Friday, July 29, 2011

Back in Public School


Back to school!  After a year off from Ms. Deanna's special ed preschool class, a Haigh Punkette will return this year.  Aliah attended two years, followed by Annabelle for two years as peer models.  Today we enrolled Violet.  She will attend two mornings a week, starting in about a month.
Annabelle is on day 19 of her first grade phonics and math curriculum.  She is joining Aliah on her third grade history, geography, and science.  We are studying countries and cultures this year.  The girls just filled out their "passport applications" and they will get their passports stamped for each country we "visit" (study).

We started school in full swing this week.  Aliah had a rather difficult day on Monday, and therefore Mommy had a difficult day.  We all know that when Mommy's not happy, nobody is happy.  Principal Daddy laid down the law when he got home.  The next few days, Aliah was the MODEL student.  Today I asked her why her attitude changed so much and she replied, "Daddy told me that if I didn't act better, I would have to go to PUBLIC school."  Haha.  Whatever works!

Miss Violet is a busy body these days and demands "her school work"  during the four or five hours her sisters are doing school.  Luckily I saw this coming, so I stocked our closet with new manipulatives and have been laminating new activities I printed off from more other more talented mothers who home school their preschoolers.    I can't imagine home schooling without the support I find online.  (Some day I will feature a blog post of some of the new purchases and handmade preschool activities.)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Glimps into the Life of Aliah

Recent photographs from Aliah's camera:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Little Culture

Last week, Mimi spent a few days with us.  We ventured into KC for some culture at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Although we went to see the Monet exhibit (featuring the triptych of Water Lilies, very impressive), the girls were most enamoured with Roxy Paine's computer automated sculpture making machine.

Annabelle thought this one looked like an old man.
The best part of the day, was our first visit to a local Trader Joe's.  Yeah!  I have been waiting for years for this.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Violet's Hospital Vacation

Violet and I just took an unexpected trip to the ER last night that earned her an overnight stay at the Children's Hospital.  She received breathing treatments, since she was having difficulty breathing because of croup.

Seeing as how my one hour of sleep is preventing me from making coherent sentences, I will be brief.  She was a super sweet girl as always and seemed to enjoy having Mommy exclusively to herself all night long.  We are so thankful for Aunt Caylyn for hanging out with us WAY past her bedtime (and Chad's bedtime, for that matter), our neighbor for sleeping on the couch and my generous friend Michelle for watching the Big Girls today.    Looking forward to not being a single Mom anymore when Daddy arrives home from Taiwan tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We Love You Silly!

 The girls made some pictures for Daddy. . . and some silly faces.

Monday, July 18, 2011


We were fortunate to find an excellent Spanish tutor for the girls.  Senorita Maria grew up in Mexico before she moving to the US.  She has over twenty years of experience teaching Spanish in the public schools.  Today was her first lesson.  Upon arriving, she informed me that I will take part of the lessons with the girls.  I explained to her that I never learned a foreign language as a child and will be pretty slow.  She replied, "It's okay, the girls can help you."  :) 
Annabelle seems to be a natural (surprise, surprise) so maybe she can tutor me on days Senorita Maria is not here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

First Time to Camp

I sent Aliah off for her first time to camp for a few days.  She was excited and nervous.  As the anticipation built, she eventually broke down in tears about an hour before she left.  After calming down, she wrote down a few Bible verses to help her have courage while she was away.  Annabelle shed a few tears too seeing her best buddy leave.

Aliah's trusty Hippy went along for the camp adventure.  Cant' wait to hear about all of the fun they had while away.  (Crossing my fingers that I'm not called to go pick up a homesick camper early).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Getting a Little Husky

Our farmer friend Jeff brought us a huge feed sack full of corn. 

The Punkettes were thrilled with having fresh sweet corn and immediately went out to husk some so that they could eat!  Jeff warned them there may be some worms, but that only increased their excitement level.
Hooray for fresh veggies!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Cream

Our wonderful CSA farmer gave us this quick and easy recipe for cherry tomatoes.  You start by sauteing some garlic in butter, add the tomatoes, cream, and then fresh basil.

Ricky doesn't normally eat tomatoes requested this meal just a few days after trying it the first time.  Good thing we have a garden full of cherry tomatoes!

2 Tbsp butter
4 Cups cherry tomatoes, rinsed and left whole
1/2 Cup heavy cream
1/2 cup packed shredded basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 lb. fresh linguine or fettuccine (I used plain spaghetti)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a large non-reactive pan. Add garlic and saute over medium heat for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and saute until softened, about two minutes.  Stir in the cream, bring to a boil and simmer briskly until thickened, 1-2 minutes.  Stir in basil, salt and pepper.  Pour over pasta and serve immediately with parmesan on the side.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Turtle Time

This Box Turtle lived on our porch for a day.  Provided hours of entertainment for the girls with basic bodily functions such as eating and pooping.  The girls found out that it favored kiwi fruit and blackberries.

The girls named it "John Spot Haigh"  Then during our research, we discovered that it was a girl turtle so they changed her name to Sandy.  How did we know it was a girl, you ask?  It's easy, girl box turtles have brown eyes, boy box turtles have red eyes.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Preschooler with a Knife!

Violet and I made a cool summer treat, Frozen Fruit Cups from my favorite Once a Month Cooking Site.  For the first time ever, Violet was allowed to use a knife to slice something.  Bananas were the target.  Don't tell her it was only a butter knife! 
We threw in the frozen and canned fruit, and added the orange juice. 

I put the cups in the freezer like this for a about half a day, then after they were frozen I nested them and sealed them up in plastic bags.  We removed them from the freezer about 45 minutes before we planned to eat them, and they were a slushy treat the whole family loved.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Every year, we make a flag cake to celebrate Independence Day.  This year, I decided to make angel-food cake, so we ended up with two cakes to decorate.  Aliah and Violet teamed up for one and Annabelle did the other.

Cool Whip, blueberries, and strawberries were added with artistic flair. 

Quilted with Love

Grandma Susan made each of the girls a special quilt.  They love them, but they love their Grandma even more!