Olivia was turning 12. I planned to let her choose if she wanted to get her ears pierced (she had actually NEVER asked for this before). Then Wyatt gave me earings for our anniversary, so I decided when I got home that we would go a little early of her 12th birthday, and make a day of it.
So, after school one day we drove down to the mall and got our ears pierced. I think Olivia was excited to be seen as more grown up!
For our anniversary this year Wyatt went all out and took me to San Diego for the U2 Joshua Tree concert. I was super excited to go! While we were there we also did a ton of other fun stuff as it popped into our head (we really didn’t have any plans for the weekend besides the concert, but man oh man did we pack it in!)
We flew down on Thursday. We went to the beach and walked around the gas lamp district. That evening we went to a Padre’s game. FUN!
The next day we spend the bulk of the day at the USS Missouri Battleship museum. We love history and WWII, so this was a lot of fun for us. After that we went to the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center and Museum, we LOVE church history, so that was a lot of fun too. That evening we went to the concert! YAY!!!!!
Saturday- you won’t believe this – we went to Disneyland! By ourselves! With no kids. It was a lot of fun. We ran all over the park hitting all the big rides, eating in the park, doing things we never do when kids are with us. It was a great time.
But I will say, Disneyland is MORE AWESOME when you have five kids with you.
But it was such a fun weekend.
The next morning we flew home.
Thank you Wyatt for such a memorable jam-packed weekend.
A bunch of ladies in my ward get together every Tuesday night for Tennis lessons. The coach from the highschool comes and teaches us how to play. Mostly we just laugh and goof off. But it has been a really good way for me to get to know some of the women in the ward. (I’m also in the ward book club – so – yay for me for putting myself out there more – something that definitely doesn’t come naturally!)
One quiet afternoon the most mysterious letter was delivered by post, addressed to the children:
It was the craziest thing! And enclosed with the letter was a clue that started us on a great adventure that took us all over the house, to the library and the park, to neighbor’s yards, and even to a restaurant in Lehi. It was so fun to figure out the clues, and race off to see if we had figured out the mystery. In the end, the big reveal was that we – the Christensen family – are going to Thailand in November!
Over the summer I was talking to Brynn and she told me about her goal to do 52 hikes in 52 weeks. I thought that sounded so lovely, I started the same thing. I’ve been hiking and going to the mountains as much as I can. They haven’t been hard hikes mind you, usually just a couple miles, but its fun to be outdoors in nature and not at home.