Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Trip on the Cutting Board

This is the second winter the girls have enjoyed skiing.  Tuesday Ricky took off work to take the girls to the mountain.  Aliah and Ricky skied together while Annabelle had a private lesson.
She's in level 5, which means she is quite comfortable skiing blues and is now starting to ski blacks.  This winter has been unseasonable dry here in Seattle.  If you know anyone who skiis, when someone complains about it raining, they are quick to point out, "If it's raining here, that means it's snowing in the mountains."  So when there's not a lot of rain, there's not great snow for skiing.  The particular trail that Annabelle was on with her instructor was a little icy.  Annabelle fell during a jump and landed on her back. 

As you can imagine, Annabelle tells the story better.  But it goes something like this:  After her fall,  her instructor wasn't comfortable moving her.  So she called ski patrol and about ten people from the rescue team stabilized Annabelle's spinal cord and neck and put her on a backboard.  Then they skied her down the mountain on a sled. (Annabelle will tell you that people on the lifts were pointing at her and covering their mouths while laughing.  I explained that they were covering their mouths gasping at the sight of a little girls going down the mountain on a backboard.)

While they were taking her down the mountain, I received the dreaded phone call from Steven's Pass that my daughter was being brought down the mountain on a backboard.  Not fun.  However, Steven's Pass is the epitome of professional and it was evident that they were taking extra precautions to keep Annabelle safe. 

God answered my prayer and Ricky just happened to be taking a water break so I was able to get a hold of him immediate so that he could be with Annabelle.  Aliah did her sisterly duty of riding with Annabelle in the ambulance for the hour long ride to the hospital so that Ricky could follow in our vehicle.  Annabelle demonstrated her frustration with being strapped to the backboard during this time by yelling, "get me off this cutting board!" 
A quick exam by the doctor at the hospital resulted in her getting her wish of being removed from the backboard.  She was a little shaken up, but happy to be going home after some quick tests came back fine.
Annabelle's ski instructor called to see how she was doing the next day.  Annabelle assured her that she would be back in lessons again in a few weeks. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Girl Cafe

Sisters ski day with Daddy means Violet/Mommy date day.  Violet has been wanting to take her American Girl doll to the American Girl Cafe for a while, so we seized the opportunity last week.   I think she was tickled pink.

 The highlight of our at the American Girls store was the trip to the bathroom so that Emily could hang out on the custom doll hooks while Violet washed her hands.  It's the little things in life. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Apple time

Back in September, we harvested apples from our tree in the backyard.  Nothing tastes better than home made applesauce.  This year's task of making applesauce went a little smoother with the help of my Grandmother's apple peeler.  We ended up with 17 quart-sized jars of applesauce and 10 smaller jars of apple jam.

Winter Fun

It doesn't snow often in Seattle and only lasts for half a day before the temperatures get back up to the 40's.  But the girls were out by 7:00 a.m. making the most of what little time they had.  They would come in every other hour, fill back up on pumpkin pancakes while their clothes were in the dryer and then head back out.

We celebrated our friend Lily's birthday at the ice rink.  A first for the Punkettes.  Ms. Heidi gave everyone a little help to get started.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Safe Home

Our family recently signed up to be a host family for children through an organization called Safe Families for Children.  The week of Thanksgiving, we hosted our first child.  This sweet little girl needed a safe home while her Mom could not care for her.  Safe Families for Children is a nation-wide organization whose goal is to give support to parents in crisis situations who have no one to care for their children. 

For most children who end up in the foster care system, there was some crisis event their parents faced which precipitate to child abuse or neglect.  The goal of Safe Families for Children is to come along side parents during the crisis situation and provide a temporary home for the child without threat of loosing custody.  This relief goes a long way to prevent child abuse.  The goal is that the parents are equipped, the family reunited and stabilized. 
This little girl made herself right at home in our family.  Our girls rose to the challenge of caring for a busy toddler.  They learned when we picked her up that not everyone has a home, or a Dad, or three meals a days.  They learned that little girls cry a lot at night when they miss their Momma.
By far, our host child's favorite members of the family were the Haigh boys (Daddy and Charlie).  Although she was nonverbal, she spent a lot of time signing "I love you" and asking for tickles from the Daddy by pretending to tickle him.  During church, she sat in his lap, with her head on his shoulder for an hour, soaking up the love.  Even Charlie thought she was pretty sweet, especially when she would crawl in the kennel with him. 
We are thankful for this opportunity to minister to others as a family.  To share our home and our love with another precious child. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Potato Farmers

This was our first year to have a garden in our own yard.  Some veggies grew better than others, but overall, the raised bed garden was a success.  By far the most exciting harvest was the potatoes.  It was like digging for gold.  Aliah was so pleased with her bounty.  She gave a few of her choice potatoes to neighbors and friends and made us a delicious potato soup. 

In other news, Charlie has turned out to be quite a complementary addition to our family.  He graduated first in his obedience class and has been off leash in our yard with us for the past few weeks with no problems.  Thank goodness for faithful fur-babies!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cama Beach

It's pretty great that a little over an hour in the car lands us in a little cabin on the beach.  Even just getting way for 24 hours feels like we are worlds away.

Isn't it amazing that all of the sea stars around here are brilliant shades of orange or purple?
Charlie guarding out pet-friendly cabin.   A little bird told me that while we were away getting the most delicious blackberry scones (Cama Beach Cafe), Charlie managed to get hugs from the neighbor boy, pets and kisses from the other neighbor Mama, and a hot dog from a neighbor Daddy.  All while ferociously protecting our cabin, no doubt. 
The girls now find familiar creators on the beach, shrieking in joy with each discovery.  They spent a few hours learning new things from the naturalist about the marine wildlife.
"When can we go back to the cabin on the beach, Daddy?"

Monday, August 12, 2013

Zip Line Video

We just returned from the most amazing family camp.  There were lots of opportunities for adrenaline rush like this zip line.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Annabelle Age 20

A couple days ago, Annabelle and I overhauled her room and I found this. 

"Me Annabelle Haigh when I'm 20.  Long hair and bangs.  I am singing at a theater with 500,000 people watching wearing a dress and holding a microphone.  Already singing in church."

May all of your dreams come true Annabelly!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Nothing says summertime like watermelon smiles and lazy afternoons playing in the sprinkler.  Pretty much the same as it was in Kansas, except here we have to watch out for the bear that is roaming our neighborhood.  Thankfully Charlie is pretty smitten with his girls and a pretty good guard dog.