Saturday, June 12, 2010

The new hair

(The blog post in which I prove that pictures of me DO exist!)

Memorial Day weekend my mom came over and we had a hair date.

I have had my hair cut four five times (professionally) in my life. The first time was in college, and it looked good for the first day... and then pretty much rolled over and went limp.

Accepting that I had no talent with making my hair do what I wanted it to, I grew it out until about 6 months after Ian was born.

I wanted to do something to make me look more professional, to celebrate loosing 30 pounds of baby weight, and to defy my approaching 30th birthday. My sister (who has magnificent hair, and magnificent hair styling talents), suggested I go with her to her hair stylist.

(Gratuitous Oma and Evie pic) --->

I have lots of funny things I could say about that trip, but this post is supposed to be about my NEW hair style, not my old, so I will simply say the hair stylist was very young, very perky, and very, very talented with hair. I loved my hair cut. :) I got to donate 14 inches to locks of love and I looked and felt MARVELOUS afterwards. Go Mims with her bad ass advice. I loved it!

My third hair cut I decided to go closer to home and went to a place in Rhode Island. I won't mention the name, but prior to the hair cut I loved the place. My girlfriends and I always went there to have manicures and pedicures on girls day out. The hair cut I got... not so much love happening there.

I cried after that hair cut. It managed to bring out all my worst features -- my bumpy nose was more prominent, my lack of chin was even more lacking, my Mongolian eyebrows loomed over the rest of my face like a thundercloud. It was terrible. No pictures exist, only video. But trust me, it was awful.

After that I waited for quite a while before getting another cut. I went back to the place my sister suggested (mom came and held my hand), and once again got a wonderful cut. I just had to reconcile myself to the immensely long drive.

<---(Before the cut. And yes, I cleaned the mirror after looking at this pic. Yikes!)

Again I waited for a long time before making another appointment. Between Ian, pregnancy, and then baby Evie it was just too hard to schedule a hair appointment at a place over 2 hours away. Finally I made appointments for me and my mom at a place in Worcester called St. Cyr's.

The stylist, once again, was very young and perky. She displayed amazing stylist skillz -- keeping me talking about myself the entire 2 HOURS of the procedure. Mom's hair was done about an hour and half before me.

First was the loooong wait while the highlights set in, attractively wrapped in tin foil (makes you blond AND keeps the aliens out! Bonus!)

Then came the 40 minutes of blow-drying. Sometime into the first 10 minutes I was sure I would never be able to reproduce whatever she was doing back there. Who blow dries their hair for 40 minutes every day??? But I looked mah-velous baby.

It went VERY well. I love my new hair cut, mom loves her new hair cut, and when I got blond highlights they actually looked like blond highlights instead of blond hair with some brown streaks.

Or, at least, I was pleased that I still had brown hair. JD was disappointed -- apparently he was looking forward to the blond. Hmmmm.

Best of all, the kids still recognized me. Evie smiled, grabbed the new hair and gave me big face kiss when I got back.

Ian said something along the lines of "I like your hair. Want to play cars?" JD made a little sad face over the lack of bombshell blond. Boys.

I would be totally lax as a mom if I didn't also mention the MOST exciting development -- Evie's new hair!


First it was just light brown fuzz, like a baby peach. Now we are seeing distinct strands.

We have hope that she may NOT be bald until her 2nd birthday, unlike her older brother. *grin*

Monday, June 7, 2010

A little preview

I got the proofs back from the kid's picture day. Unfortunately I picked my favorites and sent them back to the photographer before I got the bright idea to scan them.

The quality of the scan is pretty bad, but you can get a general idea of what they are like. The ones I picked are even cuter! I bought... lots. So there will be enough for any rabid grandparents or aunts and uncles who want a copy. :)

If I can get a good quality scan, one of them might even make it into the calendar. It is rare to get a good shot of the two of them together. Trust me, the one I picked -- definitely sigh worthy. Ian is such a sweet big brother.

Click on the picture to see a bigger version.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Six months old!

More catching up! Here are some pictures I took at Evie's six month milestone. I can't believe it has been half a year!

The tie dye dress was a gift from Jim and Susan and I used it for Evie's first school pictures. She looked very bright and summery.

The dress was a huge hit at the daycare -- every one loved the colors. They also know my love-hate relationship with the whole pink and brown color scheme, so every one was quite amused.

We took the white one-sie and the tights off for the pictures. It was very warm and sunny outside, but inside the AC was so high I put the underclothes back on.

Unable to resist the pink and brown, I also took some pictures of her in one of the new sun dresses I bought her. (I went a little crazy in Toys R Us one day. Gulp.)

She is now rolling over easily from front to back and back again., but still needs support when sitting. She can sit a few moments on her own, but then usually topples forward onto her face.

She is VERY tactile and grabs everything and anything she can get her hands on... and puts it right in her mouth.

She has started making a lot more sounds. Her favorite is Da da da da da da da. Which would be exciting, except that we call JD Papa. :) He laughs when I chant back at her Ma ma ma ma ma ma. Hey, it might catch on!

The most noticable thing about Evie is that she is a happy, smiley girl. She smiles with her whole face, bald head, ears and all. Her favorite things to smile and laugh at are her brother and the cats. They never cease to provide amusement.

Five months old!

Catching up a bit on my blog posts, here are some pictures I took at Evie's five month milestone. She is sitting up with some support, and starting to chatter away.

She seems to have inherited my shrieky voice -- she can hit some serious decibels. I told mom and she laughed and laughed... actually the amount she laughed was quite disturbing. When I told JD about the maniacal laughter he just gave me that flat stare of his. The one that says: Lovely. What did you get us into now?

These pictures were a bit dangerous, since she was sitting on the rocking recliner and evry now and then she would lunge forward, almost tipping herself off the chair.

The socks are a bit (ok, WAY) too small. But with the one-sie and the hat, I just couldn't resist the purple.

May 2010 Snapfish photos

Here are the May photos!

April 2010 Snapfish photos

Here are the April photos! Enjoy!

March 2010 Snapfish photos

Here are the photos from March!