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{An ice cream visit}

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We went and visited my mom at her care facility.  They serve free ice cream on M, W or F.  So we chatted over ice cream about her doctor visit today.  She showed us a picture on her phone of her most recent x-rays.  She said the doctor was pleased with her progress.  Yeah!

Trevin helped me cook dinner tonight and while we were waiting for the timer to go off, Trevin was being super silly. I caught a few of his faces but they were hilarious.

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One thing Jaron always does before going to bed is lay down with Charlie….wherever he is in the house and pet him foe five minutes or so. He has a really special bond with Charlie.  I had to capture this nightly ritual….

{Special temple day}

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Today was crazy busy…too busy!  We had the normal soccer games and cleaning to do.  However,  I was also trying to finish painting my office, out everything back into place, laundry, primary program practice and more.  Ashlyn has been trying out for an Olympic development soccer team.  Today was her second tryout and she did awesome!   Next week is thecfinal tryout and they will announce who made the team.  About 100 girls her age are trying out. 

Anyway, Jaron’s good friend Seth had his birthday party this afternoon at a Laser Tag place in Sandy.  I left to pick up Jaron from the party and we went straight to the temple. Andy met us there a little later.   It gave Jaron and I some time to talk about the importance of baptism for the dead and what to expect.

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It was neat because Andy ended up being able to baptize Jaron and participate in the confirmations.  We didn’t end up getting a photo all together but it was definitely the highlight of my day!

{Service with a smile}

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As a parent, nothing makes you happier than seeing your children “choose” to do something  for someone else.  After school, Jaron saw that one of my neighbors needs help with their leaves and on his own, he went over to help him.  When I finished teaching piano to Alton, he joined forces with Jaron.  So proud if them!!!

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{Christlike attributes}

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Going through some papers on my kitchen counter, I came across this quiz that Jaron took at church this last week.  I thought he might want to look back on this in years to come…..

{Dinner time….}

After a busy afternoon, we started making plans for dinner and decided upon pizza.  Jaron in particular loves helping me…he loves learning and eating.  : )

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Even the mini-pepperoni’s had to be put on the pizza strategically.  He did a really good job.  He also started a recipe book tonight so he can start collecting his favorite recipes.

{The undesirable dentist}

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Like clock work, we all go to the dentist every six months without fail.  Poor Jaron had to have three teeth pulled today, a filling repaired and one additional cavity filled on top of his cleaning.  Ashlyn was uber excited she didn’t have any cavities and just got a cleaning. 

All of Jaron’s baby teeth are out, which is good because two of the three are trying to come in but can’t.  

Jaron is planning on a big win tonight with the tooth fairy since it’s her last visit and all…….

{Cabin time}

We arrived safe and sound to the cabin….where my mom, Emalee, Jaron, Amelia and Alton had arrived last night. 

My mom had several crafts prepared and the girls were especially excited to get them underway. 

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However, Alton didn’t want his picture taken. Instead she said, “Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen anything like that.  Can you believe that?” …all the while pointing at the sky….trying to get Alton to look.  Everyone looked but Alton.  :)

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He eventually let me take his picture but he wasn’t thrilled. During the whole event, Jaron could be heard saying, “Just smile and get it over with.”  That was unusual coming for Jaron so I took his picture and he took his own advice. …I was impressed!

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{Maple Addict}

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Andy just got back from Las Vegas from a business training meeting.  While there he met a gentleman from Canada.   They started chatting and during wjich Andy told him how much Jaron loves maple.  He would do anything for a maple bar….well, just about anything!  He even asked Mimi one Sunday to make sure to send him maple goodies while on his mission.  She thought that was so funny!

Jaron loves maple so much that he has even tried a piece of bread with maple extract brushed on top.  Yuck!

When this guy heard how much Jaron loved maple, he gave Andy a handful of maple candies to give to Jaron.  Jaron was in heaven….

{CPR class}

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I signed us up for a CPR class this morning.  Ashlyn’s soccer team held the class as a fundraiser.  The kids and I talked extensively on the way home about children their age helping save lives.  We discussed that both of them are getting closer to being old enough to babysit and how important it is to know CPR, let alone anywhere else they may encounter someone that needs  help.

{Oh what a day it was…..}

Our day started quite early today.  I dropped Trevin off to Scout Camp….followed by swimming lessons for the other three kiddos.  I did some shopping with Vickie to get ready for Girls Camp.  She needed several things and was thrilled to find most of the stuff on her list at DI.  She had never shopped at a thrift store before but was delighted to learn it only cost her $19 for what she needed.  She wants to go again when she returns home from cqmp.

On the way home, I stopped by Lowe’s to get some paint and some supplies.  Emmy decided to be helpful and carried one of the gallons down to Ashlyn’s room.  Instead of carefully placing it on the floor….she dropped it.  Of coarse that caused the paint to burst from the can.  Emmy tracked the paint from the bedroom….down the hall and up the stairs where she said, “something bad has happened.”  Not what I wanted to hear…..

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Andy and I worked hard to get the paint out of the carpet.   While it isn’t perfect, it is pretty darn close to being removed.   Oh the memories. ….

However, the news of the day wasn’t the paint spill, but rather, it was that Jaron and Alton caught a catfish today while fishing together.  

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Then came the fun chore of gutting and cleaning the fish.  Jaron would fish all day, every day if I let him.  It is definitely part of his summer-fun.

Derek’s Wedding

Friday morning Trent, Jaron and I started out on our road trip to Oregon for Derek’s wedding.  We rented a car Thursday night so we could hit the ground running and get 40 mpg.  We had fun singing tunes all the way there and back and yhe treats were in plentiful supply thanks to mimi and Kristin.

We made good time on Friday and went and saw Iron Man 3 at a theatre near our hotel after we checked in.  That was nice and we were about a mile or so from the temple.   We went back to the outdoor mall where we saw the movie Saturday morning to catch some lunch before the wedding.  It was nice.
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Trent and Jaron waiting for our food to cook at the outdoor bbq place shown. Rhe burgers and fries were really good.

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Jaron patiently waited at the Portland Temple visitors center for us. They had some great movies, interactive information and games for him. The actual ceremony was only fifteen minutes, but very nice.
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Lots of beautiful pictures at the temple. From there we went to Olive Garden and had a wonderful dinner and visit with each other.
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Jaron, Mark, Connie and Trent.
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Derek and Nicole.
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Annette and Dane.

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Kari’s daughter Vivian wasn’t a happy camper for pictures at the temple but I snuck this picture of the two of us in a good moment. We all enjoyed visiting for several hours. It was the first time I remember getting to visit with all my Christensen cousins as adults. Good getting to chat with each of them.

{And they’re off…..}

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We got up this morning, read scriptures, gave Andy a haircut and then wished him a Happy Birthday.   Those birthdays roll around faster and faster!

In the above picture, Andy is cutting some oatmeal squares that his mom gave him to share with the kids before leaving.

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Leaving where?   To Oregon.   Andy’s cousin (Derek Christensen) is getting married this weekend and so Andy, Trent and Jaron are going together.  He picked up the rental car last night so they’d be ready to go. 

While I was outside taking the above picture, I noticed one of my flowers is blooming and it is simply beautiful.   I can’t tell you what it is, but I planted the bulb last year and was tickled to see it bloom. I think it is a bulb I got from Red Butte Gardens. I love it.

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Pretty, huh????

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{Chuck E. Cheese – Trevin’s birthday party}

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Priesthood Conference Session with the Boys

This was Jaron’s first time as an Aaronic Priesthood holder to get to go to the priesthood session of conference. I’ve taken him one other time a year or so ago. He enjoyed going to Bishop Opi’s ward afterwards for Ice Cream and filled his mouth with M&M’s a couple of times since there were left over toppings. We also went to Village Inn after that. He didn’t eat much dinner, but we had a good time being together. While I was sitting there eating, I realized it’s been like a 23 year tradition twice a year to go out like that, so I’ve definitely grown accustomed to the experience and grateful for the time with my dad and brother and now Jaron gets to come along.2013-04-06 20.56.58

{Jaron and Seth}

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A couple of months ago, Seth moved into our neighborhood.  {{Insert a big hurray!!}  Jaron has not had anyone HIS age in our neighborhood for a long, long time.  He has one friend that is a little younger than him, but honestly, there are not a lot of boys in our neck of the woods.  Trevin has a few friend options….not a lot….but more than Jaron.  Seth lives close by and the two of them are peas in a pod.  Seth lives with his dad and step-mother here and the next weekend he visits his mom and step-dad.  Regardless, we are glad he is here.  Jaron and Seth (in the picture above) are busy “inventing” together.