Hair Today ~ Gone Tomorrow

Some of you know that Ms. A got 10″ cut off of her hair Wednesday.  It is something she has been thinking of doing for awhile but she really loves her long hair.

She decided before we take Mr. C to Teen Missions in June should would cut it.  And then this week we were discussion how to do her hair for Easter.  I off-handed suggested she could cut it now and she was in agreement.  I was shocked.

I made the appointment and found out that the 8″ we thought she would have to cut off was actually 10″.  That made her nervous thinking it was going to be shorter than she wanted, but once the hairdresser showed her where it would be at she went with it.

Pony tail was put it and cutting began.


Ms. A wanted layers and the hairdresser did a great job.  Two days later we are still doing double takes but everyone {including her} loves it!

And the after… holding the hair she donated.  Looks so cute!

Christmas Portraits 2013

Another great Christmas in the books.  I think this was the best Christmas ever.  It was laid back, everyone loved their gifts, and we just had a great time of fellowship with each other and my parents.

It is so fun to see how they have changed each year.  This is the one picture I have taken every year since Mr. J’s first Christmas.  Someday I’ll put them in a book…

Mr. J – 15 {and a 1/2 as that is important for him LOL}

Mr. C – 13

Ms. A – 10

Ms. S – four days short of being 8

If you’d like to see years past – 1998-2004, 2005-08, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Christmas Tree 2013

We had a glorious day for choosing our Christmas tree this year.  The snow was falling gently and while it was cold, it was not too bad.

We tried a new farm and really loved it.  It was huge and had a great selection {along with hot chocolate}.  We got a wagon ride to the fields and after looking at many, many trees found “the one”.

Then we took our pictures in front of it.

And as Rich got down to start sawing it he realized it was not our tree.  The trunk was horribly off center.  So we searched some more and found the one.  Tall and skinny, just like I wanted!

Roasted Marshmallows

I think Ms. S has asked every week of summer to roast marshmallows. But we don’t have a fire pit {little hard in the city} and we had no camping plans.  The only option is the charcoal grill.  This works OK, but it is a bit crowded on our deck and we really do not grill a whole lot.

Finally, though, all the stars aligned and we were able to roast marshmallows after dinner.  Ms. S was so excited!

They all roasted some lovely looking marshmallows.  Of course, I took pictures, so Rich {aka Ward if you have seen him leaving comments under that name}, roasted me one {or a few}.  And I have to say… his face was that red that day… soccer game in blazing sun will do that to a man who works in the office.

Ms. S attempted to roast her own but got Daddy to take over for her.

Hershey had joined us on the deck always curious to see what we are doing.  She was quite interested in what we were doing with her favorite outside toy… sticks.  So interested that she tried grabbing them out of the kids hands while they were roasting.

Ms. A roasted her own {and burned a few too}.  Someday she is not going to be happy that this picture is out there…

Mr. C does a great job.  Takes his time turning them and always came out with the perfect brown on the outside and gooey on the inside.  He gave me one of his ;-)

Mr. J had some issues, but got a few nicely toasted one.  I told him I was going to take his picture and this was the look I got… cracked me up.  Just looks funny to me.

And Hershey… she never got her stick.


American Girl, Take 2

As tradition holds, my Mama lovingly gifts her seven year old grand-daughter with an American Girl.  My two nieces and Ms. A all had trips to Chicago to personally pick the doll of their choice.  I was lucky enough to go on one of the trips.

Ms. S though got to experience an all new American Girl store located only 2 hours from our home.  We were greatly excited when we found out they were opening the store and decided to put off our trip until it opened.

The day finally came and Ms. S could hardly sleep the night before.

We arrived just before they opened and peered into the windows while we waited for the doors to open.  It was magical for Ms. S.

We browsed the entire store looking at each doll, accessory, and book they had to offer.  I was hoping she would choose one doll and doing my best to keep my thoughts to myself as I know that she was considering it and a different doll.

In the end she choose Molly {what I was hoping for}.  We were all happy as we all love that one and American Girl is retiring her at the end of the year.  She decided to wait to purchase it until after we had lunch at the American Girl Bistro.

While lunch {and the store} had nothing on the Chicago store, for Ms. S is was perfect.  She enjoyed the special touches of a question game to play while waiting, fun little foods, and the chocolate mouse for dessert.  Even Bitty Baby {who had come on the trip with us} got her own chair and cup.

After lunch she made her purchases and Ms. A was pleasantly surprised with the honor of also choosing a doll.  She choose Molly’s friend Emily.  At this point Ms. S was getting so excited she was twirling her hair constantly and her little heart was beating so quickly.  Thankfully the check out attendant opened the box and got the doll out for her to hold right away.

Since this store is located in a major mall we strolled the rest of the afternoon looking at shops we had not heard of in our area.  We enjoyed some delicious brownies from Sugardaddy’s {a must stop if you have one near you… even the biscotti is delicious and made from brownies!}, played in the fountains, went to the Container Store, and my second favorite part – enjoyed Graeter’s Ice Cream.

At the end of the trip we roamed back to American Girl to check if they had a dress my Mom wanted to get.  They did not, but we were blessed in going.  The fun water fountain was finally turned on and there was a free face painter outside the store!  Both girls loved each thing and it was a wonderful way to end our last seven year old trip to American Girl… although I’m sure we will be back!