November 29, 2007
Nora for the most part was pretty mild mannered at the graveside. I new she was done with it though when I went looking for her and found her running and playing with the leaves on the opposite side of the cemetery. We thought Grandma had her. She can be such a sneak. Doesn't the last picture look like she is praying? That or as my dad would say, contemplating her navel.
November 28, 2007
This past Thanksgiving week Nora was able to hang out with her closest in age cousin from Spencer's side of the family. They are about 3 months apart. Before this trip they were too young to know who the other was so it was fun to see them interact with each other. There of course were the tough moments of taking turns and sharing fits but for the most part they tagged along with each other and played with each other fairly well. If they were apart during the trip they were always asking where the other one was. Nora is going to miss her cousin and we will miss their family who live so far away in Florida. Although we are hoping to take a trip out to them in the summertime and live it up in Orlando.
November 27, 2007
November 14, 2007
November 13, 2007
Since we didn't have any bridesmaids or groomsmen all the women in the immediate family wore flower wristband corsages. The men in the family wore leaf and berry boutonnieres.
I was planning on entering into a 5k run on the morning of Thanksgiving but didn't want to spend time away from family we don't usually get to see. The perfect solution...a family "Turkey Trot".
We are planning on being with my husbands family that week and so far most of them are supportive of the new tradition. Hopefully, it won't interfere with another great tradition, the "Turkey Bowl". There is nothing like roughing it up with family on a field playing two hand touch football. Whatever you plan find a fun activity with the family that might get you up off your toosh.
November 11, 2007
Nora adores her baby sister Aubrey. Aubrey loves her big sister Nora. Today, they were sitting on the couch together with Nora sitting and Aubrey laying next to her with her feet near Nora's stomach. I guess with Aubrey's feet so close to Nora's head it just was too tempting for Nora. So, Nora took one of Aubrey's big toes and bit down hard.
Now, I don't feel this was done out of malice but out of love for Aubrey's big toe. Sometimes, I have had that overwhelming feeling of love for both my babes and just want to squeeze them so tight that it might be too tight for any normal human being to breath let alone a child to breath. Yet, I refrain from doing so because I know better.
Well, Nora was put in time out and we explained to her why we don't bite each other. Hopefully, she will know better next time and will be able to stand up to that overwhelming desire to show that love for her sister or her big toe in such a way.
If it hadn't of made my baby cry so hard it would have made me laugh.
November 9, 2007
My Parents wedding (Grandpa Christensen on right end)
- Grandpa and his siblings started up a business when he graduated from high school.
- With good business sense it survived the Great Depression.
- He married an amazing return missionary.
- He was an amazing master gardener. We loved Grandpa's produce from his garden. He also won in some local flower growing shows.
- He was an investment guru and made well for himself and his family in the stock market.
He had a deep and abiding love for my grandmother and that is why this is a sweet moment for me and my family. He returns home to a loving wife, son, parents, and thousands of people who he helped fulfill their temple ordinances.
I wanted to share a part of a love letter to my grandpa from my grandma:
Both happiness and sadness bring that overwhelming appreciation and affection for our companion. Most of life is made up of neither disaster nor unusual celebrating, but of routine, calm, everyday events in which we participate and more or less take each other for granted. And during these times I enjoy the quiet serene love that actually surpasses the big events that draw so deeply on emotions. Our love is not as effervescent nor on display, but it runs deep and solid. I know you are there, loving me, caring for me in your quiet way...and regardless of inattention due to outside attraction we both know we are loved and are close to each other...Let us go on together hand in hand as we walk this earthly life, on into eternity, for I want always to be your eternal sweetheart: Your darling. Josephine
With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, farewell Grandpa. I will miss you for this time on earth and look forward to a happy reunion on into eternity. I love you.
Love your granddaughter,
November 7, 2007
It is amazing to me that I have my two little girls in my life. It is also amazing to me how different they are from each other. Nora, was always such a chunk and was more temperamental as a baby. Aubrey, is very small usually ending up below average on her measurements and is a very even keel babe. I came across their baby blessing pictures and thought they both looked very similar in size to each other. Yet, they are definitely two different girls when it comes to looks and personalities. I love my girls. Aren't they just so pretty?
November 6, 2007
So, I was impressed first that my brother in-law does a daddy day with his children but also secondly that he took his son to this fun Home Depot kids workshop for one of those days. These workshops are free to the public for kids aged 5-12. I'm excited for fun experiences like this when my girls get older. Call your local Home Depot for when the next one is.