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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Eclectic fashion in our home of XY's

We used to live in the land of outfits.

Drawers and drawers of matching items.  It was blissful.

Well, as you can imagine with four boys...those kind of luxuries were short lived.

Shirts are stained, ripped, distroyed...eventually earning them a home in the nearest landfill, leaving their matching counterpart sad and alone...but still very functional. 

Pants generally sprout holes rather quickly, within a matter of DAYS sometimes, and are repaired accordingly until there comes a time when they can no longer be recognized as pants.  Hello shorts.  But after time, even the shorts start to sprout holes in the most unusual of places, looking a bit like Swiss cheese (does this happen to you?), and they end up joining their long lost friends in the landfill.

Add to the eclecticism, the boxes and boxes of clothes people give to us (and believe me...we get A LOT!)  You know...The survivors from THEIR children's wardrobes...some most of which have already parted with THEIR matching counterparts as well.

The pile of eclectic fashion grows.

My point...

We have the makings of some VERY exciting outfits under our roof.  VERY exciting!

Here are some of my favorites!

 Our 4 year old
 (he's going to be SO excited when winter finally comes and we actually get snow...if we get snow)


Our 5 year old
 (Sarcasm emphasized in italics)

Between the thumping of the moon boots and the clicking of the cowboy boots, these two turn a lot of heads.  Once the heads are turned the comments fly.  It's AMAZING!

My reply, "Well...at least they get themselves dressed in the morning."

I mean, really....that's what matters to me.

I wonder if I would feel differently if they were girls.  I'd like to think I would....you know, that I would want my girls to be cutesy and pretty and put together all of the time....but in reality, I'm not so sure. 

I guess it really doesn't matter...since I they aren't and I don't.

By the way, a sweet sweet friend of mine recently dropped off another box of clothes.  I'm currently somewhere in the process of sorting and washing.

Just think....A whole new world of interesting. 

Can't wait to see what they will come up with next!

P.S.  I just wanted to emphasize that we are always VERY grateful for the offerings we receive.  We have a hard enough time feeding a house of boys, let alone clothing them. :)  We have truly been blessed by others generosity.


  1. I love this post! I get the same looks when I take Simon to the store with me, spiderman costume under his clothes. I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. They do understand that it's Mom's choice on picture day tho:o)

  2. Ha ha ha...for sure Koi. Yes, when the boys are headed off to school I do require outfit checks (I mean, I do have a little pride). The same goes for when we are headed somewhere "special" and I want my kids to look like someone REALLY cares about them.

    I once took #1 to the grocery store in February or March in his fuzzy frog costume from the Halloween before (he was around 2). An old man was really rude and made some nasty comments. I looked at him straight in the face and said what I said in my post, "Well, at least he got himself dressed." He stopped talking to me after that. :)

  3. YES!! I'm so glad I could supply the snow boots!!

  4. If you had a girl you probably wouldn't care much either. Sometimes I care, and sometimes I let her wear whatever she wants. Even though she has "outfits" she usually just pulls out the first shirt and first pair of pants she finds. Or she just wears a princess costume around town. And now she insists on doing her own hair. :-)

    I love the snow boots. Fabulous

  5. Thanks for visiting my site: theanimalshaveescaped.com

    Your family is beautiful and I know first-hand the challenges you face with all that testerone!
    I attempted to dress my 3 young boys alike and it was torture for me, but I got some delightful photos!

    I must say, dressing a girl is very refreshing!

  6. I have to tell you, even with the amazing amount of matching clothes we have received and I even try at times to make their outfits match, it's just a lost cause. They're kids. I don't really want them to be worrying about their clothes yet anyway. My favorites are pink striped tights with cupcakes on them with an red winnie the pooh shirt and a green skirt. With pink cowgirl boots. Yee-haw.


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