Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sinter Klass Day

We started a tradition last year with the vW family. We celebrate Sinter Klass Day. Here Opa is reading the kids a story about Sinter Klass - actually he is translating it because Sinter Klass stories are only written in Dutch. The kids all got a pair of clogs (instead of stockings), and then they are given clues and have to go hunt for their gifts.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kayte's waddle

We were early to church the other night and this pew had been moved away from the wall. Kayte thought it was the funnest thing ever to walk back and forth behind it. This will give you an idea of how she is walking. She never crawls anymore but you can't say she is stable on her feet.

Faithful man

Last night the children from church went to a nearby nursing home to visit a very dear man. Gerhard, or Mr. Reznicek to the kids is slowly fading. This old man with a thick German accent is hard noy to love. He has been a faithful member of our church since before I was born, and it is so neat to go and see him and to see how special the children are to him. This is the second time we have visited and each time we sing and the children share the bible verses they have learned. That is when he closes his eyes and takes it all in. There is nothing more special to him than hearing praise given to His God. His days here on earth are numbered, but he assured his wife before a recent surgery that he has nothing to fear, and that if he doesn't make it through he'll be waiting for her in heaven. They celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary next week.

Friday, December 07, 2007

That's a bad word.

Jack asked to do something while I was on the phone, and I said no. His brothers tried to enforce what I said, and things got messy. Watch the video and you'll get the main idea, however what I didn't catch was Jack saying to me "Mom said yes" to which I replied, "Mom said 'no'". Then he said, "that's a bad word don't say that". I was trying to keep a straight face!

By the way, the blanket on the left his his "blanket" the blanket on the right is his "nother" blanket, and both are required for bed time. If we just have the one, we hear "where's my nother blanket?" and the search is on.

Thursday, December 06, 2007


For a few weeks now Jack has been saying "the snow is coming" and yesterday it did. This is Jack's first year to really get out and play in it and he's been having a ball. He went from just playing in it yesterday to hogging the sled today!

Here is a video of what the boys call "snow surfing". They are not as close to the road as the video makes it look!!!!

As we build our next house and get excited about everything that will be new, days like this remind us of some of the things we'll miss. No sledding hills just outside the door.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I have made a discovery!

Kayte has been by far the most difficult eater of our kids, for two reason first being she is picky and second being because she is Houdini can weasel her way out of any highchair, or shopping cart that we strap her into. Besides oatmeal she will accept nothing on a spoon - never took more than one mouthful of any baby food. (She does like unusual things like cucumbers and pomegranates). So I fill her oatmeal with dehydrated fruits and veggies just to get nutrition down her. But I realize earlier this week, that she is a stinker, and wants to be independent. I sat her in her highchair with some veggies and a fork. She sat for 20 minutes! I didn't once have to tell her to sit down, and she ate. You would think after four other kids I would have thought of this sooner!

Thanks for checking in on our family. For those of you faithful viewers I am sorry there weren't posts last week. We've had the sick bug working it's way through the family. So we've had a couple kids "stay home from school" (What do you call it when it's a home school situation? - "take the day off?") Anyway, our routine has been thrown for a loop. On a different note, despite the amazing cold outside, there is actually progress on our house. They are pouring the walls for the first floor this week, and soon getting the ceiling put in so they can move up the the second floor. We are hoping to have a roof on by the New Year, but with construction and weather being what they are....well, you never can tell.

Jack the costume King

I think it is daily that I have to put on Jack's Spiderman gloves and outfit, or a fireman jacket, or one of the many other things in our costume trunk. He came to me the other day looking a little like this (sometimes he has his superman outfit with the goggles or some other unusual combination. ) I asked who he was, and he said "I'm Goggle Guy". He is so much fun right now, talking up a storm. He is my cuddle kid, and often he'll yell for me, and when I finally answer he yells "I LOVE YOU". But the phrase I hear most (besides "I want milk") is "Will you hold me?" How can I pass that up?

Christmas Decorating

Yesterday while his brothers were playing cards with a friend, Mak couldn't pull himself away from the basic legos he got for his birthday (The Star Wars ones were all assembled within a day). He had no designs, just his imagination. We don't have our real Christmas tree, but we have a lego one, a candy cane, a santa hat, a reindeer (my favorite) and a Santa. What more could you want?

My fun kids

My fun kids
In their favorite tree