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Car Pool

Arissa doing car pwool today. Her life long dream of wearing a reflective vest has come true!

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And We Back

It has been a hot minute since we posted here. Last weekend I was sitting in missions training for a trip we are taking to New Mexico. One of the questions asked was “what is your family mission”. I was reminded of our mission statement that we wrote on our blog way back when. I decided to try and find it to bring it back to life. So here we are. Of course I overcomplicate things by thinking I need to start a whole new website, have a logo created, get new family photos. None of that happened. I am just going to write, right here. We have a bit of updating to do.

It is now 2017 and we are a complete family of four. I (Adam) am working full time as a photographer (www.adampachecophotography.com) and part-time as a worship pastor and Arissa works full time in our home! Nehemiah (8) is in second grade, Osias (6) is in Kindergarten and Avia (4) Starts Pre-School next year. Our newest addition Esme is 7 months.  It is so crazy to think that just a few short years ago we didn’t even have kids on our radar. Now here we are will a full crew.

I am looking forward to sharing more thoughts and family updates here.

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Has Blogging Been Replaced by Facebook?

Just a question that popped into my mind at four in the morning because I couldn’t sleep.  This week Adam told me that Google Reader is being done away with.  If you don’t know Google Reader is, it is defined as ‘ Google Reader is a service that acts as a feed reader for blogs, news feeds, keyword searches, and other RSS and Atom syndicated items. It originally was started as a Google Labs project but became popular enough to “graduate.”‘ I used to check my Google Reader daily!  That was before I gave in to my “anti-Facebook” life.

I used to love checking all my favorite blogs.  From friends, to crafts and even couponing I read around 40 different blogs.  For me it was a way to glimpse into the world of others, see what they are passionate about, what’s on their minds and daily life through the lens of another.  These days I login to Facebook about once a day to see if I can get the same.  It’s not the same at all!  I would say 75% of my Facebook “friends” don’t post on a monthly basis.  In this time that I am searching for that glimpse into their world I have neglected my own blog!  I miss putting my thoughts down into words. I miss looking back on life as it was just a short month ago. Adam and I used to blog all the time, we have been blogging since July 2007.  All this to say I am so inspired by my friends who still blog and miss my friends who don’t blog as often. I would love to say it’s my goal to start blogging more and I’m going to do it once a week.  However, I am on the brink of bringing a new little human into the world, so I will not make any empty promises.

I often write blog posts, in my head.  I just never seem to get to the computer to put them online.  Part of that is the use of the ipad, which has no keyboard, lame excuse, I know.

I will say I am going to cut down on my Facebook time and take time to read the blogs of others.  I am usually inspired or challenged when I “walk away” from reading a blog.  I can’t say that about my time on “Facebook”.  I can’t say that my posts challenge and inspire others either.  For those of you friends who still take time to blog, thank you!  It’s so odd to think that blogging is becoming a thing of the past.

I went through my google reader to save my subscriptions and found all my faves.  I went through and commented on your most recent post.  Who doesn’t love comments???  I’ll try to be a better comment-er, it’s difficult from the ipad, but I do read your blogs.

I will leave you with one of my favorite blogs that challenges me during this season of my life:

http://makinghome.blogspot.com/2013/01/blaze-2-form-vs-heart.html

Thank you for blogging and reading our blog.  It’s such a blessing to glimpse into your home and heart for a moment.

“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!” Matthew 6:20-21 (The Message)

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My day off

Yesterday I got to spend the whole day with the family. I love my time at home! I didn’t want to go the library for story time but I am glad we did. It is so much fun to see the boys interact with other kids and engage with the songs and reading. They are both so expressive and full of life. The rest of the day was filled with yard work and ended with Calzones and a visit with our good friend Heidi.

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Cooking

JJ Heller quietly sings to me as I mix the marinade for Asian BBQ Chicken.  Osias is sitting content at the table playing with tupperware and old garlic. He is playing chef while I clean. Nehemiah and Adam are at Home Depot. Somehow he has successfully seperated the skins from the cloves. I am so proud of my little man. No matter how many times I tell him “it’s not food” even though it is food he keeps trying to eat the garlic. These kids make me laugh all the time. I wonder what kind of cooks they will be since they are always in the kitchen with me.

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Update

It seems it’s been a while and time for an update.  Today was a regular day in the Pacheco household.  The boys and I stayed home all day, because we can (it’s a wonderful privelege).  N woke up early from hunger at 4:48 am.  I sent him back to bed with a cup of milk and a slice of homemade cornbread.  Then he woke me around 7:30 and laid in bed with me for a while before asking to go play.  Once he heard his little bro wake up he came running to get permission to go in his room (so proud of him for asking!).  Of course I said yes.  O. beckoned me with his sweet voice, “Mama, Mamaaa, Maamaaa!”  I could not resist and forced myself out of bed.

We ate a delightful breakfast of cinnamon raisin toast.  Afterwards the boys played and played.  N built a “fire” out of blankets, blocks and stuffed animals.  One unnamed little person locked our family out of our second bathroom and left the lights on last night.  We could not get the door open and it was still locked this morning.  Poor little O was convinced his Papa was in there.  He called, “Papa, Papa!” He looked under the door.  He got a stool and tried the handle.  His last resort was growling and trying to pry the door open with a dino magnet, pretty persistent.

We played lots of chase, had tickle parties and folded laundry while playing catch with each other.  No major injuries to anyone which are usually a part of our routine.  Before and during lunch I made phone calls to every active member at our church to make a meal for a family with a new baby.  This was so fun for me, I was glad to be needed and nice to connect with people other than a Sunday.

Naptime went smoothly with milk, cuddles and lots of reading.  O is starting to request books and get into reading.  I put him on N’s bed for the last book and N requested that O stay in his bed so they could “cuddle”.  I said, “When you get a little older” with a giant smile on my face and in my heart.  I spent nap time looking for gardening ideas, dinner possibilities and showering.  It was wonderful alone time.  Poor N woke with a bloody nose.  Before Adam got home he and I did a lesson studying how God is our superhero.  He learned that we all need God to rescue us.  This lesson was courtesy of my friend Beth who blogs about Training Our Children: http://www.integratingreality.blogspot.com/

Once Adam got home it was a house of wrestling and laughter.  The boys adore him and his craziness.  He comes up with random games to entertain them and they eat it up.  We both smile at each other watching their expressions and listening to their giggles.

Dinner was great (the first time in a long time).  I made Baked Chicken Bacon Alfredo                            ( http://www.ourbestbites.com/2010/04/baked-chicken-bacon-alfredo/ ) everyone liked it.  Including N who is very difficult to convince that eating real food is a good thing these days.  Bed time went well O always goes down like a champ.  N got up about seven times with six different excuses as to why he needed to leave his room.

It was a wonderful day.  Nothing exciting happened but just our family.  Our children are gifts from God, I am so blown away that we were entrusted with them.  I continually pray that God helps us to train them.  I had to document this day because I know things will change and this normal, average, amazing day will look different one month from now.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24