My Family

"Life will knock you down. You can choose to stand up again."

Friday, September 28, 2012


This has been a rough, rough week! I am thankful for Fridays. They can sometimes feel like the sunshine after the rain, you know?! Jackson: Still hates Spanish. Said the reason his room smells so bad is because of his sheets. I disagree. Getting good at doing his own laundry when it's a fact that he has no more clean clothes. Had three football practices this week. Had scouts this week. Plays football tomorrow. Loves his mom. Braxton: Not only diagnoses himself with random orthopedic injuries, but treats himself for them as well. Had a soccer game this week. Lost very badly. Went to Classic with his friend. Came home looking like a Leprochaun. Has a soccer game tomorrow. Not sure he gets excited for those anymore because his team struggles to make even one goal during games. Loves having his own room. Kaydon: Loves to sing, but hates when Colton sings. A lot. Keeps asking if he can have a date with Lydia. The answer is no. He is ten. Had a soccer game last night. Scored his first goal. Chased Haley (the grandparents german shephard) around the soccer field during the game when she got loose from her collar/leash. Mom laughed. Loves having his dresser clean and organized and taking two showers a day to smell good for the ladies. Colton: Had a little problem on the playground yesterday when a kid's forehead hit his mouth. Took him to dentist. No fractures, just black gums and loose permanent teeth. On antibiotics. Teeth will be fine. Played soccer yesterday. Tried not to get his face hit with the ball. Safety first! Still not on medication. His mom is not happy about that. Loves to ask the same question over and over and over again. Says the best prayers. Josh & Brooklyn: Still healing from the car accident. Car totaled. Missing Brooklyn. JV team lost bad last night. Varsity game tonight at home. Josh has a bad cold. When he blows his nose, he sounds like a goose honking. Nana and I laugh every time. It's not funny to him. Had his weekly injection into his knee cap yesterday. He hates those. Me: Exhaustion. The End.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


How awesome are we?!?! This is my Administrative Assistant Learning Community group! We are seriously rad! We meet once a month for four hours and learn and laugh and talk and cry and eat. It has been such a great experience for me each month. I have learned so much and I have been able to gain confidence in my work at work and in myself in everyday life. It has been such a great experience!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Little Miss

Yesterday, this little miss came to see me at work. She is so funny. She loves to eat all of the pistachios that are sitting out in the lobby. She loves to find "her" markers in my drawer and then draw on the white board. She loves to open and close the blinds in my office. She named the fish "Jackson" yesterday and just kept talking to the fish like he was her brother. She loves to use my "void" stamp over and over on the post-it notes. She makes me smile.
Last night, she and her daddy were in a car accident. The airbags deployed. Little Miss hit her head and has a black eye and a very swollen, bloody, and cut up left cheek. When I saw her, I cried. Josh was sobbing and Brooklyn looked at him, wiped his tears and told him that it would be okay. It was a long couple of hours at the emergency room. They did a CAT scan and found that she was okay. I was so thankful to her mommy for allowing me to be there with her. The boys were so worried about her and just wanted to know that she was okay. You just never know what is going to happen during the day. Say "I love you" over and over and over today!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Weekend

Our weekend was full of... you guessed it... football, football, soccer and soccer! I even got to work in the 150 degree snack shop! It was totally awesome! Layton High lost... bad. Jackson's football team won... big. Braxton's soccer team tied. Kaydon and Colton's team lost. But, everyone was happy! :) Besides football, football, soccer and soccer, Josh and I had a date!!! For real!! A real date!! We went to Buffalo Wild Wings and watched more football and fights. We had such a nice time! Josh also got bikes fixed and wart meds applied to the children. Oh, there was also a pit bull in our backyard problem. Josh took care of that also. I love weekends...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kaydon & Colton Play Soccer!

Last night, Kaydon and Colton had their first soccer game. They are on the same team... thank goodness! I hurried home, picked up the quorum, dropped Jackson and Braxton off at Jordan for the Sophomore game and Jackson's practice, then hurried down to the soccer fields at Dimple Dell. Kaydon and Colton have a fantastic coach, who is so great with the kids. They have a great team. Colton scored the first goal!! Their team won 2-0! Kaydon is a defensive master! After the game, we rushed back to Jordan. Jackson was named player of the week!!!! Boo-yah! I'm so proud of him. He works so hard. It's Friday... that means I travel to wherever Layton High is playing to watch Josh coach. Tomorrow is a day full of soccer and football games!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Braxton Plays Soccer

Last night was Braxton's first soccer game of the season. Love this kid! He is taller than anyone else on his team, even though he's the youngest. He played great! He makes me giggle because when he played soccer three or four years ago, he was hillarious! He would sit down in the middle of the field and pick dandelions. He would hang on the bars of the goal posts. He was just so funny. Yesterday, he face planted two or three times and told me that he "almost broke his ankles and his knee cap!" I just smile because he is so dramatic... but that's what makes him SO awesome! They lost 3 - 1, but he had a blast nonetheless. And a BIG thank you to Uncle Brandon for the new cleats and the new soccer ball!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Football, Soccer, Football

Jackson's team played Kearns on Saturday. It was our team's first loss, and it was a rough one. Jackson played defense in this game. I was really proud of the way he played! Papa, Grandma, Uncle Brandon & Aunt Carrie attended with Josh, Brooklyn and I.
Friday night, Josh's Layton High played their homecoming game. They won big... playing a great game! Brooklyn was too busy playing with a balloon to pay much attention, but she always gets a kick out of the "blue man."
Braxton, Kaydon and Colton started their soccer season. Nana offered to take them to their orientation and first practice, thank goodness, because it was at the same time as Jackson's game. I am so thankful for her help. Uncle Brandon bought them new cleats and a new soccer ball. Thankful for him too!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

B. Beck

B. Beck. She's the best... at everything. B. Beck and I met 11 years ago. Her oldest is Jackson. My oldest is Jackson. Kota and Braxton were in a play group together. I got to stand and bounce Gracie at Cafe Rio one day. I have been able to watch Em grow up to be the prettiest little lady you'll ever see. B. Beck was the first person, besides medical personnel, to hold my Colton. She came to the hospital, wheeled me down to the NICU, picked Colton right up out of the incubator, held him for a minute, and then handed him to me. This is a woman who has faith beyond anything that I have ever witnessed. Ever. She KNOWS her place here on this Earth, that there is a plan for her and her sweet family and she does everything in her power every single day to ensure that her family finishes this race we call life together, with the grand prize of eternal life. She has loved me through the good and through the bad. I look up to her every day of my life. Yesterday, she made me lunch. SO yummy. She gave me six huge garbage bags full of hand-me-downs for the quorum. I got to hold Lilly bug for a minute, okay maybe not even a minute, but I treasured it. I got to visit with the Janer. She made me laugh. I got to sit and talk with B. Beck. She had her eighth baby four months ago, and buried him a few days later. I got to see close up pictures of this sweet angel. Oh, he is so perfect. She always talks of her faith, her family, her love of the gospel. You know what her standards are within seconds, literally. Oh, my B. Beck. I love you to the moon!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BYU vs. Utah

This is the view from my office...
And so it begins. I work with a man with the last name "Allred." I now call him "Mr. AllBLUE." He is a Ute fan. I am not. He wears red. I wear blue. He does some lame "U" sign with this hands. Big whoop. I do a big "Y" sign with my arms! He has brought red and white stuff in everyday this week. Every time I see someone go for a chip or a butter mint, I exclaim "SAFETY FIRST!" It's wrapped in red and white, after all. Just trying to save the world, one Y fan at a time. I notified him that he is going to get it! Now, I just have to devise a totally amazing plan to take care of this situation that I have! GO COUGARS!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Josh and I realized yesterday that Colton has been bringing home "homework" because he is not able to get his schoolwork done at school. Poor kid! We had an appointment this morning with the psychologist. Even he shook his head at sweet Colton. Hopefully, we are just days away from getting this little guy some medicine to help him. Josh has been doing the schoolwork with him at night, after practices and even after we give Colton his sleep meds. It seems to calm him down enough that he can get the page done. Josh has found that using a small white board helps. I am just beyond eager to get Colton some help so that he can feel a little more "normal."
For the kids birthdays, they get to choose what dessert they get on their big day. It really kind of stinks that they all have birthdays in the same month. It doesn't feel like THEIR special day ever. Because of the craziness and chaos of our lives right now, Braxton's dessert got put off until last week. I suck, I know! So, after we dropped Jackson off at practice, we ran to Iceberg for shakes. I think it was worth the wait for him... I know it was for me!!
Cute Josh in his football coach uniform... Layton lost badly to Bingham last Friday, but who doesn't lose badly to Bingham?!?! My mom, the boys and I were there to cheer loudly. He is SUCH a great coach! So proud of him!
Josh and I missed Jackson's game on Saturday against Olympus. Jordan won 7-6. My mom kept us updated every few minutes. Josh and I weren't there because Brandon gave us his BYU/Weber State football tickets. Josh went to and played for Weber State. So, he thought it would be hillarious to wear his purple. When my dad and my step-mom came to pick us up, I thought for sure we were going to be sent walking, so I RAN to the car and got in before he made his presence known. He thinks he is so funny. We had a great day with them! Thanks to Brandon and Carrie for the tickets. This Saturday, the three younger boys start soccer... Heaven help me!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Don't Give Up!

Don't give up. Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. You keep your chin up. It will be alright in the end. Trust in God and believe in good things to come. This is from my FAVORITE Jeffrey R. Holland talk ever. It is my favorite talk period. The message is profound, yet so simple. It is meant for everyone and anyone within ear shot of these words. Everyone needs to hear this. Don't give up. Keep walking. It will be alright in the end.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Football, A New Job, & Laser Tag

Our lives are full of football. Like... FULL of football. It makes for some hectic, crazy days/evenings, but we are loving it. Jackson is learning the game, and trying so hard to make his coaches and teammates proud of him. I am proud of him. He never, ever gives up, he gives it his all, and he is doing his best. Joshua David Christensen has a new job! He is now the running backs/outside linebacker coach at Layton High School, his Alma Mater. How great is that?!?! I am so proud of him. He was born to coach. He is great with the kids! AND, Saturday night, we went with Papa and Grandma to play some laser tag. We might be a little teeny bit competitive. Oh well. Brooklyn wasn't too fond of it, until the very end. Then, she was all about shooting people! The boys had a sleepover at Papa and Grandma's house. Brooklyn threw a pretty big fit about that. She is SO not ready to have sleepovers yet, but she sure didn't want to go home with us! She wanted Grandma, and she wanted Grandma bad! She missed brothers, too, and couldn't wait to pick them up on Sunday. It was a great three-day weekend. MUCH needed!