Friday, February 16, 2018

Valentines 2018

I just don't like that my kids are growing up. A few years ago I was helping make 5 valentine boxes. This year I was able to help with 3 and next year I will only have 2. It makes me sad. 

I think the best part about Valentines Day is our 1-2 nights that we sit down and make the valentine boxes. Some of our schools have asked the kids to make and bring one while other schools have had the kids decorate a boring paper sack that day to use. I hate it when they make those boring sacks! So we still make our own unique box and the kids then take them to school to use. Some teachers have let the kids use them while others feeling it wasn't fair to the other kids made them keep it at the back table and use those boring sacks. I've told the kids to obey their teacher but that we are still making our boxes whether or not they end up neeing them. While living in Hurricane most teachers don't let the kids know until the night before whether or not to bring a custom made valentine box or not. Being Valentine's Day falls during tax season I can't always wait till the night before so we usually start a few days before to make sure we are ready!

Emily is into Giraffe's right now. She wants to decorate her room in giraffes. So it wasn't surprising she asked to make a giraffe. She found an idea on pinterest and she went with it. She went through our recycling bin and came up with the pieces she needed. I helped her glue everything into place and then she took it outside and spray painted it all yellow. She had to do a few coats so you couldn't see the tissue box. The next day after school she glued on it's eyes, antennae's, ears and painted the spots. I think she did an AMAZING job. She was so happy that the day before her Valentine Party her teacher, Mrs. Webb, told the class to bring in their very own valentine box. 

Our family is kinda liking the Marvel movies right now. One of Brayden's favorite characters is Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. So of course that's what he chose. This one was a little harder to do. We ended up taking an apple juice bottle and gluing it into another apple juice bottle that had been cut in half. Then we rumpled and hot glued a paper grocery bag around the containers. Trying to form him the best we could. We glued the bottom into an old flower pot, glued some fake green leaves we pulled out of my greenery and drew on a face. Brayden and his classmates LOVED it!

Kylie wanted to make a ladybug! I hot glued two aluminum round pans together and let her go to town. She painted and painted and painted. I showed her how to make the black dots and she was in heaven. When she was done painting we hot glued some eyes and poked in the antennaes. She loved it!

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, January 19, 2018


For Christmas last year we gave Brayden a butterfly kit. It came with 5 larvae and a habitat. For several weeks we watched his larvae grow and change into a cocoon and then a butterfly. One day after school it was a warm enough day outside that we tried to let the butterfly's free. 

We unzipped the top, and coaxed one of them out but it just didn't want to fly away.  

Brayden sat there for almost an hour watching his butterfly's but none of them flew away. 

So gently he put the caterpillars back in their habitat and thought we'd try again in a few days. 

That next Saturday with a friend, Dylan, and his cousin Jamie we tried again. Brayden was kind and let his friends help him. 

His cousin Jesse got a turn too.

Even Madelyn gave it a try. 

It was such an exciting day! After some time each butterfly eventually flew away on their own.  

This was so much fun! It was an awesome experience for the kids to watch the butterfly's grow. To feed and water them when they had hatched and then to have it climb onto their hands and fingers and eventually fly away. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas 2017

This Christmas season wasn't our best. 
About 2 weeks before Christmas everyone began having their own turn being sick. Like throwing up, diarrhea, fever's and the such. It lasted 2-3 days for each individual. Even Kory stayed home from work one day in bed! That has never happened in our 17 years of marriage.  It wasn't fun! I was the last to get it. It hit me during the night of December 23rd. Christmas Eve I was still suffering pretty bad. I had plans and most of those plans didn't happen......  

I did already have everything we needed for our gram cracker nativity scenes but never got a picture of the finished products.  

My kiddo's did get to open their one present on Christmas Eve but I never did take a picture of them in their new ones. The kids didn't pose as siblings, didn't stand on their heads, didn't play the stick game. Instead Kory turned on the X Box and everyone played Pac Man, Dig Dug, and other oldies he and I played as kids. I was so, so sick I let them at it and put myself to bed, hoping that Santa Clause would make it!

Christmas morning came pretty fast. We had told the kids the night before that they needed to stay in bed until 6am. Here they are up and ready! 

As my kids are getting bigger, gifts are getting harder. We have never done a lot of electronics in our family. The kids don't have phones or ipads. When our kids turn 12 they get an ipod but that's it. It's up to them to replace it or up grade it. This year seemed to be a bit harder than most. We still continue to do the 3/4 gifts per child each year. Everything else comes from siblings, grandparents and friends. 

Santa brought Hunter a RC car and left a book in his stocking. Mom and Dad gave him an electric guitar with amp, a new sleeping bag for all of his scout camps, the Maze Runner series and a Nike jacket. The rest came from siblings.  

Santa brought Madelyn a globe that she has been asking for along with the book Wonder in her stocking. Mom and dad gave her new black/brown boots, a new outfit, a US map to hang on her bedroom wall and a boogie board. 

Santa brought Emily a Magna Doodle board and a book. Mom and Dad gave her new boots, a new outfit, and a string art kit and a chocolate pen to decorate her cupcakes with. Her siblings bought her a fingernail polish kit and then put together a rock kit. Her rock kit consisted of smooth rocks the kids have been collecting along with craft paint and brushes. She paints them and then leaves them for other to find. She loves it!

These older kids of mine can be so hard but they all seemed to enjoy their gifts. I miss it when they were little and so easy to know what they would like!

Santa was good to this young man. He brought him an RC car just like Hunter. These boys are going to have a great time with them. Mom and Dad gave him a case of hex a bugs, a butterfly kit to watch a butterfly grow, a package of Zoob builders (similar to legos) and a new outfit. His older brother and sisters spoiled him!

Miss Kylie must have been pretty good this year. Santa brought her a purple Suprise Puppy. Her momma dog came with 3 puppies inside. She was so thrilled. Kylie was also left a new book in her stocking. Mom and Dad gave her a new doll with several fun accessories for her. We also gave her a new outfit, and a puzzle. Once again her older siblings spoiled her too!

Mom was feeling better this day but definitely not her normal self!

After lunch we took the family to the Goodfellows to play with the boys RC cars on the track. There were a total of 4 families playing with the new RC cars received for Christmas. 

Lots of fun!

Despite this momma being sick we had a great day!

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas!

Oh how I love Christmas!
 I love our break from school and the time I get to spend with my family. I love that we have family parties to attend. I love the time we get to spend with our friends and extended family members. I know many people who hate the hustle and bustle Christmas can bring but I feel like I keep it pretty simple around here so that I can enjoy our extra time together. 

I love decorating our tree. I love talking about the memories of previous Christmas's or the memories of specific ornaments. I love that my kids love to help decorate the tree. 

I love watching my "little's" during this magical time of year. 
I love her tip toes, trying to reach so high!

Even Hunter who is 14 will still participate!
He wanted a real tree again this year but after last years fiasco, pretty sure it tipped 4 different times, I said No way!! We were a bit disappointed that with our slanted ceilings the tree topper wouldn't fit. Oh well..... 

Many years ago when money was tight I went ahead and ordered the Little People Nativity Scene. I absolutely love this piece and am so glad I still have it.  I love that it's all plastic and can easily be washed in the dishwasher. This is probably a set I will hang on for my grand kids! I love that even my 8 year old loves playing with it. 

Although this year he brought his army men into their little game. The army men were keeping baby Jesus protected from the wicked King Harod!

Love, love, love!

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!