Thursday, March 2, 2017

Grandpa's House

A few weeks ago we took the kids to Disneyland and had a fun day full of noise, color, entertainment, food, running around, and activity. That night we drove 45 minutes north to my grandpa's house and spent the next day with him and his wife. Our day at his house was the opposite of the previous day. It was calm and quiet, slow paced, full of good, quiet conversation, and peaceful.

We picked oranges off the tree for breakfast. Cecil was kind enough to peel them for us! We watched grandpa sort through his pennies; he keeps all of the ones from 1982 and before. Lily had a ukulele lesson; I love watching them play together. The kids played games and got along happily. We spent time in his cute little backyard and Grandpa showed me the plants he has coming up in his garden; he is excited about his tulip bulbs that he brought home from New York. 

I love this place, the tree, the people, the atmosphere. Disneyland is magical, but it could never compare to the feeling of peace and love in our grandparents' home.

Michael's Dream Come True

Ever since Michael and I got married his dream has been to do construction. He envisioned building and flipping houses and having his family come to visit him at work and to help and play. It's happening and he couldn't be more thrilled!

We are very grateful for the sale of our home in Idaho (which was also a flip). The profit we made from flipping and selling that house combined with the money we had saved enabled Michael to quit his job at the hospital and work full time on this house flip. He is working hard but totally in his element and it makes me happy to see him so happy.

Matthew having a short nap. Ella had just woken up from hers.

Behind them is the kitchen. It is full of cabinets now and looks beautiful!

The kids had "way much" fun (a Matthew phrase) helping dad fill all the holes in the trim with pink putty!

Ella and I mostly took pictures and watched. I did help Michael put windows in a few days later and that was rather frightening!

 Tools=happiness in this family.

 Michael. Happy and dusty from a hard day's work.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ella at Six months

Ella Mae at 6 months old. These photos were taken February 2 in my grandpa Varge Christensen's backyard in Sylmar, CA.

I love this chubby, dimple cheeked baby more than I could ever begin to say. My heart is spilling over with love.

sweater pattern: one piece baby pullover

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Riley is 8!

Riley is 8! We are so thankful to have this girl on our lives. She is bright and happy and a ray of sunshine.

She had a special day; we had lots of family in town to celebrate Riley on her special day. Uncles Zach and Andrew both spoke at her baptism and had such wonderful lovely thoughts to share. Riley is lucky to have a big family full of people who love her so much!

Here is a slideshow of Riley's cute little life so far. We played it at her baptism while I helped her dry off and get dressed. I adore this girl and I love being her mom.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Day at the Park: A Video

So a few months ago I decided to start keeping a video journal. At first I tried a couple of vlogs, but I have discovered that I like making these shorter videos way better. I am definitely an amateur but there is a lot more room for creativity with these smaller ones than with the boring 20 minute vlogs. Making videos takes quite a chunk of time but I really want to make it a priority to keep making them and acquire some skills in the process.

Here is a video of our Saturday afternoon at the park with my parents. I love watching my kids run around and play and there's something special about seeing the children interact and play with their grandparents. I love these people so much!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


We took the kids to Disneyland last week and, I'm not going to lie, Disney with six kids was not easy! Michael and I both felt like our legs were going to fall off at the end of the day BUT WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! Some of the highlights of our day were, 

1) Getting to ride Peter Pan twice in a row! As we were getting off the ride Matthew told me he wanted to go again. I explained to him that we needed to get back in line and wait our turn. The nice lady at the exit overheard our conversation and whispered, "If he wants to ride again you can just wait right here and I'll let you back on." What??? We were so happy! Peter Pan is one of the most popular rides at the park and the wait is always at least (the very least) 30 minutes, so we were thrilled!

2) Being allowed to continue in the fast pass line for Space Mountain after accidentally getting in it. We totally skipped another 30 minute wait and I was so thankful and also relieved because Michael was waiting for us with an unhappy Ella!

3) When we left the park we were walking with the masses back toward our hotel room. As we were waiting at the light to cross the street a man tapped us on the shoulder and said, "You wouldn't happen to want an umbrella stroller, would you? It's brand new, we just bought it for our trip and we're finished using it; we don't want to take it home." Yes, please!! We didn't take our double stroller with us because it was having tire problems and our old umbrella stroller is broken and has retired. We may not have been able to use our new stroller at the park but it was nice to be able to push Matt back to the hotel in it and it will get PLENTY of use in our family!

Family Favorites

   Ride: Splash Mountain
   Food: Churros!

   Ride: Splash Mountain
   Food: Jedi Order Chicken Sandwich at the Galactic Grill

   Ride: Mad Tea Party (aka Teacups!)
   Food: Mac and Cheese at the Galactic Grill

   Ride: Pirates of the Carribean
   Food: French fries (haha)

   Ride: Astro Blasters
   Food: Pizza at the Pizza Port

   Ride: Winnie the Pooh (haha, I don't know but it's a really cute ride!)
   Food: breastmilk while waiting in the lines;)

   Ride: Peter Pan
   Food: Wicket's Wicked Veggie Wrap at the Galactic Grill

   Ride: Space Mountain
   Food: Jedi Order Chicken Sandwich at the Galactic Grill

I loved going to Disneyland as a kid and it's so fun to see the excitement on my own kids' faces and to watch them run around the park and have such a great time! We are really lucky that we're able to take them from time to time.

Of course there are a million pictures of our fun day. I can never choose just a few, so here are all of them.

Happy kids after climbing into the ship on Peter Pan for the second time!

The next several photos are from Tarzan's Treehouse. Matthew was super concerned after hearing some screeching monkeys! 

We rode the teacups way too many times!

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