September 05, 2012

Fashion Police

  I have never considered myself "fashionable".  I have always thought of my style as comfortable, appropriate, and up to date.  With this being said, let me tell the folks of this lovely world what kind of dress is NOT attractive.

  We will start with the girls who, like me, have some extra fluff.  This is nothing to be ashamed of, whether you have had kids or not, but lets dress appropriately for this body. 
   If you are a size 12, wear a size 12.  You are not fooling anyone by squeezing into the size 9/ 10.  It really accentuates that you are NOT the size you are wearing, and it is not attractive in any way.  Think, not only do you have the muffin top going, (all the way around) you also have your butt crack hanging out.  The 12 really does, not only look better, but is also more comfortable!  Try it, you may like it!  (So will the guys!)

  On this same note, I do love me a pair of fitted work out shorts..... That fit.   When you have the size 12 body and you buy the size 10 shorts, they do not look good!  Repeat, NO BUENO! 
   This creates the muffin top, and the thigh bulge.  Sure you look all taught and slim IN the shorts, but as soon as the shorts end, it's over.  Your thighs bulge out in desperate search of freedom from the squeeze!  Do not put your poor body through this torture.

   Even worse?  When you fold down the top!  DO NOT FOLD DOWN THE TOP OF YOUR SHORTS!!!  This only makes the aforementioned muffin top problem even worse.  If the shorts were meant to be so low, they wouldn't have added the extra fabric to begin with.

   And another thing, say you ARE wearing the right size clothing.  Wear real clothing.  You wearing your pajama/ sweat pants and slippers around is not cute in any way.  (Unless you are sick and on a medication run, this is not acceptable) Get up and get dressed!  Do your hair, or at least brush it!  You may think this is a cute style, but everyone else just thinks you're lazy, and you wouldn't want that, would you? 

   Sweatpants with the saying on the butt.  These are just another topic all together.  If you wear these, you are asking all men, young and old to look at your ass.  Seriously, the creepy guy who keeps staring?  Think about it girls, you are just asking for trouble here....

   OK, off the subject of pants.  Shirts.  Please be sure these are appropriate for my children to see unless you plan on being cooped up in your house.  Have some respect!  I don't want to see your breasts hanging out, this is what bras are designed for.   I don't want to read cuss words, my kids can read too!  ( Think, how would you feel if they were YOUR young children reading them and asking YOU about what they mean)  More importantly, if you have the muffin top as mentioned earlier, you shouldn't be showing your midriff!  Cover it up!  I don't care what size you are, dress appropriately!!

   Guys....... Really?  I don't want to see your underpants, boxers, etc, nor do I want my children to see them!  Pull up your pants!  This is more attractive to females, than letting it all hang out!  Besides, girls like to check out your backside, and can't when it looks like you have pooped in your pants..... So gross.....

   On another note, skinny pants.  I will really never understand these on men.  They make it look like maybe you lost your pants somewhere and had to borrow a girl friends pair.  And sagging these is a super serious NO!

   I understand it gets hot in the summer, but have some class.  You do not need to mow your lawn, go for walks, shopping, etc. with your shirt off.  Women have more clothing, and yet somehow still survive the summer with their clothes on!  (Well most of us.....)

   My general rule for dressing?  Look around!  What are successful people wearing?  Their sweatpants and slippers?  No.
  Saggy skinny jeans?  No.

   This goes for any size.  I have some friends who are curvier than me.  They dress nice, and look great! 
  Dress in the size you are, and if you are unsure of what size this is, go to a department store.  They would be more than happy to measure you and tell you what size you should be wearing!

 Dress for success!  First impressions are a big deal, and you never know who may end up being a future employer or interviewer. 

  (I had to mention this as I have had a young girl turn in her application in her jammies.  I didn't even look at her as a possibility.  If you can't get dressed, what makes me think you can make it to a job?)

  What are some "trends" you can't stand?

September 04, 2012

The Summer of FUN!!!

  Our summer started the way any summer does, with expectations of fun, and the excitement of school being out.
  As school was coming to a close, we were also closing in on a transfer for the surrogacy.  So we didn't plan any summer activities until the end of July, in hopes of the transfer sticking, and me becoming pregnant!

   So we kicked off the summer with a week long camping trip at the end of July.  We met our friends, the Walkers, at Sun Set Bay, near Coos Bay, Oregon.  Between the 2 families we had 7 kids from 12 years old to 2 years old. 
  There were a lot of "warrior battles" with bows, swards, daggers, and sticks, all found, and carved around the camp sites.  I should mention, there is only 1 girl in the whole bunch.... poor thing.....


   We played on the beach, went on hikes, crabbing, bike riding, and so on.  Honestly, I could continue for far longer than you want to read!

   We were sad to see the Walkers head back to Washington, but are thankful for the time we got.  We drove at a leisurely pace all the way home, mostly to protect the awesome Japanese Maple tree we had found and bought!

   We were home for only a few days to wash clothes and bedding and leave again.  This time our destination was McMinneville for the Evergreen Air and Space Museum!


   We stayed at McMenamins, which is always fun, and had the annual King Jewelers Corporate meeting.

  The air and space museum were better than last time, only because they had added more stuff! 

  On Sunday, the day we arrived, they had the OSU Robotics team at the space museum with their robots they had used in competitions.  This interested Taylor the most, as he himself builds robots for competitions.  It was fun to see their ideas and watch the robots do what they were programmed to do.  It also helped Taylor see that this idea is used on a larger scale, such as the Mars Rover. 

  On Monday we spent the entire day at the Evergreen Wings and Waves Water Park.  This is a great water park with 4 slides that come out of a Boeing 747 that they have parked on the roof. 

   In addition to the slides, they have Smokey's Forrest, which is great for the littles in your life, a pool, a wave pool, lots of science activities, and of course, food.  I would recommend this stop for any family in need of a fun day out!  Did I mention this is an indoor park? 


  Then we headed back home for just a couple more days before leaving again, this time for the San Francisco 49ers pre game VS the Vikings.  This was our first real football game, besides high school.

   This was a GREAT trip with just the King and Walker adults.  ( I was here, I promise!) 
We had a short road trip to Petaluma, and stayed with Aunt Glee and Uncle Chuck, who were more than hospitable.  She was so kind to open her house to us and she made us a great breakfast so early in the morning!  The only downside to this whirlwind trip, was that we couldn't stay longer.



  The 49ers pummelled the Vikings, and had some GREAT plays!  It was fun to see La Michael James from Oregon out on the field with his new team as well.  (The 49ers, if you didn't know, #23)

  We got home just in time for my girls night out at our house.  Dancing, shopping, and talking.  What more could a girl want?

   The next fun adventure was the Hellgate Jetboats.  We do this every year as it is super fun, and now that the kids are old enough, we don't have to find a sitter and feel bad about coming home late.

  The Dinner trip leaves at 4:15pm and cruises down the Rogue River, where you will see and learn lots of historic facts and landmarks, wildlife, fish, etc.  You will also get drenched.  Just be prepared. 
   The Jetboat drivers have a lot of fun spinning the boat, slamming on brakes and having competitions with the other boat captains, as to whom can make their passengers the most wet.  IT IS A BLAST!!! 

   The next fun summer event was Arthur's 11th Birthday!!  He chose to have a small family get together and a family movie at the theater!  So I got my lazy butt out of bed at 5am to make Minnesota Blueberry Coffee Cake, get the shopping done and also had to stop in at work for some aquarium parts. 

   It was timed perfectly!  Everything was done and ready for brunch at 10am!  Arthur chose to see the new "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" in the theater.  As far as kid movies go, it wasn't too bad.  (I suffer through too many kid movies...)

  Summer is now over and the kids started school today!  We now have 3 boys in 3 schools, and they are all itching to start some extra curricular activities, which means my schedule is about to become even more cramped!

   Next adventure?  Man trip to Disneyland!  I get a whole week alone to work on my own projects and hang out with my Gram playing Bingo!  Can't wait, it's only a couple weeks away!

   What did you do for your summer vacation?