A to Z Challenge – Day 23 – W


White…. As in white shoes!

When you have fine motor skill issues, something as simple as tying your shoes becomes problematic.

Add some global developmental delays (physical and mental) and tying shoes can be a huge challenge.

This is Emily’s reality!

Tying shoes is not a milestone she’s achieved yet and to be honest, it is not a milestone we are working towards either because we have found awesome shoes without shoe laces.

Emily has boots, flip flops (sandals), cute flat shoes and SKECHERS!!!

We love Skechers!  We love them so much and they are not paying me to say this, I doubt they even know we exist 😳

Skechers have opened-up a world of possibilities for Emily and given her her independence.

There shoes are stylish and comfortable and between Em and I, we have many pairs.

We picked those up in New York City!


When her cheer club said she needed completely white shoes to compete, we confirmed that the shoe laces weren’t mandatory and went shopping online.

We found the perfect white shoes from Skechers and decided to look for them locally so Em could try them.

There isn’t a Skechers store here 😒 which is probably a good thing for our budget $$$.

The store who sells them didn’t have Emily’s size in stock, we had her try the same shoe in a different color, agreed that size 9 is still valid and we ordered the white ones to be delivered at home.

The shoes arrived timely and unfortunately dirty 😒

We went back to the store, showed them the shoes, agreed that this was unacceptable, returned the shoes and ordered and new pair. We even got a discount for the trouble.

This is where it gets funny!

I returned the shoes on either a Thursday or Friday. The new pair was delivered on Monday and it came from our local store…

Did you guess what happened yet?

We received the dirty shoes that we had returned!

My understanding of what happened is that they were not removed from inventory and when the warehouse got the order, it looks at the stores closer to us, saw a pair in inventory sent the request, someone at the store got the request and sent us the dirty shoes back.

Seriously, the exact same pair was shipped to us a second time.

The store manager was mortified.

I returned the shoes, again.

The store ordered 2 pairs from another store and called me as soon as they arrived. Emily tried them on, we picked the whitest of the 2 pair and finally had competition shoes!

4 trips to the mall… I should have ordered them online 😜

A to Z Challenge 2016 – Lessons from my Daughter (PR) #709


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New York City – Day 4

I am awake at 6am but Jon and Em are sleeping so I decided to turn-around and go back to sleep too.

After all, we are on vacations!

We decided to walk to Time Square and grab breakfast on the way there.

We found Park CafΓ©, went in and got in line. We quickly move to the front of the line and were seated. That place runs so efficiently it was like a game of “Diner Dash”. Tables for 2, seats at the counter and some table for 4. Sit, eat, get your check, leave and the table is already ready for the next group! Efficient!!!




Not Sarabeth’s but still delicious and filling.

Once done with breakfast, we jumped on the bus… today, we are going to see the Statue of Liberty.





I have the best husband and daughter, look at them! I am a lucky woman!


Next, we stop by South Side Seaport. This is where we finally found the kind of macaroons I was looking for.



The strawberry one got the thumb-up from Emily. The pistachio one was delicious and Emily ate the Nutella one really quickly πŸ™‚


We also bought this wonderful hat for Emily and she played model for me. Isn’t she stylish? I am not forcing her to dress this way, she just has style!!!


Back to Time Square and shopping!

M&M store


Hello Kitty store


Skechers – the pink ones are for me but wait till you see tomorrow’s pictures!


And a little Justin Bieber. Emily bought this with her own money!


As we walked through Time Square, we were approached to go to a comedy club, the idea of a stand-up comedian show brought Emily to near tears so we decided not to go.

We looked at the Madam Tussaud’s wax museum… Once again, Emily wanted to go in but was nervous at the idea to go in so we decide to skip it and walked back to our hotel.

We stopped by Subway and grabbed a sub for Emily than stopped at a Deli to grab some more food for us.

We walked back to the hotel, ate dinner in our room while watching kids tv show and enjoying our purchases for the day.

We called it an early night and made plans for tomorrow.

What do you think we will do tomorrow???