Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lyla's 6th Birthday Party

All she wanted to do was swim with her friends! I love easy birthday parties!  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Over the weekend I went to my blog to show Sam some pictures of something and all of my photos are gone and replaced with a message from Photobucket which reads, "Please update your account to enable third party hosting." For years I have been uploading my photos to Photobucket, then using the url to upload to blogger (years ago blogger had limited storage so I started doing this when I started running out of storage). There are a few posts and the photos on my side which are still there because those are ones I loaded through blogger. 

To update my account, and to get my photos back, it will cost me $399 per year! And I have two accounts so make it $800. Pretty bummed that they are all gone. Really mad at Photobucket. They gave no warning that this would happen. To go from providing a free service to charging $399 yearly is crazy and no one will pay that. Well some might....but not me!

Not really sure if I should try and go back and re-add all those photos. I have been blogging for 10 years and it would take forever plus it would take a lot of guess work remembering what photos I used and what order and all that. I believe now blogger has unlimited storage (google drive) so it is at least possible. 

So frustrating. And sad. This blog has been my journal and something I really enjoy doing. I know most people have kinda moved on from blogging, but for me, I still enjoy it and in a way it is kinda therapeutic. It had never been a chore rather something I love. I have  started turning my blog into books and I will still work on getting caught up on that (I have only done 2016 and 2015 so I have many years to get caught up). 

I have fixed a few this morning....It is going to take forever depending on how far back I go.....

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Kindergarten and 5th Grade Graduation (and end of school!)

The last week of school brought with it two graduations. Lyla graduated from Kindergarten and Devin from 5th grade. I now have a middle schooler! 

Lyla really rocked Kindergarten. I was so worried about her at the beginning of the year. Her preschool teacher and I worked so hard to teach her the letters and sounds and after 2 years, she still only knew about half (and only a few sounds). Thankfully, not long after school started, it clicked and she learned all those letters and their sounds and was reading by Halloween. It was crazy to see how much progress she made. She is now reading at about a 2nd grade level and is well above grade level in math. All that hard work paid off! She also adjusted well socially. She loved all her classmates and was friends with everyone. 
(The kids are mosquitoes in case you are wondering). 

Most of you know this, but I spent a lot of time in Lyla's class this year. Most weeks I was there three morning a week. I really loved being there. I never thought I would want to teach a younger grade, but these kids were just so sweet I could definitely see myself teaching a younger grade. I would walk in and about half of them would scream "MRS. CHRISTENSEN" and run over to me and give me hugs (I probably got 50 hugs a day when I went in). Feels pretty good! I loved it and I loved those kids.
Here is Lyla with a few friends and her teacher. 

Devin's graduation was cute, but I had a hard time getting videos where I was sitting. This was all I got. And  I didn't get any pictures after because they rushed them all back to class. 

Devin has also worked so hard and accomplished a lot. Remember when he was three and didn't talk at all? And when he started Kindergarten and 1st grade and was so far behind? He still has to work so hard and he still struggles but there is SO much he is good at. He enjoys reading---he can't put those Harry Potter books down! He loves learning new things. He gets online all the time and finds recipes, science experiments, crafts, etc and does them. Most of the time it results in a huge mess but sometimes it turns out pretty great (he made a really good cake the other night!) He is so very kind. My friend's son told her that Devin was the nicest person he knows. Gosh that made me happy to hear that. He is really into his you tube channel and is always thinking of new ideas for videos and ways to improve them. I just can't wait to see where life takes him! 

Miss Adalynn did not have a graduation or awards ceremony but I had to mention her as well. Adalynn reminds me a lot of myself as a student. She works hard and does very well. She tends to be a perfectionist and likes to please. She did awesome this year! She is reading way above her grade level. They have all these assessments they give for different subjects and she surpassed them all. Her teachers said so many nice things about her on her report card. Proud of all her hard work!  
A quick end of the year teacher gift for those awesome teachers that were a huge part of the progress they made!

End of the year water fight in the cul-de-sac! 

Friday, June 9, 2017


We really need a pool! Thankfully we have great friends that let us use theirs anytime we want. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Magic Mountains

About 10 minutes south of Vegas (right off I 15) is the Magic Mountains (a public art installation). I've seen lots of people go and take pictures. We went Saturday since we were in that area. It was hot so we were only there a few minutes.