Monday, May 18, 2015

crazy for headbands

having a little girl after two boys, I didn't think I would go crazy for the girl stuff. well, i don't think i go craaazy, just a little excited. 
one thing that i didn't want to get out of hand were the headbands. i think some headbands and bows nowadays get a little obnoxious--especially the ones that are the size of the babe's head, you know? 
but it's all a matter of taste. if you love giant bows on your little girl, you go ahead and wear those giga-bows.
i just personally don't have space for such enormities in our shared bedroom/nursery. not to mention the eyerolls i would get from my husband....geeesh. 
so when elena was born, i picked out my first pack of headbands from walmart, and they were the cutest, smallest bows i have ever seen. 
over the months though, her headband collection has grown into fist fulls!!! i have my favorites too. i'm a little ashamed at how this obsession has come about but how can you resist this little girl?
 this one headband (also from walmart) always gets those awww's going wherever we go.
it's a rule that gary has learned (not) so well this past year: grab a headband when we go out that door. he's adapted as best as any dad could. 
it's a simple rule and i abide by it wholeheartedly. headbands must be worn to restaurants, ball fields, ball practices, playgrounds, movies, Hobby Lobby & such hobby stores, etc., etc. 
"why?" you ask? my answer is because. because i can and i can't stand the cuteness.
the struggle is real though. she'll take those things off when she can. no doubt they are tiresome after a while, which is fine. but she just finds other things to put on her head: towels, shirts, underwear, hats....and so on.
and remember what i was saying about gigantic bows? well, this giga-bow made its appearance once because it was a hand-me-down and it matched perfectly with the Day of the Dead onesie.
how can you resist this cute little babe?!
but that little rosebud headband? still everyone's favorite. 
 i've ordered several bows from etsy too. like this white leather bow from LaLapop Shop, and it goes with everything.
 and i've made my own with hobby lobby stuff like the one below---super easy if you have a hot glue gun.
but still, my favorites are the ones from walmart for only $2 or $3. can't beat that.
i was told that her head was perfect for headbands because it's gigantic and has minimal hair. it shows off head pieces even better! aww, my little model!
headbands + bows. just little fashion statements. they mean no harm.
she'll outgrow them and i'll put her hair into cute little pigtails and clips. or maybe she'll have messy hair and won't let me brush it. maybe she'll want to let it grow out into dreads like i once did. or she'll choose to dye it orange or pink like when she saw those old photographs of her mom with those crazy hues years + years ago. 
whatever she wants, it'll be okay.
or maybe she'll throw me in for a loop and keep her hair normal. i don't think i'll be ready for that...*just breathe, Lynet*
have a great week, everyone!!!
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

for the drive-in this year - batmobile

every year at AWANA's they enjoy a drive-in movie night for all the clubbers. it is a competion where they get judged in different categories like "Thinking outside the box" or "Made for Speed". most kids compete and most parents help put their little cars or vehicles together. last year, i had a tiny newborn in my hands and the date approached without us having much of a plan.
2014 Sparky's Drive-In, Red car with Flames, NO AWARD
but this year, i was ready. i had the boxes for weeks and Andrew had picked what he wanted. paint was bought and there was a little boy ready to paint his batmobile.
this is not an original concept by any means, and i'm not sure why he picked it--he's not a fanatic. but batmobile was his choice of vehicle.
but hey, we had the costume and the willingness to actually score a medal this year so we got to work. it was a family project!
Gary began by piecing two boxes together and adding the 'wings' to the back end. instantly you could tell what it looked like, well, for comic nerds anyways...
then andrew painted it ALL black and made a mess everywhere. at this time, we also found out elena is not a good caged baby. 
but she sure is the cutest batbaby model ever!!! she couldn't wait to be allowed to fit inside! after it was put together and painted, it made its way up to my dining table. so i grabbed a couple of reference pics from the net and got to painting on the day of the competition (always a procrastinator).
i was extremely satisfied with the right side and then i realized i had just spent 4 hours on it!!! i looked at my watch and now i only had 2 more hours to do the entire back, front + right side.... oy vey!!!
i worked furiously and stopped snapchatting (what a timehog!) and simultaneously got everyone ready to leave for church.
and i'm going to insert a small PSA because i've got such badassery:
so i managed to finish painting the batmobile is beyond me, maybe they're just #momsuperpowers? 
then we took it outside to measure shoulder straps and do a quick photoshoot...
you really should have been there to laugh at us while we get that sucker in the car... it was so fun!!
but we made it to church in time! yay me! i might also harness a bit of The Flash's secret power if you really think about it.
my little guy was uber proud of his batmobile, everyone kept telling him how awesome it looked.
and the moment we waited all night to hear:
in the "Made for Speed" category, Andrew took 1st place!
oh he was so excited, just look at his face...
no, really he wasn't excited about the 500th picture, but he was SO excited he had won a medal!!!
all because his mommy loves him so much.
but next year, it's all you kid. 
gary said something about me being ridiculous...but i pay him no mind. 
and then we came home and not one kid touched it for two weeks. 
for two whole weeks it sat in my dining room! i had enough of it taking up space. i never heard a protest as i chunked it into my front yard where the boys had a feast day tearing it up with a hammer and saw.
all my hardwork, gone.
oh well. maybe my next batmobile will be a real one.
hope you enjoyed!
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Friday, May 1, 2015

a truck as a backdrop + giant squirrel

in my last post, i kinda hinted about a blow-up that gary and i had during our spring break travels. it's kinda funny now, it was kinda silly then, but in the end, he obliged and turned the van around when i asked him to stop at a car shop with a vintage studebaker truck in the front parking lot.
i mean, it was pretty obvious is was supposed to be a photo backdrop. but gary doesn't understand the importance of taking pictures sometimes. 
but looky here! the pictures? oh, they're adorable and i'll forever treasure them.
in an attempt to embarrass jonah, andrew always tries to show his affection. by way of hugging or kissing, he always makes jonah push him away. 
it kinda reminds me of my sister and i. she would never eveeeerrrr let me hug her or kiss her. is it a weird relationship? maybe, but they're siblings. the kids will be alright. 
it's interior was so dilapidated and yuck, which was a definitely no from andrew when i asked him if he would get inside. 
jonah? fearless. that's my boy.
that day was so cloudy and not very pretty. the wind was blowing and these two goofballs were just being well, goofballs. perfect little quick photoshoot, if i say so myself.
oh and yeah. another sigh exited gary's breath upon the screeches i made when i saw this giant squirrel. 
what? like we'll ever see another one???! STOP THE CAR NOW! 
come on! it's funny! it's memorable! not to mention they had some delicious fudge :)
happy friday guys! hope you all have a blast!
ps. how is May already here? 
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