Friday, July 31, 2009

I've got to get at least one post in for July

A crafty friend of mine decided our today would be much better spent channeling the urban, uber-hip spirit we both have in our souls, the spirit we sometimes feel trying to claw her way up from underneath the pile of crushed Cheerios and dried-out markers. It takes a huge incentive for me to warrant skipping Asher's nap (I paid dearly for it tonight), but escaping the suburban storefronts in lieu of eclectically painted exteriors was incentive enough. Regardless of the fact that our quasi adventure took place in a minivan (my zippy red don'teverwanttotradeitinforaminvan civic would have aided in our guise, but alas, with four children between the both of us, it was a necessary evil, if evil is considered having rear air conditioning and plenty of leg room), I think we played it off well. Our first stop was Smeeks candy shop located in downtown Phoenix.

smeeks
(Photo not courtesy of me. I hope that's all the copyright lingo necessary)

It's a super-duper cute little store filled with all the vintage inspired goodies your heart could wish for. Before entering the store, my uber-hip friend (we gave ourselves new personalities for the day and uber-hip sounded better than craftily-hippy) listed the rules to her children (no touching, no begging, basically don't act you age), and I lazily said "Draney children, ditto", and if all the rules were met, we would reward them with a trip to Urban Cookies. It's sometimes all about what gets you through the experience, and rewarding good behavior at a candy shop with the candy that you bought from the candy shop didn't occur to us. Or, we just really wanted some cookies that were urban. The rules were broken (they acted their age, the little heathens), but not visiting Urban Cookies would have nixed all our urbanitedness that we'd been so carefully nurturing all day. While we hip moms dined on gourmet cupcakes, our little ones quickly ate their ice cream sandwiches before they melted. When asked if they were happy with the day's events, one of the little ones responded, as ice cream was running down their arms, that "this was not a good idea". Oh well. At least we adults felt like our urber-hip spirits were smiling, and I think mine was enjoying the rear air in the minivan as well. And hey, it turns out that the necessary evil of taking the minivan was kismet, because what urban mom experience doesn't include a drive by browsing of the furniture located in the parking lot of an antique store? Browsing quickly turned to buying, and my totally cute vintage bookshelf would not have fit in my waytoosmallbutstillnotgettingaminivan civic's trunk. We ended our uber-hip, SOCIETY'S RULES SUCK! AND WE WILL NOT CONFORM TO YOUR STEREOTYPES! day by sitting on the floor of my crafty friend's sewing room, making yo yos for a pillow. For now, suburban spirit is grateful she's back, and smiling at me as I made two different dinners tonight out of leftovers. She also gave me a high five when I graciously let me husband leave me home alone on a Friday night, with an overly tired, screaming 3 year old, so that he could shop for power tools. See you tomorrow at Target. (oh, she just patted my bum)

6 comments:

H said...

This sounds like such a Jaylee and "crafty friend" day that I had to smile as I absorbed the rear air in the van as we traveled to Phoenix. I'm on a sugar high just reading this and will blame you when it wears off and I have a headached because of it. The yoyo's through me for a loop there for a second though because I didn't know you needed a yoyo maker to do them. Turns out, you don't...
http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/how_to_make_a_yoyo/hbyoyotutorial1.html

I think I'm going to change my name to Heather so I can direct my crafty energy into something productive like all these other fine ladies.

Michon said...

How you turn a fun day of cupcakes, shopping, crafts, and creative meal planning into that I will never know!

Heather said...

you're awesome jaylee! Despite the child related bumps we sure had a good time didn't we? As I sat at my suburban chain restaurant with Aaron and the kids last night I gushed about how much fun i have with you! Wish you could come today....

and Helena- you can come be crafty with me any day!!

Gina said...

What city are those shops in-or should I say what dimension?

Sara said...

Always so much fun to read, Jaylee. Love it.

Diana said...

Wow, I feel like I live on a different planet than you! I want to reserve a date with you so you can help me reclaim my former hip self. (Mark your calendar for 5 years from now when I'm done having babies). Until then, I'll be driving to Walmart in my minivan... *sigh*