Monday, January 24, 2011

“Let’s go on an adventure kids”

Little did I know how adventurous the day would become.

I’d heard so much about Table Rock since moving to Boise.  A great short hike right in town, awesome views, not too difficult.  Even my neighbor said she hiked it everyday in the summer and ran down for exercise.  Seemed so easy, just a hop skip and a jump to the top.  So it seemed the perfect family activity on our sunny Monday off. 

We got bundled up, but I unfortunately, had left my only pair of athletic shoes in Oregon over Christmas so I was stuck wearing my trusty Teva sandals.  No big deal, I thought, I do everything in my sandals.  Boy, was I wrong.

At the very start of the trail there is a sign that warns if there is mud on the trail then don’t hike it.  Well, I wasn’t about to let a little sign stop me, so we continued on despite the sticky thick mud being piled up on our shoes.

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But before long, the trail dried up and all seemed smooth sailing.096 098 099

Hazel had the right idea.  This is the only way to hike!100

Before long the mud was back.  And it was back in full force.  Here are Jaxon’s shoes being swallowed up in the earth.  This happened only after I had gotten Sage’s shoes out of the same predicament.   And as I was rescuing both children, my poor sandaled feet sunk deeper and deeper into the mess.  101 

Here’s what I ended up with.  And all this happened only about half way up the blasted mountain.  But there was no stopping the Christensen’s.  Oh, no.  So I just sucked it up, and hiked barefoot.103


Well, long story short, we got there.  The views were as beautiful as I had hoped and the kids did amazing!!  Hardly complained at all.  (I’m pretty sure, okay positive, that I did most of the complaining) 105 106 107

The hike down was wonderfully uneventful, and we were all very happy see our car beckoning us in the parking lot.

We felt we deserved something great for accomplishing such a feat, so we grabbed my free birthday meal coupon and made our way to Tucanos for lunch/dinner. 

Tucanos is amazing, by-the-way.


So the moral of the story is, yes, hike Table Rock, but please, whatever you do,  don’t wear sandals.111


We got to go to Oregon a few days after Christmas and have a blissful week of food and family.  My two most favorite things.  We got there around 11:30pm, and woke up bright and early to drive to the beach…in the pouring rain.  Only in Oregon!  But as always, it was wonderful…even through the many hail storm we experienced.

It didn’t take long for Grant and Hazel to become reacquainted.  He found her head quite kissable, and I can’t say that I disagree.IMG_1287

I love this picture of my family wiped out after a fun filled day!  So sweetIMG_1297  

Jaxon’s two most favorite people in the whole world.IMG_1288 

This is also where I was introduced to Dominion.  I’m not going to say it’s better than Agricola, but yes, it’s pretty fun. (I’m such a game nerd) IMG_1290

Heather was bound and determined to actually go to the beach, seeming as we drove 2 hours to get there.  So the die hards of the group bundled up and braved the storm to go walk on the beach.  Poor Sage thought she’d be swimming and making sand castles.  She was sorely mistaken.


But Heather would not be deterred by a chilly temperature and a little rain.  No, no, she went ahead and jumped in anyway.  TWICE!!  Gotta love that woman.  IMG_1295

Then all we had to do was sit around and wait for New Years Eve to show itself.  My sisters and I throw a mean New Years Eve party.   Mostly we just have LOTS of food.


Lots and lots of food.


We started the night with Bunco.  Heidi had a perfect little thing going, hadn’t lost once.  Well, it was my turn to be partnered with her, and wouldn’t you know it, the other team got Bunco on their first roll.  So what does my sweet sister do?IMG_1303

She throws her pencil at me, point blank, and draws blood on my forehead.  Watch out for this one, she’s a little scary when she looses.  Not sure what Heather is doing in this picture, but it’s pretty fantastic whatever it is! :)IMG_1305

The girls won everything


Ultimate Ninja!  We play some awesome games.IMG_1313 IMG_1321

Poor little Sage….this was around 1:30am, and she just couldn't take the fun anymore.


The next morning I got to see my kindred spirit Maegan, and Sage was once again reunited with her best bud Abby.  These two are so cute.  IMG_1326

It was a fun filled week (isn’t it always??) And I was sad to see it go.  Good thing we’ve always got next year! 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011


Jaxon: “I love everything you do for me mom;”

Me: “Thank you Jaxon, that mean a lot.”

Jaxon: “Oh, and I even love when you’re mad at me…”

Me: (laughing) “Why?”

Jaxon: “Because it teaches me a lesson.”

Me: “I love you crazy kid”

Seriously, how did I get so lucky? 


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair

Hands down my most favorite cake I’ve ever made. Ever!rapunzelrapunzel3  rapunzel1 rapunzel2

Thanks be to Des for the amazing photos, and for having the little girl in the 1st place so I could make the cake, and for cancelling that crappy Costco cake so I could make this cake, and for just being awesome really! :)

Oh, and if you want to see all the other cakes I’ve made check out my cake blog