January 26, 2015

Memory Lane

Josh and I spent some time walking down memory lane last night.
 It is amazing how fast four years go.  How fast the kids grow.
 How many things can be forgotten but remain so special at the same time.
 There are a lot of little things that are so special to me and thus the reason I take so many pictures of my kids all the time.
 The trip, event or holiday pictures are nice but really, it is these every day images that are so special to me.
The days fly by, I can't stop them.  I can enjoy today and maybe just take a picture or two to remember it by.

January 23, 2015

A Gift From The North

This time of year there are a lot of reasons not to live in Fairbanks, Alaska.  It is dark and cold.  We have had a relatively mild winter so far but this weekend should see -30 to -40, the normal stuff.  I am so thankful the kids have been able to be outside as much as they have this year but there are facts about where we live.  Anything above zero is a treat, not the norm.  Days like today remind us of that.
But even on those cold and dark days there are things to be thankful for.  Times when the sun does rise and the view of Mt. McKinley sticking up above the clouds as we drive into town.  Even after living here for 10 1/2 years the sight of that big, beautiful mountain never gets old to me! 

January 22, 2015

Boy Clothes

Ethan has been know to dress in a tutu, Sunday hat, or ballerina dress.  But as our little man grows that has started to change.  The dress up clothes in this house has started to see things of the more manly side of late.  Fireman, train engineer, dragon and counting.
To add to his daily wear Ethan's uncle recently sent this our way.  Ethan's very own chewbacca coat.  Life is certainly fun when you have such a great coat that your girly sister is even jealous.  

January 21, 2015

Looks Can Be Deceiving

This has been a long overdue blog post but still, a funny enough story that I want to share.
Durning the Christmas season Abigail found pictures of all sorts of treats in the many magazines we would find in places around town.  She wanted to make them ALL.  Not really willing to put in the time to make personalized santa or snowman cake pops I agreed to an easier one of her desires, wreath cookies.  That night we set to work with the recipe from the magazine.  As I mixed it up I got to thinking, boy this recipe seems pretty basic and might not have any flavor.  I should add some extract of some kind to spice it up.  Well, my problem was I grabbed the last little bit of some lemon extract that I had that I have to admit was so old I don't remember how long I have had it around.  The last time I had used it it was fine but once again, not really sure when that was again.
And what resulted was a batch of cookies that looked so pretty, Christmasy and tasty and in all reality they were the most disgusting things you have ever tasted.  That last bit of lemon extract had gone bad and my simple addition to the recipe destroyed the whole thing.  Made me realize a few things:  don't mess with a recipe, especially one that has been cleared to be in Better Homes And Gardens, and don't really trust ingredients that have been around longer then your marriage (maybe, I can't remember).  Lucky for the kids I didn't give up.  Nope a few days later we made the whole batch over, with a few less cinnamon bits, and vanilla extract and they were a big hit.  

Cooking, always an experiment and an adventure.  I for one am learning that it is 100% ok to throw something entirely into the trash and start again if needed.  Yes it is true, looks can be deceiving.  

January 20, 2015

What Goes Around Comes Around

It is fun for me to see how, without any prompting from me, life is not that much different for Naomi as it has been for the other kids.

She is completely surrounded when in the exersaucer, just like Ethan was 

And is a live baby doll for her big sister.  Yes, it is true that what goes around comes around.  I guess some activities with your baby siblings are just too fun not to do.

January 19, 2015

Painting Days

This weekend was one filled with paint.  Paint is one of those hard things as a parent.  Kids love it, I love it but oh it is so messy.  I am so thankful that for the past few days Josh took it on.
 It all started with a project that Abigail needed to do for Awana but that didn't take too long.  Soon the kids progressed to painting 2x4's and loving it.  Josh got in on the action and there they were painting on their "projects" off an on all day Saturday.
And Sunday.  Josh is still working on finishing his up and I will show you the results soon.  The kids love the color options, Ethan loved washing off his paint brush (boy still loves water), and we all enjoy a winter weekend full of crafts.

January 16, 2015

The Things We Love

If you know Josh, you know he loves Legos.  For his birthday and for Christmas this grown man, who forgets to act grown up around legos, got several new lego sets.  But this year there wasn't time to just sit and put them all together.  
 Nope, this year things went a little slower as Ethan and Abigail each got to pick one of daddy's new sets to put together with him.
Parenthood:  Sharing the things you love with your kids.

January 15, 2015

Dinner Time

Dinner time is a horrible time to make dinner at our house.  Everyone is tired, hungry, wanting to be held, just coming in the door from town and just ready to eat.  So when I can, I make dinner in the morning and have it ready to just pop in the oven come that chaotic dinner time.  This doesn't always work but I am happy to report that today marks the third day in a row that dinner has been ready for the oven or in the crockpot cooking by 9am.  Yes, that does feel good!

January 14, 2015


I was talking to someone recently about Naomi and they mentioned some of her chubby baby traits.  I laughed and said they were just like Abigail when she was a baby.  They didn't believe me.  But really, when you put the pictures side by side you can't deny that these two girls are sisters.
Abigail at 7 months on the left vs. Naomi at 7 months on the right.
Yup, my little skinny 4 year old once was a rolly polly baby too.

And if you cover up Ethan's big bald baby head, there is no denying that these kids are related.  Yes, they are all baby Klynstras for sure!

January 13, 2015


When you have a daddy who loves speed, hills and sledding you are bound to grow up going down hills fast.  
From the top of the deck stairs, through the parking area, down the yard, off the end of the driveway and across the road in 17 seconds.  Not bad at all!

January 12, 2015

Going Forward

This blog post had to come today because if I wait too long it is going to be old news.  Our Naomi is growing in leaps and bounds these days.  She is gaining weight, in the past week she grew up so much that suddenly NONE of her 6 month clothes fit any more and most importantly she is growing forward.
 I commented last week that our days of sitting pretty are over and they really are.  This girl gets set down and within a few seconds she is forward on her hands reaching, reaching and reaching until she is on her belly upset.  She wants to move so bad.  
And just a few days after the reaching started she has accomplished hands and knees.  Then just last night we put her in her crib to play while getting Abigail and Ethan ready for bed and she pulled herself up to standing.  Wow, this girl is ready to go and our life is about to change soon.  We just might have our earliest crawler about to make her move.

January 9, 2015

Thoughts On Beauty

This past week and a half has been a hard one at this house.  Our little Naomi was very sick last week with a bacterial infection.  Just as that started to clear up it appears that she is struggling with a viral infection that is attacking her skin.  Our poor girl is covered head to foot in a rash.  Not one that itches it seems but is uncomfortable (thus she, and I, don't sleep much).  At the dr's this week I was told that since the rash was viral there was nothing that could be done.  With a slight bit of humor Naomi's dr. told me to, "Just relax and enjoy the view, it would be all cleared up in 3-4 days."

Made me think about appearances a lot.  About looks.  About beauty.  Really, it does come down to how we feel about ourselves so much of the time.
Just like my girl Abigail.  She does believe the fun outfits she picks out are amazing, that blinking her eyes like Minnie Mouse make her extra glamours, and that hair clips on her ears make beautiful earrings.  In this day and age of low self esteem and self image what a challenge I have to help my three kids retain the sense of beauty they see in themselves today.