My Family

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ABC Game - Christensen Style

Last Saturday, we went to my mom's house for a family dinner. It was to celebrate my cousin, Jared's, mission call and endowments. We arrived earlier than anyone else, so we sat outside as a little family and played the ABC game. As people arrived, the cool ones joined us! We are just awesome like that.

Aunt Carrie was not impressed with our rules. We didn't care. We kept playing Christensen-style. (Love you Aunt Carrie!)

Tiffany brought along Tanner (my new best friend forever). Tanner made me happy. Tiffany always makes me happy.

I will say that I won the most games of everyone. So, burn! I also got to love on Grandpa Nef (bummed there are no pictures of him). Grandma also gave me some canning tips. It was a lovely evening in Sandy... although I am always glad to go back home to my isolated West Point!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Swimming at Martha's House

On the 24th of July, our sweet neighbor has a big block party - complete with food, water slides and dog poop! Only a few of us showed up to it this year. After dinner, and the dogs eating the food off of the table, we opted to go a couple of doors down to Martha's and swim for the rest of the night. Some of us planned on swimming (all of the kids and Josh). Some of us did NOT plan on swimming (me). However, my husband opted to throw me in the pool (clothed). Funny.

The kids had a blast. Joshua broke the make-shift slide to the pool. Awesome. I eventually got into the pool willingly. The kids rock-climbed and jumped into the water over and over again. Mostly, I just loved being with Martha and watching Baby Brooklyn smile.

I sure love that family!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sweet Trixie Girl

My parents' dog, Trixie, went to Heaven Sunday morning at 5:10. Saturday, we were headed down to Sandy to go to a family dinner at my mom's house. I felt a deep impression to go visit with my parents first. We have known that Trixie was sick and didn't have a ton of time left on Earth, but I had no idea just how close to death she was. She was so sweet on Saturday. She came out and let us all love on her. My dad told me that this was the first time she has been in the front room in a long time.
Trixie was so beautiful. She was so sweet, so loving, so quiet. She was so fun to take on walks. She made my parents so happy. Her little sister, Hailey, is going to miss her so much. Jackson said Trixie is irreplaceable and he is so right! We love you Trixie Girl.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Yeeeeee Ha!

We got free tickets to the Rodeo on Tuesday night. Braxton was at Lagoon with his friend and Jackson was in Sandy. We took the two youngest boys and headed to the Stadium. This was my first - ever Rodeo and it did not disappoint! I loved it! Colton was in animal heaven! Kaydon was super excited about the skydivers and cute girls! It was a lot of fun. I can't wait to go again next year!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Christensen Family Camp

Friday afternoon, we headed up to Logan Canyon for a weekend full of camping. Josh dropped us off so that we could set up camp and then he went up to Bear Lake to get Kaydon, who had been at Scout camp all week. It took Jackson, Braxton and I at least an hour to get the dang tent up. I seriously thought these boys of mine were scouts. It was ridiculous! All the while, Brooklyn and Colton collected wood and snails. Once the tent was up, we started working on the fire. It took another hour to get a dang fire started. All the while, it was raining. We finally got it started and put our hobo dinners on the fire to cook.

Josh returned with Kaydon, who was not exactly thrilled at the idea of camping for three more days. We told Josh about our good luck when it came to setting up camp. Of course, he was able to get a rip-roaring fire going. Stupid fire. The kids played cards and then we started walking around the campsite in search of my mom and Brandon and Carrie, who were camping with us. They arrived at like 10 pm. We walked up there and Josh helped them set up camp in the dark. Good times.

It rained all night and Saturday morning we headed back to their camp to have some breakfast. It was pretty obvious that the rain was not going to let up. We went back to camp and packed up and headed back home. Good times. Good times.
Saturday afternoon, they all joined us at our house for dinner and smores. Of course, it was completely clear and sunny at home. Good times. Good times.

Friday, July 17, 2015

This Job of Mine

One of our supervisors brought us breakfast Wednesday morning. These guys are the reason I love my job. Now, I say "love," but I use that word in a VERY, VERY liberal manner. This has been a tough transition for me. This job has been really challenging for me. It is never slower than 80 mph. Working with the public is a hard thing to do! The amount of stuff that has to be known and done with perfection in this role is enormous. But, I work with great people. I am so thankful that my previous jobs have all prepared me for this. I've been told that I am the best person to have ever set foot in this office, and I am not sure what better compliment I could be given!9

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Friend Time

Yesterday, Colton and Brooklyn went over to Martha's house. Martha is not her real name, but it is what I call her. Carry on. Anywho, Brooklyn woke up at 6:30 yesterday morning! I asked her what in the heck she was doing. "Getting ready to play with Zoe and Abby, Mom!" Oh, okay. Go back to bed for another five hours, k? They had the best time! They told me all about it last night.

Martha is my sanity. She loves me just the way I am and that is exactly the kind of friend I like to have. Plus - she is a second mommy to my kiddos. She loves my kids just the way they are too. And, I love her most!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Family Pretend Birthday Party

Brooklyn decided that she wanted to have a "pretend birthday party." She and I went to the Dollar Store to get supplies. She had four activities planned.

One - hula hoop contest. Dad won.

Two - Jump rope contest. Dad broke the jump rope.

Three - Catch with butterfly nets. Dad broke Kaydon's butterfly net.

Four - Silly string war. Dad got creamed.