Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Ice Skating with Cousins

Saturday, Dec 17th we spent the whole day with our Christensen Family. We started our day off in Cedar for some ice skating.  

Brayden was a little worried about this new sport but fell in love pretty quickly! He was so good. By the time we left he was jumping in the air. 

Kory's broken collarbone is healing pretty nicely. He didn't want to take the chance of hurting it and so he chose to stand on the sides and run my camera.  

Hunter! For reals??? You photo bombed my train picture!
Maddie hanging onto Carlaya who's hanging onto Aunt Christina, Me and Kylie!

Uncle Jonathan and Emily. 

Jonathan and Matthew

Emily and Carlaya

Mya and Kylie

Emily, Maddie and Carlaya

After a few hours our bodies were worn out!
We headed back home to Grandma's house for some hot soup and dinner rolls. 
I of course left my camera at home. 

Following dinner we opened the gifts Grandma and Grandpa Christensen bought everyone from their Alaska Vacation a few months ago. This year my siblings and I decided to provide an experience for all the kids instead of buying gifts. Hence the ice skating day. I loved it! 

Aunt Christina holding Ariel, Maddie, Carlaya, Kylie, Mya, Emily, Uncle Travis
Jamie, Elena, Brayden.

When the gifts were opened and the garbage picked up we played a game Kory and I were introduced to a few years ago. It's called the Left, Right & Center game. Everyone was asked to bring 3, one dollar bills that wanted to play. So everyone starts off with 3 one dollar bills. They then roll the 3 dice or the same amount of dice as dollars left in the there hand. The then follow the instructions per the dice. Pass a dollar to the right, left, keep it or put it in the center. 

It doesn't take too long before the pile of dollars in the center starts to pile up.

You may loose all 3 dollars on your first roll but your still in the game. Because your neighbor may have to give you one of theirs! 

It doesn't hurt quite as bad to give your dollar to your spouse. 
At least you hope it stays in the "family"! 

Who was our lucky winner??

Grandma won all $60 one dollar bills!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Oh, Christmas Tree...

Last Christmas was probably the worst Christmas our little family has had. The ENTIRE family was sick about 2 weeks before Christmas with a real nasty stomach bug. Kory actually stayed home from work one day in bed, something he has never done in our entire marriage. I got sick 2 days before Christmas. It was so bad I was the first to bed on Christmas Eve. Very few pictures were taken. We were working on the house, I always felt it was a mess (Ha ha ha ha if only I knew what was coming!) Christmas Morning the boys discovered their RC cars. Hunter hooked his battery up wrong, it sparked, smoked and blew a part. All before he was even able to give it a run. Brayden and Kory took Brayden's outside. It hit the curb and broke the axel! It was a rough few weeks to say the least. 

The day after Christmas as I was packing and putting away all the Christmas decorations Kory was helping the kiddo's pack up their bedrooms. We moved everyones bed's and dressers into the family room that night. For the next several months the family room was all 5 kids big bedroom. 

As Christmas has been fastly approaching I told Kory I really "need" my family room back. Ummm where would be put up a tree? Every nook and crany in our house is stuffed with boxes, dressers, and totes. We have no room. We haven't decorated for a single holiday this year which has really put a damper on our holiday spirits. We all needed a good Christmas! And so when we got the kiddo's back into a real bedroom and our family room was sheet rocked we set up our Christmas Tree on Saturday Dec 1st! Bring on the joyful holiday!

Kory and Hunter went out riding 4 wheelers with some friends so the rest of the family set up the Christmas Tree!  

What the heck? Maddie can almost touch the top of the tree!

I love how this cute girl sticks out her tongue when she is concentrating.

Emily and Brayden making sure there are no holes in the tree. 

Oh how I love this site! 
You can hardly tell the walls aren't textured or painted. 

When the tree was set up we pulled in the other totes of decorations. 
My parents gave Hunter and Maddie these rocking reindeer when they were about 3 and 4. 
My younger two are still enjoying them. 

Brayden found the Santa train and used it for transporting his army men to their new base. Oh how I love watching this little man of mine use his imagination. 

My favorite toddler toys of all time were The Little People play sets. I loved they were all plastic and could be thrown in the dishwasher to be sanitized. As the kiddo's have grown I have slowly had to pass our little playsets along. But I kept the Nativity. I know one day it will to be passed along although I have thought about keeping it for my grandkids! I love that this is her favorite toy of the season.  

This December is going to be great!