When I was a little girl, I never sunburned. Ever. I have this awesome olive skin that has always given me a beautiful tan --even now in my old age! However, after I turned 18, I realized I needed to sunscreen up as much as the next girl --no matter how pasty white.
I forgot that today.
When we finally got some sunshine after weeks of miserable cold and wind and snow.
Alison (whom I love, because she likes me for me, and not because I hang with Leonardo...) came down to visit me, and we went to the park (because I had, of course, scheduled the carpet and upholstery cleaning guys the same day. I'm not one for thinking ahead, dear reader, especially when I'm with child-who-robs-me-of-my-nutrients-and-brain-cells). It was the perfect day! 60 degree plus weather, no clouds, happy children, great pb&j, fabulous conversation, etc.
But I forgot about sunscreen.
Until I noticed #4 was getting slightly pink. The poor kid already has sensitive skin, so I was worried, but Alison had some in the car. We got the kids covered, I remembered to cover my lower legs (I was wearing capris) and forgot my arms. I think. But we were out there for a good 2 hours before I thought about sunscreen!
Needless to say, I am a lobster right now. My legs AND my arms AND part of my face AND probably my hairline (gah! Don't you hate sunburns on your scalp? It's like you have massive dandruff!) are red.
Luckily, I have aloe vera.
Not so luckily, it's hurting, which is not a good sign (meaning the burn-age has totally beaten the don't-you-realize-it's-March-you-cursed-Sun?!?).
Sigh...oh, well. I shall live and learn.
You know, I used to always have sunscreen on hand in the car. In fact, Alison and I were laughing because we both had car blankets --and I told her how in California I would have everything in the car so we could go at a moment's notice: sunscreen, sand toys, water toys, blankets, first-aid kit, umbrellas, strollers, hiking stuff, kites, etc. And now? In Utah? In winter? I don't even know what's back there.
But the sunscreen goes in tomorrow!
Hey, but I have some questions: Are you guys good about the sunscreen? With you and/or with your kids? Do you slather them up before you get in the car to go, or do you slather them up upon exiting the car at your destination? Do your kids wear hats well? Do you? Do you remember to sunscreen yourself? If you are awesome at sunscreen-ing, please help me! Tell me how you remember! Because I'm looking at a long, hot summer before me...
*I meant April. It's April! Not March. April! ~sigh~