Sleepover for Bekah

Following the Home schooling Easter party today Bekah was begging for Genna to come over for the night. Despite some illness this past week, I obliged. Apparently, the girls think they’re visiting the spa. Nails, bubble bath, lounging in jammies and watching Pippi Longstocking. Wow, the life of a kid is pretty good.

Two little swimsuit-clad girls enjoying their bubble bath with snacks behind them.

Meanwhile, Ashley is at a birthday party sleepover, which means Jordan – odd man out – is asking for a sleepover with Mom and Dad. He was hanging with Willie tonight when Jordan says “Dad, I like you… And you know, I like you two.” Willie and I. How sweet is that?

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Locks of Love donation

Hoping to add more pictures later which were taken by the salon and should go up on their website in the next couple weeks.

Bekah and I hadn’t had our hair cut since early March of last year. No doubt, we were DUE for cuts! Having found that our original appointments on Friday conflicted with the home schooling Easter party, I called Tuesday to see if we could find another time. They were wide open – that day!

Neither Bekah nor I had any real clear idea of what we wanted to do with our hair and told our gals (simultaneous cuts at neighboring ‘stations’) we were open for suggestions. Bekah gave two ideas, either shoulder length or even it up with the growing out bangs – a difference of 2-3 inches. The ‘let’s try it at your shoulders and then see if we like it’ quickly turned to “What about donating to Locks of Love?” as Bekah’s stylist ooh’d and ahh’d over her amazing hair color. Bekah had the required 10″ to give if she went with the ‘evening up’ cut. Yeah, let’s do it! Then, my stylist started trying to figure out how much I wanted my length brought up. Before long, 10″ of my hair was marked off and the cutting of my donation began! Mother and daughter donations by a family who’d been touched personally by cancer. Powerful stuff. Was enough to drive Bekah’s stylist to make it her Facebook status (turns out she and I have mutual friends!).

Here are the drastic results:

Bekah's new look after having 10" cut off.

My new cut, blown as straight as it would go. The decreased weight really allowed the curl to come through. Now someone else gets to determine whether my hair is straight or curly. Hint: Don't add water if you like straight hair.

The Bible according to Rebekah – age 5

Her theology is a little confused at points (she figures God must be angry with the Jewish people for crucifying Him), but it’s still very cute…

She’s a teen

What a proud Mommy moment! Summer puts Ashley up to some amazing things.

What a proud Mommy moment! Summer puts Ashley up to some amazing things.

Hmmm... Truth or Dare they say

Hmmm... Truth or Dare they say

Head over Wheels

I guess before you watch this you should know she’s more stunned than injured. An hour later she was running at gymnastics as usual. 

So, is it funny enough to send to America’s Funniest Home Videos or are we just horrible parents to laugh at this time after time?

Back to School

New rules: The bus won’t come down the driveway.

Jordan’s not so excited to go back…

But cranks out a smile for the camera

It’s been a bit of a rocky start to the 2008-09 school year. Jordan’s first day was 9/2 and he cried the night before, the morning of, and a couple times during the day. Then, he came home with his throat sounding all scratchy. It was also pretty red. After a chat with the doc, it was off to Children’s evening/weekend clinic for another strep test. Thankfully, this one was negative. However, Jordan was out the next 3 days. Today was the 5th day of school, but only Jordan’s 2nd – but at least he went back today. He’s still having trouble with going to school; he’d much rather be home. But Willie figured out that Jordan wanted some ‘Mom-time” when he got home and that got him through the day. We then headed out to Game Stop once he was home. A much better day!

I wish every home school day looked like this

The girls have also had a staggering sort of start. We’ve been waiting for weeks for our books and other materials to get here and now that it is the official first day of school, books have finally arrived. However, we are still missing 6 boxes worth of stuff! I am pleased though that the girls got through all their lessons today and even worked on art together, studying animals that they could draw realistically or using their imaginations. Despite the 6 year age span and no one at home between them, I’d like to have the ‘olders teaching the youngers’ a little more this year. It seems to make a positive difference in the entire household.

For the 3rd year, the girls and I started off the year at the Maltby Cafe about 25 minutes east of here. It’s a fantastic place for brunch and has become a fun little tradition where we can talk about the upcoming year. Today we discussed our morning schedule and goals, as well as enjoyed great food. – I’m so bummed that I forgot to take pictures! So here’s last year’s…

Maltby Cafe 2007

Kids do the darndest things

Do you have any childhood memories of doing something just to see if it’d work? I do! In my childhood home we had wrought iron along our staircase and who couldn’t resist seeing if their head fit through there? Apparently plenty of people can, but not me.

Well, Willie apparently doesn’t have this trait, so Bekah must have inherited it from me. We were reading the other night and ever so quietly she stuffed her finger in a little air rocket launcher and it wasn’t until we went to tuck her in that she disclosed the launcher attached to her finger. We started tugging, she started crying, it clearly started swelling, and then what?!

We realized it needed to be cut off – the toy, not the finger (we had to reassure her). Willie went down to get some tools, while I ran to get the camera. I could not resist taking some photos of this moment that would surely one day be funny to her (it was already very funny to Willie, Ashley and me).

So mad I was taking this picture!!
So mad I was taking this picture!!

 How do you go about solving a problem like this?

Is it possible to do without destroying the toy?

We tried to crack the plastic where her finger was so we could loosen it, but this method did not go over well.

Ended up estimating where the tip of her finger was and cutting the majority of the toy away, then Willie was able to crack the rest of it off with pliers.

That poor finger would never have slid out – no matter how much ice we applied.

The amazing thing? The toy still worked!

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