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My sister and brother-in-law headed home to Tennessee after a fabulous visit.

Maybe I won’t ever show you my brother-in-law’s face. Kind of like Maris Crane, Niles Crane’s first wife from “Frasier.” To this day, I still want to know what that woman looked like.

Doesn’t that kind of thing make you just nuts? No? Oh.

I think my favorite moment of my sister’s visit was a cab ride on Sunday.

Summer pooped just as we were hailing a cab home in the frigid rain and I was definitely waiting to change her. So we are sitting in the taxi and suddenly the driver starts madly spraying air freshener.


My kid smells so bad that I offended a cab driver?! I mean, these guys don’t always have the most incredible personal hygiene themselves.Β  Plus, they have drunk bachelorettes puking in their backseats every weekend. How sensitive to smells could they possibly be?

Poor little stinky Summer.

One final question for you all. Would you let your daughter wear these shoes in public?

These are Dylan’s absolute favorite shoes and Old Navy has run out of her size.

It’s kind of embarrassing, right?

Of course, this photo was taken this morning so I haven’t ripped, I mean bribed, them off her feet yet.

mama bird notes:

I finally found super cute holiday cards on earth friendly card stock! Check them out in Drooling Over This and take advantage of a fabulous discount.

And we have a giveaway this week for all you New York City area mamas. A chance to win tickets to WINTUK from Cirque du Soleil at Madison Square Garden.

Have you ever seen one of these Cirque du Soleil shows? Really incredible. “The show weaves thrilling new acrobatics, breathtaking theatrical effects and memorable songs into an extraordinary journey to an imaginary land called Wintuk.”

One mama bird reader will win 4 tickets to the December 12th show at 7:30 pm.

Just leave a comment on the mama bird diaries this week and tell me your best acrobatic skill. Umm… no, you will not have to perform in the show.

39 Responses to what to do about the shoes

  • Turbo says:

    I know what you mean about the embarrassment over kid-loved & clung to, worn out apparel. Who gives! Let her wear ’em ’til we can see what color her toe nails are!

    By the way, am I the only one who thinks the acrobat is staving off a moon sneeze?

  • deb ringold says:

    my best acrobatic skill is walking without tripping over something. I was never quite the gymnast. not even a cartwheel. Oh well. And I love Dylan’s shoes. At least you know when she gets her Jimmy Choos she will get her money’s worth…

  • calikim says:

    I hope your reluctance to show a pic of your brother in law isn’t telling about his physical appearance. He doesn’t look like Shrek does he???

    BTW, I might be able to find a pair of shoes like that in my own closet. I better go look and throw away NOW!!

  • Jessica says:

    Oh I have been dying to see Wintuk! I hope I win!!!!

    My best acrobatic skill would be that I can touch my toes… from a standing position… at least I think I still can!

    As for the shoes… I am a terrible, terrible, terrible person. I think I would toss them. And then pretend not to know where they are. Not that I have ever… ever done that before πŸ˜‰

  • Kim says:

    My best acrobatic skill is walking.. seriously.. I broke my ankle last year walking down stairs.. I tripped on nothing..

    This is a wonderful giveaway!!!

  • Cathy says:

    Oh, yes, would I let my daughter wear those shoes! Nothing wrong with them. And that cab driver probably doesn’t have kids–that’s all I can say.

  • patois says:

    I would so totally let the kid keep on wearing the shoes. I’m actually quite impressed. It took 10 years for my kid to actually wear through a shoe before he outgrew it. (What I mean is I had to keep buying new shoes because his feet grew not because the shoes wore out. And I felt I should clarify in case you thought he wore the same shoes for 10 years. Not that you would. Think that. I’m leaving now.)

  • Jennifer H says:

    Let’s just get the acrobatic skills out of the way up front. I have none. Keep the line moving, folks.

    Have you tried eBay for those shoes?

    I totally want to know what Maris looks like!

  • kristen says:

    i kick myself when i don’t buy multiple sizes of things that my girl loves. of course when i have done that, she won’t wear said item but that’s beside the point.

    here i was all excited that we were going to talk grown-up shoes, feh.

  • Diane says:

    Try eBay for shoes – I have had to make similar replacements of items and you’d be surprised at all the crap out there on eBay. My daughter Sabrina had a beloved pair of Thomas the Tank Engine shoes that we could no longer shove her foot into – we got the next size up on eBay. My super-duper-acrobatic skill? Navigating my minivan the 45 minute one- way-trip for my 10 year old’s swim practice while simultaneously putting in a new DVD, reaching for a lost sippy cup, handing out goldfish crackers and hollering at all 4 of them to ‘just get along’. How’s that for life skills?

  • Robyn says:

    You and cab drivers lately! From one end of the spectrum to another.

    Um, those look JUST like Bear’s sneakers do only 2 weeks after purchase. He has put HOLES in the tops of his shoes from dragging his feet while on the tricycle. I’d get him steel toed boots, but I know I’d end up with broken shins.

    So, yes. I’d let her wear them until she agrees upon a replacement. (did you try Old Navy online?)

  • Robyn says:

    Oh, and my best acrobatic skill (because YES I want to win those tickets!) sadly, is managing to land on both feet with an insane 2 year old constantly running between my legs.

  • Erin says:

    i wish i lived in nyc for lots of reasons and one of those would be to see the cirque de soleil show. they are simply amazing.
    also, love tiny prints. it\\\’s where i get our christmas cards. they are soooo cute!

  • Jen says:

    Old Navy customer svc. needs to scour the country and find those shoes for Dylan–or at least a pair that looks like them! So funny how attached kids get to certain items…i’m a bit of a lam-o in the acrobatics dept. but really wanna win those tickets so i’ll say the “somersault”, perferably in a swimming pool!

  • ErinB says:

    i think you should have a giveaway for the person who can find dylan new shoes…really those are some sad shoes girl!! whats her size- game on.
    i am with diane- my skill is doing an email while reading a story to my daughter while pretending to listen to my husband talk about fantasy football all whee catching up on a dvr show. sweet!

  • francine Kasen says:

    Those shoes are PERFECT for this time of year! Just stand Dylan on a corner with a bell and kettle and you guys won’t have to worry about saving for college! My best acrobatic skill is that when undressing, I can flip my undies up behind my back and catch them without looking. I don’t have to live in the city to win, do I? That sounds like an awesome day out with the girls!!!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I’ll be coming into NYC this Spring if the circus is still on and the tickets are still good. Otherwise I have more than 4 relatives still living in the Big Apple that I can bribe with those tickets for a Lobster Dinner in exchange. My best trick? Sticking my head up my ass when anyone says anything halfway decent about my brother-in-law so I don’t have to listen to their misguided impressions.

  • tracey says:

    Well, I can’t be in the circus giveaway, as the commute’s just a BIT too far. But we saw Cirque du Soleil when I was pregnant with my first and it was AWESOME. Truly unique.

  • MN Mama says:

    Do you think she is at all close to growing out of them? I had a similar experience with Isabelle. She realized that wearing the shoes she loved was just too painful and could not take it anymore so she gave them up. Good luck!

  • Rhea says:

    I have no, NONE, zero, acrobatic skills these days, unless you count driving and trying to reach a toy that\\\’s fallen in the backseat a talent.

    Those shoes do look a little sad.

    I can\\\’t seem to get my 6 yr old to change shirts. We\\\’re on day 6 of this one, I think.

    I wanna see the rest of the face of that neighbor on Home Improvement.

  • MN Mama says:

    Can I try to win the tickets for my sister and family? …. I was a baton twirler…. I still have my batons. I show the girls their mom still can twirl. I also twirl their hoola hoops.

  • Auntie T says:

    I too am still wanting to know what Maris looked like….. drove me crazy! But I happen to know Erik is awfully cute, so no Shrek worries! Just wanted to clear his rep on that! I displayed my best acrobatic skills when I was kid performing in the pool water show at the end of every summer! Ester Williams was not worried, actually I think she was already dead but…. who remembers then!

  • Kristin Kutscher says:

    I loved gymnastics – until it was time to cartwheel – alas, I am unable to cartwheel. So I have no acrobatic skills, although I always thought the tight wire would be my act, since I have a great sense of balance. I know what you mean about the shoes – maybe some brown or bronze magic marker until she grows out of them? Might blend in the scuffed part. Went through this with Julia too.

  • Ilene and Bruce says:

    I can entertain six grandchildren at one time!!! (and love every minute of it)Looks like I found something Dylan may want for Chanukkah– or maybe she doesn’t even want new ones.

  • Diana says:

    Eva still wants to wear her too small “ruby” slippers…. and there’s two feet of snow outside. There’s no place like home!

  • Elissa says:

    I have serious acrobatic skills. Just this morning I balanced my 21 pound 10 month old on my left hip while brushing my teeth with my right hand. I then deftly transferred her to my right hip and combed my hair with my left hand…this was particularly impressive because I am very much right handed.

  • Aimee says:

    I feel your daughter– have a hard time letting go certain shoes too–hence the closet full of them that are too ratty to wear out!

    As for my best acrobatic move I would have to say it happens most often while food shopping with the toddler. With one arm I balance him in the seat while he tries to get out, the other arm grabbing food off the shelves, a snack to offer him in my mouth to try to convince him “JUST FIVE MORE MINUTES”, and my leg pushes the cart! ALL while pregnant!

    Now I know I just won something last week–but heck I love cirque shows–and I happen to be turning 32 next week and heading into the city next weekend to celebrate without the toddler—so pardon be for trying to win this one! πŸ™‚

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