“Zoom in, Dad!!” Raines cried. “ZOOM IN ZOOM IN ZOOM IN!!!” Pax, sitting on the other side of Mike, was stuck in siren mode, a constant wail of “AUUUUGHHH,” coming out of his mouth.
Mike, nonplussed, battled it out, doggedly pressing buttons on his X-box controller. But within moments, it was over. Master Chief had been eliminated and was now respawing. Mike sighed, and passed the controller to Pax. There was a moment of stunned silence.
“That,” Pax said, uncovering his eyes, “was really hard to watch.”
He and Raines exchanged pitying glances. Mike looked pissed for a hot second, then schooled his features into an affected nonchalance. “I haven’t played in years,” he reminded them, shrugging his shoulders. “Give me a week and I’ll wipe the floor with both of you.”
This statement proved to be too much for the boys, and they both fell over, laughing. “OMG DAD!!” Raines couldn’t even begin to control his glee. “Where were you even aiming? The guy was RIGHT THERE!”
Pax mimes shooting wildly in all directions. “Who am I??? BLAM BLAM BLAM!! I’m DAD! BLAM BLAM BLAM!”
I’m laughing too, and peek over at Mike. He’s chuckling, a resigned sort of look on his face. I realize, belatedly, that I’ve seen Mike’s Dad make this exact face – not quite happy, but not exactly mad, either – and realize this is likely the beginning of the end of Mike’s reign as Dad, The All Powerful.
Our boys – just like Mike and his brother – continued to roast their Dad for the rest of the night.
While this does feel like a passing of the torch in some ways…I know better than to underestimate my husband. Despite his easygoing manner, he’s a fierce competitor, and doesn’t give up easily.
“Babe,” he says this morning, over coffee. “Now that Halo 6 is out, I’ve gotta find some time to practice.” He takes a sip of coffee and sighs, contentedly. “I can’t wait to make them cry.”
We’re fully into the Christmas spirit over here.
To be continued….
Got some stuff from Free People….and I’m really happy with this oversized Paris sweatshirt and black puffy poncho scarf. Not only does the poncho + sweatshirt combo look seriously cool, but the poncho is surprisingly warm and USEFUL. It looks great over any sort of oversized sweater (or sweatshirt) that doesn’t fit nicely inside of a winter coat. I’ll throw a few pics up on our IG (@themomedit).
What I’m wearing Christmas morning: I had an old pair of Sol Angelis sweats from my pre-kid days and LOVED them. I’ve been meaning to get a whole matching kit for years now, but the pieces are expensive. Happily, I found their red sweatpants and matching sweatshirt for 50% off at Saks, so finally snapped up the set.
MWAH HA HA…speaking of Christmas morning, I bought these Hanna Andersson pajamas (in the ‘XO’ print) for Pax. I don’t know how long my boys will actually wear real pajamas, but Hanna Andersson has the exact same print in adult sizes, too. MERRY CHRISTMAS TEENAGE RAINES.
The coolest winter sneakers for teens? I’ve been looking for winter shoes that aren’t snow boots for Raines. After much searching, we settled on these Vans. So freaking cool, insulated, and with an all-weather grip. (He wanted the black/white.)
The softest ever button-down. Nordstrom is now carrying Faherty Brand’s Legend Sweater Shirt. I covered this bizarrely soft shirt in an IG video last year, and while it looks like my exact colorway wasn’t restocked this year, I like the ‘burchfield plaid’ even better…or maybe the ‘navy plaid‘ (only available on Faherty.com).
Hydration goals. This giant water bottle is super cute, and holds a whopping 64 oz of water. If I can finish it all in a day, I’m good. Would make a great gift for anyone trying to drink more water (aka literally all of my girlfriends).
Fun holiday pieces, on sale. Small biz Social Threads has a 30% off site-wide sale going on now. We just published this article on how to style this plaid shacket soon, and I’m also eyeing up this easy velvet dress in stunning teal, or this faux-leather dress, a perfect combo of edgy + feminine. The faux-leather would layer nicely over a black turtleneck for a textured, monochromatic look.
Hope you guys are all hanging in there. It’s been a week (school shootings, Peng Shuai, etc) and I…yeah. I don’t know about you, but it’s been top of mind…I just need a little headspace to think about what actions (if any) we can take. If any of you have done something worthwhile this week, let me know. I could use some ideas.