Monday, 31 October 2011

The Little Green Monster

My husband walks in the door from work and my daughter runs to him shouting with delight “Dad, I can do it!” and she proceeds to put one hand under her armpit and starts flapping the other arm resulting in a not so lady-like sound, if you know what I mean. He, in turns, gives her a high-five, with a proud look on his face.

Is it bad that this made me a little jealous? Why do I get the little “Hi Mom” and I probe into what happened at school today and get the resounding “Nothing”.

I guess it all started with them bonding over paternity leave….since I was pregnant with our second I had to get back to work early handing the reigns over to Dad. Don’t get me wrong, looking back I think that it was the best thing that happened and it’s very interesting to see the different ways men take on parenting. He is a little less high strung than me so dealing with crying and having play time was handled somewhat different and there is nothing wrong with that.

I guess what I’m saying is that I’m not mad she made the noise, maybe I just wish it was ME that taught her it.

I hope you enjoy these few pictures of great examples of how my husband takes on parenting, industrial earmuffs anyone?

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Open House

You put a lot of hard work into event like this. Between getting the product organized, cleaning the house as if you actually keep it spotless on a regular basis (my kids always ask who’s coming over when I clean) and you cross your finger and just hope that people will not only come, but like what you have to offer.

I have to give a BIG thank you to everyone that stopped by! We really appreciate the support. It was nice to see everyone and have a few good laughs as usual. It was also great to see how the kids are growing up and the new one either here or on the way!

Did you notice how all the kids played together so well? We sure can take a lesson from them, if we could be so open to invite new people into our groups and play together uninhibited by our own insecurities. I hope new friendships were formed by people of all ages!

Thank you again, we cannot say it enough.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Back to school

Today is the first day both my kids are in school full time. I have used the excuse “oh when my kids are all in school I will……” . I will keep my house clean, go to the gym, pick up some day shifts; the list can go on and on. Now that it’s here I just want to hang out with my kids.

Here are a few things I did NOT say to my kids today:

- Please don’t put my ipod in your underwear
- Stop kicking your sister in the stomach
- No, you cannot have a piece of gum or get a slurpee
- Wipe your own bum!
- Sit nicely the police are behind us

Now, a list of things I did say:

- I love you!
- Have a good day!

What a boring day! How was your first day?

On another note, we are now on Twitter!!! Follow us @Elephant_Shoe1

Friday, 26 August 2011

The "F" Word

I know, I know, I should watch my mouth around small children but the truth is “FALL” is almost here!! It is sad to see the summer come to an end and we have had a blast but not only are the kids going back to school and we are getting back to a somewhat normal routine but our Fall clothes have arrived!
It doesn’t get much better than this with Tea and Appaman I’m feeling a little giddy.

We have had a lot of requests for larger sizes and when we ordered the Fall/Winter line back in spring we didn’t know how large to go but I am happy to announce that we will be carrying larger sizes come Spring/Summer 2012 (sounds far but it’s not)

The Tea collection for this season is Modern Mexico. We hope you love the Mariachis hombres, Super Taco Truck and the Vibrant colors as much as we do!
You can check out the line up at

Andale! Andale!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

To launch or not to launch

That was the question. You don't just start a business on a whim, never mind close one down. That being said, there was a lot of thought put into the re-launching of Elephant Shoe, then to discover the tremendous support everyone has shown us, it was very overwhelming.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent us words of encouragement, "liked" us on Facebook or have just shown excitement that we are returning.
There have been a few changes, which we will update you will in the near future.
For now we send virtual *hugs* out there to everyone, we couldn't do this without you!!!

Monday, 16 May 2011

We're new at this

The doorbell rings.
It's here!!

Our first delivery!

I run to get the door an am greeted with "Ms Shoe"?

Ms Shoe!? If he thinks I'm Ms Shoe that would make my first name Elephant.. Should I tell him that clearly my name cannot be Elephant and it's my business name "Elephant-Shoe". Perhaps I should show him by mouthing out the words it looks like you're saying "I love you", but then I would have to say the words I love you to Mr Purolator. Hmmmm
I chuckle to myself and decide just to go with it, as he hands me the signature device. Now what do I sign?! My chuckle turns to nervous laughter. He looks at me like I'm a little nutty and encourages me to just sign in the box.
Quickly I scribble my name in the box unable to make out, now I don't have to bring it up.
He takes back the machine and says OK and HOW do you spell your name?

You can call me Ellie E-L-L-I-E.