Wednesday, August 31, 2011


 Guess who started preschool?!
In addition to doing preschool at home, Violet is attending preschool as a peer model at one of our local public school's special education classroom.  She goes Monday and Wednesday mornings. 
Full load:
The older Punkettes walked her in for moral support.  They both attended Ms. Deanna's class for two years as peer models too.
 Baby went along.  I told Violet she had to stay in her backpack, so Violet let her head out so she could see what was going on. 
Our favorite preschool teacher, Ms. Deanna starting her fifth year with a Haigh girl in her class.  We are very fortunate that all of our daughters can learn from her.

The Windy City

Annabelle and I returned from a mother-daughter get-away to Chicago.  Annabelle thrived on the city.  I got lots of baby-love from my sweet niece who even managed to fall asleep in my arms once.  More to follow.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shopping Spree

 Aliah and I had a date last night to shop for new shoes and clothes for her.  Can you guess what size my 8 year-old wears?  Women's size 5!  Haha, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!  Unfortunately, she also inherited my non-existent arch which lands her in expensive shoes and someday her own orthotic insert.  

The evening was perfect, topped of by Aunt Caylyn's company.  It ended with a trip to Trader Joe's and Orange Leaf!

Small Town Arts

When we moved to town 9 years ago, the local lumberyard was went out of business.  Luckily, this forward-thinking community raised the support to convert the old lumberyard into a Community Arts Center.  The Punkettes have enjoyed taking classes here.

We attended the Art Walk Friday evening, and found our brick with our name on it for the first time:

There were instructors with hands-on activities for the kids to do.  Our friend Riley has been taking a sewing class and she was demonstrating her skills with her sewing instructor.

Violet was in her element at the recycled materials creation table.

We enjoyed visiting with the vendors outside to learn about how they make their items for sale. 
Gotta love a small town community event!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Around the World

 This year for school we are studying countries and cultures.  After learning the continents and oceans, we decided to make a cake of the world.  Say the word "frosting" and Violet is ready to go:
 Aliah coached Annabelle so that the outlines of her continents were frosted correctly. 
 She was in charge of the final touches.
 I think they did a great job, and it tasted good too!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cousin Camp!

We have had a wonderful weekend of cousin camp with my niece and nephew. 

The occupancy in my van was maxed out.
Off to the fair!  The small country fair at Vinland.
Enjoying some home made pie.  The kids choose blueberry, which in retrospect wasn't the best choice for faces or clothes. 
Aliah and Daddy competed in the blind tractor obstacle course.  Aliah guided Daddy while sitting in the wagon. 
Walking back after competing together.  They used pretty good team work and placed second!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Splat! Monsters

Pipettes + watered down paint + straws + googly eyes
= Splat! Monsters

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fresh Herb Playdough

These days we are throwing fresh herbs into everything we cook.  So, why not throw it into play dough?  We do cook our own so it's really not such a stretch!
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups boiling water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • the juice of half a fresh lemon (this works in the same way as cream of tartar)
  • fresh herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, mint  (anything that smells nice and is not irritant)
Mix everything together, except the herbs.  After it cools down enough to handle, kneed until play dough consistency.  Add more flour if it is too sticky.
After you have a soft ball, then add the herbs!