Today was one of those normal days... that felt extraordinarily wonderful.
Long ago, the kids' hair stylist told me that I would know a kid was ready for a haircut when they started to look like Chris Farley. This week, Mike told he thought Nathaniel looked like Chris Farley:
Sooooooo haircut appointments were made that day.
He was wonderful. He sat very still and didn't fuss one bit.
We then went to get the kids' feet measured to see to it that everyone had appropriately fitting shoes.
Turns out, Matthew's foot had grown 1 1/2 size (he's now wearing a 13 1/2 for those keeping track at home). He found the shoes of his dreams! They were orange (which are hard to find, but are by far his favorite color). He was ecstatic. Then, he found out the shoes were in fact light up shoes. Wow! Initially, the retailer couldn't find his size, so she brought out three different pairs of shoes; one were blue and orange, another were black light up shoes, and finally a pair of Star Wars shoes. Matthew decided to try on the blue and orange shoes and really liked him. That said, he was hopeful the orange light ups would be found. And they were! He tried them on and while very excited about them, I could tell something wasn't quite right. He then had to choose which pair he liked better. Here's the Proud Mama moment...Matthew, at five years of age, CONTEMPLATED this choice. He definitely liked the color and features of the light up shoes, but chose the blue and orange shoes because "they feel better." Matthew is a child who will tell you he wants to go to bed because he's tired, will leave parties because he's ready to go, and will ask for fruits and vegetables for snacks. He's a wonderful boy and I am so proud of him, especially when he makes such mature choices based on his needs,
After his shower this afternoon, he put his shoes back on! How's that for being excited? So happy with his choice:
Turns out, Nathaniel is a size 5 and we have some hand-me-down shoes that he has been wearing and he will keep wearing.
We almost left the store without measuring Thea's feet because I had measured (read: mis-measured) her feet at home and had bought her new shoes just a few months ago. Thankfully, we did have her feet measured (I mean, we're all here anyway, right?) because her feet have gone up a full size! Sweet Bean is now a size 10. She was so ready for her turn to get her picture taken:
She was NOT pleased with Matthew photobombing so she requested that we take a different picture. One with just Floppy's face and her shoes. Oh, Brother.