Saturday, November 24, 2012

Long Time No See

We got to talking tonight as a family about a video I posted on here years ago.  So I pulled it up to view.  I can't believe it's been two full years since I have posted anything.  Facebook really did kill my blog, because the main purpose of this site originally was for long distance family to be able to see pictures and view videos of our kids and life. 

Google has made efforts to join things like Facebook and Blogger and everything else, so I "might" be back.  Though my purpose will have changed. Perhaps this might become a place for more serious thought - you know, the ones I have in those rare moments of silence.  :) One thing is for sure the title of the blog is still appropriate.  Noise not only describes our little girl, but also the general theme of our home.  For now, just a little update to the slight few who might stop by and read. 

             A trip to New York - and a tour through the New York Stock Exchange.  October 2012


This is my 11th year of home schooling my children: T.J. is in 10th Grade, Mak 8th, Chatham 6th, Jack 2nd and Kayte Kindergarten.  In some ways it has been the hardest yet.  High School schedules, struggling learning, discontent children, overcommitted Mom just to name a few factors. 

High School brings with it chaos out of the home - for home schoolers we aren't home much lately.   I have realized that there are lots of good opportunities out there, but I shouldn't say yes to all of them.  We are striving to endure through the commitments we have made and finish well - Christmas break please come quickly! I believe less would be much more edifying for our family.  Overcommitting can be a strong tool of Satan to keep us distracted from the truly important things.  This semester I have parked my brain on 1 Peter chapter 1.  Peter knew his audience was distracted too, by the persecutions around them.  I have nothing to complain about or fear, but I do have things that take my focus on the important things.  Peter reminds them, and me, over and over to fix our minds on the things above, and live accordingly.  The glorious inheritance we have, the holy God who chose us and what a Christian's response should be, keep coming to mind.  Why am I so distracted by the perishable and temporal? 

I am getting older, and it is showing in my patience and enthusiasm.  I have to remind myself to be all there for my younger two.  One wants all my attention and is never satisfied with anything, the other wants nothing to do with school or anything else.  Sometimes I want to hide in my room from both responsibilities to teach them - be it character building or sentence structure.  Then I am reminded by Peter again of an eternal perspective, taking the easy way out doesn't benefit them, and the long term results are worth it.  I just have to use self control and make myself do it. 

Just a few random thoughts as I glanced at my long lost blog.  In many, many ways I enjoy this stage of my life far more than when I had little ones with nap time and diapers, I am just learning to adjust and make wise decisions in this new phase. 



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mak's Sleep Over

Mak's birthday is next week. Since it is close to Thanksgining he tends to have birtday cake and pumpkin pie with family. He asked if he could have friends over this year. We didn't call it a birthday party, but more like my birthday gift to him.

A few years back Mak found himself surrounded by mostly girls and was jealous of his brothers who had boys their age they enjoyed. We began to pray that God would bring Mak some friends. So yesterday was also a celebration of answered prayer!
Five friends were invited and told to bring dark clothes and Nerf guns - with marked bullets.

Four of the boys arrived a little earlier than the 5th, so they waited in ambush.Once they had all arrived it was time for the true battle.

Mak and his brothers have been working on and enjoying these Nerf War Forts for weeks now!


When David came home with the pizza he brought with him 2 red pots from work, new for the Christmas season. After dinner he gave all the boys a ping-pong ball and challenged them to come up with the most creative trick to get it to land in a pot - and it had to be repeatable. They started by bouncing off the walls, but couldn't get it to go in consistently. Various tricks were attempted: off someone's head, rolling down the stairs like a slinky, over the balcony, then they discovered the bookcase and car tracks...


video

Would it be a group of boys getting together
if video games weren't part of the fun?

The next morning, after at least a few hours of sleep, and after all of the Nerf bullets had been collected and repacked, they went outside in this chilly weather and spent the rest of their time together jumping (I had to request they stop moving for the picture). It was such an enjoyable time, we will have to do it again sometime!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A taste of California

We just spent two weeks in California with my family and had the best time! We took Dianne with us - our visitor from Holland, and then Nina and Ben came to visit as well. When we were all together there were 16 of us. Add Image



Columbia State Park:


We went down to this old gold mining town for the Play "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and wandered around the town. Here is a shot of us on the Stage coach, Chatham got to ride shotgun because it was his birthday.
Twain Harte:

Above: Jack with his new pal (and 2nd cousin) Ezekiel


Look closely, each of them are sitting/pointing to their names! This is one of our favorite Twain Harte activities and we love Rich and Marilyn (the owners).

David, Nina, Ben and me just enjoying some down time


Chatham, T.J. Jack and me at a local apple ranch.



Aaliyah and Kayte at Twain Harte Lake "Look no feet"

We had a few days with a dunk tank in the front yard! This was such a fun way to stay cool.
At Twain Harte Lake, a night to see the stars.

Dianne and me at Twain Harte Lake. The key word to my old home town is Relax Ben and Nina figured it out very quickly.

A family evening around a fire, S'mores and all. Kayte loves her Nana.

Haning out in the "Situation Room" Chatham taught Jack how to play pool.

Kayte with her 2nd cousin Amelia.Hangin' out in the Hammock with my little girl!



San Francisco:


We took a quick tour of S.F. and got to see it from a different point of view. All of us really enjoyed it.


Pine Crest Lake:

TJ with a book, what else?

Jack enjoying the "sand" with a beautiful mountain view behind.
Yosemite:


My boys with Half Dome behind.

Kayte and Chatham each got a new T shirt, because they both vomited on the way.


We took a stoll to the bottom of Yosemite Falls and let the kids climb on more rocks.
Calaveras Big Trees:


If it's high, Mak will climb it.
T.J. Bubba and Mak enjoying the HUGE trees!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Date with My Middle Men

TJ got to go to California to visit his grandparents for Spring Break. David was also on a business trip in California. Jack and Kayte had school that week, so it was just Mak, Chatham and me. I decided to make at least one day special for them (besides letting them sleep in and slack on chores).
I took them out to lunch at their favorite, yet seldom frequented restaurant - Macaroni Grill. They were served up Spaghetti and Meatballs and were on Cloud Nine.
After our stomachs were full we headed to the theatre to see "How To Train Your Dragon" which was loved by all.

Just for Fun

The kids found my box of hats and it's been fun to watch them try them with various outfits. These were the first. I think this is my favorite picture of the year so far!


Jack, Kayte and Chatham before heading to dinner at Uncle C.J. and Aunt Alison's house - or as the kids call it "Johnny's house".




Monday, April 05, 2010

Easter Alphabet

The children memorized a verse for every letter of the alphabet and presented them on Resurrection Sunday.
A - All we like Sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way. Isaiah 53:6
B - But He was wounded for our transgressions. Isaiah 53:5
C - Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Ephesians 6:11
D - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8
E - Even a Child is known by his deed, by whether what he does is pure and right. Proverbs 20:11
F - For the Wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
G - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
H - He makes me to lie down in green pasturs; He leads me besides the still waters. Psalm 23:2
I - If you ask anything, in my name, I will do it. John 14:14
J - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
K - Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile. Psalm 34:13
L - Look to me and be saved all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other. Isaiah: 45:22
M - My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. John 10:27
N - Now is christ Risen from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:20
O - Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! Because His mercy endures forever. Psalm 118:1
P - Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
Q - (above) Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19
R - Remember now your creator in the days of your youth. Ecclesiastes 12:1

S - Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2
T - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
U - Unto you therefore, who believe, He is precious. 1 Peter 2:7
V - eVening, and morning and at noon I will praise him and cry aloud. Psalm 55:17
W - We love Him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
X - eXalt the Lord our God, and worship at His foostool; for He is holy. Psalm 99:5
Y - You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14
Z - Zion hears and is glad...For you, LORD are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:8
The boys are a little out of order because they all had to go to the bathroom ahead of time :)




Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winter Wonder

The other morning I had to brave the cold to get a picture - and it doesn't even do it justice. It was so frigid out that the dew had frozen on the trees and it was just stunning! The snow has continued to fall, and with that comes several things. First is the need to shovel the walkway so that people can actually enter our home. We have boys for a reason and they were given this task. They took shifts, but we knew by the evidence left behind who had completed the job. Any guesses? And then there is the allure of that perfect snowman or fort...Unfortunately it is seldom accomplished! But we manage to have fun nonetheless.
Not too long after we got all bundled up and headed outside we realized it was one of those snow where it doesn't stick together. I know there is a scientific explanation that I once heard about it being too cold or something, but that doesn't help with making a snowman. So we moved on to digging out a tunnel. Very determined big brothers were very frustrated by a little girl who in reality was playing in the snow for the first time. She had no concept of "I shouldn't go there" and went everywhere with utter joy.

Even though she "ruined" their tunnel....