Friday, May 31, 2013

Preschool Graduation

Thursday, Adalynn graduated from Ms. Tina's preschool. It was so cute...she was very excited. They marched out with their caps and gowns to the graduation song and they sang some really cute songs. Ms. Tina gave us all a video of pictures she took throughout the year--Addie loves it and has watched it so many times. She interviewed them on the video and asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. Addie told her she wanted to be a mom with three kids. So cute. Reminded me of when Jared's mom told her class that is what she wanted to be when she grew up (and the class laughed at her). They received their diplomas and we took pictures and had lunch.
These past two year with Ms. Tina has been awesome. Adalynn has learned so much...she is going into Kindergarten well prepared. She knows all her letters and sounds, she knows her numbers to 100, she is reading, she knows how to write quite a few words including her full name. We are planning on working on a few things this summer (we bought workbooks from Costco and she has already started doing hers). So, thank you Ms. Tina!!!  

First a video

Courtney, Liliana, and Adalynn
Watching the video after getting home
Showing off her diploma and balloon (from Ms. Tina)
 (Tina asked if I wanted to borrow a cap and gown to take pictures in my studio. So of course, I did)

Flashback Friday

Most of my flash back Fridays are of my family or the kids. Here is one for tell you the truth I am not 100% sure this is even Jared...but for sure it is Garth. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Christensens Rule!

I have been putting off this post, because I took so many pictures and have not had time to sort through them all. But it is time to bite the bullet. (I really should have just copied Sam's blog post about their visit... her blog post was awesome and summed up our weekend so well!)
 (Here are two other blog posts Sam did as well)
Anyways, a few weekends ago, Sean (Jared's brother) and his family came for a visit. We haven't seen them since last summer and have been talking about getting together for months. I desperately wanted to meet Eli (born in October). Thankfully, Sam is good about posting pictures and giving me updates, but I have been dying to meet him in real life. Devin, Adalynn and Lyla were so excited to see all their cousins.  
They got here Friday. The girls warmed right up to each other and started playing with all things dress up and princess. They had so much fun all weekend and got along so well. The only fighting I saw was when my kids were fighting over Eli (which happened a lot). Friday night we just hung out, ate dinner and let the kids play.
A little comparison of the babes. Eli is so, so sweet and happy. I really enjoyed holding him and smooching on him all weekend.

 Saturday we went swimming. The water was a little on the cool side, so we weren't there for too long. But we had fun!
 Sunday we walked around the temple. Sean also had a birthday so we celebrated that at night with some pie/cake.

Monday we hung out while Devin and Addie were in school and took lots of pictures in my studio (I will post my favorites soon!) Sam and I joked that it was an all day photo shoot, and I loved it. Sam and I have a lot in common...taking an insane amount of pictures is just one thing we both love!!

That night we got a sitter for the kids and went to the Rio buffet for dinner. We took Eli and he was awesome...just sat there happy and content and never made a peep. It has to be the longest buffet in the world. It just keeps going and going. The food is really good too. Although I cannot recommend the Sesame Balls! Yuck!

They left Tuesday.
Other things about our weekend.
Devin's ants came for his ant farm. They are so fascinating. You could just sit there forever and watch them work. It is cool to see them so up close. You can see them take their pincers and remove the gel and then carry it up to the surface. Sean was really into it as well. Just in case you are curious, Sean, I took a picture of it today so you could see the progress.

Sean and Sam introduced us to Duck Dynasty and we had a Season 1 marathon. Jared and I are just about done with season 2. I think it is hilarious...reminds me of my dad.
Sean and Jared bought a bag of pistachios. Lyla loved them.
Sean is a good ribbon dancer.
Speed walking looks freaky.
My kids are baby hungry. They could not get enough of Eli. Devin especially. It was sweet.

Devin told me "Eli is cuter than Lyla. He has blonde hair!"
Devin loves Sean! Sean was nice and played all sorts of games with him including Go Fish, Battleship, and Wii Dance. Their motto was "Boys rule. Girls Drool."

I had a great time and was sad to see them go. The kids were sad too, and the next day Devin decided he wanted to mail Sean a picture of a ninja turtle. We realized we had about 6 weeks until we will be in Utah, so I am already counting that down. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ward Luau

Last weekend our church had our annual luau. It was awesome--good food and dancing and lots of friends! I've said it many times before, but I love out ward!
I took a few pictures of the kids before we left. My parents bought them their matching outfits when they were in Hawaii a while ago. Their cute accessories are from Steph.

Isabel, our awesome babysitter, painting Addie's face.

The girls playing. Lyla follows Addie and Courtney around everywhere and they are nice and let her tag along. I wonder how long that will last?

Miss Courtney
After a great dinner, the dancing began. Lyla was super cute and was all over the dance floor. She was dancing and having a great time. I looked over to see her cracking up and pointing at Jared. What made her so excited you ask?

This headband. She thought is was so funny and wore it most of the night (There were a basket full of props for a photo booth which is why you also saw Adalynn wearing a princess crown earlier).  

It was such a fun night.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Last weekend our neighbors gave us their old trampoline. They wanted a bigger one, so they basically just pushed their old one over the wall into our yard. I need to tighten the net at the top, but other than that it is great and the kids have been having a blast. Sunday night I was watching them play while I cleaned the kitchen and I finally grabbed my camera to record them because they were having so much fun and being so cute. That night they also slept on it with Jared.

Anniversary & Mothers Day

Oh, I am so far behind on my blog. This month has been much busier than I expected but I want to blog about everything that has been going on.
Earlier in the month (May 11) Jared and I celebrated our 12 anniversary. We were super romantic and decided to clean our carpets and install a ceiling fan. Devin also had a baseball game. Then that night we went to out friends house for a pig roast. He did a pit bbcue (like my dad) and cooked over 400 pounds of meat. The meat was amazing and it was fun hanging out with our friends. After we went swimming and then called it a night.
The next day was mothers day. The kids made me cards and gifts at school. Jared bought me yellow roses (my favorites!). They made me breakfast (and lunch and dinner). I love my family so much and love being a mom.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Anderson Dairy

Last Friday was Adalynn's last field trip. It was to Anderson Dairy...I have taken the kids before, but I'm pretty sure the last time we went Addie was a baby. So, it was fun to go again. We brought Brennan along with us this time. I think Adalynn thought we were going to a farm, so I had to explain to her that this was just where they bottled the milk and made the ice cream. 
Even though we didn't go to a farm, the tour is really cute and geared towards children (they have a bunch of talking/animated animals that Lyla loved). You get to walk through the factory and see the milk and ice cream being packaged. Then they take you to the freezer and fridge. After the tour, they show you a movie about Anderson Dairy. Then everyone gets free ice cream!

Flashback Friday

It is our anniversary tomorrow. If I wasn't so busy I would have scanned more pictures but since this week has been crazy, I grabbed a picture I already had scanned.
May 11, 2001

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sleepy Lyla

I still think one of the sweetest things ever is a sleeping baby (I still call her my baby even though she will be 2 next month).