Monday, April 14, 2014

Toddler haircuts

So this happened on Saturday...

I was out for a quick run on Saturday morning.  Bry was on the treadmill.  There was about 10 minutes of unsupervised time.  The girls took it upon themselves to line up two chairs, train style.  But instead of "Choo-Choo", it was "chop-chop".  I came in from my run to see T's giant grin and K right behind her, scissors in hand aiming at T's hair.  Immediately, my eyes went to T's head as I ran through the list of photo opportunities quickly approaching, Easter, birthday party, DANCE RECITAL!  Luckily, Kenley's handiwork wasn't obvious.  But then I noticed the piles of hair on the floor and I finally registered K's hair.

Bangs - gone.  Beautiful golden locks - hacked.  I tried to even it out as much as I could.  There were so many lonely chunks.  I tried to keep myself together too.  I know this is a rite of passage.  All girls cut hair at some point.  I know I did.  Hopefully this is the last time.  To that effect, I had T recite the following many times this weekend, "Only Mummy and Miss Annie cut hair".  Hopefully, that sticks.  In the meantime, Kenley has been trying to encourage me by singing her favorite song, "Let it go".  Over, and over, and over.  Just that one line.

Even crazy, short hair can't stop this one from being adorable!

And as for T, I brushed out many, many clumps of loose hair that K had indeed cut, but I did notice more around T's face that she had to have cut herself.  Thankfully, there is hair gel and hairspray to keep these chunks in place for her recital.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

T's 4th birthday

Happy 4th Birthday to my amazing little girl!

Every day of our lives, we are so thankful that you came into this world and made us a mom and dad.  You were the answer to so many prayers, the peace to so many worries, the cause of great anxiety, and a source of more love than I thought I was capable.

Everyday, you continue to amaze us.  You are brilliant beyond your years.  Your passion and love for learning is astounding.  We are so proud of your many achievements this year: counting to 100, learning to add, drawing detailed people, writing and reading words.  At the same time, we are cautious.  We want you to love life, playing, pretending, and being a child.

You are a cautious child.  You are hesitant to try new things, like your scooter.  But slowly, on your own time, you master these skills as well. This past summer, you took your first swim class and conquered your fears of the water.  By the end, with some flotation assistance, you were swimming, kicking, and scooping.  You love to practice these skills now in the tub!  You regularly do somesaults, head stands, and tumbles, and we see gymnastic lessons in your near future!

Your first ballet recital is approaching quickly.  Once a very tightly kept secret, you have slowly been showing us all that you have learned in your class.  You have a beautiful grace and focus.  We are often told your class is the best.  We cannot wait to see you dance on stage.

You have been an amazing big sister and role model to K.  She adores you and everything you do.  We love to see you play together, hear you teaching her words, showing her how to do tumbles.  We pray that you two will continue to build an indestructable bond and become lifelong friends.

We are so proud of you, sweet T, and love you so much.  Happy Birtrhday my darling!