A moment in time.

I had another post to put up this morning… but then something changed and I decided to hold off on the post until tomorrow.

I was driving the boys home from preschool today. Every Friday is swim day. For some reason Alexander is terrified of the water. He was a little fish this past summer at our pool club – even jumping off the “scary” diving board into the deep end to the arms of a (beautiful, 18 year old) lifeguard (I guess, most men would just call him – “smart!). But in all seriousness, this fear came out of nowhere. And it is paralyzing for him. I have been showing up every Friday to swim with him because it’s the only way he will even go on the pool deck.

Today was a good swimming day for Alexander because he got in the water and swam with his swim instructor… she is a master with him, she got him into the water and even had him laughing a bit and giving high fives. (Thank you, Hillary!).

Well, as we were driving home… I heard William say to Alex, “I’m proud of you, Alex. You did a good job today.”

And my heart melted. Maybe it’s from reading about the Travolta Famiy this morning and just really feeling so sad for them… and so raw. It’s times like that in life where you do look at your life and count your blessings.

And that “I’m proud of you” moment was a moment in time where I looked at my 2 boys in my rear view mirror and counted my blessings.

I just wanted to share that today…

Day #8 – Fashion Advice for Moms – let me leave you with this little fashion tip on your Friday afternoon…

This comes through my friend Jill. After posting on Monday about the quick and easy way to see if a pair of pants will fit you without even trying them on with the neck-to-waist ratio “trick” – Jill reminded me of the non-trying on shoes measurement “trick” for length.

And since we’re all looking for some quick and easy tips – I wanted to share this one with you.

Measure from the inside of your wrist to the inside of your elbow. Viola! That’s the exact length of your foot.

I love what Jill said after she emailed this to me — “This is great for when you are wearing Hello Kitty socks with a business suit – in desperate need of a pedi!”

So, true!

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 1.9.09

    Oh, I love it when kids encourage each other. Especially brothers.

    And guess how many of us immediately did a minor act of contortion at our desks to measure our foot against our lower arm. It can’t just be me!

  2. 1.9.09
    Miche said:

    I totally didn’t believe you until I measure-yes my foot is that big….lol!

  3. 1.9.09
    Marie said:

    It works!

  4. 1.9.09
    nik said:

    How kind of William, Audrey.

    And I know just what you mean and, how you feel about counting your blessings.

    In this time of despair for so many it’s easy to get caught up in all of challenges and worry we are facing. But the truth is, that even with all that, there is still (and always will be) so much to be thankful for.

    I read this quote last week that said the following:

    “Life is not fair. But it’s still good.”

    The moment that you had in the car with William today is such an example of that.

    Love, Nik

  5. 1.10.09
    kelli said:

    I am now imagining my long arms hanging to the ground like an orangutan, as my feet get bigger and bigger with each pregnancy….

  6. 1.10.09
    cathy said:

    Unreal! Contortionist isn’t the word. Maybe we all need a yoga lesson first?! It does work though… happy shoe shopping!

  7. 1.10.09
    court said:

    My 9 yr old comforted my 4 yr-“You don’t stink at MarioCart, you just need more practice. I know you can do it” 5mins later they’re yelling at each other…at least there was a moment!
    As for the swimming- have you tried earplugs? It may be too loud for him indoors.

  8. 1.10.09
    Chrissy said:

    How sweet! I’m glad you decided to share that story. You have some wonderful little boys! 🙂 And we all need to count our blessings once in awhile. I hope Alex gets over his fear!

  9. 1.10.09

    Neat trick!

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