Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop

It’s the time of year that strikes fear and dread in the heart of many a parent… it’s time to purchase dance shoes! Last September I wrote about the lengths Lucy and I went to as we attempted to fulfill our quest for the proper equipment. We got this year’s email and not only do we have 3 pairs of shoes to buy, they have added a specific practice leotard into the mix! Cross your fingers for us as we begin our annual tour of all of the dance shops in the Charlotte metropolitan area this week…


I am a rule follower. I’ve always been this way. If I have a ticket way up in the nosebleed seats, I don’t move down to a better view just because there are empty seats there. THAT’S NOT MY SEAT, you see, and it makes me uneasy. I have a ticket for my crappy seat, and that’s where I sit. That’s the way it’s supposed to work! I’m that way when I’m given directions about tasks, too. You tell me how I’m supposed to do it, wear it, or complete it, that’s exactly, down to the smallest detail, how it will be done by me and promptly to boot. This is just how I roll.

So in August when I was emailed a list of the 3 exact brands and styles of dance shoes that Lucy needed for her upcoming class, I got right down to business. I called different dance shops and found out that the 3 different shoes I needed (let’s call them Ballet Shoe A, Tap Shoe B, and Jazz Shoe C) could only be obtained by going to two different stores. Store 1 promised that the jazz shoe *they* had was almost the same as the one on my list and nobody would know the difference, but I wasn’t falling for that! I was told to get Jazz Shoe C and if that means going to Store 2, so be it!

(This is where I should mention that dance shoes don’t really correlate to street shoe sizes. You can’t just go by yourself or order size 3 online because you already know your child wears a size 3 sneaker. She could end up needing a size 1 ½ tap shoe, a size 5 ballet shoe, and a size 2 jazz shoe. My point is, you have to drag your child with you on this errand because you just never know. Yay!)

So, task completed right?! WRONG!

A few days before dance classes started I received a second email. It turns out they changed their minds! Now Lucy needed 3 completely different styles and brands of each shoe (let’s call them Ballet Shoe D, Tap Shoe E, and Jazz Shoe F). Hmmm, well, okay. It happens. I get it. The first set of shoes hadn’t been worn yet because class hadn’t started. I could return them. I did have to go to two different stores to buy them which was a hassle, but I gave a giant sigh and made plans for returning the shoes to Store 1 and Store 2. No problem.

As I called around, I found out that to get the new Ballet Shoe D, I had to actually visit Store 3 because neither Store 1 nor Store 2 carried them. So…Lucy and I set out to hit all 3 stores one day after school. We returned Tap Shoe B to Store 1 and bought Jazz Shoe F there. Next we were off to Store 2 where we returned Ballet Shoe A and Jazz Shoe B and picked up Tap Shoe E. Once this was complete, we fought rush hour traffic to head across town to Store 3 so we could obtain the elusive Ballet Shoe D. Confused? So were the people at Visa, I’m sure, but don’t worry. Although the receipts and credits slips were piling up, I had a list, and I was keeping track of the whole thing.

At the end of it all I’d been to 3 stores, bought 6 different pairs of dance shoes, and had returned 3 of them. It all worked out fine! She started class, which she absolutely loves, and that’s where the story ends!

Except, you know very well that isn’t where the story ends. Nope, not even close. After the second week of dance class do you know what happened? Sure you do! I got a THIRD email about dance shoes, yes I did.

You see, some people had trouble finding all of the different pairs of dance shoes on the second list. OF COURSE THEY DID! You had to go to three different dance shops to find them! This was a problem because nobody normal would actually go to three different dance shops to obtain dance shoes. So…(I know you are ready for this)…they decided to go back to the ORIGINAL list of shoes (That would be Ballet Shoe A, Tap Shoe B, and Jazz Shoe C if you are keeping track). You know, the shoes that I had already purchased and returned!

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

In the end, Lucy loves her dance class. We both adore the teachers and the program to pieces. We’d never, ever go anywhere else. After all if we did, I’d have to get her new shoes.

The Dose Girls Do It Old School

We’ve noticed a new rage taking over the blogisphere! It’s Old School Blogging.

When our friends Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster and Susan from This Happy Mom tagged us to participate, we thought we’d give it a go. We don’t usually participate in things, but why not answer a few questions about ourselves?! After all, it was quite clear that the masses two people were clamoring to know more about us! So we got together and here’s what happened:

A. Attached or Single?

We’re attached. At the hip.

B. Best Friend?  


C. Cake or pie?

Easy one! We love the group Cake. Especially their song “The Distance”.

D. Day of choice? 

We are crazy about Arbor Day. We go all out.

Happy Arbor Day

Johnny Appleseed is a personal hero to us both.

E. Essential Item? 

The only essential we can’t do without is oxygen (because we would suffocate).

F. Favorite color? 

We both love the color green. Except for bananas.

G. Gummy bears or worms? 

Ew! We don’t eat worms. On the other hand, who eats bears? They are surprisingly hard to catch.

H. Hometown?

Ashley is from Missouri City, Texas. Lisa is from Texas City, Missouri! PSYCH! Lisa’s actually from St. Louis, Missouri. Still it’s weird though, right?

I. Favorite Indulgence?

Pretty sure this answer will shock no one. See for yourselves…

J. January or July?

We didn’t use either of those names for our kids. If given the chance to name another one, we’d both choose June. (but spelled Joon, obviously)

K. Kids?

No thanks. We both already have two.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

Good foundation garments.

M. Marriage date?

Oh no, we’re both married. We don’t date anymore. Our husbands frown upon that!

N. Number of brothers/sisters?

Although we live in the South, we don’t have brother/sisters or cousin/uncles either. It’s not like Deliverance down here!

O. Oranges or Apples?

You can’t really compare them, now can you?

P. Phobias?

Our Phobias

Go figure.

Q. Quotes?

Laissez les bon temps rouler. –Harry Connick, Jr., Mardi Gras, 1998

R. Reasons to smile?

With the exception of humans, mammals bare their teeth to show aggression. Take that as you will.

S. Season of choice?

The Four Seasons, either Manhattan or Hualalai, Hawaii.  

T. Tag 5 People.  

We’d never tag people. We only tag overpasses and concrete walls with our graffiti.

U. Unknown fact about us?

Lisa recorded a CD as part of an all-girl a cappella singing group called the Fallopian Tunes in medical school. Ashley has a cadaver ligament in her right knee. Neither of these facts has made us rich…yet.

V. Vegetable?

Mineral! No wait…animal!

W. Worst habit?

Neither of us look good in a habit. They are wildly unflattering.

X. Xray or Ultrasound?

You get an x-ray when you’re injured. You are either ill or pregnant when you have an ultrasound. We don’t want to be injured, ill, or pregnant. We’ll pick throat culture.

Y. Your favorite food?

Our bodies respond best to anything with a vast number of calories and carbs. 

Z. Zodiac sign? 

Ashley was born in the year of the dragon. Lisa was born in the year of the monkey. The dragon and the monkey make a good match with 100% compatibility. Famous dragons include: Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, and Smaug. Famous monkeys include: Harry Houdini, Diana Ross, and Micky Dolenz.

Zodiac Signs

Now you see why we don’t usually join in things. We just can’t hack it. Even so, we want to thank Elaine at the Miss Elaine-ous Life and Jennifer at Jennifer P. Williams for the fun link up!



This One’s For The Girls


Sometimes it is easy to forget how much our children are growing up and changing right before our very eyes. Lucy and Emma headed off together this past weekend to their annual Daddy/Daughter dance for Y-Guides, and we found ourselves looking back at their past photos with watery eyes and full hearts.

See, our girls have been besties since they started Junior Kindergarten almost five years ago. Their friendship developed completely outside of the classroom. They have never actually been in the same class…unfortunate coincidence? …deliberate teacher planning? We will never know, but they have their fingers crossed for next year. More importantly, though, their bond is completely independent of the bond we share ourselves.

Lucy and Emma just get each other.

They are everything that is wonderful about having a BFF. They truly love and support each other in everything they do. You know that feeling when you just know that someone has your back…well, they have each other’s backs totally. And even as we watch them navigate the ever-increasing difficult childhood moments and emotional experiences, we see them strengthening because they know they have each other to lean on.

We both feel very strongly about the power of good girlfriends, about the need for validation and support from other women who are on your side, and our girls seem to inherently understand that as well.

They laugh together, they share secrets, they give each other scores of compliments, and they always know when the other needs a hug.

At the end of the day, childhood is about wonder and innocence. It is about being surrounded by people who love you unconditionally. It is about making memories that will last a lifetime. It is about finding a friend who will be there for you no matter what happens.

Lucy and Emma are friendship personified, and that is a celebration.

So this one’s for the girls…thanks Martina!

Like Mother, Like Daughter

There are many aspects to making a blog post go from an idea in our heads to the finished product you see on the screen. The words are where it’s at, of course, but the images often bring the whole thing to life!

One of my favorite parts of working on the blog happens to be the picture part. I love finding just the right photo to match the post, and writing the perfect caption for it. I especially love when I can photoshop our heads onto various bodies doing ridiculous things (as you may have noticed).

So, the other day when I was busy trying to decide whether Ashley’s head would look better on Cupid or a giant Valentine (check out our FB page next week for the big reveal!), Lucy was sitting across from me tapping around on the iPod.

She said, “Hey Mom, I emailed you some pictures. Tell me if you like them.”

Oh, no!

You see, Lucy ADORES taking candid pictures of me with her iPod touch. She doesn’t really like posed pictures. Oh, no. She prefers photos where my eyes are half closed, my mouth is hanging open, or I just look particularly haggard. You know–the photos where I look the most true to life.

But that’s not what I found in my inbox at all!

Instead, Lucy had emailed me some pictures from her iPod she’d altered with a graffiti app all by herself. You have to understand, she has absolutely NO IDEA that I spend a significant time doing this exact kind of thing for the blog. She doesn’t read the blog at all. Obviously. She just decided, completely on her own, that messing with pictures would be fun!

Here’s what she sent me :

Picture #1

On a photo of herself from a beach trip…Lucy gets punny!


Atta girl!! Exactly the caption I would have written!!


Picture #2

On a photo from the Justin Bieber concert…Lucy gets her Tigerbeat on!

Justin Bieber

 Totes adorbs!  Love the hearts. Yellow font was the perfect choice!


Picture #3

On a picture of herself…Lucy discovers the full wonders of PicMonkey!

The law

Never underestimate the comedic potential of putting yourself in a mustache. I can’t believe you already know this at age 9.

My heart swelled with maternal pride.

Clearly, genetics are at work here!

Like Mother, Like Daughter



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