As I was getting ready this morning I heard Molly say, "No, Penny! Penny, NO!!!" I went to investigate and this is what I found.The kids had painted yesterday and the paints were still wet. She was having a good old time.I had her look at herself in the mirror and I think she was a little shocked with what she saw. "How did my face get so messy?"Even with a messy face she still melts my heart.Not 20 minutes later she found another paint tray and painted her face purple that time. Not quite as cute second time around! ;)

I guess it was bound to snow sometime...

We had our first snowfall this week and everyone in my family was excited except me. I like snow when its on a calendar page or on a Christmas movie but I dislike snow when I have to shovel it, drive in it, worry about Joe driving in it and the list goes on and on. Lucky for my family it was wet snow, which we don't usually get here, and they got to have snowball fights and make snowmen. I sat on the porch with the camera wrapped in a blanket. Penny thought it was great fun and it even tastes good!Andrew and Matthew in pursuit with their snowballs.You can't have snow without some snow angels.Eliza made a snow baby and carried it around for quite awhile. It's safely by the mama snowman now.It's a good thing Joe was home because he did all the heavy lifting.I guess Molly likes how the snow tastes too. Don't worry it was white snow!!Matthew made his own snowman, here he is rolling it up.And here's the final product. Good job!!Here's the mama snowman.

She got her hair all done up perdy like.
Here she is with her gardening hat on.
The kids (with daddy's help) made a snowfort that turned into a caterpillar.
Here's the caterpiller.
I saved the best picture for last. Joe is looking fine!! I can't stop laughing!!

Fireman's Ball 2010

Last night was one of the funnest nights I have had in a long time. Joe took me to the Fireman's Ball in Idaho Falls and it was a blast. Dinner was fun with good company and lots of laughter. The dancing was real good fun! Joe's not a dancer but he humors me and is on the dance floor shakin' it! Love you honey! Here we are after the dance in our fancy duds.Joe looking sharp in his Class A dress uniform.Little disclaimer on my dress: This is not the one I made. I had issues with the dress I made and last minute decided to buy one. Long story but I loved this dress and felt like Cinderella with my handsome prince.Yesterday afternoon a bunch of the firefighter wives went to Paul Mitchell and got our hair done. I decided on an up-do since I don't usually wear my hair up. I was pleased with how the girl did it and the scalp treatment she did prior to fixing it was amazing. Here's her creation.This year was far better than last year and I'm excited for next year!!


Here are the kids all dressed up ready to go trick-or-treating. The weather was perfect and the kids had fun. I've had several people ask me if I made all the kids' costumes, so let me clarify: I made Mario, Luigi, and the Princess. Trick-or-Treat!!
Penny as a lady lion.I couldn't stop saying, "Penny, you are so cute!" all night long!Molly as a pretty Princess. Matthew as a vampire.Luigi Andrew.Eliza as a black cat.Eating her tail!Mario Dallin.The whole gang!

2nd Annual Haeberle Halloween Carnival

Last year I set myself up, I planned a Halloween carnival for the kids to make up for missing the school carnival. Well, they liked it so much that they asked me to do it again this year, even though we could have made it to the school one. So, I dug deep and planned another carnival. The kids had a blast and were even up this morning playing the games again by themselves. Let the games begin!!Fishing was a big hit. I had little toys and prizes instead of candy and they loved that. Candy was won at different booths and they loved that too!

Little dracula fishing for goods.
Molly was so cute. She thought we were actually fishing for fish. Soon she understood that she was getting prizes instead of fish and when we told her to go fishing she said, "But I don't want a fish!" I think she thought we were all crazy.
Penny was our little scavenger and would pick up stray pieces of candy. Isn't she adorable?!In this game the kids searched through rice to find prizes and candy. It was Penny's favorite game, she even walked around carrying handfuls of rice. Thank goodness for the vacuum cleaner!!The cake walk was a huge success. The kids thought it was great. Instead of cake they won Hostess Ding Dongs. They were playing this game this morning and reusing their prizes. I love watching them play together.Then we played Spider Toss. They each took turns tossing their spider onto the web and then they got to keep the spider as their prize.
The web. We also made ghost suckers, that wasn't as big of a hit but they did like eating the suckers!Here's the behind the scene guys. You talking to me. Forgitaboutit.
I found this little guy trying to eat the candy after the party. ;)
I guess I've been roped into throwing a carnival every year. I'm happy my kids enjoy being together as a family and that makes all the work worth it. Happy Halloween!!

Pumpin Carving!

After our carnival we had a pumpkin carving party. The kids designed how they wanted them and then Joe and I did the carving. I usually don't like carving pumpkins but this year was different. I had a good time and it's a good thing because I carved all but one of them. Joe had the hardest one! :) Here's our carving in all its glory!
Yum! I love Eliza and Molly's expressions!

Joe didn't like how close my fingers were to the knife.
Joe doing his thang.
All done with the kids' pumpkins. I think they turned out fantastic!!
All a glowin'.
After the kids went to bed I carved MY pumpkin. I was going for happy nerd.
I think I accomplished that!
The aftermath!

School Parties

This year was the first year that I have gone to the kids Halloween parties at the school. I got to watch the costume parade and that was fun. I think I had a smile on my face the whole time. All the kids were having fun and it was fun seeing all the different costumes. Here's Dallin.
Eliza in the easiest costume ever!!
I was asked to help with Dallin's party. I made the treat. The kids got to decorate their rice krispie treat to make a monster. Eliza saw what we were doing for Dallin's class and she volunteered me to make them for her class too. I got to make 50 of these babies!

Family Pictures 2010

We were able to get our family pictures taken two weeks ago and overall we had a pretty good time. Our photographer is awesome and we are VERY pleased with how they turned out. Thanks Lynne!!
**If you see a picture you like and you'd like a copy let me know and I'll get it printed for you!**

Tribute to Grandad

Eleven days ago tragedy struck the Haeberle family. Grandad had passed on from this life and we were all suffering from that great loss. It has taken me this long to get the jumble of thoughts and feelings and emotions worked out so I can finally write down a tribute to such a great man. I'm not good with words but my feelings are true just the same. I met John Albert Haeberle in the summer of 1999. After work one evening Joe said he wanted me to meet his Grandparents. I was nervous and anxious, I wanted to make a good impression. All my worries were for naught. Gran and Grandad welcomed me into their home and more importantly into their family. From that day on I felt like they had been my own grandparents for forever. Grandad gave me a big hug and kiss and made we feel like I was truly important to him. Over the years the bond we formed that first evening together has grown and stengthened into something VERY special. He was MY Grandad. I looked forward to seeing him at family gatherings and at their home. I looked forward to his hug and kiss and the sweet words he always whispered into my ear. His smile from across the room that was just for me made me feel like I could take on the world and then fly to the moon and back. Grandad made everyone feel loved and appreciated, he didn't just put on a good front, he truly did love those around him. If I could only be a fraction of the person he was and is I would be great. They just don't make them like Grandad anymore. It was VERY hard seeing Grandad in those last few hours in this mortal existence but I feel blessed that I could hold his hand and tell him goodbye. That I could give him that last hug and kiss and whisper sweet words to him. I look forward with great anticipation for him to give me a hug again. I feel peace with his passing but boy oh boy do I miss him. Now that I have silent tears streaming down my face I will say adieu. I love you Grandad and will do my best to live up to your great legacy! Hug and kiss until we meet again.As I looked back through pictures I wish I would have taken more, I always had my camera with me but failed to actually use it. This last picture is taken Jan 2007 and Grandad was playing pretend with the little girls, talking on the pink cell phone. Cute.
Upon Grandad's passing something special happened, the family came together like nothing I've seen before. I love Joe's family so much and claim them as my own. The bond between brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, nieces, nephews and so on was wonderful. There was so much love flowing through the family gatherings that my heart felt like it was going to burst. So, I give a shout out to the Haeberle's, Grandad would be proud. Love you all!!

Eliza's Self Portrait

Within the first week or so of school Eliza was assigned a project for homework (with parental help) of creating herself using whatever she wanted. I thrive on this kind of homework!! It was fun working side by side with her. She had some great ideas and I helped her with the follow through. I think she turned out rather cute! Here's our Eliza!

BYU-I Gardens

After Family Home Evening last night we went to the gardens for our activity. The kids always love going there. There's room to run around and lots of places to explore. Enjoy the pictures!"I LOVE YOU 4 EVER"
View of the temple from our car.

Sleepy Lion!

As I was rounding everyone up for dinner tonight I found Molly conked out on my bed dressed up in a too small lion costume with her stuffed lion. Things like this is what makes it all worth it!**Molly just came over and I asked her who was in the picture and she said, "Andrew." I said "No its not, its you." And she said, "No its not." I then had her look closer and she sheepishly said, "Oh, that is me." **

Sunday afternoon craft

This afternoon while Penny was napping I decided to do something crafty for a change. I'm one of those people who keep the local boutiques in business because I buy all their cute bows and flowers for girls' hair. But, after talking with some of my friends and finding out how easy it is to make them, I bought some supplies and tried my hand at something new. I started with this:And after a couple hours of burning myself with the hot glue gun I ended up with these!They are all made out of ribbon, I haven't tried making them with fabric yet but I want to.I think they turned out pretty good, hopefully they'll look good when the girls wear them. Thanks Tiffany for having the great tutorials on your blog!!My poor, trusty glue gun gave up the ghost just as I was trying to finish the last flower. I guess they don't last forever!

Game Decathlon - Day 2

Let the games begin...part 2! Tonight we started off the competition with Game 6 - Aggravation. At the end of the game it was down to each of us having one marble within 3 spaces of home, but only one could prevail...Joe won!

Game 7 - the aMAZEing Labyrinth.
This is a really fun game. Can you tell??
Joe won!
Game 8 - Junkyard Jalopy. It's like Operation but 1/2 the price!Joe won in a tie breaker lightning round!
Game 9 - Skip-Bo.Mary won!
Game 10 - Candyland.
Joe getting ready for an intense game of chance!Who's going to win? I can't stand the suspense!
Mary won!!
So, the final tally is Mary 6, Joe 4.The ending of our decathlon was kind of anticlimactic. I was waiting for fireworks or roses and a crown but all that happened was a "good game" all around. The prize has yet to be decided. Joe said he'll think of something good. Maybe he'll cook dinner for a week or give me some shopping spree money. We'll see. It was really fun playing all the games with Joe. He always tries to cheat but does it so that I'll be sure to catch him. Maybe we'll start playing games more often, just not 10 in 2 nights! We'll save that for next year's decathlon! Thanks for humoring me Joe and playing all those games! I love you babe!

1st Annual Game Decathlon!

I've been planning this game decathlon for several weeks now. You'd think this would be a family affair but tis not so. I wanted to do something fun and out of the ordinary just for Joe and me. So, it's 2 nights, 10 games, 1 winner. Let the games begin!!

All the games were put into a cup and drawn randomly. I wish I knew what the prize is for the winner but I haven't a clue. Any input for a super prize is very welcome!
Game 1 - Checkers.
Mary won!Game 2 - Jenga.Mary won.
Game 3 - 100 Pin Bowling on the WiiMary won.
Game 4 - Monopoly. (Joe looks thrilled to be playing!)Little bit of an action photo! We played the short version.

Mary won.
Game 5 - Rummy.
Stayed tuned for night 2 and the last 5 games. I really had a fun time playing with Joe, we laughed, we joked, we just had good old fashioned fun!

WIWW-Week 3

So, I think this will be my last week of doing this. I've enjoyed stepping it up a notch and trying to look a bit nicer than usual but I don't want to bore you all with my clothes every week. I might do an update here and there of what I might consider a "really great" outfit and I might not! So, here's week 3!

Black long sleeved tee from local boutique. Scarf from Old Navy. Jean trousers from Maurices. Converse shoes. Necklace from JewelKade.
Friday: Cardigan, layering tee, and jeans from Downeast. Ballet flats from Target. Necklace from JewelKade. I've decided I love cardigans and have about 15 in my closet! :)
Saturday: Ok, so this outfit is completely and totally out of my comfort zone. I've had this top for several months but haven't had the courage to wear something so daring. Give me some feedback on this one! I was self conscious all day! Cardigan from Maurices. Jeans from Downeast. Plaid top from J. Crew. Ballet flats from Ross. Necklace from JewelKade.
Sunday: Stayed home from church with kids who had pink eyes but I'm pretty sure it's not pinkeye, just allergies. I just didn't want to cause a commotion in nursery. Tee from American Eagle. Jeans from Maurices. I didn't even fix my hair or put on makeup.
Monday: Top from Maurices. Jeans from Downeast. Tevas. Necklace from JewelKade.
Tuesday: Cardigan from Old Navy. Layering tee from Downeast. Jeans from Maurices. Roxy flipflops (love them!) Necklace from JewelKade.
Wednesday: Tee and jeans from Downeast. Tevas. Necklace from JewelKade.

Patriot Day

Last night we had the privilege of attending the first annual Patriot Day Memorial Service at the Fire Station. It was well done and I had to blink back tears more than once. I love America and I'm so proud of all the service men and women who work so hard everyday with little recognition or praise. I'm proud of my firefighter/paramedic who truly loves the work he does. Who wouldn't love this?Chief Child welcoming everyone to the event. The Madison Fire Department Pipe Brigade. This was their first public performance and they did a great job. Here they are playing Highland Cathedral.Here are the many supporters and firefighters from area departments. It was neat to see everyone join together, firefighters truly are brothers. They had a huge flag flying between two ladder trucks. It was beautiful. Here is the memorial they build in front of the station. It has a bell to represent the call to duty, 2 unfinished I-beams representing 9/11 and a plaque. They rang the bell and we had a moment of silence. Close up of memorial.
They played a song from atop the fire station.The Pipe Brigade playing Amazing Grace.The Honor Guard retrieving the colors. They presented the flag to a family that lost their brother in the Pentagon 9 years ago. Honor Guard retreating. Joseph was part of the Honor Guard. Here they are all together.

The Pipe Brigade, Honor Guard, and Chiefs all together. Looks good!

My sexy fireman! The whole family.I sure love this guy! What a nice evening. The local firefighters did a fantastic job honoring the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on Sept 11, 2001.

Jon Schmidt Live

Last night Eliza and I got to see Jon Schmidt perform at BYU-Idaho. Once again he amazed me with his talent, combined with humor and entertainment. He is so good! I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy watching him perform. Amazing! Here is Eliza and me waiting for the concert to start. We were too far away to get a decent picture but here is Jon Schmidt just glowing!

Afterwards we waited in line for an hour so Eliza could meet Mr. Schmidt. I bought her his primer book and she's excited to get started. I think I am officially a Jon Schmidt groupie!
Eliza's favorite parts were when he played unside down laying on the piano bench and when he played "Dumb Song" wearing a red wig and even played with his head. She's still talking about it! What a fun evening!

My heart is full

Nine years ago today tragedy struck America. Lives were lost for no good purpose. Shock and grief spread across the nation as millions of people watched the attack of terrorists. It struck the core of America, the land of the free had been violated. The feelings and emotions from that day are still with me today. I remember the disbelief, the confusion, the heart felt sorrow. I couldn't wrap my brain around how someone could be so evil as to mastermind the whole thing. I still can't. Then, in the aftemath we watched as hundreds of volunteers searched ground zero for the fallen bodies. We watched as citizens of this great nations joined hands and hearts to rebuild our shaken foundation. We watched how a horrific event brought together a nation. Now, years later do we still remember those fallen people. Do we hold our loved ones close and tell them we love them. Do we recognize and honor those who defend our country, our cities, and our homes. I hope I can do better. I hope our nation can stay strong and once again join our hands and hearts and show the evil in the world that we are not broken. God bless the USA.

WIWW-Week 2

I decided to go ahead and do this one more week. I'm actually enjoying it, it requires me to think about what I'm wearing and not just throw something on. The best thing about it is that I feel prettier but the clothes are still functional as a mom. So, here I am!! (Sorry about the dirty mirror, I didn't notice it until Sunday, oops!)

Last Thursday:

Brown Sweater from a local boutique, brown layering tee from a different local boutique, jeans from Downeast, ballet flats from Target, necklace from Lia Sophia.


Sweater from Maurices, long sleeved brown tee from Shade, jeans from Maurices, ballet flats from Target, necklace from Lia Sophia.


Tee from American Eagle, jeans from Old Navy, Converse sneakers, hat from Shopko, earrings from Lia Sophia.


This is my mostly Maurices outfit. The cardigan, top, skirt, shoes, and necklace are all from Maurices, layering tee from local boutique, ring from Downeast.

My after church outfit:

Ditched the cardigan and skirt. Jeans from Old Navy.

Close up of the necklace and ring. Love that cute little elephant!
Long sleeved tee from Abercrombie & Fitch (men's department), layering tee from Downeast, jeans from Downeast, Tevas from eBay, necklace from JewelKade.
Tee from American Eagle, jeans from Maurices, Mia shoes from Famous Footwear, necklace from JewelKade.
Wednesday (today):
Cardigan from Maurices, layering tee form Downeast, jeans from Downeast, sandals from Payless, necklace from JewelKade.
I realized my clothes mostly come from just a few stores and that I use a lot of layering tees. Maybe someday you'll see me in something besides jeans, but don't count on it!! Now, I want to see what you all have been wearing!