Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here she is at home showing off all of her loot: a very chocolaty chocolate milk from Appplebee's, 12 glow-in-the-dark bracelets, 3 mini flashlights, some hot-pink garden gloves for picking up walnuts, a big back of M & M's, and 3 masks for Violet. Pretty good for $9 (she paid for her meal too, but it was $.99 kids meals at Applebee's).
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Okay, I know I go a little over the top with the Violet thing, but it won't be much longer that she will put up with it. For now she thinks it is fun since she is recognizing colors. She sees something and says, "Dat Biwet cowor!" I think she would be thrilled if she started turning violet!
Saturday morning I ran my first race. It was part of my home town's yearly festival. I ran it with my sister and sister-in-law and friend. Despite it being a cool 50 degrees out, all of my family came to cheer us on. Here are the girls waiting for Mommy to cross the finish line:
Here I come on the home stretch:
It was a little over 2 miles and I finished in 21 minutes and 14 seconds. I got a medal for being second in my age group. Here I am all smiles after crossing the finish line:
And here I am with my crew after we finished the race: our friend Christy, my sister-in-law April, me, and my sister Caylyn (holding Violet):
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Inside the Bio-Villa:
After touring butterfly heaven, we sat down for tagging of the monarchs. Pendleton's is a tagging site for the offical Monarch Watch through KU. The fold the butterflies in half, keep them in envelopes in the refrigerator to get them to calm down and literally put stickers on them with numbers before letting them go. Each child had a turn letting a tagged butterfly go. "Fly to Mexico!"
It was interesting to learn that they are identifying what gene in some monarchs causes them to fly south and live for up to 6 months, while others only live for 2 weeks.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Is potty training going to be completed any time soon? My guess is no, because she didn't even realize what she had done, until she stood up and looked in her potty. That's okay, it's a start!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Aliah: "It's really long!" stretching it out her full arms' length.
Annabelle: "Yeah, it's really stinky too."
Violet: "Biwet hold nake kin!"
Aliah: "Violet is crumpling it up!"
Me: "That's okay."
Aliah: "Violet is tearing it up!"
Me: "That's okay."
Annabelle: "Violet is eating the snake skin!"
Me: "Violet Grace Haigh! Spit out the snake skin, NOW!"
Saturday, September 19, 2009
A great way to use up old paper and any discarded photos from the last 3 1/2 years since I started scrapbooking myself.
Even Violet did a page. She told me, "baby crying Mommy" Yes Violet, you always cry when we pose you for a family picture, remember?As you can see, Aliah takes this new hobby very seriously:She told me that she would someday enjoy looking at her page so that she could remember what kind of glasses that she used to have. Then she would cry because her blue square glasses are just the best glasses in the whole world, because they are different than everyone elses, and she will never have another pair like them.
Update: this evening, while I was outside painting and the girls were playing outside, Violet snuck in the house unattended and made some alterations.She felt a few ounces of glue and some well placed ribbon would be a good finishing touch for Annabelle' page:
No worries, I didn't tell Annabelle (and I don't think she is savvy enough to read my blog- yet) I just blotted up what I could. Her page is just a bit stiffer now.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
- 2 whole eggs
- 6 egg whites (or 1 1/4 cup Egg Beaters, which is what I used today)
- about ¼ cup sweet onion diced
- about ¼ cup chopped fresh spinach
- about ¼ cup green bell pepper diced
- about ¼ cup zucchini diced
- 1 tbsp (5g) Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp (7g) of real bacon bits
- non-stick olive oil spray
- Kosher Salt & Pepper
- fresh chives, basil, or parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Dice all the veggies and set aside.
Crack the eggs in a medium bowl and set aside.
Mix the Parmesan cheese & bacon bits together in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in all the veggies. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and sweat for a for minutes until soft and the flavors merge.
Beat the eggs with a little salt and pepper.
Spray a 24-cup mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place about 1 tbsp egg mixture in each muffin cup. You will have some leftover.
Scoop about ½ tbsp of the cooked veggie mixture into each muffin cup. Using the rest of the egg mixture, top off the muffin cups making each one about even. Sprinkle the cheese bacon bit mixture on top. (This recipe is from GreenLiteBites).
I made two dozen mini muffins and a few Mommy-size muffins:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
2 c oats
3/4 c brown sugar
1 c whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 T canola oil
1/2 c honey
mix ins: today I used about 1/2 c chocolate chips, 2 T wheat germ, and 1/4 cup extra fine chopped nuts (you can also use any kind of dried fruit)
Mix all ingredients and press into greased 11 X13 pan. Bake at 20 minutes until edges are brown. Take out and let cool completely. Invert on cutting board and cut into strips. Store in snack-sized bags (or if you are my family, eat most of them first and don't bother storing most of them).
We have been talking about shapes and their attributes. Aliah started with symmetrical designs, but later even made a (recognizable) wolf with the rubber bands on her geoboard.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Aliah Drama Class (homeschool co-op a half hour away)
Violet Magic Class (like a Gymboree Music/Movement Class)
Aliah Group Violin
Aliah Dance Class
Aliah private violin
Storytime at Library
Awana all evening at church
Mommy YMCA workout (half hour away)
meet Daddy for lunch
Violet Art Class at Playgroup
Homeschool Co-op all afternoon (half hour away)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
This is how Annabelle feels about it: