Our new puppy, Maverick

One spring-ish day at the end of January Wyatt had a brilliant idea that our family needed a puppy. Actually, he started cruising the KSL adds for one almost the day we moved in. I was apprehensive of a puppy, but finally relented. That is how Maverick came to be the newest member of the Christensen household.

Puppy training hasn’t been the easiest, and we’ve had lots to learn in order to teach him. But he sure is a cutie.









Calvin on the couch watching General Conference.

Here are some great things that have come from Calvin in the past week:

The other night we were cleaning up the house before bed. All the other kids had gone upstairs to get ready, while Calvin finished sweeping the kitchen floor and I finished loading the dishwasher.

Calvin said to me: “Mom, I just don’t have the words to tell you how much I appreciate everything you do for me.”


Wyatt took Calvin skiing the other day. Cal is by far our best skier and can  keep up with Wyatt on what ever hill they take. Cal asked Wyatt:

“Do they let kids into the Olympics?”

Wyatt proceeded to tell Cal about the Jr. Olympics and being old enough for the Olympics, and the ski teams training in Utah, etc. etc. – all the time you have to imagine the wheels turning in Cal’s head.

Cal then told Wyatt: “I’m going to grow up and win the Olympics . . . because then it will help me become President.”

Last night Cal asked me to run to the store for him.

“Why?” I asked.

With a total straight face Cal told me – “I’m running low on million dollar bills.”

Hahaha! So am I buddy!

This morning as he helped me unload groceries right before the start of General Conference he said:

“General Conference is my favorite weekend – we just sit around and listen to the prophets, and we eat good food, and no tight clothes – you know, we just stay in our jammies.

—I’m so glad he’s catching on! ;)


Army Guys




DSC_1948One of my kids very favorite toys is Army Guys. DSC_1930

I know.


In this world of ipad, iphone, computers, etc. my  kids dream toy is the ultra low-tech plastic green army guys you get at the dollar store. I mean, these guys don’t even have bendable body parts!


They’ve been on the gift request list for every gift giving occasion since Calvin was 3. All of the kids love them and play with them. And at any moment in all those years since then, you’re liable to walk into a random room in my house and find an army gathered and positioned for battle. In fact, my very first Instagram post ever, years ago, was of an army guys set up.


It’s one of those things that just makes me laugh.

Sledding at the Cabin







My favorite day of the winter – the day we all pack up in our warmest snow gear and head up to the cabin. We load up our sleds with food and supplies and a small child or two, and pull it all in from the parking lot up the hill to the cabin.

DSC_1734Once inside kids ooh and ah at the Christmas tree that Santa has brought us, and eagerly unwrap the few presents he brings to us there . . . a fun left over of Christmas the week before. DSC_1885


DSC_1704Then everyone cuddles under the electric blankets while Daddy starts a fire in the big wood burning stove. It doesn’t take long for the cabin to get cozy and warm. DSC_1713


We sled, we eat chili and drink hot chocolate. We watch movies and play games. The afternoon slips away into the purple light of evening when we pack everything back into the sleds, add a small child or two, and hike back down to the parking lot for the cozy drive home.




One of my favorite days of the year.