Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer nights at the playground

Riding bikes to Colbert Elementary playground was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. I love that I get to do it now with my own children! 
We invited Meredith and Lily to join us too.
Late Summer evenings are so great. I'm gonna miss this! The mourning of the end of summer has started.  We still have a couple weeks left, we gotta live it up!

Just another Thursday

Walking and reading takes skill

I'm so glad Brianna has found a book she's really into! It's the Descendants series. I was OBSESSED with reading when I was her age. It was the Babysitters Club series, Babysitters Little Sister, Indian in the Cupboard, most of the Newberry Award winner stuff...and a few others. I've tried those on her without luck. But she loves this series - like, LOVES it - so I'm excited! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New gym(nastics)

We weren't huge fans of Dynamic Gymnastics where we went last year. They didn't exactly live up to their name, ha!
So we're trying out the other gyms around here. We went to Evergreen, which i hoped so much would be awesome, since it's the closest. But it was awful. Overpriced,  no air conditioning,  rude unprofessional coach and office manager. Dang it. Moving on...trying Northwest, and hoping it's better!
Gymnastics is definitely definitely not my first choice of sport for my kids. But Brianna looooveees it. And she's pretty good. So I'm supporting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Brian's working hard...

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Evidence of a good time!

Stevie and I had an awesome trail run around the Pend Orielle county park forest!  Looks like nasty gorilla legs, but that's 100% dirt.
And trail running is 100% awesome!

Friday, August 11, 2017


 These two just collapsed at the end of a long day of fun.  So sweet.

Bowlin with my hommies

 Steve, Linds, Meredith and I hit Lilac Lanes last night after the ward taco party. It was really fun! I am a very inconsistent bowler. I had four strikes during the 2 games but lots of really awful turns between those. 93 and 177 final scores.  Super fun to hang out with my sibs!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My new Beehive

Trying to be a good YW Leader, visiting my birthday girls! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Outings with Nonny

During the week of Drama camp at the Civic Theater, mom picked up the kids and hung out with them for a bit before they went in to camp. Luckylucky grandkids!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lap transfer complete 👊👐👏

Charity woke up too early Sunday morning - 6am, when i got up for my meetings - and didn't go back to sleep.
So she zonked out during church on my lap. 
I was trapped and needed to move - prepping for important YW lesson - so mom saved the day!
She got next to me and slid right into my spot, getting Charity on her lap and giving me blessed freedom 💛

Neighbor house fire

Friday evening as we were in the backyard cleaning up after the BC Twins Birthday Luau, we noticed smoke coming from the house across the park from us. We went over - I told Brian to RUN - and good thing....they had just gotten home a minute before and discovered a fire in their attic! We helped them frantically get as much valuables out of the house before the fire department arrived.  Meredith and I were loading up pictures,  electronics, wall hangings, etc and throwing them out onto the lawn. Other neighbors started to come out to help. Over the next couple hours we watched their home burn and the fire fighters do their jobs....including chainsaw into the roof, smash all the windows, use their massive powerful was horrifying.  And tragic for the Jensen family. I can't imagine how distraught I'd be watching my home burn.
I had Lincoln and McKay with me and they were pretty fascinated.  
It's a good reminder for me to have my house in order! Photos backed up online, 72 hr kit ready, etc. And I'm buying 2 more big fire extinguishers.
I guess I can check "run into a burning building" off my list! 

Breaking a leg!

Brianna and her cousins were treated to an awesome week of learning theater skills!
Mom picked them up every morning and took them to the civic theater.  They got to learn set design, creation, memorization techniques, blocking...and more theatery stuff I'm sure I don't know about :)
We all went to their final play performance Friday afternoon,  and Brian even got the girls bouquets of flowers.

Brianna did great and had so much fun!

I'm so grateful she gets enriching opportunities like this. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer picnic!

My kids + 2 Lilys = crazy fun  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cherries with Children

Summer is definitely not Summer without trips to Greenbluff to pick fruit!
Our friends the Stewarts own Bountiful Orchards, and gave us a screaming good deal on these gorgeous super ripe bing cherries.
74 pounds!!!
Now we get to start the fun process of washing, freezing, and distributing excess to neighbors! 
I'm so glad my kids get to make summer memories like this. So beautiful. 
They were excellent tree climbers and cherry eaters!

Awesome Ortho

Courtney had her first evaluation today.
I asked Dr. Williams (our orthodontist, plus ward friend, plus parent of our kids friends) to just check her mouth out.
Even though she's barely 7, they said we might be able to start phase 1 within a year!
That would make Courtney super happy, since she'd start getting all the perks Brianna does - namely,  points on their point system to earn prizes.
Plus the waiting room is crazy fun - photo dress up both, movies, video games on ipads inserted in the walls....and an icecream machine!
It's nice that I don't have to drag them kicking and screaming to dentist and orthodontist appts.
Especially since all this tooth fun comes with a bill:)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Their favorite job!

Ballet Camp for Courtney

I'm not a big fan of encouraging ballet for my's not the worst extracurricular,  but there are far better out there.

However,  our local studio does little 3-day camps during the year that we love!
Courtney got to do this one with her sweet tiny bestie, Milana. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Out of my children's mouths lately

" I'm the best dancer because Jesus made me that way. He just chose  me to be the best dancer with great moves "--Bennett 
" I want a bumper sticker on our car that says, "I really love traffic! Just kidding, I'm trying to be positive."--"Brianna
"Mommy do you love aliens? You DO love aliens!"--Charity
"If we are the sheep and Jesus is the Shepherd, then why don't we say baaaah?" --Bennett 
"How do I thank Santa?.... (whispers) but I know i should actually just thank YOU!!" --Brianna
Lunchtime conversation: "Charity, do you think you're hungry enough to eat that whole bowl?"
"Mommy NO, we don't eat bowls, that's yucky."
"I want to go on Amazon and search for men's wedding rings" --Brianna
"Jonah built a whale!!" --Bennett
"Charity, chill out. Pain is a normal part of life. It's part of the plan." -- Courtney
" daddy, if you tell a child to do something you have to follow through!, I'm going to be such a great mom ." --Brianna 
"I like to put my arms in the air and shout HOSANNA!" --Bennett 
"Brianna is Laman and Lemuel...." --Courtney 
"Oh mommy, my apologies"--Charity M
"Where's Daddy? I love that man." -Brianna
"We're not allowed to try and get dead to go say hi to Jesus"--Bennett 
"Courtney was born first because I'm a GENTLEMAN! Say thank you."
"If grapes didnt exist,  raisins wouldn't exist!" --Courtney 
"If I had to name the person that I love the most in the world, it would be everybody." -- Courtney
"Gabe is my friend even though he's the only kid taller than me. He's even a black skins!"
"Mommy, I'm actually faster than you."- Charity
Daddy to Charity: "Dancing time! Let's see your moves!" Charity: "I don't have boobs!"

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cute presents from Nonny from Paris!

My babies missed their Nonny sooooo much! I didn't even realize how much until she returned and they swarmed her! They wanted to go to her house immediately! And not just for the presents ;) They really sincerely just wanted to BE with her. Charity sat on her lap happily the ENTIRE Sacrament meeting on Sunday. She rarely does that for anyone. These were very cute thoughtful gifts she brought back for them from France. She also visited Scotland, London, and a few other places I think. I'm not personally too eager to visit Europe again. Too expensive and crowded and transportation is tricky... and expensive. We did our Denmark trip in '07 and I did France in '05 for World XC Championships. I feel like I got to see a lot. BTDT. But I'm so glad my mom got to have this adventure!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Waiting weights

Brianna has the option of hanging out in the childcare as a "helper" while I workout,  or she can just stay close to me and read or do her Summer Study.
She chose the latter, but spent her time making a little tower out of the free weights :)

Trying to fiiiind meeee....!

Identifying Icecream

We had a bunch of blackberries to use up, so we Vitamixed them with vanilla ice cream. Courtney insisted on making a label for the ice cream so no one would think it was Vanilla when it's actually Blackberry :-) The way she spelled Blackberry is so adorable, I hate to correct her....

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Brianna-Mommy time

She LOVES playing with my hair while I read to her!

She insisted on reading "sweet books."  That means stuff from the likes of Max Lucado, ie: "You are Special."  Such a great message! 
I love that Brianna is really FEELING it. I hope she always does, and we always remain this close.

Brainy Bennett

He begs for educational activities everyday. Not exaggerating or joking or even bragging. I'm in awe of it. And very supportive of course :)
Today he learned how to look words up in a dictionary and read the definitions! He loved it! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Overheard just now:

Lily: "which twin was born first?"
Bennett: "Courtney was, because I'm a gentleman."

"WHAT, we're School Shopping already...?!!"

Raspberry picking at Papa's!

every moment

She starts each night in her own bed (sharing a room with Brianna, she loves it) but sometime during the early morning hours almost always finds her way into mine. And I love it. I'm sure someday I'll miss having my squishy baby next to me  (she's already a couple years past the time where most would consider her a baby....) so I'm enjoying it while I can! I love her sweet sweet peaceful expression and huge smile when she wakes up and crawls all over me. Or occasionally scoots away to the other side, it's funny!
I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for entrusting me with this angelic little one.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Patriotic Charity!

Tubing with my baby

I don't love this picture of me, but I looooove the memory of the event, so it makes the blog!

Neighborhood Parade

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Just a few images from our fantastic trip to Endicott for their awesome small-town (but BIG fireworks!) celebration.
Totally worth the 2 hr drive. 
Hours of outdoor swimming, games, treats, more games, more swimming, playground, live band, dancing to the music, juggling entertainer....  we love this place on the 4th!!
So glad Aunt Jenny gets us in every year :)
5 of my mom's 8 children were all there! That's pretty cool!

I got to hang out a lot with Kiya. I adore that sweet girl! She's just so pleasant to be around. No drama, no sass, kind and thoughtful... I hope I get that lucky in the teenage department when we get to that stage!

REALLY loving the temple

You know you're a big fan of the temple when you tell your kids to Dab in front of it... :) Brian took them all to go see a sweet fireside featuring Claire Crosby, an adorable 4 yr old YouTube star. It was at the Stake Center next to the temple. Meredith and Lily went too. And what did I do? Seeeeeriously enjoyed the 3 hours of nonkid time at home, and got the house cleaned up! Win-win, everyone happy!

Spending summer evenings right

Brian got home from work and was immediately pounced on by 2 eager little bike riders. They made it all the way to the Colbert Store (6 miles roundtrip!) and bought icecream cones. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bethany's 5th

It's pretty neat to be able to send my kids out the door to walk over to their cousin's birthday party!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

No Yokeing

I became in charge of dessert for an impromptu family dinner party, so I took advantage of the fact that this is the time of year where bringing a bunch of popsicles as the dessert is perfectly acceptable. However that meant managing 4 squirrels at Yokes....for a "quick trip" (kinda impossible, since they MUST hit the deli for the free cheese stick, bakery for free cookie, and produce dept for free piece of fruit). All while each pushing  their own individual mini cart.
It's ok. I've accepted that we just make a scene wherever we go. 

Tae Kwon Do tips

Bennett earned some "tips" (colored tape) for doing great sparring today and board breaking!