Wearing her hair down

I don’t usually let Mayci wear her hair down even though she regularly asks me to. She’s not yet five and plays hard and is just as likely to be sitting on the couch on her bottom as on her head. So generally I insist that she have her hair in protective styles like braids or twists to prevent tangling or breakage. Sunday before last I finally agreed to let her wear her hair down for church. She was so excited. And super cute. The funny thing is while hair like this is generally referred to as a Wash N Go, it’s anything but wash and go.

After her bath, where her hair was washed twice and conditioned once and then thoroughly rinsed out, Saturday evening, we worked her leave-in conditioner through her hair and detangled it. She wore her bonnet to bed as usual. Then in the morning I sprayed her hair with water until it was nice and damp. Then I added a lot of cream and worked it through her hair and detangled again (thanks to the bonnet there’s not much detangling to do in the mornings). Then I put some jojoba oil on her scalp and pulled it down the strands. I added some more jojoba oil to the ends of her hair since when left down those ends really like to get dried out.

I gave her hair a final brush with our magic purple brush. It leaves her hair in the prettiest little ringlets when it’s used in a certain way. To finish up her Wash N Go, I put a giant pink bow in her hair on the side. She is such a girly girl with a love of pink and bows so with a pink bow in her hair and wearing a lacy pink dress she’s really just living her best life.

As far as hairstyles go, it’s a pretty quick one, just about 15 minutes total. But that’s 15 minutes for a hairstyle that is only going to last looking this nice about 4 hours on such a little girl and adds some time to styling the next day since there’s more detangling to do than usual after wearing it like this. But she loves it so on occasion it’s totally worth letting her wear her hair down.

Zeke’s Grateful List

This summer Zeke is working through a Summer Bridge K-1 workbook. A couple weeks ago one of the things he needed to do was make a list of five things he is grateful for. It was a little bit difficult for him to understand. His language disorder makes it so he often answers questions in ways that don’t quite make sense. Once he totally understood what to do, here is the list he made:

  1. Jesus
  2. My mom and dad
  3. My brothers and sisters
  4. My dog Lola
  5. My family

The Oculus

Fritz has been wanting an Oculus Quest 2 since before it was even released. About seven or eight months ago Adrian decided he wanted to buy his big brother one for his birthday.

Since January Adrian has not spent any money on himself. He has saved all his allowance and any money he’s earned watching siblings and mowing the lawn.

In March he realized there was no way he’d save up the $300 he’d need by July to buy it. So he texted his biggest brother and asked Cameron if he’d be willing to kick in the remainder.

Cameron, figuring there was no way Adrian would keep saving all his money and so would have to kick in much more than Adrian’s estimated $100, agreed and planned on pay for half of it.

We told Adrian we’d pay to upgrade it from 64gb to 256gb and pay the tax. So then we just had to wait several months until it was time to buy it.

It was a long, hard wait for Adrian. He had so much trouble not spilling his secret to Fritz. He almost told him so many times.

In the end, Adrian managed to save $215. That left $85 for Cameron to chip in and $132 for the bigger memory and tax from us.

While Adrian will get to play with the Oculus, his main reason for getting it was just to make Fritz happy. Fritz is genuinely the best and most amazing brother and helps with the other kids more than anyone else so being surprised with something he so desperately wanted was pretty awesome.