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Honor Thy Father and Mother

After church today, Sofia came running to me excited to show me this picture of me brushing her hair. Haa… I didn’t know whining while your mom brushes your hair was breaking a commandment, but maybe it falls somewhere into the whole “honor thy father and mother” category. I hated when my mom did my […]

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EmmaJ - May 23, 2011 - 3:47 am

As a little girl with curly hair, I would run away and hide from my mom because I hated having my hair brushed so much. And there was no detangler spray when I was a little girl. My mom eventually cut my hair short when I was about 5 or 6, but I hated that too so it only lasted until it grew out.
Luckily my daughter has fine, straight hair, that does get knots, but not super hard ones to get out.
When you wash Sofia’s hair, use conditioner and then then, when you are rinsing that out comb through it with a wide-tooth comb. Also, you just have to tell Sofia that this is the price she has to pay for her naturally beautiful hair.

Anita - May 23, 2011 - 6:03 am

I started doing my hair when I was younger because that is when my mom went back to school and so I don’y really remember my mom doing my hair, but I do remember my dad doing my hair and well that is why I started to do it:) Maybe you could try letting Chris do her hair for awhile and see what happens:)

Margaret - May 23, 2011 - 7:38 am

Ha! I like Anita’s suggestion.
Both my girls have pretty straight hair, but Charlottes is a monster in the morning if I don’t brush it at night. When they get out of the bath in the evening, they each take turns sitting on my lap and they read books and we sing while I detangle and brush their hair. That way they are kind-of distracted and now they love it. But…curly hair they do not have and I think that makes a difference.
I remember HATING my mom doing my hair. I think it’s just a rite of passage :)

Missy - May 23, 2011 - 10:34 am

I always slept in as long as possible in the mornings, but at the same time, wanted my mom to put my hair into a perfectly flawless pony tail (no lumps of hair anywhere on my head, or I’d ask her to do it again). She was in such a rush to get me out the door before the bus came, that I can still feel the coarse bristles scratching the sides of my face and upper neck. Funny that I was so picky about my hair then…since I eventually grew dreadlocks. :)

kara - May 23, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Thanks for the tips. Margaret, I have never really tried that hard to make it fun. I usually just want to get the drama over with. We are going to have a hair brushing party tonight :). I love the idea of Chris doing her hair….. although she is a daddy’s girl, so she may like it :). Missy, are you going to do the dreads again??

Sunny - May 23, 2011 - 2:06 pm

We also used to brush Grace’s hair at night, but I recently started having her do it. Surprise surprise she just decided on her own to get a short haircut. She said “Rapunzel hair” was too much work. I love the new cut, but once again this is straight hair we’re talking about!

Mondisa - May 23, 2011 - 8:20 pm

As you know, Katana I both have very curly hair. She HATES having her hair brushed and I still hate having to brush my hair. In the past, I’ve used the Nexxus Humectress as a leave-in and that really seemed to help, but it’s expensive. Now I’m using Infusium and I add a little bit to a spray bottle with warm water and use that as a detangler for dry hair. It seems to work really well and it doesn’t weigh her hair down. She and I also both sleep on satin pillow cases to reduce the amount of friction on our hair overnight. It sounds spoiled, but they are actually very affordable.

adrienne w - May 24, 2011 - 9:40 am

We’ve got the curly hair to deal with on 2 of the 3 girls (so far… I’m guessing Geneva will have it, too). We use Suave smoothers shampoo because it has conditioner in it. I notice it makes a big difference. I can’t buy it in Canada, so I stock up when I go to the States. We also use detangler. And I find it really helpful to spray their hair with a water until it’s pretty wet and then comb it with a wide toothed comb. Much easier than brushing it dry. Macartney’s isn’t as curly anymore, so occasionally I let her brush it out and she likes that. We cut hers shoulder length and it makes a big difference in the tangles. I sometimes use food and movies to make them sit still. I found that if I put them in front of the computer and put on something to watch, it works great. I can move our desk chair up and down like a stylists chair. One of their favourites is when I put on Sound of Music on the computer and play the goat herder song over and over! I also sometimes do their hair in a tighter style and leave it for a day or two until their next bath. For example, I’ll braid the front into two braids and leave the rest down. That way it’s out of their faces and then in the morning, I just spray it a little with a spray bottle to take away the frizzy look and sometime comb the part that’s down and we’re good to go. I’ve also been practicing french braids because that works great on taming the curls. But I can’t do that in a hurry. Anyways, I sympathize with you!!

kara - May 24, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Mondisa, I love that you sleep on a satin pillow :)!! It’s the little things that make life nice :).
I love the sound of music idea. I think Sofia would totally dig that.

Amber S. - June 1, 2011 - 10:45 pm

I can only speak for what I did for myself (no kiddies) since I had extremely long, thick hair for most of my life. Here’s what worked for me: spray-in conditioner just didn’t cut it with my hair so I used a LOT of conditioner in the shower, but I’m getting ahead of myself. This is advice I’ve given to others when I’ve seen the pain they’ve both been going through (friends who are mothers/to their children also)…1st: at the very least put it in a ponytail at night so it has less opportunity to get tangled, but preferably braid it (this works best when you’re a morning showering person, because my hair always ‘held’ the braid waves even if it was braided dry) because this way the hair was controlled all night and couldn’t get tangled; 2nd: in the morning brush it out BEFORE getting it wet (before showering or spraying it down), and then when you get in the shower, tip your hair straight back when getting it wet so all the hair is going in the same direction; 3rd: use a LOT of conditioner and comb through it in the shower with your fingers to get any tangles out; 4th: squeeze water out with hands and then use towel to squeeze more water out…NEVER rub or use friction, that just tangles it all up; 5th: brush out (brush all in the same direction, with head tipped straight back) with a widely spaced brush with flexible ‘spines’, that way if you encounter a tangle the brush has room to give a little to notify you before you’re yanking painfully. These tips come from my personal experience, who as a little girl used to cry as my mom would try to brush my hair out and then knock me on the head with the back of the wooden brush when I was fighting her about it (she’d deny the knocking me on the head part, but it’s true, I remember it well).

kara - June 2, 2011 - 10:43 am

Thanks for the tips Amber. You of all people would know. I remember your long and lovely hair :). Is it still long? I like the idea of braiding hair at night!

Amber S. - June 2, 2011 - 3:56 pm

I chopped it about five years ago and have since varied from top of shoulders to shoulder-blade length since. I’m currently trying to grow it out more though!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sofia: I want to be a gypsy. Me: Hmm.. that’s interesting, what exactly do gypsies do? Sofia: People pay them to come and sing, dance, and throw fun parades all of the time. Same question to Gabe Gabe: Probably a pony. Me: That’s a good one, but it may be a little tricky since you […]

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adrienne w - April 28, 2011 - 8:46 am

I love it! That is my favorite thing to talk about with my kids, because they come up with the greatest things. Macartney often says paleontologist and teacher and mom. Thatcher usually says a truck driver or construction worker, but a few times he’s said a police man, which kind of surprised me. I even still like to be asked that question! ;)

kara - April 28, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Oooh.. Adrienne, what DO you want to be when you grow up :)?? I am still trying to decide myself :).

adrienne w - April 28, 2011 - 8:03 pm

Depends on when you ask me. Is it still too late to become a dolphin trainer??

It’s a bird! It’s a plane, it’s… Sofia, Gabe, and Clem!!

Super heroes united!!   On their way to save the day! Gabe’s real super hero power may really be talking your ear off until you surrender :). Like father like son. Right Evan?? Cutie pie by day… batgirl by night. We had fun visiting with Jenny Pine (the kids never just say Jenny, it’s always […]

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Amanda Nemelka - April 23, 2011 - 10:52 pm

Where did you get the bat costume. fancy!

kara - April 23, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Ahhh.. there are benefits to being married to a super nerd :), but you know that too :).

Amanda - April 27, 2011 - 12:17 am

ummm….Chris must be in a league of his own, because Jeff isn’t THAT nerdy. JUST KIDDING. really, though…that is one great costume.

chris - April 27, 2011 - 8:35 am

Jeff is my nerd inspiration! He still has one of Karl Malone’s shoes, and he still talks about having to give the other one away. Nerds unite!


  Do you ever have days/weeks when you feel like this? Like nothing will go your way? I am sending out positive vibes and hope that we all have an easier time in life this week than Gabe had taking off his shirt and his helmet at the same time. Happy Monday!

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juliette - April 4, 2011 - 9:15 pm

There, I am a “member” of your site now and keeping my ear out for the giveaways!

kara - April 4, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Oh wait, didn’t you know that what I was planning on giving away was some of your delicious food :). Haaa.. I can’t promise a car or anything, but we’ll see what I can scheme for you my dear :).

Amanda Nemelka - April 4, 2011 - 9:50 pm

OMG. Those pictures are hilarious! And who DOESN’T feel this way ever? Ha ha. Love you…love your kids. I was thinking of Sofia today just because of your comment about how loud she is. Chance was jabbering away incessantly after dinner today in only one volume — LOUD. I kept saying, ” I love you…I want to hear you…just please, please….take it down a notch.”. ha ha.

kara - April 4, 2011 - 10:16 pm

At Sofia’s well check, I had the Dr. check to make sure she could hear okay, because I was kind of worried that part of the reason that she talks so loud may be because she can’t hear. She of course was fine, but come to think of it… I’ve never had my hearing checked :).

Rachel - April 5, 2011 - 8:22 pm

Seamus loves his “ham-ette” (helmet). But it is a love hate relationship. He desperately wants it on, but then immediately wants it off. Oh, what’s a toddler to do?

The Gnome Book

When my sister Heather did a used book sale at my house, we got this book: I had never seen this book before, but Chris remembered it from his childhood. He said that it was the most checked out book at his school’s library when he was little, because it shows gnome anatomy and a […]

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Lorien - April 3, 2011 - 8:54 pm

I had this book too as a kid! I loved it for all the details and the beautiful illustrations. There is another one by the same author with more gnome information. I think I still have it somewhere… I will have to look.

Kara - April 3, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Ooo.. I didn’t know there was another one. I can’t imagine any more information on gnomes than what is in that book :). How are you Lorien and your sweet babes??