Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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.
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.
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 lately.....as 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.
Monday, May 26, 2008
She was serenaded and smothered with kisses by her brothers.
Here's all four of them looking surprisingly normal....no funny faces, tongues sticking out or crossed eyes!
Wishes were made and......
Happy Memorial Day!!!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
When we moved to Rhode Island we were surrounded by the stunning beauty of the ocean. Walking along the cliff walk which dropped into the ocean on one side and was backdropped by mansions from the guilded age on the other, became a favorite thing to do.
Yup. The ocean's shore has always played a big role in my life,
and while I really do miss it's vastness, I just can't deny the beauty that we have here.
The snow capped mountains hemmed by tall evergreens make a striking scene, don't they?
This is Lake Stevens. We plan to enjoy it as often as we can.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Now on to one of Summer's other great treats!
Good ole Bren and her buddy Miss K enjoy ice cream and popcycles regularly at our house.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
But I think I found a place that will work just as well if not better!
This park is less than 10 minutes from our home. It has everything....an old red barn, another weathered wood building, a petting zoo, a bunch of unique fences, acres of green grass, flowering trees and gardens, little bridges, quirky stairways and a lake with a fountain!
It also has an awesome playground to use as a reward for Bren's hard work!
We spent some time there this weekend and explored a little.
I can't wait to go back and have a picnic there!
Someone brought a really cool bubble blower that showered the whole playground with sparkling bubbles!
They are so fun, I'm going to have to find one of those for us!
While we were there, we finished shooting some hair accessories for a designer friend named Kim.
She has an awesome etsy store full of fabulous hair accessories.
Check her out and let her know we sent ya!