I’ve decided to start Mom Advice Mondays. I want to share with you regular conversations that I have with my friends. I’m asked the same questions a lot throughout the week. Let’s hope that I can share something with you that will get you through the rest of your week.
A few of my friends have asked me what I take when we do a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park. For the most part this stuff is no brainers but I’ve put it together so you can just open it up and refer to it. These are the basics! Feel free to add anything on top of this, just know it might not be used.
This is my friend Melissa and her sweet family. When Ruby, her oldest daughter, was two years old, she went to bed a healthy and happy toddler. During the night she came down with encephalitis which caused a 105 degree fever and seizure. When Melissa & Matt found Ruby in the morning, they couldn’t get the seizure to stop. She was life-flighted to the hospital where, after several hours, they were able to stop the seizure. This has caused, somewhat, severe damage to the left side of Ruby’s brain and cerebral palsy on the right side of her body. This has been a great trial for Melissa and her sweet family. Ruby has had many years of therapy to strengthen her muscles on the right side of her body and they will continue to work with her to keep her strong.
The biggest question I get from my friends is “How do you do it? How do you go places with that many little kids?” To be honest the hardest part is overcoming your own negative voice. I decided to write down the 6 easy steps I walk myself through to get out with my kids. This is how I approach it, even on a difficult day.
To New Balance or To Saucony That Is the Question!
For years, we have been buying New Balance shoes for our boys. They love how comfy they are and how cool they look. My boys are so hard on their shoes and I’m always amazed at how well they wear. New Balance seriously survives the beating my boys give them.
For National Volunteer Week I wanted to recognize a few of my acquaintances that have inspired me for good. This is Vivie Harr! I had the chance to meet this sweet girl last summer, in Sonoma Valley, during Chad’s Ironman. She and her family were there to support her dad Eric Harr (an influencer for good & incredible Author/Tri-athlete, Triathlon Training in 4 Hours a Week). During the marathon part of the race, our families camped out at the same playground to cheer them on. Sweet Vivie and her brother Turner loved Zoe and my boys. Vivie was so confident and kind, I was so impressed with what a wonderful young woman she was.
Nordstrom just marked down a bunch of their clothes and I went through to find my favorites of the best outdoor gear.
This little Jacket from Patagonia is one of my favorites I have for Zoe right now. She would wear it everywhere if I let her. I had a few friends ask me to let them know if I ever see it on sale and this is it. The one she has doesn’t have a hood but there are so many days I wish it did.