Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Leah's 'do

I finally got around to taking some pictures of Leah's new haircut. Lori did the initial trim and then I took her to a professional Friday night. He did a really nice job of evening things out, but she will still have to wear her hair at chin length until the "undercoat" grows in. Um...I know that is a dog term, but what is the correct one for people?

Anyway, here she is sporting her new 'do. Note that she will have that little comb-over pony on top for a long time because it hides the missing chunk of hair.

And I just thought this picture was funny:

I just love how her face gets all scrunched up when she smiles like that. It might be the first time that I have ever been able to catch that expression on camera!

Enjoy my newly shorn child! LOL!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Continuing Cake Pop Saga

So what is a girl to do with a bunch of leftover frozen balls of cake from the cake pop fiasco? Well, of course you enrobe them in chocolate and try and give them new life!

All tasters agreed that chocolate cake balls are superior to the yucky blue cake pops in every way. We also all agreed that regular cake is still the best choice. There is something about the cake and frosting mixture that isn't right. I think that it just gets to be too much, even in cake ball size. Although you can't tell from the picture, these were slightly larger than a golf ball, so I suppose they were on the big side for a treat like this. I still ended up with more of them than the number of cupcakes a cake mix would make, so really not that much cake per treat.

So after all this experimenting, my lesson learned is to stick with cupcakes!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Moldy Oldy

We finally got around to having Sarah's eighth (and final) birthday party Saturday. Her birthday always hits right at spring break so having a party at or near the actual date is somewhat difficult. For her birthday swan song, she wanted to go see Monsters Vs. Aliens in 3-D.

I was foolishly thinking that taking ten 7 and 8 yr old girls to the movies would be such an easy party. HA! Actually, the difficult part wasn't really the movie itself, it was all the logistics surrounding the movie. Because of funky movie times, we actually did her party backwards. Cake and ice cream were first, then presents and lastly the movie. I think it was a slight mistake to get them all sugared up before going to the movies. They were all crazy hyper before we left.

One really cool thing is that the plates/napkins/goody bags were all 3-D. Of course, you had to buy the glasses separately to see it, but it was worth the coolness factor. Note that I am completely looney and decorated the table with confetti.

After the whole cake pop debacle, I ended up making cupcakes too. I think I need to find some better piping tips. Someday I would like to be able to make my cupcakes look a bit less like homemade. At least they were tasty.

Here is one of the birthday girl wearing her favorite new dress from Aunt Lori (with a long-sleeved T-Shirt under it...she's stylin'!). She is getting to be so old.

Anyway, I think all the girls enjoyed themselves and the movie was fun for the grownups too. I guess I should be glad that it all turned out OK.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I can't believe she did that

I know that all mothers of more than one girl probably goes through this situation at one point or another, so I shouldn't be shocked or surprised.

Mary lopped off a good hunk of Leah's hair tonight. Ug.

Leah had her hair up in a cute little bun and Mary decided to "trim" the fuzzy hairs that were sticking out of it. In the process, she actually cut Leah's hair down to the scalp in several places. While it was still up in the bun, it looked really, really bad. Like she was in chemo or something. Once we took it down, it wasn't completely and utterly horrible. It just looks really thin on one side.

Because Leah will now need to wear her hair down for the next oh 12 months or so, my sister came over to give Leah a haircut that would make her look somewhat decent until I get a chance to take her to a salon. Right now she is sporting a shoulder-length bob, which is about 5 or 6 inches shorter than her previous do. I'm just sad that I can't put her hair in braids anymore. It was finally long enough that braids looked cute.

Lori also put her facilitator's hat on and talked to Mary. She had been banished to her room for a good 1 1/2 hrs by that point. Lori and Mary came up with a suitable punishment that would cause Mary some anguish. She is giving up scissors for a very long time AND she is not allowed to have any animals in her bed for the next week. That second part is a real killer for Mary.

I didn't take any pictures of Leah's hair. I decided that we didn't really need to remember exactly how bad it looked. Especially since it will take a really long time for her hair to be normal again. I'm over being sad and upset now. The nice thing about hair is that it will grow back again soon. Well, maybe "soon" isn't the right word. Perhaps I should have said "eventually".