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The end of the school year always gets crazy.  OK, not just crazy.  INSANE.  It’s one special event after the other, and because I like to volunteer at my girls’ school, there is never a lack of things to do.  Science Fair.  Field Day.  Organize and shut down the library.  End of year meetings for Daisies.  Room mom duties.  Award ceremonies.  Then add all the extra-curricular stuff: the recital, the performances, the showcases, spring sports.  And all the details that you can’t overlook: sign up for fall soccer, order new uniforms, think about NEXT year’s extracurriculars, attend evaluations, get haircuts so everyone looks nice for these special events, meetings and preparations for summer camps and special projects, end-of-year gifts for teachers, Mother’s Day.

And this year in particular, we have an out-of-state birthday to attend AND an out-of-state wedding to attend in May on top of all that.  Add our annual vacation is in early June, and it’s a recipe for insanity.  In fact, the only reason I have time to write this now is because I’m waiting on an e-mail to come in that I need to print before leaving the house.  Were it not for that, I’d be out running errands … picking up snacks for 19 Pre-K kids, copying letters for teachers, and picking up a diet Coke at McDonald’s.

Oh, I haven’t told you about my love of diet Coke?  Yeah, that’s a whole other post entirely.  I’m going to be needing a LOT of diet Coke over the coming month.

The only way I get through it all is with two software programs: Mac’s iCal and Evernote.  Both sync automatically and instantaneously with my iPhone and I can see where I need to be and what I need to do at any given time.  Were it not for those two tools, I’d be in trouble.

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Up In The (H)air

I will admit that, in earlier years, I’ve gone a bit overboard with hair accessories for the girls.  And I’m classifying six 30″ bow holders as a “bit.”  Some of you might consider that an obsession, I’d just prefer to think of it as an interest.  Regardless of what we call it, the rate at which hair accessories are diminishing in this house is yet another sign that our girls are indeed no longer little.

So first, a little more details regarding that confession I made up there.  A sister of a friend makes hair accessories – not so much bows anymore, but that’s all she did a few years ago.  And given her willingness to support my obsession, we amassed quite a collection of bows.  Back when I had a say in what my girls wore each day, I coordinated their outfits whenever I could — and that usually meant coordinating, custom-made bows as well.  (As an aside, I always said that I would coordinate them as long as they would let me … and that’s exactly what I did.  The first moment either girl had an opinion about their clothes, it was entirely their decision.  Now … well, they both have an opinion every day.  Which is the way it should be.)  In addition to bows to match most outfits, I also had bows made to match their school uniforms.  Note the plural.  I’m not talking two or three.

Needless to say, as they outgrew the outfits, the custom-made bows didn’t match much.  And some of the bows I had made early on were really too small.  And a few fell apart from use.  I’ve culled through them a few times, once when I sent a huge bag of them to my cousin’s daughter, and just recently when I filled an entire shopping bag and dropped them off at Goodwill.  In a few weeks when school ends and our younger daughter will be moving to a new uniform for kindergarten, we’ll pass down an entire bow holder of bows made to match the preschool uniform to a friend.  And with that, we’ll have a decent, reasonable collection of bows.  Two holders, plus a drawer of headbands.

Truthfully, though, I doubt those will last long.  Our older daughter wears nothing in her hair.  With a shoulder-length bob and dark blond hair, she has exactly one preferred hairstyle: down.  It gets brushed in the morning and washed every night.  There are no clips, no headbands, no ponytails, nothing.  She is required to wear a ponytail four times a year for her choir concerts, which she does without comment as she doesn’t have a choice.  There are also two days a year when she has to wear a certain color bow for particular events at school; that she does with lots of grumble and complaint, even though every.single.girl at school wears that color bow or ribbon.  She definitely has a preference, and her preference is plain and with no adornments.  Our younger daughter has a chin-length bob and her hair is that thick, straight, smooth stuff that people comment on all the time.  She likes headbands but isn’t quite adept enough to adjust them properly as needed throughout the day.  (And while I do allow both girls to have a say in how they style their hair, I do insist that they choose a style that can stay looking relatively neat all day long.)  So most days she has a half-up side ponytail … with a bow.  I suspect as she becomes a little more dexterous, she’ll prefer a headband or maybe just a simple tuck behind the ear like her big sister.

When that day arrives, I’ll lovingly take the bow holders off the back of their bathroom door and send them off to someone who can use them.  I don’t regret a second of making them look adorable when they were little, but it’s also really fun to watch them develop their own sense of style.

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