First Day of School

This year sending my kids off to school was bittersweet. I want them to go to school and learn and grow and make friends but I also want them home with me. We had a very enjoyable summer and I will miss them while they are at school. I will miss the chatter of their play, watching them ride their bikes up and down the sidewalk, watching countless lightsaber battles, and having lunch together everyday with my little munchkins. I know they'll be home after school but the whole dynamic of our home will change. It's hard to let go and let your kids use their wings. Fly high my little ones and always remember where home is! I love you!Dallin trying to, I think!

Sassy Eliza.Handsome Andrew.What a goodlooking group of kids! They humored me with a zillion pictures!I hope they will always be best friends!

Happy Birthday Joseph!!

On August 22 Joseph turned 34 years old! Wowsers! He's getting old. He got to work on his birthday so we partied on the 24th instead. I think he had a pretty good day. He spent most of it on the front porch working on his RC airplane. Here's the cutest birthday boy ever!I didn't have very much wrapping paper so he got about 4 things stuffed in that little bag!Hands down Joe is the hardest person to pick presents for. I walked aimlessly around the store waiting for something to reach out to me from the shelves. He ended up getting some really random gifts, like a camping pad! Woo hoo!Penny and I got to try out the camp pad. Pretty comfy (I got one for myself too!)

Earlier in the day I had lots of helpers in the kitchen making daddy's cake.
Eliza designed the cake a few days before his birthday and then she helped me every step of the way to get it as perfect as possible. I think it turned out looking pretty good! Here's the design.
Here's the cake!
Look at all those candles!Look at all that smoke! Here's Joe's special piece of cake!Happy Birthday Joe! We love you!

Backyard Royalty

We've never had trees around our house because we could never agree on where to put them. Joe wants a wide open yard and I want shade. We finally put our differences aside and bought two trees for the back yard. They are a crimson king and emerald queen. We have named them King Rupert and Queen Elizabeth and we're hoping they will be both royal and loyal to us. They are beautiful maples and I love looking out back and seeing them. Here are the trees strapped to the Suburban after their trip home.This is a before picture of our backyard. Boring!Joe hard at work, digging the hole.Penny standing on the sod donut!I had to get a picture of the "Sold" sign!Dallin and Penny helping!All planted. Looks good!Another angle. I just love it! Now that we have trees I wish we hadn't waited so long to get them!

Shakespeare Trip 2010

Every mom should get to take a trip like the one I get to take with my sisters and mom each year. It's tradition for us to gather the group and head to Cedar City, where my parents both grew up, to visit family and go to the Shakespearean festival held there every year. This year, we got to take along my new sister-in-law, Bizzie, and our first-ever boy: baby Harvey! They were both delightful traveling companions.

Our first stop was the Springville Art Museum for their annual quilt show, and I just took a few pics of my favorites, though I could have done many more.

Wouldn't this make a great baby quilt?

I want this one for my bed:

Ooh! So perfect to hang on my wall during the holidays!

Again, I want this one for my bed. I love all the pinwheels.

After checking out our digs in Cedar, of which Harvey definitely approved...

we went to perennial favorite restaurant, Milts, for steaks with Dan, Jodie, and Alexa. They know where to get the good stuff. That night, we saw "Much Ado About Nothing," which made me want to watch the movie version again. Oh, Keanu Reeves, you are so terrible....

Saturday took us to the fitness room early to do P90X, which Rachel brought (so committed!), then off to the cemetery to visit our grandparents' graves, eat lunch, and tell stories. Rachel has a gift for getting people to talk about themselves and share interesting things, and we got to know our new sister pretty well. She is one. Funny. Gal.

Also, Harvey enjoyed the pineapple. :)

That afternoon, we saw "The 39 Steps," crashed in the hotel room for a few rounds of Bananagrams and baby cuddles....

... after which we hit the Garden House for dinner and, on Alexa's recommendation, their fabulous chocolate cake. Which gave us all the energy we needed to enjoy the Greenshow....

...before seeing The Merchant of Venice. And enjoying too many tarts. Raspberry tarts.... Cream cheese tarts....

*wipe drool off keyboard*

Top the weekend off with a car ride full of laughs and a stop at Kan Kun in Beaver for flautas, and we call it a wrap for this year. Ladies, it was a blast! See you next year!

Mauery Reunion 2010

All the cousins spontaneously congregated around the Christus when we visited Temple Square. So precious.

Lunch at the park after touring Temple Square

Trip to Clark Planetarium -- I was too busy chasing children to take many pictures, but we had a great time.

Lunch at Liberty Park

Mauery Cousins' theater production. I'm not sure of the play's title, but two days of dedicated writing, inventive prop creation, and persistent rehearsal really paid off in a great evening of entertainment!

Utah trip: 4th of July

Summertime wrap up continues. We have loved visiting family this summer and enjoying the outdoors together!

Independence Day Hike at Silver Lake

Haeberle Reunion: DAY 3

Day 3 of the reunion was full of cleaning up and goodbyes. The whole reunion was near perfection and I just didn't want it to end. Seeing everyone, staying up late watching slide shows, talking and laughing was the best way to spend the weekend. I'm still going through withdrawals, it couldn't have been better! While the adults were busy cleaning the lodge the kids were getting in their last few runs down the slide. I even managed to go down one last time. Here's Dallin.Some of the little kids kept busy playing on the balcony.Before we left Swan Valley we stopped to get some of their famous square ice cream cones. It was bittersweet, our last hurrah before settling back into the real world. I will carry the memories of this family reunion for many many years to come. I'm so glad I married Joe so I could enjoy his awesome family. I love them like my own. Haeberle's Rule!!

Going down the slide

I made a documentary of me going down the giant slide. It's pretty awesome. Keep in mind that, yes, I am a dork!! Enjoy!

Haeberle Reunion: DAY 2

Sunday was jam packed with fun. We started the day right with a yummy breakfast courtesy of the Len Humphries family. After church our family was in charge of lunch and with many helping hands we were able to serve a delicious taco salad and cornbread. Thanks goes to everyone who helped pull it off!! After lunch there were many activities; beads, face painting, frisbie golf, the slide, hiking, and just hanging out having a good time. Here I am with Lisa, love her!Here is a picture of me at the top of the slide ready to make my descent.Here are the shadows of all the adults watching the kids run after candy shot from a canon like gun of James'. It was pretty awesome!Here are the kids having so much fun getting candy.Penny eating a piece of said candy!Me and my Joe.Bonnie painted all the kids' faces and she did a phenomenal job. The kids looked amazing and loved every minute of it.The beautiful stream that ran alongside the property.Penny found a ball and kept herself entertained.Joseph and his siblings, Hyrum, Autumn, and Miles.Joe found this stack of mattresses and came and got me and made me get a picture on top of them. Both my parents and Joe call me the Pea Princess and I guess he couldn't pass up on the opportunity.Joe and his brother Hyrum just chillin'.Joe and his little Penny.The family put on a program for Gran and Grandad and here they are singing a couple songs for them.Eliza with her cousin Annie, they were inseperable.Here I am with my favorite Gran!I love this man! Grandad is one of my favorite people.

Haeberle Reunion: DAY 1

August 14, 2010 marked the beginning of the Haeberle Family Reunion. Family filtered in from miles around to celebrate Gran and Grandad's 60th Wedding Anniversary at West Piney Girl's Camp near Swan Valley. It was a blast seeing grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Even days later I'm still reminiscing and missing family. Here is a picture of the guests of honor with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Here's the whole family minus a few people who couldn't make it. I love everyone one so much in this picture! You all ROCK!Dallin found a snail.The lodge had an awesome slide down the hillside. I'll admit I was a bit nervous (downright scared!) the first time I went down. After that first time there was no stopping me! This picture shows the lodge, slide and giant swingsets. So much fun!Penny loved the wide open space, she just walked all over enjoying herself.Here's Charley, Kallie, Miles, Emma, Eliza, Dallin, Molly, Andrew, and Matthew just kickin' it on the bridge.Matthew enjoying the swings.Molly loved the swings.Eliza swinging. Those swings made our swingset feel real puny!

Amazing Face Paint!

My husband's brother's wife Bonnie treated the kids with some awesome face paint. I never imagined it would be so great. Knowing Bonnie I should've known but I didn't. Friday before the big reunion she painted our kids faces and then she did it all again at the reunion but for about 25 kids. Thank you so much Bonnie, you were a huge hit!! Here's Andrew as a dog.Eliza looking very pretty.Check out Andrew's eyes!Matthew winking as a brave warrior!Serious Matthew.Bat Dallin.Molly being an adorable puppy.Group shot.Andrew wearing uncle Hyrum's hat.Here's the reunion shots. Eliza as a pink tiger.Molly with what she called her crown.Andrew being his favorite animal: the panda!Matthew as Wolverine.Dallin as a Heroscape scull.I'm just going to say it one more time, Bonnie is amazing! Thank you so much!

Grasshoppers galore!

Remember catching grasshoppers and caterpillers as a kid? Remember filling up the jar with grass and leaves and sticks so they had a really great home? Remember your mom telling you they would be happier released back into the wild? Well, Eliza and Dallin caught 6 or 7 grasshoppers and made them a little home away from home. They kept them in the jar for several days wanting to show their aunts and uncles when they came to visit. Luckily we all survived and I no longer have a jar of insects on my kitchen counter! Here are the stars themselves!These next pictures are Dallin and Eliza being silly. They took all the pictures themselves and asked me to put them on the blog.

Spike for a Cure

Yesterday was the 3-on-3 volleyball tournament raising money to help find a cure for Rett Syndrome. It was definitely for a great cause and our team was proud to be a part of it. So, me and my 2 neighbors, Dacia and Travar, put together a team; the "Old Timers" and played our hearts out. I also played my arms, shoulders, legs, hips, thighs, and behind off! My oh my am I sore today! I said I'd never do it again but I'm sure I will, it just keeps drawing me back. Here are some pictures of our day. We ended up playing 15 games and were out in the sun for 8 hours!Thanks Dacia and Travar for such a fun day! Next year...

New Coat of Paint

We did some rearranging of children and their beds and ended up with 3 boys in a room, Eliza and Molly sharing, and Penny by herself. Eliza had been sharing with Matthew so when she realized she was going to have an all girls room she decided she wanted pink walls. Molly did not complain about that. So, we got the paint, taped off the ceiling and molding and started painting. All the kids got a turn with the roller and then Joe and I finished the job. It turned out pretty good, we still want to add some finishing touches, like crown molding. Here are the pictures of our little helpers. Eliza went first.Dallin did a pretty big spot.Andrew didn't really want to do it but since everyone else was he did too. His turn wasn't very long!Matthew needed my help.Molly really wanted to do it herself but the roller was just too heavy.Penny even got in on the action.I'm not sure why I don't have any pictures of Joe but he did all the painting around the corners and edges while I filled it in with the roller. We make a great team!!

A Chocolate Cake Story

Our kids were never slouches in the cake department on their 1st birthdays, but I've yet to see one who knew so immediately that she wanted that cake.

It was HERS, thankyouverymuch. To be grabbed with both hands and stuffed into the mouth.

Then smeared on the body a la war paint and licked off each finger individually and thoroughly. She'd have licked the stripe of chocolate frosting off her chest if she could've figured out how to get her tongue to reach.

And yes, we'll be picking stray crumbs up off the chair before we leave, Papa. Ooh! Ooh! I see one!

And my favorite photos of the night: one very, very content Annie chillin' in the baby hot tub. Kitchen sink. With bubbles. Aaaaahhhhh...


I Am: pudgy, cute, opinionated, mobile, shy but secretly love attention

?People say: What gorgeous HAIR!!!

?I have: been on my first road trip, visited my grandparents, been swimming, learned to crawl, mastered pulling myself up to standing, walked holding my siblings' fingers, worn my first pair of shoes

?I can: give loves to my family, pretend to talk on the phone, brush my hair, play with my fridge farm, bounce to music, take toys OUT of their boxes, sometimes put toys back IN their boxes

?I love: my fuzzy pink blankie, my Love Monkey stuffed animal, my funny brother and sister

?Recently I've: swung in my new backyard swing, gone blueberry picking, pet a bunny at the county fair

I don't like: when my mom walks away from me, talking to strangers, the word "NO," getting my diaper changed

My regular day includes: waking up around 6am to get shushed by dad then sleeping till about 8am, jam toast for breakfast, exercising with mom, morning nap, yogurt and fruits and veggies for lunch, adventures till naptime at 3pm, hindering dinner prep, eating dinner, going to bed at 8pm

Mom's favorite things about me: my enormous thighs, my belly laughs, my babbles

Dad's favorite things about me: the way I give loves

Next month I'm looking forward to: walking on my own, going on lots of picnics, spending a weekend with just Dad and my sibs

Some notes on Annie this month: Annie's red hair is a sure-fire conversation starter. Random people at the library, the store, and the park come up to me and have to make what I call the Redhead Connection.

"Oh, a redhead! I was a redhead when I was little."
"My sisters are all redheads!"
"I have 3 redheaded grandbabies."
"I always wanted a redhead but my brother's kids got it instead."

Seriously, it's a compulsion. People HAVE to tell me about the redheads in their family and gush over Annie's hair. Which IS beautiful. But it's not like an award we won for being extra smart or cool or anything. We just got lucky. People seem to think it's a mark of honor, though, so let's just hope that works in Annie's favor. :)

Playing outside

As summer is coming to an end I am trying to get all caught up in blogging. Here are some pictures of the kids just being kids. Dallin, Eliza, Andrew and Matthew made up a game using brooms, I'm not privy to all the details but they sure enjoy playing it.Andrew substituted a bat for a broom."Fighting" in the grass.Me and my Penny Pie.Molly riding her bike to "school."Pretty Eliza.For some reason Molly had been riding her bike to the neighbor's house and then running up to the door, ringing the doorbell, and then running back to her bike. We're not sure why she was doing it but she would do it over and over again. I think we've got her to stop, hopefully she won't be disturbing our neighbors!

Steel Creek Camping

We finally made it to the Humphries Annual Family Campout. It was our first time camping in at least 5 years. The kids were so excited to go camping that the hour drive to the campgrounds seemed like eternity. Are we there yet?? We ended up having a really good time and are looking forward to next year. Thanks Uncle Len for orchestrating such a fun adventure! Here's Emma and Molly walking through the great outdoors!The warrior boys.Hunting for the girls!This picture is me smiling before retiring for the night. Little did I know how long the night would be. Penny is not a very good camper, she finally went to sleep when the birds started chirping. Good times!Here I am smiling while taking down the tent, knowing I won't have to sleep in it again for awhile!These were our fabulous cooks, the food was yummy and best of all, I didn't have to cook it!Mommy and Molly.Here we are discussing our plans for the upcoming family reunion.Eating!!Molly and Matthew with Dallin hanging on the pump in the background!Lisa, Jake, Len, Jack, Eliza, and Emma.The kids crossing the bridge at the creek.Matthew at the creek.The boys walking back to the campground.Relaxing!Penny sleeping on the way home. I was able to take a nap later too!I loved camping as a kid when the hard ground wasn't so hard and the planning and packing was left to my mom, now the work is left up to me and it's a big ordeal, but, I enjoyed it. I wouldn't call myself a camper but I am looking forward to doing this all again next year!!

Boy or Girl?!?

After many weeks of vacation, we finally got in to do an ultrasound. Good thing....cause this baby is getting big! It measured almost three weeks ahead of schedule and oddly enough, I have lost several more pounds. It may be a 10-11 lb. WHOPPER like Jaren was. I can't keep up with huge babies like he was. They eat me in the process!!
(Baby waves.....Hi, Mom and Dad!)
So, we found out that this little one has the outdoor variety of plumbing!!! We are so excited!! Our house will never be quiet again. The kids are all picking out Fabric for burpcloths and receiving blankets. They even want to try their hand at making them by themselves. (Their idea, not mine. I think it is adorable how excited they are. :)


For years now Eliza has been begging and pleading for a bunny and I have been very vague about when and if we would get one. Well, this past weekend we impulsively got her a bunny. I'm still not sure what we were thinking but that's another story! Here's cute little Clover.Eliza and her pet. So far she has been very responsible, feeding her, cleaning her cage, and playing with her. We're still in the honeymoon stage so we'll see if it lasts!Clover cleaning her face, it's so cute when she does it.Penny trying to feed Clover some clover. She loves the bunny.At first I wasn't so sure about the pink eyes but she's grown on me.Attack of the killer bunny!Growing up it seems like I always had bunnies and I loved it. Looking back not only was it fun to have them as pets but it taught me resonsibility and how to care for something other than myself. I hope Eliza will always enjoy her new Clover!