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Invisible Yarn? Gone! Also, shopping for shoes.

Remember I said I had the two uncounted balls of yarn I needed to use up? And then I mentioned I gave myself permission to throw it away? Well, I didn’t throw it away. Instead I took it to practice last night, and put it in the sweater. And later, during the Olympics, I got to put on a ball of nice soft wool. My hands thank me!

girlsNow then, shoes. You know it is the time of year when the kids want school shoes. Yes, even mine, who mostly attend school in slipper socks all winter. Unless they are jogging to Wal-Mart in their new Vans. All my boys have outgrown their good shoes, and their play shoes now look like yard work shoes. And my little girls, they are needing “brand new feet”, too. (Thanks, Joe Jonas for that new shoe reference.) They are both in regular shoes, now, and it feels a little weird to pass by the childrens trainers after all these years. I’ve only spent 20 years in that section, LOL!

I was poking around the StartRiteShoes site today, and reading their articles on fit and shoe care, and I am pleased that I am doing at least one thing right: I no longer hand shoes down from one child to another, except for Sunday shoes. I do pass those down because they only wear them a couple hours a week for a year or so. I just can’t bring myself to think that 104 hours of wear is the lifetime use of a shoe. Maybe because I have to buy so darn many of them, ykwim? I make up for it in their everyday shoes, what most folks call school shoes: 2 pair each, every time. Their little feet thank me and my wallet just screams.

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