Fashion Friday: Edition happy father’s day

Well Aunt Camp is over.

Gulley, Caroline and I left yesterday morning with the intent to meet Jen at the Chick-Fil-A in Temple. But she texted about an hour into our trip to let us know I-35 was completely shut down coming from Dallas (which if you recall is what happened to Gulley and me about two weeks ago) and it was going to take her much longer than she’d planned. So we ended up meeting at the Chick-Fil-A in Waco instead. And we agreed that we didn’t know if we were happy or sad for Waco that their Chick-Fil-A appears to be the hottest ticket in town on a Thursday at lunchtime.

Also, I will have you know we didn’t actually eat at Chick-Fil-A because as much as I love it, I am completely chickened out right now.

Anyway, we hugged Jen and hugged Lincoln goodbye and he called me Aunt Marshmallow and told Gulley he was going to tell his mom some things about her and they weren’t good. But we’re pretty sure he wasn’t serious because he also told us he LOVED Aunt Camp and was going to miss us and those kids.

And Gulley and the boys came over this evening and we had closing ceremonies and drank a lovely bottle of rose’ (Not the kids, just Gulley and me. They prefer a cabernet.) and agreed we felt sad he was gone. We truly loved having him with us.

I’ll spare you any more sap.

Here are some cute things I’ve found this week and ALERT! Anthropologie is having their HUGE summer sale right now. So if you’ve had your eye on something, now may be your lucky day.

1. southward swing tee

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This comes in a green color too, but I’m really drawn to this for some reason. And it would work year round here. It’s on sale for $29.95.

2. printset tee

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This also comes in a blue and white, but I really like the gray with the colorful striped sleeves. It’s on sale for $39.95.

3. sunglow caftan

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This comes in a gold color as well, but I LOVE this aqua for summer. It would look so great with white jeans and I’ve actually tried it on in the store. It’s kind of short but looks great with a longer tank under it to give you more coverage.

It’s on sale for $69.95.

4. diem peasant top

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Now this. I came so close to buying this at full price about two months ago because it is GORGEOUS. But I decided it felt too delicate and I can’t really have nice things because I ruin them. So I declined.

However, it clearly left an impression because it was the first thing I looked for when I saw that Anthro is having a big sale. This is now $79.95 which is significantly less than what it was originally and may convince me to throw caution to the wind and just get it already.

5. meadowsweet sun hat

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I told P this week that I need a better hat for the pool. I’m trying to go with a baseball cap because I enjoy peripheral vision, but it lacks the coverage I need. I love this one and it’s on sale for $49.95.

6. striped sailor shorts

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How cute would these shorts look with a denim shirt? Or a tank with a denim jacket over it? They are 40% off with no code needed.

And they also have these abstract riviera shorts if you want something besides a yellow stripe.

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7. love stitch tie dye scarf maxi

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After I shared my tragic jumpsuit photo last week, someone emailed me the link to this tie-dye dress. And it’s just exactly what I was looking for. It’s rayon instead of cotton but I can make that work.

8. gap v-neck linen tee

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I know I’ve featured this before but I maintain it is the perfect summer t-shirt. And would look great with those shorts featured above because it’s a great length. All full-priced items at Gap are now 40% off with code SAVE at checkout.

9. pam breeze-ly tunic in navy

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I love tunics like this because they go with everything and are so easy to just throw on and look pulled together.

10. drusy pendant necklace

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How great is this necklace? You know what makes it better? The fact that it’s just $9.95 and can give a pop of color to all your summer outfits.

That’s it for today.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who are most likely never going to read this because they don’t care about Fashion Friday. Except for my dad who reads every day no matter what and that’s one of the many reasons he’s so great.

The last day of Aunt Camp

Wednesday was the last full day of Aunt Camp and I have to say I’m kind of sad to see it end.

I will also tell you that if you have a four year old, I highly recommend that you find yourself an almost twelve year old girl to assist you because Caroline read him a book and put Linc to bed while I cooked dinner last night. I’ve never felt less necessary in my life. She had it all under control.

And a few minutes after she tip-toed out and announced he was sound asleep, the loudest clap of thunder I have ever heard boomed right overhead and caused our fire alarm to go off. I went running into the bedroom expecting to see a crying, scared little boy and he was still completely sacked out. Which was just further confirmation that he’s his mother’s child. She can sleep through anything. When we were roommates in college, Gulley and I could have a whole houseful of people over after Jen went to bed and she would sleep right through all of it. Which is remarkable considering these get-togethers might have involved jello shots.

Of course I’m sure part of the reason he was so ready for bed was because he woke up at 5:45 again. This has really been the only downside of Aunt Camp and just comes with the territory. Although that’s easy for me to say because he was at Gulley’s house. Thursday morning will be my turn to deal with a 5:45 wake up call and I’m sure I’ll have some PTSD that will make me recall those days when Caroline used to wake up at 5:30 and I felt like we’d had a full day by 8:00 a.m.

Anyway, yesterday morning I took Caroline to soccer camp and then took Piper and Mabel for their inaugural visit to the new dog park in our neighborhood. I was a little nervous about it because I wasn’t sure how well they’d interact with other dogs, but they actually did great and thoroughly loved exploring a whole new space and making new friends and playing in the water.

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Mabel even wrote about it when she got home.

The wind in my ears
Met a terrier today
Not sure he’s my type

After the dog park excursion, I dropped the girls at home and finished some things around here until it was time to go pick up Caroline. Then she and I picked up a tray of nuggets from Chick-Fil-A and brought them to Gulley’s house so we could all eat lunch before deciding on our plan for the afternoon. In case you’re wondering why we opted for the tray of nuggets, I will tell you it’s because Jackson has reached a point where he eats twenty-four nuggets all by himself and it’s just more economical to get the tray.

So everyone ate their lunch and then Gulley took the big kids to Target to pick up a few things while I took Linc back to my house to rest a little bit before we headed back to the pool. Piper and Mabel were so intrigued by this new little guy in our house and Piper in particular seemed to think he smelled delicious and I have my suspicions that she was waiting for an opportunity to grab Nothing from him and tear that stuffed dog to shreds. Linc told me, “My dad told me something VERY IMPORTANT. NEVER LOOK A DOG IN THE EYES.”

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I texted that to Jen and she responded, “Well, he sure seems to be looking Piper right in the eyes.” To which I replied, “To be fair, he didn’t say he listened to what his dad said.” And, honestly, it does appear to be more of a side eye than a full on stare down.

Mabel wrote another haiku after seeing Linc.

Please make him go home
Wait, he just dropped a fruit snack
Maybe he can stay

Linc was so content to just watch a movie and give the dogs the side eye that it took some convincing to get him on board for an afternoon of swimming, but I won him over with the promise of some colored zinc on his face.

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He was more than a little in love with himself and the finished result. In fact, he asked me if we could do his legs and arms too but I explained that sometimes less is more when it comes to colored sunscreen that will end up smeared all over the place.

We met Gulley and the big kids at the pool. Linc was pretty content to just stay in the baby pool and the kids would occasionally come around to see what he was doing.

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At one point he wandered off to the playscape and then told us he’d made some delicious chicken noodle soup. It was essentially a plastic cup full of kiddie mulch but I pretended to take a bite or two and then Linc whispered to me, “Can I tell you something? There’s a kid who thinks this is a pirate ship but he doesn’t know it’s MY CAR” then looked at me with this expression like he couldn’t even believe some kid could be dumb enough to believe that playscape was a ship when it was clearly a car.

Gulley and I decided we should just feed him dinner there and ordered the chicken fingers he requested. Meanwhile, Caroline ordered the bean and cheese nachos which Linc sampled and then ultimately stole for himself. He said, “There is something DELICIOUS in these things.”

Yep. That’s called refried beans and cheese. Welcome to San Antonio.

And then Caroline and I brought him back to our house, got him bathed and in his jammies and then she read to him and had him sound asleep before I even knew what happened.

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This is about an hour after he went to bed and had managed to work himself entirely off the mattress and onto the pillows I’d put on the floor. And he didn’t even stir when I moved him back on the mattress.

So tomorrow we’ll meet Jen and Aunt Camp will be officially over for this summer. And I have to say we’re a little sad about it. There’s something so sweet about really having the chance to get to know one of your best friend’s kids. And realizing that even though you knew you loved them because of who they belong to, you also actually just like them for the little unique person they are who reminds you so much of the person you originally loved.

As for closing ceremonies for Aunt Camp, it will involve Gulley and I sitting on my couch with a well-earned glass of wine (or three) tomorrow night.

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Aunt camp goes to the zoo

Well.

Guess who has two thumbs, is all talk, and ended up at the zoo yesterday?

This girl.

Ever since Gulley and I first planned Aunt Camp I declared vehemently that I would do anything…slide down the slide at the pool, go to the new children’s museum, visit Kiddie Park, ride the train, play at the park…anything except go to the zoo.

Why? Because I am not fond of the zoo.

I don’t need your judgement. Some people don’t like pizza. Others don’t care for the circus. My personal kryptonite is the zoo. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I made PLENTY of zoo trips when Caroline was little but I calculated today and I think my last trip to the zoo was when I was a chaperone for her field trip when she was in second grade. I had blocked that trip out because I was in charge of eight second graders who were supposed to fill out a detailed report about everything we saw and what they ate and where they lived. Which is all fine and good except I’d have been more successful letting the monkeys out of their cages and asking them to compile that information rather than a group of seven year olds who were giddy from a day outside the classroom and all hyped up on bus fumes and the smell of parental fear.

The day began innocently enough. I dropped Caroline off at soccer camp and then had an appointment. After it was over I ran by the grocery store and then to Gulley’s house to provide reinforcements since Linc woke them up at 5:45 a.m. bright eyed and ready to start a new day. I brought some Ninja Turtle gummy snacks and a couple of new books and we hung out until it was time to pick up Jackson and Caroline from their respective camps.

Our plan was to pick up Chick-Fil-A and go have a picnic in the park by the zoo train before riding the train, but it began to pour down rain so we opted to eat at EZ’s and then make our way to the train. Here’s what we didn’t count on. As we drove into the parking lot for the train, Lincoln began to see all the signs with animals on them and excitedly exclaimed, “IS THIS THE ZOO? I LOVE ANIMALS! I LOVE THE ZOO!” And since I am not, in fact, dead inside, what option did I have but to acquiesce that maybe we should visit the zoo after riding the train? Maybe Gulley and I are more like grandmas than aunts because his excitement caused us to forget all our plans to avoid the zoo.

We boarded the train which we hoped was better than Linc’s last train experience. He told us he’d ridden Thomas the Train and it was just okay because he didn’t make any of the stops he said he was going to make although apparently he did play “appropriate music” according to Lincoln. I’m not sure what constitutes “appropriate music” on a train but I’m guessing no Iggy Azalea was involved.

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Of course the zoo train isn’t as slick as Thomas and there’s no music, appropriate or inappropriate, but we did tell him there was a tunnel where you have to be loud to scare away the bears and we might even see a wild cat or two. Which, the train ride did not disappoint because we did see a wild cat while on the train.

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Sadly, this bit of wildlife didn’t get us off the hook for the zoo.

So we got off the train and made our way to the zoo entrance. The kids unanimously decided they wanted to visit the snake house first which, if the zoo is my kryptonite then the snake house is my Lex Luthor. And Gulley remarked that it’s sad our kids can read now since there was a time when they were little that we took them to the zoo and I told them that the sign on the door of the snake house said, “CLOSED” even though that was a lie. But you know what? You want to visit the snake house? LEARN TO READ.

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We made our way through the vipers and the rattlesnakes and the iguanas and I tried not to think about my belief that they could totally break that glass if they wanted out badly enough. And, thankfully, that portion was over fast enough and we moved on to more pleasant things like the hippo habitat.

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And we saw an elephant getting what appeared to be a pedicure.

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Plus, some zebras who were trying to get some shelter from the rain because, OH YES, it started to pour down rain.

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Then Linc declared he was so hungry he couldn’t walk, so we stopped for a nutritious snack.

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Have you ever tried sour apple flavored cotton candy? Here’s a tip. DON’T.

But he loved it and eventually his entire mouth and both hands were entirely green. I dug some handi-wipes out of my purse that I’d grabbed at Chick-Fil-A the day before and handed him one and he asked, “Hey! Are these wipes from Chick-Fil-A?” Which cracked me up because that’s a boy who has been wiped down a time or two with some antiseptic wipes.

Then just when we all decided we could zoo no more, we saw the carousel and sometimes you just have to ride a gorilla to complete your experience.

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I’m glad to report the carousel played “appropriate music”.

After we left the zoo which had turned into a sauna, thanks to the rain and the ensuing sun, and I brought Linc back to my house where he enjoyed a long bubble bath before curling up with Nothing to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I was honestly glad we’d ended up there. It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

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Except for maybe the snake house.

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