1Jul

Wild and Woolly

When I opened up WordPress tonight, I’m pretty sure I heard rusty hinges creaking. Let’s see how fast I can catch you up, shall we? Hang on to your hats…

We kicked off summer by cheering while my sister got hitched.

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The girls and I were honored to be part of the wedding and get to be all fancy.

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We finished off our co-op and I “graduated” my writing class of 6th graders (including Sam and Ian) to the wild unknowns of junior high. I made them quote Shakespeare and wear funny hats as punishment for leaving me.

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I flew off to Ohio for a Brave Writer staff retreat and met the loveliest kindred spirits.  Sitting at your laptop reading freewrites and essays while snarfing chocolate will really bond strangers in a hurry. I left the weekend with renewed passion for teaching writing and a whole passel of friends.

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The cherry on top of arriving home from Ohio was the girls’ dance recital. Oh, yes, Mira got to dance!! And – wait for it…. She wore a Wonder Woman costume. Because she IS.

Willa and Ellen blew my socks off with their grace and coordination. Whose children are they?

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We’ve welcomed a myriad of out of town guests, including Finn’s favorite buddy, who was willing to go toe to toe with him over dinosaur nomenclature and Star Wars trivia. They’re soooo gonna be hits with the ladies one day…

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We squeezed in a trip to the hospital, as one does, to get some glass removed from Adam’s foot. He was a trooper. Especially when they gave him Sprite and an iPad.

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I threw a shower for the other sister who is getting married and my porch has never been prettier. Behold:

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We’ll get her married off next week and then I’m pretty sure there’s a family moratorium on weddings until further notice.

Meanwhile, our old pool bit the dust and we tried really hard to go without but the choice became “spend a hundred bucks on a kiddie pool” or “eat my young.” I opted for the kiddie pool. And aren’t they precious in it?

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To help us keep up with all this fun, wild, and woolly goodness in our lives, Andrew and I finished a fancy workout program and are feeling just fit and frisky enough to start it all over again next Monday. Like in all things, we prefer to tackle the hard stuff together. We’re both a better version of ourselves with our favorite sidekick in tow.

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We’ve got more guests on the horizon, more wedding stuff, and even a vacation planned! And somewhere in there, I imagine we’ll squeeze in some lazy summer days. Whatever those are…

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Lightening Review: Mifold Car Seat

Today’s short and sweet lightening review: Mifold Car Seat. This one’s a game-changer!!

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Car seats have been a huge pain in our backs, our knuckles, and our backsides since the twins were born. Look, I’m so very grateful for their life-saving potential. And, having ridden around Uganda with a baby in my lap, I recognize how lucky we are to have access to them. But, dude… they’re big, they’re hard to move around, and they weren’t designed for adult hands to strap them in. So when we saw the kickstarter for mifold, we said, “Yes, please, take all our money.”

We are far from the days where we had six kids in car seats, but even the three kids that are still in car seats can appreciate the newfound freedom they’ve been given with the mifold.

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What We Love:

  • Easy to move from car to car and seat to seat. It’s a new found mobility. I can toss this thing in my purse and have a child strapped into a different car without breaking a sweat.
  • They look secure. I admit, when I held it in my hands, I thought, This can’t be safe. But once I had Finn’s bottom securely fastened to the car seat and the shoulder strap safely in just the right place on his chest, I realized that I like being able to use the seats in my van the way they are intended.
  • More room in our van. These things are as narrow as my kids. Suddenly, the van feels bigger and wide open. I could swear I saw a tumbleweed in the very back… At least I hope it was a tumbleweed.
  • Once you have the shoulder strap adjusted for that child’s height, they can get in any car and be equally secure. You don’t have to re-adjust straps every single time. Just clip it and go. If you are buying for more than one child, buy each kid a color so you know whose is whose!
  • Affordable. Car seats are SO expensive. We bought three mifolds for what we usually spend on one.

What We’d Change:

  • There’s a learning curve. Willa has hers figured out, but Mira has actually lost some independence while she learns to manipulate the new straps and positions.
  • The clips for the lap belt are very secure, but it takes two fingers pushing down and then out to remove the lap belt. This trips Mira up and Finn probably doesn’t have the dexterity to do it. Fortunately, my big kids don’t mind helping us out. But if you’re doing all the buckling yourself, be prepared to have to fiddle with it at first and make your kid choose a seat that’s easily accessible.
  • The red clips on the base that adjust the width for the lap belt feel a little… loose. Since these are the first mifolds made, I assume this will improve with future models. As it is, you just have to hold your mouth right and they’ll lock into place. Plus, it doesn’t really affect the performance of the lap belt. It’s still plenty secure.

Details

  • Purchased: May 2016. We bought 3 seats for kids aged 7 down to 4.
  • Suitable for kids 40 to 100 pounds.
  • On a scale of 1 to 9 footprints, 9 being the best, we give this a 7 foot rating! (2 feet removed for things that we expect will only get better as the product goes through updates.)


7 out of 9 footprints!

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