For as long as I remember, I have loved pretty hair. Hair that had been combed and smoothed and placed in just the right way. I love going to church and seeing little girls looking pretty.
Then I had daughters of my own. I enjoy doing their hair. It is five to ten minutes just us. I lovingly comb out their hair and play with it and we talk. It is very intimate to me. I have had some of the best conversations with my daughters while styling their hair in the mornings.
When I became sick with my last pregnancy, that is what I missed the most. I missed the touching and the hugs and the conversation that I had with my girls.
I started this blog because I love to create and as life gets busy, I don't get to do all of the fun things that I used to do and this is a creative outlet for me.
So, if I am creating hairstyles, I might as well take pictures and share them with others. What good is an idea if it isn't shared?
Next Monday my five-year old enters Kindergarten. She has a bit longer of a day since she is in a language immersion program. The longer day also means lunches at school. For most kids, this isn't a problem and is super exciting! For us it's a little bit different.
Our sweet Sophie has a peanut/treenut and a venom bite allergy. Eating in the lunchroom and playing on the playground are enough to send her into anaphylaxis. Even though the lunchroom and playground staff, teachers and administration are all trained on how to handle her allergies if such an incident occurs, it's still enough to make my heart beat in my throat until I pick her up from school.
And then there is the friend issue. I am really hoping that she finds a friend whose parents will send to school with a non-nut lunch. I hope they won't be nervous about inviting her to playdates and birthday parties. A mom's worst nightmare is a lonely or targeted child at school.
In an effort to make our family more aware (a well-meaning grandparent tried to give her Cracker Jacks not realizing the top ingredient was peanuts) my husband made this little video.
If there are any other allergy moms and kids out there in hairland sending their babies off to the first day of school, best wishes and good luck to you! If you have any suggestions or advice for me due to your experiences, I'd love to hear it!
Someone once asked me to post what hairstyles my 12-year old comes up with. She was at a Young Women's Autumn retreat and from the brief explanation I received before she ran off again was that they spent a fair amount of time doing hair. She did this one on one of her besties.
She started in the middle and went from there. Not to shabby.
I did this one a little over two years ago on my oldest. We were sitting in church and the woman behind me just couldn't stop commenting on it. What a flattering moment! We have been waiting until Tess's sweet A-line bob grew out long enough for high ponytails. Turns out today is that day.
This is a super easy tweenage style for the days they want a regular ponytail, but you want something just a little more eye catching. Super easy, excuse the flash, I don't normally like to shoot with a flash, but when I am doing hair at 6:30 in the morning and I had to beg her to let me do her hair, a flash is what I get.