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Let me start by saying that I am really cheap when it comes to my hair.  Seriously, I’m the most low maintenance Dallas girl you will ever meet when it comes to hair.  I usually get my hair cut about twice a year, I don’t do any kind of highlights or color, and rarely spend more than $50 a year on salon visits.  I also have never committed to a stylist.  I almost always go to the Toni and Guy Hair Academy right around the corner.

On Wednesday I had decided that I needed a haircut – which was already breaking out of my norm because I’ve already had my hair cut this calendar year and I generally only go twice a year.  I further broke out of my norm by not going to the hair academy.  Since the academy generally takes about three times as long as a normal salon experience and I’m not exactly made of time as a nursing mom and business owner, I took my mom’s suggestion and tried an older woman named Antonia.

Ahhh Antonia.

My mom warned me that although she gives a fabulous haircut, Antonia has probably the worst disposition you could have as a stylist.  She was right.  I think she wanted to cut my hair dry because the shampoo she gave me was probably the most painful shampoo I’ve ever received.  She asked me a few few small talk-y questions while she shampooed me but by the time I got to the chair, there was silence.

‘Alright,’ I thought, ‘I can do silence, no big.’

After a while she asked me a question about what she was doing to my hair, and after I answered I asked her how long she had been cutting hair.  Fifty two years.  She speaks with an accent so I asked her where she was from.

“Italy.  Why?” she barked.

“Oh I was just trying to place your accent,” I said – cowering.  “How long have you been here?”

“Too long.”  She then launched into this whole rant about Obama, Biden, cussing, young people, politics etc.  There was a whole spiel about how they just don’t get it.  I’m not sure who ‘they’ were or what it was that they don’t get, but I can assure you – they don’t get it.  I just sat there, eyes wide, smiling and nodding.

I watched as she cut my hair and got a bit nervous about how short it was becoming but I didn’t dare speak up.  I just watched in silence.  To me haircuts are always an adventure with the unknown.  A commitment that can will grow out in a few weeks if you will.  So I don’t get too stressed if my hair ends up a bit shorter than I anticipated.  Twice I made a point of saying, “Well you’ve been doing this for 52 years, I’m sure you know what you’re doing.”  She agreed with me both times.

I marveled at how fast she could still cut hair at her age, she must have been around 70.  She told me that she’d had carpal tunnel surgery five times.  She doesn’t blow dry anymore.  “If someone come in with long hair and wants blow out, I tell them, ‘Get out of here.’ ”

At the end as she combed and fussed with my (wet) hair she sat back and said, “I give a good haircut.” in her Italian accent.  I agreed.  As I was checking out, she actually smiled at me (well, I think it was really directed at the haircut she just gave me) and invited me to come back.  I told her I would.  Something tells me that she doesn’t just invite everyone to come back…  Her whole presence and personality amused me so much (not to mention the haircut she gave me really was great) that I think I will go back and see her.  Who knows, I may even start getting regular haircuts!



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Grammy & Grandpa

This past weekend, Jake’s parents and grandma came out to visit us and meet Rhett!  I snapped some pictures of the boys with Grammy and Grandpa on Sunday evening before we headed out to celebrate birthdays at Saltgrass.  Ummm have you had the potato soup at Saltgrass?!?!

Aren’t they cute?  I didn’t tell them to do that, they just like each other =)

“I get M&M’s if I smile for a few pictures!?  Ok!”

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Things I’ve Learned

Having two kids has been a major adjustment for us!  But it’s been wonderful and precious every step of the way.  The first time we went out as a family of four Jake and I just looked at each other and laughed because we forgot how much schlepping is involved with a newborn baby!  It’s been a different going back to the starting gate with a fresh baby but I think we’re starting to hit our stride.  Some things are the same and many things are different – like my attitude about my body.  I’ve spent absolutely no time worrying about the stretch marks or the extra pounds around my middle or what I’ll look like in a bathing suit.  Being a mom for the second time around I definitely have more confidence in myself and my abilities as a parent.  But here are a few things I’ve learned along the way the past couple of months.

  • Just because you have successfully made two stops on an outing with a two year old and a newborn doesn’t mean you should try for a third stop.  Trust me, stop while you’re ahead.
  • Sleep is not overrated.
  • Trying to lose the weight in X amount of time is overrated.
  • The house will just not be clean for more than five minutes anyway so just go ahead and take that nap.
  • There really is enough love in your heart for another baby.
  • The secret to making people think you’ve lost more baby weight than you have is to a) not really care and b) continue to wear maternity pants and loose, flowy tops.  Thou shalt not give thyself muffin top by trying to squeeze into your regular pants too soon!!
  • Anything that is done by yourself with no kids in tow -even the mundane things like grocery shopping – is pure heaven.
  • They really do grow up so fast, so enjoy the babyness in every sweet little snuggly moment.

    And of course, here are a couple of photos of my sweet boys –

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    Yesterday I was talking a walk in the glorious sunshine doing a little day dreaming.  I was dreaming about the ‘somedays.’

    Someday I’m going to have some divine soul come clean my house for me every week.  Someday we are going to get it together and have a nice yard.  Someday we’re going to be out of debt.  Someday we’re going to pay cash for a fully loaded non-momish SUV.  Someday if I find out I need $X worth of dental work, I’m just going to write a check and get it taken care of.  Someday I will get to sleep for eight gloriously uninterrupted hours again.  Someday I won’t have to deal with poop anymore because my children will be potty trained.

    So that got me thinking.  I’d like to bless someone who is feeling frustrated day dreaming about their own ‘somedays.’

    Leave a comment below finishing your ‘someday’ thoughts.  And girl if you feel like you could write a ‘someday’ paragraph, I’m just right there with you!  I’ll pick one comment and the writer will receive a free portrait session, a $275 value!  Now let’s be clear, I want you to be real.  I don’t want any comments that say things like, “Someday every knee will bow and every tongue will confess…”  You know that’s a ‘someday’ I can get behind, but that’s not what I’m going for here.  I also realize that some dreams are too personal to share with the world, so just share something you feel comfortable with.

    Just a few short weeks ago, one of my ‘somedays’ was ‘someday I will be holding a baby in my arms and not in my tummy.’  Just remember friend (and self!) it’s just a season!


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    Happy Easter =)

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    Because We’re Soooo Cool

    Yesterday marked our fourth anniversary.  I know I’ve said it before, but when did I get old enough to have two kids and be married for four years??  Four years is like a legitimate amount of time to be married.  We aren’t newlyweds anymore and we’ve definitely got both feet firmly planted in the world of parenthood.  It’s a whole new season of life!  I’m so blessed by our life together.  I got the best guy and we have the best kids.

    That being said, since I’m only three weeks post partum, and our life is still pretty chaotic from adding our newest little bundle of joy, we didn’t make any huge plans for our anniversary.  Instead, we dropped Shep off with my parents and drove out to Highland Village to go to Red Robin.

    Cause we’re just dripping with coolness like that.  Then we came home and watched a movie and I didn’t even stay awake for the whole thing.  But we’re happy and in love and glad to mark another year together =)

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    Two Weeks

    Let me just review some of the comical things that have occurred in the last two weeks.

    The day we came home from the hospital was beautiful so I decided to take the car seat outside and sit in the sun with Rhett under his shade while Jake and Shepherd picked up my prescriptions.  When I came inside, I took Rhett out of the seat and brought him in but forgot to retrieve the car seat.  Three days and several rain showers later when it was time to go to Rhett’s first doctor appointment I discovered my error…  Fortunately those car seat covers wash beautifully!

    Jake and I love to play Words with Friends on our iPhones.  And we especially love to play each other.  We will sit on the couch or in bed and go back and forth playing each other before bed.  I thought about taking a break from Words while I was on medication but it was such a nice thing to do while nursing that I kept playing.  One evening I was nursing Rhett in our bedroom and Shep was bouncing around on the bed next to me while Jake was in the living room.  I called into the other room, “It’s your turn!!”  And Jake came groggily into the bedroom and said, “Do I need to change a diaper?  Does Shep need to go to bed?”  Which was understandable considering that generally speaking, when I am frustrated with a situation pertaining to our children I say to him, “It’s your turn,” and walk away.  This time however, I really meant that it was his turn – “No,” I said, “It’s your turn on Words with Friends!”  And we both laughed.

    The first couple of times that I tried pumping weren’t very successful and were in fact quite frustrating.  So imagine my excitement the first time my pumping efforts yielded the desired results!  I went into the kitchen, Shep trailing behind me and poured all the milk into one bottle.  I then turned around to rinse the out the other parts of the pump.  Shep, helpful boy that he is saw that Mommy was doing dishes and cleaning this weird contraption he had just observed in action.  He went over, grabbed the bottle of precious milk that I just worked so hard to express and poured it down the drain.  You can imagine my reaction.  It was that “Noooooooooo!” in an I-know-it’s-too-late-but-boy-am-I-mad tone.  Poor Shep, he thought he was helping.  I calmed down and managed to thank him for his helpfulness.

    A couple of days later, after having again pumped successfully, I was preparing the little milk freezer bag and I myself knocked over the bottle of milk!  I won’t lie, a not nice word came out of my mouth.

    Here is a slideshow of some pictures of the happier moments in Rhett’s first two weeks –

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