Monday, October 26, 2009

Hair's the Deal

When I was younger, I had long, blonde, straight hair. I loved it. I loved it so much that when I went to the movies, I would carefully coil it up and make sure it was all safely between my back and the seat, lest someone behind me would cut it.

Yes, I'm serious.

Well, we all know what happens when we're prideful. My long, blonde, straight hair is now shoulder-length, mousy brown with gray accents, wavy/curly/straight hair. The gray hairs curlicue up out of the other hair, standing bold and proud and waving their curly gray-hair pride flags.

My bangs have a good-hair day about every 3 weeks. The rest of the time, they throw a little temper tantrum, curling slightly but then flopping over so that they curve around instead of falling in straightish wisps to the side.

The ends of my hair do not look happy with me. They look like they are protesting hanging around for as long as I'm forcing them to. They act as though the every-couple-months coloring I subject them to is just too much to ask and would I please just cut them off already?

Oh! But it's still niiiice and thick. So thick that in order to straighten ALL of the hairs, I need to flat-iron the hair in little sections and it takes a good 20 minutes. Which I do not enjoy.

Just wear it curly, you say? It's not like that, friends. It's not a pretty curl. It's an "oh my gosh, what happened to your hair?" kind of curl.

And on top of all of THAT, I have issues. I can't stand the feeling of my hair in my face. So what I basically do is just pretend each day that I don't HAVE hair. I put it in a ponytail and then bobby-pin the bangs out of my way. It's really pretty. Yeah.

Anyone have my hair solution?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin Patch - and WINNERS!

First of all, winners of the hamster giveaway! Sadie and An Encourager are the big winners!! E-mail me at and I'll get your furry pets in your hot little hands!

And in other excitement, today a group of friends and I took our kids out to a local produce farm. They go all out decorating for harvest time and it's darling and fun! I love October fun that doesn't include witches and skeletons and other creepy things. Well, the farm did have one mummy and a few spiders, but we can handle that. LOL

Before we went exploring I took a few pictures of the kids with fall props . . .
Then our amazing tour guide took us on a leisurely tour of the farm! He was hilarious! He got the kids so riled up that even the quietest in our bunch were shouting gleeful answers to his questions. "Are you ready to find a PUMPKIIIN???" "YES!!!!!" "Parents! Are you feeling like CHILDREN again???" "Yippeeeee!"

First we went on a hay ride through the orchards. Bumpy fun! We chose our perfect pumpkins from the patch, dodging busy bees, then we headed over to the petting zoo. There were pot-bellied pigs, turkey-ducks (ew!), goats, sheep, peacocks - and Caris' favorite, the chickens. She caught one and it held very still while she cuddled it.

Such a fun day with good friends, delicious organic fruit to take home and of course, pictures to share!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hamster Party + Giveaway!

Oopsie! I'm not supposed to run giveaways on this blog. It's still on, though - just go over here to comment! I'll draw a winner on Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2 Weeks in Review

Malachi and I had a date night last Sunday. SO much fun!! When we thought to take these pictures Alif called us nerds. Gee thanks Dad! We didn't care though - in fact, Malachi said, "Let's take the camera and then we can take pictures of ourselves at each location!" Sweet!
First we went to Coldstone Creamery. Oh yuuuummmmmm.
Seriously. Yuuuummmm. We sat on a walking path overlooking the bluffs and admired God's creation. And then we had to make a dash for Target because Mommy + ice cream = uh yeah. Needed to find someplace with plumbing.
One day Alif came home to find the table in its usual state of disarray and he said, "You should take a picture of the table every day as a journal!" Good idea, sweets - you can be in the first picture!
I went outside and there was Canaan, enjoying the view sans clothing. I laughed and asked him what he was doing and he replied, "Oh, nuffing, just having some naked time." ROFL! I told him he could either enjoy naked time inside or put his clothes back on. It was a BIG decision. LOL
There are some huge birds migrating through our area. I don't know what kind they are but we have really been enjoying watching them soar in circles and then move along. Beautiful!
We studied Ancient Egypt today (all of it! Ha - just kidding) and the kids had serious enjoyment of the mummification process.
Caris was such a good sport, standing so still while the boys used up two rolls of TP to make her as mummy-ish as possible. I think they did a pretty good job!

P.S. Tomorrow there will be a GIVEAWAY right here on my blog! Here's a hint!