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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Soccer & Steps




I love to sit down and write these weekend re-cap posts on Sunday evenings while the house is quiet and all four of my guys are fast asleep. Sundays truly have been restful and fun at our house lately. Daddy was away this entire weekend playing Marine. Robbie and I were so happy to have Aunt Becky come spend the weekend with us! Robbie was thrilled to have his Aunt Becky come play with him and I was SO eternally appreciative of all of her HELP with the children!! We had a full weekend. Our dear friends, Miss Aimee and Miss Liz, came over for a visit. I absolutely love to have these two dear, sweet ladies over for a visit! Miss Liz and Miss Aimee played with my boys for hours! Miss Liz walked and cruised with my little twins, (who these days seem to be cruising on and around every bit of furniture in our house).



While Miss Liz and Miss Aimee were visiting us, Joey took his first real few steps completely on his own and with much encouragement from Miss Liz and Miss Aimee! I am so excited, because I believe these are the first steps, ( no pun intended), to walking.  I wouldn't say JoJo is walking just yet, but he is definitely making steps in the right direction, ( there I go again. I'm so punny!)
My twinies are almost 11 months old ( adjusted age)  but because they were born six weeks early, their actual age is somewhere around 9 months... all these different dates to keep track of with twins. Confusing?... I know! I wanted to share this little video of Miss Liz and my little babies.



Soccer Days

 



On top of all this excitement, Robbie started his first day of Soccer on Saturday!!












We are hoping to start Robbie in AYSO ASAP, ( say that three times fast), this Fall. In the meantime, because Robbie has shown such a huge interest in Soccer. Daddy and I decided to join him in private Soccer Clinic classes for the next seven weeks. Our little guy just loves it! We have heard all about Soccer this entire weekend and Robbie has watched the following video of his first practice a thousand times!








Saturday was such a dreary and rainy day. At first, we thought the practice might get canceled.







As we sat there in the rain waiting for class to start, Robbie could hardly contain his excitement!





Finally, the coach made the call that the kids would play in the rain!
Here they are practicing their running and following directions.





Then, they were all given their own soccer balls and taught the Soccer Stand!






It eventually started to rain much too hard and the children were all called in and the practice was cut short. That was fine by Robbie, who was all smiles and soaking wet! :)





I think I am going to love being a Soccer Mama!!!



In EspaƱol









Here is another video from the weekend of my little guy practicing his Spanish vocab words.













And finally, my little twinies, just saying hello after dinner!





It was a good weekend and we missed you Daddy!!
Blessings to all and wishing you a great week.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Rhythm Of Our Days...

making muffins

Good morning friends... happy Friday!



 The picture above pretty much sums up our days lately. Our days have been full of babies, lots of cruising, finger painting and counting. Oh how we love to count. We have been counting anything and everything from Cheerios to beans to leaves and more.


 The children and I have been getting outside more often. Robbie loves to jump and run and leap. Boy oh BOY are these boys active!!! I posted this update to my Facebook status the other day and it rings SO true!




"Given that I was such a girly girl as a child, who loved to play dress-up, have tea parties and play in my mama's make-up. I am not sure that really anything or anyone could have prepared me for all of the fun, loud noises, jumping off of things, playing pirates, giggles, trucks, playing in the mud, castles, cowboys, fort building and wrestling that would be in my near future! Having three boys is a blast and a new adventure every day! All this and we haven't even left for church yet. Happy Sunday morning from The Christensen House. ... five guys ( if you count our cat ) and a lady... I'm a little out numbered, but having the time of my life!"



Jacob and big brother Robbie.


Look at those eyelashes!


Real men bake Play dough cookies with their shirts off! Nice muscles Rob!


Jacob has learned, "So Big! " .


Hi JoJo!


Robbie and Gigi baking cupcakes.


School days... learning to write the letter A.



Oh and did I mention this little bear has been visiting at our house this past week? After seeing the movie Paddington Bear, I came up with The Paddington Project. This little Paddington Bear came to our house this last week. Paddington spent the entire week with us baking cupcakes, going to the park and more. At the end of the week, he will be passed on to one of our other friend's families and begin a new adventure.. We will keep switching families for a month or more. All along his journey, each family will take pictures and document this little bear's adventures. At the end of the project, each family will receive a little picture book filled with all of Paddington's adventures! So if you are a family on our list, sit tight and check your mail for the next few weeks. Paddington is on his way to Rancho Cucamonga California tomorrow!


I love this picture above... look how happy my two boys are!
A few weeks ago, a city near us did a local Snow Day for the children in the area. We live in Sunny Southern California, so snow doesn't come too likely around these parts.
The city brought in over forty tons of snow! They had sledding and snowmen, slides and treats! Robbie LOVED it!!! Even though it was in the 70's and rather warm for January, Robbie thought it was the best day EVER!!! Here are a few pictured from our snow day in the sun.





I have been roasting a fresh, organic chicken every Sunday for Sunday Supper.
I love the way the house smells and the way our tummies feel after a warm and hearty chicken and vegetable dinner. I have such fond memories from my childhood of Sunday chicken dinners at my Grandparent's home! I hope I am making memories for my boys!


Another great part about roasting a chicken is making fresh, homemade chicken stock from scratch.
On Monday, I made chicken noodle and vegetable soup from all of the stock and left over chicken.


It was rainy on that particular Monday and I think the soup was much appreciated by all!



Rich and I are so happy, because for the past few nights I have worked really hard to schedule our days, ( the children's schedule) so that everyone is fed, bathed and fast asleep by 7:30 p.m. This has given us time for me to knit, Rich to read and best of all... SLEEP!!! Yep, Rich and I went to sleep last night by 9:00 p.m!!!!! Joey woke me up around 3:30a.m and then fell asleep by 4:30. That's fine by me. I think it really is true that one receives their best REM sleep before midnight!

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Rich will be gone for the weekend with his Marine Reserve unit. Aunt Becky is going to stay the weekend at our house to help me with the kiddos and Robbie is so EXCITED because he is going to start Soccer on Saturday! More on that on Saturday!

Have a wonderful Friday!
Blessings,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Oh, These Boys Of Mine...



Well dear ones, I am on a bit of a knitting adventure. I have set out to make three little red vests/ pullovers for the boys to wear on Valentines Day. This quest is not for the faint of heart! With only a little over three weeks time to complete these vests. Let's just say, only time will tell!

Below is a photo of what I kind of had in mind, except in red.
With a little white turtle neck and blue jeans my boys will look like little red Valentines! :)

Warmth ~ Pebble Vest ~ free pattern ~ some notes on size variations here ~ http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2010/05/one-more-pebble-for-the-boy.html

Oh, These Boys Of Mine

Here are a few photos I snapped of the boys throughout the day today.
My Aunt gave Robbie this most adorable little squirrel stuffed animal for Christmas.
Robbie has become so fond of this little guy... I do believe it was love at first sight. Robbie immediately named him Jumpy and they have been quite inseparable. Robbie sleeps with Jumpy, eats with Jumpy, takes Jumpy to the grocery store with us, takes him to doctor appointments... we even took Jumpy to the movies with us last Friday. Jumpy does everything but bathe with Robbie.

Robbie and I had the best time doing activities in his High Five magazine this morning.
 

We also washed dishes together.


The babies always brighten my day. I'm telling you, these two little cuties really know how to melt my heart! Here are a few pictures of them wearing their new Amber Teething Necklaces after bath.

Here they are attacking their little toy twin monkeys.


Looks like they won!


Well friends, good night!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekend Tidbits and Good Reads



It is always so pleasant to have a long holiday weekend at home! This past weekend, we stayed home mostly and worked on small projects around the house, watched movies, went to the park and enjoyed the company of Grandma and Grandpa Christensen during their visit on Sunday. I took everything from every drawer out of our fridge and gave it all a good deep cleaning. I decided to designate one of the bottom drawers in the fridge just for Robbie's snacks. Little Mr. Robbie was so excited to have his new drawer. We filled it with healthy snacks like yogurt and little baggies filled with sliced grapes and Mandarin oranges. The best part of his little drawer is that he can now go into the fridge and grab his own snack when he needs one, with permission of course. :)



It is only January 20th, the year is fresh and new and yet, I already feel a bit exhausted from all that has happened to us in just twenty short days. I will go into a little more detail tomorrow once we know more, but my Dad was hospitalized yesterday because of chest pains. The hospital is running many different blood tests, checking enzymes, performing stress tests and echo cardiograms. Please keep him in your prayers today.



My plate is quite full for the reminder of this month and most of next month. Somehow, bit by bit, doctor appointments, meetings with attorneys, Junior League commitments, Soccer and more, slowly make their way onto my plate. Which is beginning to feel a little too full.
It is at moments like this that I step back, re-prioritize and focus on what really matters most... my family. I am then rejuvintated at the thought of what  I truly love and want to focus my best efforts on... mothering, homeschooling, living.




We took Robbie to see his very first movie at the movie theatre on Friday evening. We took him to see Paddington, the story of Paddington Bear... you know the cute little English bear who wears a beautiful blue coat, a floppy red hat and rain boots?  I am pretty picky when it comes to movie choices for my little ones. Rich and I watched the previews for the movie ahead of time and decided that it was a good fit for our family.




Reading ...


The painting pictured above makes my heart happy. So cozy, warm and inviting. This is how Rich and I have been spending our evenings, once the children have gone to bed. Rich has so much reading during this second semester of law school. Usually, I am snuggled-up with a good read that includes some sort of parenting book, a hobby book or something that betters my soul. Poor Rich is usually reading something a lot less interesting, (From my perspective anyway), like Tort Law.

Here are a few books on my reading list over the next month or so.


Oh my goodness, I am so excited about this book that I can hardly contain myself! I recently ordered this book and am eagerly awaiting it's arrival!
I feel the contents of this book is best described by this brief synopsis...

"Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids—one that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives—the computers, the televisions, the cell phones—with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger.

The Rhythm of Family explores what we learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us with a rhythm that brings us close to the earth, and closer to our children."

I am currently reading...


Something that is so important for all parents to learn. Ahh the simple life. :)

Finally, a book for the whole family to enjoy, ( especially the wee ones).

The Cozy Book

This book is a good choice for lap-time sharing.

"From waking up until bedtime, a cozy day unfolds - from tastes ("Melted cheese that's nice and runny/Fresh-baked muffins dripping honey") to smells ("Fresh-dug earth/New-mown hay/New-cut grass/New-born day") to sounds ("The gurgle that a gargle makes/The giggle when a tickle takes") to words, places, people, feelings, and finally going to sleep ("Droopy/Drifty/ Drowsy/Dozy/Dream of everything that's cozy"). "

Homeschooling...

Speaking of the wee little ones, I am FINALLY (and I say finally with a huge sigh of relief), starting to get on the homeschool train with a three year old and twin babies. I have come to love the idea of homeschooling as a family at our dining room table, usually with a baby or two in a high chair watching and babbling away. I have grown to love going through Robbie's Spanish flash cards with him in our family room.  Homeschool is exactly that, schooling that takes place in and around our home! So simple! I love that we have been going for nature walks in the afternoons and reading storied all snuggled and tucked away in Robbie's new bunk bed  reading nook. ( Yes, I said bunk bed... a post on that to follow soon!). Good things are happening in our home, educational, fun, memory making kinds of things! :)


Above is a picture of Robbie working on Spindle Boxes this morning.
It was a long, late night with us all concerned about Grandpa so, yes... school time was done in our jammies this morning! ;)


Jacob loves to play with his blocks during school time!
I think Joey must have fallen asleep.


Here Robbie is, working on more counting skills this morning.


Well friends nap time is almost over and soon it will be time to start dinner.
Have a glorious day !