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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I’m an Uncle!!

My sister Ashley and brother-in-law Michael (Olson) had their baby and I’m an Uncle for the first time (other than Leah’s dog, which honestly doesn’t count…)

Ella is so excited to finally have a cousin, and Cooper is, well, probably off breaking something right now…

Here’s Brody Michael Olson

Born: March 19, 2009

Weight: 6 lbs, 6.2 ozs

Length: 19″



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Way to go, Sis!

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!!