"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cut & Pierce

On a spur of the moment, Simone and I decided this particular Saturday would make a great day to get a haircut and pierced ears in preparation for turning 5. She obliged me one "before" photo...First up, the hair cut...Make no mistake that she was less than thrilled about the 30 minutes of sitting still. Not so under her breath, she muttered, "She is taking FOREVER!"Next stop, the mall. She wanted to head straight to the Piercing Pagoda, no lunch breaks on the way.
And Simone "after"... (yes, that would be PINK FLOWER earrings she chose, much to my surprise!)

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