Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Morning Musings

I'm sitting here on the couch with Ben, snuggled up and watching Toy Story 3.  The house is quiet.  The boys have gone off to school.  Todd off to work.  Grace is still sleeping.  The dog is sniffing around the yard.  It is a good way to ease our way into a busy week after a busy weekend.  Well, a busy but very good weekend. 

It was a weekend with a visit from a very good friend.  A weekend with time spent with mom.  A weekend pampering myself and getting a much needed change.

On Saturday I went off to the salon.  Back in April Todd had given me a gift certificate to my favorite salon.  I was to use it for a massage, and a mani/pedi, but after not having a haircut for five months I decided to use it for that.  When my stylist had a cancellation I nabbed it and decided to go all out and change the color of my hair too.  Though I have changed my hair color a billion times I never actually had it professionally done.  I decided to pamper myself.  I had a couple inches cut off and had my hair dyed a dark brown.  What do you think?

 I like it.  I don't think I have been this dark in about 15 years.  It is a good change.  We'll see how long it is before I get bored with myself and change it again. 

On Sunday we decided to take the kiddos to see Santa.  We went right after church and ended up getting there at a peak time.  We waited for an hour and fifteen minutes to see the big guy.  Luckily, the waiting line winds around an enchanted forest and Santa's workshop. There is so much to see and watch and experience that the kids didn't seem to mind.  They were so patient and didn't even complain once. 

The boys were a little star struck once they finally got to Santa and forgot some of the things that they wanted to ask for.  They ended up asking for Nutcrackers (?) and Pillow Pets and forgot all about the Transformers and Iron Man toys.  Ah well.  The big guy always knows, I reassured them. 

The boys were polite and sweet and even asked for a dolly for their sister as she was too busy being terrified.  I knew it would happen too.  As a matter of fact, I bet Todd that she would be our first Santa cryer.  We have never had a picture of any of our kids crying with Santa, but I knew she would be the one to loose it.  Grace isn't a huge fan of men.  The only man she likes is her daddy.  And this strange man had a huge shaggy beard, a weird outfit, a funny hat, and big bushy eyebrows.  Not having it. 

I only sat her down long enough for Mrs. Claus to snap a picture and then I grabbed her back again.  Still, she was a bit traumatized.  However, when she was safely back in mama's arms and Santa gave her a candy cane suddenly he didn't seem like such a bad guy anymore. 

Now I finally have my classic Santa freak out picture that every family seems to have.  I love it. I think it is perfect, don't you?

Yep.  It was a great weekend. 

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go look for some Nutcrackers. 


Tabor said...

Always fascinates me the confusing message we send to kids letting them take candy from strangers and sit on his lap....;-)

Kat said...

Tabor- HA! I know. A little weird. I always tell my kids that as long as mom and dad are right next to them they can talk to whoever they want. ;)

Brittany said...

I looooveee your hair color! My little sis and I were just talking about doing our hair-- so, I think you've inspired me to just do it! :)

Have a Merry Christmas!

Burgh Baby said...

I love, love, love your hair that dark! It's perfect!

But not quite as perfect as that photo because, um, yeah. That's exactly what Santa photos are supposed to look like.

Suldog said...

The poor kid. Hilarious, though.

You look magnificent. I remember when I had hair. It was quite a while ago. Some of it migrated to my ears and nose, so it wasn't a total loss...

Dawn said...

I love the Santa picture. My daughter asked Santa for the Eiffel tower one year when she was very young. She ended up getting a lamp that looked like the Eiffel tower.

You look great! Fabulous new look!

Mom24 said...

I love this, so cute and sweet. I definitely think it's the perfect picture. :)

Good luck with the Nutcrackers.

Kat said...

Mom24- I actually think I saw some very inexpensive Nutcrackers at Walgreens. Normally I wouldn't run out and get something that the boys threw on their list last minute (they know they aren't going to get EVERYTHING they ask for) but this one just made me chuckle. :)

Karen Deborah said...

Your hair looks great it makes your eyes look bigger and you match your little daughter! Poor baby, but your right we all have some of those babies crying pics. That would be a funny post actually to dig all of those out.

Robyn said...

Love the Hair. What is up with the pillow pets? Maggie wants one too.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

Your hair looks great! The Santa pic is too cute. All of my kids were scared of Santa!

Hilary said...

Oh that photo is too cute. Poor sweetie! Your hair looks lovely. I've never dyed my hair .. yet. I'm waiting for the gray before I do. Gray, that was not an invitation!

painted maypole said...

love the hair and the santa picture. ;)

Scrappy said...

I love your hair.
I love the Santa picture. Gotta frame that one!
I wanted to take my kids to see Santa this past week, but with Lucky in the hospital it didn't happen. (He is home now!) I guess the picture of Buttercup crying on Santa's lap will have to wait until next year. Isn't it funny how different girls are sometimes?

Jill said...

Love the new hair color! Especially love the Santa photos! Too too cute!

Kristen said...

Hi Friend!!!'

*First off, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair! It looks fantastic on you and I think you look younger. (Not that you are as old as I am though anyway) Fabulous my dear fabulous!!

Sorry to have been missing in action for so long. I hope that your mom is doing well and healing. I was praying for you and your family during that time. :)

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas together. Here's to the magic of the season and the reason for the season!

MamaB said...

The hair is Tres Chic! Both of my girls are Santa freak outs...from a distance he is the coolest thing ever but up close and personal forget it!! Merry Christmas Kat!

Jeni said...

Ah, now that Santa picture is absolutely great -will make a super Christmas card picture for sure next year and one definitely for the memory books too!
And the hair -looks terrific! But then again, I think no matter what you did to your hair, you'd still look great!
Hope you and your family have a super Christmas and happy to hear too that your Mom is doing well now too. Can't beat that as a great Christmas present now, can you?

maggie said...

Cute, cute hair! I think it's adorable that the kids were starstruck by Santa and got flustered. So sweet of them to think of their distraught little sister, too. I love the holidays. :)

Lindsay said...

hA! Love the pic - and you're right, everyone does have one. Maybe next year is our year. My kids have never sat on Santa's lap, believe it or not. I guess I just KNEW they would all freak out and to spend $15 on a pic of them freaked out doesn't really entice me.....I can freak them out myself! LOL. It's part of kid-torture though, so I better get my act together for next year! :-)

Emily said...

I'm always terrified when my kids see Santa b/c I know they'll ask for some random thing they've never mentioned to me before! And that picture looks familiar...we have a similar one where Charlie is screaming bloody murder. I love how she's reaching out for you...bless her heart! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Emily said...

PS Love you hair too! The dark color is so rich and really flattering!

Elaine A. said...

Your hair and YOU are gorgeous!

And the pic with Santa is classic. I'm glad a candy cane made it all better... ;)

Tonya said...

Love the hair! And all of my kids have freaked out with Santa :)

Carol said...

Merry Merry Christmas, Kat!! Your family is are matter what color your hair is. So many blessings~xoxoxoxoox

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Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

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