Monday, September 28, 2009

Watermelon Feast

Brother Shelton came over today and gave us some grocery bags full of veggies, potatoes and corn from his garden. He also gave us a large watermelon. Curious's eyes got so big when he saw that watermelon. Right off he said, "I want to tell him thank you."

I said "That is a good idea Curious, lets do go tell him thank you."

Curious runs to the door "I want to tell him thank you RIGHT NOW!"

I said "I am sorry he is already gone you will have to tell him thank you later."

I then go into the kitchen and cut up the watermelon, while all the girls watch with big excited eyes. When it came time to call Curious to come and eat his he was no where to be found. We had just started to search around the house when the front door opened. In runs Curious, all excited, and exclaims "I told her thank you!!."

The girls all giggle, and we start to ask him about what happened. He could not have told Brother Shelton thank you, he lived two blocks away, by the new home we are buying. Curious ran over the the Maybes home, rang the door bell, and when Sister Maybe answered the door he exclaimed "Thank you for the watermelon."

Now the Maybe's were a logical choice. We have enjoyed allot of zucchini and corn that the Maybes have given us from their garden. Which the kids have thoroughly enjoyed every time we cooked it. According to Curious's report Sister Maybe said "I did not give you any watermelon, you must mean thank you for the zucchini."

"Yes, thank you!" exclaimed Curious, and then he hurried home to enjoy in our watermelon feast.

Little boys are so cute!

Thank you to the Maybe's and the Shelton's for sharing your gardens harvests with our family!


Monday, September 14, 2009

New Home

Hello ward we are your new neighbors... Again!   I just found out today that we are now under contract to buy a hew home! It took a long time to finalize!! I have been anxious to announce it. The best part is we got to hand pick the best ward, our same ward we love so much, and our children get to keep all their same friends. They love that!! The house is the third home west of Rheas house, so we will have great neighbors. The floor plan is almost exactly the same as the one we are staying in now, but without a half kitchen in the basement.

The home is on a half an acre like our family has always wanted, our chickens will love that. Thankfully it is not an hour away from downtown like all the other homes we were looking at. Which has one down fall... I am not going to move to live close to Freda and Danika, sorry gals. :(

It is a foreclosed home so it needs allot of repairs, the photos below make it look better then it is. The whole home reeks of cat pee BAD. The home is structurally sound with a good roof. The main repairs it needs #1 to get rid of the stink (thankfully Granny gave us GREAT info on how to do that.) #2 Repaint every wall (some are black with bats on them), #3 all new flooring throughout (the dogs and cats trashed it all), #4 repair some small plumbing problems in the bathrooms. So we will be busy for a while. But look forward to getting it fixed up right.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Cell Phone Posting

Now I can post to my blog from my cell. I dont know why I waited this long.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How well we know our Mama

How well we know our Mama
Respondents are S- Curious George (3), A -Hugs (6), C -Tumbelina (8), E -AngelTina (10)

1. What is something Mama always says to you?
S - I love you
A - She always calls me
C - She always says "Don't"
E - Woohh.... you attacked me

2. What makes Mama happy?
S - Playing ball
A - When I say "yes mam"
C - Obeying her
E - When her kids obey her, reading to her kids, quiet time, sleeping, oh and sitting on the couch that she waited for seven years to get.

3. What makes Mama sad
S - You don't usually get sad
A - When someone dies
C - That one time when Chad's sister died... You were crying
E - When Hugs drew an A on the couch, When Hugs drew with permanent marker on the back of the door

4. How does your Mama make you laugh?
S - By tickling me and saying "tickle, tickle, tickle"
A - When she tickles me
C - By tickling me in my stomach, because that is the part that is sensitive of tickling, if you tickel me there then I go, he he he he
E - When she says silly things

5. How old is your Mama?
S - Three years old (he said three right) No, not three years old, feeve years old... 
A - Somewhere in your 90's
C - She's in her 30's, or in her 40's, or in her 50's or in her 60's or in her 70's, one of those (I think she got it covered)
E - I think she is somewhere in her thirties

6. How tall is your Mama?
S - Fifty feet.. lalalala
A - really tall
C - Six feet
E - Not as tall as Papa, about three inches shorter then Papa, which means (she is doing math in her head) 5' 3" (She got it EXACTLY right).  It was just an estimate (she says while shrugging).

7. What is her favorite thing to do?
S - (he blows a kiss)
A - Go on the computer
C - Read boring books
E - Read A Wrinkle in Time series

8. What does your Mama do when you're not around?
S - sleep
A - I don't think I am not around very much
C - She sneaks up my birthday presents
E - Read, think, sleep, think, read, think, think....

9. If your Mama becomes famous, what will it be for?
S - falling
A - Her great cooking
C - It would be for working on the computer, answering so much phone calls.
E - Staying up late, and patience

10. What is your Mama really good at?
S - Hugging papa
A - Cooking
C - Shes good at making a pond and keeping cats from coming in our fence.
E - Being patient

11. What is your Mama not very good at?
S - Being a cartoon creature... like an alien
A - Not very good at waking me up, I wake my self up actually very much.
C -  She is not very good at keeping track of Curious George when he leaves the house (she says that because I am always sending her to go and get Curious).
E - Getting asleep on time.

12. What does your Mama do for her job?
S - Go to work, type and say something
A - You answer phone calls
C - "Hello, what can  i do for you today"  and she says "May I please have your account number."
E - Answer phone calls about credit cards, and talk to the lady who says "coo coo" dove stuff, and says she stepped over a bomb, and she was very silly, and says she is the friend with the queen of France, and i think she was doing it for attention or something.  (She is retelling a story about my funniest call I have had at work)

13. What's your Mama's favorite food?
S - Macaroni
A - I think your favorite food was pickles
C - Her favorite food is watermelon, and onions
E - I'm stumped, you like pomegranates, and watermelon, and stuff like that, but I cant think of what would be your favorite.

14. What makes you proud of your Mama?
S - Loving me
A - Her cooking
C - That you really like to write in my journal notebook.
E - That she is very patient

15. If your Mama were a cartoon character, who would she be?
S - Um... Lou, the puppy in "Cats and Dogs"
A - Micky Mouse, is also really good at cooking like Mama
C - The Muffin Lady
E - Super mom who has 10,000 kids

16. What do you and your Mama do together?
S - Love each other
A - My mama reads me stories
C - um.. Look at my sisters birthday presents
E - She read me the Trumpet of the Swan once.. Normally we both have trouble getting asleep, We talk about things... I cant think of anything else

17. How are you and your Mama the same?
S - Blue eyes
A - We both have blue eyes, like our papa
C - hmm.. Because we give presents on Christmas, and because we type really fast, and because we like to draw.
E - Were both girls with brown hair and blue eyes.  

18. How are you and your Mama different?
S - Her black pants, and my underpants... her eyes, so pretty
A - I have blond hair and she has brown.
C - Because I'm a kid and your not, our birthdays are not on the same day. (notice Tumbelina is excited about her birthday in a few days)
E - She is taller then me, and older then me.  She went to school when she was my age and I am homeschooled.

19. How do you know your Mama loves you?
S - She cameras me
A - She tells me
C - Because you say so.
E - Because she hugs me and she is very patient

20. Where is your Mama's favorite place to go?
S - The park
A - Tepanyaki.... I think?
C - With her kids off on fun stuff... And she likes it when she goes to Kerry so she can talk to Kerry.
E - The Downstairs living room to watch showes with Papa, to the temple with Papa.

Bonus Question by Tumbelina

What is Mama's favorite book

C - its um... A Wrinkle in time, oh and your other favorite is the scriptures

How well we know our Papa

How well we know our Papa
Respondents are S- Curious George (3), A -Hugs (6), C -Tumbelina (8), E -AngelTina (10)

1. What is something Papa always says to you?
S - That I'm a good boy
A - I love you
C - Go to bed
E - I love you

2. What makes Papa happy?
S - Me obeying him
A - When I say "Yes sir" to him
C - Reading the scriptures, and obeying him
E - Napping, tickling

3. What makes Papa sad?
S - He doesn't get sad
A - I cant think of anything that makes him sad
C - (After thinking for a long time)...When someone dies
E - I don't know

4. How does your Papa make you laugh?
S - Tickle me
A - He tells good jokes
C - He tickles me
E - Tickling us and telling jokes

5.How old is your Papa?
S - Free (three), Every body in the whole wide world is free.
A - I don't know how old... 23?
C - 30 something
E - Somewhere in his 30's I think

6. How tall is your Papa?
S - Super Tall
A - Really tall
C - 7 feet tall
E - Not as tall as Nate, five feet and a half?

7. What is his favorite thing to do?
S - Watch me invent
A - Tell jokes
C - Talk to Mama
E - Tickle, and tell jokes

8. What does your Papa do when you're not around?
S - Sleep, sleep tight
A - Usually when I am not around he is at work.
C - Goes to work and talks to people on the phone.
E - I don't know

9. If your Papa becomes famous, what will it be for?
S - I don't know
A - Playing his harmonica
C - Being the greatest Papa in the world
E - His jokes

10. What is your Papa really good at?
S - Loving Relish, its yummy, its chopped up pickles
A - Playing his harmonica
C - my Papa's really good at reading fast, and typing fast, and he's good at making it so he doesn't get fired.
E - Telling Jokes, loving, giving hugs, and tickling

11. What is your Papa not very good at?
S - *Burp* *Giggle* Burping, because I burped
A - I cant really think of anything he is not very good at.
C - Sometimes hes not good at getting to work fast enough, and sometimes hes not good at taking his pills.
E - He is not very good at staying happy when he is tired

12. What does your Papa do for his job?
S - Um, work, he works at his work, and so do I, my work is KidZui
A - He goes to Qwest
C - He helps people with their computers, and he tells them what to do with their computers
E - Answers phone calls, and helps people fix their computers on the phone.

13. What's your Papa's favorite food?
S - Relish, and hot dogs
A - Chocolate
C - Lots of things, and really he likes relish
E - Chocolate

14. What makes you proud of your Papa?
S - Relish, *giggle* My papa loves relish
A - Lots of things
C - I'm proud of my Papa because he reads scriptures with me.
E - That I love him

15. If your Papa were a cartoon character, who would he be?
S - Chicken Little
A - Hum.. pretty tricky... Donald Duck
C - Hum.. He would be... Thunderbolt
E - He'd be a joker and tickle monster

16. What do you and your Papa do together?
S - Build inventions
A - We have fun together, My papa reads me stories.
C - We talk about my baptism stuff.
E - We talk, we nap sometimes, and hug

17. How are you and your Papa the same?
S - By being same handsome at church.
A - We both have blue eyes.
C - Were the same because we can walk, and we have toes, and we have fingers, and hands, and arms and elbows, and heads, and we can talk, and we also go on the computer.
E - We love each other, we like to tell jokes, we both say "awesome possum" and we both have brown hair.

18. How are you and your Papa different?
S - By being dropped by a giant.. Ill show ya.. (he falls on the floor screaming.)
A - I have blond hair and he has brown
C - I have black hair and he doesn't, and papa gets sun burned easier then me.
E - He's taller then me

19. How do you know your Papa loves you?
S - How I turned free, and next I'm gonna turn four.
A - He says so.
C - Because he wants me to wake up early and go to sleep early, and he does not like me staying up to late.
E - He says so.

20. Where is your Papa's favorite place to go?
S - The park
A - Tepanyaki
C - On a date with mama... and to Wendy's to get frosties.. and if they are not chocolate he is like "what?"
E - Monkey Jungle Gymns, and that place where they made the onion volcano thing (Tepanyaki)

Extra credit question by Tumbelina...

What is Papa afraid of? 

C - a Dinosaur.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our poor turkey

Our poor turkey got attacked by a neighbors dog. Thankfully he only pulled out mouth fulls of feathers.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Chickens Like Fishy Crackers

Hugs just came in and told me in complete excitement that "chickens like fishy crackers, and it makes it so much easier to catch them!!".  The kids love to chase and catch the chickens.  They normally catch them by grabbing onto their tails.  Hugs described to me how they are out there holding onto the chickens by their tails and feeding them fishy crackers one at at time.

Ever since we butchered the last of our three roosters, the back yard has become allot more fun for the kids, and for me too.  I check on the chickens food, water and eggs more often because I don't fear being attacked by "Big Boy" the last rooster we just butchered.  

The kids have been playing chicken.  They run out and pet the turkey while she is laying down, and they play they are chickens.  The highlight of this play is when all the other hens come over to be a part of their little flock.  Who knew chickens could be so entertaining.  Tumbelina plays that she is "Big Chicken" and Curious plays he is "Little Chicken" or "Chicken Little".

Yesterday when Jeff was hugging the kids he noticed they all smell like chickens.  Needless to say all the kids were given a good bath today.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dinner At my Sister in Law's

My DH's sister has a large family of eight children.  Many times on Sunday they host Sunday dinner for the large crew of our family.  My SIL and BIL cook like a restaurant, so we always eat like kings when we come to their house.  Today we had prime rib, potatoes, cheesy asparagus, carrots, rolls, salad, cabbage, mushrooms, and birthday cake.  It was a lovely feast.

Today they sang Happy Birthday to the family members who have birthdays this month.  SIL makes great cakes, including being excellent cooks they are excellent bakers also.  The birthday person always wears a large birthday hat that looks like a birthday cake with candles that velcro on top.   

We normally come over after church on Sunday.  SIL has one large kitchen table, and we pack the family in to other rooms with more tables, in order to fit us all in.

Curious gets to play with his cousin Lincoln who is only two weeks older then him.

The girls play sometimes with the neighbors, sometimes in the back yard, and sometimes with play dough.  SIL has a playroom equipped with a play kitchen, a wooden train set, and cars.

SIL tells great stories about her daily adventures in local politics or helping out African refugees or driving a school bus, so mot of the time the adults end up in a long discussion, or listening to Renee's animated stories.

Duce is SIL's dog, he is a red Merle Australian Shepard, he has two different colored eyes, one blue, one brown.  Generally he lives in the house, except when the family is over he sits outside the kitchen wind own smelling all the lovely smells and wishing he were inside feasting with us.  Today for the first time he joined in on the happy birthday song,  he sounded like a seal barking.

We love staying at SIL's house so much we are guaranteed to never leave at a reasonable time.  Right now it is 11:10.  Renee had six boys so she learned how to cut hair in order to be frugal.  So Renee's dinner most often ends with the haircut line up.  As I write this Curious George is sitting still just like his Papa did before him, while he gets his hair cut.  Curious looks handsome and fresh cut, so we are now ready to leave and drive home.

Teaching and Learning to Read With The Scriptures and Book of Mormon

Reading scriptures has been wonderful for teaching our kids how to read.

With Curious we have him watch as we point to the words and say them one by one and have him repeat the word, for his verse. In this way he is learning sight words Glen Doman style.

With Hugs we started with the phrase "and it came to pass" in the beginning chapters of the Book of Mormon that phrase is repeated significantly more then any other phrase. This was a good practice in increasing Hugs's confidence, when called on to read she would just rattle "and it came to pass" off with confidence. Thankfully the book changes the phrase around so it does not always use the exact same words or order. This kept Hugs on her toes and required her to read the words. Once comfortable with the AICTP phrase we would then find the individual words in the phrase and have Hugs read those words as we passed them in our reading. In this way we familiarized her with them as sight words. Over time we added in more sight words, one at a time. Now Hugs is confidently reading most of the sight words n her verse, and started onto the 3-5 letter words that follow the short value phonics rules. In this step by step way we can see Hugs increase in her reading ability.

Angelic, being our oldest daughter was the one we worked the most with reading. It would be too long of a list to go over all the different ways we taught reading. Needless to say allot of effort was put into it. But the mind focus was always to keep it a fun game, never drilling and boring. Angelic always loved learning new things, and school time. School has always been quality one on one time with mama.

Tumbelina saw Angelic reading, and us praising her. We did simpler versions of learning to read lessons with her. I love leap frog videos, they are excellent. But she just decided she wanted to read like Angelic one day. She would pick up books, and fumble through reading them, then bring them to me whenever she had a question. Honestly she is largely self taught.

Tumbelina can confidently read the scriptures out loud, with very minimal help from us. Angelic can read the scriptures will no help, clearly, and at a good pace.

Angelic should be in fourth grade and has just finished reading The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis. She just picked it up one day and started reading.

It is amazing to see how well my kids read. I LOVE what Holt has to say in How Children Fail and How Children Succeed. My kids fit this pattern well, a child can teach them selves how to read, especially with good support from parents.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Crafts, and Potty Training

Tumbelina and Hugs have been making cute dinosaurs from scrap book paper. They really are quite crafty. The dinosaurs are almost as big as Curious.

Curious has been working on going potty. As an active little boy he often does not want to stop his play in order to go. In order to help him remember to use the potty we have set up a snack reward system. When ever he goes potty he earns treats to share with the whole family. This group reward worked excellent. This motivates the girls, and the whole family to remind him to go.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My husband is my most precious gift.

Of all the blessings, of all the wonderful things, of all the inspirations, of all the care the Lord has ever shown me, none have ever blessed me so much as when he blessed me with my Husband.  Second in line is the blessing to have been raised by good parents.  Third in line is the blessing to pay these blessings forward, my wonderful children.  I guess I could start my life description off like this... I Jeanine having been abundantly blessed with a goodly husband, having been raised by goodly parents, and having been blessed with many beautiful children of God to raise up unto the Lord.... 


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What our homeschool looks like.

We read scriptures together every night where everyone in the family takes turn reading. Angel can read through the scriptures at a normal pace with little to no help. Tumbelina can read through the scriptures a bit slowly with only 1-2 helps on the words in each verse. Hugs is working on her sight words like unto, the, this, them, etc, and she is learning some basic phonics.

We do a devotional in the morning where we learn music, memorize different scriptures or poems, and read and write our family history. This is reading and writing in journals.

My kids also play computer games that drill them in spelling and math principals while I am at work.

Angelic right now is reading through The Magic Tree House books as fast as I can supply them to her. She reads through one in the same day I get it for her, sometimes she has read two, so I have turned her onto some of the other classics we own. Since Christmas she has read Robin Hood, The Secret Garden, some other cute little books about cats and at least four magic tree house books, I can hardly keep her supplied.

Tumbelina is playing with reading chapter books. She has read at least 1 Magic Tree house book this month, one pony palls. Mostly she picks up books and reads them for a while and then looses them and forgets about them until she is inspired to read again by watching her older sister.

These are just the things I can measure for someone outside of my home. We have a habit of introducing learning into everything. Shopping at the store, internal economy where the kids earn spend and save money themselves, Car rides, dinner discussions, discussions before or after our reading/ devotional times, Family field trips, and learning activities we do with our homeschooling friends.

We normally take one thing and do it until it becomes a habit or a pattern that is natural and then build from there. It can be very unpredictable how long it takes for us to master each habit. I ordered the K-12 curriculum because I knew I would have less time to do all the research and prep I was doing before. But I failed to take into account how much effort it takes to learn a new pattern, and have it fit into my family, on top of my family adjusting to me working from home. We have now found 2 hours three times a week where we can fit in k-12. Based on my experience thus far I feel we will have the most success with the courses that are able to be taught to all the kids at the same time and require the least amount of preparation from me. For this reason we will be working in Art, History, Science, Music and Spanish.

K-12 added in a VERY wonderful new tool for Advanced Preparation. With this new tool I feel it is more likely for me to start teaching the k-12 core subjects in the future. But it is unpredictable how long it will take for us to start including the core subjects. That is going to take more preparation time from me.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bloggin' with Fly Fusion By Leapfrog

Right now I am sitting on my living room coach, watching my kids dance to music while I write in my fly fusion Journal with my fly pen. This is a fun way to blog, journal and participate with the kids, all at the same time.

My kids have also been having fun with the fly fusion. I have added their drawings, writing and things to their blogs.

The fly fusion seems to be sensitive to light.   Journal entries I have written in dim light have been lost.  Because of this I try to sit so my hand casts the least amount of shadow on the page.

Overall I rate the fly fusion high.

Music Maker is lots of fun the kids can mix and record and save their songs.  Only one problem, the songs wont download onto the computer, so you can only hear them on the fly and it only saves ten songs.

Memory expansion is a plastic cartridge that removes from the back of the pen and is replaced with another cartridge. This means small pieces that are easy to loose.

Fly notebooks each have a sticker On the front that make them "unique'' the fly eye scans the sticker to know which notebook you are using. The only problem I have found with this is when my son took off the unique sticker. This made it so all the entries went into a generic notebook. The paper in the notebook have a very fine pattern the tells the pen where you are. I would assume this means each page is unique.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Family History

Our families new home teachers are Dirk and Ray.  Ray told us about Tammy's  hard work on family history.  How she compiled everything she could into a large three ring binder and every time there is new information for the family she mass emails her family with the updates for them to print and put in the binder.  This re-inspired me towards family history, thanks Ray (and Tammy, lol)

I remembered my lovely family history book for the My dad's mothers side, it is one of the largest books we own (not quite as big as our 1828 dictionary).  We have now included this in our morning devotionals.  What a lovely addition it makes, full of stories and photos of our ancestors. 

Also I found at Seagull Book and Tape a book on clearance that is a fill-in-the-blank family history, it asks lots of fun stuff like "what was your happiest moment" and "what is your favorite book".  

Now for devotional we are reading our family history book, filling in pages in our book, learning the song Holding Hands Around the World and memorising D&C 75:3.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

D&C 75:3

"Behold, I say unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be idle but labor with you might."

Yesterday in scripture reading we read this.  1 Nephi 12:23
"And it came to pass that I beheld after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and filthy people.  Full of idleness and all manner of abominations."

After reading that it seemed rather important for us to avoid being idle.  We discussed what idle was.  At first the girls thought it was idle worship.  After learning it meant not working they seemed rather impressed about the importance of working.

We then looked up that D&C scripture and decided to memorise it, and made future plans for the work we would do to help us avoid being idle.  

Scripture Reading

Saturday Jan 10th 09

Our steak president has asked us to commit to read the scriptures everyday for the rest of our lives, Angelic and Papa were the first to make this commitment.

Together they carefully reminded the rest of the family of scripture time.  Now it has become a habit that the whole family remembers and enjoys.

Today Jeff was sick and I was running late on getting laundry ready for church. Angelic opened right up to her book mark and told Tumbelina where we were. Then Tumbelina helped Hugs find the right page. Next Angelic started reading, Tumbelina took up her turn right afterwards. Then to top all this Tumbelina started to help and coach Hugs on reading her part just like she had seen her father do. They continued just like that, orderly taking turns and helping each other with difficult words, just the same way Jeff does. All the time with out any prompting or help From Mama or Papa.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sterling the Big Mean Man

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New Hats

My trainer at work sent cute hats she made for my kids.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

2008 The Middle Year

In the year 2007 we had our fire, and mom had her miscarriages, those two things along with the moves that were necessary because of the fire, made it a year of surviving.
This year 2008 seems to be summed up as the Middle Year.  The in between year.  In between what?  I do not know yet.  

2008 was kind of a year of recovery.  They way you feel as a parent after Christmas has passed.  You sigh in relief, and live in the moment.  You play with your children's new toys, because after all you did like them enough to get them for the kids.  You eat sweats because it is the holidays, even though you know it is not good for you.  And you let the little upkeep things go by the wayside, for now.  Because, you are in recovery mode.  The time frame leading up to Christmas was stressful enough, now your body needs to just live, and relax.  That was the year 2008 for my family.  The majority of the stress of 2007 was over, and in 2008 we just lived.  Much of life's maintenance passed us buy, we were just living, just recovering, just spending time.  The year 2008 is the year of time passing. 

2008 Events
  • Jeanine worked in the ward as an Activity Days leader.
  • Starz Unlimited danced in a temporary location while they worked towards obtaining a new building.
  • The kids got Whooping Cough and we were interviewed by some government agency for diease control.
  • We took over a month off of life for the kids to recover.  And then went back to dance classes etc.  But we could still visit Kerry because her kids had it also.
  • Kerry (Jeanine's BFF) got Jeanine interested in Ron Paul.
  • Starz had their dance recital.
  • Eva had a Webkinz Birthday Party, Crystal had a birthday party at Wheeler Farm, Ari had a (humm.. I forgot this one, I will have to update this when I remember) Sterling had a birthday party at the park,
  • We got poultry, our chickens, ducks and turkey.
  • Dee (Jeff's sister) and Sarah (our cousin, once removed?) became Baby Ben's care givers.
  • Mom played in the garden in the front yard.
  • We worked to rebuild our food storage.
  • Mom decided she loved making muffins, and they became a family staple.
  • Jeanine asked to be released from Activity Days so she could focus more on her families needs.
  • Jeanine and Crystal started attending counceling.
  • Jeanine started working at home for Alpine Access.
  • Jeff got a second job.
  • Both Jeff and Jeanine are taking inbound customer service calls for credit card companies, while they are working hard to pay off all of their credit card debt.  There is irony there.
  • We enrolled the kids into K-12 for schooling at home.
  • Kerry found out she was expecting.
  • Granny moved to Dee's house to help take care of Baby Ben.   
  • We moved the rooms around (again) because we had more space.  We love the extra space, thank you Granny :).
  • We shopped for a new home.
  • The Economy took a crazy turn.
  • We decided not to buy a new home until our family was more financially stable.
  • We decided to run like a Gazelle, Dave Ramsey style and get out of debt.
  • Baby Ben died.
  • Ron Paul was blacklisted and could not be a presidential canidate.
  • Erica (Jeff's cousin, once removed?) went off to work on a cruise. 
  • It is discovered that Baby Grant (Jeff's nephew) needs eye surgery in order to help him see better.
  • Nicolle (Jeanine's sister) came to live with us.
  • Proposition 8 passed in California.
  • Jeanine voted for Chuck Baldwin.
  • Obama won the Presidential vote.
  • The family (first Jeff, then Eva, then Jeanine following in their examples) took on our Steak Presidents challenge to read the Book of Mormon every day without missing.  This task became easier then we thought it would be, and is now a natural habbit for our family.
  • Crystal and Eva showed their great reading skills as we read in the scriptures everyday.
  • Jeanine took up a hobby of soap making, along with Kerry.
  • Jeanine started using FaceBook.
  • Julie (Jeanine's oldest sister) joined FaceBook (now to get Linda on FB).
  • Linda and Hung (Jeanine's sister and BIL) came to visit before flying off to Irag.  Hung with the army.  Linda working in Small Business Policy Reform, in order to help small business growth in Iraq.
  • We enjoyed the holidays.
  • Jeff decided to take time at the beginning of scripture reading to teach Ari to read better.
  • Grant and Juliette headed off to LasVegas first, then California for his eye surgery.
  • Skylynn (Jeanine's niece) turned 1 year old.
  • New Years came
And now we are to the year 2009...So far in 2009 
  • Sterling has started attending primary.
  • Baby Grant will have eye surgery this week. Say a little prayer for him.
  • Kerry should have a new baby by tomorrow.
Now Jeanine finds her self caught up in the question... 2008 was in between what?  What will 2009 be the year of.  That question is still unanswered.

Saturday, January 3, 2009