Guess what! I'm going on vacation! Woohoo! I've felt like a chicken with my head cut off lately trying to prep for this thing, making sure everything at work is tied off, and still managing getting the kids fed and kept alive like mothers are supposed to.
<Sidenote: Disclaimer/Confession: The above picture is not my actual suitcase. My actual suitcase is bursting at the seams with kids swim trunks, pull-ups, and pirate costumes. Yes, you read that right...pirate costumes.>
It was my oldest's idea to go on a Disney Cruise. When I asked the kids last year if they wanted to go to Disney World this year, they said, "No, we want to go on a Disney Cruise to Mexico!"
Hey you fabulous person, you!
Yeah, I'm a little bubbly today. It was a sunny day in Seattle (until the rain and clouds rolled in), and I had a fun lunch with good friends and colleagues to see one of my dear friends off on a new adventure in life!
I'm a super sentimental person (yeah, I know this has nothing to do with shoes so far...trust me, you'll see the connection soon), so when the end of an era comes along, I get all teary-eyed knowing that things will never be the same. Over the years, I've realized that relationships come and go.
But some people - like the friends I had lunch with today - you know you want to keep in your life in some way, shape, or form. It may not look or feel the same as it did when you first met, but you just know that they will always have a place in your life and in your heart...like a good pair shoes.
<Cue awkward transition to talking about shoes.>
As I got ready for the day the other morning, I found myself running around from one end of the condo to the other - feeding my post-multiple-teeth-extraction-surgery geriatric pug his special softened breakfast, throwing bagels in the toaster for the kiddos making sure to toast them for just the right amount of time (heaven forbid they're too burnt or not burnt enough), inserting deli meat between two slices of dry bread and shoving them into lunchboxes with fruit (to meet the obligatory mom-approved healthy requirement) and Oreo cookies (to meet the "Tommy's mom puts dessert in HIS lunchbox" requirement).
Meanwhile, I'm strategizing in my head what time we need to leave so we're not late for school, and thereby what time I need to start yelling at the kids to get their shoes on. As you can imagine, this did not leave much time to think about what to wear for work. So I quickly checked the weather - rain and 50. Yuck. I mindlessly threw on a pair of jeans, a sweater, and a pair of over-the-knee boots.
"When, oh when will I be able to wear all my cute Spring clothes?" I lamented in my head as my 6-year-old stared at his tongue in the mirror rather than brushing his teeth like I asked him to. Not today apparently.
So, since I can't wear them yet, I'll do the next best thing...share them with you! So we can all get excited for the floral print, pastels, pumps, and off-the-shoulder tops! Here's a roundup of some of my favorites I've stocked up on so far: