Another Hairy Story

This is not a style or hair blog (far from it!), but yes, I’m going to talk about hair…again! :p

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It affects about 2% of the population, including 6.5 million people in the US alone. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). Each September is Alopecia Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Look At Us! It’s pride in those who have suffered from this disease, what they’ve accomplished, and where they are headed.

Melody Joyce EmilyI know some people are probably annoyed by my girls’ long hair, but I promise, it is not for show nor for lack of care that it is long. I shared my story of how I have been donating my hair for years now (see links below), and my girls have asked to be a part of that. Last year, both Melody and I were ready to make a cut. Emily has never gotten a haircut in her whole entire 5 years of life, so I think it was definitely time! She decided she would make the cut this year after her birthday and before our trip to Disneyland. You can see our photos below, along with links to more photos from each cut. :) We had previously donated to Locks of Love, and this time we donated to Children with Hair Loss.

You can read all about my hair stories in the links below:
*It’s Been Almost 2 Years…
*Making the Cut: The Story of My Hair
*Making the Cut: My Hairy Adventure
*Making the Cut: The Fourth Donation

MELODY
BEFORE – This is Melody’s 2nd “big” cut, and her first time donating.

DURING – She was definitely not as nervous as she had been for her first real haircut.

TA-DA! – I think she had a little more than 8 inches cut off.

AFTER – Cutie!

Check out more photos HERE.

JOYCE
BEFORE – I am always nervous for my cuts, even though this was my 5th donation.

DURING – Long hair is easier to manage for me than shorter hair.

TA-DA! – Looks okay until you see me in the morning. :p hehehe I think I had 10 inches cut off.

AFTER – But it is definitely lighter! Woohoo! No heavy hair!

The girls got their hair done while I was having my hair cut. Check out those photos HERE. They had a good time, and had some fab braids done.

EMILY
BEFORE – 5 years in the making!

DURING – She was super nervous.

TA-DA! – I think she got 10 inches cut off, and it was a whole lot shorter than she expected.

AFTER – Super cute, and awesome for our Southern California trip! But she also has crazy hair in the morning!

And for more photos of Emily’s cut, click HERE.

It kinda weird to think that this package has hair in it. :p
But so awesome to see stories like these:
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cwhlIf you are in the Bay Area, next Thursday is National Alopecia Areata Awareness Night at the SF Giants vs. SD Padres game. It is $17.75/ticket if you have a group attending this game. (Info in previous link.)

And if you have gray hair, but wanted to contribute with hair donation, there is news for you! A friend at church grew his hair to donate to Silver Wig’s Fund.

Well, thank you for making it through a super long post. I hope that kinda makes up for the lack of posts around here for the past 3 months. :p

What are some unconventional ways you have blessed others, or would like to bless others?

Our Week in Photos (Week 35)

What Happened?
*MOPS Leaders’ Planning Retreat
*Young Families Book Study
*Emily learns to ride a 2-wheel bike!!!
*Babysitting friends’ daughter
*Norm had a celebration with work and went to watch Motown at the Orpheum Theatre
*Online meeting for HelloMornings (fun plans coming up!)
*First day back at A/OK (Emily’s first year!!)
*$1 BBQ
*Dinners Done Freezer Meal Workshop
*CC Orientation

This did not include our usual dinner with families, worship band practice, or other regular activities. Along with the learning curve of a new laptop and not being able to resize photos, among others things, you can see why we haven’t posted for 2 months! :p Whew!

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Here’s to a Healthier Me! And You too!

Motherhood is draining! I think that is a given. Middle-of-the-night wake-ups, carrying kids to and fro, cooking meals, and on and on. Don’t get me wrong, it is the most awesome job I could ever have in this whole wide world, but even when I do get some me-time, I know there is still those never-ending tasks to get back to once our Moms Night Out is over. It is exhausting! As moms, we tend to put everyone else first, and that takes a toll on our health. Well, it is time for a healthier me! And a healthier you too!! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely getting on board with some awesome resources that will help me to figure out how to live healthier, especially in this processed food world!

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So, are you in? Don’t get stuck in a rut, and then stay there. It’s time to find a new normal. My new normal is living a healthier lifestyle.

P.S. We will be getting back to our regularly scheduled program really soon! :)
P.P.S. It is the last day to enter The Boxcar Children DVD giveaway on our review blog!! Hurry on over! It is my girls’ current fave movie, and Emily is getting excited to read her first Boxcar Children book.

Our Week in Photos (Week 34)

What Happened?
*Back-to-School Ice Creamery Lunch
*FPCH Young Families Gathering
*Anniversary Dinner at Simply Fondue
*MOPS Spark Leaders Live
*Golfland with EB&DB

What’s Happening?
*MOPS Leaders’ Planning Retreat
*Young Families Book Study
*Emily learns to ride a 2-wheel bike!!!
*Babysitting friends’ daughter
*Norm had a celebration with work and went to watch Motown at the Orpheum Theatre
*Online meeting for HelloMornings (fun plans coming up!)
*First day back at A/OK (Emily’s first year!!)
*$1 BBQ
*Dinners Done Freezer Meal Workshop
*CC Orientation

It was back-to-school week, and kicked it off with our traditional Sunday lunch at Ice Creamery. The girls always seemed to be surprised when we go even though we have been doing this since we started homeschooling 4 years ago! :p We celebrated 9 years of marriage this week. Woot! (15 years together!) We went to Simply Fondue in Livermore. It was our first time and we didn’t realize it is quite the event. We were there for a few hours! Everything was so good and we had a good time chatting without being interrupted by kiddos. Tip: Bring something warm to wear if you are going to Simply Fondue, it is cold inside! Our MOPS group hosted the Spark Leaders event for the MOPS group in Northern California. It was split into 2 smaller events this year. We had about 175ish mom leaders come to this event. It was super fun, but I wish we had more time to chat and connect. And we ended the week at the Golfland arcade and Genghix yumminess.

- Joyce

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Tired of spending so much on groceries?

Hi friends, I will get back to regular blogging soon, but with our laptop dying, homeschool starting back, and other life stuff going on, you will have to bear with us. I just wanted to pop in really quickly to let you in on a super great deal going on right now. If your answer to the question below is “YES!”, check out Grocery University!

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The Grocery University course is packed with valuable information and step-by-step help for families who want to lower their grocery budget. Crystal’s friend Carrie, mom of five and owner of Colorado Bargains, produced the course, and Crystal recently purchased the rights to GU, and is excited to share some updates she has made.

Early bird gets the worm, so make sure to get in on the deal earlier than later with the re-launch of Grocery University! (Sorry for the late posting, we missed buying the course for $2.99.)

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After August 19th, the course will be set at the regular price of $9.97.

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Our Week in Photos (Week 33)

What Happened?
*Young Families Book Study
*CC Parent Practicum – Play Camp and Geo Camp
*Daddy/Daughters Date – Chinese Bakery and Xtreme Science Magic
*Packing Party
*Mom’s Birthday Lunch at Banana Island
*DC’s 3rd Birthday Party

What’s Happening?
*Back-to-School Ice Creamery Lunch
*FPCH Young Families Gathering
*Anniversary Dinner at Simply Fondue
*MOPS Spark Leaders Live
*Golfland with EB&DB

This was the best CC Parent Practicum ever! I am thankful for the reminder of why we homeschool, and encouraged for what our homeschooling future looks like. The girls had a lot of fun at Geo Camp and Play Camp. We ended it with a bang: me babysitting kiddos during a packing party for friends who are moving while Norm took the girls on a Daddy/Daughters Date to the Chinese Bakery and an event at the library. We drove right over to celebration Norm’s mom’s birthday at Banana Island, and then we drove right back to celebrate DC’s 3rd birthday! Woot woot! It’s how we roll. :)

- Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 32)

What Happened?
*Family BBQ
*Oakland Zoo with SL
*Walking Group at Lake Chabot
*AR’s 5th Birthday Party

What’s Happening?
*Young Families Book Study
*CC Parent Practicum – Play Camp and Geo Camp
*Daddy/Daughters Date – Chinese Bakery and Xtreme Science Magic
*Packing Party
*Mom’s Birthday Lunch at Banana Island
*DC’s 3rd Birthday Party

Kicked off the week with a BBQ at my little sister’s house, and we celebrated my big sister’s birthday. We used our Summer Reading Program Oakland Zoo passes to go on our annual trip to the zoo. It is only 10 minutes away, but I don’t know why we don’t go more often. We ended the week with our final hiking group meetup at Lake Chabot, and celebrating AR’s 5th birthday! It was a super fun Frozen themed party.

- Joyce

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