Thursday, October 9, 2014

someone stop me.

I cut my own hair.
It takes me like a year to make an appointment and get my hair cut.
I either have to find someone to watch the kids or take them with me, either way it's a huge process and then I have to make small talk (WHICH I ABHOR!) with someone I barely know for over an hour.
I leave with a trim, I just do.
I refuse to go to places like Great Clips.
Which means I pay a bazillion dollars to make small talk and get a hair cut I just kinda like.
I rarely LOVE it.

(In all fairness, I do love the gal I have found here, she is adorable and does a great job....but add up the $$ and the time and the childcare situation and I'm still in the hole on benefits...)

So....someone (hi Carolanne!) made the suggestion to just teach myself.

Do some YouTube searches.
Buy some scissors.
And do it.

With no further ado.....

10pm at night.
After yoga.
After a shower.
Kids tucked neatly (well, ok, just tucked) in bed.

The Before:

SOOOO SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!! (did I just post this on the world wide web!?)
I needed a bad.
I wanted layers.

I used this gals approach for the trim:

and when I got my underneath layer the length I wanted, I skipped over to doing the layers like this:

(this was stupid easy!  like, even if you're stupid, you could do this.)

the After
(ok, it's a crappy phone picture and it's like 7 am the next day, but there it is!)

There are photo bombers and then there are photo enhancers.
Sophie would be the latter.

For reals.
I love it.
It was easy easy easy!!!!!
And it was 45 min's.
And it was free'ish.

So then I just started lining people up.....



I cut everyone's hair.

Samantha had a layer that just wasn't working for me, so I blended it.
I totally DID.
Lydia needed a trim and I framed some layers around her face.

Lenora and Sophie just wanted a trim.
Their hair was SOOOOO long that I put it in a pony tail, chopped and then realized that that maybe isn't the safest way to cut a child's hair. was like 6 inches shorter than I was going for.
Now that their hair is short, we love it and it fits them!

The morning after:

(I made like 4,000 mistakes on their hair cuts but I can see what to do different next time! I'm so not 'good', I just did it! I'll keep doing it and get better and better!)

Here are the scissors I ordered.
They are good...I think?
I don't know enough about scissors to say anything other than: they cut.
We all have majorly thick hair and I did find myself constantly having to make smaller sections but that may not have been the scissors, just my lack of knowledge on hair.

And yes, Jake eventually lined up too!!!
No picture but I have cut his three times now.
I used to cut his hair (like  but never liked the way it turned out.
After watching this tutorial I realized a 1,000 things I was doing wrong and now we both love the way it turns out.


Get this...

$46 for Jake's clippers
$15 for the scissors


Less than ONE of my hair cuts.

Jake was spending $25 every two weeks.
$50 a month.

If we'd have all gotten our hair cuts:
$70 for me
$50 for Jake
$40 total for the girls.
= $160 in one month.

Savings: $99 so far!
Scissors and clippers, the gift that just keeps on givin' baby!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Living Well Gala!

Our local women's pregnancy clinic has a gala every year.
If you've known me for like 2 seconds you know I LOVE a good excuse to dress up!!!

Jake has been volunteering at the clinic for a while now. 
(well, he's on a break due to long hours at his 'real' job, but he'll get back there soon!).

We had a blast dressing up and inviting some friends along to dress up and party for a good cause!

We love our local clinic.
They are TOP NOTCH.

And, we love our people.
They are even TOP NOTCHER.

I love it when I hear someone say, "let's do a funny picture!" and then I'm the ONLY one who hears it.
I hear voices in my head sometimes...

It was an awesome night!!!
Thank you to all our amazing friends for saying YES to coming!

I love ya for it.

(not pictured are the Collins family!! cause they ran away!!!)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

birthday concert!!!

For Lydia and Samantha's birthdays this year we gave them their first tickets to their very first big concert.

It was a whole gaggle of popular Christian artists.
We mainly went to see Jaimie Grace....'cause she the bomb and we dance/sing to her daily.

Meredith, Lydia, Ava

Samantha, Hannah

What the girls DID NOT KNOW is that I invited a few of their bestie's along as well!!!

Leslie, Samantha, Hannah, and poor poor Nathan.

I'm pretty crappy at keeping secrets like this but I totally pulled this one off!!!!!

My main strategy was to NOT tell Lenora.
That girl!
She totally doesn't mean to but just can't help her slips!
(don't know where she gets that from!?)

We picked their friends up on the way to the concert and they FLIPPED OUT!!!!

The mama's....
We're gonna audition for Blue Man Group soon - we needed a picture for our portfolio - 
whatcha' think?

(I have no idea what those dots on her eyes are from...just noticed them...strange!?)

FAVORITE picture from the night:
Samantha and Hannah standing up on their chairs clinging to one another in excitement for the next singer to come out!
A. dor. A. ble.

We were NOT waiting in the hour long line to meet Jaimie Grace so we just snuck her into the back ground of this a ninja.

We may not have met Jaimie Grace but she DID notice and compliment Samantha's RED cowgirl boots on her way to sit down and sign autographs. (Jaimie is always wearing some amazing version of cowgirl boots...sister be from GA)

Samantha just happened to be standing in the hallway that Jaimie had to walk through.
Made Samantha's WHOLE YEAR!

I missed the whole encounter because I was on my hands and knees in an empty auditorium looking under pews for Lydia's missing glasses.

Note: Do not take glasses to sweaty concerts.  Grrrrr....
Yes, they are still 'missing'.

Minus Jen, because someone had to take the picture, here was our crew:

And they may or may not have had a photo booth...

Great memories, great concert!

Now to dream up something just as amazing as this for Lenora and Sophie...

The pressure's on!

Monday, September 29, 2014

gettin' her nails did.

Samantha turned 9.
Like a month ago.

I'm obviously still in denial because it's taken me this long to blog about it.

I'm just lazy.

Not really.

She's amazing.
And that is NOT a joke.

This kid rocks our whole world daily.
She is kind.  Like, puts-us-all-to-shame-kind kind of kind.

She is faithful to the end.
With her promises, with her heart, with her all.

And she wanted to get her nails did for her party.

I am still getting used to small townness.
Did you know that all three nail salons we have in our town are CLOSED on Sundays!?

We literally drove to the bigger town 30 min's away.

Because I am that mom.
Not really, we just had the time so we did it.

These ladies are the best:

 Not having a party for her glorious....I do love a good party but the clean up from this party was dreamy, just dreamy!

 AND...then there were the unimaginable amount of dog presents and brownies.
 Not sure what she's doing here?  Hissing at the brownies?  Too funny.
Last year of single digits my darlin'.
You're gonna rock it, not even a question in my mind!

(Don't judge my oven mitts.
They are clean.  I promise.  Just stained a little. What!? Like yours AREN'T!?
Don't answer that.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

the making of stars...

(pictures I need to make sure and go back to study right after they cat remind myself they do love each other and they do get along most of the time....usually....a lot....maybe not right this second...but most times.)