Karess Carter

Hand me downs
Hand me downs

My kid is growing like a weed. She is 5 and looks like she could be 7 or 8. She has very long legs so I am discovering that the size that fits her waist, doesn’t fit her legs. She has some dresses that are 7/8 and look like mini skirts. Her torso is long, so shirts need to be very long so they don’t look like half shirts. She has no waist or belly at all. (I’m so jealous!)

I realized I was going to be needing summer clothes badly. And then Kindergarten is coming up. I was in freak out mode. And this is where my great friends come into the picture. My friend Becky has been sending me her girls clothes since Rhiannon was born. Believe me…it has helped so much! My friend Joy has also been passing on some things that her daughter has outgrown. Another friend LeeAnn has been generous with all sorts of things for Rhiannon as well. I love the hand me downs. I am all about the hand me downs.  I am usually hit up all kinds of garage sales preparing to outfit Rhi in an affordable manner!

Kids grow so fast! I can barely keep her in shoes, much less jeans that fit! It gets expensive as many of you know. But thanks to my friends, Rhi will be styling! Today she dug through the new hand me downs to pick out a sparkly tshirt with rhinestones on it (size 7/8) and an adorable black skirt (size 8) to wear to school. And it all fit. How is this possible?

So I’m paying it forward and going thru whatever I have left of Rhi’s clothes and passing them on to some other families. I am in purge mode! That is my goal this next weekend…purging clothes. I wish I had shoes to pass on but my child destroys all shoes. I am not having a garage sale this year. I don’t have it in me. So what doesn’t get passed on to people I know is going to Goodwill.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We spent the day together working in the yard. My neighbor came out as I was on my hands and knees digging out dandelions. She reminded me it was Mother’s Day and I didn’t have to do that today. I was in a mood to get it done so I went with it. My husband is working nonstop so he was nice enough to mow the lawn for me, which was a big present. As we were all in the yard, Rhiannon was playing in the back of hubby’s truck. She called it her ship. So every so often she would toss a rope out to catch ‘fish’. Then she would yell out ‘All aboard the Salty Turnip!’ This was the name of her ship. I have no idea where she got this from but we were laughing hard over it.

Rhiannon's ship

The other event of the weekend was my washing machine playing tricks on me. Friday night I did a load of laundry and water was leaking out the bottom of the washer. We have been having some issues with the spin cycle too and thought we needed to replace a clutch part. So I made my husband tear it all apart on Saturday afternoon and see if he could fix the water leaking. We took the cover off and stood there as we had the machine did a cycle. Nothing. no water at all. So I told my husband obviously it wasn’t going to do it until we put clothes actually in the washer. So we tried again. Nothing. My husband thinks I was making it up. He put it all back together again and there is no water leaking and it is spinning just fine. I feel like tricks are being played on me.

Saturday was the March for Babies and I have to give props to Emily Price who was the emcee for the day. She did a great job. It was nice out, but WINDY! Rhi and I were frozen by the end. We were hoping to see some of the doctors and nurses from Blank Children’s Hospital but we didn’t see any of them. We were very disappointed, but Rhi and I had fun. Thank you to all of my friends, family, coworkers and listeners who donated to the March of Dimes. I am so proud to support this organization and we look forward to doing it again next year!