Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Whose Kindle?

I received my birthday present this week even though my birthday isn't until the middle of June.  Ricky is really bad at waiting to give me gifts so I get them the second he walks in the door after purchasing one.  :)

I had been dropping hints that I would love to have an e-reader for a while, and after researching to see what device would best suite my needs, I decided to go for the plain-Jane device that didn't have  all of the fancy apps.  That way I wouldn't have to compete with my kids to read my novel.  (The kids are famous for kidnapping my iPhone for a game of Fruit Ninja).

So I thought I would get my Kindle all to myself.  After all, there are no flashy games to play, just boring words.  Boy was I wrong.

My little bookworm grabbed it up and before I had even touched my new Kindle, she had already read Peter Rabbit.

About a month ago, Aliah dove into the world of chapter books.  She hasn't come up for air since.  Since signing up for the summer reading program at our local library on Wednesday, she has read 8 1/2 books.  Today is Monday.  She's averaging 1.7 books a day.  Good thing the library is close by, because we will be spending more time there than the pool this summer.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Shagging Balls

Saturday night we ventured out the Legends to go to a T Bones game.  Some of us love the excitement, music and loud cheering.  Others of us are devastated that we forced her to leave her chapter book in the car.

Violet, sporting her ladybug coat, complete with antenna, was the recipient of the first foul ball.  Apparently 3rd basemen have a weakness for cute girls in ladybug raincoats:

We headed to the parking lot to watch our friend's post-game firework show.  Mr. Chris really knows his firecrackers!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

 We made these treats for Aliah's birthday party.   Some of our friends had diary allergies and couldn't eat ice cream.  So we decided to make our buttercream frosting look like ice cream! 

First we baked a cake mix following the directions on the side of the box to bake them in ice cream cones.  (Be sure not to overfill past 2/3rds full).  Then I made some frosting:

2 sticks salted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons almond milk
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

After mixing, refrigerate until hard.  This is a very important step, because the icing must be hard in order to scoop it out like ice cream.  Scoop out with an ice cream scoop.  Let the birthday girl decorate with sprinkles (and eat a few).

Pat dry maraschino cherries on a towel and place one on top of each scoop of frosting.

 Very carefully pass out to your friends and enjoy!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Welcome to your 8th Year!

Today we celebrate our oldest daughter's birthday.  She's the one who taught us what parenting was all about (in other words we practice on her, curse of the first child).  Honestly, I appreciate her willingness to forgive me when I make one of my many mistakes while being her mother. 

You are: 

a bookworm,
a tree hugger & climber,
musically talented,
Mommy's helper,
a Jesus lover, 

and you are beautiful.

The past year you have had many accomplishments.  You successfully played duets with your sister, which is no easy task when she is telling what to do.  You discovered a love of reading and now ask me to take you to the library almost daily for new chapter books.  You discovered a love for birds.  You learned how to plant a garden.  You began to learn another language.  You publicly confessed your love for Jesus at your baptism.

Happy Birthday 
Aliah Morgan Haigh,
I love you!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Skip Counting the Sneaky Way

While at Silver Dollar City, I picked up these Pick-Up Sticks for less than $2.  Since returning home, the girls have been playing for hours.  (Please excuse the dog hairs decorating the rug, our stressed-out elderly black lab is literally shooting out clumps of hair out while she gets her summer coat.)
After all the sticks are all picked up, they begin counting their points to see who won.  The red sticks are worth 10 points, green sticks worth 5 points, yellow worth 3 points, and so on.  This has encouraged lots of skip counting, which is a sneaky way to get the girls ready for multiplication.  Hurray for fun games that polish math skills!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vacation Highlights

We just returned home from an Ozark vacation.  Here are the highlights:

Where we stayed:

Girls doing what all little kids do in hotel rooms, jumping on the bed:
Violet held her own.  Long days at Silver Dollar City that included no naps, and no strollers.  She even went on the cave tour with over 600 steps!  Having a little trouper with a happy-go-lucky attitude as the youngest in our family really makes it easier when you are on the go.
 Grandma Susan went with us:
 Enjoying the rides:
 The stables at the Dixie Stampede:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

An American Experience

Mimi and Grandpa took the girls to the new American Girl Store while they were visiting this week.   The girls each had the pleasure of picking out their first American Girl doll.  Annabelle and Aliah picked dolls that had features similar to themselves.  Violet picked out a pretty red-headed doll named Emily. 
The girls are getting their instructions on how to care for their dolls hair:
The whole crew, which included Aunt Caylyn:
They quickly became very fond of the new dolls.
Violet insisted that Emily must ride the safest way, so 5 point harness it was:
Within a half hour of arriving home, Aliah had already crocheted booties for Kit.  She also plans to sew her some clothes.
I see many miniature tea parties in our future.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Princesses at the Beauty Shop

For Annabelle's birthday, we took the girls to the salon for a glamor makeover.  Annabelle knew exactly how she wanted her updo- a messy bun, with some long curls in the front.
 We had diverse colors for the manicures- pink:
 Violet fittingly picked purple:  (somebody asked me if her name was really Violet)
 and blue for the birthday girl.
Violet practicing puckering her lips for her lipgloss:  (The ladies at the salon couldn't believe how she sat so patiently for over an hour for her nails, hair and makeup since she was only three years old.)
The three princesses:
Afterwards, we headed over to Aunt Caylyn's and Uncle Chads for the party.  Even Thumper felt like celebrating:
Aunt Caylyn is the best party host.  She had her whole house decked out in balloons.
 Make a wish!
After pizza, ice cream cake and cupcakes, the girls played some Wii and listened to books read by Uncle Chad.  He is extra talented at reading upside down:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Annabelly!

Happy 6th Birthday to our Annabelly!

You are our:


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Why Aunts are Better

Why Aunts are better than Mom:

1.  They sing silly songs with us.

2.  They play hide-and-seek with us and don't come out of their hiding spot, even when the three year-old niece has moved on to other things.

3.  They host their neices birthday party.

4.  They come and hang out with us so that we don't have to go sit very quietly while Mommy gets a hair cut (boring!).

5.  They play dress-up and fairies with us.

6.  Our Aunt is super silly and oodles of fun!  We love you Aunt Caylyn!