Family Stuff

It’s been a busy few weeks! I was sick for like a week and a half – I was only down for a couple days, but I felt pretty gnarly the whole time. Anyway, I missed blogging a few things and just thought I’d catch up.

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Last week my dad turned 60! I know, that’s pretty crazy. He’s such a cool guy – the best grandpa you’ve ever seen! We did a little surprise party for him, which was like a local reunion of sorts with the church that I used to be a youth pastor at – it was so good to see a bunch of old friends and celebrate my dad.

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A very good friend of mine, Trasier, invited us over to hang out and we got to connect with his family and some other old friends, the Beavers. This is a picture of their girls and our kids hanging out. Its amazing how old friends can instantly reconnect and have a great time together.

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We discovered “Guitar Hero Word Tour”. One word: AMAZING! We love playing Guitar Hero 2 as a family on our Wii, this just takes it to another level. Even better songs (Sweet Home Alabama, Are You Gonna Go My Way, La Bamba, etc), online playing, downloadable songs, record your own songs, drums, guitar, bass, vocals – it’s awesome. Of course, we only rented it. Maybe we’ll get it for Christmas. And yes, Macy plays Guitar Hero on a Uke!

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Me and Jen got to attend another South West Church Planters Forum and hear my great friend Eric lead worship. These are such a great resource in our valley for pastors, planters, and leaders in local churches – great networking, great food, and just refreshing.

Photo_103008_007Halloween! Actually the day before. We went to Jen’s Grandparents place, a local elder care place. The kids got to trick or treat to all the folks who lived there, plus we celebrated Jen’s Grandpa’s birthday. That’s Miles as Darth Vader – of course! Macy’s on the end as a princess, and then their good friends Ella and Allie. (Not sure who the other kids are!).

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Miles had a park day for his school, Santa Rosa Academy. By the way, we are very pleased with our decision to send him to a charter school. He’s in school two full days a week, and home for the rest. We work with him on the other days – sort of like home school. He’s got some great friends and he’s already in 1st grade reading/writing. We’re very proud of him!

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Miles is now a 4 stripe white belt and he tests tomorrow (Friday) night for his yellow belt. He’s doing his ‘forms’ all over the house and looks like a stud! Again, we’re SO proud of him.

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Macy had Pajama Day at her school last week! She LOVED it! Got to wear her princess jammies to school and bring her baby. She was so cute – she’s such an awesome little girl.

We’re truly blessed!

This is a new blog series that I’m going to work through. Let me just begin by sharing that over the past year my life as I’ve connected with more an more people outside my little ‘Temecula Circle’ – I’ve become more aware, or more attracted to generosity. I love reading stories about people who come together to give back, give away, help, share, whatever – all in the name of love, of help. A little sappy I know, but something’s happening to me, to our family.

Oh how I would get my mouth washed out with soap 25 years ago! But our boy, Miles has been in Taekwondo for the past month or so and is making some cool progress. Since Rich posted this, I had post this! Miles, we’re so proud of you!

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Tonight we carved pumpkins & cooked pumpkin seeds. And there was much rejoicing!

Did you carve already? If so leave me a comment with your post – we want to see what everyone else is doing. So far I’ve only seen Brad’s post.

We have an interesting schedule at our house. I work Tuesday-Sunday (usually take Saturday mornings off). Jen works Wednesday-Sunday. So that means that we do a lot of double duty. For example, I do some of the cooking, laundry, shuttling kids to school, etc. And yes, I do dishes.

It only took me 22 minutes. And yes, there were so many dishes that they didn’t all fit in the dishwasher! It was because we had Jen’s mom, dad, and sister enlaw over for dinner the night before – which I cooked a mean meal for too!

Whenever I think that life is rough or I’m facing tough days, I can look forward to our evenings together as a family. We have a little routine that we go through every night. It’s baths/showers, hang out for a little bit, playing or reading books, and then we pray together, then kids to bed. Macy just started saying her own prayers, so now it’s even more fun.

Macy cracks us up every night. I can’t imagine a better way to spend each evening.

I love this picture of Miles. It’s from the Miramar Air Show that we went to a couple weeks ago. I love the picture cuz it’s so Miles – he’s always been a happy boy, always. That’s one of the things I love about him. He just turned 6 and he’s growing up to be not only a son, but one of my best friends!

I just wanted to take a moment and tell the world how proud I am of him. Last night at Awana’s he got his little Sparky card for his first memory verse (yeah it was John 3:16). The same night, he also earned his first stripe on his white belt in Taekwondo – we’re so proud of him!

God is so good to us! Miles, mom & dad love you!

Last week was the Miramar Airshow. I took Miles there two years ago and he loved it so I called up my good buddy, Chris, to see if he wanted to go. We ended up meeting down there for a great afternoon of brain numbing jet engines! I brought Miles and his sister, Macy – they both had a blast. We found out that Friday was FREE (always good), and to top it off, some of Chris’ Navy compadres hooked us up with some great grandstand seats for the Blue Angels – the most incredible pilots EVER.

The only bummer was that I left my good camera at home, so here’s some pics from the Treo:

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I’ve been workin a lot lately with the launch of our Unplugged Venue, LifeGroups, One Voice, and just all the stuff that’s going on. So we decided to take a little breather the other day and go to the Zoo.

We had an awesome day of just enjoying each other as a family. At a leaderhip dinner tonight Dr. Chand said something like, ‘there is no balance in life’, that ‘it comes in spurts’. I couldn’t agree more. My life seems to be a prime example of that. For some weeks I’m completely burried with no end in sight. Then I’m blessed with a great day that I get to spend with those I love the most. God is good!

Sidenote: I left the good camera at home – so all those pics are from the Treo…