Home and Hair

August 16th, 2015

On Friday, after we boarded the plane that would take us from Chicago to Raleigh at 9:45 p.m., some weather rolled in, and we didn’t take off. Instead, we sat on the tarmac for 3 hours.  I was uncomfortable and exhausted, and all I wanted to do was go home. I reckon everyone else on the plane felt the same way. They gave us clearance to for lift-off a little after midnight, but we needed more gas, and ugh. We touched down at RDU at 3:15 a.m., and Chris and I  got home at 4:00 a.m.

I felt bad for Chris when he got up at 8:00 a.m.  He had 11 hours of driving ahead of him to pick up the kids, but would not let come along to keep him company. I’m was glad for that, because I was really tired. (And I got to go to brunch and get my nails done with the Evil Girls.)

The kids arrived home at 9:00 p.m. last night.

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I’m not gonna lie. Some serious snuggling went down. Zach always asks questions, and last night, this was one of his questions: “I know how to turn mechanical energy into electricity, but how do you turn electricity back into mechanical energy?”

I tell him that I don’t know, but that we can figure it out together in the morning. It’s 11 o’clock at night. He says: “That’s okay. It’s a question for Dad anyway.” I rub his head for a few minutes and he asks. “How much matter do you think electricity has?” This tells me he is still thinking about his first question in ways that I will never understand. He doesn’t give me a chance to answer before he says, “Isn’t Botch so cute?” Botch is his teddy bear. He hugs his bear, and I hug him. Marvelous boy.

Maddy just wants me to rub her back and promise me that we will both sign up for an aerial silks class later in the fall. This is our way of running away and joining the circus, and I’m all in. I’ll go anywhere with her. Marvelous girl.

My hair is supposed to fall out tomorrow, so today we’re playing with it.

I let Maddy cut it first.

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When she is finished, she says, “Hey, I never said I was a professional stylist. I’m more like that duck, you know, good at other things.”

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When we were in Chicago, I’d seen this punk kid with the sides of his hair shaved and a pony tail on top, and I really liked the look of it. Chris did too, so he tries to replicate that. Zach doesn’t want to cut my hair, but he takes pictures.

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I gotta say, I LOVE this haircut. It might be the haircut of my dreams. When this is over, I might do it again. You know, just for fun. I’m my dream girl.

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15 Responses to “Home and Hair”

  1. Samantha on August 16, 2015 3:25 pm

    Marvelous* xo

  2. Samantha on August 16, 2015 3:40 pm

    Marvelous BadAss*

  3. Mom on August 16, 2015 3:41 pm

    You always looked great to me with your head shaved. And your punk hair do is also great. Your kids are so sweet, and good old Chris has been wonderful through this. I am so proud of all of you. Love, Me

  4. Jill on August 16, 2015 4:23 pm

    Girl, you DO look divine!

  5. Gabrielle on August 16, 2015 7:56 pm

    Such fabulous hair! I think you should keep it like that! I know you’re glad to be home with your babies. Sending love and hugs.

  6. Laurie J. Edwards on August 16, 2015 8:06 pm

    You look great, but with such a pretty face, you’ll rock any look.

  7. Cecilia Meyer on August 16, 2015 8:52 pm

    I LOVE the purple, Karen!!!! Purple is my FAVORITE color!
    You are rocking the look, but more importantly, you have a rockstar family supporting you!

  8. David Kwee on August 16, 2015 9:28 pm

    I’m proud of you for transforming the “Hair today, gone tomorrow” meme into something kid friendly. You’ve got a big heart. Shows in your writing.

  9. Tim (aka: Mr. Pink) on August 17, 2015 12:13 pm

    The haircut is called a “sulot” (say: soo-lot) and it looks good on you!* Now get to Whole Foods and buy some free range non-GMO burlap muffins to complete the look.

    *I may be partial to it because I had one once… it was orange.

  10. Melanie Moran on August 17, 2015 12:39 pm

    You look so beautiful. In all of these pictures the constant is your gorgeous smile! I remember when you were pregnant with both Maddy and Zach being selfishly happy because it meant there would be more of you in this world – which meant this world would be a that much more beautiful, magical, loving and warm place. And smart. And strong. What a good man you chose to make those babies with.

  11. Pat on August 17, 2015 4:38 pm

    Yay, being with kiddies again! And I *love* how you’re handling the hair thing with them. (And the new cut, too!)

  12. Kami on August 17, 2015 5:56 pm

    Go Karen. You are strong and amazing. How great that you are so positive. Your children will always remember this cool thing that their mom did. You look fab.

  13. Tammy Reece on August 17, 2015 9:37 pm

    You are one amazing person who I admire!! Your courage, love and fight for life is remarkable! I’m so fortunate to call you my friend! I love your hair and can’t wait to see you again! Xoxox Tammy

  14. Nina Kilbride on August 18, 2015 5:54 pm


  15. Julia on August 19, 2015 2:41 pm

    Beeeeee autiful

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