So, how many of you HATE paying what it costs to get your kids’ hair cut? I mean, seriously, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to charge a parent anywhere from $15-20+ to get a child’s hair cut. I know there are children out there who are HORRENDOUS when in the hair-cutting chair–I’ve seen them! But, I can’t imagine this is every. single. child. My kids certainly aren’t that way. I have been searching high and low to find a cheaper way to get Cora and Ben’s hair cut, short of doing it myself. A friend suggested taking them to a cosmetology school that is about 10 min away from us. It was to only cost $5 per kid and she said the professors stood there with the student the whole time. I thought, “why not?”
My mom went with me and drove over, signed in, and waited for our turn. We were finally called back and one of the professors insisted on having the girls wash the kids’ hair. I wasn’t too thrilled, but whatever. It took about 10 minutes for them just to figure out how to fit children in the seats and get their heads just so in the sink. And, another 5-10 minutes to wash their hair. No, I am not exaggerating–I can’t make this stuff up! Ben was done first so my mom stayed with Cora, and I went with Ben. Another long period of time to figure out how many boosters to put under Ben. I explained how I wanted his hair cut, and she said that she knew how to do that! (By the way, no professors in sight, anywhere!) I asked if she had cut a kid’s hair before and she looks at me and blinks, “Oh, no, I’ve never cut a child’s hair before.” Oh. boy. Cora and my mom come walking over, and I can tell immediately something is wrong just by looking at Cora’s face. My mom said they got her a little wet. I look at her shirt and it’s SOAKED from the neck line to the bottom of her shirt, and we later discovered she was actually soaked all the way down to the hem of her shorts! All is going OK until it’s taking over an hour just to cut their hair. Ben gets fidgety (of course, he’s only 22 months old), and finally, after an hour starts to cry. The whole time Cora is trying not to cry, but starts to a little bit because she’s wet and COLD! The whole time I’m wondering, what on earth have I done to my poor children?
Needless to say, we won’t be going back. Some have suggested I should’ve asked for an upperclassman, but I was not given that option nor did it seem like something I was allowed to do. Nonetheless, I have learned through this, it’s not worth saving a buck, or 10. We’ll just spend the money and get our kids hair cuts that won’t take all morning long. Have you ever had an experience like this? Trying to save money and realized it just wasn’t worth it?
Before her soaking…
Before his hair was demolished!
As I mentioned last week our flower beds are full of dandelions and thistle. I don’t know why. We’ve had the beds cleared out and sprayed with commercial-grade weed killer by a landscaping company, and yet they still keep coming. I get quite annoyed and discouraged by it all. Gardening isn’t my most favorite activity (though I am trying this year to be more positive about it, seriously, I am!), and it’s just annoying to have to keep pulling up the same dumb weeds over and over again. This got me thinking. Yes, gardening does provide a lot of time for thinking–you know, while telling your son to stop dumping dirt onto his sister’s head. How similar is gardening and weeding to our spiritual lives?
Weeds would represent sin. Sin can easily take over and seems to thrive when we’re going through a trial. Just like my weeds last summer thrived during our drought-like weather. Some sins can be so rooted in our lives it takes some major prayer, digging and just plain painful yanking to get the sin out. Some sins are easier to get rid of than others and once pulled don’t come back. But, there are those pesky ones (like thistle and dandelions) which just keep coming back, and we have to keep pulling them out and dousing them with weed killer (prayer, Scripture reading, etc).
As I was yanking out the weeds in my flower beds I was thinking about what sins I continuously deal? Which ones am I seeming to always fight? Which ones have I pulled out and no longer deal with? Which ones are taking major weed killer to get rid of? I found myself praying and asking the Lord to reveal these things to me–to show me honestly and openly the areas in my life I need some major weed control. What are some of the weeds that keep coming back in your life? What are you doing to get rid of them?
With a new baby sister coming, and us not wanting to purchase another crib, it was time for Ben to get a big boy bed. We did this for Cora when Ben was on the way, and it went well, so we figured we’d do the same for Ben. We spent a little money to get both kids a good mattress for them to have and last while they live under our roof! We are of the mind to spend a little more upfront so we don’t have to keep spending money (essentially more money) on cheaper things. Anyway, we purchased the bed (which was actually a baby gift for the new baby, in a very round-about way!) and got it all set up over the weekend! Ben seemed so excited to have his own bed, just like Cora’s–we’ve noticed during our story and Bible reading time he loves to hunker down in her bed. He loved helping Daddy put it all together and helping me put the sheets and such on. I can’t believe he’s old enough to be in a “real” bed, but he is! Here’s our BIG boy in his BIG boy bed!
Isn’t his little tongue cute?
Cora was so excited for Ben!
I realized all of the boy cousins had Superman shirts with capes. So, I asked my sister to have Riley and Micah dressed in theirs when we all got together Sunday for our birthday lunch so we could take photos. Here are our Supermen!
Riley (5), Ben (22 mos), Micah (4 wks)
We wanted Ben and Riley to get on their bellies like Micah. This is what Ben does…
I move him to his belly and he literally lays there prostrate on the ground. It was so hilarious!
I love this one. It looks like Ben and Riley have some kind of secret…
On Sunday we celebrated my mom’s birthday (which was a couple weeks ago) and David’s birthday (which was Tuesday of this week). We had my grandma, her sister who’s been visiting, my parents, sister and her family and us. We had a great time grilling hamburgers, eating outside and finishing with cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries! I love being with my family, I love birthday parties, and I love to celebrate the people I love the most! It was a great time of fellowship, laughter and just being family. Oh, and my newest nephew, Micah, is now 4 weeks old so we were able to get in some good cuddles with him–always fun!
The kids were relegated to eating on the deck, without a table!
My kids LOVED loving on their newest cousin! They both, Ben included, couldn’t seem to hold him enough!
The birthday boy and girl!
Micah getting some Uncle David cuddles…
…AND some Aunt Jeni cuddles!