Monday, August 31, 2009

It Must Be In The Genes

We all have our favorite pair of jeans. You know the ones. The ones that you have held onto for years. The pair that is perfectly broken in and is as comfortable as your own skin and make your butt look good. The ones that you hold onto and live in, even though they are well past their prime. They show all the wear and tear of the years of comfort they have provided.

The Weasels have taken this concept too far. They refuse to let go of these 'well loved' jeans even though they are too small and are completely falling apart. There are no longer any knees. They are frayed and tattered beyond respectable wear-ability. Jeans so loved they hide them from the regular laundry rotation because they know that mom will throw them out when no one is looking for fear of the laundry sock monster snatching up what would be the tastiest of morsels.

Boy Weasel is a huge offender when it comes to wearing these threadbare remnants of what used to be pants. On Saturday Mr. Weasel put his foot down and forbid Boy from ever donning his favorite pair again. Boy Weasel taking this news in perfect stride asked permission to further desecrate his old faithfuls in order to give them a proper sent off before their garbage can funeral. This was the end result:
It seems that Smallest Weasel is following her brother's example of loving her jeans to death.
Eldest Weasel does not seem to want to put in the time to properly break her jeans in and prefers that someone else does the work for her before purchase.
I have absolutely no idea where these kids got the notion that it is acceptable to dress like this. They really need to learn how to let go. Then again, maybe it's just in their genes.

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BeautifulWreck said...

I had to get rid of some jeans like your son's just this weekend. Lots of tears involved. These kids get really attached to their pants!

My boys also get really attached to their pjs too.

Tom said...

Jeans get to their most comfortable just before they blow out their knees and bust off belt loops. Or is it just me that tears off belt loops?

terri said...

I am constantly trying to wrestle similar pairs of jeans from my family. They refuse to give up! What's wrong with them? When I was a kid, if my mom insisted she wanted to buy me some new jeans, I'd have jumped at the chance!

Sue said...

Boy Weasel did an impressive job on his jeans!

PJ Mullen said...

I feel their pain, the wife 86's my favorite jeans a while back and I'm still working on breaking the new ones in.

ciara said...

are those your jeans at the end there, wm? lol i'm not a big jeans fan, but i can't decide what's worse: walk around w hole in knees or put the patches on em like my mom used to do to our jeans back in the day lol

Teacher Tom said...

I have a couple pair like yours WM, but I've stopped wearing jeans to preschool. I spend so much time on my knees that they wear out before the denim even starts to fade! I've had to resort to double-knee Carharts for my day-to-day wear.

WeaselMomma said...

@ Beautiful ~ The Weasels have a PJ issue also. We all love our favs!

@ Tom ~ You are not alone. Boy busts his belt loops too.

@ Terri ~ You can buy me new ones but you can't wrestle my old ones away from me.

@ Sue ~ All by hand too! No scissors or knives involved.

@ PJ ~ Hopefully yours weren't highwaters with built in wedgie.

@ Ciara ~ Those belong to yours truly. I've worn jeans with holes like this since high school. I can't help it that denim isn't very sturdy = )

@ Teacher Tom ~ Most of my knees have been blown out that way too. Now that the kids are a little older I expect not to be kneeling on the floor so much.

Loukia said...

Awesome post on genes/jeans! :) I know how hard it is to part from a favourite pair of jeans...

Cheffie-Mom said...

Love the jeans - each pair! Very creative!

Michelle said...

Hey, better that you wear a hole in the knees than other places... not that I'd know anything about it. LOVE the desecration done... what a fun way to finish off those jeans!

Jason said...

As soon as my jeans look like that they are designated as "work jeans" and I go buy a new pair to wear in public. My work jeans then have holes and are covered in paint, adhesive, plaster, or whatever new material I've found to get dirty with.

S3XinthePantry said...

That first pic is GREAT! I know I can't get upset with the kids when I do the same thing... however, when they get floods, all bets are off!

Manic Mom said...

HA HA HA HA Love it!!! We have some of your Genes/Jeans over here too!

surprised mom said...

Ah, comfortable jeans. There's nothing like them. My girls have a couple of pairs like these between them. It's The Mister who puts his foot down when they get too ratty.
I like your jeans, WM! They do look comfy.
Boy Weasel did an incredible job sending off his old jeans. How artistic!

Anonymous said...

i LOVE jeans like that. comfy, worn in, and ones that you can take anywhere.

boy weasel's jeans are an EPIC WIN, though.


Melisa with one S said...

Boy Weasel's jeans are hilarious.

And I LOVE the fact that Eldest didn't let you show her face on the blog today. she's hilarious!

I'm with Ciara: I don't know which is worse, the holes, or putting old-timey patches on them. I think I'd rather have holes.

Bad Momma said...

We have that issue at our house! I have boys that will wear "flood pants" (pants that are at least 2" too short)with "air-conditioned knees". The same look that begged for attention from playground bullies in my day!

Otter Thomas said...

I love my jeans. I rarely play hard enough to make huge knee holes anymore, but I will keep a comfy pair until they turn into dust if I can.

de-I said...

And are those last ones yours?

WeaselMomma said...

@ Loukia ~ Yeah, I think that ache is universal.

@ Cheffie ~ Thanks.

@ Michelle ~ We've had holes in other areas too. We just throw those out sooner.

@ Jason ~ Now that sounds like a plan!

@ S3X ~ I threatened to 'burn those jeans off of you' when they got to be highwaters.

@ Manic ~ Sometimes the most battered jeans are the best ones.

@ Surprised ~ Boy Weasel had a blast destroying those jeans and was the inspiration for this post.

@ Heather ~ He sure did had fun in those jeans until the very end of their life.

@ Melisa ~ I don't mint the holes in the knees as long as they aren't going anywhere.

@ Bad Momma ~ Floods are where I draw the line, Bullies don't even have to give you a wedgie because you already have one built in.

@ Otter ~ Fatherhood is making you soft then, I still put my knees out regularly.

@ de-I ~ They certainly are. They're finally broken in just right.

Mr. Man said...

In Texas, Jeans are more of a matter of function. Not fashion :-)

Seriously. although I have never worn "holy" jeans (I can shop more than a woman with enough time and money-which also goes against my inner redneck), I have always thought the "worn" look was cool.

Mrs4444 said...'re a funny one. I loved these pics! Your kids are so cute (and cooperative!)

I took Mr.4444's favorite jeans and hid them about a month ago. So far, he hasn't noticed. I'm afraid to throw them away, though... :)

Karen MEG said...

I'm loving all the pics, especially the first one LOL!

Now the pre-treated pair, I find the more slashes, the more cash is required to buy them ... totally ironic!

Nap Warden said...

I get it...good jeans, good fit...hard to find.

I have trouble buying jeans that have been "worn in" before you buy them...does that make me sound old?:)

Momo Fali said...

I cried when my favorite jeans tore a few weeks ago. It was such a sad day.

Anonymous said...

I love it! I'm the same way . . . in fact, my mother made me a quilt of my old jeans that I refused to part with - now I can have them for years longer!

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