The boys are home! Woohoo! I couldn't hardly wait to get home from work to see them! After I MADE them give me hugs, they immediately wanted to show me their new shoes. You see, it is a tradition in the Henderson family for Nana to buy the boys shoes for their birthdays. She lets them go to the shoe store and pick out their own shoes, and they love it! I know you are thinking, "Wow, those kids are easy to please. Most teenagers wouldn't be happy with shoes for their birthdays..." But let me explain.... In our house, shoes are hard to come by...or at least a matching pair of shoes. From the time my kids were old enough to wear shoes, losing a shoe has been a problem. Let me repeat that...losing A shoe has been a problem. My boys have lost one shoe out of so many pairs that I am sure someday I be searching for a missing pillowcase in a closet I haven't organized in years and find a secret tunnel that leads to a massive room filled with single shoes...lonely and lost shoes...abandoned shoes...crying out for their mate to find them and make them whole... (Okay, maybe too dramatic.) But seriously, we have shoe problems. My first memory of this shoe problem was about 11 years ago when the boys were around three years old. Their Poppa had come over to help me take them to the doctor for a check-up. (Sometimes it takes two to wrangle two energetic 3 year old boys) Anyway, it was time to go, and we could only find one shoe (both right foot shoes) per kid! We looked everywhere! We actually had to stop at Payless, and buy new shoes on the way to the doctor! One night Jared lost a flip flop in a restaurant...while we were sitting in the booth. Even the waiter was looking for it with us..and it was never found. We left On the Border missing one shoe. This problem still occurs quite frequently. In fact, I have come accustomed to the fact that we usually never come home from a vacation with all the shoes we packed. One of our friends even took a picture of a lonely flip flop at the beach and texted us, asking if we were missing a shoe. It is common knowledge. I tell you this so you can understand my dilemma when shoe shopping. I really hate to buy them shoes that I know they may lose! So, when I take them, I give them a fairly frugal budget for shoes. I remember the first year they were pretty involved with picking out their own shoes--they were probably 12 or so. Anyway, I gave them a budget of about 35 dollars for tennis shoes. There were a couple pairs in that price range that I thought were just fine. Jared finally said, "Mom, those are old man shoes!" I totally disagreed of course, but did budge a bit and raise the price to 40. The next week I was in a doctor's office in Little Rock when I saw an elderly man come in holding onto his walker...wearing those shoes! Oh well, at least he still had the matching pair. So when the boys held out their new treasured shoes that they were able to pick out without a budget, I did understand their joy. Not only did they have one pair, but Nana had let them get two pairs! Oh how exciting! Jared showed me his two pair of "beast-mode" shoes, and Tyler displayed his "box of awesomeness" that held new Nikes. He then went on and on about how cool his new flip flops were, and that they even had a bottle opener on the bottom! Wow! When I asked to see them, he grinned and said..."Well, I only have one...." Oh well, at least we can still use the bottle opener. :)
My new dishes were delivered today!!! I am so excited! Ever since I was a child, I have loved dishes. I like old dishes, new dishes, mismatched dishes...but I don't actually like to spend my money on them. That does tend to pose a problem. However, we were so desperate for dishes that my husband gave me a gift card for Mother's Day to buy new dishes. Unfortunately, I could not find any I liked at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. That is really the problem I have had with dishes--I couldn't find the ones I liked for the price I wanted to pay. It was getting bad. Seriously, I had 4 CorelleWare plates, and that was all. The Corelle set was a christmas gift from my mom about 12 years ago.... And by the way, they DO break when dropped on tile. They shatter into a gazillion pieces!
So a couple of weeks ago we had some friends over at the last minute, I had to pull out the wedding china for the hotdogs! After they left, I searched overstock.com and found some I liked with a price I could live with.... Now they are here, and I feel like a little girl with a new tea set! Why did I wait so long?
Love yourself, and love your food!
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