30DT: Day Six

Day Six:

I'm thankful for my brother Stephen!

Happy birthday, little bro.

30DT: Day Five

Day Five:

I'm thankful for the scriptures.

Yeah, it's a Sunday School answer, but it's the truth. I recently started rereading the Book of Mormon, and it's a beautiful thing. I always feel the Spirit when I open the book, even if I don't understand exactly what's said (I'm in the Isaiah chapters, all right?).

My favorite way to study is to keep a notebook nearby to write down things that strike me as I read -- copy a verse, write down impressions and feelings, connect ideas to what I'm reading, you get the idea. Best plan for me.

Do you have a favorite study method? Have you tried all the fancy digital note taking and highlighting stuff on new.lds.org?

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day Four

Day Four:

I'm thankful for Annie's interpretive dance during FHE singing time.

She knows her cue. We say, "Welcome to Family Home Ling-a-ling" (long story) and she goes nuts. Her favorite dance tune is, "Book of Mormon Stories," as you see in the video, but she gave us a nice lyrical number tonight during, "Families Can Be Together Forever."

Annie, you crack me up.

And I'm thankful for you.

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day Three

Day Three:

I'm thankful for swing sets.

We got one in our backyard this year, and I couldn't be happier with it. Kicking Nicole and Nathan outside for hours at a time worked only because there were swings to ride. Nathan also learned how to pump. FINALLY!

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day Two

Day Two:

Today, I'm grateful for these biscuits. We ate them with split pea soup this weekend and I loved them so much I think I ate more of them than I did Halloween candy. Lots of butter make them de-double-licious. Wanna make them? Here's the recipe.

Southern Biscuit Muffins

2 ½ c. all-purpose flour

¼ c. sugar

1 ½ Tbsp. baking powder

¾ c. cold butter

1 c. cold milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 (2 ½ inch) muffin cups. (These muffins brown better on the sides and bottom when baked without paper liners.) In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until flour mixture is moistened. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan. Cool on wire rack.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day One

Every day in November, I'm going to post something I'm thankful for. I did this on Facebook last year and wanted to do it again this year, but on my blog this time for two reasons. First, it's my goal to get back into the habit of blogging more often. Second, this way I can add pictures more easily. And also, my mom isn't on Facebook. :) So here goes.

Day one:

I'm thankful for a husband who makes applesauce. Lots and lots of applesauce. One large box of apples in his hands becomes rows and rows of shining jar of applesauce. They look like jewels on the countertop and they -- and he -- make me grateful.


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!

A shiny new family logo

Because we had such a nice set of pictures at the 2010 family reunion, I figured I would take a whack at making a new family logo for the top of the site. I think I did a pretty good job. If you think you can do better, go for it. It is 120px tall and width does not matter (it repeats or gets cut off on the right to make it fit the width of the browser).

I picked the best picture (the one where the most people were looking at the camera and were smiling), applied a slight rotation to make everyone line up horizontally, cropped out two rows and pasted them side to side. Then I resized it down to 120px high. As part of the editing though, I had to surgically replace three heads. Can you find them? (hint: two of the heads were replaced as a pair.) I will let the winner pick one of the varieties of bread I will bake at the bakery next summer at the family reunion.

Pumpkin Patch

I've been a mom for 7 years now, and I like to think I do a lot of fun stuff with my kids. But for some reason, we've never done the pumpkin patch thing. At least, not till this year. :) Enter: Baggenstos Farm. It's a local farm about 10 minutes from our house that offered everything we needed.

Big red barn? Check.

Hayride behind the tractor? Check.

Lots and lots of punkins? Check.

Pumpkins for hugging? Check.

Lots of room for an independent one-year-old to run around? Check.

We had a great time and will be going back next year for sure. Next time, I'll plan enough time to visit the hay maze and petting zoo, but for now, our fall pumpkin quota has been met.

Now we just need to carve the suckers.

And look one more time at this picture:

Yep, still adorable.

Costume Time

Since tonight was our ward's trunk-or-treat, we got dolled up and ran over for some candy. Annie was game for our pretty ballerina/princess outfit, and what a pretty princess/ballerina she was! Now I just have to decide if that's really a smile or a grimace.....

Now this girl knew what she wanted: Queen costume. In red. With sparkly shoes. No poofy skirts. Isn't she regal?

And for Nathan? After last year's Super Frog, I wasn't surprised when he chose another unique costume idea. Meet:

The Lego Brick

Smiling Lego:

Full-length Lego:

Sinister Lego:

Recipe for Lego costume:

Good-sized box
6 empty tuna cans
1 hot glue gun
1 can spray paint

(that's a lot of tuna, if you were wondering...)

The Perfect Spammer

Going through the daily blogroll this morning, I came upon a comic that could not be more true. A while back I posted on Combating Spambots. Since I implemented that anti-spam scheme, I have not seen a single piece of spam come through. It is beautiful. XKCD has posted an alternative method, which really would work if you had an active community around your website. The perfect spammer could get through, but I think I would be okay with that.

Good-bye CSA

Pros and Cons of Being a CSA Member

The pros
  • Supporting local, diversified, organic farming
  • Weekly trips to our GORGEOUS farmer's market
  • Getting in the habit of eating more veggies
  • Being adventurous eaters when we're given a new veggie
  • Being adventurous chefs when we're given something new or more of something than we expected

The cons

  • Paying for food that sometimes isn't what we'd choose
  • Sometimes wasting food because we just weren't creative or adventurous enough eaters and chefs that week
  • Having to get to the market EVERY WEEK. ALL SUMMER. And arranging for friends to pick up our bags when we just can't make it.
  • Cabbage, eggplant, tomatilloes, cabbage, turnips, cabbage.

This week was the last straw: a cabbage as big as my one-year-old and weighed 4.5 pounds. Next year, we're just going to go to the market with the money we would have spent at our one farm and support more farms and get what we want, when we want it. Instead of this:


Your fist rubs your eye as I gather you into my arms and sink into our favorite chair. I feel the curve of your back mold into my body as you burrow your face into your fuzzy pink blankie and I burrow my nose in the soft fuzz of your red, baby-fine hair. I press my cheek against the rounded head beneath me and feel your little arms squeeze once, twice, even though they don't even reach around my shoulders. My lips touch your warm, squishy cheek and I will myself to remember this.

Because you are one, now. I remember holding the brand-new you and doing the same thing: memorizing the grunts and murmurs you made when you curled up on daddy's chest, the exact curve of your cheek against my breast as you nursed, the cooing noises that told us you'd be a talker. I tried to imprint your newborn self on my memory because when I look at you now, I know that the you that you were is gone. Gone the way of so many fleeting moments: rolling to get from place to place, the unsteady wobble of your walk that is already more confident and unbelievably fast.

Now you point and grunt to get our attention. Now you love barking at our neighbor's dog, as if you two could “woof-woof” your way into friendship when you won't let him lick your toes. Now you steer me by taking hold of my pant legs to pull me where you want to go. You are here, but the you that you were is gone. And I must hold you close before you leave me again and leave a new you in her place.

Stay with me, baby. Stay with me.

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!!

Annie's Favorite Times of the Day

Walking big brother and sister to school. We get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and Annie makes a beeline for her stroller. She adores her daily constitutional!

Annie is never happier than when she's stuffing her face. Finger foods are best, including string cheese, mini PB sandwiches, rice puffs, Cheerios, and soft cooked veggies.

Bathtime. Can you tell the girl is squishing her own fat??? Silly, chubby baby!

All I want for Chrithmath.....

Look who lost a new tooth!! She couldn't wait to show grandma! And from the looks of all the snaggle-toothed neighbors that tooth has.....I'll bet she looks like a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.