Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Excited!!

Our cute little family has NEVER. EVER. had professional photos taken. It pains me, really...all the time. I love, LoVe, lOvE, LOVE to look at pictures that have been taken professionally. But then I get green with envy. I can't help it, I am not perfect and I know I should work on the whole being envious thing. It's not cheap to have pictures taken. And I sort of am. Cheap. I mean, not terribly, but we have a house and two little kids, and life is expensive, you know?! But OH! To have our cute family captured in priceless (expensive!) photos??? YES PLEASE. SOMEDAY. That's what I keep telling myself.

TO THE POINT ALREADY, I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So you see the button on the upper right corner? It's for this amazing cause that is trying to eliminate child trafficking and exploitation in the US and Canada. And my old roommate and sweet friend sponsored a giveaway for an upcoming event/benefit concert taking place here in Utah. She had tons of fabulous prizes lined up and I entered to win. Anything. Because who doesn't love a giveaway?! (I know I do!) It never hurts to try anyway. Especially when it is for such a great cause.

Anyway...turns out I won something. Not just any something. I won my family a one hour session with a photographer!!!! And so...now I am like....what will we wear?! How should I do the kids hair? my hair? so...I am asking for some opinions....

Lately, Travis has been really wanting to chop Riley's hair. The thought pains me. Because her hair is SPECTACULAR. Seriously, I envy it (how sad is that, envying my own child. Still working on it, I swear). She is 4 (next week) and has only ever had one haircut. Back in February we had 3 inches chopped off to clean up the ends. I just measured her hair, it is 17 inches. She is about 40ish inches tall(I think)...so its almost half of her! It falls just above her bum near her waist in the back. And here is why he wants it cut...when she sits on the potty and her hair is down, it basically hangs to her bum and almost in the toilet. Nasty. He is right. So do I just trim it up 4-5 inches and keep long hair or do I do something more drastic? Do we add layers? Bangs? (Travis says no, the simpler the better. He's opinionated, people!) And should I wait until after our family pics have been taken?! Or what?!!
It's a little longer than this. These pictures were taken about a month ago and I can tell by looking at her it's already grown since then.


And Izzy's hair has that natural curl....but I use my straightener on it because it makes it longer....so what do I do with her? Leave it natural or straighten and then style? In the pics below, you can see its straightened. You just never know if her curls in the back will have a good curl day or a not-so-good curl day.....



As for what to wear, I want it to be casual I think. Because I am SO NOT girly in the way that I hate to dress up. I have always been about casual comfort. Sundays are a struggle for me. The only time I really liked to get all "pretty" was for my wedding day. That was sort of fun. Sort of. :) Ok, maybe there have been a few times. But overall, GAG ME when it comes to dresses, skirts, heels, etc...

I can't pull it off as nicely as some ladies. I envy girls who love it and look fabulous. I don't even know how to work on the envy here. Some girls are just way cuter/more beautiful/made to be dressed up!

Then I think how sweet the girls look dressed up. But I am not dressing up. Do we all wear jeans and solid colored shirts? Or do I dress the kiddos up?

PS....should I dye my hair brown? Because I LOVED it when it was dark. But I also chopped it off when I went dark. The cut I didn't love, but now that its getting longish like I want, I want long dark hair. The problem: EVERYONE and their dog thinks I need to stay blond? WHAT'S the DEAL, PEOPLE?! I mean, people who I think it's weird they even have an opinion are saying stay blond and it's not enough to tell me that, I need reasons. Or I'm going back to being brunette. Because I want Darcy's hair. And while mine will never look that amazing and thick, I will take long and dark :)

Me, with shorter darkish hair. But I want even darker than that!
Current hair. Me with my friend Megan. I want her color :)

Darcy...even though it's not a fabulous hair pic. Cute family huh? And speaking of Darcy, Hair-py Birthday, Darc. I want your hair. (You already knew that, though!) And I love your hair. And you. And your cute little boy (Jack)....although Adam's not bad either. ;)
Another of my current hair and the girls' current hair....

12 comments:

Kimi Jean said...

Riley's hair: CUT IT! I think bangs would look SO cute on her and i've been thinking this for the longest time!

Izzy: Not gonna lie, her hair looks SO SO SO much cuter when you let it curl. Everytime I see her and you've straightened her hair I think "What the heck, Jenna? Why would you straighten such cute little curls out of her hair?!"

As for you: I like you blond too. It just looks so much more natural. However, if you really like it darker, than do it. You're the only one that matters! Maybe a nice compromise would be like a light golden brown though. That would be so cute!

P.S. What size are you? Remember that pencil skirt I have that you said you liked? It's a size 8, if you want to borrow it.

heather and ronnie said...

i like your hair blonde...but the brown looks good too. I guess whatever you feel comfortable with is what you should do.

dodasso said...

I prefer the blonde. Hard to say for Riley, but bangs would be cute..but then the styling might be harder...

Rachel said...

I love Riley's long hair but I think bangs would be super cute too :)
I agree on the natural curls for Izzy, they are super cute on little ones.
Your hair is totally up to you....You look good both ways (lucky) but whatever you do have some fun!
I would also say casual for the pictures, you want to look like yourselves not a painted up version :)

Angela said...

Before I forget all the questions, I'll spew out my opinion... Don't cut Riley's hair before pictures, wait til after. And like I said tonight, only cut off inches, not a chop. Leave Izzy's natural wave in, it matches with her personality and makes her more herself. As for your hair...I think you should do it dark, the fall and winter are coming. But don't cut it, you look thinner and younger with it longer. Although I know we all need changes from time to time. You'd look beautiful no matter what your hair looks like! I like it blond and dark, but change could be fun, especially if you like it darker. Wow! Did that cover all of them!?

Angela said...

OH, and NO BANGS for Riley!!! They would just get in her face even more. No layers or anything!

Angela said...

OH, and pictures... all i suggest is going for bright colors. I don't think you all have to be "matching" just colors that look good together. For our first pictures we had plum purple, grass green and baby blue. The next ones were orange, brown/tan and blue/aqua. The next ones we did were formal. But were the jeans and throw away the shoes! Go casual for sure!

Angela said...

wear -- I spelled that wrong. Last comment. sorry.

The Atkinson Family Blog said...

For Riley's hair....I say keep it long. Bangs will bug her. My neise got them and they bug her now.
Izzy....Love the natural curl.
For you...I agree with Angela..the fall/winter is coming and darker hair is in for sure.. so maybe do not so dark and keep some sort of high lights.
I would keep it casual for sure. Don't stress about going out and buying all new outfits. Just use what you have. Don't be too matchy matchy. I'm sure the pictures will be so great!

Latissa and Scott Graham said...

I have never seen a little girl with more beautiful hair than Riley's! I would NOT cut it at all, maybe just an inch to prevent it from growing longer! It is GORGEOUS!! Izzy's hair is just darling when it's naturally curly, and don't damage it any more by straightening it! Let her have it curly. And the reason everyone loves your blonde hair is because it's natural. It looks great with your skin complexion. Too dark and you would look washed out. But a level 5 would look good. And look casual for your pics. No need to get all dressed up. But it is important to have similar colors, and wear solids. If you wear patterns, that is the first thing your eyes will go to when you look at the picture. And have fun! Can't wait to see the pics!

Adrienne said...

Let Izzy's hair do what it wants to; it looks so much better curly. Straight doesn't suit her as well.

Katie and Josh Fairbanks said...

Don't cut her hair! It is so beautiful. Maybe just trim it a couple of inches and don't do bangs! I think it will be annoying for her and distract from her adorable face. As for Izzy I don't think I have ever seen it curly, but I am a fan of curls. And as for you hott momma I agree with Angela about the dark for fall/winter, but maybe just add in some dark foils the next time you get it colored :)But like she said you will look beautiful no matter what!