Welcome to Anybody Home!

Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kado's Sleep-over

Tonight was Kado's first ever "solo" sleep-over.  We picked him up after school.  He got to choose where we went to eat, and he chose Arbys.  Then he got to choose where we went next, and he chose Michael's.  After that we came back here, played a bit, and then he got to choose a movie to watch with Pake.  He chose The Crudes.  After the movie was over Pake read Good Night Richard Rabbit and The Sleepy Story.  Such fun times.  I truly hope he enjoys his stay as much as Pake and I are.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Dress-Up Drawer

On Wednesday the three littlest grand kids found the dress-up drawer.  Usually these things happen when the older three are around.  But they found it on their own, opened it by themselves (it's a BIG drawer in an old dresser) and were happily getting dressed-up all by themselves.  Before I could get my camera ready two of them had already finished.  But Super-hero Caillou kept his getup on for the rest of the afternoon.  He really likes to be Super-hero Caillou.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Littlest Gymnasts

 Oh, what fun these kids are having doing "gymnastics"!  They love it!
 The two and three year old are getting braver, not even bothering to clear the floor of their Lego creations before they begin.
 Broeder thinks that he is doing exactly what they are doing.  SHHH.  Don't tell him.  Someday he will have it all figured out.
 After the floor exercise they moved on to a new favorite routine I like to call "breaking in" Beppe's new love seat.

Monday, January 26, 2015


One needs to play "princesses" whether one wants to or not.

Kissing Cousins

 Some days, all you need is a baby to kiss!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


 These two are my favorite girls in the entire world!
 Last Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so there was no school.  I had a house full!
 While the boys shut themselves up in the toy room to play pirates, the girls were princesses, played with their American Girl dolls, and did gymnastics together.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Today we got to watch Famke at her gymnastics class (i forgot my camera) and Jonge at his basket ballgame.  This made for a very exciting Saturday!  Saturday used to be my least favorite day of the week.  It was so busy and totally out of my control.  Now?  What could beat doing THIS!?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January, January, January

January seems to be my "tiredest" month.

But I cannot believe it is halfway through already.

If it were possible, I would sleep through January.

But it isn't, so I am trying to be all grown up about it.

You know, not whining about how tired I am and all that.

Nope.  Not me.

Yesterday, Feintsje was so excited to create this building for Broeder.

There is a great little song on an episode of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" that goes like this:

When a baby makes things different,
Find a way to make things fun!

Creating a building for Broeder most likely was not what Feintsje set out to do, but he "changed his mind" and made it into something fun for Broeder.

Broeder is 18 months old now, and I can already see how these two could grow up with a lot of interests in common.