Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

Hannah had been talking about getting her hair cut short "like Riah" (her cousin Mariah) for awhile. I'm not sure where it came from, but she just decided one day that she would like her hair cut short. So, we talked about it. Me telling her that it would take a REALLY long time for her hair to grow back when she cut it. Her telling me she didn't care because she wanted it cut short. She would also inform me that she didn't want bangs anymore.

The problem was that I did not want to get her hair cut! She has such beautiful long hair. It would lay so nice, even without brushing it in the morning. It is so thick and has natural highlights...sigh. In the end I decided that it is her hair so she should get to pick how to wear it. That plus, she was starting to be a real pill when it came to brushing her hair. She would instantly tear up and start whining before I would even start to brush it. I figured, fine we would get a few inches cut off and it would be easier to manage.

On Friday we headed to the salon. Here she is pre-cut:
We started off cutting about 4-5 inches off.

When we were all done she decided that wasn't long enough! So I asked her how short she wanted it and she pointed to her cheekbone. That was a little too short for me. Instead we chopped another 4 inches off!
She was so excited and proud when we were done.
She was very excited to have her hair cut like Riah. She even said that next time Riah saw her, Riah would think that she was Riah! Too funny. Here she is with her pile of hair.

I was a little sad to see all of that hair come off. I'm still not sure of the haircut. It is all one length, so it doesn't lay very nice. I think it is because her hair is so thick that it sort of looks like it is just chopped off. I think the bottom layer should have been cut a little shorter so it would lay nicer. In order for it to look decent I have to take the flat iron and give it a little curl. Oh well, it's only hair right?

You Capture, Week One


Beth, over at I Should Be Folding Laundry, is hosting a blog carnival called You Capture. Each week she gives a challenge for others to "capture." This week the challenge was to take a picture of something that you love without using flash. At first I thought about taking some sort of picture of my kids. Then as the week progressed, I thought that I wanted to try to take a picture of something different, but I wasn't sure what.

I finally decided to take a picture of my mother's necklace. It is a piece of jewelry that I absolutely love and wear almost every day. It is actually a replacement for the necklace my husband got me for my first mother's day that I left at a hotel a few years ago. He surprised me with a new one two years ago and I have worn it non-stop since.

I know it looks like I used flash because of the shadows and brightness, but I didn't. I just moved my jewelry box into direct sunlight. Here is another view where you can actually see the lines from the blinds.
Maybe a little too bright! I was worried because my bedroom doesn't have too much natural light in it, so like I said I moved the jewelry box to the direct light. Oh well, I kind of like how the light shines off the necklace.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What's for Dinner?

Jamie had the great idea of doing some recipe sharing via our blogs. Since I am always on the lookout for new/easy/fast dinner ideas, I thought it was a great idea. I am thinking that we should make it some sort of blog carnival, that way people can easily jump from site to site to look at the recipes. I just need to figure out the details.

Anyway, for my first recipe I am sort of cheating. I found it on the Kraft website this week when I was making out my weekly menu. It just so happened that I had all the ingredients for Chicken Parmesan, so I decided to try it! It was pretty easy and VERY good.

I think Jamie is going to do this weekly, so I think I will as well. Next week, I will include pictures of the meal that I made, along with the written out recipe.

Have a recipe to share?

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Birthday

Sorry to keep you all waiting about my BIG surprise! It was amazing!! Before we arrived at our first destination, I had all these scenarios in my head. One included a couples massage (which we didn't get) another included some of his friends (which thankfully they were not involved). So, I was pleasantly surprised by what we did do. It WAS an overnight stay, which was much needed and he managed to keep the whole thing a secret until we pulled into the hotel parking lot. Although he did tell me that we were staying overnight somewhere, so that I could pack an overnight bag. However, somehow in all of my excitement I managed to forget most of my toiletries. That's right, no deodorant or toothbrush for me! How romantic.

In case you were wondering, we stayed here and ate here.

Monday, February 09, 2009


Wednesday is my birthday, I think. Yep, just checked the calender and it's on Wednesday. (You know when your birthday falls during the middle of the week, you don't actually celebrate it on that day so it's easy to lose track of the days. Anyway, so Wednesday is my birthday and for what is probably the. First. Time. Ever. Tony has kept my presents a surprise!

A little background information. First of all, Tony hates surprises. He is one of the hardest people to buy for because if he didn't ask for it, chances are he won't like it. This makes it very hard to surprise him because he gives very specific lists. I think that because he is this way, it makes it hard for him to keep my gifts a secret. Either that or he just loves me sooo much that he just can't contain himself. It could be either or. Secondly, he is not much of a planner when it comes to us having a date night. Usually I am the one making the plans, you know securing a babysitter, deciding where to go etc.

So, without sounding like a spoiled brat, back to the real story, my surprise. I know it's something big because he has his Mom coming down to babysit. I'm thinking it just HAS to be an overnight trip. Otherwise he would have just asked his sister to babysit. That is where the anticipation comes into play. I am a bit worried that I am looking to much into this. I don't want to be disappointed when I find out what the surprise really is. Especially since it is not like him to do the planning. I have made up my mind that no matter what, I will NOT be disappointed. I do have to give him props, because he wasn't even going to tell me that his Mom was coming, until I started making other plans. Also, he has other gifts for me that I don't know about! I am so shocked!! I am a little bummed that I know something is going on, but since I don't know exactly what it is I am still pretty excited.