By: Jennifer Murray

Backyard Barber

Clippers have proven to be a wise investment for our family.  This being the 4th haircut (the 2nd do-it-ourself version), I think the boys have officially inherited the thick hair gene (esp. Brooks and Clark).  Brad did a fantastic job turning them into little men…they grow before my eyes as the hair falls off.  The backyard makes a perfect barber shop and keeps me from cleaning up millions of fine little hairs for DAYS! Some little birdie is making a mansion of a nest outta these boys’ locks!



Henry checkin’ out the equipment before "going under the clippers"


Isaac telling Daddy how to he likes his "do"


Brooks sittin’ sweet with Clark supervising


Clark getting a lot off the top


You’ll have to wait for the next post to get the "after" look.  I have some great videos that I cannot wait to share!!!! 


17 Responses to “Backyard Barber”

  1. Mountain Girl
    September 30, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    I love the backyard barber shop idea! My husband has learned to clip his own hair and we clip our cocker ourselves. Now…..if my DH would learn how to cut my hair! Yikes…that could be scary! And starting the boys young, they will be used to the clippers! Can’t wait to see the “after” pictures……..

    September 30, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    I remember believing my kids (singleton 14 yrs old and twins age 8 1/2) shouldn’t have haircuts until they were a year old – but then wondering “why did I wait?” They look so different with the haircuts. The boys turned into little men – my daughter? well – she didn’t get a haircut at a year – cause she really did’t have any hair until over the age of 2.

    Can’t wait to see the AFTER pics!

  3. Jen Wilson
    September 30, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Can’t wait to see the “after” pics! For some funny reason, I had a “blog friend” dream last night. You and your boys were in it – it was like a huge backyard barbeque with all the people from the blogs I read. Weird.

  4. The Carlsons
    September 30, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    that’s EXACTLY what i do for jared and his haircuts. how funny! boy’s haircuts are so much easier (and cheaper to do yourself with clippers). i don’t know what i’m going to do in cutting/trimming our girls’ hair. hm…beauty school for me 😉

    can’t wait to see the end result pics!

    -fellow quad mom of GGGG and a 4yo boy

  5. Andria
    September 30, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Oooh, I can not wait for the after-shots! How does Brad do with cowlicks? We could use his services, I’m sure!

    Love the hairy socks! LOL.

  6. Gwendolyn
    September 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    Our clippers have served us well also! I wish I had gotten pictures of my boys having their hair cut this weekend. :O)

    I’ll check back to see how great they looked when they were done. I’m glad that I found your blog!

  7. Suzanne
    September 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    LITTLE MEN, i tell ya! i cannot wait until they sit still like that…sheesh–that will make it MUCH easier for mama! can’t wait to see the afters…love you! miss you!!!

  8. Brittany
    September 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    LOL! That’s EXACTLY what I do w/ Nathan! He doesn’t sit very well for me after about the first 30 seconds. I bet the neighbors are watching me through their windows, laughing at me chasing him w/ the clippers! ugh!

  9. Anonymous
    September 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm #

    Some tips that you might already know. Baby powder works pretty well for getting the itchy hair off their necks until you can get them into the tub. Sometimes I have a hairdryer set on cool nearby too. It helps to blow the little hairs aways.

  10. Kate
    September 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    My son had his first haircut at 7 weeks! Now I clip him in the backyard too… but beware, the winter is coming!!!

  11. Gail
    September 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    They’re sooooooo cute! I can’t wait until Frankie gets enough hair to actually cut. Guess he’s going to be like his Mommy – won’t have much hair until he’s two (or later). lol

    Thanks for sharing your “big” boy pics. Can’t wait to see the after photos. 🙂

  12. Following HIM
    September 30, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    WOW-the boys are so precious and handsome all at the same time. Can not wait till the next post to see the handsome, little men 🙂

  13. The Leonard Four
    September 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    hi jen…thanks so much for your sweet comment. i can’t remember if i have ever left you a comment or not, but i’ve been “stalking” you for quite some time now. i think that i found you on steece’s pieces.

    your family is completely adorable and i just love reading all of your stories! you are so funny and inspiring – really relatable! 🙂 i can barely keep up with my 2 girls…don’t know how you run after 4!!! you make it look easy! i live in texas, but grew up in indiana, so i feel like we have a little in common!

    anyway, just wanted to say hi and thank you for letting me stalk you! your blog is super cute too!

    take care…

  14. Danielle
    October 1, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    Hi Jen~
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Too sweet! Especially considering you have very little free time (: Can’t wait to see the after pictures!

  15. mommy2twindaughters
    October 1, 2008 at 4:50 am #

    I can’t wait to see the “after” pictures! Backyard barber is an excellent idea!

  16. Busy Momma
    October 1, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    oh, teasing!! can’t wait to see the after!!

  17. Anonymous
    October 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    Ugh, not fair! Waiting isnt my thing…so hurry!:)
    Heidi C.

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