We have had a great week- a fast week, for sure! Though the weather has been cool and cloudy for the most part, many days were full of sunshine and that became a small promise for spring. Plants are blooming everywhere and I have started - this week- an exercise regime to prepare this worn out winter body for swimsuit season. I wish I didn't have to start in March, but I'm not a young chick anymore. Turning 30 is fast approaching and I need all the help I can get! Ha! With warmer weather, going outside to play with Harbor is the perfect way to "chase" and "slide" off these ol' winter blues.
We ended last week with our weekly library trip. As an alternative means of entering, we decided to park across the street from the library and enter through the grounds section. They do a great job of landscaping and have such pretty rock work. Harbor was a bit disappointed to not be in the parking garage, but was quickly won over by the blooming day lilies.
This is the view of the library from the back side- on the far left is the parking garage. There are many terraces and balconies for reading, and on the far right side are a series of rocks steps leading to the front. It is a gorgeous facility and I feel so lucky our city has such nice buildings in the downtown.
Every area of the children's library is either dedicated to earth, fire, water, or wind. The carpets and murals match the theme, so wandering in the children's sections are really quite an adventure! Above, Harbor is working a puzzle in the "water" section and you can see some of the mural paintings below. My mom did a great job of watching Harbor and taking pictures for me- thanks, mom!
This is one of many outdoor terraces for reading that overlook the children's section.
From this particular balcony, you can see the University of Arkansas's Campus- Old Main.
Nap times are so much fun with new books!
Harbor and his Mardi Gras beads make us both smile!
Mom and I were so excited when Red Riding Hood came out this weekend! We both love that mix of fairy tale and action, so my mom bought tickets Friday afternoon while I was teaching, and later that night, after Harbor went to sleep, we took off together to the 10:00 p.m. showing. My dad kindly offered to listen for Harbor while he was sleeping, and we were so happy to be out on the town, just the two of us. As we were finding our seats in the dark, my mom started giggling. As she was walking up the steps, she looked down and noticed that in our frenzy to get out the door, she had forgotten to switch her house shoes with her flats. So, there she was in the theater in her fuzzy house shoes. We got a good laugh out of that! The movie was so romantic and suspenseful ( I loved the cinematography!) that I went back again Saturday night with Rachel and her roommate, Ashley, to the 9:35 p.m. showing.
This Saturday, we were so happy Rachel could join us at the library. My mom, Rachel, Harbor William, and I got Taco Bell and McDonalds drive-thru and had a picnic lunch in the garden terrace at the library before going inside. The weather was perfect- low 70's and full of singing birds and swaying dogwood trees. Just perfection!
While we were inside, Rachel ran into her other roommate, also named Rachel, who was doing some studying upstairs. She is in school to be an RN, but we were glad she took a break to come and visit with us.
This section, above, is the fire section.
A change from last Saturday's picture is this graceful blooming dogwood. What a pretty tree, indeed! I seem to remember my granny telling me the dogwood petal is a reminder of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. It was definitely a reminder that Easter is on its way!
Many of you have asked about how I curl my hair and what products I use- I am so flattered by your emails! Ha! I think I tend to feel like most girls in that my hair is pretty flat and I never have enough time to take care of it the way I want to. But, since some of you asked, here is what I do:
I use a set of black jumbo sponge rollers from Sally's Beauty Supply, roll my hair to the scalp, and sleep in the rollers. I roll a mohawk from my forehead to my neck, and then roll the sides last. Since my hair is wet when I roll it, I spray a thermal setting gel after I roll it up. Even though I'm not using heat, it helps keep my curl all day. I will use an inch barrel curling iron to touch us any places where my hair didn't curl just right, but I have learned that if I roll it in small enough sections, I really don't need to curl it at all. My curling iron is a Conair from Wal-Mart- super cheap! It has a little green turbo light on the barrel that gets it really, really hot. I think that is the key to making those curls long and loose. In the morning, I wake up, unroll them, use my fingers to tousle them a bit, and spray hairspray. I like Big Sexy in the red canister and I get it at Walgreen's. It is a bit more pricey than regular sprays, but not all hairsprays are created equal and Big Sexy holds all day without being sticky.
I took some self portraits before going to bed:
Eight hours later:
And just for fun, since we are talking "hair", after the library today, while Harbor napped, I gave Rachel a little makeover. She was going out to eat and to the movies (I joined up for that), but I rolled and curled her hair and did her makeup. It was a fun time together. : )
I hope I adequately answered your hair questions, but if you need to know something else or want the product names of those sprays, just let me know. For me, it is an easy way to get big hair in a hurry! Ha, ha!
Have a great week back to work and school!