Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's a Boy!

My sister, Sheri, had a baby boy! 
Introducing.......Jesse James Chipman. 

He is so stinkn' cute!

He almost makes me want to have another baby.

So.... I lied, he does make me want another baby.  I love the newborn stage. I love the cuddling, the cooing, the way they smell, the way they stay scrunchy and little like for a week or two. I love watching all the firsts of my babies. The 1st time they look at me and I know they really see me, the first time they sit up all on their own, the 1st crawl, the first word, and that 1st step. Although I want another baby to experience all those 1st's again my day's of having babies has come to an end. I've realized that although I have had five opportunities now witnessing and cheering on those 1st's, I am not done. I still have many 1st's to look forward to, their just a little different now. Like when Brayden, 5yrs old, played goalie during his 1st soccer game and blocked his 1st shot keeping the other team from scoring. That is a smile that I hope to always remember. When Kylie 1st discovered she could get dressed all by herself. Or when Emily, who's 8, sang with her school choir for the 1st time. Oh boy was she nervous. But she did so well! When Hunter performed his 1st solo on his cello. When Madelyn ran her 1st 5k. I am enjoying these 1st's just like I enjoyed those 1st smiles.  As my children continue to grow and mature those 1st's will continue to change. The time has come for our family to move on to the next stage of life. I look forward to these changes and am ready to embrace it!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Snow Day In Hurricane.

Our 1st winter in Hurricane has been pretty mild. My kids rarely take their coats and then it's only because I have forced them too. I have been told many times by numerous people that this winter has been extremely mild like every where else in the country. I know for the good of everyone our land needs moisture. Our mountains need to be snow packed to provide water for next year but I won't lie.... I've been enjoying the warm weather. 

Sunday night the wind really picked up and the dark clouds rolled in. The weatherman said that we could expect snow or rain. I really thought we'd get rain. 

Hunter catches the bus at 7:04. The bus stop is down the street and around the corner. When I realized we had snow and it was still coming down pretty thick I took pity on him an drove him to the bus stop where I waited until the bus came.   

During the next hour I kept getting conflicting text messages from the school district about the elementary school. One would say the buses would be late, the next would say the buses weren't coming, with the next saying buses were coming but would not be going up any hills. My kids did not want to go to school. They wanted to stay home and play in the snow.

The last text I got said that our bus was not coming and that if I didn't/couldn't get them to school that it would be an excused absence. I let the kids decide whether or not they went to school.
Of course they stayed home. They played off and on all morning and had a wonderful time. As the morning crept by the sun came out and the snow began to melt. By lunch time it was basically gone.  
This upcoming fast Sunday we have been asked to fast/pray for moisture. The kids are looking forward to their next snow day!

Sheri's Maternity Photos

My sister Sheri asked me to take some maternity shots of her and her family. It's a good thing we did it that particular Saturday because less than 2 weeks later Baby Jesse was born. 

I'm learning that with each picture I take I can learn something to do better next time. For instance on this one I think the sky is very distracting. It would have been better for the skyline to be above all their heads. Next time....

Pretty Momma...

I love the kids playing in the back ground.

Sheri is not having twins. 
But being she has a boy and a girl she was letting baby #3 be a surprise!
Jamie wanted a brother and of course Brionney was hoping for a baby sister.

For fun we wanted to try something different. Once again I learned from these and can't wait to try it again with someone else.               

Thank you Sheri for letting me take your pictures. There are so many to choose from it's going to be hard to pick the ones to print. We did good!

Monday, February 23, 2015


The past few years the kids school have had the kids decorate a bag for their valentines. This is usually done earlier in the week or the 1st activity during the party. LAME!!! I've hated this each and every year! There is no creativity, no imagination. Just a bunch of coloring or placing sticker's. Again....LAME!!

This year Madelyn came home excited that her class was having a contest on who could make the most valentine, animal, sports themed, etc. boxes. Madelyn chose to do an animal theme. 
A Queen Alligator 
The first day with all the kids we cut out, hot glued and spray painted. On day two we touched up the paint, and decorated with crowns, pompoms and our googly eyes. Day three we made our valentines to pass out. 

Loved the alligator. In the end she won 1st place!

Brayden made a shark out of an oatmeal container. Kylie helped and watched them all.

Emily made a robot. I love the way it turned out. She did a great job cutting out the heart and lips.
Everyone in her class was impressed with her box!

I didn't get pictures of their valentines we made. Brayden handed out play doh  that 
said "I'm "doh" excited to be your valentine".

The girls taped a package of kool-aid to a silly straw with a saying that 
said, "Sip, sip horray it's Valentines Day!"

A shadow!

My baby girl is growing up. I miss her chubby cheeks, I miss her babyhood. She is no longer a baby but a toddler. A beautiful one at that!
Can't believe this beautiful weather in early February. Loving the sunshine!

Kylie and I were waiting for the bus to come with Brayden when she discovered her shadow! 
She chased it!

She waved at it.

She danced with it.

She loved playing with her shadow.

1st Park Time of the Year

Once a week big brother, Hunter has private cello lessons for 45 minutes. It's not quite worth my time to go home but we quickly run out of things to do while waiting for him. With the weather being unusually warm I grabbed their jackets and we went to the park 

Kylies favorite is swinging.

Brayden loves the slide.

Couldn't get Kylie to try the bigger slide but she loved the smaller one.

Brayden in "motion".

We went to the bank right before the park. Her favorite color is blue and was thrilled she was given a blue sucker. Got to love those blue lips.

Brayden loved being able to climb up the bars instead of using the stairs. 
He and I would race to see who was the fastest.

Playing tag.
Those 45 minutes that usually drag on by seemed to go by too fast this time. 

Love bath time!
Her  hair is getting so long...

Oldest and Youngest

My oldest likes to tease!
He loves his baby sister but their relationship is usually one of him teasing her. He is 11, she 2. There is a 9 year difference between them. Over the past couple of weeks these two have developed quite the bond. I've caught Kylie in his room with him "helping" him put his legos together. I have seen him take the time to push her down the street in her little car. The other day I had my camera out and was able to capture their latest entertainment. Playing wii.

She has to have the pink remote. The only game she'll play is Mario Kart. Her chosen all time favorite person is Baby Peach driving in her stroller.  

He cater's to her. He loves her! 

She loves him. So happy to see them spending time together!

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to mom. Happy birthday to mom. 
Happy birthday to mommy, happy birthday to mom!

Look at the fantastic girl pac-man birthday cake Madelyn made for me. 

Madelyn made my cake on a Friday after school. Saturday morning while Kory and I were split up at two different basketball games with the rest of the kids; Maddie was with Aunt Hanna decorating it. I loved playing pac man as a kid. Every year the kids ask what kind of cake I want and I usually say I'd love to make a pac man cake. Years have gone by and I've never gotten around to it. Madelyn finally did it for me! My birthday fell on a Sunday this year. When she brought it home Saturday she kept it hidden from me to keep the surprise. Love my girl!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Christmas Weekend

This year our Christensen family gathered together at Christmas. Not all of my siblings could make it on the same day so our Christmas fun was extended to more then just one day. Some of were able to get together Christmas Eve at my parents. That night my brother Jonathan returned home. On Christmas day we invited all the local family to our house in the early afternoon. The guys went shooting while the women got ready to eat. Not wanting to serve turkey for 3 days straight we did a homemade Cafe Rio lunch for the 15 of us. 

 Kylie and Grandpa playing.

After lunch we sat around visiting and playing. That night we watched the new TNMT movie. 

The following day my brother Travis and his family came for the weekend. Aunt Christina helped with horse rides. 

Madelyn and cousin AnnieLou 

 Kylie wasn't too sure about riding the horse but in the end she didn't want to get off. Emily was great sister helping her hold on. 

GG came for the day. 
Elena was a great help giving her treats and a drink. 

By the end of the day we were all tired. 
These two were lucky enough to do something about it. 
I love the holiday's and how our families always gather together. Both sides of our families are growing so big that it's not often we get to see everyone over a few day's. 

Christmas Morning 2015

Merry Christmas!
We told the kids that they had to stay in bed until 7:30 secretly hoping it would be after 6 am. They started calling down to us at 6:30. It's been earlier in years past so it wasn't too bad. Although the 11 year old no longer believes I think he was the most excited. He is the one who went around and woke everyone else up. 

Christmas morning fun! 

A tiara, 

pokemon cards, 

ninja turtles,  

a new bike 

and charcoal pencils, pastel chalks and a new drawing pad for the artist of the family. 


The joys of the aftermath! 

This beautiful young lady is growing up. She is always my hardest with coming up with something that she wants. She really wanted a new desk. I told her that Santa can't bring large items like that so it would have to come from mom and dad.  She asked for clothes and lotions that have matching body scrub and body spray. What happened to my little girl? The baby dolls and barbies?

She was excited that mom and dad came through with her desk and matching chair. 

 Hunter loves lego's! He really wanted  Despicable Me bedding. He was also excited to discover a pellet gun among his gifts.

All Emily wanted was the FurReal PomPom (panda). She is quite the little mommy. She feeds it, takes it for walks and sleeps with it every night. 

Gosh I LOVE this age. 
Brayden was so excited for his TMNT guys and lego's. 

Miss Kylie wanted a bike! She's pretty happy with her baby stroller, play doh and characters from her all time favorite movie, 101 Dalmatians. 

This year we did several family gifts. The new gun was daddy's favorite. 

Playing our new games. 

Hunter was quick to take his old bedspread off and put on the new. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas morning. I think I'm more excited sometimes then the kids are for them to open their gifts. I'm excited to see the kids try to guess whats hidden under the paper. I love hearing them speculate what that gift could possibly be that makes a thudding noise when it's shaken. I love hearing them say how much they really hope that gift might be. I love the looks on their face when they discover what the gift actually is.  Come summer time of every year I start making a list of ideas that I think my kids would enjoy for Christmas. I start looking and scouring for good deals. I make it priority to look at the clearance section's every time I go to a department store. I refuse to pay regular price on toys and clothes during the year and Christmas gifts are of no exception. Sometimes if I'm really lucky I may buy a future gift right after Christmas for the next year. It seems like it takes me months to prepare for Christmas morning. And then the day is finally here. And in less then an hour all those months of looking and searching and hiding and wrapping come to an abrupt end. It's over!   
We did have a good morning, we played together, we laughed together, we made memories together. 
Merry Christmas