My new no-gap-waistband jeans from Target? GAPPING CONSIDERABLY. Also, they cause me to have to keep hitching up my unders. You know what I need, is those button-elastic waist-adjusters they put in children's jeans. My waist is slimmer than the manufacturers expect, given my hip size. (Isn't that a much nicer way to say my hips are larger than they expect?) And yet I really like the jeans and have worn them three days in a row and I'm going to look for another pair so I'll be able to launder these.
Do you know what I learned from my recent Party Shopping Expedition? Camis are super-cute. I'd been avoiding them because my shoulders are narrow and rounded and my upper arms are plump (this, I think, tends to go with the leetle waist), but a cami under a flannel shirt is cuter than a t-shirt under a flannel shirt, and no shoulders or upper arms need be exposed if they'd rather not.
I'd bought a black cami to go under the pink shirt I wore, and then I got a dark red (almost burgundy) cami that came as an underlayer to a shirt I wore yesterday and probably never again (it's the tunic/maternity style and I felt kind of dumb in it), and after I took off the shirt in frustration I wore the cami with a flannel shirt and I felt kind of SASSY exposing so much CHESTAL REGION. It reminded me of those extremely persuasive Charlie perfume ads from the eighties, comparing Charlie to wearing slinky unders with a grey tailored business suit. ...I'm not sure, now that I think of it, why that would be, but I still do wear Charlie twenty years later so SCORE, marketers!
And also I bought another cami, a white one. Target has camis in a whole bunch of pretty colors in the misses department, but in plus sizes they have only black and white. Listen, I may be DUTCH and a BAKER but that doesn't mean I don't like PRETTY COLORS. And now I am tired of saying cami, so let's think of something else to talk about.
We've been trying various plans for teaching the children that Christmas is a holiday of EXCHANGING gifts, not just RECEIVING them. When I had fewer children, I took them to the store and had them choose something for their grandma, their grandpa, their aunt, their uncle, and their daddy. We did a lot of talking about Thinking About What The Other Person Would Like, but then I let them choose even if I knew it wasn't a good idea---we're talking about a $2 gift from a child, so it's not going to ruin anyone's Christmas if it doesn't hit the mark.
But now there are FIVE children. Five $2 gifts for grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, mother, father---ACK. It's not just the expense, it's the TIME it takes to wrap and unwrap and exclaim over all those gifts, and it's the mountain of small and not-particularly-wanted gifts purchased only to make a point to the child. And that's with no sibling gifts!
So this year I took the kids out and had them pool their resources, buying ONE present for grandma, grandpa, aunt, and uncle, and using the person's wish list to help decide on something in the $10 range. It might miss the mark, but it's ONE thing instead of five. They did still each choose something for their daddy, though, since that seems different.
We'll see if this works better.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...