Don’t you just love a good road trip? I just returned from a trip North with the family to visit even more family. We didn’t make it to the Arctic circle, but we were close 🙂
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This week I saved money by giving the precious horde their haircuts. The youngest male child’s hair had grown so long that no amount of combing or coaxing would urge it back into place on a Sunday morning.
That fact, combined with a funny mishap this week in which we stopped by a friend’s house to chat, led me to search out the shears this afternoon. At our friend’s home, the children discovered a mud bog and, doing as children are prone to do, proceeded to muddify their coats and boots to the point that I considered skipping our planned grocery shopping excursion. After cleaning them up a bit we decided to brave the store.
It went well. At least, we didn’t track mud across the building.
However, seeing my muddy mess of a brood, I realized that my pride would allow them to be muddy OR display long hair in public, but not both.
After what feels like a billion tests and trials of various haircutting techniques, I’ve settled on this simple style of cutting their hair:
- Cut the top and back with the longest attachment, usually a size 8. Important: cut the front (bangs, if they were girls, I guess) separately. It needs to stay longer than the top or else you get this whole “haircut a la dumb & dumber” look. Not good.
- Cut the back and sides with a shorter attachment, anywhere from a 3-6. This step is done from the nape of the neck to the occipital bone-ish area.
- Using papa’s beard trimmer, tidy up the neck, ears, and sideburns.
Sometimes a kiddo has something special in mind (longer on top, usually) and I try to accommodate them. It’s taken a lot of bad haircuts for me to feel comfortable trying something new.
When we were first married I used a Conair hair clipper set, probably purchased at *gasp* WalMart. Some years ago I traded that model out for my current Wahl set, along with a good pair of shears. Having decent clippers makes a huge difference in getting a great cut.
I finally tossed a bunch of leftover Halloween candy. I’m pretty sure some organization could have used it, but I was on an organizing spree and didn’t want to slow my momentum with proper donation.
Any ideas for where this candy bonanza could have been donated? It was easily two gallons of sweets.