Good. Not So Good.

Good: – One night last week Anderson came home from work, and we were in the car headed to the beach – surfboard and all…

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Good:

– One night last week Anderson came home from work, and we were in the car headed to the beach – surfboard and all – in about 10 minutes. It was the best night! We’ll definitely be doing that a lot this summer.

– I made a Father’s Day printable for you! It’s a list of questions for your kids to answer. Click here to download it, then let your kids make Dad’s day special by filling out the questions about him. I can’t wait to see what Kingston has to say!

– Anderson says if Brazil wins the World Cup this year he’ll get a tattoo. I’m pushing for a portrait of his beautiful wife. I can’t even explain to you how big of a deal this World Cup stuff is to my soccer-loving Brazilian man. But you can believe I’ll actually be paying attention to the games this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not-So-Good:

– We almost bought Kingston a cactus for his room. I’m not sure what is wrong with us, but here’s what happened: We were in Home Depot one Saturday (we’re overhauling our yard and have been there a lot over the last month) walking through the plants when Kingston saw a cart full of cacti. He got really excited, because he’s still obsessed with the Cars movies. And all of the books, cartoons, and movies are set in the desert and talk about cacti. So he asked if he could have one for his room, and we looked at each other, shrugged, and said, “Sure.” Idiots. I started poking all of them to see which one was the least “pokey” when I looked over at Anderson (with little needles sticking out of all my fingers) and said, “Um. Do you think this is a good idea?” We had one of those WHAT WERE WE THINKING? moments and quickly moved away from the from the dangerous plants.

– We’re in the process of moving Kingston to a big boy bed, so I’m re-doing his room. Let’s be honest: I needed an excuse, and the poor little (BIG) guy is getting way too tall for his toddler bed. In the process I’ve thought a few times about how moms sometimes make a huge deal about the whole crib –  to toddler bed – to big boy bed thing. And I thought, “Hmm. I really don’t get that at all. This is fun!” Then…

– We started the process of picking a preschool. And as excited as I am for him to go to “school” a few days a week, you’ll probably find me hanging onto the poor boy’s leg that first week yelling, “Please don’t go!” as he tries to walk into class. I was totally fine with the whole thing, but then I accidentally found myself in the lunchbox/backpack aisle at Target and almost had to stop by the pharmacy on my way out for some happy pills. We haven’t made a final decision about where to send him, but we did rule out all schools that require 3-year-olds to wear uniforms. I just can’t!

– Is shopping for a kid’s mattress as big of a pain as Anderson and I have made it? We went to a mattress place (THREE actually) and Anderson told the lady we just needed a basic twin mattress and box spring. Then he felt the basic mattresses and announced that they feel like they should be in prison. So we moved on to the not-so-basic ones. Something was wrong with them too. (I don’t even remember anymore.) So by the time we left the store – empty handed- we were looking at paying as much for our toddler’s mattress/box spring as we did for ours. We don’t call him The King for nothing! Now we have a dilemma… what are your mattress buying tips? Please help me tell Anderson we aren’t setting our child up for a lifetime of back problems if he doesn’t have the memory foam bed! No child needs to be sleeping on a cloud, right?

61 comments

  1. We have been shopping for a mattress for our daughter too, just this week actually. It’s a pain and some of them can be SO expensive. My best advice is to go to Mattress Discounters. I think there is one in the Town Center. Mattress Discounters had a comparable mattress that we liked at Mattress Firm for over $150 cheaper. It’s at least worth a try if you haven’t been there yet!

  2. lol what if grandma just buys it and brings it over . ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and remember you cried every day when I dropped you off for k 5 . I felt like I should hide in the room and see why?? well I did stay a few days in the hall with my ear to the door. You were fine you just didn't like change and missed me. love you . at least this is what I tell my self lol

  3. We had to buy a “bunkie” for the bed he picked which is so hard. I went to sams club and bought a $75 memory foam gel mattress topper and now he has the best bed in the whole house!

  4. We got our mattress of amazon for like $150! It’s pretty hard, but you can just purchase an egg crate or pillowtop mattress pad to make it softer. (especially since back to school and dorm stuff will be coming to target soon, you may get a really good deal on one)

  5. Love you and love your blog! Regarding the mattress….we bought the "cheap" kind at first and believe it or not Hannah started having back and neck pains, so….we went the Memory Foam route and it truly was worth the money. Don't buy the name brand kind. We bought her's at the cheap mattress place off Beach Blvd and Southside Blvd., (can't remember the name of it, but it is something like Discount Mattresses). Anyway, we only paid about $400 for it which was a lot since we only paid $99 for the first one; but trust me……it isn't worth getting up many times during the night because your child can't sleep! Spend the money……get your sleep! HA! Love you!

  6. I always love These post!
    We a actually got Kennedy’s first mattress at SAMs. It’s a better quality but reasonable too. We had the same problem when we were looking for her’s too:)

  7. love the Father's Day printable! totally gonna use it! My daughter is going to preschool too this Fall, it's a mixed of emotions over here too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hey! Well we have these mattresses for our 3 boys

    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Comfort-Dreams-Select-A-Firmness-11-inch-Twin-size-Memory-Foam-Mattress/3158652/product.html?searchidx=1

    Love them, we have a medium and a soft. I can’t tell the difference but my husband says the soft is the best ๐Ÿ˜‰ we did not use a boxspring with it either. And they are made in the USA, that was huge for me. I found some cheaper but made in China. Anyways they are great and shipped for 2.99, woohoo

  9. The Cacti story was hilarious!! Our boys all sleep on a 4-5 inch thick piece of foam for a mattress. I've never heard any complaints! ๐Ÿ™‚

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