Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'm not Ornery. . .

I'm beautiful. . .
wearing Mommy's black mascara and Satin Lips lipgloss!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dollar Bins Rock!

Aliah and I went on a "date" last night. She had a wad of money she to spend that she had earned from picking up buckets and buckets-full of walnuts. After realizing she didn't have enough money for the $45 Barbie she was disappointed. So I introduced her to the dollar bins at Target. Besides shopping for trinkets for herself, she was also wanting to get Violet a birthday gift. These masks were perfect- kitty:
And Piggie:
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

Violet, You're Turning Violet!

Doesn't this cute bubble dress (well on my giant it is more like a bubble shirt) remind you of Violet from the Willy Wonka movie?And all of you Mommies of toddlers, give me 3 cheers for toddler shoes that toddlers can put on themselves. Who cares that they are on the wrong feet and one strap isn't fastened. Technically they are still on and SHE put them on herself!Oh, and how about that new violet colored Nalgene water bottle I found on Amazon.
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!

My First Race

Sorry I have been MIA lately, we just returned from a trip to see my family. I have a lot to post about our trip to what Annabelle calls "Mimi Land."

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

Hanging Out with the Butterflies

Being the go-getter that I am, I arranged for a private tour at Pendleton's Country Market of their Butterfly Bio-Villa for my kids and our friends. This included a hay rack ride. Here are all 24 of us ready to go:
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

Another First, Part II

We are just all over the developmental milestones at our house. Guess what Violet did today? I'll spare you the details.

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

That's Not What I Wanted to Hear!

Daddy: "Look girls, I found a snake skin."

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!"

Another First!

I heard a scream from Aliah's room, so I grabbed my camera to catch this:



Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Girls Have a New Hobby

Scrapbooking!

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

Mini-Egg Muffins

  • 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:

"More please!"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Favorite Granola Bars

My kids eat store-bought granola bars like they are going out of style. Have you ever looked at the ingredient list? Let me fill you in: it is about half a mile long and about a third of the words are not pronounceable:What does this call for? Home Made Granola Bars with some extra healthy ingredients you can sneak in!
Ingredients:

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).

Make Your Own Geoboard

Daddy and Aliah made a project together for school, a Geoboard. It is a teaching tool to encourage basic math skills. They cut out a piece of plywood and nailed in 25 nails. The addition of some rubber bands and we had an hours worth of edutainment in our first day (having fun while learning!)
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

Our Busy Schedule

One of the advantages of homeschooling is that Aliah can do more extracurricular activities than kids who spend 7 hours in school. We spend about 2-3 hours a day doing our school work. Here is a run down of our schedule:

Monday:
Annabelle preschool
Aliah Drama Class (homeschool co-op a half hour away)
Violet Magic Class (like a Gymboree Music/Movement Class)
Aliah Group Violin

Tuesday:
Annabelle preschool
Aliah Dance Class
Aliah private violin

Wednesday:
Annabelle preschool
Storytime at Library
Awana all evening at church

Thursday:
Mommy YMCA workout (half hour away)
meet Daddy for lunch
Soccer Practice

Friday:
Violet Art Class at Playgroup
Homeschool Co-op all afternoon (half hour away)

Saturday:
Soccer Game

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A New Place to Read Books

Violet has been spending a lot of time on her new Book Throne. This new favorite place to sit as we read books to her has been used in the past as a potty by her older sisters. But Violet prefers to use it as a place to sit with a naked tushie while books are being read to her. In other words, no advancements in the potty training have been seen thus far while sitting on the book throne for at least a half hour everyday for the past week. This is how she feels about that:
This is how Annabelle feels about it: