Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A walk in my shoes.....

So I come home last night after an evening out with Madison for her birthday shopping and this is what I see.

This little thing is walking down the street at 7:30pm in her sister's old dance recital outfit and my shoes!

I was both shocked that she was out half dressed in shoes so big for her that she was risking ankle fracture with every step and amused at the hilarity and innocence of the scene, that I did what any good photographer mom would do.....I ran inside, grabbed my camera and clicked this series of photos!

C'mon, who could resist the timeless little girl-ness of a daughter in her mother's shoes?!

She handled those heels better than her momma that's for sure!

If I spun around in them like she is, I'd be on crutches again!

Walk on, Little Princess!

I'm behind you every step of the way.

I'm not even gonna touch the sappy analogy that is begging to be typed here because I'm trying to have a "no-sap" day.

But I will simply say that I pray that her "walk" is far better than mine ever was

as I'm sure we all do for our children.

I think this is my next wall portrait choice.

Actually, if I think about it, I shouldn't be surprised at all about the state Bren was in when I came home.
What should I expect....she was on her brother's watch.
I'll give you three guesses as to what they fed her for dinner.......
Ok, I'll tell ya.
1. a popcycle (because that is what she said she wanted)
2. A pop tart (because the word popcycle reminded her of pop tart!)

Now, back to Madison.

We had a really great time shopping together. We went to the Alderwood Mall and hit all the biggies, Pacsun, Aeropostale, Holister, Zumies, American Eagle and Buckle B.

We were in search of some plaid shorts and a shirt to match.

Here's what we found at Buckle B.

And here's a few more photos, just because I think she's so darned cute!

We are planning to do an official "birthday shoot" this week,

so I'll be posting those once they are done.

After searching the entire mall, I am convinced that there is not a pair of sandals on the west coast that Madison likes!

As a matter of fact, I recall searching in Rhode Island too, so make that two coasts that do not contain a pair of sandals that Madison likes.

She has always been super, super picky when it comes to shoes.

She wants them to fit a certain way, have a certain look, be a certain color and will accept nothing less.

I can't tell you how many cute shoes I "oohed and ahhed" over during the past decade

just to have her turn her nose up at them

because they pinched her pinky toe

or were too wide

or were too long

or were hideous

or had too much of a heel

or not enough heel

or were the wrong shade of pink

or had too much blue in them

or made her foot look too fat

or too skinny.....ect!!!

How she is any kin to me who would wear two cardboard boxes on my feet if I had to, is unknown to me!

I wouldn't actually wear cardboard boxes, unless of course I absolutely had to, but I can't imagine a situation where that would even be necessary so just forget that I ever said I'd wear them because I wouldn't.
That would just be silly.
But what I can tell you in comparison is that I have one pair of boots, one pair of flip flops, one pair of sandals, one pair of black heels (see above) and one pair of tennis shoes...that's it!

Having multiple pairs of shoes for myself just doesn't excite me.
I'd rather have camera gear!
Except for irony would have it, I've suddenly been drawn to cute summer sandals of all kinds....too bad my swollen ankle will not tolerate them.

But multiple pairs of shoes for my daughter's does make me 17 kinds of happy, which is why it pains me so much to see Madison snub stunning pairs of shoes on a regular basis!

All I know is that she would be making a wise choice

(and saving her husband loads of cash and and years of frustration)

if she chose to be a shoe designer
because only she could design a shoe that suits her.

Having said all that, I will say that she did "settle" for a pair of cute plaid flip flops from Target, but her shell was only cracked this time because her desire to wear her cute shorts to school today was greater than her desire for pedi-perfection.


Laura said...

okay first off, those pics of Bren are to cute!. I see the boys gave her a nice healthy dinner hehe.

And also Maddie!, Great top choice! Its super cute and fab!.

Sounds like you had fun and im sure you will find those amazing sandles that are meant just for your feet.

Sandi Henderson said...

Let me say that I think you are just amazing. :) I love reading your posts, I just soak them up and leave refreshed! You are an amazing mom. :)

Keep it up!


SEJ Photography said...

Cute pics of Bren and the shoes! Glad to see you all made a safe trip and are all settled in. Wished we could have met maybe another time you know which state i live in.


Mari said...

LOVING the Bren shots!!

Madison is very pretty indeed! Her new outfit is very cute!!

kristi said...

Beautiful shots!! Gosh, a picky shopper? I would lose my mind!

The Perfect Trio said...

I'm right there with you Maddie! I have to have the perfect pair of shoes...and 9 times out of 19 I walk out empty handed. This is why I only wear flip-flops now. I am convinced there isn't a pair of sandals or shoes that are cute enough or versatile enough. Flips go with EVERYTHING! LOL

Bren is such a doll!

I love reading your posts Becca! You are both a talented photographer and writer!