Crazy Morning // 5 Home Safety Tips

Our now 4-year-old, unknown to her, had me panicked & on a wild goose chase this morning. At home, we’ve discussed {with both girls} the importance of following rules to stay safe. I’m a constant rule enforcer and tend to be a bit over-protective. Probably because I grew up with a swimming pool and had one for much of their early years. They’re well trained, right? They have NEVER decided to wander outdoors. Nothing to worry about. Until today.

My husband and 5-year-old left the house early to take my in-laws to the airport. This was a change to our routine; daddy normally drops both kids off at school. I got up about twenty minutes after they left and started to get ready. Walked into DEA’s room to awaken her and found that she was GONE. I ran to her sister’s room, no luck & continued searching upstairs. Yelling her name. Panicked!

Running down the hallway I heard a faint crying {downstairs maybe?} No luck! Tears…

I ran to the door leading into the garage and, to my dismay, found the door & security screen open. The door leading out & it’s security screen was open too! I ran out, forgetting that I was only partly clothed, to find her sobbing, then whaling… snot draining out with the tears. Hugging her tightly, I reassured her that I was there. Reminded her that we love her. Mid sob, she explained, “I fought my daddy weft me.” I held her tighter. Kissed her. 20131104-225159.jpg

Quickly realizing that we, neither my husband nor me, had mentioned — Mommy was going to take her to school. — had me thinking. We should have alerted her about the upcoming change in her routine. Our morning fiasco led to my recording these tips.

5 Home Safety Tips:
– Make locking all deadbolts a habit.
– Install a home security system.
– Have a security chime turned on even when you’re home.
– Constantly remind small children to only go outside with an adult.
– ALWAYS share upcoming changes in routine with your young children.

Thankful for a healthy set of lungs & a fully-gated yard.

Cheers to Home Safety!
❤Jen

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Swim Lessons // Hire Someone!

All through high school and into college I was a lifeguard and swim instructor. Teaching comes naturally to me, pair it with swimming {one of my loves} and life is good. Family and friends found it a tad comical that we wanted to hire someone to teach our girls to swim though.

Asking, “Didn’t you used to teach swim lessons?”

Yes, but I just couldn’t make it work; we were swimming everyday, having a blast, but going nowhere fast. My suggestions to help the girls swim were just ignored or quickly batted down. I have always heard that it’s difficult to teach your own children & to hire a professional. Prior to Day 1 of swim lessons, I would describe Addison (4) as our “Amazing Dog-paddler” and Delaney (3) as “THE Sassy Floatie Princess” who vowed to never take her floaters off. They needed swim lessons. Badly! 20130716-191913.jpg
While in the process of researching ALL of the local “Learn-to-Swim” facilities a friend of mine told me that her son was taking private lessons from a fabulous instructor. She gave me his name & number. Amazingly, he turned out to be someone I knew. His family and mine went way back. To like the late 1980s! {Miraculously, his mom, sisters, brother & I are back in contact & are up to date due to Instagram & Facebook. Gotta love social media outlets… Crazy!}

Small World!
Leading up to swim lessons I made sure to mention them to the girls along with how great they were going to be. “Coach Trevor this & Coach Trevor that…” Addison was gung-ho from the start! Delaney, not so much. {Picturing here stubborn wheels turning as she processed the thought of not wearing floaties & being in a pool with a stranger was a sight to see.}

Then came Monday. Addison was thrilled and Delaney was okay considering I bought them new swimsuits.

“Sunsoups” {DEA’s way of saying ‘swimsuits’.} were on, both girls were sunscreened up and we were out the door. Actually got there early! At first, Delaney just hid behind me until she saw Addison heading toward the pool. {She followed.} Both girls were filled with questions: “Where’s the vacuum?” & “Is Coach Trevor wearing a sunsoup?” “What’s the line on the bottom of the pool for?” & “Is he going to make us jump off that super tall diving board?” 20130716-165017.jpg
Then, Addison hopped right in. She was still asking questions, a mile a minute, totally eager to learn. While AKA showed off her dog paddle and kick board technique DEA just tapped at the water a bit. It quickly became Delaney’s turn and her defiance wasn’t as bad as I’d anticipated. After some negotiating she took Coach Trevor’s hand and plopped right into the pool. Nice. A tad uneasy, but willing. {Funny thing is… there are times at family functions where she won’t even look at our relatives. Too stubborn. LOL!} Both girls laughed. They kicked. Blew bubbles. Fantastic!
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At the close of their lesson, Coach Trevor asked if they’d like to dive off the diving board. Delaney said, “No fanks.” Addison happily obliged.

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Trevor, even after one lesson, has done wonders with them. Thank you. Thank you!

What’s that one “thing” that you suggest hiring a pro for?

Cheers to Coach Trevor & Hiring a Pro!
xoox, Jen
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{In the market for a kid’s swimsuit? Be sure to check out my Sweet Summer Swimsuits // Kids blog post.}