Monday, March 31, 2008

Shoe Fetish

It seems my shoe fetish has rubbed off on Summer.  I love shoes and can never have to many, especially if they are on sale!!!  I even do it with Summer's shoes.  When I go to consignment sales, the first thing I look for is shoes.  The girl has 2 pairs of black dress shoes, 2 pairs of sandals, 3 pairs of tennis shoes, pink dress shoes, 1.5 pairs of croc style shoes (we lost one at Target...LOL), swim shoes, and a pair of house shoes.  And those are just the ones that fit her.  She has 3 or 4 pairs that are a size too big and lots that are too small.  It is amazing how fast their feet grow.  Luckily she has been in the same size for about the past 5 or 6 months.  She wears a 5.5 or 6W.  Although she is bigger for her age, her feet are not really oversized.  They are just fat.  LOL.

Well, it seems as much as I like to buy shoes, Summer likes to drag them all over the house and put them in piles.  The other day she had them on the table on the balcony, then the living room floor.  Back to her room and out again.  Every time I get them put up, it seems like she is dragging them all out again.  This afternoon they were ALL on the bench on the balcony.  Hmmmm

She likes to put on her black dress shoes the most right now.  I don't know if it is because they are shiny or if they are just comfortable.  Sometimes she even wears them around on the wrong feet.  :)  She will walk around a shirt, diaper and black dress shoes if I let her.  She even wants to wear them with sweatpants sometimes. 

I gotta get off here before she takes her shoes off.  She is going to play with some friends tonight, but she keeps talking about taking her shoes off.  So far she still has them on, but I imagine she will find a way to get them off before it is time to leave.  LOL

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A night at the circus

We went to the Ringling Brother's Circus last night.  It was a family affair with my sister and her family joining us.  The kids had a good time, as did the adults.  Clint had to go to the bathroom during the show, but didn't want to get up because he was enjoying it so much.  He finally did though....LOL.  Before the show, I went down to get us some snacks.  The lines were long and you couldn't get popcorn (which was what I had went for) in the line I was in.  So I ended up getting a couple of nachos with cheese which I knew the kids would love.  And they did.  I even had my fair share although my hips don't need it!  :) 

The acrobats, clowns and animal tricks were all great.  The only thing I thought it was lacking was a trapeze act.  I have always loved those.  Oh well.  It seems the circus has gotten smaller than when I was a child.  There used to be three rings but now there was only one.  It was still a great show, just different.  The other thing I remember always seeing at the circus was a motorcycle in a cage.  But not last night. 

One thing I did notice is that all the people in the circus are in great shape!!!  They all have lots of muscles and can do amazing things with their bodies.  I wonder how much they work out.  Hmmm.

On the way out, we passed the stands selling spinning flashlights for $18 and other over-priced merchandise.  It is crazy the people that buy it too.  You couldn't even get a snow cone for less than $10.  Thankfully the kids didn't ask more than once and we made it out without buying any junk to add clutter to my already toy infested house!  Speaking of toys, I think I need to go through them and get rid of some.  Sounds like something I could do today while I wait for my friends to come over tonight. 

Friday, March 21, 2008

Honey, I'm Home

Well, we are home again but probably not for long. We may be getting away next weekend too!!! Or sooner???

The trip to Orlando was awesome. We saw Shamu, and more importantly, Barney!!! We hopped on a plane from Chattanooga to Orlando and arrived to nice weather. Summer immediately decided we needed to go swimming at the pool which you could see from our balcony. We had a 3 bedroom condo all to ourselves. So, we each had our own room...LOL. We cooked dinner every night and ate breakfast either in the lobby or our room. Clint even learned how to cook fish and baked potatoes! He was happy to leave the pool early so he could go put the fish in the oven when the baked potatoes were about ready. I would stay at the pool and convince Summer it was time to leave the pool. She really liked it the best of anything we did I think.

At SeaWorld, we first watched the sea lion and otter show which she was scared of. Then we went to a dog and cat show. It was cute. She really liked it and Clint took her up to the front to pet one of the dogs after the show. I think it was her favorite show of the day! Then we went to play in the kids area where they have slides, sand, ropes to climb on, and rides. We tried to get on one ride, but when they were fixing to buckle us in she decided she didn't want to ride. So, we got off and didn't try again on that one. We did finally get on one ride (teacups I think) and she was a little scared when we went up in the air and I spun the cup around. But, she did pretty good and didn't pitch a fit or anything. After that I tried to take her to the fountains where she could play. We put her bathing suit on, but she didn't want any of that either. Hmmmm. We decided to eat lunch and then go to the Shamu show. We fed some birds, some kind of Ibis, a few of our fries which Summer enjoyed doing. She got scared at this show too. We think maybe the music was too loud, but maybe the animals were just big. ??? I got quite a few good hugs during those scared moments so it was all worth it. She enjoyed the dolphin show. We were the closest to the front we had been all day at those show. Maybe she was just too tired to be scared. We left shortly after that and she was asleep before we got on the interstate.

Universal Studios was fun too. We mainly went there because Barney was there. It basically cost us about $150 to see Barney (and for Clint to be on Fear Factor Live). We didn't do much else at the park. We did try to ride a ride when we got there, but Summer didn't really enjoy it. It was really loud and we were sitting in front of a big screen, flying through the city with Jimmy Neutron or somebody. Our seats were in the front so they did not move like the others, but she still didn't like it. We decided that was enough rides for the day. :) I did get to ride on the MIB ride which was pretty cool. I had to shoot aliens as we went through the ride and spun around. I didn't even know we were supposed to be shooting until after the ride had already started....LOL. The man was going to let me ride again, but I figured I better get back to Clint and Summer. We walked by the Fear Factor Live set and they were doing casting for the next show. I convinced Clint to do it and Summer and I left him to get ready for the show. I beat three little girls at a water shooting competition and won Summer the biggest prize they had. It was fun. Then we went to see Barney while we waited for Clint's show to start. At first when we saw Barney and Baby Bop and BJ she was scared and would not touch them. I had to hold her to get a picture with them at first. They were in the playhouse the whole time we were so she kind of got used to them. We left and went and watched Clint come in 2nd place at the fear factor show. It was fun and he won two tickets back to both Universal Parks which is worth about $175 (oh yeah and a Fear Factor hat). He was happy he did it. He got to hang onto a bar and then drop about 30-40 feet when he lost his grip. He did several other stunts, but ended up getting beat bya 20 year old girl. :) After that we took Clint to Barney's playhouse and she was much more used to Barney this time. She actually got upset when he had to leave to go get ready for his show. We got a pizza and went to get in line for his show (which btw you don't need to get there early for - go for the back row when they finally let you stand outside the doors!!!). She enjoyed the show. We sang and danced and clapped. I even enjoyed it. We ended up going back to it again before we left, but she was too tired to sing and dance this time.

The day before we left, we went to Cocoa Beach. There were tons of shells on the beach which meant I was in SHELL HEAVEN!!! Summer even walked in the sand a little (with her water socks on), but she suckered Clint into carrying her to the shore line. She picked up shells and we found a few cups on the beach which we put shells in. She dumped hers out a few times, but I didn't let her dump mine when she tried (the 2nd time anyway...LOL). I caught on quick! We went out on the pier there and I fished a little. I didn't catch anything but one of the supporting poles. :) Summer got attacked by a pelican. Those birds were about her size and weren't scared of anything. She got tired so Clint took her to the car where she fell asleep. So, I packed up my fishing gear and left. We drove back to Orlando and grabbed a little lunch at Taco Bell. We went out for our final swim in the pool and then called it a vacation.

We headed out early Saturday morning. We got to the airport in plenty of time and Summer entertained some of the other people waiting around us. She was a good girl both ways on the airplane. We all three actually slept part of the way on the way back. It was nice to get away and make a few special memories. Bear and Blackie both joined us on this trip as you can see from several of the pics. They are definitely Summer's partners in crime.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Orlando here we come!

We are packing today to make a last minute trip to Orlando.  We wanted to take Summer on a trip before we find out what is going to happen with Clint this month.  So, we thought it would be fun to take her to SeaWorld and maybe Universal Studios or Aquatica.  We just booked it yesterday and are leaving tomorrow.  So, I gotta get all our stuff packed today.  I spent almost 5 hours yesterday trying to decide where to stay and ended up staying at the first place on the search results.  Why couldn't I just have booked it instead of shopping around all afternoon??????  Oh well, it is done now and I am excited.  I hope Summer enjoys it.  I really think she will because she knows what dolphins are and she will get to pet one which should be exciting.  We are members to our local aquarium so she gets to pet sharks and rays whenever we go there (if she is in the mood).  Mostly she just likes to splash the water...LOL.  Dolphins are much bigger so we will see how she reacts to them.  I guess I better get off here and go start getting all our stuff in suitcases.