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Father's Day--Success or Bust?

Posted by Kristen on June 22, 2009 at 7:05 AM in Budget livingCutting BackHolidays
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096.JPGEthan wanted to get his father something specific for Father's Day, but I don't remember what it was. The only part I remember is that it cost money. I shut him down.

You can see by that haircut that we are doing a little cutting back here at Chateau Cookie. I always swore that the last luxury I would give up would be $14 haircuts for the kids. Either we have reached that point or maybe that chocolate was more luxurious than a head of hair that does not look like it had a plastic cereal bowl slapped on the head and cut around.

I cut the hair today. Having watched the barber on more than one occasion cut a divot out of the head of a child who suddenly decided he really wanted to know what Oprah's Book of the Month was this month, I was afraid. But this is what Father wanted on Happy Father's Day so this is what I did.

Of course I started with Ethan because I thought he would be better behaved. Unfortunately he has that hair. I don't even know what that statement means but I have heard it often. This doesn't make any sense because if you cut 30 heads of hair 5 days a week, is there really a head with that hair? It looks frightening but at least it is out of his eyes.

Then I cut Nathan's hair. There is something heady (pun intended) about wielding clippers. His head looks relatively tolerable to live with but his bangs look like Lombard Street in San Francisco. He was so busy trying to shove the cut hair down the drain of the sink I had him perched on that I just gave up trying to get them straight. You know how it goes with bangs. You keep trying to fix them and then you end up looking like that girl from Northern Exposure. Sometimes it's better to just walk away from something and revisit it later. It's not like I just ruined his prom picture or anything.

The boys then spent the rest of the day chasing their father around the backyard as he did things with cement. There were multiple changes of clothing and eventually ice cream at our favorite spot since it was free-ice-cream-for-dad-day. Other than ruining all photos of my children for the next 6 weeks, I'd say it was a good day.

How was yours?

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Amber writes...

My husband was called in to work yesterday, so it was sort of a bust here.

But I'm really laughing because I have somehow become the chief stylist around here. In fact I trimmed my daughter's bangs yesterday. And all I can say is that it's much harder than it looks. I really have no idea how I got this job, I would never let myself near my own head with scissors, that's for sure.

John writes...

I can't even see the hair past that smile.

Trena writes...

I think it looks fantastic--and besides, if anyone gives you any crap about how it looks, just say the boys wanted to play barbershop. Isn't that like an eventuality anyway?

Daddy was away working here at our house, so we called him to wish him happy on his day and still got to watch what we wanted ;).

Jess writes...

Success here! We've been forging a tradition of just hanging out together, no purchased gifts, and our Mother's Day and Father's Day were both awesome. The honoree gets to sleep late and have their choice of breakfast out or cooked at home, and then whatever they want: time alone, family outing, working together on a project, etc.

Yesterday my husband decided he wanted to go out with the kids and left me home alone (oh, the torture! ;)), then we all weeded the garden together, celebrated Strangely Orange Snack Appreciation Day with a front yard picnic, and eased into a relaxed evening. DH was thrilled and left us a big thank-you note on the white board this morning. :o)

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