Idaho History

Dallin's 4th grade class is studying Idaho History this year and Dallin got to make a pillow as one of his projects. He chose the state fish as his pillowtop. He did a great job was really happy with how it turned out.

Trigger Finger Release Surgery

Yesterday Matthew had surgery to release the trigger finger on his right thumb. Sometime this past year we noticed his thumb would not extend all the way and recently it has started giving him pain. We decided to just go ahead and get it fixed instead of waiting for him to get any older. He was excited about the surgery and didn't seem to show any signs of anxiety. Joe took him to the surgery center around 7 and they were home a little after 10. Matthew has been outstanding throughout the whole experience. I've only heard him complain once, and that was when Penny sat on his thumb. Tomorrow we will take off the soft splint and see if the surgery did the trick! Here he is with his crazy thumb!
One of the nurses at the center made him a balloon out of a glove.Here he his directly after the surgery. He was still a little out of it!Happy little boy!Matthew wanted everyone to sign his "cast."Here's the bear they gave him to help ease the pain and fear. It's been his constant companion since.The doctor said, that during surgery, as soon as he cleaned up the problem area his thumb popped up, I'm hoping that means he's going to be back to normal!

Being so careful

I love to snap candid shots. Here is Daddy putting Tyler in the new swing for the first time. Doesn't it look like Tyler has a little sideways smirk on his face?

On a side note....everything has fallen apart that we used for our other babies. So, this time around we had to buy everything over again.....car seat, swing, crib. I just put Tyler in the bouncer seat (the one and only thing that hasn't been destroyed by going through four other babies) and the seat support bar just broke through. Aargh!! So, I guess we get to buy another bouncer. Like I told Timothy....."We either should have stopped at four or now we'll have to have another four to make it worth all the new purchases. " *grin*

Holiday sparkle


Sometimes a girl needs a new look for the holidays. Nicole's been begging for months to cut her hair -- and I've been stalling her, knowing that a big haircut takes a long time to recover from if you don't like how it turns out. :) But my girl was adamant, and getting rid of the twice-weekly bath battle with snarls and hair dryer sounded good to me, so we took the plunge!

Here's the before:

And here's after:

I think it totally suits her -- brings out her sassy. :)

And just for fun, don't you love sparkly shoes?


Lauren -- shiny with ruffle; Katie -- gold glitter; Nicole -- sequins in Valentine's colors


Christmas spirit

I know I'm late getting Christmas stuff up, but I got a new computer and didn't know how to get pics from my camera to the laptop. BUT, thanks to Vernon, we're up and ready now, so I can share our fond memories. Aren't you glad?

First step to getting the Christmas spirit in our house: baking! We're working on Christmas sugar cookies (in between Vernon baking bread for toast) as the first goodie in our lineup. The kids LOVE this activity, especially using every cookie cutter in the house (including some not exactly Christmas-related -- hammer for the holidays, anyone?).


Second, we need lots of Christmas music to set the holiday mood. My favorite thing this year was watching my kids dance in circles, holding hands, and stomping to the beat!

Last, but not least, we need a tree! Since we live in a state that is FULL of Christmas tree farms, we always go cut our own. Here are Nathan and Nicole enjoying our handiwork.

We had a great Christmas, and hope you did, too!

Mauery Monkeys

We've added a new monkey to the family. I wonder if he knows what he is in for! (Jaren and Holly crack me up in this one. And Daddy and Ryan have the classic monkey underbite.)
Ariana joins in on the fun. I think the zoo just called and they want Daddy back. Peace, Holly. Hang Loose, Jaren. Goodnight, Ryan.

Introducing our newest......

Newest Mauery edition
Model #2010
Tyler Harris Mauery
(Don't you love how the curls in his hair make a tiny mohawk. It is so cute.)

We are so excited to have our little guy here in our arms. He came a month early and is healthy and strong. We have so many pictures to post and thank you's to write. We'll start catching up as time (and sleep) are to be had. Love to you all!!

Christmas Day!

Christmas day was a wonderful day! The kids were grateful for their new gifts and they played together nicely all day. I couldn't have asked for a better day. Joe worked Christmas Eve and as soon as he came home Christmas morning the kids were rearing to go. I put up the gate so they couldn't sneak a peek (even though half of them can climb over it).
Molly's excited to see what Santa brought!

All the stockings and Santa's loot. They were all plenty happy with what Santa brought, we could've just called it a day after that!
Penny and her new baby.
Molly got a new slide.
Penny and Molly had lots of fun taking turns going down the slide.
The breakfast spread.
Eliza's been asking Santa for a ride on horse for the past 3 years and she finally got it!!
Andrew's new Bumble Bee from his cousin Nathan.
Molly opening her first present.
What could it be?? A View Master!! Takes me back to the good old days!
Matthew's turn.
While the kids opened their presents Penny would pick up the discarded toys and play with them. She was in toy heaven!
Matthew with a new giant dragon.
Andrew ready to open another present.
Eliza with a stuffed "Clover."
Penny looking uncertain about a present bigger than her.
She was very pleased with the stroller inside though!
Taking a break from her walk to hug the dragon.
Dallin with his new sword and shield.
Andrew with his beloved panda pillow pet.
I found this little piano for Penny and boy did it take me back. My grandma had the original version in her toybox back in the day. What a special present!
Joe getting in on the action.
Andrew got a ukelele.
Eliza with a fun game, Winomino. We've had some really fun time playing together.
Joe with his new boxed set of the Messiah series.
The Haeberle grandparents gave the kids a air hockey table and it was fun for all.
It was so nice to see the kids play together and care about each other's feelings. I was pretty grinchy up until Christmas morning and have to admit I enjoyed myself immensely. Years from now I won't remember what I gave or received but I will remember the time we spent together as a family and the spirit in our home. Merry Christmas!!

Christmas with Michael!

My sister Nancy and I took my brother out for Christmas lunch again this year. It was so fun! Michael is such a hoot. We went to IHOP, where I asked Michael on the ride over what he was going to eat and he said, "Pancakes!" Then when we got there, without even really looking at the menu, he orded a big ol' hamburger with bacon. We had an enjoyable lunch with Michael making us laugh. Then he opened some of his presents in the car. He was very thankful and excited. What a fun day!!

Christmas Pictures!

I managed to get a few good pictures of the kids after church. They weren't cooperating all that great. Joe wasn't home and it was tricky getting them all looking at the camera, let alone smiling! Merry Christmas!!

Making Reindeer

I remember making candy cane reindeer as a kid and thought it would be fun for the kids. They enjoyed it, but liked eating them even more!

All done!!

Eliza's Christmas Program

The third graders at Kennedy Elementary always put on quite a show for their Christmas program. This year it was Eliza's turn to be part of it. She did a great job learning all the songs and did a great job. I volunteered to play the piano for the program and had the pleasure and going to the school 3 times a week for a month to practice with the kids. I really enjoyed getting to know the kids and to feel their excitement. They were all so sweet to me and everytime I went they never failed to thank me personally. This is definitely a treasured experience. Here are some pictures of Eliza's performing.They had actions for almost every song. It was fun! Here I am playing the ol' piano. I just had so much fun (even though it doesn't look like it!).After the program they had Eliza present me with a pointsettia and a thank you note.Eliza, in the hall after the program!

Piano Recital!

Here's a picture of Eliza and Dallin before their Christmas piano recital. They both did a great job. I'm so proud of the hard work they put into their practicing and for sticking with it even when other things sound more exciting!

Leonardo DiVinci at the Museum of Idaho

On the last day of the exhibit Joe took the kids to the Museum of Idaho to see Leonardo DiVinci. I opted to stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet. They weren't gone quite long enough!! I don't really know what any of these pictures are but there are some pretty cool looking inventions. Dallin loved it!

Annie: Sixteen Months


Ooh! We've entered one of my very favorite parts of childhood: Babytalk!

Annie is starting to acquire words. Very cute, very odd words. And I'll share a few now. I'll warn you ahead of time, most of them are animal noises, which tells you one of the girl's main interests at the moment. :)

Oof - Dog
Doo-doo-doo - Rooster
Woo-wah - Elephant
Moo - Cow
RAAR! - Lion
Aaagh! - Stop it!
Shoos - Shoes
Mama
Dada

She can also identify body parts, walk on her tiptoes, and follow simple directions. She makes an excellent vacuum cleaner, finding every little piece of junk on my floor and taking it to the trash can.

One last thought. The girl is developing a maniacal laugh that is part roar, part belly-laugh (RAAH-HA-HA-HA). When I was little, I used to say I wanted to grow up to be a lion. Well, if I couldn't do it, this girl CAN.

Power to the people.

And the big cats.

Deck the Halls!

I love getting out all the Christmas decorations and transforming the house. I've pulled out all the Christmas music and we've drank our share of hot cocoa. I love this time of year. Here's some of our Christmas decor. The kids pretty much decorated the tree by themselves, I only had to thin out a few spots.These are on top the piano.

Roasted Cranberry Sauce

One of Oregon's food exports is the cranberry, accounting for about 5% of the nationwide harvest. This year, we bought some local cranberries to make into cranberry sauce. My first time ever. Historically, it was Dad's job (which he relished a lot) to make the cranberry sauce. His was usually ground up with oranges, sugar and nuts. I always tried some, but never LOVED it. But when I saw Nick post a Roasted Cranberry Sauce recipe, I had to try it. Since I don't have any Triple Sec around, I modified it a bit, but it turned out great. I made it last night so it could mellow in the fridge overnight before the big day. And I daresay, this is the best cranberry sauce I have ever had. Sorry, Dad.

Roasted Cranberry Sauce with Candied Pecans (Adapted from Macheesmo, where it was pretty heavily adapted from a Bon Appétit recipe)
Makes about 3 Cups, easy to double or triple though.

Cranberries:

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons neutral oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh thyme, minced (or 1/4 t. dried)
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh sage, minced (or 1/8 t. sage powder)

Sauce:

  • 1/8 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup orange juice
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup currants (you could sub raisins, but chop them roughly so they aren’t so big)
  • Pinch of salt

Pecans:

  • 1 Cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 Cup sugar

Instructions:

  1. Mix cranberries, oil, 1 C. sugar, and herbs together in a bowl. Roast at 425°F for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.
  2. While cranberries are roasting, mix sauce ingredients in a medium sauce pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cranberries from oven and add to the sauce pan. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. While simmering the sauce, mix the pecan ingredients and spread on a baking sheet and roast for 8-10 minutes at 425°F.
  5. Remove nuts from the oven and stir as they cool. Place cooled pecans in an airtight container.
  6. Chill sauce overnight in fridge. Serve heated or chilled, topped with pecans.

Happy Birthday Andrew!!

Seven years ago today we brought our little butterball turkey home from the hospital. He weighed in at 9 pounds even and had the chubbiest cheeks ever. Now those chubby cheeks have long vanished but the sweet boy still remains. Andrew has been such a blessing in our home. He says some of the funniest things and has the biggest heart. We celebrated Andrew's birthday on Monday so Daddy could be there. He started off his big day by getting his 2 front teeth pulled to make room for the new ones coming in. That didn't slow him down a bit, he was even excited to get them pulled. Andrew's all time favorite animal is the Panda Bear and so he asked for a Panda cake. It actually turned out being one of the easiet cakes I've made. I used fondant for the first time and loved it. And Andrew absolutely loved his cake so that made my day!Here's Andrew with all his pandas and his cake.

Matthew drew Andrew a panda for his present.
Daddy gave Andrew some airplanes.
Andrew has been asking for Insectasaurus since the movie Monsters vs. Aliens first came out and we finally got him one. When he pulled it out of the box he instantly gave it a big hug.
Can you tell he likes it??
Penny took good care of it while Andrew opened his other presents.
Opening his present from Grandma and Grandpa Mauery.
A Panda!!
I can't believe there are already 7 candles on his cake!!
I missed taking a picture of him blowing out the candles so this picture is totally posed!
Here I am with my creation!

30DT: Day 24

Day 24:

In honor of my baby, who barfed last night, today I'm grateful for my washer and dryer.

Seriously, can you imagine doing baby laundry all by hand??? Diapers, sheets, clothes, bibs, you name it and at some point my ancestors (and lots of people in other countries today) are washing them by hand. In water they hauled themselves, or in the stream, or wherever. But definitely not heated right out of a tap.

Mercy.

30DT: Day 23

Day 23:


Today, I'm grateful for my DVR.

I'm so spoiled. TV shows recorded on demand, playlists for the kids, total control of when and what we watch. Love it SO MUCH.