Monday, December 5, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

This year we had the entire week off school for Thanksgiving. The kids and I came down Sunday and Jared flew in for Thanksgiving a few days later.
Johnny and Josy were there Sunday and Monday. For the most part we had nice weather but it did rain a lot on Monday and the power was out for a few hours. But the rest of the week was perfect.
My cousin Josh came up and the kids had so much fun playing with him! 
My parent's new dog, Rowdy. 
Oh my gosh. Devin....
Tuesday we went to Phoenix to hang out with Johnny. Josy had to work and Johnny had free passes to go to the zoo so we kidnapped Bruce and Johnny and I took 5 kids to the zoo. It was so much fun. The kids got to ride the camel and see a lot of animals. There were a lot of lego sculptures throughout the zoo that Devin enjoyed. They all loved the riding the camel, the petting zoo and milking the fake cow. 
After the zoo, they went swimming, went in the hot tub, played in bounce houses and jumped on the trampoline. Johnny's house is so much fun! We picked up Jared from the airport and came back to Payson that night. 

Thursday was Thanksgiving! 
With Great Grandpa
Jen, Josy and I
The next day, the kids went shooting with grandpa. 
We celebrated Devin's birthday (which was actually Sunday but he wanted to celebrate with family). 
He REALLY wanted a lego cake. I tried my best, but I stink at cakes! At least he seemed pleased. 
Can't believe he is 11! 
Just before coming home we picked some carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and squash from the garden. 

Friday, December 2, 2016


Every year in November we have a family home evening on what we are grateful for (if you are wondering what family home evening is, click here for a little explanation). 

Even though we are doing the same thing each year, it is such a good reminder that we have SO much to be thankful. 

Here is my take this year.....
(I used my silhouette to cute out the vinyl and put it on a foam pumpkin we bought at target)
During FHE (this year was unique because we did it with my parents in AZ. We tried to get to it earlier in the month but we were just too busy!) 
We made this again to deliver to friends and teachers

Lyla making acorns 
A few of the girls 
I meant to post this earlier, but wanted to wait until Josy made it 100% public. We are pretty darn excited to add another niece or nephew to my side (I also have a nephew coming the same month Josy is due so, hurrah for more babies!) 
189 from Valerie Christensen on Vimeo.

Devin's Arrow of Light

Last month was Devin's last month as a cub scout! He received his Webelos rank as well as his arrow of light (the highest rank in cub scouting). It was a lot of work--we had a lot to do there at the end, but with the help of his awesome leader, and a lot of nagging from me, he did it! 
Here a few pictures from that evening. 
Crossing over to boy scouts
His den leader made this plaque for him.
One of our leaders got this cake
Jared was also released as cub master so no more scouts for us!! Seemed fitting since Devin is no longer in there. 
Garth and Kristi drove down for it. That made Devin's night! I love that they live a little closer and can come down for special events like this. 
I made a slideshow that played the whole evening. I can't upload it here because it is too large, but I had to include some of those pictures. He has grown up so much! 
On to the next adventure