Eeek! So excited to be doing this again this year, we had such a great time doing the Mother's Day 2011 Edition. This year I had a much easier time with Boo and getting photos taken. The hard part was doing my own hair. After getting about 1/3 of the way through twisting my hair into box twists (to match Boo's yarn twists), my hands just gave out on me and I knew that I would not be able to finish. Too much shaking for me to get the job done right (or even close to right). I cried, which in turn made Boo cry. And then I took it all out, washed my hair (cried some more, this time without her seeing me) and then we took our photo above. I felt so badly because she even offered to help me finish....and if she were just a wee bit older, she probably could have done so. As tough as it was for me to admit that I couldn't do something, this experience did just what it was supposed to do: It brought us closer together over a simple little thing called "doing hair." And that's what counts.
What's even better is that several other mama's joined in the fun again this year and shared in this experience with their kids. Without further introduction, and in the order that the photos were received, please meet this year's "Mama and Me" participants:
Above: Sarah and her 2-year-old twin girls E (left) and A (right). "The girls asked for mommy to have beads like they did, so I had a project during nap time one day. I didn't realize how long my hair was until I had to braid aaaaaaall the way down. Phew!"
Above: Trisha and her 3-year-old daughter A. "We both have side swept bangs, and a side bun; A.'s bun was made by knotting the ends of her flat rope twists amongst themselves (which barely shoes up unless I drag the contrast bar far enough to make it look like we're cartoons!) and my bun is about a dozen pinned twists (btw that e-book I mentioned really is for shorter, finer "long hair" as mine ate up and spit out nearly an entire package of bobby pins before I got it to stay up."
Above: Sonia and her 5 1/2-year-old daughter T and 3 1/2-year-old daughter A, each sporting a spiral flat twist updo. "We are strawberry-mango hair, chocolate hair, strawberry-mango care! (strawberry-mango is my elder daughter's way of describing people of asian descent, including herself!). It rained on hair day, so the pictures are much less than ideal, but I have learned to embrace imperfection when it comes to doing hair!!!"
Above: Carrie and 2-year-old Ms. V both going "color crazy" with their hair. "I recently added a chunk of crazy color in my hair, and we decided that Ms. V should too... but in her own way: Hot Pink! We both love playing with color (and with hair!) so these styles suit us perfectly."
Above: Nikki and her 3-year-old daughter H sharing a pink hair bow that H picked. "I recently cut my long hair short, making it more difficult for us to have shared H's style. She is currently wearing beaded box braids."
Above: Kimberly and her 4-year-old daughter J, wearing flowery pinned up twists.
Above: Katie and her 7-year-old twins A1 (left) and A2 (right). "I have piggyback ponies in both twins and then put a few in my hair as well. A2 thought it was funny to see the rubber bands in my hair."
Above: Carrie and her 2-year-old daughter little M. "We have matching headbands :) Our hair is sooo opposite that our matching hairstyles always include hair accessories."
Above: Natalia and her 4-year-old daughter L both showing off their flower power kinky curls. "My 10 year old girl has natural hair, but she wears it flat ironed all the time. I used to wear braids or weave. I'm constantly telling my little Lily that her hair is beautiful, but she wanted hair like mine. So to prove to her how beautiful her natural curls are, I did the big chop and now I rock a fro with my little one and I can still match my 10 year old's hair styles with the help of the magical hair store. :)"
Above: Natalia and her other daughter, 10-year-old Z sharing their kinky twists. "No real story to it.. people always say we are twins, so we decided it would be fun to be hair twins as well!"
Above: Karen and her 5-year-old daughter A. "My intention was to put us both in a veil with a pony tail/puff on top. Amia looked so cute in the two puffs that I left them in and only pulled mine back into the one elastic. While I'm going to try to perfect this in Amia's hair, I somehow doubt I'll be doing it in mine again!"
Above: Heather and her 11-year-old son N sharing a style they call "incognito." "We live in a tiny subtropical Asian country and regularly cross over to a handful of other Asian countries. At every border crossing we are forced to hand over our passports to a rarely-friendly face at immigration. Since 2010 when our passport photos were taken, I’ve chopped off 18 inches of hair and my formerly buzz-cut little boy is now an 11-year-old with long locks. The immigration officer always makes N pull his hair back and gives me a long, hard look while holding up my photo. To make matters worse, after a day of running around in the hot, humid climate, we generally end up just like our photo here, sweaty hair plastered to our heads, wispy ends curled outward. We may look nothing like our passport photos, but with my current short hair and his long hair, we sure do look like each other!" You can read about Heather and her family's travels at www.MyWanderingLife.com.
Above: Tanya and her 3 1/2-year-old daughter A both with fabulous 2 strand twists.
Above: Tiffani and her almost 4-year-old daughter C sharing the ever-fabulous twist-out.
Above: Tiffany and her 2-year-old daughter A rocking flat rope twists updo's.
Above: Kesher and her 2-year-old daughter S working their high afro puffs.
Thanks so much to all the families who participated this year, making our 2nd annual "Mama and Me" feature a huge success!
Many prayers to all of the moms, caregivers, and moms-in-waiting this year for a blessed Mother's Day full of love and joy.