Thursday, August 21, 2008

Arturo and Stella

Not much to say.  An amazing father, and an adoring daughter.  A great combination.  A great animal book always helps.  They were making animal noises together - sweet stuff.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First Day of School

WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!  Not sure what else there is to say about that.  I know a lot of moms home school or have a lot more children in their home and may cringe.  I LOVE my girls - but I am very glad that school is starting.  I enjoy the routine it brings - or forces me to have - and well, no excuses, justification or guilt.  I am glad that school is starting.

Jillian is attending a pre-K full time, and Abigail is in 1st grade.  Yowsers - time does go by quickly eh?  Our city is a bit different, and now is not the time for that - plus I am trying to get this post done while Stella, Chloe & Claire are playing with Guira.  We'll see.  I've only had 10 interruptions so far.
Anyway, all this to say Jillian & Abigail ride the same bus!!!  Only the pre-K, Kinder, and 1st graders ride this bus.  Wonderful, yes it is!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Many have commented on Stella's hair - I have commented on Stella's hair.  She has beautiful ringlets in the back.  So . . . the problem is that she NEVER wants me to touch, wash, spray, brush, comb, place a bow in - nothing is allowed without a fight or a chase around the house.  I know you may think I am exaggerating, being a bit melodramatic.  I wish I were.  I literally am running behind her with the conditioning spray to try & tame her hair.  It's like someone chasing down a mosquito to spray the repellant.  It is NOT a pretty sight. She laughs hysterically until I get a hold of her, and then laughter turns to screams.  Her hair does look good a bit disheveled, but it is always more than a bit disheveled.  Maybe if I were a hair person, maybe if I knew more about curly hair, maybe if I had one child, maybe if I thought this would be good exercise, maybe if I was an extremely patient person, maybe . . .

All of this preface to say, I cut her hair.  Not me, I'm not that ambitious, but I took the three oldest to a salon.  Abi & Jillian got basic trims - Stella, well.  A picture says more than I can describe.
  I admit it turned out a bit shorter than I anticipated.  Arturo was a bit upset that all of her curls were gone.  I am happy.  I am sigh with relief when I look at her short hair, and know that the chase (at least over her hair) is through.  At least until it grows back.  God help me then. I think it is cute, and I am hopeful that by the time it does grow back she will be excited to have gorgeous curly hair, and I will know a bit more about controlling it.  
Here is a cute video of Stella feeding Chloe.