Friday, September 19, 2014

Sock Curls

The sock curl technique has been around for a long time in our family. My mom did this to my hair when I was a little girl.

Age 4 with sock in my hair

As soon as my girls were willing recipients, I started rolling their hair in socks. It's quick and easy to do and they can sleep with the socks in their hair with little discomfort. A friend of mine asked how we used the socks to curl the hair. So, we made a little video to show the process. Thought I'd share it here:

Here are a couple of photos of the girls from several years ago with their hair in socks and the curls after the socks are removed.

Lily (age 12) wearing the socks in a looser style

Shelly (age 8) sporting the tighter curls by using less hair for each curl

Recent curls on Shelly's hair 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Lily played a great game of volleyball the other night and we were fortunate to have my dad there to cheer her on. I think he was her lucky charm!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cheery 2

Shelly cheered on Sunday and was lucky enough to have her grandpa here to watch her. She was designated as co-captain for the game. She took her responsibility seriously.

Jim Jam and the girls before the game

On our way to the big game

Shelly on the far left

Shelly and Shelby doing their cheer together

Ready to perform on the field

Shelly (the one without her pom poms---oops!) cheering loudly

Performing their stunt on the field. Shelly is the back spotter so you can just barely see her hair blowing in the wind.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Lily on the court about to hit the ball. 
She is playing in a new position this year and that has been challenging at times. She played in the setter position over the last two years and did a great job there. So, she's adapting to the changes, but that has meant less play time for her. And, that girl has the best attitude about it. She never gets down about it and she always supports the other players. She holds her head up high and keeps on going. 

I know her attitude about it all will serve her well in the years to come. I'm proud of her!!!

Sunday, September 07, 2014


Ok, not being creative, clever, or as crafty these days. Just spending most of our time adjusting to a new schedule and a new work load for Lily. She is taking several honors courses and it has really been tough getting it all done with late nights at volleyball. Think we may be improving with all of it, but that means several hours spent working on assignments on the weekends. Lily was also selected as the freshman class president and is starting to have weekly meetings for that position. This is all new to us, so we are working on making it better for everyone.

Shelly is really shining in 5th grade. She has transitioned well into her classes and is loving the new status of Top Dog. She began her cheerleading games this weekend and will start chorus at school next Monday. So, all is going well for her and she has been a real trooper at the late evening volleyball games for her sister.

The month of September has always been a tricky one for me. I love a schedule and a fresh start, but I don't love the uncertainty that comes with all of that. I am a lover of the logistics. I like to know how things are going to run and how to navigate it all. The not knowing part makes me stressed and uneasy. I'm working on that aspect of me and my life. 

One way I am improving in that area is listening to Joel Osteen's podcasts. They just make me feel better and I really enjoy how he presents his message. Thought I'd share that if anyone else might need a little lift this time of year.

On a different note, Lily and I went with her friend and her mom to see The Giver last night. Both girls had read the book and wanted to see the movie. I really enjoyed it. Unlike some of the other movies that are in this genre, The Giver wasn't overly violent. It had a great message and a unique ending.

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Our resident cheerleader had her first game today!!! We are so proud of her happy attitude and big smile while she's out there on the field. Go Cowboys!!!!

Yay! Off to the game!


Big Bow!!!

Ready to cheer

In position

Happy girl

Cowboys cheerleader