Sunday, October 19, 2008

What a Fun Homecoming

  Our high school was celebrating Homecoming and were making it a big deal because it was 30 years of the Grizzly. (They started off being the Red Devils and then changed it in 1978). We were asked to put a float in the parade for the golf course so we put two in and Kyrie and a couple of her friends plus Tanner took one and Uncle Merrill and Aunt Blanche rode in the other one (Uncle Merrill is the oldest golfer at Central Links and loves to play even though he is in his 90s!)
Jacie dressed up as a little Grizzly and I wore a devil costume and we walked in the parade. (Sorry no pictures of those-we were trying to decorate and keep track of kids so in our haste we forgot to!)
At the football field there was a lot of stuff to do. Volleyball games, a couple of rock walls, a couple of big blow up toys, candy cannons, face painting. But the absolute coolest thing of all was the Apache helicopter, flown by Will G former Grace resident, that came. He flew over the parade a couple of times and then landed near the football field. They let people get right up to it and look around. He even let kids climb on it to take a picture.  They took off in the 3rd quarter and it was one of the coolest things I've seen. When the blades were first going the wind
wasn't bad but when they started to lift watch out!  Karlie was in her stroller and luckily Kyle was right by her because she started being blown away. It blew me back and did a number on my hair but it was so AWESOME! He flew around the football game and then took off for Salt Lake. I think in another life I could have been a helicopter pilot. What a fun night. We did have intentions of taking pictures but the battery went dead. Go figure!

A Bitter Sweet Day

Here it is. The little ugly blue high chair that has served our family faithfully for all these years
is going to the DI today.  I am happy to see it go as it will free up more space in the kitchen (and admit it, it's not the most attractive high chair ever made) but it saddens me that no other little Christensen babies will be sitting there ever again never to throw another plate off it when they
are done with their meal, never another heart attack when they decide to climb out of it and want to jump off it when your back is turned, and never again a baby to fall asleep headfirst into the
spaghetti.  Yes, makes me sad indeed that we are getting out of all the baby stages. (Karlie is the fifth and final child for us. We'd love more but I don't think can handle the emotional part of parenthood anymore.) So here is to the little blue high chair. May you find another home with lots of babies to hold and become a part of someone else's memories.  Thanks for ours.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I am so new at this. Be patient with me while I get my bearings. This will be a simple blog until I can find the time to learn how to do it. Any advice would be appreciated!
So... Where are we in the life of the Christensen's?  We just finished our harvest. Yeah! (For those of you who don't know, we are potato farmers who also raise wheat and barley. Did I mention that we have a golf course too?) We get two weeks out of school for harvest. We are a smaller potato grower and so we finished ours in a week. I love it because we get the next week to vacation. We usually go to Arizona to sell potatoes but decided not to this year. Instead we went to Jackson Hole Wyoming and made the beautiful and scenic loop around to Idaho Falls.  It is so pretty this time of year and we even saw a moose. 
We had fun in Jackson. The highlight was getting an old time picture taken of our family. It turned out really cute and we even got Karlie to sit still long enough to take it! They have a Ripley's Believe It Or Not so we had to go there. My kids are into the strange and unusual. We had lots of good food, went swimming a lot and had a great time just being together.
The kids are getting so old! Kyrie is 10, Tanner is 8, Jacie is 3, and Karlie is 1. They are so fun and each one has such wonderful personalities that there is never a dull moment in our family. Karlie especially, we often wonder what planet she came from. She loves to get us laughing.
In case you are wondering, we are doing pretty good. Time is a healing force but the downside to time is that the more time goes by the less you remember them. I will never forget my sweet Allie, but it is the everyday things I can't remember as times goes by. Her voice, the way she smelled....You get the picture.  I miss her so much. I hope everyone enjoys the slideshow of her.

Allie Lanae