Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A new 'do

 Ever since the girls cut their own hair last month, (Did I tell you that one yet? I was emailing when I heard the distinctive dangerous silence that means they are up to something. I thought to myself, I just need to finish this, whatever they are up to, I will just clean it up. Pre-emptively I called out, "What are you girls doing?" Nora answered, "We cutting we hair!" By the time I got there, several beautiful ringlets were on the floor and Nora had bangs. Point, girls. Lesson learned: you can never, ever rest when you have little ones. Ok, it's not that dramatic, but seriously, them alone for a minute and irreparable damage can be done.) Ella has been dying to have a real haircut. I just love her little hair and since we have never yet cut it, I was a little anxious. I even feared that if we cut off those curly ends, they might grow back straight. But it was most of the way down her back and especially after the layers Nora added, it was getting just a touch raggedy at the bottom. It was time.

So, for such a special occasion we hit the special kids' hair salon in town. Ella LOVED it. They have fun car, boat, and airplane chairs, they show you movies while you get your hair cut and they give you lolly pops at the end! What more could you ask for?

Nora got to ride in a chair and watch a movie too!

Choosing their lolly pops

The happy customer!

Though these pictures don't show it, when Ella's hair dried, her curls bounced back even boingier than before! Hurray and thank you God for a sweet answer to my shallow prayer! :  )

Mmmmm . . . God bless Texas.

 We visited Paul's family in Austin for Thanksgiving this year. It is a really pretty place and it was great to spend time with family we don't get to see often. Here are a few snapshots from our trip

There was major excitement in anticipation of the airplane portion of out trip. When we took off, Ella was so delighted! I wish I felt that way on planes. Thankfully their enthusiasm buoyed them for the hour and a half runway sit we had before our second 2.5 hour flight began (that and our newly beloved My Little Ponies!). They were such troopers. Ella's only complaint toward the bitter end was one, "I want to get off this plane!" Nora slept for the last 2 hours including the landing. Bless them.

So, I have gotten worse and worse about photo documentation lately it seems. Unfortunately you will only see one adult (Vov^o) in the following photos. But we were all looking on at the cousins' fun with happiness of our own.

At the Austin Zoo we tried for a grandchildren picture. I didn't get a winning photo, but just for the general amusement of trying to get six kids to smile into direct sunlight at once, here are my tries:

A cute little monkey at the zoo. (See how she's making the monkey's mouth? What a smarty pants.)

In the background of this happy photo, you can sort of see the glass shelves Paul installed for his parents while we were there.

And this photo shows another delightful feature of Paul's parents' new house!