Tennis Ladies

Nov

11

2017

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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!)

Solving a Mystery

Nov

11

2017

One quiet afternoon the most mysterious letter was delivered by post, addressed to the children:

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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!

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Each of the clues looked very old and worn. This was the second-to-last clue that took us to a Thai Restaurant in Lehi. The last clue came with our dinner-

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The kids reading the mysterious letter that arrived in the mail.

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The first clue led us to the swing outside, where we found a CD of “The Duck Song” taped to the bottom.

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Deciphering a clue.

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One of the clues was hidden inside a book at the Draper Library. The kids had to figure out where to go next from there.

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One of the clues was hidden at the Tree of Life at the Draper park. The kids raced off on their bikes, and by the time Wyatt and I caught up, they had found the clue, figured it out and were ready to race off to the next location.

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I made the kids stop for one second to take a picture – though they were raring to go!

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One clue was found behind a shutter on the neighbors porch!

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When we got to the restuarant we were instructed to unscramble some letters. It took us a while to figure out what the letters spelled.

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Don’t mind my blurry phone pictures.

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I think Everett was upset because he thought it was going to spell “Disneyland” instead of Thailand.

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When Olivia found out, she just laughed and laughed and laughed. She thought it was a big joke.

 

Hiking

Nov

9

2017

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.

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By Small and Simple Things – Back to School Dinner 2017

Oct

17

2017

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For our back to school dinner this year our theme was

“By Small and Simple Things are Great Things Brought to Pass”

Somehow I always choose themes that are great lessons for kids, but clearly things I need to work on.

This year we are going to focus on doing the little things each day, not worrying about perfection, but knowing that these little efforts will create perfection without our having to kill ourselves over it.

Haha – for me, right?

Here are some pictures from our dinner this year.

Olivia helped me a lot with the food this year. She suggested lasagna with garlic bread and salad, and then for desert she made the super yummy (I’m dying they’re so good) chocolate souffles served a’la mode. YUM!

As a special little gift I made each of the kids tins with our theme on them. Inside I put a yummy treat for them to take with them on their first day of school. (Because, let’s be honest, the treat won’t last longer than that!)

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