Monday, November 28, 2011

She is her Father's Daughter

Annabelle listens to a lot of books on tape and music.  Which is why she has gone through two cheap CD players and we are now looking at an iPod dock for Christmas for her.  (Shh, don't tell!)  After the second CD player expiration, I set it by the door to go out with the trash.

Aliah found it and like a kid in the candy store, BEGGED me to let her keep it and take it apart.  Rumor has it that when Ricky was the same age, nothing in his home was safe from his screwdriver either.   She is her father's daughter.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Perfect Crust

We had Aunt Caylyn out to coach us on how to make the perfect pie crust.  I have to admit, this was my first adult attempt at a pie crust and I wanted to get it right.  Shortening, butter, what's better?   Fortunately, my Mother-In-Law shared her special pie crust recipe that used both- perfect! 

After Caylyn and I made our crusts, I let the girls try.  Aliah was in charge of making the crust and the little sisters each got a chance to roll their cinnamon-sugar-crust out.

 Putting some elbow-grease into it. She's a natural.  The girl has a knack for baking, among other things.

Judging by the response to my pumpkin pies yesterday, I'd say it was a success!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day with the Haighs

 We celebrated with everyone from the Haigh family this year.
 As usual, Baby Charlotte was the center of attention. 
 after all, it was her first Thanksgiving
 Some of us were not happy about sitting at the little table:

Troy's turkey and sides were amazing
 Charlotte thought mashed potatoes were fun to squish by the fist-full
and Uncle Beau's pony rides were quite popular with the little girls

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crafty Geeky Punkettes

I gave the girls this week off of school as we prepare for Thanksgiving.  This is what I found this afternoon during their sister's nap time:  the big Punkettes playing chess in the new stocking caps they made from Daddy's old shirt.  :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Goodbye Summer

Tonight I finished off the last of our home-grown tomatoes.  The last was bursting with flavor just like the first of the summer's.

You might be wondering how on earth I still have tomatoes November?  Well, the day before our first hard frost, the girls harvested the rest of our tomatoes, including about 60 green ones.  We shared with the neighbors and the remaining green tomatoes ended up in my windowsill to slowly ripen. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mommy Look What I Made

"Mommy look, I made a smiley face heart for breakfast!"  Nice job Violet.   I'm sure your sisters won't mind at all that you used the entire container of cinnamon sugar on your smiley face heart bread.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween with Ms. Deanna's Take 5

We had the pleasure of attending Ms. Deanna's preschool Halloween Party for the fifth time this year. 

 Violet was an unicorn this year.  She picked out that costume months ago from our dress-up box and surprisingly she stuck with it.
 Meow- a Kitty Cat:
 Inspired by our wonderful Spanish Tutor from Mexico, Senorita Maria, Aliah was dress as a Hispanic girl.
 The whole class.  As you can see, Spiderman was the hot costume this year.
 Violet started her 24 hour sugar high with snack time.