Another trip and 100 wise words (not from me)

by Kim on August 23, 2013

In a few hours, I’ll be on a plane to BOSTON!

…Wait, didn’t I just get back from a vacation? Why, yes, I did. The timing is possibly not the greatest, but we’ve had this weekend trip planned for months. We’re visiting some good friends who moved east early this year for jobs, and I’m SO excited about the lineup of activities they have planned. (Truth: it’s really handy having built-in tour guides on trips to new cities.)

My primary thought, going into this trip, is that I’m going to be so, so appreciative of CHILDLESS flying. Imagine…ascending in a plane, casually looking out the window instead of shoving a sippy cup in your child’s face while he writhes and cries because his ears hurt. Imagine…sleeping or reading, completely oblivious to how much longer the flight is, rather than frantically whipping out one Elmo book after another and praying for an early arrival.

Imagine…NOT carrying a 4,000 pound car seat through a busy airport, while everyone stares at you and makes comments about how you “must have drawn the short straw.”

Now I remember: this is how sane people travel!

My mom drove down yesterday to stay with the little dude for the weekend, and all my fingers are crossed that things go well. This will be the longest I’ve ever been away from him (3 nights), and he’s been sort of mom-clingy lately, so I hope he doesn’t feel abandoned. (Typical mom paranoia, I know.) Luckily, Grandma is always a wonderful substitute.

Speaking of the little dude, I’m pretty sure he’s going through a growth spurt this week. Insane amounts of sleeping and eating, and all of a sudden he looks like this:



Maybe you can’t tell, but he’s practically in high school at this point.

He’s also a really violent eater, I recently noticed.


Blueberries: ATTACK!

Yesterday, my decision to pursue a full-time job was confirmed again. It poured all morning, so we were trapped in the house, and I was basically lost. Our morning walk/outside time is such a central part of our routine that I can’t imagine surviving without it—ALL WINTER. No thanks.

Luckily, his book collection can entertain him for a surprising amount of time.

20130822_092413(Sorry for the crappy photography…I’m useless behind a camera without gobs of natural light.)

But every once in awhile, he’d head over to the door to the garage and start fussing and reaching for the knob. I wasn’t having a lot of luck explaining what “it’s raining” had to do with him not being able to go outside.

Well, I’m off to finish packing! Before I go, I wanted to share this list I saw on Facebook yesterday. (Thanks Erin!) These are 100 wise words from a teacher, and I thought it was a great read. I can relate to so many things here!

Pick your favorites and tell me about them in the comments!

1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first boy/girlfriend.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.

23. A handshake beats an autograph.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have the right of way, take it.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry; live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in good luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. Never be the last one in the pool.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.

68. Dance with your mother/father.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boy/girlfriend’s clothes.

73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.

79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do, not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.

88. Never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.

89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Always wear a bra at work.

92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date, commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet kill.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun then sitting on the bench alone.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.

— one high school teacher’s list of 100 wisest word

Which of these speak to you the most?

Have a great weekend!!


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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome August 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Jealous your off for a kid free weekend! I hope you have so much fun and I’m sure your little man will be just fine :-) Definitely know how you feel though. I love these words of wisdom, especially number 63. I would hate to be boo’d at and always think about that when others do so at games etc. Everyone has feelings!
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Ali August 27, 2013 at 8:55 am

I must admit I’m a little jealous that you get to travel alone! Next weekend, my husband and are I taking my 6 month old on a 2.5 hour flight to meet his grandparents and I’m not really looking forward to it. I hate to say that, but the restlessness and squirminess is going to be difficult. We’ll survive though. I hope you have fun! That list is great. There are so many that speak to me. “You are what you do, not what you say” is a great one!
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

Traveling with kiddos is so tough, but I think 6 months is a pretty good age to do it. Do you have a good baby carrier you like? Hopefully he’ll sleep the whole time!!


Kristin @ A Mom on the Run August 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Oh gosh, I was a mess the first time we left Braden for a long weekend! I swear he grew like 20 ft when we were gone too! It’ll be so good for him and for your mom though!

That’s a great list, I just skimmed it (I’m supposed to be working) but a few jumped out at me.. my favorite is “Smile at strangers.” I try to always smile when I cross paths with someone, it makes me feel better and maybe they’re having a really rough day and it will cheer them up.
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

YES, Mason totally grew 20 ft! I swear his personality changed over the weekend too, ha!


Presley @ Run Pretty August 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

#73 is true for most people. However, if I wear a plain (read: white) t-shirt, I will spill something on it within moments of putting it on. EVERY TIME.
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Haha, honestly I was kind of confused about that one. I’d argue that there are times when there IS something wrong with a plain T-shirt–say, a job interview. And what are they even saying–that our society has a problem with being too dressed up? If so, that’s hilarious.


Katie @ running4cupcakes August 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I hope you are having a great weekend!! And I am sure Mason is having the time of his life with Grandma – what a fun time for both him and her. ;) I love the “don’t ever lie to your doctor” – so so so important! And “Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.” –> I didn’t realize this one until I became a mother myself!!
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I didn’t realize that one either!


char eats greens August 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I think I about how I’m going to make it through the winter while in school with a one year old. It better be a mild winter or I might lose my marbles! haha (plus, I hate snow and winter to begin with. Why I was born in Canada, I don’t know!)
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Kim August 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Seriously, let’s go global warming! ha


Amanda August 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

This list is full of great little tidbits of advice! The one that speaks to me is ’83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.’ Everyone is going to have bad days and rough times, so the least you can do is wear a smile and be kind to them;you don’t need to make their day worse. :-)


Kim August 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Exactly. It’s so easy to assume everyone else’s lives are easier than yours when you’re having a tough day, but none of us are totally coasting through life. :)


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