Another take in the sock bun! Push the sock down to the bottom of the pony tail. Spread the hair out around the sock and secure with an elastic. Braid the remaining hair wrapping it around the bun, pinning it down till its secure.
My parents never took enough pictures of us! Another great idea: Take a picture of the first and last day of school to see how much they change over the year - this would make a really cute photo book when they graduate high school.