Monday, December 30, 2013

Apple time

Back in September, we harvested apples from our tree in the backyard.  Nothing tastes better than home made applesauce.  This year's task of making applesauce went a little smoother with the help of my Grandmother's apple peeler.  We ended up with 17 quart-sized jars of applesauce and 10 smaller jars of apple jam.

Winter Fun

It doesn't snow often in Seattle and only lasts for half a day before the temperatures get back up to the 40's.  But the girls were out by 7:00 a.m. making the most of what little time they had.  They would come in every other hour, fill back up on pumpkin pancakes while their clothes were in the dryer and then head back out.

We celebrated our friend Lily's birthday at the ice rink.  A first for the Punkettes.  Ms. Heidi gave everyone a little help to get started.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Safe Home

Our family recently signed up to be a host family for children through an organization called Safe Families for Children.  The week of Thanksgiving, we hosted our first child.  This sweet little girl needed a safe home while her Mom could not care for her.  Safe Families for Children is a nation-wide organization whose goal is to give support to parents in crisis situations who have no one to care for their children. 

For most children who end up in the foster care system, there was some crisis event their parents faced which precipitate to child abuse or neglect.  The goal of Safe Families for Children is to come along side parents during the crisis situation and provide a temporary home for the child without threat of loosing custody.  This relief goes a long way to prevent child abuse.  The goal is that the parents are equipped, the family reunited and stabilized. 
This little girl made herself right at home in our family.  Our girls rose to the challenge of caring for a busy toddler.  They learned when we picked her up that not everyone has a home, or a Dad, or three meals a days.  They learned that little girls cry a lot at night when they miss their Momma.
By far, our host child's favorite members of the family were the Haigh boys (Daddy and Charlie).  Although she was nonverbal, she spent a lot of time signing "I love you" and asking for tickles from the Daddy by pretending to tickle him.  During church, she sat in his lap, with her head on his shoulder for an hour, soaking up the love.  Even Charlie thought she was pretty sweet, especially when she would crawl in the kennel with him. 
We are thankful for this opportunity to minister to others as a family.  To share our home and our love with another precious child. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Potato Farmers

This was our first year to have a garden in our own yard.  Some veggies grew better than others, but overall, the raised bed garden was a success.  By far the most exciting harvest was the potatoes.  It was like digging for gold.  Aliah was so pleased with her bounty.  She gave a few of her choice potatoes to neighbors and friends and made us a delicious potato soup. 

In other news, Charlie has turned out to be quite a complementary addition to our family.  He graduated first in his obedience class and has been off leash in our yard with us for the past few weeks with no problems.  Thank goodness for faithful fur-babies!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cama Beach

It's pretty great that a little over an hour in the car lands us in a little cabin on the beach.  Even just getting way for 24 hours feels like we are worlds away.

Isn't it amazing that all of the sea stars around here are brilliant shades of orange or purple?
Charlie guarding out pet-friendly cabin.   A little bird told me that while we were away getting the most delicious blackberry scones (Cama Beach Cafe), Charlie managed to get hugs from the neighbor boy, pets and kisses from the other neighbor Mama, and a hot dog from a neighbor Daddy.  All while ferociously protecting our cabin, no doubt. 
The girls now find familiar creators on the beach, shrieking in joy with each discovery.  They spent a few hours learning new things from the naturalist about the marine wildlife.
"When can we go back to the cabin on the beach, Daddy?"

Monday, August 12, 2013

Zip Line Video

We just returned from the most amazing family camp.  There were lots of opportunities for adrenaline rush like this zip line.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Annabelle Age 20

A couple days ago, Annabelle and I overhauled her room and I found this. 

"Me Annabelle Haigh when I'm 20.  Long hair and bangs.  I am singing at a theater with 500,000 people watching wearing a dress and holding a microphone.  Already singing in church."

May all of your dreams come true Annabelly!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Nothing says summertime like watermelon smiles and lazy afternoons playing in the sprinkler.  Pretty much the same as it was in Kansas, except here we have to watch out for the bear that is roaming our neighborhood.  Thankfully Charlie is pretty smitten with his girls and a pretty good guard dog. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Low Tide

Another day of exploring and marveling at this gorgeous area we are blessed to live in.  Today we went to a beach in Puget Sound.   Naturalists from the Seattle Aquarium are available during low tide to educate kiddos about the marine wildlife.  Aliah made quick friends with one and spent a couple hours with her learning as much as she could about the critters she saw.  Aliah identified around 25 animals from the pamphlet the naturalist gave her.

Meanwhile, Violet was entertained by Reptile Man and his array of larger nonnative animals.
Our view was topped of with the gorgeous Olympic Mountains.  I had no idea that Seattle was surround by mountains on all sides until we moved here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Annabelle's Birthday

This May our spunky Annabelle turned 8.  We did a large joint birthday party for the big girls at a water park with all of their friends halfway between their birthdays.  So on Annabelle's special day, she asked for a few of her closest friends to come over for dinner. 

Her requested menu:
Rebecca's BBQ meatballs
Mashed potatoes
Ice Cream Cake

The evening was concluded with taking turns on the tree swing and a trek down to the creek with her closest buds.  Perfection.

Annabelle's Washington bestie, Will

Summer Happenings

A successful day raspberry picking (we have been to the berry fields about 5 times so far and will probably go several more times over the next month).
Getting signatures of the characters at Vacation Bible School.
Lunch dates with Daddy about once a week at Microsoft (big perk for the girls is the free sodas).
Lots of bike rides, hikes, and swimming at the beach or lake.

Horsing Around

The girls saved their allowance to take a horseback riding lesson.  (Don't worry Violet's consolation prize for being to young for the lesson was a banana split DQ date with Mommy).  They were excited to learn how to trot. 

Annabelle enjoyed grooming her horse after her lesson.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just Another Day in WA

I'm starting to realize that we haven't even scratched the surface of beauty in the Pacific Northwest.  Today we drove an hour and a half away to yet another breath-taking hike at Denny Creek.  Ricky kept the waterfalls and natural water slides a secret from us.  He told us to be prepared to cross a creek with water shoes, but we had no idea what was to come.

 The girls sitting in a rotted out tree.

This is one side of I-90 (a three lane freeway) towering above the trail on massive pillars that seemed to be 100 feet tall.