7.09.2007

I can obsess over anything

My three year old’s backpack ripped several weeks ago. It’s only had one strap ever since but we’ve been continuing to use it until I find her a new one. I love that backpack. I’m sad to see it go. That’s probably why I delayed shopping for a new one. That I had the bubonic plague.

My husband said I should just take her to Target and let her pick a new one. He seems to think it’s just a backpack. He seems to think I’m slightly insane. Whatever.

The problem was I knew she’d just pick something pink. And probably with a Disney character no less. Gag me. As the little manservant trailing along behind her carrying the thing, can't we get something cute? Can't we get something that makes us think happy thoughts when we see it? Kind of like this one? Right. Nice try. That one is red and blue. That is not acceptable. Pink is her signature color.

I almost had her sold on this one because of the cute little owl change purse that comes off. Only it’s mostly brown. Which means it’s mostly not pink. Then for three seconds I thought about trying to get her to like a funky Roxy backpack. Only, I think I’d be the only one to find that choice kind of fresh and trendy and $50 seems unreasonable for something I know she’s going to immediately mark up with a pen anyway.

Ultimately, we ended up ordering the one she loved at first sight. Pink. Of course. But in a Pottery Barn sort of way I guess. And it’s by Skyway. They make luggage so it should be sturdy. Her last one was big time adorable but less sturdy. It was fine for the toddler years where all we needed to shove in there were a few clothes and naptime stuff. But her stuff is getting heavier and sturdy is becoming the name of the game.

In the spirit of all things sturdy, I even passed up this supercute cowboy backpack several months ago in favor of a more sturdy Samonite turtle one for my son. I can’t say enough about how rough and tough it is. I love that backpack too. Enough that I’ve mentally let go of the the cowboy one. I rarely if ever think about how to die for cute it would have looked with my son’s name stitched into the sheriff’s star at a jaunty angle. Whatever. Let's not talk about it.

11 comments:

Missi said...

Isn't it terrible when kids have opinions of their own? I use to love the days when they loved what I loved. Now, it is all an argument.
Somehow, I guess I was delusional to think that my opinions were always the only ones that mattered. LOL

girlymama said...

isn't it annoying when they insist on obnoxiously pink princess EVERYTHING? Pink is the ONLY acceptable color in our house. For everything from clothing to crayons to yogurt to ice cream.

And I have TWO girls, so you can image the fights over who gets the pink marker and who gets stuck with the icky purple one. :-)

Cute backpacks!!!

Gingers Mom said...

Those are some adorable bags. I can understand why you want something cute. One more look at a Dora or Disney Princess bag and I am gonna barf. LOL

a happier girl said...

Yeah, life was a lot more fun when I got to decide everything. Life was also a lot less pink. My husband let her pick her own new big girl bike with training wheels recently and now we're stuck with a Disney princess bike for the next two years. He'll be sorry though. Right about the time our son is learning to ride on a hand me down princess bike.

Liesl said...

Obsessors of the world unite. I can overthink anything. Trust me.

And what is it with little girls and pink?

a happier girl said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. Because I'm really good at it and don't appear to have any intention of stopping.

Joy, of course said...

Okay, so how long did it take you to create all those links to the adorable backpacks. I love it! My favorite was the one from the Gap. Too cute.

a happier girl said...

Yeah, I was pulling for the Gap backpack too. I love the little owl zip up change purse sitting in the nest. And the links didn't really take that long. Honest. I already had the different backpacks bookmarked so I could show my daughter and let her pick. I'm big on bookmarking lately. Mostly because my memory is shot.

The Crazy Dazy said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that the Stephen Joseph backpacks are now coming in sturdy. Stephen Joseph switched factories, and we have not had durability issues with them since then. If you ever decide you'd like to try the Stephen Joseph go-go backpacks again (plus we guarantee for 120 from date of 1st use & will re-embroider for free if it fails), use the DISCOUNT CODE GOGO10! Thanks! www.thecrazydazy.com

a happier girl said...

I appreciate you letting me know! I may just buy one for my son. When I say I love the Stephen Joseph backbacks, I'm not joking. They are so adorable. My daughter got tons of compliments on hers. And it really served the purpose I bought it for. She carried it for over a year before it broke. So maybe I will give the cowboy one a chance for my son! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

The Crazy Dazy said...

You are most welcome! Let us know if there's anything we can do for you.

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