned to soft contact lenses. I remember instantly feeling like a new girl. I could see without glasses. It was such an incredible experience. I was thrilled to go to school the next day as this new super confident girl. Who cares that I had crazy curly hair and bad clothes? I didn't have to wear my granny glasses anymore. I was a new person!!! Wearing contacts has really changed me and my self-esteem. I am a super confident person that can take on the world. I talk to people about letting their children wear contacts all the time and when Adrian is old enough, you can believe he will be wearing contacts (especially since he plays sports and he struggles with his glasses!)

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School the Adrian Way!

This post is sponsored by VocalPoint and Dick's Sporting Goods. All opinions are mine alone.

Back to school is here! Most children I know are either nervous or excited for back to school. Not Adrian, all I get from him are dirty looks and complaining. He is just one of those kids that doesn't really enjoy going to school. The other two kids have asked me to go back to school shopping as soon as the back to school displays were up in stores. Every child is different so I knew that in order to get Adrian ready for fourth grade, I would have to take him to one of his favorite stores, Dick's Sporting Goods®, for his back to school shopping! Adrian definitely does back to school in his own way, just check out this year's first day of school picture:

A couple days before school started, I asked him what his preferences were for school this year and he was ready. He wanted the following:
-Polo shirts that are soft and cool
-Nike sneakers
-UnderArmour backpack
-Monster pencil bag

It is just easier for me to get my kids exactly what they want for back to school. It makes the transition from summer break to busy school days much easier. When Adrian asked me for soft, cool polo shirts, I knew exactly what he was asking for: moisture-wick polos. Moisture wick shirts is all he wears and he wanted his school uniform to be the same. Luckily, in our school, as long as it's a red or navy polo and khaki bottoms, we can purchase the uniforms from where ever we like! We went our to Dick's Sporting Goods® one day after swim practice and found the moisture-wick polos, Nike 5.0 sneakers and UnderArmour backpack. It was almost one-stop shopping!!

He picked this super cool camo UnderArmour backpack that is way too big for him but was exactly what he wanted. I also was able to find the monster pencil bag and the teacher-requested supplies (of course, at another store) the same day!! The night before the first day of school, I made sure all his things were packed and uniforms ironed and ready to go!

Here's my big 4th grader ready to go!! He wasn't too happy that it was already the first day, but at least he was thrilled with all his cool new stuff!!

I also purchased some other clothes for him at Dick's. Like I mentioned before, this boy lives in athletic apparel and I took major advantage of all the back to school sales at Dick's!! Our back to school shopping date was a major success!

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Do you have a child who isn't too thrilled about going back to school? How do you handle it?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer of Swim

Summer of 2016 will forever be known to our family as the summer of swim. Whether at the pool or at the beach, we have been in bathing suits all summer long!

Thanks to a certain world competition going on this summer (ahem...OLYMPICS!!!), my kids are super into swimming so I signed them up for a more advanced swim class where they worked on the 4 strokes. We took this class ALL SUMMER LONG!

Somedays the dress code was a little crazier than others!

Most days were ended with a sunset dip at the beach!

The pool and the beach weren't enough since we also decided we needed to go to waterparks!

Ready to tryout for swim team!

Working on diving.............

Thank goodness for diving boards. They really are the highlight of summer pool fun!

They are pretty good at their strokes now. Amberly joined swim team first. Gian is trying out next week and Adrian will tryout in November after football season is over!!



It's been a ridiculously hot summer all over the country!! Have you spent lots of time cooling off?


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