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Since school in Chicago and the ‘burbs doesn’t begin until the Tuesday after Labor Day, we have been sure to enjoy every delicious ounce of summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see near daily splashpad and pool activities with my boys, treks into Chicago for city adventures and festivals, and even the rare “ice scream” treat. Usually sugar causes them to magically turn into wild hyenas, but with Back to School right around the corner, I was overcome with an acute sense of time fast forwarding on life and me not being ready for my two older boys to leave my side (my firstborn, Roman, will be attending school for the second year, and this is the first time for Rhys!). Suffice to say, I’m feeling nostalgia for the fading days of summer and nostalgia for wanting to keep them babies for longer, yet also dying to see what amazing little men they will become. Ice cream cures everything, right?
As every parent knows, there is a bit of ritual involved with Back to School – shopping for school supplies, inventing interesting boxed lunches and snacks, and of course, acquiring some spiffy, new clothes and shoes. When I was younger, my mom used to buy me and my brothers shoes from Payless ShoeSource before the start of each school year. And now that I’m a mom, I do the same thing. With Payless I love that I don’t have to sacrifice style and quality for price, and also that there is endless variety to choose from. When Payless reached out to me to try their new line of retro kicks, KangaROOS, I was thrilled to tap into that vintage childhood style for me and my boys. My hubby was stoked over these shoes because he used to wear them back in the day. As he informs me, “Walter Payton wore them and it exploded in popularity after that!” I don’t remember that at all (I’ll take my sports-obsessed hubby’s word for it), but I do love the retro look and the boys are just obsessed with the KangaROOS Pocketpass Jogger, which are so lightweight and comfy (especially important for children’s play!). But their #1 reason for not wanting to take off their new ROOS? It’s all because of the mini side pocket – perfect for storing tiny treasures! Roman and Rhys have taken to tucking away lucky pennies they find on our walks. Once I even found a dried up bug in there. #boyswillbeboys 🙁
I think I will start a new tradition this year and tuck in a little love note in each of my boys’ KangaROOS sneakers before sending them off to school. It’ll be my way of keeping them little and reminding them that Momma is always here in spirit.
Tell me, what would you put inside yours? Use the hashtag #whatsinsideyours to continue the conversation online.
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