Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shoes and my girl

Well my girl is a shoe freak. She loves shoes. She loves to look and feel shoes at stores. She loves pretty shoes, shiny shoes, shoes adorned with bows or flowers or well whatever they could put on a shoe. Yet she is picky. They have to be just to her liking.

Recently a shoe desire has come to her fancy. Oh one that has caused some turmoil. Some tears have flown out of those sweet eyes of hers over these shoes.

Apparently they are quite the must have in the preschool and elementary scene. But the ones that have won her heart are the ones that light up. Not just the sparkly ones, no they won't do. Now there are look a likes and other shoes that light up but they don't even compare. Basically the girl knows what she wants.

So what's all the rage? Oh the rage is about the twinkle toes shoes from skechers. Her friends have them and oh does she want a pair. Its all she talks about when it comes to shoes. She has even gotten crafty at dropping the topic into every day conversation. Oh yes mothers to baby starts young. Maybe it was brought on by me who had to have the cutest baby shoes on her feet. I remember buying her first mary janes, her first keds, her first pedi peds. Oh maybe I have created this shoe diva.

Oh twinkle toes how I wish you would not have entered our world. Oh dear Mr. Creator of Skechers you have gotten under the skin of my sweet girl. That desire of an object of which one must have has possessed her being....way, way to young for this society influence.

Yes we have had a melt down over these shoes almost to the point of pure bare foot rebellion. "I will not go if I have to wear those shoes", those being the ones she once adored. Good grief. But the mommy prevailed. We went to school and we went with those shoes on her feet.

So what is a mommy to do? Give in? Get the shoes? Let the tiny bit of peer influence indeed influence her sweet child?

Well what we decided to do was this. If such sweet girl had a particularly good nap one Saturday afternoon she was to take a trip to the Imagination Toy & Shoe store near by. This place is adored by such a shoe diva as mine. That we would go look at the coveted shoe and see if in fact it was of quality to purchase. Stressing as much as one could to a four year old that we would look and then make a decision. But that a shoe purchase was not guaranteed. A good Saturday afternoon nap was promised by my shoe diva. So I called and made sure they carried twinkle toes. This would have been my virgin voyage into learning about these shoes. Looking back I might have gathered more information before promising such a trip to the beloved shoe store.

Sweet girl awakes from her nap while mommy is at the grocery. The darling father dresses sweet daughter as she is insistent that she will get to go to the shoe store. The mommy busily puts away the groceries while her shoe diva reminds her mommy that she did indeed take a good Saturday afternoon nap. It is apparent to all that going to see the twinkle toe shoes was to be the highlight of this sweet girls day. The mommy reminds daughter that looking at the shoes didn't mean buying the shoes. We climb into the car and off we go on our twinkle toe voyage.

Oh. Oh what a trip it would be. We instantly find the twinkle toes, we have our foot sized and a shiny pair is slipped onto her feet. But let's go back to my virgin voyage and needing more information. Apparently with in minutes sweet girl is lost in her thoughts as tears run down her face. These twinkle toes don't light up and well that simply just wont do. I mention to her that they are twinkle toes and that they are pretty. But the heart of my sweet girl was won over by the twinkling version of the shoes. Yes, the pretty and shiny just would not do.

The nice shoe lady tells us that they do not carry the light up version. She's terribly sorry. The next torment for my sweet girl was that even if they had carried the light up kind that the size that we tried on just did not fit right. Not fit right struck a nerve with my teary eyed sweet girl because now not only did they not light up but she may not get to wear any at all.

Oh this caused alarm even in the nice shoe lady who quickly tried to sway my sweet girl into looking at a alternate pair of light up shoes. Her persuasion was not working at first but than the sweet girl was broken and she gave into the sales lady charm when she somewhat fancied her with a shiny purple version of an off brand. Sadly, the shoe was not a match for the sweet girls feet or her ultimate desire. We left empty handed and I am pretty sure both of us broken hearted. I tried to remind her that we did set out only to look but that did not mend her heart.

So. So now what is a mother to do? Well the promise of looking into where else we might find these shoes came out of my mouth and brought a smile to her sweet girls face. We would search for a twinkle toes retailer that carried the LIGHT up version.

Mommy asked fellow mother at the lovely preschool where she found the beloved light up shoes. Academy. Academy it was then. I would not run all over town to find these shoes...well not at this point. But I would make sure that some how we went to Academy. Academy sporting goods would have the light up twinkle toes who would have thought.

The following Saturday the four of us went for lunch at a local favorite and decided to head down to the pet store for some cheap entertainment. Yes, Petsmart can be like a mini trip to a zoo. But oh, oh what was the matter. Traffic. The traffic on the route was terrible no doubt. We spent 20 minutes moving maybe one mile. As I looked in the distance and listened to my husband grumble over why he choose to go this way and the children laughing at the man twirling a "arrow sign" I spot, I spot the Academy. I mention to my husband to turn up ahead because our daughters thoughts of T-W-I-N-K-L-E T-O-E-S could soon come to life.

With desire to get off the road he turns right, right into academy and I hear a huge squeal, "twinkle toes!" Yes, the girl was ready, ready to get her a pair. I remind her that we are looking but it falls on deaf squeals. With much excitement we head in to the store but sadly we leave once again broken hearted. Yes. Yes they had the light up twinkle toes but not in her size. Her feet are just not meant to wear these shoes. Not yet at least. Apparently, Academy doesn't carry them in the smaller size. The sales guy just smiled at her and said "little girl your foot needs to grow." That. That brought on tears and questions like "why is my foot to small? why don't they carry my size?" Oh only a scoop up and a hug could heal at that moment.

So shoes, you silly twinkle toes shoes. My daughter may like you but as for me. I dislike you. For all your shiny, bright and light up magic you have cast on my sweet girls heart. And until we find you in our size I'll have to hear all about how wonderful you are.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


IF you are watching LIVE TO DANCE tonight please vote for my friends daughter.
Her name is Kendall Glover and is an amazing little dancer...all of 11 years old.


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Saturday, January 22, 2011


We are learning a new game. I don't know who it's more challenging "fore" ( I couldn't resist.) Travis, Daddy or me the picture taker.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011's a plug.

So a while back I found this great little company and I just really HEART working with them.

The company is called Initials, Inc and its a personalization company that is fresh and vibrant. If you should select a bag that allows a trim style to be's FREE. Oh and our monogramming is ALWAYS FREE!!!!

This month is a huge month because they are not only giving hostesses bonus rewards but they are giving creative partners (me) double sales points towards the trip incentive that was just announced. A cruise for me and a guest to Ocho Rios, Jamaica! Wanna come?

Well if you wanna come there is a way you can. You can join my growing team. Right now they have another. yes. ANOTHER great incentive. New creative partners can join for $11.00! Yes the best $11.00 spent. You simply purchase the starter kit from now until Feb 13th, 2011 and submit your first four parties by March (midnight) 13,2011 and you'll get a $128.00 refund!!!

Now this business may not be for you but it might be for someone you know. So please refer them to me. I'd love your referral. If you'd like to help me with my sales goals this month simply visit my website and shop. There is something there for everyone. I would love your support!

Most of all just visit and tell me what item you love. I'd love to know what caught your eye!

Thanks friends!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This time last year....

This time last year the kids were "driving" around the world with Nana.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

small town

It always seemed like a small town.
Everything was slow and revolved around the University.
Kinda sleepy.
I remember thinking at times I was so ready to leave.
It's one of those towns where you often know the same people most of your life.
Some how you end up knowing someone who knows someone.
Kinda nice. Can be bad to though.
I have lots of memories from this town.

When I left, I didn't feel badly about doing so. I felt so grown up moving less than two hours away to the "BIG" city. It was so fast, fresh and new there. Probably just to me at the time because well it was new to me and everything seemed so fresh because I had never seen it and well....people drove a lot faster. For that I fit right in....I tend to have a led foot.

So pretty much the only time I went back to the small town was for Doctors appointments, rival football games and sorority stuff with the chapter house on the campus there. Pretty soon I felt further and further removed from the small town.

After college I moved several times to different states. Coming back for visits to my parents home who ironically was now and had been for sometime removed from the small town and now in the "BIG" city. I would drift into the small town now only for doctor appointments and one 10 year high school reunion. The small town didn't feel like home, I had left it behind.

A few years back I was able to go visit my parents and we took a road trip to the small town. It felt differently being there with my kids. I felt a bit nostalgic. Thinking that one day it might be nice to live here with them. I found myself thinking that if we could move back to AZ that I would suggest to live here, here in this small town. My small town. I would however raise a nice maroon and gold flag in my yard if I lived in this small town.

I have started to think about what it would be like to live there. I would want my kids to go to the same private schools, especially my high school. What a special place it is. Yes. I would want all that. When it was time for college....well I would hope they would venture north of the small town. Yes. They would need to venture north.

Well those thoughts are just silly fancies that often pass the time. We are not moving anytime soon. Sigh. However, with the birth of Social Media it is nice to feel connect to people you haven't seen in so long. To reconnect, to laugh about old times and learn about new lives. It often brings up my silly fancies. Sigh.

Well this small town and people from it have been brought to mind a lot over the last few days. It has brought tears and words of prayers. I hope you have prayed for this small town too even if you don't know it or the people.

There was tragedy. Stunning tragedy that left people injured and many dead. This tragedy was horrific and led by a mad man. I not for one moment believe it was politically driven. The man. is. CRAZY.

Maybe now you might know of the small town I speak of. The small town.

I have cried for the "old pueblo" and have cried for those I didn't even know. I have cried for those I did know. Friends from high school lost their dad/dad in law in Judge Roll. Such a shame this senseless tragedy is. Sad. Sad. So very sad.

So lately this small town has been on my mind.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

have you ever...

Have you ever seen a cuter tap dancer?
Oh me Oh my. I love this little girl and going to ballet/tap/twirl class each Monday.

We have been on break from class for the holidays and tomorrow we get to go back. This little dancer is so pumped up. Infact she'll get to use one of her Santa gifts that she was thrilled to get.

So as we plie, tap and twirl into the first month of 2011, we wish you great cheer!

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