It’s been another week of summer fun, family time and road trip excitement. (Which explains my slightly neglected blog. Speaking of which, have you heard my blog was nominated to be in the Top 25 Nor Cal blogs on Circle of Moms? Voting is outrageously quick and easy (no registration!), and I so appreciate your support!)
Lesson #1: We give a lot of credit in the tech revolution to companies like Apple and Google. But we really don’t spend time oohing and ahhing at the wonders of Conair and Vidal Sassoon. We take for granted the simplicity of low, medium, high and cold, warm, hot. After using this (pictured) relic for the week, I have a whole new appreciation for hot air.
Lesson #2: Hair in the 80s wasn’t big because it looked good. It was the result of poorly engineered tools.
Lesson #3: If you’re not nice, it will come back to bite you. Literally, in Pink’s case. In her diaper changing frenzy, she bit herself instead of me the other day. (But I have a feeling this isn’t a lesson she’s going to learn quickly.)
Lesson #4: When you’ve been looking forward to a beach day for months, don’t be surprised if there’s a downpour (in the middle of August … in San Diego …) as you’re about to get in the car. Just tell your kids to pretend you’re in Hawaii where it rains all the time. (And feel oh-so lucky if it comes and goes as quickly as it does there too.)
Lesson #5: You had one good day at the beach when sand is still stuck in body rolls a day later (Pink’s in this case, not mine).
Lesson #6: Carrying a freshly showered naked baby to the car from the beach or to a lounge chair from the poolside is just begging to get peed on. (And no, I didn’t learn this one the first time around…obviously.)
Lesson #7: After spending a couple hours helping my sister-in-law set up her preschool classroom, I have a whole new appreciation for the time and money teachers put into their work — even before the school year begins. I was in true awe of her and know there are a ton of very lucky parents about to meet their precious kiddos’ new teacher.
Lesson #8: I also learned that in preschool, “manipulatives” refers to more than the little kids who pretend to be your friend then hit you on the head with a toy car.
Lesson #9: And if “housekeeping” is truly a learning center standard for preschool, Big needs to go back and repeat that grade.
Lesson #10: The time my kids spend with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents is priceless. (Though not for the aunt and uncle who hosted us at a Dave & Buster’s birthday party. Or for the uncle who had to win thousands of tickets to give each of my boys a Chargers football. Or for the grandparents who fed some bizarrely hungry kids — and their parents — for days on end. But you get the point…)
Here’s to a week of (perhaps expensive, but) priceless fun with the people you love! (And remember, I’ll love you more if you vote for me. Ok, no, I’ll love you anyway. But I may question your love for me. And that just makes for a highly dysfunctional relationship. Who wants that? Better just to vote.)