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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wii Wish You a Merry Christmas!

We had a nice quiet Christmas at home this year. All 3 kids were sick, but the presents helped them stay happy. We did miss Poppy (my Dad) very much though- he couldn't come down for the sake of his own health and safety. Since we couldn't attend a Christmas Eve service, Jeff played guitar and we used homemade drums to play Little Drummer Boy and other carols. We had a nice stew dinner and hurried the kids off to bed (so that Santa wouldn't pass us by!) The kids had a sleepover in our room and woke us up right at 7. Santa had filled their stockings and left a nice thank you note for the cookies.

After stockings, we opened our Santa gifts - a Nintendo Wii and games! This was a fun and popular gift for everyone. The kids like the Mario Kart game. Jeff loves the Wii Sports. Even grandpa played!

After breakfast and some Wii time, we opened a million more presents and then ate a delicious ham dinner. Jacob read the Christmas story from the book of Matthew(NIrV) to us:

After dinner we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and ate cake. We had a great time visiting with Granny and Aunt Judy and opening a million MORE presents this morning at Grandpa and Grandma's house.

At first it seemed strange not to travel this Christmas, but it was really WONDERFUL to have a slower paced holiday. It gave us more time to reflect on Jesus and to enjoy each other.

Jeff plays Wii Boxing

This was too funny NOT to post!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Date Day

Jacob and Keilani filled their marble jars a couple of days ago - they get marbles from us when they have great behavior or are especially helpful. Their reward this time around was a date! Jacob and Mommy went on a date ice skating. Keilani went on a date with Daddy to the Folsom Zoo. We all had a lot of fun! (There are only pics from Jacob's date because we went at the same time and Mommy had the camera.)

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Good News of Christmas

It all happened in a moment, a most remarkable moment.
As moments go, that one appeared no different from any other. If you could somehow pick it up off the timeline and examine it, it would look exactly like the ones that have passed while you have read these words. It came and it went. It was preceded and succeeded by others just like it. It was one of the countless moments that have marked time since eternity became measurable.
But in reality, that particular moment was like none other. For through that segment of time a spectacular thing occurred. God became a man. While the creatures of earth walked unaware, Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb.
The omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable. He who had been spirit became pierceable He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl.
God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created. God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys, and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of his mother.
God had come near.
He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that first held him were unmanicured, calloused, and dirty.
No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla.
Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.
Angels watched as Mary changed God’s diaper. The universe watched with wonder as The Almighty learned to walk. Children played in the street with him. And had the synagogue leader in Nazareth known who was listening to his sermons...
Jesus may have had pimples. He may have been tone-deaf. Perhaps a girl down the street had a crush on him or vice-versa. It could be that his knees were bony. One thing’s for sure: He was, while completely divine, completely human.
For thirty-three years he would feel everything you and I have ever felt. He felt weak. He grew weary. He was afraid of failure. He was susceptible to wooing women. He got colds, burped, and had body odor. His feelings got hurt. His feet got tired. And his head ached.
To think of Jesus in such a light is -- well, it seems almost irreverent, doesn’t it? It’s not something we like to do; it’s uncomfortable. It is much easier to keep the humanity out of the incarnation. Clean the manure from around the manger. Wipe the sweat out of his eyes. Pretend he never snored or blew his nose or hit his thumb with a hammer.
He’s easier to stomach that way. There is something about keeping him divine that keeps him distant, packaged, predictable.
But don’t do it. For heaven’s sake, don’t. Let him be as human as he intended to be. Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out.
Listen to him.
“Love your neighbor” was spoken by a man whose neighbors tried to kill him.
The challenge to leave family for the gospel was issued by one who kissed his mother goodbye in the doorway.
“Pray for those who persecute you” came from the lips that would soon be begging God to forgive his murderers.
“I am with you always” are the words of a God who in one instant did the impossible to make it all possible for you and me.
It all happened in a moment. In one moment...a most remarkable moment. The Word became flesh.
There will be another. The world will see another instantaneous transformation. You see, in becoming man, God made it possible for man to see God. When Jesus went home he left the back door open. As a result, “we will all be changed -- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.”
The first moment of transformation went unnoticed by the world. But you can bet your sweet September that the second one won’t. The next time you use the phrase “just a moment...,” remember that’s all the time it will take to change this world.
From "God Came Near" by Max Lucado
(available @ The Bible House, Target, Amazon, and for as low as $6.99)
You can read more of the story of Jesus in the book of Matthew

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are glad that God gave us:
Meigan said, "DaDa"

Keilani said, "Mommy"

Jacob said, "Meigan"

Faye said, "Our jobs, our house, and the blessing of staying home"

Jeff said, "My beautiful wife and kids"

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Family Traveling

Here's a clip of our car ride down to Visalia last weekend. 3 kids in the car for 4 hours! It was actually a pleasant trip. This is for all you who will be traveling this week.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Discovery Kingdom

We went to Homeschool Day at Discovery Kingdom on Tuesday. It was a lot of fun! The kids had a great time and did really well. The baby was especially patient. Both girls lost it at dinner, but I think that was to be expected after a long day with no nap! Here are some pics:

Things our kids said in the last 2 weeks. . .

"Excuse me; We licked your walls and we're sorry." (At the frozen yogurt shop- I made Jacob go appologize.)

"Uh, Mommy, you need to come see this. Keilani just . . ." (At least 6 times about all kinds of misdeeds!)

"Don't say thank you to me!"

"Stop looking at me!"

"Jacob just sat on me!"

"Yo Mommy, Hook me up with some of that" (Jeff prompted Keilani to say this one.)

"Hey Mommy, let's play the game where I guess what's in my mouth."

"I have 100 tears."

"Hey Dad, I counted 7 poos on the floor up there!" (Keilani pooped all over upstairs just for fun.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Soccer Star!

Jacob finished up his soccer season strong with his last game on Friday. He was so proud to receive his trophy at the pizza party on Saturday. The coach paid him a great compliment as Jacob came up- he called J the best listener on the team. It was a tough season- we had to play a lot of teams that were older and more experienced. But, the SHARKS never lost hope. They never gave up and always tried their best! What more can you ask for?!

Homeschooling Update

So, we've come to a new decision about Jacob's schooling- we've decided to continue homeschooling him, but drop some of the curriculum until next year. So, basically we are not calling him a Kindergartner until next year. Next fall he will be enrolled with our charter school as a Kindergartner.

It is a hard choice because of his advanced skills. Is it better for him to be a young Kindergartner now, but closer academically to others in his grade, or to wait a year to be the same age as his peers, but years passed them academically?

He's been doing great with our school time. I didn't feel like I was pushing him too much. He wasn't have a hard time sitting still or doing the work. But I couldn't stop wondering and worrying that it wasn't the right thing to do. Maybe he should have one more year to just be a kid- to play and build, and do art, and read just for fun. So, that's what we're doing!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Apple Hill

We went on our second trip up to Apple Hill today. The weather was awesome, the kids had a blast, and we picked up 3 pumpkins, but no apple pie! Here are some pictures from this year!

And one from last year:

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Here's a cute video of Meigan talking away!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

School Papers and More

Here are some of Jacob's school papers he wanted to show off. He is doing 1st grade math- adding single digit numbers, writing short sentences, reading short chapter books (Henry and Mudge, Stuart Little, Arthur), and doing a great job in all subjects. He loves writing little notes all the time- One morning he came up with the green post-it (it says, "SuperDog.Com") - I guess it's a sign of the times!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Cutest Girls Ever- in the Whole World- of all time!

Here are the little Quayle princesses having a blast at the park this week! Aren't they sooo adorable!

Aunt Janna and Apple Hill

So, it's been a couple of weeks, and I guess I'm behind in my posting, but our favorite Aunt was here! Janna came to visit for a few days and we had so much fun. She came with us up to Apple Hill where you can see that Jacob caught his first fish on his own. It cost me about $20 because they charge $6 per pound up there!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Not So Magic Glue

So, Jacob's magic finger turned out to be not so magic after all. He tripped on the threshold today and took a spill breaking open the dermabond glue job on his finger. So, we took a trip back to the doctor. She couldn't glue it again because it might trap germs inside, so she left it open and had it wrapped up really well in bandages. I have to check it for infection and re-do the dressing every day. *sigh*
Here he is now:

Pictures from Yesterday

Here are the pictures from yesterday- the glued together finger and then the fair pics.

Here are the pictures from yesterday- the glued together finger and then the fair pics.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Glued back together in the ER

So our calm morning at home ended abruptly today when I heard a piercing scream from Jacob which I knew instantly meant he was hurt. He had been out "helping" Grandpa with some yardwork- shoveling dirt for some planting Papa was doing. While Grandpa was putting topsoil on, Jacob was making a fort with all of Jeff's coolers on the deck. Grandpa continued planting and put the pruning shears down on the deck. Jacob picked them up and chopped open his pinky finger. It was ugly- blood pouring out all over. I could hardly bandage it because it was bleeding so much and the cut was on the tip which was an akward place to bandage.
So we weren't sure if it needed stitches, so I took him in to the urgent care at Kaiser Morse Hospital. It was a long 2.5 hour wait, but I'm glad we did. The Dr. soaked his finger in a saline/iodine mix. When it came out it looked so much better. The doctor said she had good news- Jacob didn't need stitches because she could use glue! What?
"Dermabond" to the rescue! So, she took out a superglue looking bottle and applied 3 coats. His finger is almost good as new! I've never seen anything like it. So, Jacob was glued back together and sent on his way.
We came home and followed through with our plans to go to the State Fair and had a great time. I'll post some pics maybe tomorrow.
Thank you, Dermabond!

Monday, August 18, 2008

First day of Kindergarten!!

Today was our first day of Homeschool Kindergarten. Jacob awoke to a fun back-to-school balloon and special first-day cookies. Jacob did a great job today. We did about an hour of school. He breezed right through the work and mostly stayed in his chair.
We are doing Scholastic Reading, McGraw-Hill Math, Kindergarten Standards for Science and Social Studies, and a Bible program called Discipleland- Old Testament Heroes. Jacob loves superheroes, so he really likes that one!
Today went by very smoothly and I'm excited to keep going!
Here's Jacob's first school paper- he was asked what his favorite season was and why.

Potty Training Yays and Woes

Keilani is doing a great job keeping her diapers and undies dry during the day. She is such a big girl!

But wait, it couldn't be so easy could it? No, there's more to the story. Our pretty princess has developed a nasty habit. It goes right along with her general messiness and love of gooshy mucky things. She sticks her hands in her dinner plates, she sticks her hands in mud, she sticks her hand in glue and paint. So doesn't it just follow to stick her hands in her stinky diaper? 4 times now we have had the wonderful surprise of cleaning up that mess. DISGUSTING! *ahh parenthood*

So, any great suggestions for hurrying the process of getting a child to do their business in the toilet?

The Sharks!

Jacob started his first year of "real" soccer on an under-6 team this year- The Sharks. He has a lot of fun and is pretty good at dribbling. He's very fast and he's scored a couple of goals at practice. His first game is next Saturday.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Camping at Sly Park

We had a great time camping at Jenkinson Lake this week. G-ma came too which was great. Our ratio of adults to kids was 3:3! The kids had a blast. They roasted marshmallows, made dirt castles, went on "hikes", and road down the hill on their bikes. Every time we turned around Keilani was brown with dirt again. She has a special talent for getting messy!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A visit from our good friends

The last 3 days we've had special visitors, our good friends the Backlunds. We sure had a great time with them. We love them so much! Jacob was crying when it was time for them to leave. I've never seem him so melancholy as he was this afternoon. It was heartbreaking!

The kids had a great time swimming and playing and going on a special trip to Fairytale Town (or as my kids call it, "Humpty Dumpty.") Trish and I had a nice mom's night out and went to Q'bole in Folsom for dinner and then to Color Me Mine for a bit of fun.

The Backlunds are such good friends of ours and we really look up to them as an example of a Godly family. They challenge us by living out their faith in their little daily happenings. (Like when they were at our house they modeled Jesus' servant heart by doing our dishes.) I hope that our family can be a witness to our friends too!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Why we are homeschooling.

In a few weeks we will begin a new adventure- homeschooling Jacob. Many people have asked us why we are choosing to homeschool. I don't think I've given a great answer to anyone and I think it's time I do. I wanted to be able to explain myself better, so I've been praying and thinking and reading. So here goes.
As I we started realizing that Jacob has unique academic talents (reading at 2), we we had to consider this question: What will be the best education for our son? And as I pondered this question, I was brought to a new question- What does God want for the education of our children?
I know that God has uniquely gifted each child and I believe he wants us to develop those talents. I know that the things that God's values are not the same things that the world values. I also know that God has made some specific commandments in raising children. One of those is Deuteronomy 11:18-19 which says, "You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
I believe that the most important thing to teach our children is God's word and his values. As a former public school teacher I know absolutely that these are not taught in public school. And I am really not sure that we would have enough time in a day to make-up what is lacking in a public school classroom if they are there 6 hours a day (+ ?? hours of getting ready, transporting them back and forth, eating, bathing, and homework). I also know that there are values and influences in a public school that I don't want my kids taught. It's not about evolution and homosexuality. It's teaching them to let other's go first, forgiveness, loving our enemies, etc. etc...
One thing that really impacted me was Jacob's preschool at First Covenant Church. What I loved about it was that they didn't just have a Bible story time. They talked about God throughout the day. While the kids were outside fascinated with a butterfly, the teacher engaged them in a conversation about how God made it able to fly. When a boy was crying because he lost his teddy bear, the class stopped to pray for him. That was an "Aha!" moment for me. This is what the Deuteronomy passage is all about.
Will we homeschool them through high school? I don't know. We will take it one day at a time and continue praying about it. We will reevaluate every year. We do want to make sure the kids can get into a university if they want to. It will just depend on the schools and on each child. They are all different with different needs, talents, and feelings.
Please support us in our decision to homeschool by praying for us and encouraging us and keep the playdates coming!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July! Hooray for Summer!

We had a great time for the 4th this year. Jeff worked 2 events and we attended both- the 20th annual Carmichael Parade in the morning and the Carnival/ Fireworks show at Sunrise Mall. Jeff spent a few hours at home with us in between which was nice. We did not get to visit with him at either event- he was too busy which is good! After the parade, the kids napped and then we had a little BBQ with Grandpa and Grandma Quayle as well as Granny Parkinson. The kids had fun playing in the sprinklers after dinner. Then I put the girls to bed and Granny and I took Jacob to the carnival and Fireworks show in Citrus Heights. It was perfect because you watch from the parking lot by your car. Jacob isn't a fan of the loudest booms, so he watched the finale from inside the car and was happy instead of scared. Today we swam in our NEW pool and did some fireworks in the street. Jacob really liked the "snakes" because they looked more like something out of a toilet. Silly boy.