Saturday, November 27, 2010

Taking a Little Break

from blogging.  We have more important things to attend to.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Your Dad Might be an Engineer if

Your Dad might be an electrical engineer if you are only seven and you are learning terminology like diode, photoresistor, and integrated circuit.
 
Unbeknownst to me, Ricky purchased this Snap Circuits Jr. kit for Aliah a few weeks ago.  They have spent a few evenings together building electronics projects. 



The manual includes over 100 simple projects that include a diagram to follow and a paragraph that introduces new terminology and discusses real-life applications for that type of circuit.
I am sure this kit will provide many hours of entertainment and teach our girls a few things too.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Watcha Doing?

I glanced out the window one afternoon last week and noticed Annabelle standing in a peculiar place in the yard, just looking straight ahead.  Hmm, what is she up too?
Turns out Aliah had talked her into modeling.  Aliah was working on her landscape drawing, homework for her art class from co-op.  Aliah felt that the landscape was a little boring, so she asked Annabelle to stand in the middle of the yard to liven things up a bit.   In this picture she is concentrating to get the purple puppy dog on Annabelle's shirt just right.  Having a sister around is great, isn't it?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Big and Little

Annabelle has been plugging away at learning to play the cello.  This week I have been joining her while she practices.  This picture really brings into perspective the difference in size between my full-size cello and her half-size cello.  Her cello is tiny!  It still may be a tad bit big for her, but she is able to stretch out her hand for all of the notes.  This is a "small" half size cello.  We are very thankful that Mimi was able to find it for us to rent from Clay Center's Community Chamber Orchestra. 


















Annabelle is mastering using the bow, which is pretty rare for a five year-old.  She is playing Twinkle Twinkle with variations and a Christmas song as a duet with her sister at her first recital.  I keep telling Ricky that the girls playing their first duet warrants purchasing a new video camera, so we'll see if he agrees!

Here's a shot of the scroll of  my Grandmother Annabelle's cello.  The pegs are very unique.  Overall the cello is in pretty good shape, but I am going to take it in to the string shop to have some attention given to it since it is due for a "tune up." 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Play Date Day

It was just a couple days ago that the kids were running around outside without their coats.  I fear those days are gone for now.  Aliah had her best buddy from Homeschool Co-op, Liam over for the day.  His younger sister Laura came too.  After a stop at McDonald's for ice cream sundaes, we hit the Baker Stadium to enjoy the beautiful weather.  I have started training for a 5K in January, so I ran around the track while they played.
Liam and Aliah have the creative pack-rat tendency in common.  They can take junk and turn it into something special.  The first thing Liam asked for when we got home was duct tape.  Haha, what a Dude he is!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Home Made Hot Chocolate

 
In the winter months, we go through a lot of hot chocolate.  We buy it in bulk at Sam's.  Ricky was reading this article, about how hot chocolate mixes have hydrogenated oil.  Sure enough:
 
This weekend, Ricky tried making a home made version.  He used  this recipe:

Hot Chocolate Mix:
2 cups powdered milk
2/3 cup sugar (or less)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  (more if you like it extra chocolaty)
Pinch salt

Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container. To make a cup of hot chocolate, measure 1/4 cup of mix into a mug, add boiling water and stir until blended. The recipe makes about 14 servings.
 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stay Away Big Bad Wolf

 Violet dawned the Little Red Riding Hood today.  Aliah has graduated to crocheting rows again, but has not learned that counting is necessary in order to make an item in the shape of a rectangle.  So far all of her crocheting creations have ended up resembling a pendant.  No worries, the creative one has come up with a way to use this odd-shaped fished product.  At first she experimented with making it into a diaper for her stuffed animal.  Finally, she attached ties to the side and made it into a hat for her sister. 
It's pretty safe to say that Violet won't see anyone else running around with a similar hat this winter.  (Especially with that pink decorative stripe down the middle).

Monday, November 15, 2010

School Pictures

 Aliah, Second Grade
Annabelle, Kindergarten

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Popcorn and Milk Trick


The girls' favorite book on tape is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy.  Today we recreated  the “popcorn and milk” scene from this book.  It was a pretty fun experiment.
 
  1. Fill one cup with popcorn and another cup the same size with milk.
  2. Drop popcorn kernels one at a time into the milk.  You’ll be able to fit a whole cup of popcorn into a full cup of milk without it spilling!
  3. Then, eat the soggy popcorn with a spoon and drink the milk. (Of course Annabelle was the only one brave enough to try this).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rainy Day at Home

Yesterday was a rainy cold day, and it was perfect to get a lot of baking and some bulk cooking done.  I started out with some pumpkin pancakes.  Extra big and cut in half before they were frozen so they can be reheated in the toaster after thawing:

Next, a pan full of home made  Favorite Granola Bars, which were devoured by my kids and the friends they had over for a play-date.  (Didn't realize that my granola bars are a chameleon on my counter top!)

Two huge pots full of home made marinara sauce to stock the freezer.  I used  Giada De Laurentiis' marinara sauce recipe this time, it was full of veggies.  
 Then I set out to make a pumpkin pie.  I meant to save half of this can of pumpkin for a pie, but I think I got carried away with making smoothies from it the past few days. 
 
So I improvised.  For lunch, I baked these yummy locally-grown sweet potatoes in the oven.  They were soft and sweet, almost caramelized.  Luckily, I had one left over.
 Scrape it out with a spoon, it was the same texture as pumpkin pie filling.
 
The result was Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Pie!
 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You Veterans

Thank you to the 25 million men and woman who have served our country.

Here's to our favorite veteran at the Haigh house, thank you Daddy for protecting our freedom!
 

It Happened

I got deserted today at the pizza joint:
 
 Three little girls had to eat by themselves,
 leaving me to eat all by my lonesome,
Eventually, Annabelle felt sorry for me and came to join me

 
This is the same child who cries about the thought of leaving home.  Thanks Annabelle, you're a doll. 

and Aliah, you're just plain silly.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hissss!

We recently added this game to our collection.  Hisss is a matching game that even our just-3 year-old can play.  Last night was game night and we pulled it out to play for the first time as a family.



The object of the game is to make a snake, complete with a head and tail.  You do this by simply drawing a card and matching the color with another snake that color. 
 

Aliah was the lucky one to draw the coveted rainbow tail.  She used it to complete this snake.  When you complete a snake, you say, "Hisss!" and add it to your snake pit (pile).  The person with the most cards at the end wins.
 
This is Violet's super-excited expression when she drew a card to complete her third snake.  She knew that that card ensured she would win the game. 
This is the 9-card snake Violet finished at the end of the game to beat her sisters.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

How She Spends Her time

Aliah's current favorite activities are:

1.  Crocheting  (will someone please teach this child how to do something other than a chain.  Thus far she has used up over half of a roll of yarn and all she has to show for it is a 80 foot chain.  Mimi- I know you tried, thanks.)

2.  Listening to books on tape.  (Currently working through Laura Ingalls Wilder books.)

3.  Playing with my sisters.  (These activities are listed in her own words since I would have said fighting with her sisters.)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

72nd Day of School


Historically, I take pictures of the girls on their first day of school.  This year, we started school in July.  Taking a picture on the first day just slipped my mind (I must be loosing some of my OCD tendencies).  So here are our 72nd day of school pictures that I took last week:
 

 
 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Liquid Diet

The past couple days the girls have been doing a lot of independent work for school while I have been hopped up on Tylenol 3.  I have an infected molar that after spending almost two hours with my dentist, it landed me in the endodontists office for an emergency root canal yesterday.  (Three hours of my jaw pried open and now I never want to talk or eat again.)

I have been surviving on bananas, cottage cheese, soup and smoothies.  While my daughters crunch on yummy things like these birds nests:
 We have been studying birds and the composition of their nests so I let the girls make edible birds nests out of butterscotch chips and chow mein noodles.  First we melted the butterscotch chips them mixed in the noodles:
 Then they got their hands dirty forming the nests.
 Add a few grapes for eggs:
Outside, the girls tried their hands at making a people-size nest: