Who's that girl?

Ever since 1st grade started, our mornings are pretty action packed and crazy and dragging a hair brush through Gwen's super long locks causes way too much agony for both of us. 

For months, I've threatened to cut her hair and she finally called my bluff so, last weekend, I chopped about ten inches off!  It's still what most people would consider "long" but it's nothing like it used to be and the biggest surprise of all is.... I like it

After school today, I asked her to come outside so I could snap a few photos of her new 'do' in the sunlight.  These aren't the best quality but I just love the images I captured of this little Thief-O-Hearts.

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I keep lip gloss in the camera bag because her lips are always chapped and it's so hard to fix that in photoshop.  She usually HATES the lipgloss but today she wanted to put it on all by herself. 

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I handed it to her and she slowly unscrewed the top.  Then she looked at her reflection in my sunglasses and smeared the pearly goo all over her mouth and chin.  I was laughing so hard I could hardly see through the viewfinder!

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We cleaned up the glossy overflow and then she decided that she needed to "paint" her fingernails.

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This is a kid who has NEVER let me paint her fingernails with actual nail polish.    She had so much fun covering each fingernail with lip-gloss and I had even more fun taking photos of it! 

But weren't we here to take pics of her new hairdo?

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Here's a pretty motion pic of her amazingly thick hair from the back.  Don't you wish YOUR hair was this thick?

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Here's the swingy hair shot when she turned around.   Oh, if only they gave out hair scolarships to college.

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Ah, what a sweetie!

You might notice that she's wearing a skimpy little shirt in these photos even though we're a week into November.  I dressed her in three layers of shirts this morning but this is how my little goofball came home. 

B&W Wednesday: Renaissance Gwen

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You sure wouldn't know it from looking at this photo but our little Gwen is a major tomboy!  In fact, we joke that she's our 'other' son.  And would you ever guess from her utterly charming pose, above, that she loathed this dress? 

She was a Navi Princess (Avatar) for Halloween and that's the only thing she wanted to wear but we made her pose for some photos in this Renaissance style costume too.  After a minute or two of hysterically pathetic pouty poses, she got her groove back and let her real personality shine through.  Wanna see some of the color costume pics?  They're lovely and they're here.

Our Halloween over the years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.


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Trick or Treat!

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Without a doubt, this was our favorite Halloween so far! 

The girls were counting the days and minutes until they could put on their costumes and beg door to door for candy.  What a weird tradition!  We attended a neighborhood costume party then hit the streets.  An hour later, we had more candy than any family should eat and two extremely tired kids! 

And, as if getting candy wasn't already the most awesome part of Halloween, they got to HAND IT OUT this year too!  Seriously, I think they liked that part best of all.  They parked their kiesters just inside the front door and worked out all of the details about who would open the door and who would dole out the goods.  When the task was complete, they dismissed their door-guests with a sweet duet of "Happy Halloween!" then plunked back down to patiently await the next round of trick-or-treaters.  We're sure they would have kept this up all night if we let them but, alas, it was a school night so we eventually had to wash faces and brush teeth and trade those costumes for pajamas.  Even though they thought it was incredibly unfair and wholly unnecessary, two minutes later, they were both sound asleep!

(Since I'm sure someone will ask, that arrow Gwen is holding isn't real.  I Photoshopped it in!)

Here are a few more photos of our costumed cuties (minus the makeup):

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Maddy walks like an Egyptian

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Pretty little darling!  Don't you just love those shoes?

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Gwen hated this dress.  She only wanted to wear her Avatar costume.  Even though she was miserable, she sure did take some pretty photos!

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Dreaming of getting to wear the Avatar costume?

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Getting totally fed up with these photos?

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Ah!  There's my happy (and beautiful!) Avatar girl!

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I saw Mr Bones laying in a box in our garage and thought he might be perfect for the November theme over on We Picture {this}.  The theme is "Body Parts"!  Hee hee... even though I'm sure they had something else in mind, I like my take on it!

I hope everyone had a fun halloween!  We sure did!





It's always so much fun when you come to visit!  Can you believe we've been friends for more than 20 years?  Thanks for hanging out with us.  We love you!

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Daughter Date Night

A couple of weeks ago, we decided it might be fun to try to have a Date Night with just one of our girls at a time.  It would be a chance for each of our daughters to have Mommy and Daddy all to themselves for an evening. 

Gwen went first.

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She loves plain chow-mien noodles so we took her to our favorite Chinese restaurant and ordered up a big batch of them.  Then we sat and chatted about all kinds of stuff while silently marveling at how different the dining experience was when we didn't have to referree any sibling disagreements. 

After a fun dinner and fortune cookies, we got some ice cream and watched some kids practicing Tae Kwon Do kicks.   Then we picked up Maddy and headed for home.

The next weekend, it was Maddy's turn.

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She wanted to wear a dress and insisted that I wear one too.  And she picked a sushi restaurant as our dinner destination.  She sampled the California rolls and ate a few pieces of raw shrimp before settling into a big bento box filled with teriyaki chicken, rice, salad and vegetable and shrimp tempura!  Mmmmm!  It was good!

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Afterward, we got some ice cream and shared our favorite knock knock jokes! 

We're going to make a habit of Daughter Date Night!  It's really fun!

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