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Mama makes mistakes too.


I had just come out of the bathroom from cutting the kids hair….
Check out FREE Haircut Day on Old Rambling Road for more on that. You can see the mess that I already had on my hands….

Disgusting, right?!?! Well, I walked 10 steps into my bedroom (which by the way has brand new carpet…) and I saw nothing but RED!!! Steam came out of my ears like you see in the cartoons. Mac and Rosie’s eyes were as big as softballs staring at me in horror.

You should know that we live in a house owned by my overperfectionist, clean-freak parents. I love them, but it’s true. Ha! They purchased this house for the kids and me just a few months ago as a rental property, and have almost completely remodeled the entire thing with beautiful upgrades that I hope to show you in future posts. So, when I say brand new carpets… I mean BRAND NEW, light carpets…. and not mine! You know what I mean? {{Nervous giggle}}

These photos do not show the magnitude of my horror! Trust me, it was much scarier in person…

As a mama of 2 preschoolers, your first reaction is to ask WHO DID IT, right?!
Please back me up Mamas!! Lol! I so wish that I had a picture of their faces at that moment! I’m furiously looking at them for answers, and they are looking at each other in horror as if silently asking each other, did you do it?

Next question, what the heck is that red stuff EVERY WHERE!? And how am I going to get it out so my parents don’t freak out!! It’s all kind of laughable after the fact, but trust me nobody was laughing at that moment!

Suddenly, I had a flash of memory. A few days earlier, I had pulled out some red icing (that I just so happened to have) and sprinkles for the kids to make snow cones with all the crazy amount of snow we had received. Well, being the procrastinator that I am I had left it in the garage (on the ground no less) for a couple of days thinking that they would play with it again….. BIG MISTAKE! I had “thought” to myself, you really ought to pick that up before it gets tracked inside…. BIG sighhh, of disappointment in myself…

Knowing that the kids weren’t wearing shoes and had just gotten out of the bath, I reluctantly looked down at my own boots… I HAD DONE IT! It was my fault! Now, how am I going to spin this with the kids? They saw how upset I was when I thought it was THEM, but now we all knew that it was MY fault!

Enter, perfect opportunity to teach them a lesson…

My oldest, Mac, who is 4-years old, was very concerned about the whole ordeal while my 2-year old, Rosie could’ve cared less.

I immediately went into a cleaning frenzy! My next post will be on how to remove red icing from very light carpet. Water doesn’t do it, unless you want pink carpet.

Mac watched as I struggled to figure out how to remove the stains. Once I finally realized how I was going to clean up my mess, the carpet, I turned to my kids who were way past there afternoon nap at this point and knew that I would have to give them some sort of explanation.

I pulled them both onto my lap and explained that this was a perfect example of how Mama is not perfect. I make mistakes. BIG ones sometimes. And although I am mad at myself, everything will be okay. I’m going to do my best to clean up my mess, but even if I couldn’t clean up the red icing that I had mindlessly tracked all over the house, Grandma and Grandpa might be upset with me, but they will still love me.

It’s okay to make mistakes. While you might get in trouble or be upset with yourself, it’s not that big of a deal. Everybody’s safe. Nobody’s hurt. So, everything will be just fine.

It actually turned out to be a very productive discussion with my kids considering our current family issues. Having separated from their father and moved into an apartment for 4 months and now this house just a few months ago they have been through a lot! Especially my 4-year old who is having a very hard time understanding how to express his feelings, and I am constantly trying to reassure him and his sister that Mama and Daddy both love them so so much regardless of all the changes that have occurred.

I tucked them both into bed for their afternoon naps and told them that I was going into the garage to get some cleaning supplies. Mac, looked at me very seriously and said, “Mama, make sure you take your shoes off when you come back in.” LOL!! I love him so much!! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that moment because I realized that regardless of ALL of my mistakes, decisions and challenges he still loves me, and WE will all be okay!

Yours Truly,
Rambling Rose


I have a confession… I am super cheap when it comes to 2 things, my kids haircuts and socks. Ha! Yeah, I know, I’m probably the first to admit that I hate spending money on socks, but it’s true!! Strangely enough, I had a very serious conversation with somebody about buying socks just yesterday. Besides my kids, who grow out of socks every year, I haven’t bought myself socks in years. Don’t worry, I’m not out running around in holey socks… lol, I don’t know why that’s funny! Fortunately for me, my mom tends to buy me socks for all sorts of occasions: Christmas, my birthday, even Valentine’s Day. Lol! Maybe that’s why I don’t like buying them myself. Anyhow, lol, this post doesn’t have anything to do with socks… I tend to ramble, but that’s why it’s called Old Rambling Road. =)

Morale of the story, I have paid somebody else to cut my children’s hair ONCE, and it was the biggest waste of money! Mac is 4 and Rosie will be 3 THIS month. (Look for a future post on her Birthday Party currently in the works.) Anyway, that’s a whole lot of haircuts!!

Poor Mac was beginning to look like a Chia Pet, a much overgrown one at that! I have researched boys haircuts online and found a few YouTube videos that helped a little, but my jaw dropped when I found this awesome diagram from Heavenly Homemakers, where else?! Pinterest of course!!    ***Applause***


I’m sorry that I don’t have photos during the haircut process, but let’s be real, it was 2 toddlers vs. me and my scissors!!
I did get one photo of Batman after his cut, but the only thing that it proves is that a child’s haircut is a work in progress. I have tried everything from candy to handheld games to keep them occupied, but the best advice I can give is to have backup!!! You also want to work quickly (yet carefully), and don’t feel ashamed if you have to cut one day and trim up the next. Because I cut so much off of Mac’s hair, aka Batman, I knew I would have to trim up the next day, which you can totally see from the photo just how uneven the front was. I always save the front for last because I want it to blend, but not be too short. Anyway, as I say, it’s a work in progress, and to save $9-16 I’m willing to make it work.


I also used this girls haircut tutorial from Shwin & Shwin  to cut little Rosie’s hair. She was being shy, so maybe I’ll have add a photo later. =)

***Inserted 3-13-13, I forgot to include another very helpful boys cut tutorial loaded with photos. I don’t know about y’all, but I am a visual learner. All of these bloggers do a great job teaching with visual tools.***

I was very pleased with the instructions and photos in both of these tutorials!! Both my son and daughter’s FREE haircuts turned out great this time around with all of the tips I learned from these tutorials! I only wish I’d been able to take more photos, but maybe next time. After all, in the midst of cutting hair we had a few potty training mishaps, and discovered red icing pressed into our new carpets in our rental house….AAHHHHHH!!! Yes, I said red icing and new carpet in the same sentence! I will post on how to remove red icing sometime this week.

Here’s the link to my Hair and Beauty pinboard for even more awesome tips, tricks and inspiration.