Monday, November 28, 2011

A Few Dollars Later

I took Janae and Alaina to a hairdresser this morning to see if we could do anything about yesterday's "incident" (see previous post).

Janae's cut turned out pretty cute.

 


They couldn't do much for Alaina, though.

 


Some of the pieces were just too short. She does look a bit pixie-ish, though. And you can't really go wrong with those big blue eyes, right?

 


Still, every time I look at her I can't help thinking of the girl in The Parent Trap who cuts off all of her hair--Alaina's do has a similar shape (maybe it's something about having your hair cut by your sister).

Anyway, a trip to the mall later we at least came up with this. It is nice to know there are some things money can buy.



And, clearly, I only have one son :)



It would take more than a haircut to take the girly out of these girls!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Fun with Scissors . . . Leads to Monday Morning Hair Appointments

I have two beautiful daughters, both of whom have hair that I can't help but envy. Janae's is so long and thick,

 


and Alaina's is so fair, with ringlets at the back.

 


Of course, their hair is difficult to comb, and Alaina's particularly is difficult to keep smooth--but I would never dream of getting either of their hair cut.

Janae, on the other hand, had big dreams in this department.

This afternoon I was enjoying a rare moment of peace.

Suddenly I heard Alaina crying for me--not an unusual occurrence.

I followed the sound of her voice to the bathroom, where I could hear a scuffle occurring at the door.

Finally Alaina came out. She looked different--almost as though she had a ponytail in her hair, but with shorter bangs.

 


Then I realized, Janae had CUT HER HAIR. It took a minute to register--she hadn't just cut the front, but ALL OF THE BACK, TOO.

 


I went into a bit of a hysterical laugh/cry . . . then thought maybe I could salvage some of the ringlets for Alaina's baby book.

So I asked Janae, "Where did you put the hair?"

"In the garbage," she stated.

I went to the garbage, where I saw a pile of white-blond hair . . . and then a bit of straighter, longer, and darker hair underneath.

"Janae," I said, "Did you cut your own hair, too?"

"Yes," Janae said.

Yes, indeed.

 


These unexpected haircuts are--as you can see--hideous and possibly beyond repair.

 


Once again, though, Janae has big dreams. After I'd explained that first thing tomorrow morning we were going to have to find a hairdresser who could help, Janae told Jason, "When you see me tomorrow, you are going to think I am SO cute!"

I guess at this point we can only hope.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

So Many Mirrors . . . So Much Opportunity for Reflection

Our new place has a lot of mirrors; in fact, pretty much every room has some type of large reflective surface, whether it is a closet door (all mirrors), a full-length mirror in the hallway, or simply a large window.

 


Mirrors are great for making a room look bigger, or for checking to make sure your shirt is tucked in properly (or that your princess dress twirls around in just the right way)--and windows are wonderful for letting in sunlight or allowing one to enjoy the scenery.

However, there are a few draw-backs to so much glass in the house.

The obvious one is the amount of Windex we are now using (or--more accurately--should be using) to clean all of these mirrors and windows. It seems impossible for me to keep up the polishing when there are at least three sets of sticky fingers opening and closing the doors at all times.

 


But this problem is minor compared to the self-image issues that have arisen.

As I stand and polish the glass, or--more commonly--as I open and close the mirrored closet doors to put away laundry or toys, I can't help but notice that I need to eat less, exercise more . . . and acquire a whole new wardrobe.

Of course such changes would be beneficial, but--clearly--they will be difficult to implement.

 


And whereas in our old place I was able to imagine that I still looked like I did in college, in our new place I am forced to confront the apparent reality that I actually look a little pudgy, wrinkled, and out-dated.

I have no more delusions.

 


This might sound like a good thing, but delusions can be kind of nice.

Trust me, it's the kind of thing you come to realize when you have so much opportunity for reflection. . . .

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sleepless Nights

I might have mentioned to some of you that I haven't slept through the night for the past 7.5 years or so.

Usually this makes me really cranky.

But last night when I went to bed I found my most recent night-waker beside my pillow, sleeping with her own pillow and baby.

 


I thought it was the sweetest thing I'd ever seen.

Maybe all those sleepless nights of teetering on the edge of the bed while Alaina takes up all the room are worth it . . .

at least somebody gets a good rest :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

When Alaina Grows Up, She Wants to Be Just Like . . .

My two-year-old daughter Alaina has no shortage of older girls to look up to.

She has her sister, Janae,

 


as well as seven older girl cousins . . . not to mention quite a few aunties and all twelve dancing princesses.

 


She has been known to ask for Manda by name, compliment Jordan on her "eye-blouse," and follow any one of the older girls around when they are playing.

Recently, though, Alaina has been paying attention to one of her cousins in particular: Rebecca.

 


Or--more specifically--Rebecca's Halloween costume.

 


When Becca was here for Ben's annual party, she dressed up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and carried her little dog stuffie, Toto. Whenever she put the dog down, Alaina picked it up and gave it to her.

We thought this was kind of cute--and could see that Alaina was really paying attention!

 


This morning, though, we saw how much Alaina was really noticing. I walked into Walmart with my girls, and couldn't help but be distracted by the racks of discounted Halloween costumes in the entryway.

As we started to look through them, Janae picked up a Cinderella dress and started begging me to buy it. I had no intention of doing so (maybe some of you have seen Janae's dress-up collection . . .).

I then saw a size 2 Show White dress which was identical to one Janae had at home and thought it would be so cute to get for Alaina. Half price, right?

Alaina, though, had her eye on something else. Even though the racks were PACKED, she had somehow spotted a Dorothy costume, which was also very little.

I tried to convince Alaina that the Snow White one would be fun for dress up, that she could have the same dress as Janae, and that she could have her very own princess costume.

But she came home with the dress like Becca's . . . and immediately found a dog to put into a basket.

 


She carried it around for as long as I would let her, and then I put the dress into the back of the closet in hopes that it would last until next Halloween (it is certainly not as well made as Becca's!).

Alaina--by the way--thought we were going to be trick-or-treating again tonight!

 


I thought it was so sweet that she wanted to dress up just like Becca :)

I guess the next thing she will be asking for is a pair of high-heeled ruby slippers. . . .

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Three Trick-Or-Treaters

 


When we set out for trick-or-treating last night, I had a prediction about how long each of my little ones would last. I thought Alaina would want to go home first, and that Ben would want to keep going the longest.

I only got it half right!

 


We started at 5:30, and Janae was done by 6.

 


She spent the rest of the evening watching Mermaidia on the couch (not even a Halloween show!) and helping me to pass out candy.

 


I tried to take Alaina home with me, too, but she wanted to keep trick-or-treating! Jason finally brought her home at 7; she had two buckets of candy, which was twice the amount Janae had collected.

 


Ben and Jason didn't come home until 8:00.

 


By that time, though, Benjamin was finally satisfied that this had been his best Halloween EVER.