Friday, April 29, 2011

Dear Mr. President

For the final day of school, the girls wrote letters to President Obama.  This year we studied American history and we wrapped it up by learning about our current president.

Annabelle's letter read:

Dear President Obama,
   My name is Annabelle and I am in kindergarten.  You are special to our country.  I prayed that you make good decisions. 

Love, Annabelle

Aliah's letter read:

Dear President Obama,
   My name is Aliah and I am in the 2nd grade.  I prayed for you and your family to be safe.  Thank you for working for our country.  Your daughters are very pretty.  I noticed that you are left-handed like me. 

Love, Aliah

We watched a video about how the White House processes the thousands of letters and email it receives everyday.  President Obama reads 10 letters a day and writes hand-written responses to a few of those.  We shall see if we hear back from the White House.

Belly & Me

Annabelly and I spent the afternoon together.  An afternoon that included:  wandering around Toys R Us, sharing and ice cream cone, taking a trail around a lake, chasing ducks, petting dogs on the trial, picking weeds that seem like flowers, and visiting some dear friends who have a new baby.  It was a really nice day.
 I managed to awkwardly snap a few pics of us with my SLR.  In true Annabelle fashion, she was making a goofy face in them all.
 Annabelle, you make being a Mommy fun!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Awana Awards

Last night was our Awana Club's Award night.  It was an evening for the clubbers to be awarded for their achievements and for them to show off some of the songs and Bible verses they have learned.  Annabelle got a special award for perfect attendance (above).  Below Violet is standing very still while her fellow Cubbies sang songs.
About half a song in, the stage fright set in and she took cover with her nearest leader.
She just wasn't buying the "imagine the audience is in their underwear" trick.
Aliah earned the highest award for her Sparks club for finishing all three of the handbooks.  We are quite proud of her memorization skills.
Violet, pretending to be put out again.
Just kidding, she was really quite happy to be sitting on Grandma's lap.
Regretfully, I don't have any pictures of the T & T Boys club that Ricky leads up because I was held up in the bathroom with a very slow three year-old during their presentation.  But I did get back in time for Commander Donna recognizing Ricky for being the only leader to complete his second handbook.  Nice job Daddy!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Blessed Easter

What a blessed Resurrection Sunday.   We celebrated it with Grandma Susan, despite the fact that she just finished her last round of chemo less than 24 hours before.  For some reason, the toxic drugs that usually knock her flat on her back did not have the same effect this holiday weekend.  Thank you God!

Grandma Susan with Troy, Ricky and her newest Granddaughter Charlotte:

The two baldies.  (Baby Charlotte had to be cropped out of this picture because she has a beautiful, lush head of hair).  Ironically, Ricky shaved his head as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society several years ago when I was undergoing cancer treatments.  He has kept it that way ever since.  Little did he know that his Mother would also battle a much more vicious form of this disease.

The last Haigh Family gathering for a while.  We have been so blessed to have Troy, Deidra, and baby Charlotte with us for the past three months.  They are a special part of our family and we will sorely miss them when the go back home to Chicago this week.  

Friday, April 22, 2011

God's Jungle Gym

The girls have discovered that God's jungle gym (right next to the creek behind our house) is hands down better than anything man-made!  More pics to come.

Friday, April 8, 2011

You Know She is Growing Up. . .

 When she puts her own pony-tail in by herself:

She even knows the use-your-teeth-to-pull-open-the-rubber-band-with-one-hand trick.  Makes a Mamma very sad!