Our adventure

Last night a little before 8:00 the whole family (minus Joe) was downstairs in the toyroom playing. The 3 older kids were playing baseball on the Wii and the 3 little ones were just playing with toys on the floor. I had just told the kids they had 5 more minutes until jammie time when all of the sudden the power shut off (a power substation in Rigby blew up and 4 counties were out of power, we had no idea how long the pwer would be out). Since we were in the basement it was pitch dark. I am very scared of the dark, I get all panicky and my heart rate increases and I start sweating. Well, the kids are all freaking out, we even lost Penny for a few minutes but were able to locate her by using a toy computer that lights up. In my forced calm I told the kids to stay put around the toy computer and I would go get some flashlights. With the help of my cell phone, with Penny in tow, I went in search of some light. The flashlight I keep by my bed (in case of emergencies) was nowhere to be found. I'm guessing a pair of little hands took off with it. At this point I can't really think straight but a thought popped into my head to look in the diaper basket on the couch.

The Platypus!!

Over the past couple of weeks Eliza has been very interested in platypuses. She asked to research them on the computer and has been talking about all their fascinating characteristics. I was helping her look up some information and they are really kind of creepy if you think about it. Here are some interesting facts:

1. The platypus is found in Australia mainly in Tasmania.

2. They are the only mammal to lay eggs instead of live babies.

3. They are duckbilled, have webbed feet (the webs actually fold back on the front feet when walking on land), have a beaver-like tail, and are semi-aquatic.

4. The male platypus has a venomous spur behind the hind feet. Yikes! There are very few mammals that have venom.

Haeberle "Top 10" 2009:

(Here's our Christmas letter this year. If you already got it, this is more for my journal than anything!)
After living in a poorly sided (4 year old) house for 4 years we decided to give our house a face lift. We went from boring tan to exciting brick red and we love it! Great job Joe!
In April Joseph cut back on his many jobs and is now working only 2 jobs. He's full time as a Paramedic/Firefighter for Rexburg and working for Air Idaho Rescue in Idaho Falls as a Flight Medic. We love having him home more!
Dallin turned 8 this year and made the choice to be baptized. He has been a great example to his younger siblings and is working hard to make right choices.
We've been in the process of getting Matthew potty trained for over a year and finally, finally, finally he is both day and night trained! Hallelujah!!
After watching his older brother and sister go off to school, Andrew finally got his turn. He started kindergarten this fall and has really enjoyed it!

Christmas pictures

Christmas Piano Recital

Dallin and Eliza had their Christmas recital this week and they did awesome. I didn't get very much footage because our camera battery was low. Here they are afterwards.They each played their separate songs (Dallin played "Angels We Have Heard on High" & "Jingle Bells" Eliza played "Silent Night" and "Jolly old Saint Nick") and then had a duet together. Here they are playing "Pat-a-Pan."

Family Pictures 2009

We had our annual family picture taken and I finally decided to post them. I only picked some of my favorites. We had so many great pictures! The kids cooperated tremendously and we had fun getting them taken.


About a week ago I noticed that Andrew had some permanent teeth growing in behind his baby teeth. When I asked him why he didn't tell me he had new teeth he told me he didn't know they were there. I guess teething doesn't faze him! So, today he went to the dentist got 2 baby teeth extracted. He was brave and didn't even cry at all. Here are his teeth, you can't see the big teeth huh?!Here they are, almost all grown in!Andrew's new smile!

Past Life

Remember when I had time to do stuff like this?

Yeah, me neither.

Project: Christmas Tree

Eliza brought home this tree from school today and was instructed to decorate it for the 2nd grade hall of trees. She wanted to do hers all pink, so we made some snowflakes, added some ribbon and a star on top, and voila!

Dear Santa...

Tonight the kids made notes for Santa. Here's Eliza's. I thought it was so cute. I love the picture of Santa the best!

O Christmas Tree...

On Saturday we got out the decorations and trimmed the ol' tree. I was very excited with how it turned out this year. I had a vision and it actually materialized! Usually the kids cluster all the ornaments together on one branch but this year they did a great job and I only had to move a few ornaments here and there.

Thanksgiving Poem

By Nicole
Thanksgiving is great theirs
nothing to hate. The food is
so good I love the stuffing
it tastes like a muffin.
I love thanksgiving!

Hope your holiday was as fun as our girl's!

Hair cut!

Both Eliza and I were getting tired of brushing out all the tangles in her long hair. Tonight we remedied the problem and cut her hair off. I had mixed emotions while cutting it. It was so long and fun to fix but also it was really hard to brush out the knots. Now its nice and easy! Here's the before pictures. I had just brushed it out from being in a braid so its kind of crazy.Here she is cute, manageable hair!

Andrew's 6th Birthday!!

Today we celebrated Andrew's 6th birthday! A few months ago I decided to do a themed party for Andrew because I felt like in the past he has suffered from the middle child syndrome. So, I didn't want to just bake a cake and call it good. Andrew is our resident cowboy and so that was our theme. First everyone got dressed in their best duds and came to our roundup. Here's Andrew with Duke, the cowboy and his horse, Sassafrass.All the kids (minus Penny, she hated her hat.)Ma and Pa.

Apples, Schmapples...

Here's a quick family night treat. My friend Melissa taught me how to make caramel-apple-pie apples. They are so yummy! Melt the caramels in a bowl with high sides. A wide one will take too much caramel to fill up high.
Dip them and let them set up a bit.

Turkey Time!

Wanna learn how to make these cuties?
We made these turkeys one year with Grandma and Grandpa S. for Thanksgiving. Now it is Tradition! Every year we make new ones to decorate the house. This year they were one of our homeschool art projects. Fun, fun!

??..Shining, Shimmering, Spendid...??

This year a little birdie told her grandma that she has wanted to be "Jasmine" for a very long time. Have you ever looked for a pattern or a costume for Jasmin? The immodesty is a turn-off for this momma! So, this little birdie has never been Jasmine. Well, Grandma cooked up an idea that solved all of Holly's wos. I had a Genie costume as a child that she made for me. It is a pajama pattern that she converted to be a little bit more fancy. She took that same pattern and made a costume for Holly. Take a look at the adorable results!!

As you can see from Holly's smile....she was in seventh heaven. She had her daddy in snapsville with the camera.
The legs are oh-so-cute. The elastic in the bottom makes them poof out just right.

Holly did get to pick out the headband and we put it together the week before Halloween. She chose the gold and jeweled button on the front. I didn't think it would work, but as you can tell....I let the kids do the choosing. They have so much fun, how can you resist letting them use their imaginations.

We got some wide sequined band and put the turquoise sequins in the middle that Grandma sent with the costume. It was a perfect match. Thanks, Mom!

I rolled Holly's hair upward on the sides and then around the headband to hold it in place. It made her hair lay around her face just like Jasmine's hair.

I love her little feet sticking up in this picture above. She was absolutely giddy. She wore the costume everyday for two weeks before Halloween. I started to wonder if she would wear it out before the big day came.

She saw the "fancy eyes" on her sister in the school play. She said that she wanted that too. So, she got to wear eyeliner. (Every little girls dream. Well, this little girl.)

The costume is one piece with pink material sewn into the mid-section. It turned out so cute and it was modest!

One more pose and lots more smiles!! Thanks Mom/Grandma for making Holly's day. She is still wearing it!

??..I am the Pirate King....Hurrah for the Pirate King..??

This year, Ryan knew EXACTLY what he wanted to be for months before Halloween. He designed his costume and even stayed up late (very late) one night to help me make it. We had good times together, just the two of us.
Have you seen the game "Wizard 101"? This costume is the character "Skeletal Pirate" from the game. Ryan plays it with some of his friends. I must admit, he did a good job replicating the little guy. He even got the accessories just right. Here is a picture of the little pirate:

Here is Ryan's attempt at looking like a mean pirate.......

.......but we all know he is just a goofy-lover-of-all-things-sparkly!!

The loot!!! (He made this wooden chest at Scout Camp last year.)

Being a pirate DOES have its drawbacks! Words of Warning: Don't try to scratch your nose when you're not used-to your new hook!

The Pirate Mug-shot

I had to add this one so you can see the full length. We took a black workout suit and painted the bones on. My Mom did this for my baby brother years and years ago for him to be a skeleton for a school Halloween party.

We used acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. (again with JoAnn's--we love that store. I should buy stock!) Ryan stayed up late-late to help painting the bones. He even helped me look up pictures to get it to look right. Then we woke up the next morning very early and painted the back side of the suit so it could start drying before little fingers got up to touch or smear it. It looked so real! I didn't want him to wear the ragged shorts that would cover it up............but he had to be exactly like the picture!! Okay, okay!

And finally, I MADE him smile for this one. Afterall, he is my little boy and not just a scary pirate. I told him, "You have to have ONE with a smile. This one will be for your Grandmas." That got him to smile. So, there you have it! A smile for you, Grandma!

Medieval Princess

Ariana went to JoAnn's with me one day in October and found a pattern for a Medieval Princess. All it took was seeing that she would get to make a hoop skirt and she was SOLD. (Actually, Daddy got to make the hoop skirt. But that is another story.)

You can see all the material in this shot. It took 12 yards of fabric for this dress. Phew....glad it is done.

I hope they call me on a mission!

Last night for Family Night Dallin taught the lesson. He wanted to teach us about missionary work. He got dressed as a missionary and then taught us from the scriptures. I guess we got a glimpse of the future. I hope and pray my children will grow up with a desire to serve the Lord and gain a testimony of the gospel. Dallin did a great job and we even got to hear some stories from Joe's mission.It's hard to believe that's my son!