Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend

This year we had Thanksgiving with the Christensen Family in Hurricane. 

Several months ago my dad's brother, Rod and his wife Kathy moved from California to Hurricane. They had a few of their kids come to town for the holiday and we decided to get the two families together. Thursday morning before our big feast we met at the local elementary school to play some football and soccer.  Emily is always saying how much she hates playing sports and I think of all the kids she's the one that had the most fun this day. 

While the bigger kids played on the field the younger ones played on the play ground. 

I just love the relationship that Brayden and Kylie have. They are the best of friends. Brayden is always so willing to help his little sister and watch out for her. 

 Madelyn likes to play sports but her cousin, Carlaya does not. So these two kicked the ball to each other and just wandered around.  

After the fun and games we all went back to our houses to get ready for the big feast! 

After our Thanksgiving dinner Jason and Travis and helped Kory lift the walls to our future garage!

Hunter was thrilled with our help. We were able to get the walls sheeted to before night fall!

For many many years my sister's and sister in laws and I have always participated in "Black Friday Shopping". It's something each of us looks forward to each year. We love the hustle and bustle, the searching of the "best" deals and just being together. As the years have come and gone society has changed their Black Friday ways. The best deals are no longer on Friday in the wee hours of the morning but now on Thanksgiving Day. I hate it! So us girls boycott the shopping on Thanksgiving day and try to get what we wanted on Friday instead. However, last year and this year I was able to find even better deals a few weeks before Black Friday on my computer with free shipping! Woo Hoo! But I still miss the fun we girls use to have.  So Friday morning, my sister in law Camille wanted to go into town to Target. Hunter and Noah and Madelyn and Carlya went with her. The younger grand kids were feeling a little left out and wanted to participate in Black Friday shopping too. So I took them to Wal Mart. 

We walked up and down every craft and toy isle looking at all the goodies. After Wal Mart we went to the new Dollar Tree in town and I let them each pick one thing to buy. They were so excited to get back to Grandma and show her what they had each bought on Black Friday. These girls are fun!

 Friday night we went to Uncle Rod's house and played some fun games with everyone.
Uncle Rod with his brother Grandpa Christensen 

A fun little balloon game. 

Lots of treats to eat! 

A ball of saran wrap that is full of candy. The person in the middle had to put a pair of gloves on and try to unwind the plastic wrap to get to the candy. Meanwhile everyone sitting around in the circle is taking turns with a pair of dice. When doubles are rolled that person gets to be in the middle trying to get some candy. 

The flour game is the most popular game to play at any Christensen get together! 

What a fun weekend we had with our extended family!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cedar City Temple

We've been pretty excited for the Cedar Temple to be built. Part of it is pure selfishness. I have been trying to take Hunter and Madelyn to the temple to do baptisms before school once a month. The baptistry opens each morning at 6 am. There have been many occasions that when we walk into the temple at 5:55 or 6:05 a.m  there is already a 45 min - 1 1/2 hour wait! It's crazy!!!! If it's more than a 30 min wait we end up leaving because the kids won't make it to school on time.  So the selfishness in us is hoping that once the temple is dedicated our temple will be less crowded! 

We chose to get our tickets to the open house in the middle of the week. It was still super crazy busy!

Afterwards we took the family to Brad's Food Hut for some dinner.  

Maddie wanted a selfie with all the girls! 

She tried to get the boys involved but being typical boys none of them wanted their picture taken!
What a fun evening for our family! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017


One early Saturday morning while the family was working at cutting the cement in the master bath Brayden was sent outside to collect a tool. He came back in with no tool but something pretty amazing! He had seen a butterfly outside that landed on top of a wood pile. Brayden said all he did was hold his finger right up next to it and it walked right onto his finger. To say he was excited was an understatement. This is our little scientist. He loves all insects and bugs. He loves to read about them and loves to watch them grow!

Super fun! After the family oohed and aahed he took the butterfly back outside where it quickly flew away! What an awesome moment for this little man!

Thursday, October 12, 2017


It's that time of year of again! 
Got to get wood to keep us warm during the winter months. We did things a little different this year. Every time we drove to Alton to go hunting we'd spend a few hours early afternoon collecting wood. Then we'd come home, unload it and the kids would play. 

They worked on building there wood fort for several weeks. They never did figure out a way to put on a roof but they sure had fun building the walls. 

When the trailer was emptied, Dad would leave it lifted. The kids love, love, loved using it as a slide!

Silly kids!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cow Elk

Another hunting season has come and gone that Hunter, Madelyn nor Kory has drawn a tag. So when we learned that the Wild Life Game Management had cow elk tags after the season that could be bought for $50, we jumped on it. We bought one for Hunter and Madelyn. 

The first 2 trips we were skunked! The third trip we drove around the corner and came right up to the heard. To say we were NOT ready was an understatement. The dang guns were still in their zippered bags in the back seat, while the bullets were up front on the floor. Oops!  But moving as quickly and quietly as possible Hunter got the gun ready, climbed out of the truck and shot off 2 rounds, Kory thinking Hunter had missed grabbed the gun and fired off another shot while the herd went running. We knew one had been hit. Luckily it didn't get to far before he dropped. She had been hit twice!
Hunter was pretty excited! 

We went a handful of more times but never did find that herd again! Madelyn never did get the chance to shoot at one. Maybe next time.....

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Spaghetti Sauce

We did not have a garden this year knowing that Kory and I were leaving the country for a few weeks. We have really missed not having those fresh vegetables around. I went to the red barn to buy apples and discovered a few cases left of tomatoes that would be perfect to turn into spaghetti sauce.  Early Saturday morning we started this big project. Everyone helped! 
Emily working the grinder.

Kylie helped the skins come out the end with a wooden spoon. 

Emilys turn cutting while Madelyn takes her turn at the crusher. 

Hunter helped me cut up the onions. Our eyes were watering so bad! He disappeared for a moment and came back wearing his swim goggles. He wouldn't let me take a pict so this was the best I got. He said it helped some!

Kory and Brayden helped by setting up our outdoor grill and tables. When they were up and ready they too took turns cutting up tomatoes and helping grind them all down. 

In the end we had just over 70 jars of homemade spaghetti sauce! Not to bad for a Saturday.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Emily turns 11

This sweet girl turned 11!

All she wanted was the game called "Killer Bunnies". This game was taught to our family a few years ago by Aunt Sheri and Uncle Jason. The kiddo's stayed with them on the weekend while Kory and I were gone in the UK. These kiddo's asked to play this game almost daily! She loves it!

Besides the game she specifically asked for some new clothes,especially Halloween clothes. Little Miss got her wish!

Such a sweet girl!
Love you Miss Emily!

Home Coming Week

My little's love, love, love homecoming week. They wear the high school colors red and black and we get to face paint. Then during school lunch the high school football team and cheerleaders eat lunch with the kids and plays with them outside. After lunch the whole school gets to go outside and sit along with the sidewalk and watch every single group/team you can be apart of in high school go past them during a small parade.    

Brayden came home super excited! He challenged a football player at recess to see who could do the most push ups! Brayden won!! I hope Brayden will grow up to be just as kind and considerate as the young man who "lost" the challenge. It totally made my little man's day! 

Go Tigers....... 

Kylie didn't want face paint, nor did she want her picture taken. However, she did let me apply a little paint to her hand. Then a friend who was helping with the kindergarten class during the parade sent me this picture. Yay! I got one of her anyways. Little stinker! 

Love that my kiddo's love to participate at school.