March 27, 2010

There's an Aflack in My Shoe!

You know how, when you have toddlers, you drive by a field of grazing cows everyone in the car says, "Moo.  Sammy, there are cows!"  Or at a lake filled with ducks you look at your little sweet heart and say, "Ducks... quack, quack?"  Eventually, the toddler starts to say, "Moo" each time they see a cow and, "Quack" when the ducks appear as if that is the animals name.

I've mentioned this before, but in case you missed it, this is an integral part of the story.  You know the insurance commercials with the duck that walks around saying, "aflack?"  When Ellie was a few months old and playing in the bathtub with her rubber ducks, someone got it in their head to say, "Duck says aflack."  Eventually, Ellie came to say, "aflack" every time she saw a duck.  Of course it followed that she came to call ducks aflack.

For those who live on the east coast and enjoy all that Chick-fil-A has to offer, you will appreciate that they also taught her that cows say, "Eat more chicken."  Those are the hazards of having little ones follow big kids with a twisted sense of humor.

It is that time of year again, when thoughts turn to summer which brings about my favorite footwear, sandals.  I took the children to the local Stride rite a few weeks ago but was most unhappy with the sandal offerings this year.  They are all a hybrid between a pool shoes and a sandal made out of rubber.  Great for the back yard, but not what I want my kids wearing out. And I really didn't want to pay $50-$60 a pair for plastic.  I am a traditionalist when it comes to kids shoes.  I insist they be made out of leather.  Shoot me.

Which brought me to the internet looking for sandals.  As I often do with shopping, I quickly became overwhelmed and turned it over to Brianna, who loves to do it and can make a dollar stretch pretty well, too.  She would once and a while name a maker and ask me if they were a good brand or not.  Once she had the watching box filled with choices, she asked me to look through them and choose a pair that I liked.  I narrowed it down to two pairs for Elisabeth but could not make up my mind.  I told her to ask Pa which ones he liked best and to order those.  Which she did.  Aren't these adorable? 

And that brings us up to yesterday. When Ellie's new sandals arrived in the morning mail.  It seems that Brianna didn't realize the reason that this line is called squeaky shoes.  So, when her shoes arrived in the mail, she couldn't wait to put them on. Are you all familiar with squeaky shoes? They have little squeaky things in the heels to encourage kids her walk on their toes to walk on their heels instead.  Which is not an issue for Elisabeth at all.  But that didn't keep her from having some fun!

She got these shoes on and took off running and then realized they were making noise. She thought that was such a blast that she spent the next THIRTY minutes running in circles around the basement stairs squeaking away. We were trying to have our lessons but to be honest we were all rolling so much that we got very little done. After all those loops, I guess she finally got dizzy because she came running up to where the rest of us were sitting and gave us a huge grin. She swaggered a bit and then said, "There's an aflack in my shoe!"

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5 comments :

  1. Lol!! There's an aflack in my shoe! That's so funny! I didn't even see that one coming! They are cute shoes! Never knew there was such a thing as intentionally making shoes squeaky, it's a cute idea!

    Hope your doing good. I see you at church and keep wanting to talk to you, but I don't get in line soon enough! :) Everybody beats me to you! haha :) Have a good week or see you tonight :)

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  2. Lol!! There's an aflack in my shoe! That's so funny! I didn't even see that one coming! They are cute shoes! Never knew there was such a thing as intentionally making shoes squeaky, it's a cute idea!

    Hope your doing good. I see you at church and keep wanting to talk to you, but I don't get in line soon enough! :) Everybody beats me to you! haha :) Have a good week or see you tonight :)

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  3. ah yes ,one of my girls had a pair of squeaky sandals...aflack aflack!

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  4. wao what a nice child shoes and its color so cool. thanks for sharing with us....

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