Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christensen Christmas

This weekend the Christensen Clan got together to celebrate Christmas and New Years!
My sister, Sheri and her youngest Jesse. Just taking a moment for snuggles. 

After our Christmas feast the boys, my brothers and Dad started on the dishes!
Travis, Jonathan, Matt and Dad. 

While the adults were finishing up with the cleaning upstairs.... The kiddo's were down stairs waiting patiently to open gifts.

These 2 oldest girls were playing a game on Carlaya's phone. 

Cousin Elena kept giving the younger girls piggy back rides. My Kylie sure loves her cousin!

The boys of course were taking turns playing on Uncle Jason's Xbox.

It's almost time!!
Look at all those beautiful girl cousins!
Emily 10, Brionney 4, Elena 7, Mya 6, Carlaya 12, Kylie 4, Madelyn 12

Every Christmas my siblings and I exchange names. We then buy a gift for that sibling and their family. We say to keep it under $30.  

Grandma and Grandpa bought everyone a jacket! On the front it say's, "I belong the Christensen Bunch" with a picture of purple grapes. So cute!

This year our family had Sheri! There family is pretty big into sharks. So we bought them a shark book. Wanting more than just a book I was able to find shark print socks for the whole family! The kids socks I found on clearance so we were still under our $30. For fun we threw in a bag of sweedish fish. It was a hit! Sheri ended up having us this year too! Knowing our popcorn popper was on it's last day's we were given a new popcorn popper with popcorn spices!

During our weekend gathering Uncle Jonathan and Aunt Camille brought a new game!
Each person puts this piece in their mouth that stretches your lips. You then read a sentence off a card and everyone one else guesses what you are saying. So funny! Who knew how much we used our lips to speak!

Aunt Hanna

Aunt Christina

Uncle Jonathan


Aunt Hanna, Aunt Christina, Aunt Camille, Cousing Valorie Gubler, Uncle Jason, Aunt Donna Gubler, in the back...Uncle Jonathan and myself.

After the speaking game some of these crazy people I call family decided to try to have a eating contest with the New Years snack table!
Aunt Camille won! She chewed her cracker down like a chipmunk. So fun to watch.
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Day 2016

It Christmas Morning at our house! 
After keeping the kiddo's up a little late last night hoping they'd have an easier time going to sleep 7a.m comes too soon for some. They all wanted to sleep together once more. Not wanting Santa to wake them they took their mattresses into the "office" to sleep for the night!
It always amazes me that it's the older kids that wake up first and then insist on waking the younger ones!

And she's up!

Brayden loves his army men. He builds them forts outside using rocks, sticks and mom's scotch tape. If he's inside Legos can usually be found that have been turned into forts for his little guys. Santa decided to bring him an army airplane with army guys! 

Little Kylie loves the Disney Movie Frozen! All she wanted was a Elsa or Anna Doll. How excited she was to see Anna with a ride able Sven. 

During girls camp earlier this year one of the girls brought a camera with her. You take a picture and if you want you can have it print the picture right there and then. She was quite excited to read those directions and start taking pictures! 

Emily also having a friend with the same type of camera also asked for one.
I think we're gong to have enough cameras to go around in this household.  

Santa brought Hunter a drone.
 Brayden trying to help his big brother put it together while carrying his army plane around with him. 

This year I didn't put names on the packages. I used one type of wrapping paper for each child trying to keep the excitement, wonder and guessing game going. Miss Emily loves to draw! I found this pack of gel pens from Costco this year and thought she'd love it!  It was one of the early gifts wrapped and put under the tree. Because of it's odd, partly round shaped packaged it quickly became one of the most talked about gifts all season long! Who was this odd shaped gift for and what could it possibly be? We had all sorts of guesses. A baby doll for Kylie, a mini bow for Brayden, 

How excited Emily was to find out that the most talked about gift for weeks now was going to be her's! This fun experience, all done by accident no less was so fun! Got to keep my eye out for more odd shaped packages or boxes for next year!

Miss Kylie loves to dress up! Emily giving her a little box of lego's was quite the hit!

Every year we give our kids 3 gifts on top of what Santa gives them. After friends, grandparents and cousins giving them gifts too it's crazy the amount of fun things they are given. This year Grandma Heaton gave Emily a little box of scrap fabric, scissors, pins, sewing needle and thread to make different crafts. 

Madelyn knew Hunter was giving Brayden a bow and arrow. She decided to make him a home made target all on her own. Having her younger sisters help they went through my fabric stash and made him a Minecraft target using nothing but felt, scissors and a glue gun. 

Kylie loves dresses! That's almost all the girl wears. She was quite thrilled to be given long sleeve dresses with legging underneath. Help keep that little girl stay warm but wearing what she loves. 

My kids are growing up, specifically my older 2. Sometime's Christmas and Birthday Gifts can be so hard!!!! They don't play with toys anymore, they can be kind of picky about clothes and shoes and their fellow teenage friends are so into electronics that it sometimes rubs off on them. So this year I let them help pick their own gifts. And just so it's on record....I hated it! I wanted Christmas morning to be a surprise, to not know what was wrapped underneath the Christmas Tree.  Madelyn chose her boots several months ago and they've been sitting on top of my closet since. She say's she had actually forgotten about them it had been so long. The only thing this girl wanted was a bag, a traveling bag, like a suit case bag. What??? Apparently she's trying to be prepared for  girls camp in umm... like 6 months from now or how about Volley Ball camp also in 6-7 months. She says she'll also use the bag for Volleyball next fall that won't be for another 9 months! Says she'll keep her volleyball and shoes in it. Alrighty then.... We looked at stores, looked online and she finally found a bag she liked on Amazon. Sure hoping we can find a good use for this said bag that isn't 6 months from now. Getting a new volleyball and Captain America pajama bottoms were at least a bit of a surprise. The camera and book from her favorite author that Santa brought her was also a great surprise! 

My oldest! He too is crazy hard to buy for. He wanted new clothes and video games for his Xbox that he recently bought. This young man of mine loved lego's. He's kept good track of them! He put several sets together and then sold them on ebay. Using that money he bought himself a new Xbox. Way to go Hunter! So I can understand wanting video games although for 13 years now we've purposely left most electronics out of our Christmases. What 13 year old boy asks for new clothes?? Specifically, he wanted gym shorts with matching dry silk shirts! Glad he was happy with them. Hunter also loves playing the cello so had to get him a new book for that. This mom relented and with Hunter's help we bought him 2 new games for his Xbox. Both are rated M (for mature) due to the fowl language which I wasn't happy about but according to many reviews online there is a setting that can be changed to take out the swearing making it more appropriate for this 13 year old. He too was excited about his new book that Santa brought along with a lime drone that had already been put on the charger for use. 

One of Kylie's new gifts was Old Maid... letter style. Oh how fun! Sitting around the table playing games with those I love the most.  

Love this picture of Daddy helping Kylie!

Christmas fell on a Sunday this year. After gifts we made us a yummy sausage, egg and muffin breakfast. The kids were able to enjoy their gifts until we headed off for a special Sacrament Meeting at 1pm this year. After church Sheri's family, Mom and Dad, Matt and Miranda and GGpa and Pat came over for a Cafe Rio style dinner. We're saving the turkey feast for next weekend when all my siblings will be gathered together.  We had a great, relaxed, enjoying each other kids of day. I love my family. 
Merry Christmas!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Eve Pizza

Christmas Eve Grandma and Grandpa Heaton came to our house. 
Grandma brought everything to make home made pizzas. 

Grandpa helped the kiddo's place the toppings on their pizzas. 

Hunter getting his dough ready. 

Oh my goodness they were yummy!
They loved that they got to make their very own personal pizza. 

While the older kids, Grandma and Mom were cleaning up Brayden read a story to Grandpa and Kylie. Brayden wanted to show off his "madd" reading skills!

After Brayden had his turn. Grandpa read a story to the both of them. 

 Next came the treat part. We made gingerbread nativities!

Lots of frosting, lots of candy! 

Uncle Kirk came with Grandma and Grandpa too!

Brayden put Samuel the Lamanite on his!

 Emily created a Nativity scene.  

Madelyn chose to make figurines representing those present during
the fist Navity.

Good Job Kiddo's!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Decorating Plates

Emily was in charge of Family Home Evening this past week.
 Her favorite activity was when we decorated plates several years ago. 
Knowing how much fun she had the first time she chose to do it again. 

Some were enjoying themselves so much they decided to decorate both the front and the back of the plates. 

Good Job kiddo's!