Sometimes she literally makes me see red

The other day, Zoe decided that she was tired of being Greek so she decided to switch it up a little for St. Patrick’s Day and become Irish. This is Zoe with red hair, courtesy of one box of Nice ‘n Easy and thirty minutes away from my supervision. I’ve become accustomed to it and actually like it now but at the time I was all HEY, WHATTUP, PIPPI LONGSTOCKING?

By the way, don’ t you just love how I blow out all the highlights in my photos? I do that on purpose so that you don’t come to expect a filet mignon caliber of photography from me when I know my efforts are Hamburger Helper at best.

Let’s hear it for lowering those expectations!

Be careful you don’t trip over the bar there, lying on the ground.

Zoe with red hair from a box and Helena with brown hair from God. This photo was immediately after I encouraged them to act naturally.

At this point, I think my own expectations were digging themselves straight to China.

By the way, Helena now wants to color her hair because hey, her sister and her mom do it so why can’t she? And after she continued to ask me 467 times, I was all Fine! Fine! Go color your hair! I suppose you’ll be wanting your period now too, as well? Great! Be my guest! We can all color our hair together and then compare our bloated stomachs! Then we’ll eat cheese covered with chocolate sprinkles all day every day for a week! Then we’ll bitch at each other over nothing! AND THEN WE’LL BLEED ALL OVER OUR UNDERWEAR TOGETHER! IT’LL BE FUN!

She hasn’t asked me again.

Zoe’s hair seemed to get redder and redder the longer we stayed outside.

See? I had to hurry it up lest she became a beacon for incoming arrivals at the county airport.

Is “incoming arrivals” redundant and unnecessary?

Is “redundant and unnecessary” redundant and unnecessary?

It’s not often that my girls allow themselves to enjoy one another’s company. There are usually too many obstacles in the way, like their 6½ year age difference, their friends, and fights over the computer, TV and bathroom. Oh! And who can forget their raging battles over who can set and clear the table the fastest, who can keep their bedroom the cleanest and who can love Mom the bestest?

Me. That’s who. It’s hard to remember something that never happened.

I know that they love each other.

But I’m constantly surprised when, amidst all of the YOU ARE SUCH A BIG BUTT and the YOU’RE A BIG HAIRY BUTT and the YOU’RE THE BIGGEST HAIRIEST BUTT FREAK THERE IS and the MOM, SHE CALLED ME A BIG HAIRY BUTT FREAK moments, they seem to genuinely like each other as well.

I genuinely like them too.



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29 thoughts on “Sometimes she literally makes me see red”

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    I love the red hair. It definitely becomes her and she seems to have the right complexion for it. Two beautiful girls.

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    The red really suits her and she would fit right in here in Ireland.

    Great photos of the girls – the last two are stunning.

    My cousins and I were on holiday/vacation in US as teenagers and strangers would come up to my red headed cousin and say “gee, I just LURVE your hair, which shade did you dye it with?…….What? It’s REAL? Gee, does everyone have red hair in Ireland? And I JUST LURVE
    your cute accent! Say something else…… Oh I have an Irish cousin, he’s called Paddy O’Connor and he lives in Dublin, I am sure you know him….” !!!

    Can’t believe you still have so much snow – Here it is the usual 40 shades of green.
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    At least she didn’t pick aubergine!! I made that mistake when I was her age, and it was NOT pretty.. Now this red hair is super cool, and it doesn’t look DIY’ish at all.. Just admit it.. Now you want red hair too.. 😉

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    You got some great shots of the girls. It’s always nice to catch the nice sibling moments amid the chaos that is usual daily life. We have it here with our boys too.

    I like the red. Besides, every one claims to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day just so they can make an excuse for drinking into oblivion one day a year.
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    Her hair looks great!!! Crap, when I was 17 I tried going from my God-given dark dark dark dark brown-black to red and ended up with a head that looked like a flaming orange had given birth to a crop of chestnuts. Yeah….it wasn’t even.
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    wow – she picked the right Red mom! I think she looks stunning 🙂 It’s always a shock when we colour our hair for the first time… I was a blond, brunette and a red head in high school and at some point got talked into all three at once during a period in the early millennium when that was trendy… at least it isn’t permanent… hair grows 🙂
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    She’s a beautiful girl!! They both are:) And her hair color looks really pretty. My daughter colored her beautiful blond hair black. And threw in a lip piercing to go with it:( She was mad at us! Well now that she wants to be blond again, she can’t-her hair is in too bad of shape to be colored again. Tell your lovely to be careful not to color, too much!!

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    well, yes… I agree with the group…. I know its not “natural” but that is a gorgeous color red…. and she does wear it well… and mom… just think… she could have wanted a purple mohawk! lol
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    I agree, the red is lovely! And count your blessings mom, our eldest DD has the bottom 5 inches of her hair bleached blonde and colors it according to her mood, mostly red, hot pink and some kind of orange. She’s 14 btw.

    I figure hey, she doesn’t have to worry about looking presentable for a job yet, she and her friends think it’s cool, it’ll grow out, or she can cut it off if she grows out of this phase. Might as well let the kid have her freedoms while she can.

    So be glad all you got was a pretty daughter with beautiful red hair!
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    Gorgeous hair and beautiful girls!

    I’ve been coloring my hair since I was a teen too…usually some shade of red, copper, etc…my mom is a hairdresser so she always did it for me, we even did jet black once in a rocker phase and she obliged although she said I would look like a corpse and she was right. LOL

    Visiting from SITS!
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    Oh man, this totally made me think back fondly to the myriads of conversations I had with my sister (7 years younger than me, ahem) which went something like this:

    Me: Butthead
    Her: Buttface
    Me: Buttcheese
    Her: Buttfungus
    Me: Buttmushroom
    Her: Buttbutt

    Thankfully, they usually ended thereabouts, because there are only so many things to which you can add BUTT to.
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