Friday, October 28, 2011

Way To Go CARDS!!!


World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

2011 World Champions


What a history making season they had this year and in last night’s amazing game last night.  I was very impressed by the Ranger’s defensive fielding skills, but we came through at the end to get our 11th World Series title!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Circassian Circles

   The video below shows two different versions of this very fun dance-the first is from last night and the second is from one of the dance practices this spring.


   I would liked to of had a few of last night’s videos posted, but I acted like an imbecile on the way home last night.  On the way home we dropped our van off at the repair shop and I left my SD card with the close up footage of the dance (and also my audio source.)  Therefore, it may be a few days or a week before I’ll be able to get my card-I guess it depends on how long it’ll be before the car’s repaired.

    From what I saw of the footage last night it looks like these camera angles will turn out very well.  I had a little more time this week to get everything setup to my liking.

Some Outdoor Fun




   This tree was approx. 15 feet around at its base!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Scuba Diving



   This evening we had the fantastic opportunity to try out scuba diving at a special lesson here in St. Louis!

   Our Mom was curious to know whether we’d like scuba diving  and might want to peruse being certified and getting some gear.


IMG_5299   The teacher was great and he gave a quick talk in the classroom before we hopped in their salt water pool.  There were only us and one other family in the class, so we were able to ask any questions we might have.

   Taking our first breath into the regulator underwater was little unnerving, I could easily see how someone who was claustrophobic could freak out, but we did our testing in 4ft of water so if there was a problem we could stand up.

IMG_5310   Then we learned a few other skills like learning how to take out the regulator, clearing it and breathing out of it again and we also learned how to clear our masks of water…while underwater. 

   After we had tried doing these things in the shallow water we put on our flippers and swam into the deeper end of the pool that was 10ft deep.  We had to be careful not to descend too quickly without adjusting the pressure in our ears to the pressure of the water.  It was a bit of a problem with me at first, but we got used to the higher pressure and began a game of catch with water torpedoes.  It was really neat to be able to stay underwater for such a long period of time and I wish that I would’ve had a waterproof camera with me.

    We all had on a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) that is an awesome vest that can fill up with air until it’s puffed up very large and can then be deflated…I wonder if you could fill them up with helium?


    We were in the water for about two hours and we repeatedly tested various diving skills and learning to use the flippers alone for swimming.   Our instructor was very thorough and we talked with him before we left about how we could pursue diving and what equipment would be necessary.

   This was a fantastic opportunity and my brothers and I had a great time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Replacing Kate’s Wiper Motor

kates wiper2

Still no hair cut!

kates wiper

   It’s a good thing we replaced the motor last night because this morning it rained on the way to work.

Yes, More Dancing Videos II


Flowers of Edinburgh

(Thanks for the title Luke, I never would’ve remembered it)

    It was a real bummer that I didn’t have my second camera setup from above for this dance.  A girl’s head blocks this camera’s view and it would’ve been neat to see the figure eights from above (like in Mr. Ramsey’s video below.)

Duke of Kent’s Waltz

   One of our favorite dances…this version isn’t particularly the most elegant Smile.

Jefferson & Liberty

   This dance is growing on me Smile.  I originally didn’t care for it because the moves didn’t seem as unique as some of the other dances.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Scottish

   The Scottish is another dance we did last Friday night.  This is a very fast, exhausting, long, twirling, polka-ing dance that also happens to be a lot of fun.  I haven’t really learned it yet, but I went ahead and tried it in the second dance.  The group was too big to have everyone polkaing [oh, that’s actually a word?  Spell Check doesn’t have a problem with it.], so we were split in half and did the dance twice.

First Dance


Second Dance


  Note: One of my cameras died towards the end of the second dance.

    Oct 7 2011

Four Wheelers: Both Fun & Useful

(More fun than useful)


Noah comes up with a lot of ideas.  Some work and some…don’t.

   In this video Noah uses his leaf blower to clear the road of leaves using the four wheeler.  Aaron’s the one driving. They also tried getting some air on a steep hill.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lydia’s [So Big] 3rd Birthday!

   I’ve decorated the blog to celebrate Lydia’s 3rd birthday!  We call Lydia by the many names used in the background.

    Lydia has brought a lot of joy into our family during the past few years and she’s been a fantastic…dog?


Taken a few minutes after we picked Lydia up from the breeder.  IMG_9813

She only weighed 2 pounds.


Gideon & Lydia made friends (despite the 78 pounds of differences from one another.)  IMG_9706

This photo was taken just 4 days after we brought Lydia home, but they were already exchanging secrets.


Christmas Day


Four Months Old


Six Months Old

And there are many, many more photos.  Between everyone’s cameras I’m sure I could come up with 1033 photos to represent each day we’ve had Lydia!

lydia theme

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Arcadia Valley


    We drove south today to visit Taum Sauk Park and to hike a trail that led to the highest point in Missouri.

    The foliage was absolutely gorgeous along the windy two lane roads we drove as we got lost tried to find the park.  We drove to lookout tower first and got an amazing view of Missouri’s wooded rolling hills.  Then we took a short hike to the highest point in Missouri which is 1,772 feet above sea level.  We then had a picnic in a lookout area where we could see hills up to 15 miles away. 

    This area used to be a large mining operation-some of these hills were known to be nearly 100% iron ore and folks from the St. Louis area would take the train to “the valley” for a nice break from the city.  Scientists from all over the world would also come here to visit to see the mining operations.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


   Benjamin found this fox in our backyard-which in its self is a rarity, so to catch it on film was very exciting.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Yes, More Dancing Videos!

  We got to the dance a little late yesterday, so I don’t have all of the dances on video, however I did bring two camcorders to see if having more than one shot would turn out or not.  With two different angles I was able to cut around some mistakes, add some camera movement and show off the particular highlights of each dance.
    Let me know your thoughts about these new videos or and if you found the cutting back and forth between shots distracting
Juice of Barley
     This was my family’s first time doing this dance and it ended up being a pretty fast moving dance that kept you on your toes (or if you want to be technical the balls of your feet.)  There is only just enough time to do the moves and no more, so you have to think ahead about your next move.  Speaking of ahead….you’ve got to love how on-beat we all are when we clap!  I’ll have to count out the beats next time to make sure that I clap at the right time.

Hull’s Victory
       This is now officially one of-if not my most-favorite dance IF you are a #1 couple.  The moves are fairly unique to this dance (I mean of the dances in my limited repertoire) and it’s very fast moving with no time for a break.  Very, very unfortunately I was not a #1 couple so I almost fell asleep this dance, but it was fun to watch others do it.

Virginia Reel
      Jeremy did mess up one time when he skipped the do-se-do, so a few of the groups are one step ahead of the others.

Computer Back Up!

It's been down for a few days and it feels great to have it running again. I'm looking forward to posting a few new things on this blog.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


    We’ve watched the newest Sherwood Pictures film, Courageous, in theatres a couple of times since it came out last Friday.  It’s a fantastic movie about how important fatherhood is to a child’s future.
     They did a fantastic job of showing how the root of much criminal activity is fatherlessness, but they take it a step farther and illustrate how a Christian father takes the wheel and guides his family.   They covered so many topics like dating, unemployment, death and the grieving process, forgiving your failed father, integrity in the workplace, drugs and crime, friendship, divorce, etc.
     There were also a lot of laughs in this films-even more laughs than their past films and there are also some times when it’s great to have tissues nearby.
      I think that this movie was absolutely fantastic, but it also has a significance to me when I look at what I’ve experienced in the last few years.   While my Dad was out of work for months on end we really had to trust God for provision that was shown in the film when their house is on the line.  In the film one of the main characters experiences the tragic death of a family member and how he struggles with regrets and lost visions of the future.  Maybe to those who haven’t experienced much death the grieving may have seemed a bit odd, but this is the process that we had to go through when our Dad died last fall.  Forgiving a failed father was also a key lesson to not use fatherlessness as a crutch for mediocrity.
  Anyways, it’s a great movie and I highly recommend seeing this film as soon as you can!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Back Bathroom Flooring

flooring in back bathroom
    These photos were taken just a couple of hours after the grout was placed so it dried out lighter than this and we’ve been able to clean up the excess grout.

back bath flooring

Mike Riddle

mike riddle 2
This evening we listened to a few lectures given by Mike Riddle from Answers in Genesis.  His talks were about apologetics and about addressing the most common challenges to the infallibility of God’s Word and to a literal 6 day Creation week.  Mike Riddle has always been one of our favorite AiG speakers and he’s a lot of fun to listen to.
   My brothers and I learned some new things about the Carbon 14 dating and how the evidence does not support the evolutionary theory, but actually dates the world to be less than 30,000 years old.
    He also spoke about the gap theory and how Christians are willing to compromise their faith to squeeze their evolutionary ideas into the Bible.  However, good Bible hermeneutics cannot allow for a “gap” of time between Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:2.
mike riddle
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Among other things we learned that the word “and” in verse 2 is “waw” in the Hebrew and is used to link immediate sequences of events.