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.

1 comment:

  1. Yay I'm excited for your new blog. I love all the pictures!