Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cutting the midnight shag!

So, all was well here on a Thursday night. The girls were in bed, or so we imagined, and Lisa and I settled down to watch the tele before bed. For brevity, I'll skip the business in between going to bed and waking up the next morning. 8 a.m. rolls around and I go to retrieve our children from their beds. When I notice something strange stuck to my feet. It just so happens that what is sticking to my bare feet is a very large pile of human hair.
I look at my daughter Ainsley and notice that, compared to my memory of what her hair looked like 12 hours ago, she's bald! I turn to my daughter Alyvia and notice her bangs are, shall I say, deshevelled. As my eyes scan the room I spy a wadded up towel on the floor near her bed and pick it up. Long locks of blonde hair drizzle out and, with a thud, a pair of scissors hit the floor.
At this point I'm kinda speechless. I know what happened I just can't believe it! At first, Lisa and I thought it was sorta funny, Ainsley had a mullet and Alyvia just looks like she's been in a fight and had her hair pulled out. Then I start to think about Alyvia cutting sister's hair in the middle of the night, in the dark, with sharp scissors and then turning them on herself. I think of her trying to hide it all in the towel but giving up and falling to sleep before she could finish. At this point we both start to get angry. When my idea of shaving Ainsley's head for the sake of balance and Alyvia's head for punishment fails to garner any support amongst the family I decide to let Grandma take over. She does her best to make their hair at least even. What I know from many a childhood experience, that no one else knows, is that Grandma is notorious for turning even the most basic 'trim' into a Sinead O'Connor look alike contest. So, I kinda got my way without being the bad guy. The following pictures are the aftermath of this most heinous event. Enjoy!





Alyvia has since resigned to wear a hat and stay away from scissors. We told her that Traci had to go to school to be a hair stylist and that maybe she should just wait until she's older to experiment with her sister's hair. I got a haircut also just to commemorate the occasion but I opted to make an appointment with a licensed stylist rather than keep it in the family.



Before
After. Good choice, no?
Here's a shot of the day's weather up in Wasilly, it has been snowing all day, I'd say we have about a foot of new snow. Lisa and I are headed up to Alyeska in the morning to see if we can carve up some fresh powpow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ainsley Walks! An account of mixed feelings.

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You always want your kids to do well in life but walking is really one of those 'baby steps' that end up being more of a problem than anything else. With walking comes freedom of movement (I know that sounds like a positive thing but anyone with kids will tell you it's not). With walking comes falling. With walking comes walking away. Kinda like talking brings NO! and WHY? Add that to the fact that it means your baby ain't a baby anymore and they will eventually grow old and hate you for raising them. At the end of the day what you've really got is the beginning of the end. Yes, it is a cynical view, but I've always thought of pessimism and reality as being synonomous. Anyways, the 'baby step' that truly is positive (without unforseen consequences) is using the toilet and not missing or forgetting that you learned. These last two caveats are the most important, so don't celebrate too soon or you'll feel stupid for throwing away all of your pull-ups in a frenzy of premature parental extolment. Soon I hope to be posting, Ainsley goes peepee in the toitee! Hooray!
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Birthdays


Alyvia and Colton with Jefferson's balloon hats

Emma and Ainsley

The party people

My big little 5 year old

Riding

We have had a busy week of birthdays and fun. Jefferson's birthday was the 9th and Alyvia turned 5 on the 10th. On Jefferson's birthday Mom (Jan) took the girls to Adrienne's to give us a night by ourselves. We went to eat for the first time at my work The Alpine Garden Grill. It was so good!!! I am glad the food was amazing, now I can be proud to work there. A few days later we went snowboarding. We wanted to go somewhere cheap so we drove to a ski area called hilltop. It was literally a hill, so we left. We then drove another hour to Alyeska. We should have just gone to that big, beautiful mountain first. I am pleasantly surprised at how light the snow is up here. We had so much fun and it snowed all day on us.
We had a party for Jefferson and Lyvi Monday night with Jefferson's family. We had soup night, opened presents and just had fun.
Lyvi has been so excited for her birthday. I wish we could have made her dreams come true and had all of the cousins here. She continually asked me when her Utah cousins would be flying up. We went to lunch with Grandma Jan to Subway. After we got home we played Barbie's for hours. We went to Bouncin' Bears (an indoor bounce house) and McDonald's. Yes it's true my daughter wanted McDonald's and I agreed to it. She had fun with her BF Colton and her cousin's Adelaide and Davis. I had a great time celebrating but had a tear in my eye all day thinking of how big my baby is.