Saturdays. A day where activities are usually dictated by kids organised ‘things’ – so things like dancing, swimming, birthday parties, hair cuts, and library book returning. I know even in 10 years time even I will look back and miss this. Right now is probably one of the best times of my life – days bursting with activity, boring bits like washing, cleaning and groceries, and fun things like baking, cuddles (un-prompted), giggles and story telling. Right now – it is happening. Some days I need to remember this more!
Today has already been a flurry of activity. I am onto the third load of washing already (boring bits!) and the kids have finished dancing for the day. Getting the girls hair ready is always something that takes me a bit of time –
Miss Caitlyn has curly wurly hair. A mane of thick strawberry blonde hair that when brushed straight is half way down her back, but otherwise bounces up defiantly to her shoulders. Today we had to had to have two buns. Like Anna (from Frozen).
Then there is the polar opposite –
Miss Emma with her mix of colours (mostly brown, light brown and blonde) and dead straight hair almost to her bum! She has ‘a bigger bun than me Mummy’ (Caitlyn) and is not the greatest with sitting still when getting her hair brushed.
Now this hair thing is getting serious. Real serious. In a month the kids have their dancing concert. Makeup (natural looking, not over the top clownesque), hairspray and wiglets. I am silently freaking the hell out. I have next to no ability to apply makeup. Stemming from laziness, and lack of exposure to the ‘products’ I am now hopeful that there are some good YouTube videos for application. Then there is the hair. Product. Again, I have gone with the path of less resistance and that is a band and a pony tail. The hair for the concert has to be –
* Fly-away free
* Secured with hairspray
* The bun must be styled when wet
* Bun net must be worn
* Must be secured with multiple bobby pins
* Sustainable and non-moveable when dancing
Ok, they lost me at the first one. I have crazy hair that means sticky-outy bits almost everywhere. So does Emma. Caitlyn has escaped this. Little curly bits (despite our straight hair) that just happen. I am wondering how to tame these bits! Then hairspray. Uhm, I envision my own hair being hairsprayed into place from the angles of spraying I am going to have to take to ensure they have hair spray in. Oh dear. It is going to be bad. The written instructions provide me with no comfort either. I am hopeful that for the full dress rehearsal next week some mother will take pity on me and have some tips of how to do it all. Seriously! I won’t even have Daddy back up as he will be away at work. So I will totally be winging it. I am the type of girl that always looks at other women with their amazing hair in awe, not nasty ‘she sucks’ awe, but pure amazement that it is possible (and power to them!!).
Today though, we may have an option. Hayden got his hair cut, and for the first time ever, said yes to the ‘product’ the lady always asks him about.
He looks so grown up! A real, gulp, boy. Gone is the ‘little’ boy. It suits him, and he is telling me that ‘hair product is not that hard’ (after correcting his grammar, I informed him that for me, it is). But it again shows me that even though I know how to do so many things, there are still so many more things that I am going to learn to do for my kids.
Inserting bobby pins, applying eyeshadow to twisty turny four year olds, building lego, making paper planes, understanding Minecraft, and making blankets for toys that are otherwise going to be cold are just a few things I have to learn to be fluent in. There is no guide. There is no book of answers, though I suspect that in many households YouTube and Google come in very close to being solutions! But right now, even though I am absolutely petrified of having two girls take the rehearsal next week in crooked eyeshadow and wiglets that fall out (apparently you don’t want to be that child’s mother) I know that ‘this’ is the rocking chair moments. The “remember when I had to…” memories that are so visceral because you can feel what it is like to be thinking of a million things to do and how to do them all in the name of Motherhood.
After dancing today, Brendan very happily tells me “I don’t need any makeup or hair Mummy, I just dance and wear my costume”. Is it bad that I am relieved that his routine will be simpler?! Despite this, even if he did, I would make sure he got it and that it was ‘right’; but I am so thankful it is one less to freak out about.
So now we are into the afternoon, and we have a birthday party to head too. Three presents for one kid – she is going to feel special! Hayden is reveling in the fact that his siblings will be gone for much of the afternoon, and I will be putting a roast on (lamb!) and hopefully replying to some pen pals!
Saturdays are busy but fun, and as we near the tenth month, I really do have to take stock, and see, that right now, is likely going to be one of the busiest, but most amazing, times of my life. So go, hug your kids, pat your dog, and look in honest reflection at what is happening now. It may be that you too are in the time of your life 🙂 Enjoy it. Live it!
And for no other reason than that he was not in any photos, here is B. His usual, crazy, goofy self.