Pink Guitar

I really want to buy this for Ella.

But I won’t.

Partly because it’s not in the budget, but mostly because I know that Cooper would end up playing with it more, and I think that’d scar me…

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Do they make a guitar with a truck or football on it? 😉

Easter: Ella and Cooper in Yaya’s Garden

We stayed over at Jennie’s Mom & Dad (Yaya & Papa)’s house Saturday night which is just 1.5 miles from the church.

So I zipped back over to pick up Jennie and the kids between rehearsal and the first service and had a chance to snap a few pics in Yaya’s garden in the great morning light…

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Advanced Canadian Children?

This sign is posted on the little kids’ play area at our local park.

After reading, I had to take a picture and share it.

It’s pretty faded, but the white type with the faded red background reads:


This play structure is designed for:

2-5 Year Olds – United States

1.5 – 5 Year Olds – Canada


So I’m guessing the discrepancy is ages is due to one of the following:

#1 – Safer American Standards / Loose Canadian Standards


#2 – Less Capable American Children / Advanced Canadian Children


Either way, my half-Canadian kids tear it up on that playset, so I’m leaning towards #2….

Ellasode: New Car for my Birthday?

Today is my birthday, which apparently is of great concern to Ella.

Ella (in the backseat, with worry in her voice): “Daddy, you’re going to have to get a new car!

Me: “Really? Why?”

Ella: “Because when you have your Birthday you get bigger, and your head will bump the top of your car!”

I think she’s right…


… and this Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster is a sensible choice at only $495,000.

It’s reliable and safe, with 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 206 mph.

And it’d be great for my growing head, thanks to its fully retractable top. The SLR Roadster offers open-air driving pleasure that’s practical for everyday use. Even with the top down, conversation is still possible at speeds well over 120 mph, thanks to its superior aeroacoustics.

So I could get Ella to school in a fraction of the time, and still have meaningful conversation… 🙂

Ella, The Stand Mixer, and Toni & Guy

Another adventure in child rearing…

Beware the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer:


This afternoon, while helping make Banana Bread with her Papa, Ella accidentally got too close to the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.

Her hair got caught by its rotation and was immediately and violently entangled in its shaft and attachment.

It was pretty horrible.

But Papa, Aunt Kelly and I got her untangled and eventually calmed down. She was OK.

But her beautiful hair was another story…

Kelly and I tended to her, which included a bath to aid the process of washing the Banana Bread batter out of her hair, and then untangling it. When that didn’t seem to go so well, we realized something…

The rats nest of hair that was being so stubborn was not just knotted hair, but actually a clump of hair that had been ripped out of a 5″ x 3″ section of her scalp and was finely intertwined into a nearly solid matte of hair. Almost as if someone had glued a fist-sized clump of hair halfway down her own.

Once Kelly and I realized that untangling it was a hopeless cause, I called Jennie (who was on an errand) to give her the story and the bad news.

After she got home and we called two of the family’s go-to hairdressers, Jennie and I opted to take her to the Toni & Guy salon at the mall and have them work some magic on what was certainly to be Ella’s new “shorter than desired” haircut…


Convinced they could save her hair length and prevent a drastic hair cut, a team of stylists and wash girls – lead by the salon manager – worked for 3 hours on Ella’s hair.

They were incredible. They used every shampoo, conditioner, oil, and chemical they had, plus a ton of patience, perseverance and old-fashioned elbow grease.

And don’t worry. I’m pretty sure we gave them the biggest tip they’ll have for a loooong time…. 😉 Hey – that sure beats the alternative of a 4 year old girl with a buzz cut!

Thanks T&G ladies!!!

Hour #1…


Hour #2 – Reinforcements arrive…


Hour #3 – still going…


Final Product: No visible difference !!!


But this is the damaged area under the top layer of hair. Nearly the entire area is smooth to the scalp, pulled out by the root.

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I’d cry too if this was yanked out of my head by a 325-watt, 5 quart, 22 pound household appliance!!