Joanne loves shoes and has for as long as I have known her. Her favorite are heals, which is sort of funny becasue she is already almost 6 feet tall, so in heels she is a tall drink of water (as they say). But she loves them and they look great on her. I go in the closet every day and I see all her shoes, just waiting there to be worn. For the last year and a half Joanne has worn a total of four pairs of shoes, none of them particularly attractive. She had a pair of running shoes that would stretch over her AFO that got quickly worn out. Then she got a pair of lace-up Dansko shoes that sort of fit but they were never really comfortable on her. She got a pair of Merrell's at REI that were to provide a little more support. Finally Kristen gave her a pair of Adidas that they were selling at their garage sale. These have fit the best so far. So going from a closet full of shoes of all shapes and sizes to a pair of garage sale shoes is pretty tough on her. She oftern laments her inability to wear her favorite shoes. I have taken to calling them "the cruel shoes" becasue they sit in the closet and sort of mock her. But at least we have something that works well with the AFO and allows her to get around.
Audrey got ready for school in 5 minutes today. I woke her up at 5:30 and she said she was getting up. I checked on her again at 6:00 and she was still in bed but said she was getting up. Finally at 6:25 I walked in and told her it was time to go. Much to my surprise she got out of bed fully dressed. Apparently she went to bed in her clothes so that she could sleep in as late as possible. She washed her face, brushed her teeth, threw on a hoodie and was out the door. I find that to be pretty hilarious! She doesn't really wear make up so she doesn't have all of that to worry about and her hair is a non issue so she is about as low maintenance as you can get. We got to school just fine and she was in a good mood all the way so it was a win for everyone. I wish it would work out for me to pick her up after school but Emma gets out at the same time and we have to pick her up so we cna't get over to Creek to get Audrey. I just remember what a drag the bus was. But it serves its purpose.
Have I told you about second dinner? This is hilarious. Every night we tend to eat a bit on the early side--maybe around 5:15 or 5:30. Then we clean up the kitchen and around 6:15 Joanne goes up to take her shower. After that we get her ready for bed and she usually reads for an hour or more. So she is generally ready to sleep a little after 8. Usually a half hour will go by and one or the other of the girls will come in and request second dinner. They are hungry again and want something to eat before they go to bed. So here's what we do: we head to the local Steak and Shake and buy grilled cheese sandwiches. They are like $1.50 and they are GOOD! They make them on Texas toast and use those American cheese slices that melt so nicely. So we get a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches and then come home and sit around the table to eat.
This is extremely valuable time! First off, I always take one of them with me, and the Steak and Shake line is the slowest drive thru line in the history of fast food. So we have LOTS of time to sit and talk while we wait for our food. The conversations are priceless. I learn more about what it going on in their lives while we sit there in the car than at any other point in the day. They are a captive audience. Same is true for when we get home and sit around the table. They just open up and talk about what they are going through and how they are feeling. So let's hear it for second dinner! It's the best $3.00 that I ever spend.
Please pray that the girls keep talking to me. As long as they keep talking we are in good shape. If they stop talking then I will be worried!