Friday, July 31, 2015

It's Just Hair

I went to comb Claire's hair this morning, and she covered her head in her hands and said to me, "No!  My haircut!"  Like she thought it would fall off or something.   

And she goes around telling everyone about it.  Like random strangers at the store.  She told one of the moms at daycare that she went to the haircut-dresser.  Then completely beams when people compliment her.  Which everyone does of course. 

Except her teacher.  I went to pick her up from the school that first day and her teacher asked me, "What happened to Claire's hair?!"  I thought she was joking so I said it all fell off.  But yeah, she wasn't joking.  She said, "Did you tell the hairdresser to do that?  Cut it so short?"  I said of course, I asked for a pixie.  Then she said, "Well it will grow back." 

I know she wasn't being mean-spirited, and people are weird about babies and hair, and first haircuts, and curls, and dying it.  But it's just hair.  Plus Claire looks adorable!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

First (Legit) Haircut

Claire was born with close to no hair, and it hasn't grown all that much in the past three years.  So I've been shaping and trimming it myself.  She's always been cool with me doing it on mornings, even requesting Anna braids occasionally.  Recently though, she's gone thru kind of a hair growth spurt, and her dad has been talking about taking her to his barber.  So we did.  (Here are before pictures.)

Well she outright refused.  Totally fine until he called her name, then it was kicking and screaming and telling me to "Leave now mommy!"  Poor thing.  So I was like okay fine, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and cut her hair myself.  But then my father in law told me about Kids Kutz so I took her there.  They had cars for the kids to sit in and a tv that played a movie at every station.  It was kind of insane.  And probably not worth $17 for her haircut, but she agreed to sit for it so whatever.

Here are the after pictures.  I absolutely LOVE the cut and I'm so excited that it turned out the way I wanted.  When I asked for a long-in-the-front pixie cut, the hairdresser gave me a quizzical look, but hey she's the professional.  And obviously she knows what she's doing because look at my big girl!  The best part is that Claire loves it too.

 Here's a Baby Outfit of the Day because I cannot get over how adorable she looks.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AAU Basketball

DP is a basketball fan in general.  So when he found out my nieces were playing in a tournament, even though I had all the kids that day, we went.  My cousin coaches the team so their family came down from Seattle and we met them at the Convention Center.

My cousin is on the left, and my nieces are the 1st and 4th girls sitting on the bench.  It's hard to get pictures of basketball action, and even harder to get pictures of our kids. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I was glad to still have the whole weekend to get my stuff done.  So on Saturday morning, Claire and I went to get the stuff for her birthday cake and cupcakes.

That's SEVEN boxes of cake mix, FIVE cans of frosting, FIVE tubes of icing, and TWO cans of crushed pineapple.  DP was like, "Why don't you just buy the cake from Smith's?  It probably would have cost less."  Look man, I don't get to do this kind of cool mom-stuff on the regular, so just let me make my kid's birthday cakes okay?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Riding the River

DP had plans with the guys on Friday, to rent wave runners and ride the Colorado River from Laughlin to Havasu.  It's an estimated 5-hour roundtrip.  And the plan was to go up on Thursday night, do this river run on Friday, and come back Friday night.  I was excited because I was going to go grocery shopping for my cake stuff and start my baking for Claire's birthday party.  Basically get stuff accomplished.  Alone.

Well of course plans went awry and he had to talk me into going along.  Rishi extended his Seattle trip so he wasn't back in time to go, and Dale's brother invited his girlfriend.  So it became a double date.  I decided on Thursday that I would go so DP had to pack for us, and we left immediately after work.  The weekday rates at Harrah's are cheap and they even upgraded us to a riverview, so it was cool.

On Friday morning we got up bright and early, and hit the water on jet-skis.  DP was being more sweet than usual with me because
  1. I was doing him a huge favour by not making him be a third wheel.
  2. He knows how much I hate water sports and would never volunteer for this.
  3. His brother's gf is on the crazy side.  (She's my cousin, I can say that.)
And I actually ended up having a really great time.  The water was beautiful and just being out there, at one with nature, was kind of refreshing and good for the soul.  I'm definitely an indoor/drinks-by-the-pool kind of vacationer, so if it seems like I'm acting brand new... it's because I am.  Seriously look at this.

We rode for about an hour and a half before stopping for a break, and we pulled into a little offshoot of the river that had a small sign for gas and food.  It was called Pirate's Cove and turned out to be some kind of hidden gem.   There were cabins and a huge (maybe 5 or 6 inter-connected) zipline system, a restaurant, and people were coming in on their boats and docking them for what seemed to be some kind of Friday Night Party.

We had burgers and I had a Bloody Mary before getting back out on the water.  But once we did, we found out our jetskis weren't working properly and one was smoking out of the back.  After about an hour of panicking and syphoning/replacing the gas, we realized that there was just seaweed stuck in the propellers.  DP fished it out and we just headed on back, I even told DP that I would do this again.  It was fun, after all.  Who am I?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pirate Claire

Since Claire is ornery a LOT lately, when she's in a good mood we try to ride it out for as long as possible.  You know, like appreciating the calm before the storm.  So when she was being good this morning, we let her pick out her clothes and dress herself.  I offered her a Princess shirt but she chose this.  The matching hat was a coincidence because it's the only summer hat she has, but she matched the shorts and chanclas herself!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Welcome Home

So my mom said that Claire was a complete terror at the wedding.  Running everywhere and not listening, refusing to wear her shoes, crying to be carried, etc.  I just cannot imagine Claire being such a monster.  Except that I totally can.

She has been channeling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lately with her antics.  One minute sweet as pie, the next, demon spawn.  Like why do children even want to throw themselves on the floor?  What point does that even make?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nana's Birthday

Here's the finished (tie-dye cupcakes) product.  So much frosting!

Don't mind the star, Claire requested it and only when I had put it on, did I realize it looked like a pentagram.  Oops!  Happy birthday Jean, don't take it personal


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tie-dye Cupcakes

Sierra wanted Claire to make cupcakes with her on Sunday.  So I gave them some princess cupcake liners and food colouring.  Claire was in charge of lining the muffin tin.

Then they put the mix in the stand mixer.  Claire was prepared for it to be loud, like the blender, and was downright giddy when it proved to be quiet.

They added food colouring to the mix and used spoons to create the tie-dye effect.

Then Claire insisted she wash the dishes, which I wasn't going to argue with.

Monday, July 20, 2015

We Got Canceled

Luckily Claire had flown earlier that morning with my mom and dad.

But our flight to Seattle this weekend was canceled.  Just like that.  We were going to a wedding at 4pm on Saturday, and the next flight they could get us on would have been too late.  I'm pissed, and sad.  And then DP was acting a little too relieved for my liking when we had to turn around and come home from the airport that morning, that I snapped on him.  Because I was going to the wedding of my girl cousin (no offense to the guys, but when you're a girl on the bride's side, it's so much more special) and Claire is the flower girl.  And I was also going to see my grandma from Vancouver.  And my Godson.  And all my nephews.  And I was just really looking forward to it.