Seven Snippets: February 8, 2013

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I hear some of you folks are getting hit by a blizzard. It’s been in the 70s here this week. Just sayin’.

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I’ve been getting up early all week. It’s something I’ve been thinking I needed to start doing for awhile now, but not being a morning person it was also something I was dreading. It has been P-A-I-N-F-U-L, but it’s been (mostly) worth it. Even though the kids aren’t getting up any earlier, our mornings before school have been more pleasant as a result – we haven’t run late, there hasn’t been any frustration yelling, and when it’s time to go to bed at night I’m really tired. I think those early birds may be on to something…

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Softball evaluations were last night, and they’re combining 6U with 8U again because there weren’t enough kids for 6U. When Sarah Kate got up to bat, she missed the first five pitches and fell or nearly fell three times. One of the coaches suggested to her that she try hitting off the tee until I yelled from the other side of the fence, “No tee. She’s never hit off the tee before, she’s not gonna start now!”

I could be wrong, but I’m betting that coach doesn’t draft The Kid With the Mom That Yelled at Evaluations.

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Ellen Seidman of Love That Max and Parents magazine fame read my post from last week about why I don’t like the new DOE ruling on sports for kids with disabilities, and told me she was inspired to write her own on the subject. I adore Ellen, although we don’t often see eye to eye on things related to government and politics. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that we are pretty much on the same page this time – go check out her piece on

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Sarah Kate got some new shoes on Wednesday. We pretty much wear shoes out before we get new ones because I so despise shopping for shoes to go over her braces. And by “wear shoes out” I mean that her old ones had holes all the way through the bottoms under the toes. We went to the Skechers store because I remembered vaguely that once upon a time that was a brand that was recommended to us, plus they have bright colors and such that I thought she would like.

We ruled out everything with laces because it’s a lot of work to loosen them up enough to shove the braced foot in (so what happens is she doesn’t and then the heel of the shoe ends up getting mangled which then means she has to have my help getting the shoes on). The only Velcro options we found that would work were Twinkle Toes. In case you don’t know what those are, they’re exactly what they sound like: shoes whose toes twinkle, and by twinkle I mean light up.

And since she walks sorta on her toes….you guessed it. The shoes light up constantly.

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I was drafting an email to Sarah Kate’s teacher on Thursday morning, warning her about the shoes. I decided to throw myself on the mercy of the court since for-the-love-of-all-things-holy these were the only shoes with Velcro that we could find. As I was typing, Sarah Kate came into the room and told me that she’d figured out that if she tried to put her heel down first that she could minimize the twinkling.


Not only was it good news about the twinkling, but after years and years and years and years of telling her “Heels down” Every. Single. Day. and Multiple. Times. a Day. I saw a tiny glimmer (more like a bright twinkle, actually…) of hope that we may have found something that would make her Actually. Do. It. I swiftly amended my email to the teacher with this new development, telling her she should encourage Sarah Kate to keep her heels down when the lights got a little crazy.

Of course, once the teacher started it then her classmates piled on, so…this plan may backfire.

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I’ll be doing my first contributor gig for Sarah Halstead over at In the Moment on Monday. It may or may not be Mardi Gras themed. Come visit!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. says

    rachel will only wear the shoes that light up. my sister in law started buying them for her for her birthday when she turned one. this year she got a pair and then i had to buy another pair because she beats her shoes up pretty fast now. i hate spending that much money on shoes but it’s totally worth it to have her keep them on! and she gets compliments like crazy!