Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Phone Dump- Late Summer

Nora the 4 year old loves to go off on quick errands with one parent. It takes about 30 mins and she's missing her sisters and wants to go back but she enjoys the adventure/one-on-one time.



Violet's afternoon pick-me-up at our neighborhood park.

11 months old
 We had a spider show up one night and my first instinct was to kill it, but with our nature studies, I've been given an entirely different outlook on things. Why kill something because I think it's gross? That's ridiculous. It wasn't harming us, it wasn't poisonous (sorry black widow, I probably would have killed you) and it was just going about it's business, serving it's spider purpose!
So it became a nature study of our own. For days and days we'd watch her catch bugs in her web, run over quickly, wrap it up, suck it's blood and then nap. She caught so many bugs and we even threw a dead fly from our kitchen in for her (she much prefers living bugs, not dead ones, we found out. She ate it, but begrudgingly. Amazing that we grew to study this spider's behavior and personality - a spider's personality?! So glad we didn't kill her.)

LONG STORY SHORT (I'm bad about that...) we were 99% sure she was pregnant and that I did NOT want happening, a trillion baby spiders crawling into our home - so off to the forest she went. Happy birthing, Charlotte!


Summer nights with these buds - 6 and 4, such dreamy ages.


Working on sound panels for our church's new sanctuary/main room and our friend took this cool picture. I like working together with this cute guy! Even when it is 100 degrees of humidity:)


Can you hear the hallelujah chorus?! OUR SHOWER IS COMPLETE!
This was one of the hardest projects of our whole remodel but we DID it and it's done!
This door was actually the wrong size and handle so they had to come back (for the 3rd or 4th time) to replace that but I don't have a photo of the official, real, even prettier finished product but I'll try to get some.
I'm not exactly a professional photo stager, I mean, the toilet seat is up for Pete's sake...


Mama got her hair highlighted! Thanks Julie! I look tired:)
See the foggy quality of this pic? Well, early this summer I dropped my phone in a parking lot (in a shallow puddle no less) while trying to lug the heavy stroller out of the car and trying to talk to Kevin on the phone between my cheek and shoulder about some price bids on the house for something and yep - CRACK. The phone's completely shattered:(
Oh well, sure adds a cool foggy filter effect, haha..


Oh this sister.
She's heavenly and slightly stubborn.
I took this pic after fighting with her to FINALLY take her nap. (She's too social to nap and hates to admit she needs them)
But I love that her face is basically saying "hmph. ok. I'll sleep for a little bit, Mom."


Aunt Katie and Vivster


A moment of silence for that cloth diaper butt, please.

...................


Thank you.


If you want to know what is the exact opposite of relaxing, it is called Bath Time at our house. It's loud and chaotic and there's so much crying and complaining and emotions. I never bathe our children, I just don't. I mean I help get kids out and dressed, and bring towels and washcloths or whatever, I just never initiate bath time on my own. That's Kevin's thing and it always has been because he says if he didn't do it it would never get done.
True.
But I'm better at fresh diaper changes!

Nora acting totally innocent. Who knows what she just did/is about to do!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ascend


I'm starting to learn about myself so much lately. It's like Yahweh is letting me in on some secrets He knew all along but I wasn't ready to hear until now. I find that the more you know about yourself, and people in general, the easier life is. To know why you feel how you feel, and be able to identify it gives you the ability to utilize God's power to then deal with it. 

Confusion is not of Yahweh. If you're confused, don't believe a lie that it's God. 
Instead, ascend. 
Allow your mind and soul to drift off to where He is - above it all - and see it from His perspective. 
When we're down in the thick of whatever we're walking out, we tend to just see what's right in front of us and all around us. There are so many voices and emotions and factors and it's complete chaos and confusion.
But when you ascend and you're seated next to Him, it's clear. Fogginess lifts and truth is obvious.  

May we turn our hearts to worship, lift our heads towards Him, and see it all how He sees it all.
May we be world changers as He changes each and every one of us individually.
May we Ascend.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saver or Spender?


Can you tell who saves and who spends in our family?
One buys coffee often and carries her envelope everywhere with her.
One keeps his envelope home and never touches it except to add weekly spending to it, saving up for an Apple watch.

Hey- opposites attract!

I'm curious - are you the saver or the spender?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Playing In The Rain - why not?

 10 minutes after Kevin got home from work and about 15 minutes until our friend was about to come over for dinner, it started raining big fat drops. Then more drops, then more, and suddenly - it was pouring. 

I was on the porch with the girls watching it and trying to make a science lesson out of it (:)) when Daddy came out and shocked us all when we saw he'd changed into some basketball shorts, grabbed Ruby and ran right out into the pouring rain!


I happily and quickly joined them and we were the only ones outside running and squealing in it all and it was plain wonderful.

Violet LOVED it. She thought it was hilarious and awesome.



Making memories.
Choosing to not let the heaviness of life's responsibilities weigh us down. Choosing to know that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
He is joy so we should be joyFUL! Overflowing with it! Dripping off of us! Beaming out of us like the break of day!

We should also be downright silly sometimes, too. In my humble opinion.

Our friend John came over and we all went inside, dried off and had a yummy dinner. 
Red Curry Lentils over brown rice, massaged kale salad, and watermelon (probably our last watermelon of the year - hellooooo fall around the corner!)


favorite person in the pic award goes to: Nora!
Such a fun evening.

I meant to end the post there, but I can't help but note how full life has been lately. When the girls were little the days dragged on and I would be looking for something to do to pass the time and now that there are more of them and they're getting older there seems to not be enough time in the day to do all the things! I know this is every single mother of multiples' conundrum, but I find it fascinatingly wonderful.
To be so filled up with fun things to do (of course inter-mingled with the not as fun responsibilities like grocery shopping and laundry and toilet cleaning) but still! Education, exploring at a creek, visiting the library, going to the museum, having a friend sleepover, making family traditions and following through with them, ecclessia gatherings, art study, farmer's market, fire station visits, running at the track, flea market shopping. All things on my mental "I love to/want to do this with the girls" list. I'm finding out that I have to be intentional about carving out time for those things if I actually want to see them get done. (That's a post in and of itself!)

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really, like really love being a mom. And a teacher. And a chef. And a home manager. And a wife! Oh! It's been such a busy season I actually miss Kevin! We need a date, soon.

***P.S. My mom-in-law has the girls one day a week because she wants to spend time with them and to give me a day. I treasure this gift! Today I spent it studying more about the Charlotte Mason method, and buying school supplies for our classroom and I did it in peace and quiet. Therefore I'm super happy and dreamy about my Mama role. Please don't think I don't have my days of "oh, so this is why people drink" moments with my children:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nature Study

"sit here, and write what you see"

“It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them, or rather, to cherish in them, the love of investigation...

The child who learns his science from a text-book, though he go to Nature for illustrations, and he who gets his information from object lessons, has no chance of forming relations with things as they are, because his kindly obtrusive teacher makes him believe that to know about things is the same as knowing them personally...
Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life...

Do children keep tadpoles, and silkworms, and caterpillars in these days? Very few have given us the results of their own observations. We have many capital descriptions from books, and that is better than nothing, but the very essence of natural history is that it should, so far as possible, be drawn direct from Nature. -Vol 6 Charlotte Mason

..when children are old enough to understand that science itself is in a sense sacred, and demands some sacrifice, all the common information they have been gathering until then, and the habits of observation they have acquired, will form an excellent ground work for a scientific education. In the meantime let them consider the lilies of the field and fowls of the air. PNEU article, Dowton


I have big plans to grow our nature study even larger, but for now we are taking our Nature Journals out to any observation spot (sometimes our backyard) and writing/drawing what we see. We've been learning the 5 senses and it's a great connection to teach them to write down what they see, what they hear, what they smell, what they feel.

Not surprisingly, this has become one of the children's favorite parts of school and mine as well.
Today was hot and Violet fell asleep in the car so I spent our time walking out to oversee them, then coming back to the car parked nearby (running, with the AC on) and peeking in the window on the sleeping babe in her car seat.

Nature Studies turn children's brains on. It's like something clicks and they are unleashed. Ruby writes entire pages of what she sees, sometimes more. Nora's attention is actually kept as she draws pictures of what she's experiencing. This delights me as a mother and a teacher.

Soon, we'll incorporate less observation and more touch. More immersion in nature itself. Set the notebooks down and EXPLORE, then journal about it when we get home, or back in the car. But for now, with our schedule and ages and introducing the idea of it all, this works wonderfully for us and we're all enjoying it immensely.

It is such a lovely reminder that there is so much beauty and life going on around us, if we only pay attention.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Phone Dump- Late Summer

Nora the 4 year old loves to go off on quick errands with one parent. It takes about 30 mins and she's missing her sisters and wants to go back but she enjoys the adventure/one-on-one time.



Violet's afternoon pick-me-up at our neighborhood park.

11 months old
 We had a spider show up one night and my first instinct was to kill it, but with our nature studies, I've been given an entirely different outlook on things. Why kill something because I think it's gross? That's ridiculous. It wasn't harming us, it wasn't poisonous (sorry black widow, I probably would have killed you) and it was just going about it's business, serving it's spider purpose!
So it became a nature study of our own. For days and days we'd watch her catch bugs in her web, run over quickly, wrap it up, suck it's blood and then nap. She caught so many bugs and we even threw a dead fly from our kitchen in for her (she much prefers living bugs, not dead ones, we found out. She ate it, but begrudgingly. Amazing that we grew to study this spider's behavior and personality - a spider's personality?! So glad we didn't kill her.)

LONG STORY SHORT (I'm bad about that...) we were 99% sure she was pregnant and that I did NOT want happening, a trillion baby spiders crawling into our home - so off to the forest she went. Happy birthing, Charlotte!


Summer nights with these buds - 6 and 4, such dreamy ages.


Working on sound panels for our church's new sanctuary/main room and our friend took this cool picture. I like working together with this cute guy! Even when it is 100 degrees of humidity:)


Can you hear the hallelujah chorus?! OUR SHOWER IS COMPLETE!
This was one of the hardest projects of our whole remodel but we DID it and it's done!
This door was actually the wrong size and handle so they had to come back (for the 3rd or 4th time) to replace that but I don't have a photo of the official, real, even prettier finished product but I'll try to get some.
I'm not exactly a professional photo stager, I mean, the toilet seat is up for Pete's sake...


Mama got her hair highlighted! Thanks Julie! I look tired:)
See the foggy quality of this pic? Well, early this summer I dropped my phone in a parking lot (in a shallow puddle no less) while trying to lug the heavy stroller out of the car and trying to talk to Kevin on the phone between my cheek and shoulder about some price bids on the house for something and yep - CRACK. The phone's completely shattered:(
Oh well, sure adds a cool foggy filter effect, haha..


Oh this sister.
She's heavenly and slightly stubborn.
I took this pic after fighting with her to FINALLY take her nap. (She's too social to nap and hates to admit she needs them)
But I love that her face is basically saying "hmph. ok. I'll sleep for a little bit, Mom."


Aunt Katie and Vivster


A moment of silence for that cloth diaper butt, please.

...................


Thank you.


If you want to know what is the exact opposite of relaxing, it is called Bath Time at our house. It's loud and chaotic and there's so much crying and complaining and emotions. I never bathe our children, I just don't. I mean I help get kids out and dressed, and bring towels and washcloths or whatever, I just never initiate bath time on my own. That's Kevin's thing and it always has been because he says if he didn't do it it would never get done.
True.
But I'm better at fresh diaper changes!

Nora acting totally innocent. Who knows what she just did/is about to do!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ascend


I'm starting to learn about myself so much lately. It's like Yahweh is letting me in on some secrets He knew all along but I wasn't ready to hear until now. I find that the more you know about yourself, and people in general, the easier life is. To know why you feel how you feel, and be able to identify it gives you the ability to utilize God's power to then deal with it. 

Confusion is not of Yahweh. If you're confused, don't believe a lie that it's God. 
Instead, ascend. 
Allow your mind and soul to drift off to where He is - above it all - and see it from His perspective. 
When we're down in the thick of whatever we're walking out, we tend to just see what's right in front of us and all around us. There are so many voices and emotions and factors and it's complete chaos and confusion.
But when you ascend and you're seated next to Him, it's clear. Fogginess lifts and truth is obvious.  

May we turn our hearts to worship, lift our heads towards Him, and see it all how He sees it all.
May we be world changers as He changes each and every one of us individually.
May we Ascend.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saver or Spender?


Can you tell who saves and who spends in our family?
One buys coffee often and carries her envelope everywhere with her.
One keeps his envelope home and never touches it except to add weekly spending to it, saving up for an Apple watch.

Hey- opposites attract!

I'm curious - are you the saver or the spender?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Playing In The Rain - why not?

 10 minutes after Kevin got home from work and about 15 minutes until our friend was about to come over for dinner, it started raining big fat drops. Then more drops, then more, and suddenly - it was pouring. 

I was on the porch with the girls watching it and trying to make a science lesson out of it (:)) when Daddy came out and shocked us all when we saw he'd changed into some basketball shorts, grabbed Ruby and ran right out into the pouring rain!


I happily and quickly joined them and we were the only ones outside running and squealing in it all and it was plain wonderful.

Violet LOVED it. She thought it was hilarious and awesome.



Making memories.
Choosing to not let the heaviness of life's responsibilities weigh us down. Choosing to know that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
He is joy so we should be joyFUL! Overflowing with it! Dripping off of us! Beaming out of us like the break of day!

We should also be downright silly sometimes, too. In my humble opinion.

Our friend John came over and we all went inside, dried off and had a yummy dinner. 
Red Curry Lentils over brown rice, massaged kale salad, and watermelon (probably our last watermelon of the year - hellooooo fall around the corner!)


favorite person in the pic award goes to: Nora!
Such a fun evening.

I meant to end the post there, but I can't help but note how full life has been lately. When the girls were little the days dragged on and I would be looking for something to do to pass the time and now that there are more of them and they're getting older there seems to not be enough time in the day to do all the things! I know this is every single mother of multiples' conundrum, but I find it fascinatingly wonderful.
To be so filled up with fun things to do (of course inter-mingled with the not as fun responsibilities like grocery shopping and laundry and toilet cleaning) but still! Education, exploring at a creek, visiting the library, going to the museum, having a friend sleepover, making family traditions and following through with them, ecclessia gatherings, art study, farmer's market, fire station visits, running at the track, flea market shopping. All things on my mental "I love to/want to do this with the girls" list. I'm finding out that I have to be intentional about carving out time for those things if I actually want to see them get done. (That's a post in and of itself!)

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really, like really love being a mom. And a teacher. And a chef. And a home manager. And a wife! Oh! It's been such a busy season I actually miss Kevin! We need a date, soon.

***P.S. My mom-in-law has the girls one day a week because she wants to spend time with them and to give me a day. I treasure this gift! Today I spent it studying more about the Charlotte Mason method, and buying school supplies for our classroom and I did it in peace and quiet. Therefore I'm super happy and dreamy about my Mama role. Please don't think I don't have my days of "oh, so this is why people drink" moments with my children:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nature Study

"sit here, and write what you see"

“It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them, or rather, to cherish in them, the love of investigation...

The child who learns his science from a text-book, though he go to Nature for illustrations, and he who gets his information from object lessons, has no chance of forming relations with things as they are, because his kindly obtrusive teacher makes him believe that to know about things is the same as knowing them personally...
Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life...

Do children keep tadpoles, and silkworms, and caterpillars in these days? Very few have given us the results of their own observations. We have many capital descriptions from books, and that is better than nothing, but the very essence of natural history is that it should, so far as possible, be drawn direct from Nature. -Vol 6 Charlotte Mason

..when children are old enough to understand that science itself is in a sense sacred, and demands some sacrifice, all the common information they have been gathering until then, and the habits of observation they have acquired, will form an excellent ground work for a scientific education. In the meantime let them consider the lilies of the field and fowls of the air. PNEU article, Dowton


I have big plans to grow our nature study even larger, but for now we are taking our Nature Journals out to any observation spot (sometimes our backyard) and writing/drawing what we see. We've been learning the 5 senses and it's a great connection to teach them to write down what they see, what they hear, what they smell, what they feel.

Not surprisingly, this has become one of the children's favorite parts of school and mine as well.
Today was hot and Violet fell asleep in the car so I spent our time walking out to oversee them, then coming back to the car parked nearby (running, with the AC on) and peeking in the window on the sleeping babe in her car seat.

Nature Studies turn children's brains on. It's like something clicks and they are unleashed. Ruby writes entire pages of what she sees, sometimes more. Nora's attention is actually kept as she draws pictures of what she's experiencing. This delights me as a mother and a teacher.

Soon, we'll incorporate less observation and more touch. More immersion in nature itself. Set the notebooks down and EXPLORE, then journal about it when we get home, or back in the car. But for now, with our schedule and ages and introducing the idea of it all, this works wonderfully for us and we're all enjoying it immensely.

It is such a lovely reminder that there is so much beauty and life going on around us, if we only pay attention.