Christensen Family

Christensen Family

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Garret's 4th birthday

Garret's Build a Bear "Beary"
Blowing out his birthday candles

Garret got to have his 1st friend birthday party. He had it at Chuck E. Cheese. He was in heaven. He had a family party on Sunday, a friend party on Monday (his actual birthday) and then they had a party for him at school on Tuesday. I had a baby shower for my friend on Wednesday and he thought that that party was for him too. Garret got a Build a Bear with a Darth Vader outfit on and Legos Pirates of the Caribbean for the XBOX.

Friday, May 27, 2011

My 3rd Half Marathon May 14, 2011

We hadn't really trained for the run this year, but decided that it would be a nice Saturday run along the Centennial Trial and that we would just run/walk the race. We started and felt pretty good so we just kept going. We finished in just 5 minutes slower than we had done in last years race. That is great for this year, but what does it say about last year when we had trained a ton. I like the idea of just running it without training because if I'm not going to get any faster why run so much every weekend. Last year before the race I think we ran at least 8-8 miles runs, 4-10 miles runs and 1-12 mile run. This year I hadn't run more than 5 miles since before Christmas. Oh well. At least I am out there running, but I am definitely not fast.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Build a Bears (that are not bears)

Katie got a Build a Bear for her birthday, the bunny, and named her Alex. She saved all of her birthday money plus her allowance and just bought the dog from Build a Bear and named her Lauren. They go everywhere with her.

Swimming in the green pool

Kirt told the kids that if they were good helpers with our cleaning projects yesterday that we could take the winter cover off the pool and they could go swimming. We took the cover off and the pool was a lovely shade of green and probably about 50 degrees. Did this stop the kids from swimming? Of course not. They are absolutely crazy.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Easter egg hunt and coloring easter eggs

Counting the eggs so we could make sure that we found them all.

Grammy had a cool Easter egg hunt in her back yard.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Acorn Award

Kirt made me put this post on. He says I have to blog my life too. I have been the PTA president at the kids school for the past 2 years. The members of the PTA at the school gave me a PTA award called the Acorn Award for my years of service.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Have some sass

This morning I hear I trying to get Katie to help him do something. He says to her "Katie I love you." Katie's response "That's not going to work Tanner."

New York Trip

For Spring Break this year, we went to NY to see my sister Jessy and her family. We fly into Albany on Friday April 1st. We spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Albany. Saturday morning we went to the park. We played basketball at the church and attempted to watch a little conference. Sunday we attempted to go geocaching, but did not find the cach. We enjoyed watching more conference and visiting. Monday, Jessy and I took the kids bowling and in the afternoon Kirt took the kids to see the movie Hop. (Kirt's new personal favorite by the way.)

Tuesday morning we got up and took the AmTrak down to NY city. Jessy and Will came with us. Josh had to stay and work. After we got there, we checked into our apartment (we sublet a 3 bedroom apartment on 49th street right near Times Square). We went to lunch at a fun NY pizza parlor. They were playing Michael Jackson videos the whole time we ate and the kids were jamming while they ate. Then we went to the Empire State Building. We got to go to the 86th and the 102nd floors. The view was incredible. After that we took the kids to the famous toy store, FAO Schwartz. We walked back to our apartment through Rockefeller Center and saw the ice skating rink.

Wednesday we had an adventure. Garret somehow managed to lock the door of the room that he and Tanner we sleeping in. I had taken out their suitcase to get them dressed that morning, but their shoes were locked inside the room. We called the management company and they said that would probably not get it unlocked until later that afternoon. So Jessy took Will and Katie to a playground in Central Park while Tanner and I went on an adventure through NY City to find new shoes for Garret and he. (Tanner wore Kirt's shoes on the adventure while Kirt and Garret stayed in the apartment.) We finally found shoes. Then we ventured up to the Natural History Museum. Afterwards we took a pedicab and had a tour of Central Park. We played in a playground. We also did some geocaching. We found a cach that had something in it all the way from Germany. Jessy and Will took the train home that night. They had had enough of us:) Kirt and I went to dinner with some friends of his, Yorg and Alena at a Moroccan restaurant.

Thursday we went downtown to the financial district. We saw Ground Zero and walked part way across the Brooklyn Bridge. Then we ventured into China Town and had some great Chinese food for lunch. After that we went to the Statue of Liberty. That night we met some friends from College, Matt and Kendra Cope and their 2 girls, in Central Park. It was great to catch up with them. Tanner, Garret and I went back to the apartment while Kirt and Katie had a date in Times Square. Katie wanted to go souvenir shopping. They also had hot cocoa and found a Toys R Us that had a ferris wheel inside it.

Friday we got up and took the train back to Albany. We hung out with Jessy, Josh and Will for the rest of the day.

Saturday we made the long journey home.


Rockefeller Center ice skating rink
more rink
Rockefeller Center

FAO Schwartz Toy Store. You could view the whole store from here.

The famous piano from Big

Katie and a Lego Chewbacca and C-3PO
View from the Empire State Building

Pizza Parlor listening to Michael Jackson
On the train. Garret was being a worm. He was sitting by Kirt and driving Kirt crazy. Kirt told Garret that he would give him a dollar if he would close his eyes and take a nap. Garret laid down and immediately fell asleep. That is by far the best dollar I have ever spent.


Garret in Central Park (can't get the image to rotate, just turn your head sideways)
Pedicab ride

Natural History Museum


Riding the ferris wheel
The ferris wheel inside Toys R Us
Katie and Kirt were on the jumbotron in Times Square
Kirt and Katie on their date to Times Square

Kids in Central Park
Kendra and I in Central Park
The Statue as we were leaving the island on the ferry
Garret the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty
Looking at Manhattan Island near the financial district
Looking up inside the Statue of Liberty
Up on the platform base of the Statue of Liberty
Statue replica
Actual size of the Statue's foot
Inside the pedestal of the Statue
Eating in China Town
Katie and Garret didn't want Chinese food so we bought them a hot dog from a street vendor.
The Empire State Building is in the background. For some reason Garret decided that he wanted to be a "Statue of Liberty" in a lot of these pictures.
Brooklyn Bridge
Katie was so grouchy, we just had to capture the moment

Ground Zero