Saturday, February 20, 2010

Finish an awesome puzzle and glue it together

Lovin’ my list!

This was especially fun because the puzzle was so perfect for Jaxon.  We let them do most the work, and they did awesome!012 014

The very last piece!015

Here’s the finished product.  We glued it together and stapled it to Jaxon’s bed.  Oh, did I mention it glows in the dark?  I told you it was awesome.

012And here’s one of Sage wearing Nanna’s glasses.  :)011

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Catch a salamander & catch a crawdad

P2060253P2060255The kids got to go with Grandma and Grandpa to Horning’s Hideout this weekend to start checking off our live list.  I love that Jaxon isn’t afraid to just scoop these creatures up in his hand.   He’s all boy, that kid!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Party anyone?


This is the season of parties in my family, that’s for sure.  1st there’s Heathers, then mine, then Sage…all within 3 weeks, then a few weeks later is Jakes.  Crazy!  So we’ve been having a great time partying.  Here are some highlights.

My birthday, part III

I never got to finish off how the day ended, and it’s oh so important, so I’ll squeeze it in After the delicious lunch and cupcakes, I took a short, but much needed, nap.  Good thing for Little Einstein's which kept the kids entertained.  Then the Bruno’s had me over for Fondue, presents and cake and ice cream!  I’m so spoiled.003 016               Heidi made my cake.  Isn’t it lovely.  The kiddos sure thought so.023              And what party would be complete without a game of charades?

I came home full, exhausted, and content with another successful birthday.  Can’t wait for next year!

Onto yesterday.  Sage’s 3rd birthday.  Really I’ve felt like she’s been 3 for the past 6 months, so it’s nice to have it official.  Sage loves anything pink, so I decided on a pink princess theme.  After reading a cute idea online about having a real princess come to the party, I just had to make it happen.  Luckily I’ve got some royal connections and was able to get Princess Glimmer to come.  057

It was magical, to say the very least.  She read a princess story to the kids, and gave them each a certificate that said they were real princesses.  I also had a little jewelry box with a ring in it for her to give to each girl.  Kari did an amazing job as the princess, and Sage is still talking about it.  You’re so stinkin’ great Kari!  THANK YOU!!!!  065       We also were able to borrow a princess jump house, and the weather cooperated enough to use it outside.  It was a perfect little party……074    even with this little monster as the star of the show. :)081

After that party wrapped up we headed out the door to the Zoo with Maegan and the kids.  It was such a sunny day, we just had to get out.  Jaxon and Sage loved feeding the birds.            088 090

Next it was off to Chuck E. Cheese for a bit.  Heidi got all the kids tokens to play for a little while.  It was nice to finally just sit for a minute while the kids were in Heaven.   098

Whew, okay what’s next.  After that we went home to find grandma and grandpa at our house.  Sage LOVES her grandma, so that was a special treat.  They were showered with attention and I had a minute to get ready for my Opera date with my dad later that night.  Instead of making dinner for the whole family clan, we went to McDonalds and had happy meals.  If only they had been giving out princess toys, it would have been perfect, but what can you do!  We came home to presents and cake before I had to go.  043 103

(I’m counting this video as my “belly picture”)


It was an overwhelmingly fun day, and I’m so happy to have made it the best for my sweet little girl.  Granted, she tests my patience a lot, but there is so much goodness that radiates from her.  She’s funny and so sweet with her brother and is my kindred spirit.  We both have to be in pajamas all day long. :) '

I love you baby girl.  Happy birthday!109 


Monday, February 1, 2010

You’ve never lived until you’ve….

I feel like my life is tumbling forward at a frenzied pace, and there’s no way to slow it down. My kids are getting big, and another one will be joining our little family very soon. Sometime I worry that I don’t do enough for my kids, that I don’t show them how much fun life can be. I’m all they’ve got to show them the best childhood possible. So this is a little list to help us remember those things that make being a kid so great. I can’t wait to start checking it off. Christensen_36_A

  • go to the beach and build an awesome sand castle
  • stay up late
  • sent up a tent inside and sleep in it
  • go strawberry picking and eat strawberries until we’re sick
  • find a new park and have a picnic
  • stay in pajamas and watch movies all day
  • catch a fish
  • catch a salamander
  • catch a crawdad
  • have a princess lemonade party
  • make a lemonade stand and sell it for 10 cents a cup
  • play basketball
  • play mummy tag
  • finish an awesome puzzle and glue it together
  • get in a food fight
  • have a water balloon fight
  • learn to hula hoop
  • be in a parade
  • make homemade ice cream
  • collect cool rocks
  • make a zoo out of play-doh
  • go to the Zoo and look at all the animals
  • have a red day and wear only red, and eat only red foods
  • go to a waterpark
  • have a party for no reason at all
  • splash in lots of big puddles and get sopping wet
  • buy fresh flowers at the farmers market
  • watch an amazing sunset and let the kids take lots of pictures of it


Thanks to Megan for the great idea! What’s on your live list?